Now that you’ve seen my [much more organized] stash, I suppose I should share with you my collection of needlework books.
My stack of needlework books is where I turn for inspiration, new projects, patterns, new techniques, and reminders for those stitches I haven’t used in a while. There is almost always one beside me when I’m stitching that I turn to for reference. These are essentially the books that taught me to stitch.
The books on the bottom consist of a variety of thrift store finds and vintage pass-downs from my mom, most of which are charts for cross-stitch.
Then we move into the “wishful thinking” section. A tatting book I purchased so that I might be able to continue the tradition of my great-grandmother and tat snowflakes as gifts for all my friends and family. I’ve opened it maybe 3 times, gotten frustrated then tucked it away vowing to try again later. Maybe one day.
All of the books stacked on top of the tatting and vintage finds are used on a weekly, if not daily basis.
Little Stitches is by far one of my favorite books, Aneela Hoey’s designs are so cheerful and her use of stitches is so textural. She even provides step by step instructions for each of her iron-on designs that are ridiculously easy to follow. I highly recommend this book for beginning stitchers who want a bit of a twist on traditional embroidery.
Stitch: Step by Step is my bible for stitches. It covers all types of needlework in a wonderfully illustrated and full-color book. If you want a book that is all about different stitches this is the book for you.
Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection has adorable embroidery designs that are a slight twist on the traditional patterns your grandmother used to stitch. The book comes with a DVD of all the designs so that you can create your own designs for your projects, which I love.
New Crewel: The Motif Collection is the book that sparked my love of yarn and linen embroidery. The designs by Katherine Shaughnessy are modern, colorful and easily replicable. The projects all have unique stitches and amazing textures which always seem to pique my interest.
No matter how big or small your collection of stitch books is, it should be one that you can continually turn to for inspiration and education.