If you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for the serious needleworker in your life, you couldn’t go wrong with the book The Art of Embroidery by Lanto Synge.
This is not a technique book – it’s a history book.
Synge takes the embroidery enthusiast on a journey through the development of embroidery, packing the book with hundreds of color photos that are awe-inspiring. Yes, this stuff used to be done by hand!! Some of the work is utterly unbelievable. Thumbing through the pages is almost as good as seeing the works in person, especially since Synge gives a very readable history of the techniques, people, and places in the “glory days” of embroidery’s past.
You’ll not only get an in-depth look at historical embroidery in Western culture, but you’ll also be instructed on the influence of Eastern countries on the textiles in the West.
If you’ve got someone close to you who loves needlework, textiles, or history, I think this would be a special gift. It makes a great coffee table book. At my house, people generally indifferent to the art of embroidery still pick it up and flip through it often, enamored by the photos and awed by the magnificent work of past ages.
Where to Find It
Art of Embroidery by Lanto Synge is available through the following book affiliates:
You might also be able to find it through other used book sellers. It is currently out of print.
The Royal School of Needlework’s Book of Needlework and Embroidery by Lanto Synge is also available used through Amazon. It is similar to Art of Embroidery, though Art of Embroidery is more comprehensive and a larger book overall.