I've listed the Needlework Books I own with comments about their contents.
These are only my own humble opinions and I'm sure many would not agree with all of them.
Many are now out of print but you might try to get any that sound useful to you through your local inter-library loan program.
Excelent designs, clear instructions, and interesting history.
The introduction is one of the nicest pieces I've seen written on the percieved difference between Capital "A" Art and Craftwork.
I love the quote used by the late Eric Gill: "The artist is not a special kind of man but every man is a special kind of artist".
This is one of the best crochet books I've seen. It gives clear
directions for both left and right handed crochet.
It starts out with the language of Crochet- all those confusing terms, abbreviations, symbols and punctuations in patterns. It has clear illustrations of the parts of a stitch as well as the international stitch symbols.
They then take you through all of the basic stitches, half stitches and simple stitch alternatives.
Pattern stitches and filet crochet are explained and illustrated.
Multicolor techniques such as stranding and intarsia are shown.
They even show how to make pompoms and twisted cord.
They have several pages with tips on using color and on making garments fit.
Then it is time to take up your crochet hooks and start creating.
The first project is a sampler afghan that lets you practice.
There are 20 blocks- each one is presented in a written pattern and in international symbols. There are further design ideas given with each new block.
The rest of the book contains 25 creative projects using the various stitches you have learned.
Lots of hats, vests, sweaters and a lushious shawl.
I use this book a lot
This might no longer be a revolutionary new method but it still is a good
It shows how to break pullover sweater designs into modular blocks to combine into custom fit designs.
How to make different neck styles and how to read and use the diagrams are explained.
It goes on to show you how to work from photographs or on your own designs.
Helpful information is given on yarns, stitches and detailing.
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Just full of gourgous photos of tatting work. Contains 144 pages of
history, general instructions, gallery of tatting and pages of patterns.
I have only done several small pieces of needle tatting so far.
I keep going back and looking at this beautiful work and I will find time to do more of it one of these years.
I bought this book in the hopes of learning to needle tat but I had
trouble with their directions.
I later learned how from a video and now think I will be able to use this book to make some of their edgings and insertions. Most of the other projects are a little to "cutsy" for me. I'm not a big fan of angel ornaments or pony tail ties.
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I use drawn thread and hemstitching a lot to finish weavings.
I have also used drawn thread to make open lace bands around fabric shawls.
This book covers Hedebo, Needleweaving, Reticicella. Hardanger, Hemstitching and Experimental work.
This type of book might have dated looking projects but the basic
information never goes out of style.
It has chapters on Sewing, Embroidery, Quilting, Smocking, Needlepoint, Rug Making, Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Hand Weaving, Sewing for the home, Machine Embroidery, Mending and Care and ends it's 481 pages with a chapter on Things to make for Christmas.
This little booklet covers the basics of Crochet, knitting, Tatting, and
There have been numerous editions published over the years. One of my copies originally sold for 29 cents.
Another good Fiber guidebook.
Covers Embroidery, Needlepoint, Applique, Patchwork, Quilting, Knitting. Crochet. Lacework, Macrame, and Rug Making.
I use this one a lot. It has nice projects along with all of the basic how to information.
Lots of pillow designs from a variety of techniques.
Lots of quilting ideas for using appique, patchwork, crazy quilt, yo-yo's and lace.
It also covers designs for needlepoint, crosstitch, stenciling and painting.
If you like fancy pillows this is a good book to start with.
It has Erica's normal clear concise instructions for embroidery, needlepoint, cross stitch, applique, and more. Some of the designs are dated but many would look great today. They all show excellent use of color, texture and composition that can still teach us much.
A few how-to directions are given but it is mostly a really great
imagination booster filled with 412 photographs, 78 diagrams and 18 color
plates showing what Fiber Artist were doing in a host of fiber techniques.
This is one of my favorites when I'm thinking about new projects.
Except for a few patterns for making bags and purses and how to mount
stitchery this is not a how-to book.
As the title states it is an idea book full of fine examples of stitchery. I thumb through it almost every time I'm thinking up new designs to use.
Another good how-to or design idea book.
It covers machine and hand Applique rugs, Button rugs, Cut-through rugs, Macrame and Rope rugs, Jute and Burlap rugs, Latched rugs, Fur and Yarn rugs, Strip rugs, Rag rugs, Hoop rugs, Rya rugs, Precut yarn and Felt rugs, Carpet Scrap rugs, Crochet and Frame rugs and finally Blanket Stitch rugs.
There are dozens of handmade buttons, many inspired by vintage and
antique designs in this useful book.
Handmade buttons are the perfect detail for handmade garments.
Very clear directions and illustrations are given for techniques for:
A nice 63 page referance book.
It gives the basic techniques for beading then is filled with really interesting designs that would also work well in other fiber techniques.
Beading is so nice to add to everything from quilts to clothing.
This Dover edition covers the basic knots, different cords and how to dye
The projects cover lots of designs for belts, sashes, jewelry, vest, hangings and several other small projects.
It has a lot of lovely color photos of projects sure to inspire other
ideas not only for Macrame but for other Fiber media.
It covers the basic knots and many combinations of knots.
I find myself browsing through this one often