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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 12 March 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211358
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £20.00
  • Series: Embroidered Treasures
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Embroidered Treasures: Animals


Exquisite needlework of the Embroiderers’ Guild Collection by Dr Annette Collinge

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This fantastic book showcases the prestigious Embroiderers’ Guild’s huge collection of embroidered animals through the ages. Featuring photographs taken especially for the book, items are displayed in full along with detailed images that show off the stunning variety of creatures at their best.

Dr Annette Collinge's informative extended captions for each of the pieces give information on the provenance where known, and evaluate the quality of, and variety in, each of the works from her expert perspective.

Rarely exhibited in public, these beautiful and important embroideries that span the centuries are now available for everyone to see.

Table of Contents

History of the Embroiderers’ Guild and its Collection 6
Introduction 10
1. Embroidery in monochrome 12
2. Embroidery on evenweave backgrounds 20
3. Samples and samplers 28
4. Animals in art 38
5. Applied materials 46
6. Animals in three dimensions 58
7. The use of metal thread 66
8. Stitches and more stitches 74
9. Embroidery in silk and wool 88
10. made by machine 98
11. Animals from many lands 104
12. Fanciful animals 118
Index 128

About the Author

About Dr Annette Collinge

Annette Collinge has had a lifelong interest in embroidery. She is a life member of The Embroiderers’ Guild, and has been a Branch Chairman, Regional Chairman and Trustee of the Guild. She is currently part of a working party organizing exhibitions of the Collection, and is the primary contact for questions about the Collection. She is a mixed media textile artist and a member of the exhibiting group, Studio 21, a group of textile artists who bring together a creative and innovative mix of media and stitched textiles. Annette lives in Woking, UK. Her work can be seen on her website at www.annettecollinge.com



A visit to the Embroiders' Guild collection in book form!

This is a beautiful book which allows the reader to explore a corner of the Embroiders' Guild collection based around the theme of animals. An excellent resource for anyone studying or researching textiles while also a collection of beautiful items to look at for the more relaxed reader. The range of methods and techniques in which the pieces on a theme have been created seems endless and is sure to provide inspiration for it's readers.

The photography is clear and you almost want to touch the work. Where pieces are larger, close up photographs have been added to demonstrate the detail.

This book does not teach the reader any techniques but does give a clear description of each piece. A range of information is provided with each piece such as date, source, size and the Embroiders' Guild reference number.


I loved this book. It reveals the methods used (i.e. Appliqué, stumpwork and goldwork) in each piece and includes a wide range of adaptations used. It showcases the best of the collection's animal embroideries, dating from the 17th century to the present day. The skill and imagination is just beautiful I would definitely recommend this book.


For over 100 years the Embroiderers' Guild has amassed an incredible collection of textiles, rarely exhibited to the public. This third book in the series has Dr Annette Collinge turn her expert eye to animals. She makes for a knowledgeable guide through time and around the world, putting a spotlight on the best from the collection. Marvel at the skill, styles, colour and imagination on display.


This the third book in the series exploring examples of embroidery held within the Embroiderers' Guild Collection. Annette Collinge has gathered together an inspirational variety of animal-themed hand and machine embroidered artefacts, which span the centuries and cover every technique - from petit point and samplers to metal thread work and three-dimensional needlework -  each with a unique story of provenance.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, these charming and important embroideries, rarely exhibited in public, are now available for everyone to appreciate.


A beautiful animal book. I enjoyed looking at the various projects and how the book demonstrates the details and methods in a easy to understand and create way. Loved the timeline as it gives a real sense of creation and development. The photos are excellent quality and illustrate how the stitches are created. Loved the illustrations allowing my creativity to flow. Overall I am looking forward to creating my own projects inspired by this awe inspiring book.


I loved this book. The illustrations were very detailed. It showed many different styles of work and proved very inspirational for ideas for my embroidery. The history and the details are fascinating.

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