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New Goldwork Embroidery Book Out in July – and a Needlework Resource


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You know the A-Z series of needlework books? Well, I mentioned previously that Country Bumpkin was releasing a new goldwork book this summer – and, July finally being here, the book should be out soon. This is the thing, though: Country Bumpkin’s prices have jumped a bit….

In the past, the A-Z series of embroidery and needlework books (they also have knitting, crochet, smocking…) have been consistently $29, if purchased new. Welp… for the first time in ages, the price has jumped $4. Now, if you want a new A-Z series needlework book, it’ll cost you $33.00!

Before you plunge into the Goldwork book, I thought I’d let you know that I have a copy coming. I’ll give it a good perusal and let you know what’s in it and how it compares to less expensive books on the market.

Speaking of less expensive goldwork books, my favorites are still Ruth Chamberline’s Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork and Mary Brown’s Goldwork Embroidery Designs and Projects. For beginners, Ruth Chamberline’s book is really excellent. Mary Brown’s book is good for beginners, but I think it’s best for someone who has dabbled a little bit in goldwork already. Both of these books can be had through Amazon for less than half the price of the A-Z of Goldwork….

Buuuuuutttt….. I have to admit there are differences in the types of books! I know that without having seen the new one yet, based on the other A-Z books. This particular A-Z book promises over 650 step-by-step photos!

Anyway, I’m eager to see the new book, and I’ll let you know all about it when I get it. I ordered mine from Wooly Thread, by the way, since I had to order some other stuff from them anyway. I thought I may as well at least save on shipping! The story from Wooly Thread is that the book may not arrive until closer to the end of July, perhaps even the beginning of August. In this country, they’ll be among the first to receive the book, though, so I’ll certainly let you know when it gets here!

And, finally, speaking of Wooly Thread, did you know they have a blog? The Wooly Thread blog is not a super-active blog, but they use it to announce good deals, private sales, shop news, and things like that. Several weeks ago, for example, they announced that they have the A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 on discount for a mere $15. I don’t know if they’ve run out of them yet, but that’s an excellent price on a really good book. Anyway, you might want to add the Wooly Thread blog to your feedreader, so you can be kept abreast of any good deals that pop up!


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  1. I completely agree with Mary on the two goldwork books. If you are interested in goldwork they are both well worth buying. I also like the Royal School of Needlework’s technique book. Mary reviewed it a while back.

    I can’t wait to see the A-Z goldwork book. I have it on order and am impatiently awaiting its arrival.

    Also, I just received the A-Z embroidery stitches volume 2 within the last couple of days. It is terrific and I highly recommend it. There are some weird and wonderful stitches in there.

  2. Alison Cole also has a new book out on Goldwork with projects from beginner to advanced. and her first book has now been distributed by Search press both are very good books and worth a look at.

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