The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. Recommended for stitchers who have dipped into the threads and needles of hand embroidery but need more information and guidance, this is a small (portable!) coil bound book that is very easy to use. The stitches are divided into sections - One for "Stitches for Fabric" with 'type' subheadings - Line stitches, Chain stitches, Blanket stitches, Crossed stitches, etc. and a section for "Stitches on Canvas" with type subheadings. Also included are guidelines for counted thread, freestyle and canvaswork along with detailed instructions and descriptions for finishing. All you need.
The individual stitch pages have photographs of each completed stitch along with step by step instructions - both pictorial and in words.
The Embroidery Stitch Bible is a thorough, portable all in one guide for embroidery. It would be a great gift for an embroiderer looking to expand their repertoire of stitches.
Great for beginners as well as complete newbies to hand embroidery is recent publication The Stitch Bible by Kate Haxell.
As the subtitle indicates, this book is a comprehensive guide. It's such a modern and up to date book yet it wonderfully covers many types of traditional stitch from Blackwork, Hardanger, Crewel, and Goldwork all the way to the anything goes of Freestyle Embroidery. Great for folks wondering where to start, this book has projects. Beautifully presented and easy to follow, The Stitch Bible would make a top notch gift to self or others. I gave this as a gift recently and it was a real hit.
Once the basics are covered, expand into stitched works of art with Free-form Embroidery, transforming traditional stitches into fiber art by Judith Baker Montano.Freeform Embroidery for inspiration, instruction and a gallery full of stitched masterpieces.
Speaking of inspiration, not to mention off the scale fantastic eye-candy, check out Hoopla: the art of unexpected embroidery by Leanne Prain.
Hoopla is highly recommended for anyone interested in hand stitching and embroidery arts.
In the world of hand embroidery, this really is just a small sample. There are so many more amazing embroidery books out there from the Doodle Stitching series by Aimee Ray to titles on Needle Painting and even a Beginner's Guide to wool aka Crewel embroidery. The creative possibilities are endless!