So, on to the book I decided to share with you. It's by another Mary and it is called "The Complete Guide to Needlework Techniques and Materials". Phew, that's quite the title! By Mary Gostelow who has written several interesting books about embroidery. As you can probably tell from the images, the book wasn't published recently, in fact it's from 1988. But when it comes to embroidery, oftentimes older books are really awesome, a wealth of information. As is this one.
The book goes through all the basics of the different techniques. And gives lots of hints and tips along the way too. One thing I really like about older books is that they often have a lot of knowledge that has been forgotten or isn't shared via contemporary craft books.
The designs shown in this book do feel a bit outdated, but the techniques are universal. There is also a lot of background and historical information about the different techniques, which I think is really valuable. The book doesn't really have projects to make, but I don't think that's necessary. There's plenty other books with projects you can do. But this one is brilliant for teaching you stuff to use in your own projects.
And that just makes me all kinds of happy. I really recommend this book. You will be happy if you have it on your stitchy bookshelf. :-)
The Complete Guide to Needlework Techniques and Materials
Publisher: Fraser Stewart (1988)
You can find the book on Amazon or on Abebooks.
What are you favourite stitchy books? Do you love older books too? Please your awesome finds in the comments!