There is always something new to learn - part of the fun of doing needlework and design is reading more about it! Browse our large selection to read about different techniques, materials and patterns as well as the history and development of design.
If you do not find what you are looking for, contact us. We always enjoy adding to our collection of good books.
Browse the latest additions to our varied selection of books. Some are "hot off the press", some have been republished, and some have just caught our attention.
Alphabets, Monograms & Samplers
This section contains books about alphabets, monograms, and samplers.
From ancient to modern eras, from head to foot, these books span the breadth of costume history from around the world.
Costume Patterns & Sewing
Looking for a book about corset design and construction? Victorian pattern books? How to cut out an Elizabethan costume? We have extensive pattern resources and reference guides to choose from.
Designs and patterns to inspire your next needlework project.
From 1066 to the present day, the history of embroidery and needlework.
Learn a new embroidery technique - Hardanger embroidery, a crewel stitch, how to embroider linen, or just brush up on your skills.
Iron-on transfers including flowers, animals, letters, and more.
Jewellery & Accessories
Learn more about shoes, buttons, jewellery, and even men's accessories.
Millinery & Ribbon Work
We have hat-making books that are step-by-step guides and others that serve as history of a bygone era, when hats were essential clothing.
Read more about techniques such as kumi himo, lucet braiding and netting as well as lace-making techniques such as Irish crochet, novelty braid designs and reticella patterns.
Read more about the samples, design, analysis and history (even the cleaning!) of textiles.
We have books about 19th century social customs, Civil War cultural milieu, hair dressing designs, and more.