Stitch lettering research

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Tânia Raposo
Tânia Raposo Posts: 6
edited August 2015 in Technique and Theory
Last week in Lisbon I came across this little french lettering book for stitching.


I know there is quite some books out there on this matter. On of the most awesome ones I saw was actually presented to me by Erik van Blokland during a class in Type and Media, which I found a PDF online

Does anyones know of some other nice books out there on this matter? 

Thank you very much in advance.

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  • Stephen Coles
    Stephen Coles Posts: 1,001
    edited August 2015
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    I've got a great one at home in Oakland that I'll post images from after TypeCon. Edit: oops, no, that’s in the PDF you linked above.
  • Marta Bernstein
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    Very interesting, thank you all for sharing/posting 
  • Nina Stössinger
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    That’s a great sweater, Tânia. :smile:
    You mean the “Letterlap” essay? I just checked and it looks like it’s German only, sorry.
    For literature and especially also specimens themselves I think there is still a lot of “hidden” material to be found in local/specific contexts… probably lots to be rediscovered in the strange crafty corners of strange used bookshops in all corners of the world.
  • Tânia Raposo
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    Yes, that is why I decided to ask around here. To see if more people had some gem around in their bookshelf, or in boxes. :)
  • Lila Symons
    Lila Symons Posts: 15
    edited August 2015
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    T, I got one to share too -- I just have to get the title... and I just realized it was already shared...

  • Such lovely examples! There's an amazing history to samplers, too, in terms of them being records of births in households.
  • Victoria Rushton
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    Not a full alphabet because my mom can't find the pattern book, but I couldn't not share this cross-stitch she made for me when I was little. Very hearts very flowers. 

  • Rob Keller
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    I have this one book – fairly similar to the PDF that's linked above, but it doesn't have as many cool sample alphabets. It has more overviews to misc embroidery topics.




  • Dan Reynolds
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    Tânia! You have the best mother in law ever. I covet that sweater. Is it something that was mass-produced, or did she make it? If it was a commercial thing, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
  • Pooja Saxena
    Pooja Saxena Posts: 1
    edited August 2015
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    Michael Twyman brings out a pretty large collection of the Sajou books for one of his sessions with the MATD students. I can dig up photographs of those if you'd like. Also, have you seen “A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers” by Elsie Svennas? Lots of lettering patterns in that! It is available as a scanned PDF here.






  • Tânia Raposo
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    Hey @Pooja Saxena, yes this book is really great. I also linked to it on my first post. :)
  • Tânia Raposo
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    @Dan Reynolds the sweater has a label, Betty Barclay. Which I found online, but this sweater was from Frank’s mom when she was younger. So I don’t think you will be able to find it anymore. :) I also have a not so awesome as this one sweater with stitched Cooper Black capitals on it. But it is now saved until winter.