Favorite Stitching Related Books List

Cross Stitch and Counted Thread

The New Cross Stitcher’s Bible by Jane Greenoff (published in 2010)
“A great manual of cross stitch and counted thread techniques”

The Proper Stitch by Darleen O’Steen (2013)

Hardanger Basics and Beyond by Janice Love (1995)
“Probably the premier book with step by step, easy to read instructions for stitching all of the basic  Hardanger stitches”

Fundamentals Made Fancy by Janice Love (1995)
“Covers more complicated Hardanger stitches, like those wonderful Picots!”

Hemstitching by Marion Scoular (1989)
“My ‘go to’ source for hemstitching”

Crazy Quilting and Surface Embroidery

Art & Inspirations by Judith Baker Montano, (published in 1997)
“Wonderful book on crazy quilting and Judith’s inspirations for some of her work.”

Crazy Patchwork by Janet Haigh (1998)
“Great beginner’s guide to crazy quilting.”

The Stitches of Creative Embroidery by Jacqueline Enthoven (1964)
“Wonderful reference book—great for crazy quilting and surface embroidery.”

Embroidered Landscapes by Helen M. Stevens (2007)
“Needlepointing landscapes”

Colour Confidence in Embroidery by Trish Burr  (2012)
“Color theory using DMC floss and amazing needlepainting designs”


The Needlepoint Book: New, Revised and Updated Third Edition, by Jo Ippolito Christensen  (2015)
“Best reference book on needlepoint stitches.”    This book was recommended by three different  people.

Stitches to Go; the Original by Suzanne Howren & Beth Robertson (2004)
“Small, portable book with 313 illustrated stitches—good reference for both needlepoint and cross stitch.”

Stitches for Effects (1996) and  Even More Stitches for Effect (2000) by Suzanne Howren & Beth Robertson
“another comprehensive reference.”

Stimulating Stitches   by Jean Hilton (1992)
“Jean has several books but this is the one I constantly go to when exploring my favorite stitches of hers.”

The Best Bargello Book by June McKnight (2008)
“A neat little book of bargello stitch patterns (not specific projects).”


 Shakespeare’s Flowers in Stumpwork by Jane Nicholas (2015)
Would recommend “any of Jane Nicholas’ books on Stumpwork”

Stumpwork Flowers by Sachiko Morimoto (2014)
Needlecrafts in General

The Illustrated Book of Needlecrafts edited by Cecelia K. Toth (1994)
“A Good Housekeeping book that covers the basic stitches for a wide variety of techniques—from  Applique to rugmaking.”

 Read ‘em and Drool

Girlhood Embroidery—2 volumes by Betty Ring (1993)
“Wonderful information and beautiful pictures of American Samplers and Pictorial Needlework from 1650-1850.”

Favorite Series

A-Z Books by Search Press Classics including:
A-Z of Embroidery Stitches
A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2
A-Z of Embroidered Motifs
A-Z of Crewel Embroidery
A-Z of Stumpwork
A-Z of Whitework
A-Z of Thread Painting
A-Z of Goldwork
A-Z of Needlepoint