Every year Lifeline holds a huge secondhand book sale in order to raise funds for their counselling service. This year since Jerry is on leave we managed to get there on the opening day. The book fair is held in a huge warehouse and is packed with tables of books. As you can see it was pretty crowded yesterday.
I was delighted to discover The Batsford Encyclopaedia of Embroidery Stitches by Anne Butler for only a few dollars. There is a story associated with this book so make a cuppa, settle down and I will share it. This has been a mystery book for me and I hunted for it for 25 years!
I first encountered this book in the early 80’s. It is loaded with some very interesting stitches. I can remember standing on a hot day at an old hot photocopy machine in the public library with my daughter asleep in the pram. It was hot and I raced the job because I wanted to get it done before she woke up.
Because I was in a hurry I made the mistake of not taking a note of the tile and author. Sure enough when I looked for it again on the library shelves I could not find it and because I did not have the details of the book I could not search for it. So I had photocopies of some really different stitch varieties but no source!
As you can see the stitches are illustrated with a black and white photograph of the finished stitch and a line drawing. There are no written instructions on how to do the stitches just the illustrations. For years I have tried to solve this mystery so now I have. Not only have our paths crossed again but I now have an ex-library copy of the book for the cost of a few dollars!
Looking through it last night there are about 30 really unusual varieties of stitches so TAST just got very interesting!
Other bargains picked up were Margaret Swain’s Figures On Fabric, Ann Ladbury A Comprehensive A-Z of Fabrics, a copy of The Sewing Machine: Its invention and Development by Grace Rogers Cooper and a book simply called Burrell. This biography of Sir William Burrell by Richard Marks is the first of the ranks to be read as it is also about the formation and development of the Burrell Collection
So I am totally delighted with my finds and we plan on returning to sale tomorrow as they discount the last of the books. Many of the magazines and ephemera etc are priced right and are fair game for chopping up and using in collage work. So we always make a second trip on the Sunday just before the sale finishes.
Well that’s my news and now since the sun is out I am toddling off to tackle the garden as it’s spring here and the weeds are sprouting along with the flowers!