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1907. Church Needlework: A Practical Manual by Hinda M. Hands
1932. Modern Needlecraft: A Practical Guide. Edited by Davide C. Minter
1995. Thomas the Tank Engine Cross Stitch. 20 designs based on the Railway series by the Rev. W. Awdry by Helena Turvey
1998. The Watts Book of Embroidery. English Church Embroidery 1833-1953

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  • Church Needlework: A Manual of Practical Instruction [top]
    Written by Hinda M. Hands; based on articles written for 'The Treasury', which in the early 20th Century was edited by Anthony Deane
    First published in 1907 in Great Britain by G. J. Palmer & Sons, 7 Portugal Street, WC, in hardback, 103pp

About this book: This book was founded on a series of articles that Hinda Hands wrote on Church Embroidery for the 'Treasury'. It is intended for the use of those who are desirous of learning by practical experiment how to make the best use of such time and skill as they have at their command; and who, while they are unable to go through the long courses of instruction which are generally indispensable to the attainment of perfection, are yet anxious to devote their 'labour of love' to the service of the church. The book does not go into the history of embroidery in general, nor does it look at a particular branch of embroidery history, but it does collect together examples of embroidery to absorb the spirit of the work and to see how and why it was done. Hinda Hands has therefore selected examples from Churches, Public Museums and Libraries to show to the reader how embroidery should employ 1) a more harmonious gradation of colour than woven decoration; 2) The absence of mechanical repetition of pattern that woven decoration would exhibit; and 3) Freedom of line in the drawing (again, wovens would not have this). Hinda Hands advises the reader to choose a good colour scheme and decide on this at the same time as working out which materials will be used so that both scheme and materials are in accordance with each other. The would-be embroiderer should have a clear idea of the capabilities and the limitations both of the methods and materials by which the design is to be completed as a work of art and also a fair knowledge of ecclesiastical art from early times to the present day.

The principal requirements of any embroidery design are threefold: Beauty, Fitness, and Practicability; with beauty coming first as it is the raison d’etre of embroidery. Fitness comes next – does the embroidery design fit its place (surroundings) and role? Practicability is essential because it’s no good having a design if it’s impractical to execute by needle and thread. In embroidery, the finished article should always be more beautiful than the coloured drawing. Finally, the embroiderer must consider where and how an embroidery is to be positioned, i.e. angle from which it will be seen, the surroundings it is to be placed in - the style of architecture, background, lighting, size of the church, sunlit areas. A large church with a dark chancel will need a bolder, brighter colour than for a small church, or a well-lit one.

Contents:
Preface
1. Introductory
2. On Materials, etc.
3. On Mounting Frames and Tracing Designs
4. On Gold-Work
5. On Silk-Work
6. On Outline and Appliqué
7. On Figure-Work
8. On Liturgical Colours, Frontals, Etc.
9. On the Cope and Mitre
10. On Eucharistic Vestments, Chalice-Veil and Burse
11. On Banners
12. On The Principal Stitches Used in Linen-Work
13. On Alter Linen
14. On the Albe, Surplice, Etc
Conclusion, Appendices, Index

Photographs or drawings of actual embroideries and embroidery work or designs contained in this book:
(some chapters contain only sampler drawings and these have been omitted in the list below)
Frontispiece: Photograph of the altar and altar cloth embroidery at St. Margarets, King's Lynn

Chapter VI. On Outline and Appliqué
p23. Fig. I. - Appliqué. Italian, Seventeenth Century (Victoria & Albert Museum; No. 243-1895)
p24. Fig. IV. Appliqué enriched with Scroll-work. Apparel of Dalmatic, Spanish, Sixteenth Century (Victoria & Albert Museum; No. 888-1897)
p28. Fig. I. Christian Coptic Embroidery, A.D. 500 or 600. Part of a medallion of a tunic. From ancient tombs in Upper Egypt (Victoria & Albert Museum; No. 124 - 1891)
Chapter VII. On Figure Work
p30. Outline drawing of a fragment of de Cantelupe Vestment in Worcester Cathedral, A.D 1236-66
p31. Fig. II. Early Thirteenth Century figure-work (illustration). From the Syon Cope (Victoria & Albert Museum; No. 83-1864)
p32. Fig. III. Illustration of figure-work from an altar frontal in the Church of St. Thomas a Becket in Salisbury
p34. a) English Thirteenth Century figure-work; b) Westphalian Early Fifteenth Century (V&A Museum; No. 459-1905); c) Modern, Stitches Vertical
p35. Fig IV. Illustration of St. Andrew - Florentine work, fifteenth or early sixteenth century (V&A Museum; No. 5787-1859)
p38. Illustration of Italian early sixteenth century figure-work, suggested as the centre for Frontal, Fig. I on page 40 (V&A Museum; No. 8388-1863)
Chapter VIII. On Liturgical Colours, Frontals, Etc.
p40. Photo of an Early English frontal
p48. A fifteenth-century Bishop (Botticelli)
Chapter IX. On the Cope and Mitre
p50. Sketch showing spacing of Canopy-work; typical English thirteenth-century Cope of St. Sylvester. Each of the larger spaces is filled with groups of figures illustrating the life of Christ, smaller ones with Angels, the medallions with birds
p51. Mitre of St. Thomas of Canterbury
Chapter X. On Eucharistic Vestments, Chalice-Veil and Burse
p54. Fig. I. Illustration - Ruben's portrait of St. Ignatius of Loyola (in Warwick Castle), showing elaborately worked Chasuble
p55. Fig. II. Ancient forms of ends of Stole and Maniple (six different examples are shown)
p55. Early Twelfth Century drawing of the vestments worn at that time (from MS, British Museum, Y6)
p56. Fig. III. A Bishop's Tomb in Worcester Cathedral (showing old form of English chasuble)
p57. Fig. IV. Diagram showing dimension of chasuble
p58. Fig. V. Drawing of Chasuble of St. Thomas of Canterbury (At Sens)
p59. Fig VI. Drawing of an ornament for chasuble called the flower
p60. Fig VIII. St. Stephen (after V. Carpaccio). Fig VII. St. Lawrence (after Fra Angelico)
p61. Fig IX. Diagram showing dimensions of Dalmatic
p62. Illustration of Corporal-case or Burse, Italian, sixteenth century. From a drawing, size about 10 in. square (V&A Museum, No. 1511-1888)
p63. Chalice-veil; Italian, seventeenth century. Excerpt from a photograph; size about 24 in. square (V&A Museum, No. 237-1895)
Chapter XI. On Banners, etc.
p66. Pall, belonging to the Saddler's Company
p67. Central ornament at Sides and Ends of Pall, belonging to Saddler's Company
p68. Bible-bound for Queen Elizabeth in ruby velvet, embroidered in coloured silks, gold and silver thread, and seed pearls (In the Bodleian Library)
p70. Ancient Pulpit-hanging in Stapleton Church, Shrewsbury
p71. Ornament for herse-cloth, belonging to the Fishmonger's Company
Chapter XII. On the Principal Stitches Used in Linen Work
p77. Top. Photo of cross-stitch on a Spanish embroidery, sixteenth century (V&A Museum; No. 227-1880)
p77. Bottom. Photo of cross-stitch forming the background with the linen itself being the pattern. Spanish, early sixteenth century - design is the same on front and back (V&A Museum; No. 224-1880)
p78. Portion of an altar-cloth (embroidered Cambric), Italian
Chapter XIII On Altar Linen
Fig. I. Illustration of a portion of linen altar-cloth band, embroidered in various coloured silks in close herring-bone or plait-stitch, German, fifteenth century (V&A Museum; No.7025-1860)
Chapter XIV On the Albe, Surplice, Etc
p85. Fig. I. Illustration of a complete figure wearing an albe, girdle, amice and stole
p86. Fig. II. Diagram of an ancient albe in the V&A
p87. top. Fig. III. Diagram of a modern albe
p87. bottom. Fig IV - three illustrations of the needlework on the shoulder of an albe, the front and back seams and detail of insertion
p88. Fig. V. Amice of St. Thomas of Canterbury
p89. Top left. Fig VI. Illustration of an English choir surplice (A.D. 1301)
p89. Bottom right. Fig. VII. Illustration of modern surplice
p90. Illustration Fig. VIII. Diagram of how to cut a surplice like the one illustrated in Fig. VII

















































































Minter, Davide C. 'Modern Needlecraft: A Practical Guide", published in 1932 in Great Britain in hardback by The Gresham Publishing Company, 259pp, no ISBN. Condition: good, but vintage - the blue cloth boards are slightly worn on the edges, but the internal pages are relatively clean. Price: £7.99, not including post and packing
1932, The Gresham Publishing Company, hbk
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  • Modern Needlecraft: A Practical Guide [top]
    Edited by Davide C. Minter
    Chapters contributed by Florence A. Anslow; Ethel R. Hambridge; Laura E. Start; A. M. Kingdom; Rebecca Crompton; Ruth Sykes; Ann Macbeth; J. C. Cooke; Marjory Tillotson
    First published in 1932 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by The Gresham Publishing Company, 259pp, no ISBN

About this book: This book has been written for the creative person. It deals with every branch of needlecraft in a highly practical way - demonstrating by picture, diagram, and text those methods proved best by the experienced embroiderer. The writers of the various sections are the foremost exponents of needlecraft in Great Britain [in the 1930s when this was published]. Each one is a specialist in her own area. This book does not suggest special pieces of finished work, garments, or household accessories to be copied by thousands of readers - and which "date". Nor is it merely a dictionary of stitches and needlecraft processes. Far beyond that, it deals with their decorative and practical application. Whether it be a dress, a rug, window draperies, or a cushion to fit into a decorative scheme, this book will enable even the most diffident of embroiderers to carry out their ideas. The pages devoted to Embroidery and Decorative Stitchery has plenty to inspire, and assist the worker to translate any mind picture into actuality. In the knitting and crocheting sections, a new principle is introduced whereby garments can be knitted to exact measurements from simple diagrams, and any pattern or design can be set down in chart form to be worked without the need for detailed instructions. This book will be most useful to the person that wants to actually make items themselves

Contents:
Decorative Stitchery and Embroidery
-Working Equipment
-Principles of Design as Applied to Embroidery
-Tracing a Design on to the Material
-How to Dress a Frame
-Stitches and Processes
-White Work
-Filet and Reticella
-Lettering in Embroidery
-Tassels, Cords and Fringes
-Raffia Work
Hand-bags
-Making up Hand-bags
-The Pocket or Envelope Bag
Plain and Pattern Knitting
-Stitches and Processes
-Baby's Woollies
-Jumpers and Sweaters
-Lady's Cardigan
-Socks and Stockings
-Gloves
Crochet Work
-Stitches and Processes
-Dressing Jacket
-Square Shawl
-Hiawatha Blanket
-Crochet Worked in Cotton
-Rose Irish Crochet
-Hairpin Work
Dressmaking and Sewing
-Pattern Making
-Sleeves and Sleeve Finishings
-Foundation Garments
-Seams
-The Sewing Machine
-Important Stitches
-Skirts - their planning and cutting
-Plackets and Fastenings
-Bias Bindings and Hems
-Buttonholes and Pockets
-Decorative Forms Used in Dressmaking
-Neck Lines and Finishings
-Dress Cutting and Fitting
-Pressing
-Lingerie
-Linings and Interlinings
-Children's Garments
Millinery
-Working Felt Hats and Hoods
-Stitched Hats and Caps in Tweed and Cloth
-Sewing and Shaping Straw Hoods and Plaits
-Sewing Shapes in Buckram, Esparto and Canvas
-Wire Blocks and Wiring
-Children's Hats, Caps and Bonnets
-Trimmings
-Remodelling and Steaming
Mending and Repairing
-Darning
-Patching
-General Repairs
Soft Furnishings and Loose Covers
-Soft Furnishings and Draperies
-Window Curtains
-Loose Covers for Furniture
-Furnishing Accessories
-Lamp and Candle Shades
Rug-Making
-Hooked Rugs
-Locker Stitch Rugs
-Knotted Pile Rugs
-Embroidered Rugs
House Linens
-Storing Linen
-Marking Linen
-Bed Linen
-Household Cloths
-Table Linen
The Teaching of Needlework
-Modern Tendencies
-Planning a Syllabus
-Suggestions for Schemes of Work
Index































































Turvey, Helena. "Thomas The Tank Engine Cross Stitch. 20 Designs based on the Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry", published in 1995 by Hamlyn Books in Great Britain in hardback, 112pp, ISBN 0600588564. Condition: ex-library with all the normal library markings and a plastic cover protecting the exterior. Price: £4.75, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1995, Hamlyn, hbk

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About this book:
This book contains a unique collection of 20 exciting new designs in cross stitch published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine by the Reverend W. Awdry. Here, favourite characters and scenes from the much-loved railway series are reproduced in an array of embroidered items, including practical clothes for children, all sorts of gifts and a variety of soft furnishings. With clear instructions throughout and a detailed section covering all the necessary materials, techniques and pattern templates, Thomas The Tank Engine Cross Stitch is full of creative ideas, whatever your level of sewing ability. Some projects require no more needlework than following the cross stitch chart. While more experienced stitchers can turn a variety of designs into all sorts of attractive clothes and accessories. Each design is beautifully photographed and accompanied by extracts and illustrations from the original engine story which inspired it. In the Clothing chapter, there are ideas for adding style to ready-made items, including how to stitch James onto a T-shirt, liven up pyjamas with railway motifs and embroider Terence and Bertie on the pockets of dungarees. The Gifts chapter explains how to make birthday and Christmas cards, along with a delightful Thomas pencil case, a drawstring purse, a cake band, a key ring, and a bookmark embroidered with that immortal character: the fat controller. And the Soft Furnishings chapter describes how to dress up curtains with a border and tie-back, sew a cushion; a toy bag and decorate a lampshade

Contents:
Foreword
Pictures:
Stepney
Wake Up James
Clothing:
James T-Shirt
In the Tunnel baseball cap
Puffing James Pyjamas
Stop and Go Slippers
Thomas and Clarabel Scarf
Terence and Bertie Dungarees
Henry Baby's Bib

Gifts:
Thomas pencil case
Harold Drawstring Purse
Fat Controller Bookmark
Snowdrift Christmas Card
Happy Birthday Card
Whistle Key Ring
Gordon Cake Brand

Soft Furnishings:
Cows! Curtains
Henry and the Elephant Cushion
Green Flag Lampshade
Henry Toy Bag

Materials and Techniques:
Equipment
How to Cross Stitch
The Stitches
Patterns
Suppliers

Index
Acknowledgements































 



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