The other day on Pinterest, I came across this fantastic download. It's a whole embroidery book for alphabets that someone has scanned as a free resource. While I loved the designs in the book, alphabets are not something I'd personally have a great deal of use for. But after some additional googling of the author, I came across this little beauty...
The Handbook of Stitches by Grete Peterson and Elsie Svennas
Even though all the photography is in black and white, the charming appeal of the embroidery shines through,
due to the age of the book (circa 1970 for the english edition), all the designs have a real retro flavour,
embroidery for me has a timeless nature,
and this book makes me feel inspired to stitch!
I struck lucky and got my copy via Amazon Marketplace, and am very glad that on a dismal, grey and wet spring day this little ray of sunshine arrived in the post.