Books Part 2 – Stitches

I have a number of books which deal with stitches, and most of them have ideas or projects for using those stitches.   The one which is the exception is the first embroidery book I bought,  about 40 years ago,  when I went to London with my friend to buy my bridesmaid outfit for her wedding.   We found time to pop into the Needlewoman Shop in Regent Streeet.   The price on it 10p!   It is called 100 Embroidery Stitches, and at the bottom of the cover it says Anchor Embroidery Stitches.  It was published by Coats in 1967.   I wonder if this was the fore-runner of the other books I have in this post?

I have various Anchor books, and I think I acquired all of them on eBay.   My justification for having so many embroidery (and other craft)  books is that some of them were gifts,  and others were bought for less than their original value.   I do sell one or two from time to time (which creates funds to buy more).

Here is the list:

The Anchor Book of

Counted Thread Embroidery Stitches

Ribbon Embroidery

Hardanger Embroidery

The New Anchor Book of

Canvaswork Stitches and Patterns

Crewel Stitches and Patterns

Freestyle embroidery Stitches

Pulled thread Embroidery Stitches

I would recommend any of the above for their clarity,  excellent illustrations, and the range of patterns and designs .   The full price for them now is £7.99.

The last one today is one of my favourites,  The Embroiderer’s Handbook.   It is  Country Bumpkin book,  and if I had to recommend just one book for someone starting with embroidery, this would be it.   I love the glossy feel of the pages, and the way the book is scattered with examples how the stiches can be used, and little hints and tips.   It is well woth £16.99 of anyone’s money!

October 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , . crewel, Embroidery, Hardanger, ribbon embroidery, Silk Paper. Leave a comment.


Silk paper

This is the result of my trying the effects of some fabric medium.   The purpose of the fabric medium is that it mixes with acrylic paint, so that the fabric is coloured as you want it, but is softer.   What I want to acheive is to make ‘silk paper’, so that I can embroider on it without continually catching the silk fibres with a needle point, or my fingers.  I have previously made silk paper with cellulose paste and either throwsters waste of silk hankies.  You can see that the edges of these silk hankies are quite fluffy.  There are about three layers in each of these.
The one on the right was first.  I mixed the fabric medium with water, then tried to spray it onto the silk hanky.   (I  have some small spray bottles which were bought for very little.)   What I did not account for was that the silk would not absorb anything.   I had it on a piece of cling-film, so having sprayed it, I had to roll it up, to try to work the liquid into the fibres.   It does seem to have worked quite well, in that the resulting ‘silk paper’  is soft enough to embroider onto, and the fibres seem to be tamed.
Having learned from the first experience, I wetted the second one first, and used a wide soft brush.  This one was painted with a mixture that was about half fabric medium and half iridescent acrylic paint.  I left it sitting on the cling film to dry.  Again I have an experience to learn from.  The paint drained down onto the smooth surface of the cling film.  One side of the silk hanky is matt, and the other quite shiny, in patches, which is not quite what I had in mind.

Silk paper with iridescent paint

However, they are both nice enough to use for the project I have in mind, so on the whole I am pleased with this.

August 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Embroidery, Silk Paper. Leave a comment.