Here is a list of some of the books I am consulting. Some I have had just for the different embroidery stitches used to make flowers, some are specific to bullions and others are all about ribbons. And there are others, these are just the ones I pulled for the Blue Bird project.
I have three Hard to Find Book stores in my area and I never go by one that I don’t stop…never know what you will find (and I usually do too.) I like to see the book before I purchase it. I want technique instructions rather than project books. I check several online sources for needlework books too and I price compare:
Abe Bookseller: http://www.abebooks.com
Hard-to-Find Needlework Books: http://www.needleworkbooks.com
Ruth Kern Books: http://www.ruthkernbooks.com
The books in my library: I wouldn’t list them here if I didn’t like them but some are better than others.
This book is out of print but if you are patient and check often you can get a deal on Amazon or Abe Books and I understand they are going to update and reissue this soon. But it is a staple for learning Ifa picture is worth a 1000 words then this book is worth every penny you pay for it. There are pictures for every stitch and technique. Excellent Book
The instructions are clear and the pictures are wonderful. This book is strictly bullions, bullions of every kind. Again the pictures make the directions clear and concise. How can you go wrong with a book published by Inspirations Magazine?
An Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs #3409. 1997.
An Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery Holiday Designs #3410. 1997.
The Big Book of Little Ribbon Embroidery Designs #3411. 1998.
Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery Borders #3412. 1999.
All these books are nice and they all have pictures to help.
A book on Decorative stitching, it has nice drawings and projects.
The Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery. 1996.
It is a basic Ribbon work book, full of how to pictures and projects.
The New Ribbon Embroidery. 1997.
This book takes ribbon work to the next level. Dying ribbons, making ribbons, etc. Plenty of eye candy but not for the beginner. I like it but I like to push the envelop too.
Mostly projects with pictures and diagrams.
This is a small book (same size as the new Royal School of Needlework books) and it is material from Ann’s two other books: Beginner’s Guide to Ribbon Embroidery and Silk Ribbon Embroidery Designs & Techniques (neither of these do I have). This book is full of pictures and instructions for ribbon work techniques. I would recommend it.
Another book on ribbon work. Has pictures and clear instuctions. Ms Joynes is one of the experts on this subjecy and her books are reccomended in many bibliographies.
If you are using River Silk Ribbons you may want to read this book. It explains how to use RiverSilk Ribbons. It was written for RiverSilk ribbons only. When you order this book you will also receive a spool of Ribbon Silk and a doodle canvas to play.
Embroider A Garden. 1995.
Embroidered Garden Flowers. 1997. with Jane Fisk.
Embroidery from the garden. 1997.
Diana Lampe’s books are decorative stitches…Any of these books are nice if you are doing a lot of decorative flowers.
Silk Ribbon Embroidery. 1993
This is eye candy for the ribbon world. Judith knows the rules, bends the rules and does inovative things. I have all the books listed her and look at them for information and inspiration. Some of Judith other books… these are either inspiration and or quilting techniques.
The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery. 1993.
Elegant Stitches. 1995.
Free-Form Embroidery. 2012.
This book is similar to Diana Lampe’s books but with more and different techniques explored. I like it but it may not be for the beginner to decorative stitching.
An old book but a goody. Small, 4 x 4 inches, will fit in your stitching bag. Has a complete list of stitches with explanation, drawing and picture. It is really inexpensive and I would recommend for beginning study of ribbon work and library.
Brazilian Embroidery Books: I have had these for years. Brazilian Embroidery was basically small embroidery (decorative stitches) flowers done with rayon floss. I used them to stitch on denim shirts in the 1980’s.
Floss Flowers, Book 1. Virginia Chapman. !mpact Presentations. Oregon. 1988 This book was created basically for Brazilian Embroidery and covers a multitude of ways to use bullions as the cover photo attests.
The Bossa Nova rose and Friends. Mary Clark and Vee Wedoo. self published, Colorado. 1980.
Hand drawings , project book, a nice book if you can find it but not a necessary one.
Brazilian Stitchery, Instruction Book 1, Janice Gerst Levine and Patricia Von Coelln. American Crewel and Canvas Studio. New York. 1985. Another project book with photos and line drawings.
Dimensional Embroidery, Book 2&3. Zeann Aguilar. self Published. Utah, 1980. Basic stitches and patterns.
Brazilian Embroidery Instructions. Barbara Demke Johnson. Hawkes Publishing. Utah. 1980. Basic stitches and patterns.
By the way, while I am reading I may not be back too soon…but I hope to have other things to share while I read.
Thank you for stopping by… I hope you find time to stitch today!