Heritage Embroidery Author:Elsa S. Williams The great resurgence of interest in handwork in this country creates a need for solid sources of reference of authentic design and good instruction in every field of craftwork. Fine needlework is deeply involved in the American tradition. The early settlers brought to these shores the best patterns and techniques of their native countries, Eng... more »land, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and later, the Slavic and Eastern lands. Depending heavily upon their handwork skills in these primitive times not only for diversion but for their very garments and furnishings for their homes, they adapted their native arts, influencing each other as they settled and mingled in the new environment. They soon developed a singular and new tradition in Colonial America.
The author hopes to further this historic development of American Heritage Embroidery, maintaining the fine quality and successful achievement of the past, applied to present-day needs in the best tradition. Included in this valuable book are historically authentic, yet surprisingly contemporary looking stitches, and beautiful patterns, with detailed directions for working them in sturdy, long-fibred crewel wools which last for ages. These yarns are available in a variety of beautiful and compatible colors which you will see reproduced in a full-page color guide to help you select the color combinations you want for each project. Complete information on materials, tools, and finishing plus a glossary of stitches with step-by-step instructions for each one, make heirloom heritage embroidery for tomorrow completely possible for every needleworker to accomplish with ease.« less