Speaking of needle and thread, here is a lovely book I've unearthed while digging through the archives of Project gutenberg - Embroidery and tapestry weaving by Grace christie -this book is simply crying out to be shared.
I simply loved the interesting uses the buttonhole stitch has been put to.
I haven't read the book as yet - just browsing through and took me a while to realise that the design above is composed of the buttonhole stitch.
The pictures below are the closed herring bone stitch and some of its applications
When I see such lovely, painstakingly laborious work, I sometimes wonder if, in this quick fix world, we have forgotton that there is joy and immense satifaction in painstaking work.