I know I’ve been promising for quite a while, but serious progress is being made on The Second Carolingian Modelbook:


The thumbnail shows the first fifty or so plates, plus their write-up pages.  There are seventy-five in all, well over 200 patterns, with each and every one linked to a specific historical artifact or primary source.

About two thirds of the patterns are specific for counted linear styles, or mixed linear/voided works.  The rest are solid block unit patterns suitable for background or foreground stitching.  They can also be used for knitting, crochet, marquetry, mosaics, or any other craft that uses charted motifs.

Right now I’m touching up a few of the pages, writing a similar number of comments, plus the intro essay, and cleaning up the bibliography.  I’m torn about including indices like I did in the first book. I don’t think they were of much use, so I am thinking of omitting them in order to get this puppy finished for once and all.

So that’s where I’ve been, and what I’ve been doing.  I promise to trumpet here when the book is available for sale.

12 responses

  1. Michal Avissar cohen | Reply

    Looking forward… Expecting to the book… cope for meWith inscription for me for good partnership….:-) 🙂 🙂

  2. Elaine Cochrane | Reply

    Oh, wow! This will be a treasure!

  3. Will happily buy this when it comes out!

  4. Love the concept – multi-use charts for a wide range of fiber arts and other crafts with the added link to the historical source. Kudos to you Kim for all this work.

  5. Wonderful, I’d definitely buy a copy when it’s ready. I love my edition of the original.

  6. Wonderful news!

  7. Oh good. I’m about ready to start a new blackwork project!

  8. Oh My Goodness, another book? Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I treasure your first, and am overjoyed to hear that there is a second on the way!

    1. I am hard at work putting finishing touches on it. I can’t make promises, but I am hoping to have it out before the new year.

  9. Stupid question – “counted linear style” = “double running stitch”?
    I am addicted to that blasted stitch. LOL!

    1. Yup. about 65% of the book is double running stitch. If you look at the embroidery projects listed in the sidebar at right, some of the ones in the book are stitched up. For example, the big lion/dragon at the top of “Blackwork Sampler” is in there. And it’s NOT the largest nor most complex of the patterns included. 🙂

      1. Yippee!!!
        I have been drooling over that “critter” for months! Glad to hear that it’s going to be in the new book!

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