Useful Basic Embroidery Books

Following you can find a short list of my favorite books concerning general & in-depth embroidery stitch dictionaries. This basic embroidery books focus mostly on “modern” embroidery techniques but many of the described techniques and stitches are also very useful for “period”/”medieval” embroidery as well as when you want to create some modern embellishment 😉

My favorite “Basic Embroidery Books”

Books - The Embroidery Stitch BibleThe Embroidery Stitch Bible

I recommend this book to beginners to embroidery as well as to advanced embroiderers – it is a very nice and helpful dictionary of general embroidery stitches and from time to time I use it to look up a name of a certain stitch or a special technique.

If you would like to get a copy of this book you can find it here:
Amazon.com: The Embroidery Stitch Bible: Over 200 Stitches Photographed with Easy to Follow Charts
Amazon.de: Embroidery Stitch Bible

Essential Stitch Guides from the Royal School of Needlework

The Essential Stitch Guides series from the Royal School of Needlework also provide some very useful and interesting basic embroidery books. Their books are a great addition for everyone who is interested into embroidery. Here you can find some of my favorites till now:

Books - Essential Stitch Guides - StumpworkEssential Stitch Guides – Stumpwork

This book is my favourite book of the “Essential Stitch Guides” series from the Royal School of Needlework. Interesting sections of this book: “Flat Surface Stitches”, “Raised Surface Stitches”, “Needlelace Stitches”, “Metal Thread Work”,… – just to name a few.

If you would like to get a copy of this book you can find it here:
Amazon.com: Stumpwork (Essential Stitch Guides)
Amazon.de: 
Stumpwork (Essential Stitch Guides)

Books - Essential Stitch Guides - CrewelworkEssential Stitch Guides – Crewelwork

Also this basic embroidery book about “Crewelwork” is another great book from the Essential Stitch Guides series – again, like in the book about “Stumpwork”, all stitches are very well explained – I especially enjoyed the sections: “Filling Stitches” & “Long and Short Stitch”.

If you would like to get a copy of this book you can find it on
Amazon.com: Crewelwork (Essential Stitch Guides)
Amazon.de:
Crewelwork (Essential Stitch Guides)

Books - Essential Stitch Guides - Silk ShadingEssential Stitch Guides – Silk Shading

I have to admit that I am not a great fan of the book about silk shading but I kept it to complete my collection of Essential Stitch Guides.

If you like to get a copy of this book you can find it on
Amazon.com: Silk Shading (Essential Stitch Guides)
Amazon.de: Silk Shading (Essential Stitch Guides)

Books - Essential Stitch Guides - White WorkEssential Stitch Guides – White Work

After answering the question of a friend of mine about White Work I recently found out that the Essential Stitch Guides already offers a book about White Work too. Unfortunately I don’t own a copy yet but I definitely plan to get me a copy for my collection of basic embroidery books. 🙂

If you like to get a copy of this book you can find it on
Amazon.de: Whitework (Essential Stitch Guides)
Amazon.com: Whitework (Essential Stitch Guides)

Books - Essential Stitch Guides - BlackworkEssential Stitch Guides – Blackwork

The book “Essential Stitch Guides – Blackwork” contains a nice short section about “The history of blackwork” and shows some basic embroidery stitches as well as some nice filling patterns for blackwork.

If you like to get a copy of this book you can find it on
Amazon.com: Blackwork (Essential Stitch Guides)
Amazon.de: Blackwork (Essential Stitch Guides)

Books - New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery StitchesNew Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches

Though I really like the “Essential Stitch Guides – Blackwork”, I think that the New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches is a better book about Blackwork for beginners to start with.

If you like to get a copy of this book you can find them on
Amazon.com: New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches
Amazon.de: The New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches

Books - Essential Stitch Guides - Bead EmbroideryEssential Stitch Guides – Bead Embroidery

Though this basic embroidery book is really not a “big” one – not concerning the amount of pages or the size of the book – it provides quite a lot of helpful and useful information for an affordable price. Therefore, if you would like to start with bead and/or pearl embroidery, this is a nice book to start with.

If you like to get a copy of this book you can find it on
Amazon.com: Bead Embroidery (Essential Stitch Guides)
Amazon.de: 
Bead Embroidery (Essential Stitch Guide)

Best regards Racaire