In response to the inquiries repeatedly received from students for a handbook on embroidery, I have endeavoured to place before them the following hints and suggestions ; to supply a want, and fill a space at present unoccupied.
My first duty and pleasure is to thank Mr. Walter Crane for the Preface which he has kindly written.
For the practical Plates No. 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, and 67, for description to same, also for figs. 23 and 24 on Plate No. 61, I am indebted to Miss Louisa F. Pesel, and for valuable help in numerous other ways. I have also to thank Miss C. L. Pickering for the practical notes on gold embroidery, and for Plates No. 69 and 70.
Perhaps it is hardly necessary to refer to the source of each item of information. I have freely used Dr. Rock's "Textile Fabrics"; the South Kensington Handbooks, both by Sir G. Birdwood and Sir R. Murdock Smith; Mr. Alan Cole's "Ornament in European Silks"; Mr. Walter Crane's "Bases of Design"; Miss A. Strickland's "Queens of England"; and the writings of Messrs. Audsley.
I have to thank the Right Hon. the Viscount Falkland for kindly allowing me to reproduce the pillow case, Plate No. 27; Mrs. Pesel for pillow case, Plate No. 30; Sir W. Drake for altar-frontal, Plate No. 8; the Royal School of Art Needlework for Plates No. 3, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 41; to Mr. Selwyn Image for Plate No. 25; Mr. Walter Crane for Plates No. 23,24, and 26; and the South Kensington Museum Authorities for the assistance given in reproducing the examples from the National Collection; also to Mr. W. G. Thomson for his help in the preparation of this book.
W. G. Paulson Townsend.
South Kensington, June, 1899.