Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Embroiderer's Story: Needlework from the Renaissance to the Present Day Paperback – November, 1999

4 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback, November, 1999
"Please retry"
$54.90 $2.35

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

To re-create the lives of accomplished embroiderers about whom little is known, Beck surveys historical writings in the form of diaries, biographies, and novels. From the Renaissance to more recent periods, Beck's research yields a panorama of individual portraits that depict the girls and women responsible for much of the fine needlework pictured: elaborate samplers, bookbindings, ornate tapestries, and garments embellished with exquisite patterns. Profusely illustrated with examples of the art form that has survived throughout centuries, the book includes reproductions of pages from rare tomes and oil paintings depicting interiors and richly detailed clothing. With these images Beck offers an expansive trove of design sources for contemporary embroiderers in a solid and inspiring resource. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; New edition edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715309625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715309629
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Important Information

Ingredients
Example Ingredients

Directions
Example Directions

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By drdebs on June 8, 2000
If you are looking for a gift for a needleworker, either yourself or someone you like, consider buying this book for them. It is a beautiful walk through the history of needlecrafting from the Renaissance (mainly in England), and it has beautiful pictures and an engaging text. The reader will have a better understanding of how the needlearts effected all aspects of material culture in the periods considered. Here needlework is treated as a long continuum of women's interests and knowledge, along with the variations that made eachperiod unique. Great for history buffs, too!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on December 6, 2008
Other reviewers have commented on the many virtues of this book.

I'm going to keep this short. I was impressed by how many of the color photographs actually capture the texture of the work. Additionally, many of the black and white line drawings (and some of the prints) are clear and detailed enough that they manage to convey this information as well.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane in Milwaukee TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 25, 2008
The praise is doubled because I love needlework, I love history and I love studying the history of needlework. This book goes a giant leap beyond that and presents not just a history of needlework from Renaissance days to now but discusses the embroiderers themselves and how they have been depicted through the centuries. For example, the lady in the cover portrait is looking languidly at her beautiful artistry but there is some anguish in her eyes: the title is "I am Half-Sick of Shadows" by Sidney Meteyard (1913).

The chapters follow English history:
The Elizabethan Embroiderer
The Stuart Embroiderer
The Georgian Embroiderer
Regency Interlude
The Victorian Embroiderer
The Twentieth-century Embroiderer

I have hundreds of needlework books and dozens of history books on my favorite subject: Tudor England. My 2 all-time favorite historic figures are Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. On the very first page of the first chapter a gorgeous portrait of Arbella Stuart appears. There is a detailed discussion of how in 1600 this teenager wanted to impress her queen by making an extremely complicated "scarf or head veil of lawn cutwork flourished with silver and silk of sundry colours." Arbella was related to Elizabeth and was also Mary Stuart's niece, her father Charles being Henry Lord Darnley's little brother. Arbella was over the moon when Elizabeth wrote her note, as the author describes as "from one embroiderer to another" that she would be glad to know the technique. On the following page, we are then treated to a full-page color portrait of Elizabeth of about the same year in an exceptionally gorgeously embroidered dress with whispery gauze over puffed blackwork sleeves and a wide skirt fairly sagging with goldwork. In between, Ms.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Lee on July 7, 2012
Verified Purchase
This is a well written and well illustrated book about the history of embroidery. It is an enjoyable read, and the pictures are beautiful! There are examples of embroidery techniques popular in history, as well as pictures of paintings that show embroidery that only exists in paintings. So much textile history is lost, and sometimes paintings and etchings are all that is left for examination.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again