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A Picture Book of Flowers in English Embroidery
Victoria and Albert Museum
HMSO, London, 1932
Wonderful small booklet of embroidered flowers. Contains about half a dozen slips, that while not in color show great detail and contain decent descriptions. Useful for the serious researcher. SB

Crewel Embroidery
Wilson, Erica
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1962
Easily available in second hand shops, this book provides clear easy stitch diagrams and clear easy steps for taking pattern to material. SB

Crewel Embroidery in England
Edwards, Joan
William Morrow & Company, Inc., New York, 1975
ISBN# 0-688-02919-1
A quick overview of embroidery in England and the keys people who affected changes through history. Good pictures and clear line drawings. Unfortunately, all the information in this book is from terciary sources, so while interesting, better information is available with a little effort. SB

Elizabethan Needlework
Marshall, Sheila
Georgeson Publishing Ltd., New Zealand, 1998
ISBN# 0 473 04977-5
2nd in the Elizabethan Needlework Series. Excellent interpretation of Elizabethan Needlework. Contains additional stitches, designs, and diagrams. SB

Exploring Elizabethn Embroidery
Clarke, Dorothy
Georgeson Publishing Limited, New Zealand, 1987
ISBN# 0 473 03634 7
Excellent interpretation of Elizabethan embroidery and designs. Clear instructions and diagrams. Note that this interpretation has a distinctly Australian embroidery bent. SB

Festive Elizabethan Creations
Holdaway, Shirley
Georgeson Publishing Ltd., New Zealand, 1998
ISBN# 0 473 05277 6
3rd in the Elizabethan Needlework Series. Further excellent designs and stitch descriptions. This book includes the use of threads and some techniques which are only Elizabethan in style. SB

Flowers in English Embroidery
Victoria and Albert Museum
HMSO, London, 1963 & 1983
Wonderful small booklet of embroidered flowers. Contains about half a dozen slips, that while not in color show great detail and contain decent descriptions. Useful for the serious researcher. SB

Jacobean Embroidery: Its Forms and Fillings Including Late Tudor
Fitzwilliam, Ada Wentworth & A. F. Morris Hands
B.T. Batsford, London, 1928, 1990
ISBN# 0 7134 6376 7
Drawings show typical Jacobean designs, including how the stitches are used. Most of the designs are identified as to source. SB

Laid Fillings for Evenweave Fabrics
Taggart, Jean
Brockton Publishing, Brockton MA, 1998
ISBN# 0-9638758-6-8
Contains 125 stitch diagrams in increasing complexity, starting with simple couching. AJ

New Designs in Raised Embroidery
Hirst, Barbara and Roy
Merehurst Ltd., London, 1999
ISBN# 1-85391-578-5
Excellent book on technique for Stumpwork (17th C). I like this book for its clear descriptions of how to do figures and the details of clothing. SB

Stumpwork Embroidery: A Collection of Fruits, Flowers, and Insects, for Contemporary Raised Embroidery
Nicholas, Jane
Sally Milner Publishing, Bowral, Australia, 1995
ISBN# 1 86351 183 0
Her projects have their historical antecedents which she sometimes shows. Her execution is modern for the most part. SB

Stumpwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects
Nicholas, Jane
Sally Milner Publishing Pty Ltd, Bowral, Australia, 1998
ISBN# 1-86351-208-4
This is a great book to learn how to do Stumpwork (17th C.). Her basic techniques are the solid with very clear descriptions. The embroidery stitches used may differ from historical work and the projects are Òperiod-esqueÓ, but she does describe what was done in fair detail. SB

Stumpwork: Historical & Contemporary Raised Embroidery
Best, Muriel
B. T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1987
ISBN# 0-7134-5572-1
This book contains wonderful pictures and description of historical work - stitches, colors, threads, etc. If you are going to create a stumpwork piece, this is the book to get for creating your design. SB

The Art of Elizabethan Embroidery: The Stitches and Variations Used in Colored Silk and Metal Thread Embroidery -- England, 1558-1625
Zimmerman, Jane D.
self, Richmond CA, 1999
ISBN# 0-9646219-4-0
Excellent descriptions of numberous stitches used in Elizabethan embroidery. This pamphlet was originally the course book for a project so suggested materials are not specified. SB

The Bayeux Tapestry
Wilson, David. M
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1985
ISBN# 0-394-54793-4
This is the definitive work about the Bayeux Tapestry. Color photo size is 50% of the original work. Many close-ups. CL

The Bayeux Tapestry Embroiderers' Story
Messent, Jan
Madeira Threads Ltd., London, 1999
ISBN# 0-951-634852
Wonderful book done in the Bayeux style. Explains the history, design, stitching, fabric, threads, and each panel. Both interesting to read and to use as a how to for stitching and design. SB

The Bayeux Tapestry: Monument to a Norman Triumph
Grape, Wolfgang
Prestel, Munich,
ISBN# 3-7913-1365-7
Great book for understanding the historic and socialogical context of the tapestry in addition to the design and construction. The pictures are sufficiently detailed to see each stitch of the original. SB

The St. Martin Embroideries: A Fifteenth Century Series Illustrating the Life and Legend of St. Martin of Tours
Freeman, Margaret B.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1968
Freeman was the curator at the Cloisters in NYC. She looks at the pieces from a number of different perspectives including design, techniques, and materials used. Of interest primarily for the researcher and designer. SB

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