Needlework and hand embroidery books have always been among my favorite topics on Needle ‘n Thread. I am a book junkie – not just needlework books, but all kinds of books. I love books! When I was little, I used to hide in the bathtub with the shower curtain closed and gobble up books – at least until discovered and forced back into Saturday chores! So it isn’t too unusual that I have a fairly extensive library of books. And considering that my other love is needlework, it is even less unusual that I have an inordinately extensive library of needlework books…
Not all my needlework and embroidery books are new. I like to find “old” needlework books, and I’ve been collecting them for quite a while. Out in the Studio, I’ve got a few deep shelves of old needlework books and magazines that are awaiting some kind of organization and indexing. I’ve also got a slew of needlework pamphlets and periodicals from the mid-1800’s through the early 1900’s that are chockfull of designs that are awaiting scanning and cleaning up. For the latter project, I’ve actually considering hiring someone – a teenager needing a summer job, perhaps? – to do the work! If I managed one design a day for the rest of my life, I probably wouldn’t make it through the stack!
In the past, I’ve mentioned cataloging all my needlework books on Needle ‘n Thread, and some day, that may actually happen. In the meantime, though, I’ve written quite a few reviews that I’ve published here on the website. But I’ve been awfully negligent when it comes to updating the index of book reviews!
Well, guess what? I finally updated it! Right now, there are 55 books listed on my Needlework Book Reviews Index, as opposed to about half that before today! The title of each book links up to the review I wrote on it. Most of the reviews include photos of the book, a summary of contents, and pros and cons. So if you’re looking for some new books for your needlework library and you’d like to know a little bit about them first, feel free to browse through my Needlework Book Reviews.
The irony of the situation is that the all-new Needle ‘n Thread is gearing up for launch in the next couple weeks! And at that point, my indexing of books is completing changing! That’s what I get for putting things off!
I’d love to hear from readers about any books they would like to see reviewed on Needle ‘n Thread. Do you have any books on your wish lists that you’ve wondered about? You never know – I might have it on my shelf. If I don’t have it, I may be able to procure it! If you have any book requests, feel free to leave a comment below, and I’ll see what I can do!
Have a terrific weekend! I plan to get some stitching done! (Oh, and housework. I almost forgot that part.)