Stumpwork & Goldwork Embroidery: Inspired by Turkish, Syrian & Persian Tiles

Jane Nicholas

When you first look at the cover, you wonder how anyone can create such breathtaking work with needle, thread, beads and fabric. Jane does her magic in teaching her readers how to recreate Turkish, Persian, Syrian and Islamic patterns from tiles and spittoon with her stumpwork and goldwork techniques.


Jane’s book is a project/how to book. Each chapter gives step by step instructions on the materials, techniques and finishing process. Although she uses silk, Soie d’Alger, for her projects, DMC embroidery floss can be substituted. Her list of materials includes both silk and cotton floss.


I especially enjoyed her borders where she lays silk and metal threads along with beads in interesting arrangements.  Her borders can be adapted to fit another project you may have in your stash.


Throughout the years, I have worked with stumpwork, goldwork, beads and silk. For me, the projects in this book do not appear too difficult. For the beginner you may feel differently. Jane has included projects which can be accomplished with simple needle and thread. Each drawing is actual size required for her projects and with her step by step directions, I am sure you too will enjoy her book “Stumpwork & Goldwork Embroidery.”