Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Mary Thomas

So yesterday I was reading Anna's blog where she was reviewing a craft encyclopedia by Martha Stewart. And I was thinking about how most encyclopedias are usually so limited and unable to really delve deeply into any of the subjects inside, because they have so many subjects to cover. And they're usually so dry.

Well, then I remembered one of my favorite books, Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. I had borrowed the 1935 edition from our local library and it was absolutely charming. So I bought one online (from Powells Books, I think) NOT the newer one. Sure, the newest one has good color photography and color drawings of stitching methods, but dry? Yeah. If you want one of these, it's worth the hunt to find the 1935 edition. The stitch illustrations are different, but the little drawings in the margins and near the text? Adorableness!

Here's one of my favorites. Can a Lazy Daisy be any cuter?
Unless of course, you're wondering how to chain stitch with a daisy stitch.

Or is this a cute caterpillar stitch illustration or what?

I've taken a few more photos to show you, too, so this probably isn't the last time you'll see these little drawings! Also, click on the pictures to enlarge them and open them in a different window. Blogger reduces them so's hard to see some of the detail of these simple little things.


  1. So cute! I'm going to go on a search for this one.

    The La-D-Da is great...and your BBD piece. Don't know how you're getting it all done girlfriend!

  2. I'm never going to think about a lazy daisy the same way again.

  3. Very cute thanks for sharing, CJ ok;-)

  4. What a fantastic book! I love older books like that. Yes, the color photos are great but there is just nothing like being taught by the older!!!

  5. Hello Lee,

    Thank you for stopping by and saying hi!

    What a neat book. I enjoyed the illustrations tremendously.

  6. Lovely book. Can you show a picture of the front cover please? There seem to be a lot of different ones on sale.

  7. This is so cute. Must be a funny books.

  8. This is darn cute! I collect old, battered kid's book to reuse in collage art and a science book had little elves in it similar to these.