Hello everyone, I would like to start a discussion on this book ! I acquired this book at a carboot fair for 50p (uk) and it is the most informative book that I own ! I have learnt so much from this book and I totally recommend it......It is quite old but if you can lay your hands on it you wont be disappointed !! There are stitches in here that I did'nt know existed ! I am experimenting with some of these stitches on a sample cloth which I may show at a later date.
Has anyone got this book ?
Christina, what book are you referring to? I have an Encyclopaedia of Needlework stitches that covers stitches of various techniques including needlepoint, embroidery and counted thread. I would love to find a book that included all the laces and other type stitches and techniques I see posted on here, many of which I had not heard of before stitchin fingers such as Oya, Assisi embroidery and Mandala for example. I have begun a 'bucket list' of stitching I want to experiment with or learn more about.
Oops. You are obviously speaking of Erica Wilsons Embroider Book 1975 since that is the title of your discussion. Sorry about that.
I'm a member of the historical embroidery community, and this book is a famous and standard reference for us :-)
I have the same book. I have found it to be quite an inspiration. She is a fantastic designer.
I looked it up and our local library has it so I am going to go check it out first chance I have!
I'm so glad you've found it Connie......Its full of interesting stuff even though its quite old !
Erica Wilson's books can sometimes be found on Amazon via secondhand dealers - it is a standard here in Australia too - and very much worth while. I just wish it was not so bulky!
Folks, you make me very curious, I think I'm now going onto the hunt for it.
Thought I would share what my copy looked like
the inside has black and white drawn stitch directions
Each chapter has a bit about the embroidery style and then the stitches. Section include Crewel, which is surface stitchery, Silk and gold thread, Needlepoint (evenweave stitches), Blackwork, Whitework, Stumpwork, and colour illustrations of quirky samplers (I like quirky samplers)
There are some copies of Erica Wilson's Embroidery Book
on Amazon - the second hand ones they say start at $3.90 even with the postage (this book is heavy ie 373 pages about 1 and half inches thick and US letter/A4 size ) it would be well worth it. Looks old fashioned but is loaded with good information - I would use it at least once every 10 days.
Thanks so much Sharon for showing this........I do believe that there are people out there that are thirsty for knowledge and this reference book is a fountain of knowledge ! I'm sure that I would not be up to standard, had I not obtained this book ! Happy stitching, hugs Chris R xxxxxxx
I'm definitely going to get a copy. Second hand one doesn't matter, as long as it's not scribbled over everywhere.
After all the recommendations just had to have a copy and have just ordered one online!!