I’ve written several books and pamphlets on historical embroidery. Here is the latest on their contents and availability. Corrections are presented at the bottom of this page
| The New Carolingian Modelbook: Counted Embroidery Patterns from Before 1600. Albuquerque, NM: Outlaw Press, 1995. |
Sadly now out of print, TNCM is a treasury of counted and block unit patterns primarily for needleworkers. The contents are mostly derived from historical modelbook sources, which at the time of publication were extremely difficult to access. Patterns are accompanied by source information, and indexed by year and place of origin.
| The Second Carolingian Modelbook: A Collection of Historical Charted Patterns for Needleworkers and Artisans. Arlington, MA: Wild Puma Press, 2021. |
A sequel to TNCM, The Second Carolingian Modelbook (T2CM) contains 75 plates of over 250 individual band, border, strapwork, and field designs are clearly depicted for ease of working, and are accompanied by observations on pattern “families”, full source documentation, and descriptions of some of the many techniques that were used to stitch them. It contains linear designs appropriate for double-running or back stitch embroidery; and block unit designs can be used for long armed cross stitch and darned whitework. Block unit designs can also be used in modern context for cross stitch, filet crochet, and knitting. Designs appropriate for reserva or voided work (the ancestor of modern Assisi stitching) are also included.
| Ensamplario Atlantio: Being a Collection of Filling Patterns Suitable for Blackwork Embroidery. Arlington, MA: Black Rose Press, 2011 (self published). |
In the course of working out the pattern drafting methods I used on T2CM, I began organizing and transcribing the blackwork fills I had collected or doodled up over the years. Although none are historically sourced to specific artifacts, these are appropriate for use in inhabited blackwork, the style characterized by heavy outlines and diapered geometric fillings. Patterns that are clearly modern and should be avoided for works intended as re-creations are so marked.
|Ensamplario Atlantio II: More Filling Patterns and Borders Suitable for Blackwork Embroidery. Arlington, MA: Wild Puma Press, 2020. (self published).|
Because my doodle notebook seems to be bottomless, I present another collection of 200 plates for counted work. The collection includes about 180 all-over repeats that can be used for inhabited blackwork or large area repeats; plus something new – a collection of borders (some with coordinated all-overs); an alphabet; and two tunic yokes. While there are about a dozen historically sourced fills, the overwhelming majority of the content is my original work.
Corrections for my books are presented below.
The Second Carolingian Modelbook
Sadly, no one is perfect – least of all me. And no automated typesetting/publication system is perfect. I will post corrections/emendations/apologies here, as they come to my attention. Thanks to all who have called my attention to these errors. For the record, the standing maxim here is “Only fools proof their own work.” My status is obvious.
Plate 1, page 17
There are four patterns presented. The numbering of those patterns migrated from the bottom to the top of the page. Across the bottom, they should read 1, 2, and 3a. 3a is the bottom half of the rightmost column, and features free-floating lozenge “islands” embedded in two separately worked crenellated rows of linear stitching. 3b begins about mid-way up the rightmost column, and continues to the top of the page. In that very similar looking pattern there are no “islands” – it’s worked entirely in large chunks of linear stitching, and would be much easier to render in double running stitch than 3a is.
Page 10 – Diagram series
Whimsey has intervened. While the diagrams are numbered correctly, they appear to have entered into a dance, and some of the rows are shuffled in the final print. Apologies for the inconsistency.
Plate 45, page 104
The last paragraph in the prose description reads “…Plate 45:1 continues the design. The companion edging only partially included here is presented in Plate 45:2.” Those cross references are typos. The design is continued in Plate 46:1 and the edging is presented in Plate 46:2.