Just a little blog to document my needlework projects and various other things along the way.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stitchy Books

Two of my favorite things to do in my very limited spare time are reading and stitching.  I love books, I love them so much that I had to make the decision to convert the top of my stepback antique cupboard into a book case.  It was a hard decision to make since my great grandmothers dishes had to be hidden away in the bottom half of the cupboard. This is only a third of the books that are stashed all over the house. It is a bit strange to have a china cupboard full of books but who says I have to put dishes in there?

For many years I have just been a cross stitcher, meaning I didn't do many other stitches than the crossed stitch x, French and Colonial knots and just a very few more.  Well that is until I joined Sampler Club.  Since last February I have gone through a crash course if you will of many stitches and techniques with the help of our wonderful teacher that has so much patience with us.  While Ms.M as I will call her does an amazing job teaching us sometimes I have a tendency to forget what I'm doing and need extra help when I want to do the stitches I have learned.  So thank goodness for stitching books!!!  I'm going to share with you a few of the books I have purchased in the past year to help me along the way.

First I will start with "The New Cross Stitchers Bible" by Jane Greenoff.  The one I have is a small spiral bound manual  of techniques, designs and project ideas.  This book has the best stitching diagrams that are so easy to follow and well explained.  It has been a valuable resource while making my sampler and I use it all the time.  Not to mention there are plenty of nice designs to stitch included in the book.

The Cross Stitcher's Bible (Crafts)


The second book I purchased is "Beginners Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery" by Patricia Bage.  One of the other ladies in our group reccomended this book to us and it is an absolute necessity when learing drawn work, at least it was for me as I needed lots of extra instruction after our drawnwork class before I attempted it on my Sampler.  I have used this book so much it's going to come apart!  This book is full of tips and techniques for doing drawn thread embroidery and has some really lovely patterns to create as well. 

Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery

Both of these books can be purchased from Amazon.com.

Well I must be off to enjoy this gorgeous spring-like day!!  I hope you are having lovely weather today too!


  1. I recently had to go through my bookcase to make room and it was very difficult to decide which ones to keep and which to donate. I like how you keep yours in those cabinets!
    Thanks for the word about the books. I don't know many stitches but I'm wanting to learn more. I envy your being able to go to a class for it. I'm going to look these books up!

    1. Peggy Lee, I think I made need either a library or an intervention! It's so hard to part with books.
      I am so very blessed to have a Needlework shop less than 5 minutes from my house, it's also hard on the wallet too though.
      These books are so very helpful if you are wanting to learn new stitches. I bought both from Amazon, the stitchers bible was listed as used but when it arrived it was brand new.

  2. And buying the kindle was a very good investment for someone who likes to read a lot. And it's easier to store books in. LOL

    1. Mr.Baker is that some sort of hint that I don't need to buy more books? Or can I take that to mean I should buy lots more kindle books? HAHAHA!!