Tuesday, 22 February 2011
books old and new
A book by Effie Mitrofanis about Casalguidi embroidery. I had been wanting this book for a long time, but I could not quite justify buying it. When I finished my Casalguidi sample, I felt that I have earned it and managed to track it down. It is second hand, with some sign of age, but in a very good condition otherwise.
Mary Jenkins and Clare Claridge, "Making Welsh Quilts". It has been a little bit of a quest in tracking down this book. I ordered it from Amazon (or rather one of their merchants) over a month ago, and although they confirmed that the book has been sent out, it has never arrived. There has been some exchange of emails, as you can imagine, and in the end I received a gift certificate from the merchant, which more then covered the cost of the book and the postage from other supplier. The problem was that everywhere else it seems to be out of stock. Eventually I found it at Rainbow Crafts and the book arrived yesterday. Just having a quick look last night, I can say that it has been well worth my effort! Lovely photographs, very good projects with very clear instructions. As the subtitle suggests, the book is making a possible connection between Welsh and Amish quilts.
The two books below have been on my bookshelf for some years now, both about Amish quilts, both very interesting. My favourite of the two is the one on the left, which is more substantial, with lots of good photographs.