For anyone who enjoys textiles and embroidery, this book should be on the top of your list. If you do not already possess the hardback edition, this paperback edition is a revised and expanded edition of the 2008 hardback. It is well worth buying. Written by one of the foremost writers on the subject, this is an intelligent and highly readable world guide to traditional patterns. Students and artists will find the book a treasure and it is also very useful to the collector of textiles. Motifs and symbols from many regions with a useful short dictionary of stitches. Wonderful photographs and pertinent text.
on 27 July 2010
Sheila Paine has done a great job describing and illustrating textiles design and embroidery from the well known cultures of the world. It goes into the history and customs for dressing in folk costumes in many countries, as well as some religious and folk customs. It isn't in depth, like 'Amulets:a world of secret powers' however it is a wonderful overview and very good to stimulate interest into deeper study or just increase ones' curiosity. It's also large and easy to read with large colourful pictures of example work and on glossy pages so it will last through many thumbed page turnings.
on 2 January 2014
Ordered this book after borrowing a copy from the library and deciding that it was the sort of book to have on a very extended loan! Lots of lovely photographs and information on stitched textiles from all around the world, making it a great resource for any research project, say for a C&G course. Would recommend. Library copy was hardback, this is paperback, but still a great purchase.