I’ve written several books and pamphlets on historical embroidery. Here is the latest on their contents and availability
The New Carolingian Modelbook: Counted Embroidery Patterns from Before 1600. Albuquerque, NM: Outlaw Press, 1995.TNCM is 200+ page compendium of resourced line and block unit patterns for embroidery, knitting, mosaics and other crafts; sourced to specific historical references. Includes sections on stitching techniques, history; and indexes by area and date of origin. Although it is out of print, copies trickle onto the used book market and can be found on Amazon (linked above), and eBay.
Ensamplario Atlantio: Being a Collection of Filling Patterns Suitable for Blackwork Embroidery. Arlington, MA: Black Rose Press, 2011 (self published).EA is a collection of over 220 graphed line unit patterns suitable for use as fills in blackwork embroidery, or as all-over or field fills. It’s available for free download here at this website.
The Second Carolingian Modelbook: More Counted Embroidery Patterns from Historical Sources. Arlington, MA: Wild Puma Press (forthcoming).TCM2 is in process right now. With 65 plates and close to 200 individual designs, it is an extensive collection of graphed line unit and block unit patterns useful for embroidery, knitting, mosaics and other crafts; all sourced to specific historical references. The designs do not duplicate those in TNCM.
Ensamplario Atlantio II: More Filling Patterns and Borders Suitable for Blackwork Embroidery. Arlington, MA: Wild Puma Press (forthcoming).
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. Still in final throes of production, like T2CM, availability will be announced here first.