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Great Online Embroidery Book!


A while ago, I started the hunt for A.G. Christie’s book, English Medieval Embroidery. I haven’t been able to lay my paws on it – but there are other good A. G. Christie embroidery books online. Here’s a sample of one.

Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving by Mrs. Archibald Christie (also known as Grace Christie) is a nice information and design book for embroidery. It’s got clear diagrams for stitches, and, better yet, it has great designs in it!

From Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving by A.G. Christie, on Project Gutenberg

You can find plenty of designs like the one above – designs for crewel work, blackwork, all kinds of surface embroidery (including historical and ecclesiastical work), and counted thread and canvas work. The book is packed with useful information!

Although I haven’t tried my hand at “real” tapestry weaving, I think it’s interesting to read through the information on weaving, too! Her style is really easy.

So, if you feel like browsing an online book and you’re looking for inspiration do check out A. G. Christie’s Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving on Project Gutenberg. I think you’ll find it a great little gem for your library!

Feel free to check out my other reviews of free online embroidery books!

Thanks, Megan!


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  1. Do you know where the other A.G. Christie’s are on-line? I’ve tried searching under all 3 names, and in Google Books.

  2. OK – I might have this problem and no-one else.

    I followed the link which I gave to you yesterday. It put me to the main Gutenburg page for the book.

    I could download it, or read on-line. I noticed that the read on-line version had a note “200 illustrations not included in the text only version”

    I got the illustrations + easily scrollable pages at

    ( http://tinyurl.com/3bbgcm )

    It might just be me. I’ve just had to re-boot coz a PDF killed my machine and now my “l” is sticking. My computer doesn’t like me today! 🙂

  3. Just looking at your site – have you asked Bobbi Ravicz at the Yarn Barn of San Antonio about this book you can’t find? Nancy Laux (Needle House Houston) and I were just discussing the fact that Bobbi can find about anything, as she collects and markets out of print and old books – she has found some amazing things for me – has great resources.

  4. What a great little treasure! Thank you for the link to Project Guttenberg, obviously a resource I need to explore.

  5. Hello all. Bobbie closed the Yarn Barn many years ago.I bought many books at the closing of the store. I often talk with Bobbie, will check if she has any old vintage embroidery books for sale. I own Embroidery books by Mrs Archibald Christi, Therese Dillmont, 1899,800+pages & W.G. Paulson Townsend.120 pgs, vintage books by Heminway, more vintage and just old books in my Sewing library I have collected over 60+ years. Yes, I bought 2 Lilla LeVine emb books last week on ebay. Pat Jay/San Antonio. Texas

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