Way back in January, I reviewed the book, Embroidered Treasures: Flowers, a wonderful compilation of embroidery pieces held by the Embroiderers’ Guild of the UK.
Guess what? The next Embroidered Treasures album is coming soon – and today, I just wanted to give you a heads up and quick little look at it!
Like the Flowers book, Embroidered Treasures: Birds promises to be an exciting and inspiring look at a wide array of embroidery projects from different eras that feature our feathered friends.
If you love birds and you love embroidery, and if you’re fascinated by the history of embroidery, you will love having this book in your library! Better yet, it is such a pretty book that it doesn’t need to be consigned to a bookshelf. It’s a perfect “coffee table” book, one that you can pick up and browse through at leisure, gleaning striking bursts of beauty and helpful bits of information every time you meander through it.
I’ve had the pleasure of perusing an advanced copy of the book, thanks to Search Press, and it is everything you’d want – beautiful, informative, and inspiring!
Throughout the book, you’ll find embroidered birds from a wide spectrum of artistic eras, covering a wide variety of techniques.
There are 17th century birds, like those above…
…to folky, more modern birds.
All sorts of birds populate the book, from stylized birds to realistic renditions of birds in needlework.
The format and approach of the books is similar to the Flowers book, which you can see in detail here.
With each featured embroidery, you’ll find dates, provenance, and all the details of techniques and materials used to create the embroidery.
Why I Like It
What I love about this new series of books from the Embroiderers’ Guild of the UK is that you can learn much from each book, just by studying the pieces in it.
No, it’s not an instructional project book – you won’t learn how to recreate, step-by-step, the embroidery pieces you see. But you will learn a lot about the history and development of embroidery, and you’ll see, at a glance, what kinds of techniques can be used to produce a certain look or style of embroidery.
This is very helpful, if you have ideas in mind for a project, but you’re not sure what techniques to use to get the look you want.
Soooo…. bird lovers, historical needlework buffs, and general embroidery enthusiasts – this book’s for you!
Where to Find It
You can find Embroidered Treasures: Birds available for pre-order through the following sources:
Worldwide with free shipping, the book is available here through Book Depository. It’s available a little sooner than it is through Amazon in the US, though shipping takes decidedly longer, but it’s listed at about $10 less through Book Depository right now.
In the US, Embroidered Treasures: Birds will be shipping in mid-September from Amazon. I’ve added it to my Needle ‘n Thread Recommendations Page on Amazon, where it’s right at the top of the list. If you pre-order now, it’ll be in your mailbox right around September 18. If, incidentally, there’s a price drop on the book when it is released (which sometimes happens with new releases), it’s normally applied automatically, when the book ships.
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