Three Books Celebrating Embroidery

The minimal materials needed to learn embroidery create stitches from simple to complex. PieceWork celebrates embroidery in all of its many forms. Here are three books we recommend on embroidery, which are sure to delight. The first explores needlepoint inspired by William Morris, the second inspires with page after page of colorful creativity, and the third pays tribute to bargello.


Arts & Crafts Needlepoint: 25 Patterns & Projects
By Beth Russell
London: National Trust Books, 2010. Softbound, 128 pages, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-905488-80-5.

A former student of the Royal School of Needlework, Beth Russell has built an international reputation for her interpretations of William Morris designs for needlepoint. This fabulous workbook provides all the information you will need to create simple yet elegant needlepoint projects inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.


The Art of Embroidery: Inspirational Stitches, Textures and Surfaces
By Françoise Tellier-Loumagne
London: Thames and Hudson, 2006. Softbound, 304 pages, $39.95. ISBN 978-0-500-28639-5.

This artistic book is meant to inspire needle workers to think outside the box. Hundreds of stunning textural photographs offer a dreamlike look at nature’s beauty. The book is not meant to instruct, but to invite the reader to explore and express without restraint, using concepts of design composition and use of materials.


The Bargello Book
By Frances Salter
London: A&C Black, 1993; reprinted, 2006. Softbound, £9.99 (about $19). ISBN 0-7136-7953-0.

Many associate bargello, also known as Florentine work, with the flame motif, but it can produce much more than that; tulips, boxes, ripples, and shells are just a few examples. This reprint of the popular 1993 book will get you started down your own bargello path. It is concise, well-illustrated, and precise.

Read about more about embroidery in our blog post, “Discover More About Embroidery with These Three Books,” and in every issue of PieceWork.

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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