The Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont is hosted online by Project Gutenburg. Thanks to Sharon for the link – it’s a great learning tool for any level of embroiderer. What will you find in the book?
There are about 600 pages in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont, and within those pages, you’ll find just about any technique related to needlework. Some techniques are covered more thoroughly than others, and, like many old books, the author assumes familiarity with the basics. However, this isn’t to deter the modern needleworker! You’ll find fantastic patterns, ideas, and inspiration that will enhance your future projects.
Take, for example, the section on Venetian Lace.
While Venetian lace may not be part of your embroidery repertoire, the design is certainly adaptable to other embroidery styles, such as Jacobean or crewel work.
If you like blackwork and other counted thread techniques traditionally worked on linen, you will love the section on patterns for linen embroidery. You’ll find an array of patterns that can be modified for all kinds of projects!
If you haven’t perused the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont yet, take some time to browse through it, and add it to your favorites! It’s a great resource for any needleworker! Enjoy!