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This very fine book by Tracey A. Franklin and Nicola Franklin was out of print for a while, now it is back and I am glad. This is an unusual book.
Most of us associate Whitework with a more staid form of white on white stiching, this book open that box right up.
Tracy A. Franklin is also the author of New Ideas in Goldwork (which I just so happen to asell here in my Goldwork & Glitz category)
The term *Whitework* covers a range of embroidery techniques including Broiderie Anglaise, Cut-Work, Pulled Work, Shadow Work & Mountmellick plus, of course, Needlepoint.
Contemporary Whitework has full instructions on the traditional techniques plus ways to explore & develop them for more contemporary applications.
Each chapter is based on a different Whitework tradition. As well as the types of stitchery mentioned above, the book also features Drawn Thread Work, Whitework on Textural Surfaces, Ayrshire and Fine Whitework.
Each chapter gives you a brief history of the technique. Stitch techniques with easy-to-follow diagrams and step-by-step instructions. Creative samples, showing a range of experimental ideas.
In paging through this book I am impressed by the details. For instance, there are multiple clear and easy too understand drawings of each step of the way for doing Pulled Work.
Everything is shown & explained so that even a person who knows little about it (like me) could follow along and learn this technique.
All the *in process* & sample pictures are in full color. This is an impressive book and I am not that easy to impress (by books, anyway).
Another fine B. T. Batsford Publishing UK stitchery book. This is a glossy cover paperbound book first published in 2005. The paperbound edition was published in 2007. It has 128 pages.