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Letters and Monograms From the House of Malbranche is an amazing book of designs and embroideries for household goods. Written by the owner of the House of Malbranche and the school which specializes in embellishing luxury household linens.
I sold many copies of this book here on Newneedlepoint.com, as many as I could get. As soon as it went out of print it got very rare and english langguage editions became impossible to find. The last one I had was sent to me from Germany, it was an English, French & Italian edition and cost a lot of money. Since then I have not found any others.
I have been looking for a similar book and I think I found one. Broder Le Linge De Maison The downside here is that the book is in French. I found a translation of 2 reviews for it, this is what they say:
The Title: "Embroider The House Linens-The Creations D. Porthault."
"5 Stars Essential For Romantic Embroiderers- in this book there are plenty of ideas for making embroideries at the shadow bridge on the organdi, to embroider or decorate works with magnificent letters, this book makes you want to make works and you will almost make it agility of your hands by 20 years.
In short, I am very happy to have been able to obtain it."
Here's another: 5 Stars A Very Beautiful Book- this book will please the enthusiasts of embroidery of fine linen."
Porthault is a very famous name in luxury lines, one I could never afford but I often drooled over them in stores. The designs in this book are exquisite. They include sheets, tableclothes, placemats etc. using embroidery and some very advanced applique combined with stitching. There are no "projects" no directions to follow.
There are full color pictures of the finished peices. The back half of the book is templates with thread and color keys in French but they are not hard to understand.
This book is clearly for a very advanced stitrcher but anyone who can stitch from templates or do counted thread could use this book. Absolutely gorgeous stuff.
This is a new hard cover book, published in 1994 by Armand Colin Editeur in Paris, France. It has 175 pages.