Mr A recently came across this book for me on European folk fabric design and dress – part of the Pepin Press series on fashion, textiles and patterns. It’s an A4 sized collection with heaps of bright photos of fabric and embroidery designs from central and south-eastern Europe.
The historical photos are great – alongside close-ups of similar embroidery designs, they reinforce just how much work went into some of these garments.
The book also includes a disc of images and patterns, including these elaborate redwork and blackwork examples, so you can print them out and try them yourself.
I’m a big fan of crewel embroidery and there are plenty of examples included in this book too. Fun for hours!