Colonial Lake Books


A Victorian Workbook - $27.00
Moira Allen. A compendium of Victorian needle arts and crafts -- embroidery, crochet, knitting, lace, and more -- from "The Girl's Own Annual" (1880-1890). Beautiful illustrations and complete instructions to recreate these lovely projects today. 82pp. Pb.

Alice Starmore's Celtic Needlepoint - $49.00
Alice Starmore. Using her stunning eye for design and knowledge of traditional designs, Alice Starmore brings you 18 original projects inspired by the artistry of the Celts. Done in the Celtic style which incorporates both the natural world and geometric design, each of the five chapters journeys through the stunning complexity of this historic art form. Designs are split into 'Key', spiral, knotwork, bird and tree and animal patterns worked in beautiful yarns on a variety of canvases. Needlepoint beginners have all the instruction they need in the techniques section, which discusses choosing yarns and canvases, as well as how to set up a project and begin creating amazing furnishings and gifts. And advanced crafters will find joy in the elegant complexity of several of the projects. Pb.

The Bayeux Tapestry Embroiderers' Story - $37.00
Jan Messent. Blending historical facts and an absorbing account concentrating on the practical aspects of creating such a mammoth piece of art, this survey examines the mysteries behind a centuries-old artifact, the Bayeux Tapestry. Through vividly detailed illustrations impeccably true to the piece’s intricately worked characters and elements, this volume offers a thoughtful envisioning of the stories of the women involved in embroidering the piece — their identities, materials, methods, organization, working conditions, and venues. Incorporating a sketchbook feel that evokes a sense of a work in process, the chronicle pieces together an extensively researched and colorful narrative that helps place the famous embroidery in a plausible context. The author’s reconstruction of the final eight feet that are missing from the tapestry will be of particular interest to embroiderers. 112pp. Pb.

Beautiful Bargello - $44.00
Joyce Petschek. The author traces the history and legends surrounding this technique and presents references for the various terms used to describe this needlework style (bargello, Florentine embroidery, and Hungarian Point embroidery). The patterns are traditional in design but additional touches, such as beads in some designs and applications such as lamp shades and hat brims, are contemporary additions to the usual pillows and footstool covers. While there is no formal color theory covered, the lush photographs and the text take the reader on a mental journey through the author's vision of color and its relation to interior decor. Hb.

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 Charted Designs - $12.00
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 - $19.00
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.

Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches, Including Crewel - $33.00
Marion Nichols. Precise explanations and instructions, clearly illustrated, on how to work chain, back, cross, knotted, woven stitches, and many more — 178 in all, including Cable Outline, Whipped Satin, Lazy Daisy, and Eyelet Buttonhole. Each stitch illustrated front and back. Over 1400 illustrations. 219pp. Pb.

The Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork - $28.00
Becky Hogg. The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways. This series of Essential Stitch Guides provides expert tuition on a variety of techniques. In this guide to blackwork, Graduate Apprentice and tutor, Becky Hogg, shows how to develop many different patterns from the basic blackwork stitches, using detailed instructions and beautiful examples of traditional and contemporary embroideries. There is a fascinating look at the history of blackwork, a guide to the materials needed, and then a detailed look at the stitches used. These are then developed into a huge variety of beautiful patterns, and finally there is a guide to varying the look of these patterns through the use of different shading techniques. There are inspiring embroideries throughout the book, both historical pieces and contemporary works by the author and other RSN apprentices. 96pp. Sb.

The Essential Stitch Guides: Crewelwork - $28.00
Jacqui McDonald. The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways. This book includes an extensive stitch guide, covering all the stitches necessary for crewel embroidery, a design section, and a history of the Royal School itself. Although it is commonly thought of as a woven tapestry, the Bayeux Tapestry is in fact the oldest surviving example of crewelwork. . 96pp. Sb.

The Essential Stitch Guides: Stumpwork - $28.00
Kate Sinton. 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 forwards 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. In Stumpwork, Kate Sinton brings together all of the major techniques and stitches associated with stumpwork embroidery to produce a stunning book that reflects both her expertise as an embroiderer and her artistic talent. For both expert advice and innovation, this book is second to none. 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.

Florentine Embroidery (2nd Hand) - $23.00
Barbara Snook. A guide to working Florentine stitches with information which ranges from choosing the right canvas to blocking the finished embroidery. The author suggests colours to be used and has included 50 patterns to embroider. 160pp. Hb.

How To Embroider - $20.00
Susie Johns. This is a simple-to-follow project-based book that teaches 9 basic techniques of embroidery. Each technique is clearly explained and accompanied by a stylish project to make. You'll learn everything you need to get started, and each project is explained with the help of clear illustrations that will guide you every step of the way. The stylish projects include: cushion, embroidered picture, tea cosy, baby blanket, decorated shirt, cafe curtain, pinny with pockets, napkins, needle case. 96pp. Pb.

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.

Mary Thomas's Embroidery Book - $15.00
Mary Thomas. This comprehensive survey of the traditional embroidery arts covers everything from appliqué to smocking. Over thirty different types of traditional needlework are introduced, including black work, cut work, Hardanger embroidery, Jacobean embroidery, patchwork, quilting, and more. Instructions. Helpful hints on materials and equipment. 421 black-and-white illustrations. Reprint of the Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London, 1936 edition. 320pp. 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.

Netted Lace - $29.00
Margaret Morgan. Once used primarily for fishing, netting now works beautifully as a base for filet lace. While many lacemakers use commercially available varieties, Margaret Morgan wanted unique sizes and colors. So she began to make her own. Here she explains the equipment she uses and the traditional techniques she's gathered from old source material, and provides 40 patterns with instructions for creating different shapes and edgings. Use the lace for scarves, shawls, place mats, doilies, and even miniature items for a doll's house. 144pp. 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.

Stumpwork Flowers - $34.00
Sachiko Morimoto. This book offers a modern perspective on the floral motifs that have been a stumpwork mainstay for centuries. It features 19 floral motifs and eight projects, the simplistic design of which showcase the artistry involved in the craft. The well-developed introductory section provides readers with step-by-step photos and illustrations of all the techniques used in the book, making the book suitable for embroiderers of all abilities. This book will encourage readers to take up stumpwork and the fresh, contemporary designs will draw readers in, while the easy-to-follow instructions and small projects will show readers just how accessible this craft really is. The book is composed of three clear sections: an introductory section; a project gallery, featuring beautiful photographs of each project motif; and project instructions. 120pp. Pb.

Stumpwork Medieval Flora - $49.00
Jane Nicholas. Examples of medieval stumpwork - the art of embroidering using raised, 3-D embellishments - can be found in museums and galleries throughout Europe. Considered among the most intricate and lovely of embroidery styles, it requires a delicate touch. Now the secrets of stumpwork are revealed through eight beautiful floral projects, all inspired by the 16th century illuminated Book of Hours created by Jean Bourdichon for Anne of Brittany. The embroideries include "Corncockle and Dragonfly," "Snowdrop and Cranefly," and the lovely "Venus’ Looking Glass and Bumble-bee." In addition to instructions for every technique, this fully-illustrated book also provides tracing patterns and a comprehensive stitch glossary. 288pp. 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.

Teach Yourself to Make Biscornu - $20.00
Bobbie Wattle. Quick, cute, and fun to do, Bobbie Watts's beautiful biscornu can teach the embroiderer a whole range of needlecraft skills. This amazing little eight-sided pillow gets its name from a French word meaning "quirky." It can be used as a pincushion, ornament, scissor fob, sachet, or just about anything you can think to do with a tiny cushion. A basic biscornu is composed of two fabric squares that are stacked, with the top square askew, and then sewn together. Step-by-step instructions, photographs, and charts will guide you through the variety of embroidery techniques and embellishments that Bobbie used for her 9 designs: Renaissance, Bright Gem, Orange Gem, Rosebuds, Green Garden, Blue Pearls, Stripes of Pink, Crimson Flower, and Variegated Lattice. 32pp. 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.