I’ve always been a bookworm, and as an embroiderer, I admit I’m an embroidery bookworm. I have a lot of books on needlework and embroidery. Some I love, and visit over and over. Some, I’ve found disappointing. The books I like best are the ones that have a good presentation of good information.
While I was shuffling through my needlework books this past weekend, I became curious about the books people buy. This, in turn, led me to checking my reports to see what the “top sellers” were from the bookstore here on Needle ‘n Thread. I thought I’d share the results of my perusal with you!
According to my reports, here are the top eleven needlework books that people have bought through Needle ‘n Thread in the last few months, arranged from least popular to most popular. I’ve linked them up to my reviews of the books listed.
10. Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery – actually, many clicks and many copies ordered, but this one has been listed on the site for only a little while!
9. Whitework: Techniques and 188 Designs (Dover)
8. Painting with a Needle: Learning the Art of Silk Embroidery
7. Goldwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects
6. Compendium of Ancien Artistic Initials for Vintage Style Monograms
5. Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork
4. The Embroidery Stitch Bible
3. 18th Century Embroidery Techniques
2. Beginner’s Guide to Silk Shading
1. The Embroiderer’s Handbook and Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (tied for #1 spot)
I’d be curious to find out what peoople look for in a needlework book. I have my own criteria, which can be summarized, as I said above, with “a good presentation of good information.” But that’s rather general, isn’t it? What do you consider necessary to make the book “good”?
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