The Guild maintains a library collection of over 3,000 items to support members in developing their interests and skills in the many elements of stitchery. The collection includes books, charts, magazines, CDs, videos, historical ephemera, reference items and teacher resources. As well as having excellent coverage of the many forms of embroidery, the collection includes related areas such as textile arts, lace making, patchwork and paper arts. The Library is managed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who will be happy to help members to use the collection.
New books October/November 2016
There is an ongoing buying program so that members have access to the latest books and magazines. While the library focusses on embroidery techniques and history, it also includes books and magazines on other crafts. Here are some recent acquisitions:
by Shelley Cox
The ‘Royal School of Needlework’ series has been excellent, and this book is no exception. Clear instructions and beautiful examples of historical and contemporary pieces, Shelley shows how to create stunning bead embroideries using traditional techniques.
by Isobel Hall
This is Isobel’s fifth book. She experiments with unusual materials such as thistle tops, cricula silk pods, shosenshi viscose, newspaper string etc. to create exquisite works of art.
Inspired by Saxon and Medieval art and are used to create unique items such as bags, handmade books, vessels and wall art.
The 77 embroidered panels that makes up the tapestry was crafted by 4,000 men, women and children to celebrate 350 years of Quaker life and experience.
by Maggie Grey
This book concentrates of water-soluble materials with an emphasis on dissolvable film. Amazingly versatile, this medium can be used alone, employed as a support for other materials or layered over exciting surfaces to make a very rich and interesting composition.
by Lynne Barr
20 Plus projects from top designers. Destined to become a classic reference, this trailblazing volume will transform both the way you think about reversibility’s potential and how you work reversible projects.
Quakers Tapestry Stitch Guide
This is the ‘companion’ volume to the ‘Quakers Tapestry’ book and explains how the tapestry was created, what techniques and stitches were used and how to replicate them using easy step by step photos and instructions.
Made in France
by Agnes Delage-Calvet, Anne Sohier-Fournel, Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz
A little thread, some linen, a needle, a few easy stitches and more than 50 pretty projects worked in cross stitch, stem stitch or French knots. Elegant and timeless.