Books: EMBROIDERY & RIBBON ARTS

Surface embroidery, stumpwork, needlelace and various ribbon work.


Title  Author Remarks
An Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery Flowers (121 designs)  Deanna Hall West (produced by Rita Weiss)  Good book for flower designs and how-to stitch them! (ASN #3405) 
Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery  Judith Baker Montano  Features projects and 12 needle artists who specialize in SRE. 
Artful Ribbon, The  Candace Kling  Create beautiful, creative ribbonwork with her simple, straightforward techniques for both beginning and advanced ribbon enthusiasts. 
A~Z of Bullions  Australian publication by Country Bumpkin, the publishers of Inspirations magazine.   Step-by-step instructions for more than 120 bullion flowers and figures. 
A~Z of Embroidered Flowers Australian publication by Country Bumpkin, the publishers of Inspirations magazine. 100 glorious blooms brought to life with needle and thread. A fabulous book of designs with easy instructions, full-size patterns and more than 120 step-by-step colour photographs.
A~Z of Embroidery Stitches  Australian publication by Country Bumpkin, the publishers of Inspirations magazine.  Subtitled: "A complete manual for the beginner to the advanced embroiderer." Compendium of stitches as used in issues 1-13 of Inspirations magazine.
A~Z of Ribbon Embroidery Australian publication by Country Bumpkin, the publishers of Inspirations magazine.  A complete manual on silk ribbon embroidery for the beginner through advanced embroiderer. More than 40 designs to delight and inspire you, clear instructions, and step-by-step photographs to guide you. "This book is like having the teacher looking over your shoulder."
A~Z of Wool Embroidery Australian publication by Country Bumpkin, the publishers of Inspirations magazine. 

A treasure trove of stitches, hints and designs for beginners and beyond. Hundreds of step-by-step colour photographs with easy-to-follow instructions.

Beginner’s Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery  Ann Cox  Includes instructions for painting and stenciling fabric backgrounds. Suitable for the beginner and more experienced embroiderer. 
Beginner's Guide to Stumpwork Kay Dennis

A very different approach to stumpwork technique than the Aussie approach, this is heavily weighted to needlelace. Filled with exquisite needlelace figures as only the English could do.

Big Book of Little Ribbon Embroidery Designs (100 designs)  Deanna Hall West (produced by Rita Weiss)  This is a charming book by the American School of Needlework (#3411) 
Brazilian Embroidery  Christina Entwistle  Includes 12 designs, stitch glossary and templates for the designs. 
Bullion Stitch Embroidery  Jenny Bradford
Milner Craft Series 
Stitch instructions for many projects with different flowers, from roses to wildflowers. 
Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery: Basic Step-by-Step Techniques ...  Victoria Adams Brown  Flexi-back binding. Author: "I designed this book to be user friendly for the novice embroiderer. By creating a recipe-type format, the stitcher could plan the amount of time she needed to execute a project."
A Complete Guide to Creative Embroidery Jan Beaney and
Jean Littlejohn
This book is divided into two sections: the first, "Design to Embroider" by Jean Littlejohn develops ideas showing that anyone can design as well as decorate fabric and paper for embroidery. The second, "Stitched Images" by Jan Beaney, illustrates how to colour fabric and combine this with stitchery. She then looks at ways of interpreting designs using appliqué, patchwork, quilting and hand and machine embroidery. The final section gives guidance on selecting a theme.
Creative Embroidery, Your Comprehensive Guide to  County Craft Series (magazine format)  Beautiful, beautiful projects to master the basics of creative embroidery. Australian publication. 
Creative Hand Embroidery : Exquisite Countryside Scenes in Simple Stitches Sue Newhouse Straight stitches, french knots, and lazy daisies are about as complicated as it gets.
Creative Ideas for Machine Embroidery   Corliss Miller  "Contemporary interpretations of Elizabethan Motifs are explored as Corliss shares ideas and patterns for a variety of soft furnishings - cushions, wall hangings, mirror frames and more. Instructions on use of wax crayons, drawing inks, oil pastels, metallic paints and oil bars are given, and drawing techniques are also outlined and applied to sewing techniques." 
Creative Ribbon Embroidery  Salli van Rensburg  A lovely cross-section of ideas for ribbon work, from clothing to cushions, clocks, towels, hatboxes, etc. 
Dimensional Embroidery Helan Pierce An array of flowers, created in stumpwork and surface embroidery, with ample instructions for the novice. Published in Australia, this dimensional embroidery book combines wool threads and silk threads with stumpwork techniques to create softly coloured, life-like dimensional projects. Motifs are traced onto Pellon-type medium-weight, nonwoven interfacing.  You will also need "Solvy" water-soluble stabilizer or similar. Helan uses a fine cotton fabric behind her backgrounds for added stability, a feature particularly important when applying weightier dimensional objects to them. Helan seals the edges of individual motifs with long-and-short buttonhole stitch. Projects include gorgeous gardens and garden motifs on cushions, stools, in pictures, on a basket and on a blanket.  
Dreams 'n Velvet  RibbonWorks publications  "Twelve floral designs plus an owl, a parrot, and a spider with web, are included. Full color photos of each design close up, full-color charts, and complete instructions are included." 
Elegant Stitches : An Illustrated Stitch Guide and Source Book of Inspiration  Judith Baker Montano  Comprehensive stitch guide. Each stitch is given a clear diagram, and many also include color photos. 
Embellishing with Silk Ribbon Embroidery   Esther Randall  Silk ribbon embroidery with an introduction to machine silk ribbon embroidery. 
Embellishments from A to Z  Stephanie Valley  An Embellishment Idea Book from Taunton with more than 45 techniques. 
Embroidering With Silk Ribbon  Donatella Ciotti  "The emphasis here is on a mastery of the basics; no pictures and text are spared to ensure that stitchers clearly understand the material needs--such as ribbons, fabrics, and needles--and the more than 22 stitches, a broader array than the regular running, couching, and lazy daisy varieties." 
Embroidery: Step-by-step directions and techniques for hand & machine stitching  Dorothy Wood  Fabulous pics with samples of stitches in 3(!) different threads 
Enchanted Garden, The  Cindy Zlotnik Oravecz  3-dimensional flowers grow in an inspiring rainbow of colours; create miniature flowers from fabric or ribbon. 
Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery BORDERS  Deanna Hall West (produced by Rita Weiss)  Another winner by this author from the American School of Needlework (#3412) 
Exploring Elizabethan Embroidery  Dorothy Clarke (with designs by Stephanie Powell)  Introduction to "New Elizabethan" coloured silk embroidery. Beautiful! 
Exquisite Ribbon Accessories  Yukiko Ogura  Create gorgeous flowers to adorn exquisite cosmetics bags, jewellery, clothing bridal, hats and more. Just as Japanese Origami is an art form in its own right, these delicate flowers are masters of ribbon art. 
Floral Stitches  Judith Baker Montano  Detailed advice on the process of adapting photos, drawings & other references to fabric art. Includes many tips for working mixed mediums. 
Garden Landscapes in Silk Ribbon Embroidery   Helen Dafter  Milner Craft Series 
Gardening with Ribbon  Diane Herbort & Bonnie Benson  Instructions with step-by-step drawings for wire-edged French ribbon flowers & leaves. "Great for classes." 
Glorious Ribbons  Christine Kingdom  From making ribbon-trimmed quilts & cushions, to creating stunning table decorations & gift wrapping. Step-by-step instructions for 50+ projects. 
Gourmet Embellishments with Metallic Threads & Fibres  Debbie Garbers and Janet O'Brien  "Contains a series of embellishment exercises which will help you explore techniques, needles, metallic threads, fibres and related supplies." 
Handbook of Stitches  Grete Petersen and Elsie Svennas  200 embroidery stitches, old and new, with descriptions, diagrams and samplers. (OOP; try book search.) 
Hand Embroidered Country Scenes Sue Newhouse Create dimensional scenes using stumpwork, ribbon embroidery and surface techniques. Said to be "similar to Painting With Thread but uses more variety of embroidery techniques and includes crafting techniques,  to create dimension."
Into the Garden  Cindy Zlotnik Oravecz  Dimensional flowers. 
Judith Baker Montano: Art & Inspirations  Judith Baker Montano  Some tips and techniques on ribbon embroidery and crazy quilting, but it's mostly INSPIRING to look through. 
Kaye Pyke's Elegant Embroidery  Kaye Pyke and Lynne Landy  Beautiful, sophisticated stitchery with panache, that's easy to do. Pyke is well-known for her style of combining rich & sumptuous texture with a dramatic use of stitches. 
Machine Embroidery Stitched Patterns  Valerie Campbell-Harding  "Presents new ways of adapting stitch patterns on a variety of fabrics and combining them with a range of techniques - hand stitching, free machine embroidery, quilting, applique and beads. Swinging stitches, patterns and ribbons, stitching and slashing, quilting with patterns, machine-wrapped cords, stuffed ribbon braids and larger motifs are just some of the ideas included in this colorful book." 
Metallic Thread Embroidery  Jacqueline Friedman Kreinik  Practical guide to stitching creatively with metallic threads; a comprehensive study of stitching with metallics. 
More Silk Ribbon Embroidery By Machine   Marie Duncan and Betty Farrell   Basic silk ribbon embroidery techniques along with beading, bobbin thread embroidery, making twisted thread and more.  
My Lady Flowers Rosalie Wakefield 80 floral designs and more than 100 detailed stitch techniques for Brazilian Embroidery.
Needlelace Designs and Techniques : Classic and Contemporary Catherine Barley

Back in print in paperback, Mrs. Barley is English and her stumpwork reflects that by being heavily weighted to needlelace, which her book diagrams well. This book will teach, inspire and guide you to reach new heights in your stumpwork technique. (This book is not intended for the beginner.)

Old-Fashioned Ribbon Art : Ideas and Designs for Accessories and Decorations  Dover Publications  Easy-to-follow instructions from the Ribbon Art Publishing Company for more than 100 projects for embellishing hats, purses, scarves, lingerie, blankets, lampshades, pillows, etc. 
Old-Fashioned Ribbon Trimmings and Flowers   Mary Brooks Picken / Dover Publications  Describes more than 30 ways to add decorative touches. Easy instructions for folding and sewing strips of ribbon into dramatic bows, ruffles and bands; and fashioning them into daisies, grapes, chrysanthemums, rosebuds, violets, petunias, dahlias, sunflowers and more. Profusely illustrated. 
Painting with Thread Kit Nicol Learn to create detailed, textured, three-dimensional pieces in stumpwork, needlelace and ribbon embroidery!
Ribbon Basics  Mary Jo Hiney and Joy Anckner  Subtitled: All the stitches and techniques of silk ribbon work and embroidery. Includes floral alphabet. 
Ribbon Bouquet   Kathy Pace  Subtited: A Guide to French Ribbon Flowers and Silk Ribbon Embroidery 
Ribbon Embroidery   J. Marsha Michler  Dover Needlework Series publication with 178 iron-on transfers. 
Ribbon Embroidery by Machine  Marie Duncan, Betty Farrell (Contributor)  Ribbon embroidery techniques that can be done on any sewing machine. "With step-by-step instructions and diagrams, plus the occasional photo, Duncan and Farrell explain the basics of reproducing many of the traditional hand-embroidery stitches and embroidered floral motifs on the machine."  
Ribbon Embroidery for Crazy Quilts   American School of Needlework publication #4201   59 ribbon designs by the Kooler Design Studios; divided into categories of butterflies, bouquets, flowers, birds, foliage and plants, fruit and afterthoughts. (26 pages.) 
Ribbon Renaissance: Artistry in Silk Helena Ericksson "Create exquisite works of art rich with colors and textures using the beautiful techniques of ribbon embroidery ...   imbued with the romance and charm that only ribbonwork can capture. All necessary stitches are fully illustrated, so that even a beginner can make the daffodils, daisies, roses, tulips, carnations, irises, herbs, and other beauties." 
Ribbon Trims: An Embellishment Idea Book  Nancy Nehring  An embellishment idea book from Taunton teaching you how to turn any ribbon into a great trim! More than 45 different trim ideas. 
Ribbon Trimmings: A Course in 6 Parts (1922 reprint)  The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences Inc.  "A goldmine of ribbon folding & manipulating techniques. ... wonderful collection of braided ribbon bands." 
Romancing Ribbons into Flowers : Instructions, Inspiration, Resources  Elly Sienkiewicz  "This is the ultimate guide to making ribbon flowers, ... Illustrated profusely ... this book is encyclopedic in scope, featuring numerous techniques and simple, effective methods presented in a lesson format for self-study or group enrichment. The bountiful projects ... will delight lovers of Victoriana, designers of heirloom quilts, devotees of chic ornaments and festive attire, and all who love the romance and beauty of ribbon artistry." 
Romantic Silk Ribbon Keepsakes  Mary Jo Hiney  40+ projects, easy-to-follow instructions. (I like Mary Jo's books.) 
Secrets of Fashioning Ribbon Flowers : Heirlooms for the Next Generation  Helen Gibb  "... the process of fashioning more than 15 stunning flowers: roses, pansies, violets, sweet peas, carnations, peonies, to name just a few. After you've competed these gorgeous flowers, you'll learn innovative ways to use them ..." 
Shadow Work Embroidery  J. Marsha Michler  Dover Needlework Series publication with 108 iron-on transfer patterns. 
Silk Ribbon Embroidery  Sheena Cable  Detailed, practical guide with many projects and ideas, traditional and modern. Profusely illustrated in color throughout. 
Silk Ribbon Embroidery from Clothing to Quilts  Piecemakers  Beautiful, do-able projects. 
Simple Art of Ribbon Design, The Deborrah Henry Simple techniques especially for beginners. This book focuses on simple techniques and projects. You spend your time creating instead of struggling with difficult techniques. The book also has on-line addresses to buy supplies.
Splended Silk Ribbon Embroidery  Chris Rankin  Subtitled: Embellishing clothing, linens and accessories. One of my favorite SRE books. 
Stitches and Decorative Seams  Grete Petersen (translation by Carol L. Shroeder)  (OOP; try book search) Charming 93-page book with unique seam treatments. 
Stitches of Creative Embroidery (Revised and Enlarged Edition, 1987)  Jacqueline Enthoven  This classic book of embroidery stitch instructions shows more than 200 different stitches, many of them endangered ethnic types which have not been in print before. Many countries including France, Spain, India, Mexico, and the Orient are represented. (ISBN: 0887401112) 
Stumpwork Embroidery : A Collection of Fruits, Flowers and Insects for Contemporary Raised Embroidery Jane Nicholas "A clear and comprehensive guide to all the traditional techniques such as surface stitchery, padded appliqué, needlelace, and wired, detached embroidered shapes." (Full instructions and illustrations for more than 40 projects.)
Stumpwork Embroidery : Designs & Projects Jane Nicholas Nicholas' second book.
Stumpwork : Sculpture with a Needle Janet M. Davis

Featuring designs in this raised, wired and padded embroidery. Written for all, but with beginners in mind.  Requirements are given for main stitching with DMC Stranded Cottons or DMC Rayon threads. Patchwork fabric have been used to stitch on, but alternative fabrics are also suggested. Step-by-step stitching and technique instructions. "Design your own" chapter.

Stumpwork -- Why Not? Daphne Ashby and Jackie Woolsey Chapters are devoted to creating life-like images, focusing on leaves and flowers stitched with different threads, and emphasizing the impact of correct shading and wire placement. The final chapter concerns animals. 
Take a Stitch : Techniques and Designs for Brazilian Embroidery.   Rosalie M. Wakefield  More than 130 stitches for intermediate to advanced Brazilian embroidery with a creative approach to dimensional embroidery. 
The Art Of Dimensional Embroidery  Maria A. Freitas  Detailed instructions for 41 flowers and leaves using 29 stitches. 
The Art and Craft of Ribbon Work  edited by Jules & Kathe Kliot  Originally published in 1918, this ribbon work classic details the manipulation of ribbon for bows, millinery, costume and accessories. Reprinted with selections from other contemporary manuals. 
The New Ribbon Embroidery: Innovative, Easy Techniques for Embellishing  Victoria Adams Brown  "Provides stitchers and crafters with inspiration and a wealth of new ideas by surveying a wide range of creative options, including painting and dyeing ribbons and fabrics, stitching animals, flowers and crazy-quilt embellishments and easy applique techniques, as well as how rubber stamping, stenciling, watercolor and polymer clay can be used to enrich ribbon embroidery designs." (Sequel to The Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery.) 
The Stori Book of Embellishing: Great Ideas for Quilts and Garments  Mary Stori  "Rather than providing patterns for duplication, the goal is to present imaginative and creative ideas to be used for your own projects" 
Three-Dimensional Flowers in Ribbon & Fabric  Joyce Randall  "Sixteen flower designs in ribbon embroidery, some quite large, demonstrating the exciting three-dimensional effects which can be created with ribbons & fabric." 
Vanishing Act  Jan Beaney  "For creative embroiderers, water soluble stabilizer ... provides a base for which decorative threads, machine stitches and other embellishments may be used to create a new 'fabric' or 'lace.' The author provides information, instruction and inspiration for many exciting projects."