“Frisian Whitework: Dutch Embroidery from Friesland”


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Delve into elegant Frisian whitework with historical whitework specialist, Yvette Stanton. From Friesland in the Netherlands, this is a style of counted embroidery dating from the 1600s. It was traditionally used on men’s shirt collars, on household linen, and on samplers.
Whitework is usually stitched in white thread on white fabric and most Frisian whitework is worked this way. However, this technique also can have touches of colour, and some samplers are worked entirely in coloured thread. Alphabets, figurative motifs and geometric shapes are common, and they are interpreted in a wide variety of stitches, such as satin stitch, eyelets, whipped back stitch, and chain stitch; some also with cutwork and drawn thread work.
With Yvette Stanton’s book, Frisian Whitework, you will be able to ;

•explore how Frisian whitework featured on clothing and other textiles.
•study many photographs featuring historical examples of Frisian whitework.
•learn the stitches and techniques of Frisian whitework with clear step-by-step instructions and detailed diagrams. Both left- and right-handed instructions are included.
•have the confidence and skills to make ten original projects, from small through to large, with a range of useful and beautiful applications.
Yvette Stanton’s expert instructions will help you on your way to making beautiful Frisian whitework embroidery.

Yvette’s wonderful new publication is a must for all enthusiasts of counted whitework and indeed of traditional counted embroidery. This wonderful in-depth study of a little known historical technique, does important work to increase its prominence and ensure its survival for generations to come.
Yvette’s attention to detail, as always, is superb, with a hugely comprehensive stitch glossary presented with crisp, clear diagrams, and with invaluable adaptions for both for the left- and right-handed embroiderer.
The projects are fresh and inspiring but also practical, including delicate pendants and a needlecase, though to a glorious cushion displaying the intricate frosted lace quality of the earliest Frisian pieces.—Jenny Adin-Christie.

Soft cover
195 x 275mm
168 pages
3 pattern sheets

Additional information

Weight .550 kg
Dimensions 30 × 20 × 3 cm