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Annotated Booklist:
Whitework


A Notebook of Pulled Thread Stitches
Bennett, Eileen
self, Jenison MI, 1999
In addition to clear diagrams, she discusses the where, how, and when stitches were used. SB
Intermediate


An Introduction to Hardanger Embroidery
Search Press
Search Press, Kent, 1994
ISBN# 0-85532-782-0
Clear pictures, descriptions, and patterns for this technique. Remember that Hardanger is post 1600. SB
Beginner


Cut-Work Embroidery and How to Do It
Cave, Oenone
Dover, New York, 1963
ISBN# 0-486-24267-6
Not for the faint of heart. While the book does walk through the main stitches and steps, it really only is clear with lots of practice or after having taken a class on the subject. Wonderful period plates of needle-lace. SB
Advanced


Danish Pulled Thread Embroidery
Fangel, Esther, Ida Winckler & Agnete Wuldern Madsen
Dover, New York, 1977
ISBN# 0-486-23474-6
Very clear descriptions of stitches and stitch techniques. While they are working from items dated around 1760, the stitches and patterns are much older. Many of the projects shown can with little modification be used for Opus Teutenicum and other historical work. SB
Intermediate


Drawn Fabric Embroidery
Wark, Edna
Batsford, London, 1979
ISBN# 0 7134 1477 4
Clear pics and diagrams of hemstitching. Clear diagrams with working hints on pulled stitches. Includes some stitches I haven't found elsewhere. SB
Intermediate


Drawn Thread Embroidery
McNeill, Moyra
Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1989
ISBN# 0-8050-1406-3
Excellent how-to with clear stitch descriptions and diagrams. SB
Intermediate


Drawn Thread Work, 1st Series, DMC Library
De Dillmont, Th., ed.
Sociète à Responsabilité Limitée, Mulhouse France
How to do many different types of drawn work including insertion, grounds and openwork in various styles. Excellent how to do the stitches and how to breakdown the patterns to a workable project. Useful in connection with a historic pattern book, but a difficult pamphlet to get. SB
Intermediate


Drawn Thread Work, 2nd Series, DMC Library
De Dillmont, Th., ed.
Sociète à Responsabilité Limitée, Mulhouse France
How to do many different types of drawn work including insertion, grounds and openwork in various styles. Useful in connection with a historic pattern book, but a difficult pamphlet to get. Contains more historic patterns than 1st in the series, but no information on how-to do the stitches or breakdown the patterns which is contained in the 1st. SB
Intermediate


Hardanger: Basics and Beyond
Love, Janice
self, Athens GA, 1995
Clear diagrams and steps. This book goes one better than most - it tells you when you make a mistake and how to fix it. Remember that Hardanger is post 1600. SB
Beginner


Hardanger Revisited
Kliot, Jules & Kaethe, Ed.
Lacis Publications, Berkeley CA, 1999
ISBN# 1-891656-13-9
A reprint of 3 booklets from1900-1924 - "Old and New Designs in Hardanger", "The Priscilla Hardanger Book", and "The Pricilla Hardanger Book, Book 2" plus additional materials. While developed post 1600, it is rooted in Reticella, and the techniques and patterns would be good pre-work for doing reticella. SB
Intermediate


Hems, Edges, and Fancy Borders
Altherr, Ilse
self, Lancaster PA,
If you are planning on doing napkins, a tablecloth, or handkerchief, this is the book for you. Step by step through a number of different edgings for household linens. A good book for finishing touches. SB
Intermediate


Hemstitching : An American School of Needlework Excellence in Instruction Pamphlet # 3403
Scoular, Marion
American School of Needlework, San Marcos, 1989
ISBN# 0-88195-230-3
The bible on how-to do hemstitching. SB
Beginner


History of Lace
Palliser, Mrs. Bury
Dover, Mineola NY, 1984
ISBN# 0-486-24742-2
A republishing of the 1875 classic. Wonderful plates of lace including some pre-1600 and some reticella. Also includes a major listing of historic pattern books and how to interprete those plates. Several sections cover lace in pre-1600 western europe. SB
Intermediate


Italian Lace Designs: 243 Classic Examples
Ricci, Elisa
Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1993
ISBN# 0-486-27588-4
Wonderful pictures of lace, many of which are 16th C. A great aide to understanding the patterns and different techniques of lace, including needle point lace. SB
Advanced


La Broderie sur Lacis, 1st Series
De Dillmont, Th., Ed.
Bibliothèque DMC, Mulhouse, France,
Wonderful booklet of patterns and stitches. The patterns and stitches have their roots in 16th C. embroidery - pattern darning. SB
Advanced


Lace
LÕAventurine
Bookking international, Paris, 1995
Divided into centuries, each section has pictures of patterns from pattern books and actual pieces. Great patterns for 16th C. needle point lace. SB
Advanced


Le Filet Brode
De Dillmont, Th., Ed.
Bibliothèque DMC, Mulhouse, France
Wonderful booklet of patterns and stitches. Although it shows a base of crocheted work, the patterns and stitches have their roots in 16th C. embroidery. SB
Advanced


Linen Embroidery
Campbell, Etta
Batsford, London, 1990
ISBN# 0 7134 6251 5
Nice survey of how to work on linen and pulled work stitches. Clear diagrams followed by pictures of the stitch on linen. Nice little book, but not my first choice if I could only have one on whitework. SB
Beginner


Mary Fry's Pulled Thread Workbook
Fry, Mary
self, Summit NJ, 1978
Mary is EGA certified to teach Pulled Thread. While she dates the work to 18th and 19th C. much of what she shows is older. Reasonably good diagrams with pictures of what the final should look like makes this a useful book. SB
Intermediate


Mastering The Art of Pulled Thread Embroidery
Altherr, Ilse
self, Lancaster PA, 1989
ISBN# 0-9624090-0-6
A good work book with good information on Òpull strengthÓ and design. Not my first choice, but definately useful for someone really into this embroidery form. SB
Intermediate


Needle-Made Laces and Net Embroideries: Reticella Work, Carrickmacrosss Lace, Princess Lace and Other Traditional Techniques
Preston, Doris Campbell
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1984
ISBN# 0-486-24708-2
Contains clear diagrams, good hints on technique, and pictures to help understand the differences in lace techniques. SB
Intermediate


Openwork Embroidery, DMC Library, New Edition (Revised)
de Dillmont, Th., ed.
DMC Library, Mulhouse, France, 1974
Small section on how-to and lots of patterns. Introduction identifies which patterns are based on renaissance or medieval embroideries. SB
Advanced


Pulled Thread and Florentine Embroidery Patterns
Zimmerman, Jane D.
self, California, 1976
Seminar work book with some useful ideas for the serious pulled thread stitcher. SB
Intermediate


Pulled Thread Embroidery
McNeill, Moyra
Dover, New York, 1971
ISBN# 0-486-27857-3
Excellent how-to with clear stitch descriptions and diagrams. SB
Intermediate


Pulled Work on Canvas and Linen
Drysdale, Rosemary
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1978
ISBN# 0-684-15786-1
Wonderfully clear diagrams of all the primary stitches. Easy to follow. SB
Beginner


Punti a Giorno
Mani Di Fata, ed
I Lavori Femmininili Di Mani di Fata, Milan,
ISBN# 8-099999-802407
An Italian pamphlet with how-to and simple designs for pulled and drawnwork. SB
Beginner


Punti a Giorno 2
Mani Di Fata, ed
I Lavori Femmininili Di Mani di Fata, Milan,
ISBN# 8-099999-802391
An Italian pamphlet with how-to and simple designs for pulled and drawnwork. SB
Beginner


Punti a Giorno 3
Mani Di Fata, ed
I Lavori Femmininili Di Mani di Fata, Milan,
ISBN# 8-099999-801103
An Italian pamphlet with how-to and simple designs for pulled and drawnwork. SB
Beginner


The Art of Drawn Work: The ÒMetropolitan Art SeriesÓ Vol 2, No. 1, March 1896
Kliot, Jules and Kaethe, ed.
Lacis Publications, Berkeley CA, 1989
ISBN# 0-916896-29-3
Reproduction of ButterickÕs 1896 publication. When you look at some of the more complicated patterns and wonder how they were constructed, this is the book for you. Very clear diagrams which breakdown complicated designs into clear steps. SB
Intermediate


The Needle: A Magazine of Fancy Work and other Handicrafts -- Drawn Thread Work with 33 Photographic Illustrations, 1st Series
The London Guild of Needlework
London Guild of Needlework, London,
Reprint by Bette Feinstein, Needlework Books, of a magazine from the 1st part of the 20th C. Fun to have, but the information on stitches and patterns are available in other sources. SB
Intermediate


The Needle-Made Lace of Reticella
Kliot, Jules & Kaethe
Lacis, Berkeley CA, 1994
ISBN# 0-916896-57-9
Partially a reproduction of early lace books and partially rewritten for the modern reticella worker, this is the clearest presentation of how to do reticella I have yet found. Many of the pattern also date back to 16th - 17th C pattern books for lace. SB
Advanced


The Open Canvas: An Instructional Encyclopedia of Openwork Techniques (Pulled Canvas, Needleweaving, Hemstitching, Filet, Hardanger, Reticello & Hedebo)
Ambuter, Carolyn
Workman Publishing, New York, 1982
ISBN# 0-89480-170-6
In my opinion the clearest and easiest to use notebook of openwork/whitework stitches. Hundreds of stitches are diagramed and pictured with clear instructions. If you have to have one book in this area, this is it. SB
Intermediate




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