Category Archives: Book reviews

Book Review: Free-Form Embroidery

I love Judith Baker Montano’s new book Free-form Embroidery (C&T Publishing, Inc 2012. ISBN 978-1-60705-572-3). It combines photos of fantastic art (see the excerpts for examples) and creative advice for interpreting designs in embroidery. For instance, the section on ground … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Book review: Palestinian Embroidery Motifs

I found a wonderful cross-stitch book, “Palestinian Embroidery Motifs: A treasury of stitches 1850-1950, ” by Margarita Skinner and Widad Kamel Kawar. Melisende Publishing, London and Rimal Publications, Nicosia, 2007. ISBN 978-1-901764-47-5. It has over 150 pages of charts and … Continue reading

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Book review: The Art of the Needle

This is a review of The Art of the Needle: Designing in Fabric and Thread by Jan Beaney. Pantheon Books, New York, 1988. ISBN 0-394-57303-X. The book is an introduction to design for embroidery. It’s written in a friendly and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Turkish Embroidery

A while ago, I wrote a post about ISMEK, a craft and embroidery center in Istanbul, and its four gorgeous free Pattern Books, Pattern Book 1 Pattern Book 2 Pattern Book 3 Pattern Book 4. I finally, finally found a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Decorative Boxes

This is a review of the book “Making Decorative Fabric-Covered Boxes” by Mary Jo Hiney. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1996. Y’all, I haven’t been doing embroidery all that long, but I can already see that it won’t be … Continue reading

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Book Review: International Needlework Designs

This is a review of International Needlework Designs, by Mira Silverstein. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1978. I love this book! It has an enormous variety of styles in it, and Ms. Silverstein picks out really lovely designs. I flip … Continue reading

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