I’m slowly making my way through the stack of needlework books on my side table, and today, I want to share a particularly lovely new book on the market dedicated to whitework.
Did you know that I actually read every book I review? I keep a stack on my side table, with a block of post-it notes and a pen. And when I have a chance, I dig into the stack. I can never quite seem to eliminate the stack completely!
But this book was a quick one to read, and thoroughly enjoyable.
The projects are beautiful! If you love whitework, or if you’re interested in learning and practicing whitework techniques, I think you’ll love it!
Let’s take a look!
Whitework Inspirations focuses on eight beautiful whitework embroidery projects that are gleaned from various issues of Inspirations Magazine from over the years.
The collection is published by Search Press as part of the 50th Anniversary year.
The eight projects range in levels of difficulty and cover a wide range of techniques. It seems to me that the featured projects were meticulously chosen not only to give the embroiderer something exquisite to stitch, but also to supply a wonderful variety of techniques that fall under the “whitework” umbrella.
Among the techniques, you’ll find drawn thread work, cutwork, traditional white-on-white embroidery, Casalguidi embroidery, Mountmellick embroidery, Schwalm embroidery, and Hardanger.
From every project in the book, you will learn different aspects of whitework that can be applied in your own projects and will add to your own wider embroidery repertoire.
There’s a brief and very readable introduction to whitework and its history at the beginning of the book.
I like to see embroidery set into context in history, so I always appreciate introductions that include historical development.
Each project in the book includes clear photos (beautiful photos – Inspirations is known for their lovely photography!) of the finished piece, a complete materials list, an overview of the order of work, and step-by-step instructions for completing the project.
And, in true Inspirations style – those familiar with the magazine will know what I mean! – there are very clear, step-by-step photos to take you through each stitching technique.
Inspirations pretty much sets the bar with their stitching instruction in their step-by-step photo sequences. It’s a great way to learn!
Needle lace is often combined effectively with whitework, and this project is a nice introduction to the techniques used in needle lace.
What a pretty gift this would make for a wedding shower, or Mother’s Day, or Just Because! Ever since I saw this linen sachet designed by Christine Bishop in the magazine, I’ve thought about stitching it. It’s gorgeous!
And of course, there are plenty of step-by-step photos to lead the embroiderer (beginner and beyond!) through the process of creating needle lace.
The other projects in the book are equally gorgeous and equally instructive.
In the back of the book, you’ll find pull-out pattern sheets secured in their own little flap. I love this feature!!
In a Nutshell
All pros, no cons! I love this book! It’s a glorious project book, delivered in the exquisite and thorough instructional style of Inspirations Magazine.
Even if you are a subscriber to Inspirations, the book is worth having, because it collects in one easily accessible publication these eight projects that serve as a marvelous training course in the numerous techniques of whitework embroidery. Even if you’re not looking for learning opportunities, though, it’s just nice to have these projects all in one place for easy exploration.
If you are not an Inspirations subscriber, the book is a wonderful opportunity to have access to eight lovely whitework projects!
Where to Find It
In the US, Whitework Inspirations is available through Amazon, and you’ll find it listed here on my Amazon Recommendations page under Browse my Recommendations. For those who are keen on pursuing whitework techniques, I’ve listed all my favorite whitework books there, too. Enjoy browsing!
In Australia, you can find the book available through Inspirations Studios here.
Worldwide, you can find Whitework Inspirations available with free shipping here from Book Depository.
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