Encylopedia of Victorian Needlework (Dictionary of Needlework)

June 13, 2009

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TEoVNThis two volume set, published in 1972, is actually a complete republication of the six volume set (2nd edition) originally published in 1887 under the name of The Dictionary of Needlework: An Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain and Fancy Needlework. Many cultures are represented in these pages including Victorian British, ancient Egyptian, Greek, Spanish and Moorish. In-depth explanation is given for the general subjects; the entry for “embroidery”, for example, is 26 pages. Specific terms and topics are also given attention. Patterns for many of the techniques are also included. More than 900 drawings are an added bonus. These illustrations are thorough in detail and provide a great deal of historical information. This two volume set was published by Dover Publications and is, unfortunately, out of print. It can be ordered on-line from used booksellers including those listed on http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com. Also, from time to time, I will share with you some of the great information from these books!

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