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”
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:
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.
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”.
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.
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. 🙂
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 them on
Amazon.com: New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches
Amazon.de: The New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches
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.