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Embroidered Treasures: Flowers by Dr Annette Collinge

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 01 January 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211310
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP Price: £20


The Embroiderers Guild was founded in 1906 and has in its collection embroideries from all over the world. These wonderful works, which somehow survived through the ages, could be said to be one of the most important group of  embroideries assembled in one place. Stitched pieces and fragments and were gathered together by early members of the Guild and inserted into portfolios that were circulated among members.

Nature has always been a huge source of inspiration to embroiderers and this fantastic book showcases the Embroiderers Guilds huge collection of embroidered flowers through the ages. Featuring full-colour photographs, items are shown in full and also with detail images to show off the flowers at their best. 

These wonderful embroidered treasures are as varied as wall hangings, childrens dresses, bridal bags and samplers, some of which date back to the 17th century. The images are shown with extended captions. Collected from many different countries, this is an opportunity to see fabulous works that are very rarely seen in public.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Embroidery in Monochrome: Blackwork and Whitework

16th century blackwork motifs

20th century blackwork with metal thread

cushion cover in brown thread

Chikan embroidery from India

Whitework sachet

Machine-made monogram panel

Mountmellick embroidery from Ireland

Embroidery on evenweave backgrounds

17th century bead work panels

Beaded evening bag, knitted

Two small beaded bags, misers purse

Berlin Work tea cosy

Pattern darning on net, daffodils

Two small petit point bags

17th century canvas work fragment

The fichu

Pattern darning, cornucopia 

Samplers and Samples

Sampler with boxers

Lettering sampler

RSN motif sampler

Book of samples

Nancy Kimmins roses sampler, RSN

Mary Clarke crewel work tree of life 

Needle Laces

17th century coif panel

The pea pod panel

17th century white work sampler

Oyas from Greece

White work needle lace cuff

Set of little mats, reticella centres 

Applied Materials

Ribbon work, Queen Marys foot cover

Fine ribbon work bag

Felt work tea cosy

Sunflower from the 1960s

Felt work cornflower

Purple flower from the 1960s

Neale panel

Shisha mirrors from India

Violet Geary panel

18th century slips 

Embroidery with unusual materials

Embroidery with Fish Scales

Embroidery with Straw

Embroidery on Tree Bark with Moose Hair

Embroidery on Leather

The 3 dimensional Bowl of Flowers

Embroidery with Vegetable Bags

Embroidery with Aerophane

Copper Rose by Joan Hardingham

The Use of Metal Thread

Or Nue panel

Idols dress, Spain

2 x sleeve bands, China


Costume fragments from India

Flower from Portugal

Pink cover from India

Queen Marys Dress Panel 

Stitches and More Stitches

Chenille Thread Embroidery

Kay Dennis Clematis, 3 dimensional embroidery

Shadow work mats

French Knots Panel

Perkin Knots from China

Berlin Work, Plush Stitch

Rococco Stitch 

Silk and Wool

Silk Embroidery from Japan

Blue silk Embroidery from China

Winsome Douglass Hanging

Wool Pocket from Norway

Beryl Dean Delphiniums

Silk Apron from China

Chinai Work, Chinese Immigrant work from India

17th century cushion cover, green silk 

Made by Machine

Sunflowers by Joy Clucas

Tea Cosy by Dorothy Benson

White Tulips by Audrey Walker

Dog Roses by Richard Box

Handkerchief from Switzerland

Tambour Embroidery from India 

Regular Designs

19th Century red flowers, Turkey

Rachel Evans mats

Joan Drew handkerchief sachet

12 x motifs panel, Greece

Stole from India

Yellow thread cloth from India

Eveline Quaintons cushion cover

M. Harris table cloth 

Irregular Designs

18th century pocket

Buttercups panel Framed

Elsie Grimes Tea Cosy

Floral Panel from a Transfer Design

Floral bag, black drawstring

Cheltenham Ladies College School work panel

Flowers from Greece

About Dr Annette Collinge

Annette Collinge has had a lifelong interest in embroidery. She is a life member of The Embroiderers' Guild, has been a Branch Chairman, Regional Chairman and Trustee of the Guild, and she is currently the Collection Manager. She is a mixed media textile artist and is a member of the exhibiting group, Studio 21, a group of textile artists who bring together a creative and innovative mix of media and stitched textiles

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