Book Review: The Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches

This is a very positive review of “The Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches” by Eve Harlow. David & Charles, 1997. ISBN 0-7153-0632-4


It’s a really great little book! It has 48 different stitches, each illustrated with a small crewel embroidery design that incorporates the stitch. The designs are beautiful and creative, and the author chose some great color schemes. Tracing outlines for 30 of the designs are provided in  the book. Each is about the size of the example below. They feature a variety of motifs. I recommend this book either for a series of small projects or for inspiration.


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9 Responses to Book Review: The Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches

  1. Marie-Claire says:

    Wow this is beautiful

  2. Sharon Brodeuse says:

    I’ve been wondering whether to buy this little book so thanks for writing about it, Hannah! I particularly like the idea of small, “quicker” little projects. Love the little deer, especially…
    -Sharon in France

  3. I think I have an earlier version of that book – it is a good one!

  4. Ewa says:

    Hello! Nice to hear from you:) From the sample picture and your description it seems really worth buying. I think this patterns could be incorporate in some little projects perfect for gifts.

  5. martabrysha says:

    This was my first source book for stitches about 20 years ago. Great little book. Cheap. Good instructions. I still use it often. Welcome back to blogging Hannah, we’ve missed you.

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