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Top Ten Most Popular Needlework Books…



I haven’t done a “most popular needlework books” post in a good nine months or more, so it occurred to me that it might be interesting to see what books off my website were considered most popular among readers. Here’s what I found out…

It’s always interesting to look at the reports to see what’s “hot” on the needlework book list. When I perused them this weekend out of curiosity, it was kind of fun to see what was popular.

Keep in mind that any books I recommend (or sell through Amazon) on Needle ‘n Thread, I own myself, and I like each one for one reason or another – there is, to me, some definite value for embroiderers in the book, or I wouldn’t recommend it.

Here they are, then – the top ten most popular selling needlework books on Needle ‘n Thread so far in 2009, from 10 being the least popular to 1 being the most popular, out of 74 needlework titles that were looked at by readers:

10. Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery

9. 4000 Flower & Plant Motifs: A Sourcebook

8. Beginner’s Guide to Silk Shading

7. Embroidered Monograms & More, Book 2 (Leisure Arts #4366)

6. Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers (Milner Craft Series)

5. Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches

4. White Work: Techniques and 188 Designs (Dover Needlework Series)

3. The Embroiderer’s Handbook

2. The Embroidery Stitch Bible

1. Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery

Those are all really good titles! I ordered some books myself the other day – after a long hiatus from book ordering, and I’m looking forward to reviewing them carefully. One is the book ‘Twixt Art and Nature , which has already been reviewed a number of times online. The others, though, I haven’t really seen reviewed. One I’m particularly looking forward to is 19th Century Embroidery Techniques by Gail Marsh, who also wrote 18th Century Embroidery Techniques, which I’ve reviewed here already. I liked that book a lot, so I’m looking forward to seeing if the subsequent century is as delightful and informative.

And a couple others on the list are stumpwork-related and design-related. If they are as good as I hope they are, I’ll tell you about them!


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  1. A few years ago, I got a book called Doodle Stitching. It was a very nice beginners book, but I was beyond most of it.

    The one nice thing that I did get out of the book, was the ability to work outside of a pattern. I learned to be less dependent upon patterns for everything, and have started moving into making my own out of simple drawings. It’s freed me to do what I always wanted to do, which was more sketchy cutesy stuff, which was very nice.

    It’s a great beginner’s book for a gift though 🙂

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