Discover More About Embroidery with These Three Books

Embroidery—it all begins with a design, fabric, a hoop, and a needle threaded with floss. From there, the possibilities are only limited by your creativity! Below are reviews of three books on embroidery, which will help get your creative juices flowing. First, discover tips for needlepoint; second, explore crewelwork stitches; and third, get inspired by contemporary crewel embroidery.


Needlepoint Trade Secrets: Great Tips about Organizing, Stitching, Threads, and Materials
By Janet M. Perry
Napa, California: Napa Needlepoint, 2007 (2d edition). Softbound, 117 pages, $17.95. ISBN 978-1-4196-6533-2.

Beginning with an examination of canvas ground fabrics and concluding with tips on “Traveling with Needlepoint,” needlepoint author and designer Janet M. Perry offers hundreds of tips on color, threads, stitches, and more, all gleaned from her thirty-plus years of stitching needlepoint.


The New Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches: Techniques and Designs
Distributed by F and W Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005. Softbound, 64 pages, $11.99. ISBN 0-7153-1914-0.

This small book is filled with information, beginning with transferring a design and ending with finishing. Included are step-by-step diagrams for forty-nine stitches and instructions for sixteen projects.


The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery
By Katherine Shaughnessy
Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2005. Softbound, 112 pages, $14.95. ISBN 1-57990-680-X.

After delving into a chapter on the basics and working through the thirty practice designs, even novice stitchers will be ready to use the fresh designs in any of the fifteen projects offered here.

Read about more about embroidery in the PieceWork blog post series, “A Stitch in Time.”

Looking to truly indulge in your passion for embroidery? Take one of the new online courses offered by England’s Royal School of Needlework (RSN). Select from Jacobean Crewelwork or Blackwork courses or enroll in Whitework or Goldwork courses. Visit their website today to sign up—

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