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  • Publisher: Vetty Creations
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 12 February 2008
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9780975767726
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 195x275 mm
  • Illustrations: 104
  • Pages: 104
  • RRP: £24.99
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Mountmellick Embroidery


Inspired by Nature by Yvette Stanton & Prue Scott

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Book Description

Mountmellick is a style of embroidery dating from around 1825 and originating from the town of Mountmellick in County Laois, Ireland. The embroidery is always white on white with a floral motif interpreted in a highly textured stitching.

Mountmellick embroidery is a highly texured form of whitework embroidery, originating from the town of Mountmellick in Ireland, around 1825.
While it is sometimes referred to as Montmellick, Mt Mellick, Mountmellic, or even Montmellic, Mountmellick is the correct spelling as it is taken from the name of the town in County Laois (pronounced leash) in Ireland.

Mountmellick embroidery uses floral motifs and heavily knotted and padded stitches. The plants featured are traditionally those that grew in the township of Mountmellick itself, such as oak, blackberry, dog rose, and ivy.
Mountmellick embroidery is highly textured with many knotted and padded stitches used. Part of the fun of working Mountmellick embroidery is playing around with the stitches and working variations of them. On some historical examples of Mountmellick, there were only a limited number of stitches used. However, due to all their variations, the effect produced was highly patterned and varied.

Table of Contents

The following features are regarded as being characteristic of Mountmellick work:

It is worked in white matt (no shine) thread on white cotton satin jean fabric.
The shapes are big and bold and usually floral - the leaves and flowers are usually at least life-size, if not larger.
It has a buttonholed edge, usually with a knitted fringe attached. Lace is not used.
It is highly textured with many knotted and padded stitches employed.
There is no openwork, such as eyelets.

About the Author

About Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton is the publisher and designer behind Vetty Creations. She has a passion for whitework embroidery, and a passion for sharing it with others. Yvette has written three books on whitework, one of them with her twin sister, Prue Scott. Yvette is an accredited tutor with the Embroiderers Guild of NSW, and teaches embroidery classes, specialising in whitework at shops and guild groups around Australia. Yvette Stanton and Prue Scott are award-winning embroiderers with over 15 years' experience of producing beautiful intricate embroideries. Both Prue and Yvette have a particular love for whitework embroidery. Prue is also a trained botanist and botanical artist, and her beautiful designs are a feature of this book. Yvette's previous book, Elegant Hardanger Embroidery was published in 2002 by Simon & Schuster (Kangaroo Press). Both authors live in Sydney. Visit Yvette's blogspot at

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Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Sep 05

...Mountmellick is perhaps the chunkiest form of whitework embroidery, worked with thick cotton thread on a heavy cotton jean fabric. If authentic materials cannot be got, even from the list of suppliers in the appendix, then it does give some suggestions for substitutes. A short history of the technique is followed by a materials list. The section on stitches is clear and has a good combination of words and diagrams...This is a useful resource book.


March 05

This book begins with a fascinating history of Mountmellick embroidery in which the authors share their discoveries and observations of historic examples of this technique found during their research. After outlining fabric and thread requirements there is a collection of all the stitches used to build up Mountmellick motifs with clear, detailed instructions on how to work each one.

The projects are varied as Mountmellick can be used for many applications as it is robust and, being all white, can be hot washed. There are traditional projects such as doilies and mats as well as contemporary applications such as bolsters and lampshades.

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