the stitch bible

Published 2012 by David & Charles

ISBN 978-1446301661


This book gave me the delightful opportunity to work with Becky Hogg, one of my tutors at the Royal School of Needlework. I researched and wrote about stitches, and Becky and I worked on the projects together. I started with a project list, we collaborated on the designs, then Becky embroidered, and finally I made the embroidered fabric up into the projects. Working with such a talented embroiderer – and all-round lovely person – was a real treat.

Isn’t the cover fab? (The insides are pretty good, too.)

Review from

It's quite addictive to read and whilst I'm personally more a darn and make do type of guy I do have a relative that loves to create special projects for friends and family that she designs herself. Add to this a whole host of idea's as well as skills that she can develop to suit her own purpose, beautifully illustrated stitch patterns alongside easy to follow guide and all in this is a great book to help encourage a skill that feels like it's a dying art. A great book and could be an ideal Grand/mother/daughter set of projects to help pass the skills and love on to a new generation.

Review from Charm About

This is a great book, I'm sure I'll use it a lot for reference and ideas! It covers all the basics and has really clear instructions and diagrams for how to do the different stitches - there are some beautiful filler patterns I want to try. It also has chapters on Blackwork, Crewelwork, Hardanger and more. I also want to try some of the lovely Drawn Thread techniques. To be honest I was originally looking at another book - I wanted something to teach me more stitches and that I could use to help me follow patterns - this one was cheaper though and in the end it has everything I need. I definitely recommend it!