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The Art of Needlework

Needlework & embroidery have been a form of expression in most cultures for hundreds of years, especially for women. Explore these titles for a cultural tour of this ancient tradition.

Kelly, Mary B.
Goddess embroideries of Eastern Europe
q NK9242.K45 1996x
Krody, Sumru Belger
Flowers of silk & gold: four centuries of Ottoman embroidery
q NK9265.A1 K76 2000
Leslie, Catherine Amoroso
Needlework Through History: An Encyclopedia
TT750.L48 2007
Mackenzie, Althea
NK9209.65.M33 2004x
Salomon, Kathryn
Jewish ceremonial embroidery
BM729.H35 S25 1988
Swain, Margaret H.
The needlework of Mary, Queen of Scots
q DA 787 .A3 S9
Rennie Mackintosh inspirations in embroidery
Wood, Dorothy
Rennie Mackintosh inspirations in embroidery
q NK8847.6.M23 W66 2004x

Web Sites

  • Britain's Bayeux Tapestry
    Here you can read the tale told by the Bayeux Tapestry - The story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066. William's defeat of Harold at the Battle of Hastings ensured the success of the Norman invasion of England... From the Museum of Reading.
  • Hmong Textiles
    The Hmong migrated from southern China in the nineteenth century to the mountainous areas of Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. During the Vietnam War, many immigrated to the United States. Paj ntaub or "flower cloth" is a needlework art form that continues to be produced by Hmong artists in this country. This is a digital collection of photographs from the University of California - Irvine Libraries.
  • Textile Musuem
    Located in Washington DC, the museum is a center for scholarly research, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of textiles, with particular concern for the artistic, technical and cultural significance of its collections.