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Embroidered Treasures: Birds by Dr Annette Collinge

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 01 September 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211327
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • 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 groups of embroideries assembled in one place. Stitched pieces and fragments 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 birds through the ages. From the subtle shades seen in crewelwork and the Buratto lace of Europe to the glittering silk, metal and beetle wing designs of China, Japan and India, author Dr Annette Collinge presents a beautiful array of stitchwork that truly is a feast for the eyes.

Featuring full-colour photographs and extended captions, items are shown also in full along with detailed images to show off the stunning stitched birds at their best. These wonderful embroidered treasures are as varied as badges, postcards, aprons, wall hangings, dresses, cushion covers and samplers, some of which date back to the 17th century.

Collected from many different countries, this exquisite book is an opportunity to see fabulous works that are very rarely seen in public. 

Mary Corbet, of Needle 'n Thread, said in her review of the first book in this series:

"Embroidered Treasures: Flowers is a fantastic book! Its inspirational. Its informative. Its beautiful!

For most of us who will never see a collection of embroideries like these up close and personal, this lovely book is the best way to experience them and learn about them. We can take what we learn and apply it to our own needlework pursuits. Or we can just enjoy the beauty of the pieces and appreciate the history behind them.

Its a great book for your reference library"

Table of Contents

History of the Embroiderers' Guild and Its Collection


Embroidered in Monochrome

The Use of Metal Thread

Applied Materials

Made by Machine

Embroidered in Silk

Embroidery on Even-weave Backgrounds

Embroidery on Bags

Birds as Art

Samplers and Samples

Fanciful Birds

Birds from Many Lands

Stitches and More Stitches


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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