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Textiles: Background Info

Resources for the design & study of the textile arts.

The Dictionary of Needlework (1882)


This 6-volume set, published in England in 1882, contains detailed information and illustrations of classic techniques.

At the end of each volume, you will find glorious illustrations for the techniques discussed in that volume.


Volume 1:
Abaca - Crewel

Volume 2:
Crewel (cont'd) - Embroidery

Volume 3:
Embroidery (cont'd) - Knitting

Volume 4:
Knitting (cont'd) - Patchwork

Volume 5:
Patchwork (cont'd) - Tatting

Volume 6:
Tatting (cont'd) - Venetian Embroidery

index to illustrations at end of vol. 6




Textile Reference

General Art Reference...

Oxford Art Online:
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