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« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2008 05:01:40 PM »

I'll have to admit to being a bit of an eBay fan. I've picked up books, patterns and entire kits for less that the shipping cost before.

It's worth a search on there if there's something in particular you like, but other than that, thrift-stores is a great idea. Cheesy

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« Reply #41 on: January 24, 2008 05:39:08 PM »


I am looking for some books to build up my needlework library...I do a bunch of different kinds, but I'd love to know what are your fav crewel embroidery books. I'm looking for some with funky, fun, different patterns that are easy to transfer and inspiring to leaf through. Thanks!!

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« Reply #42 on: January 25, 2008 12:54:48 PM »

One of my favorites is "Royal School of Needlwork Embroidery Techniques". No patterns, but some really great information. I design all of my own embroidery patterns so I'm not too familiar with books that have designs. However, you could always get those really great Dover clip art books and use those drawings and designs as patterns.

« Reply #43 on: January 31, 2008 05:36:55 AM »

If you find a new book you would like, order them on Amazon.com. Orders over $25 you can have shipped free. You do have to remember to click free shipping.

I've only paid for shipping a few times in years and years  with them. Most of the time, it's on a pre-order because I order that item alone so it does not hold up the other items.

« Reply #44 on: February 14, 2008 04:19:32 AM »

I don't know if everyone else has seen these yet but they're new to me and thought to share them:

I came across this post http://fopsanddandies.blogspot.com/2008/02/sewn-to-sky.html about Pricked: Extreme Embroidery http://www.madmuseum.org/site/c.drKLI1PIIqE/b.3085755/ in a fashion blog I regularly read. Go to her post because she's got more pictures than I could find at the official site.

Also, this post http://myloveforyou.typepad.com/my_love_for_you/2008/01/brieana-ruais.html from an awesome art blog shows more needlework used in mixed media art. I thought I was amazing when I struck upon the idea to use unraveling/tangling or general f'd upness in embroidery and then felt crappy when I saw it'd been done. THEN I consoled myself with the thought that someone must have thought of it before her as well.

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« Reply #45 on: February 23, 2008 01:32:48 PM »

I have The Embroiderer's Handbook by Margie Bower (http://www.amazon.com/Embroiderers-Handbook-Step-Step-Techniques/dp/0715320378) which I love for reference. It has full color step-by-step photographs!

For Crewel related, I've found Margery Burnham Howe's book on Deerfield Embroidery to be very good.  It has patterns from colonial Massachusetts.  Many of the patterns were originally done in blue on white, but you could easily do them in more colorful Crewel style. I got it at the library, but: http://www.amazon.com/Deerfield-Embroidery-Traditional-Patterns-Massachusetts/dp/B000OMXTHK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203801995&sr=1-5

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« Reply #46 on: February 28, 2008 09:55:48 PM »

For basic everything embroidery I LOVE Pauline Brown's Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques. For crewel work, I have 2 vintage books by Erica Wilson Crewel Embroidery and Needleplay they're both super in a very 70's way.  If you can find them, I highly recommend them.


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« Reply #47 on: February 29, 2008 02:46:43 PM »


you post books you don't want any more and people can order them from you for free, you use that credit to order from someone else for free. you only have to pay for media mail shipping. i love it. they don't have too many craft books, but if you hang out in the bazzar and craft forums then you can strike gold

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« Reply #48 on: March 02, 2008 01:16:15 PM »

Dover Publications has a lot of inexpensive needlework books, usually under $10, including lots with iron-on transfers.  You can get them from Amazon or direct from doverpublications.com.  I learned ribbon embroidery from one of their books.

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« Reply #49 on: March 12, 2008 10:25:54 AM »

Hi Everyone,
it's been a while since i stopped by because i've been rather busy with other things lately so my poor cross stitchery has been tucked to the side.  i was thinking about subscribing to a stitching magazine or crafting magazine but am not sure what is good and what isn't.  if anyone knows of any good stitching magazines that feature a good amount of cross stitch or a good generic crafting magazine with a variety of craft types i'd be ever so greatful.  hopefully this is a good forum to place this topic in.

oh and for location sake - i'm in the united states in case it matters much.

happy stitching everyone!  Smiley


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