Recommended Books

Embroidered Reticella/geometric cutwork

Margaret Stephens A GUIDE TO EMBROIDERED LACE.  

This  is a step by step beginners guide to a Reticella type lace  but worked within fabric after the cut out squares are stitched around.  Her photographs and diagrams of each step are very clear, and she takes  Small steps so the complete novice can understand what is what!   It progresses with clear instructions on how to cut away and make the grid, to step by step instructions on how to fill the grid with a variety of motifs.

 

There are 15 motifs shown, and corners and an edge,  and at the end of the book are some patterns for more complex designs. Her samples show multiple motifs arranged within the same piece to make a variety of patterns. Includes instructions for Left-handed workers too

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Drawn Thread work

Pulled Thread work

The best books for learning this are:

  • Moyra McNeill PULLED THREAD EMBROIDERY, Taplinger Publishing Company, New York, 1972.  ISBN 0-8008-6562-6
  • Esther Fangel, Ida Winckler & Agnete Wuldem Madsen DANISH PULLED THREAD EMBROIDERY (with English and Danish text), Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1977 ISBN 0-486-23474-6

Two more recent books, which add many composite stitches to the repertory are:

  • Mary Fry MARY FRY'S PULLED THREAD WORKBOOK, Self published, 1978
  • Ilse Altherr MASTERING THE ART OF PULLED THREAD EMBROIDERY, self published 1989 

McNeill has the largest number of basic stitches, arranges them in stitch groups, and has very clear stitch diagrams and photos.  She also has several additional suggestions about ways to finish the edges, and some suggestions for how to approach modern designing..  Fangel has what I think are the best examples of modern design or kinds of designs.  Fry and Altherr show many more composite stitches than McNeil or Fangel.  Both Fry and Altherr have useful instructions and advice about general working methods.

See  http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/group/pulledthreadwork/forum/topics/pulled-thread-and-drawn-thread    for a discussion of various books and their strong points.

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