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Beginner's Guide to Goldwork Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Previously, I had seen "Beginner's Guide to Goldwork" on another web site and figured I'd check it out.
This book is a real gem (and a life saver). It answered many of my questions and demonstrated not only goldwork, but how it was used with other embroidery techniques to create real works of art. It is a short book, but no space is wasted.
The book's style is very conversational and easy to understand. Some texts for beginners assume a lot about a person's knowledge about a given subject, not so in this book. Everything is explained clearly to help beginner's build their embroidery and goldwork lexicon. It is filled with lavish illustrations and detailed photos of Mrs. Chamberlin's sampler to help readers visualize the techniques employed. She explains patterns, tools, and how to layout your design on the fabric so that your design is in the center and doesn't run off the edge.
I think that if you own one book on the topic of goldwork, this should be your first choice. It is a beautiful little book and I feel that anyone reading it will be able to produce a goldwork piece after reading it.
Search Press Needlecrafts books are excellent. This is an English publisher who seeks out true experts in each field and provides not just beautifully illustrated and detailed work manuals but books of art. I have a number of Search Press books and I recommend them highly (see the inside back cover for more titles):
Beginner's Guide to Blackwork
Traditional Blackwork Samplers (Needlecrafts Series)
Beginner's Guide to Hardanger
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This Beginner's Guide to Goldwork is a work of art. Just picking up the book and seeing the detail in the cover design is exciting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jane in Milwaukee
Brilliant book on goldwork. If you need a comprehensive guide to help you begin your own projects, this is the book for you.Published 17 months ago by Bressumer
I was not impressed by this book. It had some pictures in it but not a lot of information or instructions on how to actually create goldwork.Published on April 23, 2014 by M. Bast
This is a great book for those of us "beginners" at goldwork. The instructions are clear and precise. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Cinnia
I love this book and am excited to get started. Easy step by step on each design. Very helpful on how to prep your fabric so it will last for years. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Daun
This book is filled with amazing embroidery in gold. The metal threads also come in silver and copper. The instructions are perfect! Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Carol A. Dagg
wonderfull illistrated book for beginner goldworkers or advanced gold needle people. beautifully done with easy to understand history and stitches. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Sharon Christa