A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers

Title: A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers
Genre: Home & Garden/Crafts & Hobbies
Author: Elsie Svennas
Publisher: Van Nostrad Reinhold Company, Inc., New York, New York
Year: 1973 (first American printing of volumes originally published in Sweden, 1966)
Pages: 92
Format: Hardcover, with dust jacket.
Provenance: Contains three stitching guides printed on paperboard index cards, all copyright 1973 by Barbara Hunter.
Opening Sentence: “Even during the Middle Ages, before the art of writing became general, the well-to-do families of Europe used to put a private ‘mark’ or mark of ownership on their houses and possessions.”
Random Passage: “Tambour stitch. Tambour stitch looks like chain stitch but is worked differently. It gets its name from the French word tambour (drum), and refers to the fact that it is worked on fine fabric stretched over a frame.”
Goodreads Review: “Wonderful hand stitching! Lots of inspiration for embroidery and general craftiness.” – Ashley Jackson, February 17, 2013.
Notes: Originally published in two volumes, Markbok and Markbok 2, in Sweden. In 2014, the design blog It’s Nice That spotlighted this book alongside a few other visually inspiring books.


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