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Embroiderer Yvette Stanton has just released a new book, Portuguese Whitework, a wonderful addition to her growing list of titles which explore hand embroidery and in particular, whitework. Giveaway alert! – read the review and scroll down for details!

Portuguese whitework embroidery combines drawn thread work and bullion embroidery, a style of needlework from Guimaraes in northern Portugal. This comprehensive title includes a history of the embroidery style, photographs of historic pieces, plus details on materials and techniques as well as 10 exquisite projects.


Projects include pieces suitable for beginners trying this style of embroidery for the first time, as well as designs to create heirlooms of the future. Pattern sheets and step-by-step illustrated stitch guides are also included. This book is not only packed with projects embroiderers will want to stitch, it will be a reference text for many years to come. CLICK on the images for a larger view.

We have a copy to give away! Email a picture (jpeg as an attachment) of your latest stitching efforts to  to be in the draw to win a copy of Portuguese Whitework. Make sure you include your name and postal address. Draw closes August 31, 2012.

Portuguese Whitework by Yvette Stanton is published by Vetty Creations and retails for $34.95.

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  1. It’s many years since I did any stitching ( high school in fact) and just a few days ago I found a table cloth that I had worked in a pile of sewing found at my Mothers home as we cleaned it out. This white work looks so amazing. just the type of lovliness that could inspire one to take embroidery back up. I’m sure whoever your lucky recipient is they will have an absolutely fabulous time crating your beauties.

  2. As a novice to stitchery, I’ve tried redwork and blackwork but I’msorry I haven’t heard of Whitework, especially since it’s so lovely. I’d love to learn its history.

  3. Would love to win this book and learn to do white work. I’ve been and avid embroiderer since i was 6 and would love to learn harddanger. Hope i win.

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