Friday, April 20, 2012

Embroidery resources,

The other day on Pinterest, I came across this fantastic download.  It's a whole embroidery book for alphabets that someone has scanned as a free resource.  While I loved the designs in the book, alphabets are not something I'd personally have a great deal of use for.  But after some additional googling of the author, I came across this little beauty...


The Handbook of Stitches by Grete Peterson and Elsie Svennas


Even though all the photography is in black and white, the charming appeal of the embroidery shines through,


 due to the age of the book (circa 1970 for the english edition), all the designs have a real retro flavour,


embroidery for me has a timeless nature,


 and this book makes me feel inspired to stitch!


I struck lucky and got my copy via Amazon Marketplace, and am very glad that on a dismal, grey and wet spring day this little ray of sunshine arrived in the post.

11 comments:

Mary said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing!

Glaucia said...

Thank you! The alphabets one is adorable ( and usually i don't like them either!), and the other looks so lovely, I wish I can find one too :)

Handmade in Israel said...

Looks stunning! I look forward to seeing what you create.
Just thought I'd let you know that I gave you a ltitle mention on my blog. I won Moo stickers through your lovely blog ages ago and have just blogged about them: http://lisa-handmadeinisrael.blogspot.com/2012_04_01_archive.html#3746390258597353212

Anna Sonata said...

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Lenna Green of Stitching Cow said...

Wow it looks like a wonderful resource, what a lucky find. Thanks for sharing

glaucia said...

I have mine in hands now. It's a wonderful embroidery resource book . Thanks again for sharing it!

Amy Seven-Stitches said...

I agree, it is a wonderful book. I have my mothers copy on long term loan. The samplers are so innovative too. My attempt at the filler stitch tree is over here:
http://seven-stitches.blogspot.co.nz/2010/09/from-moment-i-saw-this-pattern-i-knew-i.html

Maggie Smith said...

this is amazing - thanks so much for the post!

Patricia . Strunk said...

Living it up; living placard statesman n more n more.
loan website

XmasOrnamentsWorld said...

Thank you for sharing.Good post
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Kathy Shea Mormino said...

I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-turkey.html

I hope to see you there!
Cheers!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick