Tools of the Trade Books that are “Oldies but Goodies”

My number one “tools of the trade” are books.  These may be books about stitch instruction, techniques, art, design theory, color theory, pattern and/or project, and finishing, just to name a few.  Today we will discuss some of the older books I use, that are still as valuable today as when they were written.

Books for discussion are:

  • The Encyclopedia of Canvas Embroidery Stitch Patterns, Expanded Edition – Katharine Ireys, 1977
  • Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvas – Sherlee Lantz with diagrams by Maggie Lane, 1973
  • The Complete Needlepoint Course – Anna Pearson, 1991
  • The Open Canvas – Carolyn Ambuter, 1982
  • The Margaret Boyles Book of Needle Art – Margaret Boyles, 1978


Do you have any older books that you still go to frequently today?  If so, please share with us and let us know why.

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