Embroidery Books A Bibliography

These are the books in my personal embroidery library. If you’d like to acquire a copy of any of them for yourself, click on the links below to order them from Amazon.


History of Embroidery

  • Appuhn, Horst. Bildstickereien des Mittelalters in Kloster Lüne. Dortmund: Harenberg Edition, 1990.
  • Arthur, Liz. Embroidery 1600-1700 at the Burrell Collection. London: John Murray, 1995.
  • Baker, Patricia L. Islamic Textiles. London: British Museum Press, 1995.
  • Bath, Michael. Emblems for a Queen: The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots. Archetype Books, 2008.
  • Bath, Virginia Churchill. Embroidery Masterworks: Classic Patterns and Techniques for Contemporary Application from the Textile Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1972.
  • Beck, Thomasina. The Embroiderer's Flowers. Devon: David & Charles, 1993.
  • Beck, Thomasina. The Embroiderer's Story: Needlework from the Renaissance to the Present Day. Devon: David & Charles, 1995.
  • Beck, Thomasina. Gardening with Silk and Gold: A History of Gardens in Embroidery. Devon: David & Charles, 1997.
  • Benn, Elizabeth (ed). Treasures from the Embroiderers' Guild Collection. Devon: David & Charles, 1995.
  • Bridgeman, Harriet, and Elizabeth Drury, ed. Needlework, an Illustrated History. London: Paddington Press, 1978.
  • Brooks, Mary M. English Embroideries of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries in the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2004.
  • Camille, Michael. The Medieval Art of Love: Objects and Subjects of Desire. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1998.
  • Cittone, Elio. Tesori Ottomani del XVI e XVII Secolo. Milan: Grafica Centonze.
  • The Conservation of Tapestries and Embroideries: Proceedings of Meetings at the Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique, Brussels, Belgium, September 21-24, 1987. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 1989.
  • Digby, George Winfield. Elizabethan Embroidery. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1963.
  • Ellis, Marianne. Embroideries and samplers from Islamic Egypt. Greenville, SC: Curious Works Press, 2001.
  • Foster, Vanda. Bags and Purses. London: Batsford, 1992.
  • Freeman, Margaret B. The St. Martin Embroideries. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968.
  • Grape, Wolfgang. The Bayeux Tapestry: Monument to a Norman Triumph. New York: Prestel-Verlag, 1994.
  • Gudjónsson, Elsa E. Traditional Icelandic Embroidery. Reykjav�k: Iceland Review, 1985.
  • Humphrey, Carol. Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks: Samplers. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Jones, Mary Eirwen. A History of Western Embroidery. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1969.
  • Kay, Dorothea. Embroidered Samplers. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1979.
  • King, Donald, and Santina Levey. The Victoria & Albert Museum's Textile Collection: Embroidery in Britain from 1200 to 1759. New York: 1993.
  • Kurth, B. Medieval Embroidery. (Ciba Review 50, pp. 1798-1828; includes "The Technique of European Pictorial Embroidery in the Middle Ages," "Genres of European Pictorial Embroidery in the Middle Ages," "The Importance of Figural Embroidery in the Middle Ages.") Basle: Ciba Limited, 1945.
  • Lefébure, Ernest. Embroidery and Lace: Their Manufacture and History from the Remotest Antiquity to the Present Day. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1889.
  • Mayer-Thurman, Christa C. Textiles in the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1992.
  • Morrall, Andrew, and Melinda Watt, eds. English Embroidery in the Metropolitan Museum 1580-1700: 'Twixt Art and Nature. Bard Center, 2009.
  • Nevinson, John L. Catalogue of English Domestic Embroidery of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. London, 1938.
  • Privat-Savigny, Maria-Anne. Quand les princesses d'Europe brodaient: broderie au petit point, 1570-1610. Paris: Editions de la réunion des mus�es nationaux, 2003.
  • Schuette, Marie and Muller-Christiansen, Sigrid. A Pictorial History of Embroidery. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1964.
  • Snook, Barbara. English Embroidery. London: Mills & Boon, 1974.
  • Staniland, Kay. Medieval Craftsmen: Embroiderers. Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1997.
  • Swain, Margaret. The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots. Carlton: Ruth Bean Publishers, 1986.
  • Thunder, Moira. Embroidery Designs for Fashion and Furnishings. Victoria & Albert Museum, 2014.
  • Wardle, Patricia. Guide to English Embroidery. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1981.

Learning Techniques and Applications (with brief historical sections)

  • Ambuter, Carolyn. The Open Canvas: An Instructional Encyclopedia of Openwork Techniques. New York: Workman Publishing, 1982.
  • de Dillmont, Thérèse (Thérèse Maria Josepha von Dillmont). The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1972.
  • Fairfield, Helen. Counted-Thread Embroidery. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.
  • Gostelow, Mary. The Cross Stitch Book. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982.
  • Gostelow, Mary. Mary Gostelow's Embroidery Book. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1979.
  • Harding, Valerie. Faces and Figures in Embroidery. Newton Centre: Charles T. Branford Company, 1979.
  • Rhodes, Mary. Needlepoint: The art of canvas embroidery. London: Octopus Books, 1974.
  • Snook, Barbara. The Creative Art of Embroidery. New York: Hamlyn, 1972.
  • Stevens, Helen M. The Timeless Art of Embroidery. Devon: David & Charles, 1998.
  • Tamura, Shuji. The Techniques of Japanese Embroidery. Iola: Krause Publications, 1999.

Blackwork History, Techniques, and Modern Applications

  • Drysdale, Rosemary. The Art of Blackwork Embroidery. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975.
  • Geddes, Elisabeth, and McNeill, Moyra. Blackwork Embroidery. New York: Dover, 1976.
  • Gostelow, Mary. Blackwork. New York: Dover, 1998.
  • Pascoe, Margaret. Blackwork Embroidery: Design and Technique. London: Batsford, 1986.

Facsimiles of Period Embroidery Books/Recharted Patterns from Period Embroidery Books

  • Bass�e, Nicolas. German Renaissance Patterns for Embroidery: A facsimile copy of Nicolas Bassée's New Modelbuch of 1568. Austin: Curious Works Press, 1994.
  • Newall, Kathryn. Needlework Patterns from Renaissance Germany: Designs recharted by Kathryn Newall from Johan Sibmacher's Sch�n Neues Modelbuch 1597. Boulder: Costume & Dressmaker Press, 1999.
  • Salazar, Kim Brody. The New Carolingian Modelbook: Counted embroidery patterns from before 1600. Albuquerque: Outlaw Press, 1995.
  • Shorleyker, Richard. A Schole-House for the Needle: Produced from the original book printed in 1632 and now in the private collection of John and Elizabeth Mason. Shropshire: RJL Smith & Associates, 1998.
  • Sibmacher, Johan. Baroque Charted Designs for Needlework Engraved by Johan Sibmacher. (Reprint of Newes Modelbuch, 1604.) New York: Dover Publications, 1975.
  • Vinciolo, Federico. Renaissance Patterns for Lace, Embroidery and Needlepoint: An unabridged facsimile of the "Singuliers et nouveaux pourtraicts" of 1587. New York: Dover, 1971.

Patterns in Medieval/Renaissance Themes

  • Bahouth, Candace. Flowers, Birds, and Unicorns: Medieval Needlepoint. 1993.
  • DMC Library. Assisi Embroideries. Mulhouse: Editions Th. de Dillmont, 1954.
  • Elder, Karen. V&A Needlepoint Collection. London: Brockhampton Press, 1995.
  • Foris, Andreas, and Foris, Maria. Charted Folk Designs for Cross-Stitch Embroidery: 278 charts of ancient folk embroideries from the countries along the Danube. New York: Dover, 1975.
  • Gierl, Irmgard. Cross Stitch Patterns. London: Batsford, 1986.
  • Houck, Carter. 101 Folk Art Designs for Counted Cross-Stitch and Other Needlecrafts. New York: Dover, 1982.
  • Nicholas, Jane. Stumpwork Medieval Flora. Sally Milner, 2009.
  • Roth, Ann. Needlepoint Designs from the Mosaics of Ravenna. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975.
  • Shinall, Meg. 17th Century Style Band Sampler. Sumter: Designs by Gloria & Pat, 1992.
  • Wainwright, Angela. Medieval Cross Stitch Samplers. London: Cassell, 1995.
  • Wainwright, Angela. Renaissance Cross Stitch Samplers. London: Cassell, 1995.
  • Warner, Pamela. Tudor Treasures to Embroider. Lewes (East Sussex, England): Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications, 2002.

Charted Patterns in Celtic Themes

  • Kliffen, Ina. Celtic Animals Charted Designs. New York: Dover Publications, 1996.
  • Lawther, Gail. Celtic Cross Stitch: 30 Alphabet, Animal, and Knotwork Projects. Reader's Digest, 1997.
  • Spinhoven, Co. Celtic Charted Designs. New York: Dover, 1987.
  • Starmore, Alice. Celtic Needlepoint. North Pomfret: Trafalgar Square, 1999.
  • Vickery, Mike. Celtic Cross-Stitch. New York: Sterling Publications, 1997.
  • Wainwright, Angela. Celtic Cross Stitch Samplers. London: Cassell, 1999.

Other Booklists for Medieval and Renaissance Embroidery

Can't find the book you need? We frequently turn to bookfinder.com in our research, or for many rare and out of print books we suggest booksaboutantiques.com.

Allen, Gloria Seaman. Family Record Genealogical Watercolors and Needlework. Washington, DC: DAR Museum, 1989.

A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery, 1738-1860. Maryland Historical Society, 2007.

Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia. Chesapeake Book Company, Sampler Consortium, 2012.

Anderson, Lynne and Allen, Gloria Seaman. Wrought with Careful Hand: Ties of Kinship on Delaware Samplers. Dover, DE: Biggs Museum of American Art and the Sampler Consortium, 2014.

Bolton, Ethel Stanwood and Coe, Eve Johnston. American Samplers. Boston: The Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1921.

Brickley, Lynne Templeton, Glee Krueger, Sally Schwager, Theodore and Nancy Sizer. To Ornament Their Minds: Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy 1792-1833. The Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, Connecticut, 1993.

Brooke, Xanthe. Catalogue of Embroideries. The Lady Lever Art Gallery. Alan Sutton Publishing Inc., 1992.

Brooks, Mary Uhl. Threads of Useful Learning: Westtown School Samplers. Westtown School, 2015.

Browne, Clare, and Jennifer Wearden. Samplers From the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, V & A Publications, 1999.

Campanelli, Dan & Marty. A Sampling of Hunterdon County Needlework: The Motifs, the Makers & their Stories. Flemington, NJ: Hunterdon County Historical Society, 2013.

Edmonds, Mary Jaene. Samplers and Samplermakers, An American Schoolgirl Art 1700-1850. New York: Rizzoli; 1991.

Herr, Patricia T. The Ornamental Branches, Needlework and Art from the Lititz Moravian Girls' School Between 1800 and 1865. The Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1996.

Hersh, Tandy and Charles. Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans. Birdsboro, PA: Pennsylvania German Society, 1991.

Humphrey, Carol. Samplers, Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Quaker School Girl Samplers from Ackworth. NEEDLEPRINT & Ackworth School Estates Limited, 2006.

Ivey, Kimberly Smith. In the Neatest Manner. The Making of the Virginia Sampler Tradition. Colonial Williamsburg and Curious Works Press, 1997.

Krueger, Glee F. A Gallery of American Samplers: The Theodore H Kapnek Collection. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978.

New England Samplers to 1840. Sturbridge, Mass.: Old Sturbridge Village, 1978.

Lukacher, Joanne Martin. Imitation and Improvement: The Norfolk Sampler Tradition. Redmond, WA: In the Company of Friends, LLC, 2013.

Newell, Aimee E. A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2014.

Parmal, Pamela A. Samplers from A to Z. Boston, Massachusetts: MFA Publications, 2000.

Ring, Betty. American Needlework Treasures. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1987.

Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework, 1650-1850. Knopf, 1993.

Let Virtue be a Guide to Thee: Needlework in the Education of Rhode Island Women, 1730-1820. Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1983.

Rounds, Leslie L. I My Needle Ply with Skill: Maine Schoolgirl Needlwork of the Federal Era. Saco, ME: Saco Museum, 2013.

Schiffer, Margaret B. Historical Needlework of Pennsylvania. New York. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1968.

Schoelwer, Susan P. Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740-1840. Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford, CT, 2010.

Schorsch, Anita. Mourning Becomes America: Mourning Art in the New Nation. Clinton, New Jersey: The Main Street Press, 1976.

Staples, Kathy, and Lynn Tinley. "Some Honest Worke in Hand..." English Samplers from the Seventeenth Century. Greenville, South Carolina, 2001.

Staples, Kathy. This Have I Done: Samplers and Embroideries from  Charleston and the Lowcountry. Curious Works Press and the Charleston Museum, 2002.

An Anonymous Woman Her Work Wrought In The 17th Century. Curious Work Press, 1992.

British Embroidery: Curious Works from the Seventeenth Century. Colonial Williamsburg and Curious Works Press, 1998.

Georgia's Girlhood Embroidery: Crowned with Glory and Immortality. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 2015.

Studebaker, Sue. Ohio Samplers, Schoolgirl Embroideries 1803-1850. Warren County Historical Society, 1988.

Ohio Is My Dwelling Place. Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2002.

Swan, Susan B. A Winterthur Guide to American Needlework. New York: Crown Publishers, 1976.

Plain and Fancy: American Women and Their Needlework, 1700-1850. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977.

Tarrant, Naomi E A. Remember Now Thy Creator: Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700-1872. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2014.

Tyner, Judith A. Stitching the World: Embroidered Maps and Women's Geographical Education. Ashgate, 2015.

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