RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Stumpwork, Spiral bound Book

RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Stumpwork Spiral bound

Part of the Essential Stitch Guides series

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The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard and is well respected all over the world.

It not only upholds the traditions of English embroidery that go back many hundreds of years, but is constantly taking embroidery forwards in new and innovative ways.

This series of Essential Stitch Guides has been produced in close collaboration with the RSN with the aim of providing a set of definitive works on traditional embroidery techniques.

All of the authors were chosen by the RSN and all are graduate apprentices of the Royal School.

In Stumpwork, Kate Sinton brings together all of the major techniques and stitches associated with stumpwork embroidery to produce a stunning book that reflects both her expertise as an embroiderer and her artistic talent.

For both expert advice and innovation, this book is second to none.


  • Format: Spiral bound
  • Pages: 96 pages, Illustrations, color
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Embroidery crafts
  • ISBN: 9781844485864



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As the title says, this is essentially a stitch guide to the stitches used in stumpwork. The copious color photos are excellent and show the stitches in progress. The first section introduces the Royal School of Needlework, gives an overview of the history of stumpwork and stumpwork design, reviews materials, shows step-by-step how to frame up, and how to transfer a pattern using prick and pounce. That gets us to page 30. From there through p. 112 are clear photos and text showing how to do individual stitches and whole techniques, with examples of them used in context on a variety of modern pieces. The spiral binding means that the pages lay flat for referencing while you are working stitches. There is a one-page table of contents (going down to the level of, for example, Needlelace Stitches), but without listing individual stitches and one page of index, where one can find the names of individual stitches. One thing I found curious - the index sends me to two pages for "Detached Buttonhole stitch", both of which reference that stitch in passing, while discussing other things. There is no pointer to how to do the stitch. The stitch guide for Single Brussels stitch does provide the needed instruction. However, the text never closes the loop on terminology, and does not equivalence "Single Brussels" with "Detached Buttonhole," though there are several references to plain Buttonhole stitch in the introduction to the needlelace stitches.