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Whitework Embroidery by Ayako Otsuka

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 August 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216896
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  • Size: 210x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 360
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP Price: £14.99


This sumptuous book by accomplished embroiderer Ayako Otsuka is full of incredibly delicate and beautiful whitework embroidery of all kinds. Whitework is simply embroidery worked in white thread on white fabric, and it is renowned for its calm beauty and simplicity. An ancient form of embroidery that was popular in the Middle Ages, Ayako has brought whitework completely up to date with her gorgeous examples.

The projects include such items as a sampler, a tea cosy, a teddy bear cushion, a christening gown, a ring bearer’s pillow and a table runner. Some items are more complex than others, and there is a comprehensive techniques section with detailed step-by-step instructions, clear photographs and diagrams to guide you.

Featuring drawn thread work, Schwalm embroidery, Ajour embroidery and Hedebo embroidery, among other techniques, there is a wealth of information here for the keen embroiderer and 30 very beautiful projects to choose from. 

Table of Contents

Whitework Sampler I


Dish Covers

Tea Pot Cosy

Edged Placemats

Buttonhole Scallop Coasters

The Cushion Collection:

Floral Cushion

Snowflake Cushion

Teddy Bear Cushion

Hen Cushion

Drawn Work Bolster

Eyelet Cushion

Envelope Pillow

Whitework Sampler II

Christening Gown





Drawstring Pouches

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

Table Runner

Napkin Rings

Pin Cushion Doily

Embroidery Tool Case

Cube Pin Cushions

Needle Book

Tools & Materials

Whitework Techniques:

Schwalm Embroidery

Hedebo Embroidery

Drawn Thread Work

Eyelet Work

Count Work

Mask Work

Ajour Embroidery

Surface Embroidery Stitches

About Ayako Otsuka

Embroidery designer Ayako Otsuka is the director of Embroidery Studio Ecru and a member of the Japan Association of Linen Spinners. She has been immersed in the world of embroidery since childhood, learning from her mother, a designer of Japanese and Western style embroidery. Ayako is the author of several books about embroidery published in her home country of Japan.  She specializes in teaching Whitework, Stumpwork and botanical embroidery at her school Studio Ecru and exhibits her work in Japan and abroad.

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