I think borders are important to a *completed* needlepoint project. I know they do not seem to be in favor with designers right now but I maintain that a good border adds to a great design. The other issue here is corners. As someone who admits to being *corner challenged* I am always interested in books like this. I don't know of any contemporary book still in print that addresses this but fortunately there is this classic book (and one other by Sandra Urban, Chartered Borders, Bands and Corne...
Another wonderful needlepoint book by B. Bossuck, the author of 97 Alphabets for Needlepoint and co-author of Picture Your Dog in Needlework. This book surprised me. I was expecting a stitch book but it is not. I should have noticed the title says "Designs" not Stitches. The book is full of needlepoint (also completely adaptable to cross-stitch) design motifs. There are hundreds of borders, corner treatments and over all graphic design ideas in here, indeed 1001. They are fanciful, graphic, f...
As the book's title says Stumpwork is basically just raised or highly textured needlepoint or embroidery. I think it is the awkward name, Stumpwork, that puts people off. I know it makes me wonder.
The fashion in needlepoint (and embroidery) now is embellished stitches, textures and indeed raised or padded stitches.
Quoting (and paraphrasing) from the dust jacket flaps:
"Stumpwork is three-dimensional embroidery where figures are padded with stuffing: pearls and ribbons can be free-f...
I originally bought this book for myself. I love to do borders and corners on the needlepoint and especially the Bargello Needlepoint I stitch. The problem is, I am bad at corners. I rarely get them right on the first try (or 2nd or....)
This book was a big help to me. The subtitle is: 104 Designs For Cross Stitch, Needlepoint, Latch Hooking etc. In fact, in researching it I find that there are no contemporary, in print books addressing this. The only books on borders and corners are out of p...
I am interested in borders added to needlework, they used to be much more common, almost expected for a finished needlewoprk to have some kind of border or enclosure. This seems to have gone out of style but I still love the idea.
I think it *finishes* or completes many types of needlework. It is not right for all designs but many could benefit from borders.
Victorian Decorative Borders and Designs is by Christopher Dresser and Others. There was not room on the title line to say all that...
Faber Birren is a well-known name in the field of Color Theory. He is the author of Color and Human Response and the recently out-of-print Principles of Color.
Principals of Color was a book I sold a number of copies of here before the discontinued it.
The subtitle for this book is:
A Treatise On The Color System of Johannes Itten Based on His book The Art Of Color. Edited and with a forward and evaluation by Faber Birren.
Quoting from the forward
"This present book, The Elements of...
Dover Publishing is known for these excellent design books, this one is subtitled:
For Artists, Needleworkers and Craftspeople.
Quoting from the back cover:
"The combination of elegance and precision characteristics of Far Eastern art enriches this versatile collection of ready-to-use floral designs. Over 90 pages of black and white illustrations capture the graphic excellence of Oriental art in pratical full page designs and spot motifs, adaptable to a wide range of uses"
It goes on to sa...
Jenny Bradford is also the author of the book Bullion Stitch Embroidery: From Roses to Wildflowers (also for sale here on newneedlepoint.com).
Both are published by the excellent Milner Craft Series from Sally Milner in Australia. Bullion Stitch Embroidery is a popular book here, I have sold a number of copies.
Quoting (and slightly paraphrasing) from the back cover: "Textured Embroidery is a companion book to the best selling Bullion Stitch Embroidery. In this book, Jenny Bradford...
This is, strictly speaking, not a Needlepoint Book but I wanted to include it here. There is very little out there about contemporary Jewish stitchery and design for it. But then again, it's my web store and I can list what I want! (how's that for a statement?) The actual subtitle of this books is: Contemporary Jewish Needlework and Quilts. Quoting (and paraphrasing) from the back cover "The New Work Of Our Hands teaches and reinforces the richness of Jewish heritage and tradition through nee...
This book is rare even among rare books. It has taken me years to get a salable copy. The authors are both well-known needleqwork authors.
Marion Broome Pakul is also the author of Needlepoint Plaids, a book I sell out of over and over and New Ideas For Needlepointers which I have for sale here too.
Rhoda Ochser Goldberg is the author of The Dictionary of Needlepoint and Canvas Stitches which I used to list here until it got too expensive. She has also written a knitting and a crochet b...
The subtitle of this book is 40 Fun Designs for Needlework. And they do appear to be fun. Many book's with this kind of title tend to be ponderous and self-important. This book's designs appear light-hearted and not beyond the skills of the average stitcher. There is a Noah's Ark (2 of them, in fact) Garden of Eden Dove Abraham Jacob's Ladder Joseph's Dream Camel (a bib) Burning Bush Moses and the Ten Commandants Naomi and Ruth David with Harp "The Lord is my Shepherd" Family Tree The Horseman...
This wonderful book is from The Peabody Essex Museum. The author is Pual Bradstreet Richter, Curator of Textiles & Costumes.
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts (yiou can tell I am from there, I can spell it) with is on the ocean north of Boston.
Actually, Salem was not the site of the famous Salem Witch trials, that was really Danvers, next to it.
I don't think I have been to this museum but I now wish I had.
The book is based on an exhibition called Painted With Thread. Man...
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