Stuff A Handbook of American Crewel Embroidery
by Muriel L. Baker
ISBN-10: 0804802300
ISBN-13: 9780804802307
Charles E. Tuttle Company
HC w/ Dust Jacket
Pages: 67
Language(s): English
Very Good/Very Good - Light cover and edge wear; PO name on ffep; tiny chip from dj at bottom of spine.

A great deal has been written about English crewel embroidery but little about American crewel pieces and their stitches and techniques. The designs of the American settlers display a distinctive freedom of spirit, and Old World pieces, heavy with great mounds, trees, exotic flowers and fruits, are made more simple, more open and more realistic. American embroideresses, favoring the New England Laid Stitch because it was done quickly and wasted none of the precious wools, used fewer stitches and also fewer colors.

Mrs. Baker, whose skill is proved by her pieces which are included here, has given a tremendous amount of useful "how-to-do-it" information in this small volume. After discussing the distinctive features of American crewel, she describes and diagrams the stitches which are used. In the chapter on design elements such as stems, flowers, animals, etc., in addition to a discussion of the use of the particular element, photographs illustrate actual pieces from Colonial times. The author has sketched early pieces using the particular design and then explains what color and what stitch is used in each section of the piece. The final chapter illustrates how well suited American crewel is to modern uses in our twentieth-century homes.