Wednesday, 19 October 2011

A little bit of history

How can you not covet a book with the subtitle: 'Being a Textbook on Design and Technique'? And colour plates in lieu of glossy pages? And an unused book plate that is "a work of great beauty and considerable artistic merit" by "Mr. W. P. Barrett" who has "designed book plates for an imposing list of Kings and Queens"?

I came across just such a book, well technically it's a textbook – Embroidery & Needlework by Gladys Windsor Fry – on a recent trawl through a gem of a second-hand store called Books and Bygones. The illustrations suckered me in completely, as did the extensive list of stitches. I've already found a few that are new to me.

Naturally, I wanted to find out more about the author. But a Google search doesn't reveal much about the person, only about the book. Does anyone know anything about Gladys Windsor Fry? I'd like to know more about her life. Apparently the edition I have was printed around 1936, and the next edition was printed about a decade later. The only other info I can glean is that Gladys possibly did paintings or artists' renditions as well.

Either way, I'm feeling rather smug about my find and looking forward to trying out some new stitches.

PS. You can see some different pics from the book over on Moonsilk Stitches.


Moonsilk Stitches said...

I absolutely adore this book but, like you, I haven't been able to find out anything about the author. I thouaght it might be in Early 20th Century Embroidery Techniques by Marsh but it wasn't (she may be after the time of this book). My hunt, however, led me to another book by her (which I've hopefully just purchased): Working Drawings for Embroidery, 1955.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful Art Deco book! I don't think Kindle will ever take over when there are beauties like this in the world. :o)

Flowerpot said...

Yes , I have both these books , they go together really , the first showing how to stitch the patterns in the other .
I love the book you,re showing here though ,I intend to stitch my way through it ,to brush up and improve my stitching skills .
Such a large book too...I was surprised when it arrived in the post !