Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Poring over Pages :Part Two

I have had another lengthy absence from my dear little blog so you are perfectly entitled to frown at me and tap my sorry wrist.I have been busy making but I'll show you those next time.So this is my second book appreciation post and my chosen book is Early Twentieth Century Embroidery Techniques by Gail Marsh which I first borrowed from the library and after taking it out three times decided I should definitely get my own copy.

As the title suggests the volume is about embroidery techniques used in the period 1900 to 1939 but I think this volume has a lot more to offer than many other technique or historical reference books.Using sumptuous images and detailed diagrams the book is  visually stunning as well as instructive and inspiring.

The author uses examples from the RBKS Collection at Gawthorpe Hall where she is curator and reading the book feels we are being taken on a privileged tour of the collection.She also tries out the techniques she comes across and provides diagrams so we can experiment also.The books focuses on the women(famous and unknown)who contributed to spreading the education of embroidery within all classes and it's place in the arts and crafts movement.

It's full of interesting tales and details which highlight embroidery's role in the social history of women as well as it's place in the art world.I have to say my favourite picture in the whole book was of the back of a sampler which was an absolute mass of knots..very reassuring to see.All in all I highly recommend this book and I've ordered one of Gail's Marsh's other books 19th Century Embroidery Techniques so I'm sure I'll be singing that books's praises too!
Happy reading until next time and thanks for all your lovely comments on my last're very sweet:)


Jem said...

This looks like just the sort of read I could use at the moment, I'm just starting out with embroidery and have loved it so far - are there any others you would recommend? The social history aspect you mentioned in this one has really intrigued me. Looking forward to a peek at your most recent creations :-)

Jem xXx

Gracie's Garden Bazaar said...

Hi Jem
The best embroidery book I have for it's pure helpfulness is Mary Thomas' s dictionary of embroidery stitches...I constantly refer back to it and always have it in reach:)xx

lilipopo said...

This book looks beautiful, I love the woven effect stitches. I will have to pop over to amazon and see if I can find it. I do love embroidery books, especially with a bit of social history added in. Can't wait to see your newest makes

Kate x