Colonial Lake Books


Blackwork - $31.00
Mary Gostelow. Rich, comprehensive treatment of an age-old craft includes fascinating history of the beautiful and distinctive art of blackwork, plus detailed discussions of technique and design. Clear, concise descriptions of stitches and equipment-needles, ground fabric, embroidery thread, and more-followed by suggestions for innovative patterns, many accompanied by close-up sketches of designs. Unabridged reprint of her 1976 edition. 160pp. Pb.

Blackwork Embroidery - $19.00
Geddes & McNeil. You can use Blackwork to striking effect on towels, table linens, sheets and clothing, as well as on wall hangings and pillows. The book opens with a substantial and interesting history of Blackwork, explains the techniques used, contains a very good chapter on designing for Blackwork and then presents some 200 filling patterns. 115pp, 320 illustrations.

Celtic Animal Charted Designs - $12.00
Ina Kliffen. Forty-three carefully designed color-coded charts depict bizarre mythical creatures that abound in Celtic art. Complete instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams enable even beginning needlecrafters to create a menagerie of fabulous fauna that will embellish clothing, linens and other domestic items. 48pp. Pb.

Celtic Charted Designs - $14.00
Co Spinhoven. Over 300 lovely designs from Book of Kells, Tara Brooch, other Celtic sources: spiral work, knot work, biomorphic patterns, more. 64pp. Pb.

Charted Peasant Designs from Saxon Transylvania - $20.00
Heinz E. Kiewe. 195 authentic cross-stitch folk designs, 11th through to early 20th century. Birds, flowers, geometric patterns, mythical beasts and more. 64pp. Pb.

Designs For Church Embroideries - $25.00
Thomas Breon & Son. The designs in this reprinting of a catalog originally published at the turn of the century could easily be used for all types of church linens or other church-orientated graphics, or (minus the religious symbols) for secular purposes. It includes simple to elaborate borders, geometric motifs, suggestions for combining motifs, or placing motifs for an all-over pattern. Room is allowed for inscriptions in some designs. There are specific designs for stoles, banners and chasubles, some especially appropriate for embroidery or appliqué. Black and white line drawings only, no written text. Pb.

Embroidered Bags & Purses - $41.00
Sally Milner. Projects range from simple, functional bags to elegant purses including an elizabethan sweet bag. Contains full-color photos and step-by-step instructions. Explores numerous embroidery techniques. 128pp. Pb.

The Essential Stitch Guides: Goldwork - $28.00
Helen McCook. The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard and is well respected all over the world. It not only upholds the traditions of English embroidery that go back many hundreds of years, but is constantly taking embroidery forward in new and innovative ways. This series of Essential Stitch Guides has been produced in close collaboration with the RSN with the aim of providing a set of definitive works on traditional embroidery techniques. All of the authors were chosen by the RSN and all are graduate apprentices of the Royal School. Goldwork is all about the interplay of colour, texture and light, and it is this quality that is at the heart of Helen McCook's work. The book starts with a historical account of goldwork, then moves on to the materials and equipment required, framing up, how to transfer a design on to fabric and how to start and finish a thread. The main section of the book then covers all of the essential stitches and techniques through clear, step-by-step diagrams and photographs, coupled with beautiful, close-up photographs showing how they can be used in a finished piece. These include couching, bricking, basketweave, cutwork, spangles, s-ing, pearl purl, plate and kid. The book ends with a section in which the techniques described in the previous section are combined to create finished pieces, all beautifully and exquisitely worked by the author. 96pp. Sb.

The Essential Stitch Guides: Whitework - $28.00
Lizzy Lansberry. The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard and is well respected all over the world. It not only upholds the traditions of English embroidery that go back many hundreds of years, but is constantly taking embroidery forward in new and innovative ways. This series of Essential Stitch Guides has been produced in close collaboration with the RSN with the aim of providing a set of definitive works on traditional embroidery techniques. All of the authors were chosen by the RSN and all are graduate apprentices of the Royal School. Whitework begins with the history of this wide-ranging type of embroidery, then explains the materials needed and the issues of designing and ordering your work for stitching in white on white fabric. The Stitches section covers pulled thread, core surface, decorative and drawn thread stitches, as well as eyelets and cutwork. Two beautiful whitework pieces are then analysed to show how all the stitches and techniques were used, and a traditional piece is reworked with a contemporary twist. Finally the further techniques of using layers, net darning and trailing are shown. Step by step photography, full instructions and diagrams make this a clear and user-friendly guide to whitework, and Lizzy's skills and talent make it an inspirational book. 96pp. Sb.

Goldwork: Techniques, Projects & Pure Inspiration - $47.00
Hazel Everett. The author is an exceptionally skilled goldwork embroiderer, and in this beautiful book she passes on her knowledge and expertise in a way that is both practical and visually stunning. Drawing on traditional methods, she creates works that are brilliantly executed, in a style that is both modern and unique. Here, Hazel provides expert guidance and advice on an extensive range of goldwork embroidery techniques. Her detailed descriptions and step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear diagrams and embroidered samples, all carefully and exquisitely worked by the author herself. Throughout the book there are numerous examples of the author's own work, providing inspiration for embroiderers who wish to extend their skills in this fascinating area. The book ends with ten fabulous projects, including richly worked samplers, Christmas tree decorations and needle books, all using the full range of techniques, threads and other materials that the reader has learnt about in the previous sections of the book. 144pp. Pb.

Goldwork Embroidery - $30.00
Mary Brown. Ancient European tradition lives on in goldwork, an art form encompassing embroidery with all types of metal threads, not only gold. Once reserved for royalty and other aristocrats, goldwork is now available to all through this fully illustrated guide. Part historical reference, part project plan book, and fully stuffed with pattern templates, it is an authoritative sourcebook on the history, materials, and techniques of goldwork embroidery. There are 15 projects for readers to complete, such as the Ornamental Fan, Portrait of a Woman, a lush Cornucopia, and an arresting Byzantine Angel. Color photographs show examples of medieval designs, and provide visual guideposts through each new project, while a section on metal thread manufacturing delivers a rich historical perspective. 208pp. Pb.

Here Be Drolleries - $66.00
Nancy Spies. With over 400 new patterns based on medieval motifs, Here Be Drolleries, a follow-up volume to Here be Wyverns, will provide anyone who can work from a graph -- needleworker, knitter, weaver, beader, quilter, etc. -- with another exciting collection of designs to work with. There are new alphabets,enchanting birds and animals, amusing drolleries, and a wide variety of borders and other intriguing subjects. 194pp. Sb.

Kilim Designs in Needlepoint - $52.00
Dorethy Wood. Is there ever anything completely new in design? British textile artist Wood borrows and adapts centuries old motifs from the rug makers of central Asia, and then translates more than 25 different kilims into personal and homestyle needlepoint items. Flat-weave carpets from Afghanistan, Turkey, and Iran are emulated. Chapter 1 provides a brief introduction to the geography and symbolism surrounding the weavings. Then each design, prefaced by a few sentences about its original provenance, includes a color photograph and a color graph as well as a list of materials and how-to-finish information. Great color combinations are featured, as are unique motifs and patterns, such as camels, peacocks, and two-headed unidentified animals. 127pp. Hb.

Lagartera Embroidery and Stitches From Spain - $15.00
Milner Craft Series. Since there has not been a book published in almost 40 years on this simple technique that originated in the Lagartera region of Spain, it will be a welcome addition to any stitchers library. It is worked on evenweave linen using primarily double running stitch (later known as Holbein stitch) and satin stitch blocks. With a few additional stitches, the book presents twenty-one designs that capitalize on the bright colors and geometric motifs characteristic of this peasant embroidery. Color throughout, easy-to-read charts. Stitch diagrams are exceptionally clear. 87pp. Pb.

Miniature Needlepoint Carpets - $55.00
Janet Granger. This book is excellent as it lists materials used to work the designs and explains basic techniques (including stitching, finishing and blocking). The 25 carpet designs are rated simple, experience needed, and for experiencd stitchers. Each design has a sharp color photograph and easy to follow color chart (no symbols). Measurements are imperial and metric and there is a metric conversion table. Colors are Appleton's shade numbers with a description of each shade. Designs include: medallion, circular, paisley, rose, Berlin, Italian, Regency, Chinese, Bokhara, Persian and Aubusson rugs. 136pp. Pb.

The Needle-Made Lace of Reticella - $25.00
Jules & Kaethe Kliot. This addition to Lacis Publications collection of historic needlework editions is a collection of Italian needle-made laces. It has many needle lace motif patterns, many using a prepared braid for parts of the motifs. This book is for the lace enthusiast to reproduce these old needle lace patterns from photos and diagrams. 80pp, Pb.

Oriental Carpets in Miniature - $69.00
Frank M Cooper. The intricate patterning and rich hues of tribal rugs from Turkey, the Caucasus, and Iran have attracted collectors for decades. Twenty-four different designs from these rich traditions, carefully reduced in scale and accurately charted, make handsome small take-along projects. Designs can be worked on fine, medium or heavy canvas. The patterns have been gleaned from museum collections, and their origins have been carefully researched and documented. 120pp. Pb.

Oriental Rugs in Needlepoint - $35.00
Susan Schoenfeld Kalish. Detailed instructions with extensive graphing of how to make 10 different oriental rugs, including Shirvan, Caucasian, Geometrical Kazak, Lesghi Star, Turkish Prayer, Lotto and Bergama. Section on display and care of rugs, bibliography. 127pp. Hb.

Patterns of Childhood: Samplers from Glasgow Museums - $19.00
Rebecca Quinton. Glasgow Museums hold one of the finest collections of samplers in the UK. This book presents a short introduction to the Glasgow Museums' collection of samplers and another essay on samplers in general - why they were made etc.; construction methods; use of different stitches, motifs etc., and other instructive uses such as for learning the alphabet. Then there is a selection of 40 of the finest/most representative of the 220 samplers that are held in the collection. The result is a beautiful intrroduction to both the world of samplers and the outstanding collection of samplers held by Glasgow Museums. 96pp. Pb.

Renaissance Patterns for Lace, Embroidery & Needlepoint - $17.00
Frederico Vinciolo. Superb reproduction of most popular 16th-century lace design book by Queen of France's favorite patterner. Contains all of the nearly 100 original patterns for point coupe, reticella and guipure; the second part describes square netting and embroidery on cloth. 83 full-page plates. 93pp. Pb.

Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork - $50.00
Jane Nicholas. This embroidered border was inspired by the painted border of a letter written by Lady Anne Clifford to her father in 1598 - the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. Worked on ivory silk satin, in stumpwork and surface embroidery, this design features fourteen assorted flowers and fruits popular at the time, including the Apothecary rose, Sweet briar and Heartsease, Barberries, Bellflower, Borage and Periwinkle, Cornflower, Gillyflower and Knapweed, and Grapes, Plums, Redcurrants and Strawberries. As in the original letter, the panel is outlined with pairs of fine red lines - these have been worked in back stitch. This border may be used to surround a mirror, or to enclose a special photograph, a monogram, a precious memento, or perhaps a tiny stumpwork figure. 272pp. Hb.

Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection - $40.00
Jane Nicholas. For the ancient Egyptians the beetle symbolized life, rebirth, and immortality, and for centuries, artisans have used the scarab motif to adorn everything from textiles and jewelry to the tombs of kings. This definitive collection of beetle-themed designs offers instructions for using the 17th century art of raised stumpwork embroidery, the metallic threads of goldwork, and glittering beadwork to create lifelike designs. Hundreds of color and black-and-white illustrations will teach embroiderers all about the craft: tools and equipment needed, special beading techniques, creating dimensional designs with appliqué, mounting their images, and more. 432pp Hb.

Sweet Bags - $87.00
Jacqui Carey. This is a serious, scholarly study of a unique item from the late-sixteenth to early-seventeenth century. She examines in great detail thirty-five examples that she selected from British museum collections to illustrate various points. The first half of the book's 139 pages investigates the history, speculates on the use, and reveals the construction of these items. The second half of the book, examines and anylizes the specific stitches used to create the needlework and braiding. The color macro photos are stunning, and the stitch diagrams are clear and easy to follow. 140pp. Pb.

Techniques & Tools of Embroidery - $19.00
Especially prepared by Gay Eaton for the 25th anniversary of the Otago Embroiderer's Guild, Annual Wanaka School of Embroidery 1985 - 2009. 52pp. Pb.

Weldon’s Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition: Hardcover Boxed Set of 6 Volumes - $150.00
An early twentieth century monthly needlework magazine was collected into a number of volumes, each comprising the issues of one year. Each volume is filled with hundreds of vintage projects, illustrations, information on little known techniques, fashion as it was at the turn of the 20th century, and brief histories of needlework. This series is a reprint of those volumes. Each: 152pp, Hb.