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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 17 July 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216896
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 210x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 360
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £14.99
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Whitework Embroidery


Create 30 beautiful projects with a modern touch by Ayako Otsuka

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Book Description

30 beautiful whitework projects to make using traditional stitches and techniques.

This sumptuous book by accomplished embroiderer Ayako Otsuka is full of incredibly delicate and beautiful whitework embroidery of all kinds. Whitework is simply embroidery worked in white thread on white fabric, and it is renowned for its calm beauty and simplicity. An ancient form of embroidery that was popular in the Middle Ages, Ayako has brought whitework completely up to date with her gorgeous examples.

The projects include such items as a sampler, a tea cosy, a teddy bear cushion, a christening gown, a ring bearer’s pillow and a table runner. Some items are more complex than others, and there is a comprehensive techniques section with detailed step-by-step instructions, clear photographs and diagrams to guide you.

Featuring drawn thread work, Schwalm, Ajour and Hedebo embroidery among other techniques, there is a wealth of information here for the keen embroiderer and 30 very beautiful projects to choose from. 

Table of Contents

Whitework Sampler I
Dish Covers
Tea Pot Cosy
Edged Placemats
Buttonhole Scallop Coasters
The Cushion Collection:
Floral Cushion
Snowflake Cushion
Teddy Bear Cushion
Hen Cushion
Drawn Work Bolster
Eyelet Cushion
Envelope Pillow
Whitework Sampler II
Christening Gown
Drawstring Pouches
Ring Bearer’s Pillow
Table Runner
Napkin Rings
Pin Cushion Doily
Embroidery Tool Case
Cube Pin Cushions
Needle Book
Tools & Materials
Whitework Techniques:
Schwalm Embroidery
Hedebo Embroidery
Drawn Thread Work
Eyelet Work
Count Work
Mask Work
Ajour Embroidery
Surface Embroidery Stitches

About the Author

About Ayako Otsuka

Embroidery designer Ayako Otsuka is the director of Embroidery Studio Ecru and a member of the Japan Association of Linen Spinners. She has been immersed in the world of embroidery since childhood, learning from her mother, a designer of Japanese and Western style embroidery. Ayako is the author of several books about embroidery published in her home country of Japan.  She specializes in teaching Whitework, Stumpwork and botanical embroidery at her school Studio Ecru and exhibits her work in Japan and abroad.



Whitework Embroidery is an absolute beautiful thing to see.

White embroidery on white fabric is just stunning. It gives an antique and millionaire feel to any home.

Filled with techniques, this is a book that will advance your skills and enable you to complete a project with a stunning professional finish.

There are 30 projects, the Baby layette is amazing, but that said all the designs are skilfully and expertly showcased. I just hope I can achieve the same result.

The introduction to the book is an interesting read and gives some history on the craft. There are 2 samplers included which give the chance to practice and hone your embroidery. These can be as small or as large as you choose.

Each project has a visual and written stitch guide included and a large double sided pattern sheet has the designs that can be easily traced.

If you love embroidery then this book is for you. Even a beginner will appreciate the beauty of the work involved and it will inspire and motivate any stitcher.

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