It’s the annual Auckland City Libraries book sale this week – only $5 for a bag full of books. Treasure hunting time!
I’ve made some wonderful crafty scores, including an amazing book about traditional embroidery styles from around the world – Embroidery by Mary Gostelow (1979). This 286-page book profiles different cultures and their embroidery styles, including regional similarities and differences, discussion of how traditions have survived, and wonderful images of stitchers at work and samples of their creations. This out of print text is an absolute treasure for a stitcher like me.
Hopefully this book will lead me closer to discovering where my colorful floral doily is from. In one of my very fist blogs I wrote about stitching it to a t-shirt … I haven’t worn it since, as I’ve come across a few clues make me suspect its actually more precious than I first thought.
I found another great book on needlework, Embroidery from Palestine by Shelagh Weir (2006). The book contains embroidery and applique, amazingly detailed and layered, made in cotton, silk and woolen thread by Arab women of rural Palestine. The books contains wonderful images of women, in bridal wear, daily clothing and at work with needle in hand. It’s really, really beautiful.
Another useful find is Crafty Girls Road Trip by Ann Packer (2006), a guide to New Zealand’s craft spots. Although I know it has date already, it will be handy on roadies. What I wouldn’t give to write about a crafty road trip with my Crafty Lady friend, Mira. One day, my dear!
I am also really happy with the wee book, Small Birds of the New Zealand Bush by Elaine Power (1970). Like many crafters, I love to put a bird on it. Cliche? I don’t care. Our native birds are beautiful and this is a really useful source book.
Clearly this isn’t a bagful… I also have about 10 novels, including some classics (Pride and Prejudice), some thinkers (Poisonwood Bible) and some outright brain candy. All for five bucks. Score!
I am off to the Auckland Art and Craft Fair now. What a great day already.