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Frisian Whitework

Frisian Whitework: Dutch Embroidery from Friesland

By Yvette Stanton

Delve into elegant Frisian whitework with historical whitework specialist, Yvette Stanton. From Friesland in the Netherlands, this is a style of counted embroidery dating from the 1600s. It was traditionally used on men’s shirt collars, on household linen, and on samplers.

Whitework is usually stitched in white thread on white fabric and most Frisian whitework is worked this way. However, this technique also can have touches of colour, and some samplers are worked entirely in coloured thread. Alphabets, figurative motifs and geometric shapes are common, and they are interpreted in a wide variety of stitches, such as satin stitch, eyelets, whipped back stitch, and chain stitch; some also with cutwork and drawn thread work.

This style does look quite similar to Hardanger embroidery, however it predates it by about 100 years. And whereas Hardanger is usually based on a four by four thread block of fabric threads, Frisian whitework is based on multiples of three threads. There is a much wider variety of stitches used in Frisian whitework than in Hardanger.

We will be stocking supplies for this style of embroidery, and supplies packs to make the projects in this book.

Inside 'Frisian Whitework'
About Yvette Stanton
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'Frisian Whitework' at a glance

Inside 'Frisian Whitework'

Frisian Whitework has 168 full colour pages and two pattern sheets.

  • Introductory information explains what Frisian whitework is, and how it is used on various items of clothing and textiles. There are many photographs of historical examples, and information about the equipment and materials used.
  • The Projects chapter has 10 beautiful projects including small projects through to larger projects. Included are the following projects:
    • long pendant
    • runner
    • silk sampler
    • square cushion
    • needlecase
    • biscornu
    • monogram cushion
    • whitework sampler
    • strawberries
    • round pendant
    Whether you're an absolute beginner or are wanting more of a challenge, there is something here for you.
  • The Stitches and techniques chapter is packed with detailed stitch instructions. Each stitch is taught in fully diagrammed, step-by-step format, with instructions for both left- and right-handed embroiderers. Clear diagrams and or photographs to help you see exactly how to work the stitch or technique, and concise written instructions explain each step.
  • A full index complete the book.
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About Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton is a respected needlework teacher and author of needlework books. She particularly loves whitework, counted embroidery and playing with embroidery stitches. Frisian Whitework is Yvette's tenth book.

To research the book, Yvette visited a number of collections in the Netherlands, but primarily the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden. She is very grateful to them for their assistance, particularly to the textiles curator at the time, Gieneke Arnolli.

Reader testimonials

Yvette’s wonderful new publication is a must for all enthusiasts of counted whitework and indeed of traditional counted embroidery. This wonderful in-depth study of a little-known historical technique, does important work to increase its prominence and ensure its survival for generations to come. Yvette’s attention to detail, as always, is superb, with a hugely comprehensive stitch glossary presented with crisp, clear diagrams, and with invaluable adaptions for both for the left- and right-handed embroiderer. The projects are fresh and inspiring but also practical, including delicate pendants and a needlecase, though to a glorious cushion displaying the intricate frosted lace quality of the earliest Frisian pieces. —Jenny Adin-Christie

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'Frisian Whitework: Dutch Embroidery from Friesland' at a glance

Frisian Whitework
Frisian Whitework: Dutch Embroidery from Friesland by Yvette Stanton
  • 168 full-colour pages
  • 3 pattern sheets
  • Paperback
  • 195 x 275 mm
  • Published April 2021
  • ISBN 978-0-9757677-9-5

With Frisian Whitework: Dutch Embroidery from Friesland you will be able to make your own Frisian-style whitework heirlooms. Purchase your copy today!

 
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THIS BOOK IS NOT YET AVAILABLE, AND WILL BE POSTED IN MID 2021 WHEN IT ARRIVES FROM THE PRINTER.
All prices are in Australian dollars and include shipping.
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All prices are in Australian dollars and include shipping.
For currency conversion, try XE.com. We provide no guarantee of these rates for your transaction. Calculations can only be used as a guide.

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