I buy those books recently and they are really great so I want to share it with you.Even if I haven't finish to read them , strong and weak point are easy to tell.Both are from the same author and I have the same thing to say for both.So here they are
Sweet bags : an investigation into 16-17th century needlework by Jacqui Carey , 139 p , + - 40$
Elizabethan stitches:a guide to english needlework by Jacqui Carey , 160 p , + - 40 $
Both books are a wonderfull ressource.They have a lot for historical pictures and many , many close-up.They both present their respective subject very well.You get deep inside it.The close-up are really fascinating , you will see embroidery like you never did before.If you ever look on close-up of Game of throne embroidery and found it Wow, you will say the same about it.You really see the texture it create.Of course it won't be complete without a how to make and see what you can create.A must for anyone who loves embroidery.
Negatives points (well nothing is perfect)
You have to search a little to get them at a good price.I buy them from the marketplace of amazon.For both of them , I wish I have seen more reproduction.It would have been nice to see more reproduction using the techniques propose in the book to get a better idea for what and how to do.