Book! Book! BOOK! aka, I writed a thing…

Those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while may have realised I’ve been quiet for the last year or so, and it’s because I’ve been working on this.

It’s going to be out sometime in late Summer, I don’t have an exact date yet, when I do I will have signed copies on my webshop at

It’s part of the Crowood press embroidery series, and as far as I know it’s the only book solely dedicated to the techniques of Opus Anglicanum – there are others which feature the style for a page or so, but this is real deep dive into the technicalities.

It’s dedicated to the early period of Opus, before the black death, so if you’d like the book on the later period as well, you’d better buy this one so my editor will be happy to give me another publishing contract!

The book is designed as a course, so the simplest projects are at the beginning, and they get more complicated as the book progresses, adding a new and more complex variant of technique with each chapter. There are also trouble shooting sections on what to do when you cock up, which I’m told is an unusual feature for a sewing book. There are also some expanded “stitch maps” to explain the flow and blending of split stitches, and very thorough instructions for underside couching. Obviously there are loads of photos, with each project showing step by step pictures

There are some straightforward replica pieces, like the three kings panel on the front cover, as well as adaptations from manuscripts and a couple of original designs ( the grimm reaper project has been stolen by a certain photographer for his study wall).

~ by opusanglicanum on March 5, 2021.

29 Responses to “Book! Book! BOOK! aka, I writed a thing…”

  1. Oh, excellent news! I am looking forwards to this. Having enjoyed your class at Ewe & Ply in Oswestry last year (my last adventure before lockdown), I am sure you will make the subject fascinating and the instructions clear.

    • it’s really wierd, actaully, I’ve been biting my tongue for over a year and desperate to tell people about it (esp cos people keep asking why there isn’t a book on it) and now I can tell people I’m all anxious and worried they won’t like it. Of course the editor who corrected my spelling works mostly on craft books and she said she liked it, but maybe she has to say that

  2. Please keep me informed.

  3. Looks a fabulous book. Can’t wait.

  4. I know of one book on Opus Anglicanum that was published in the US in 2016. English Medieval Embroidery: Opus Anglicanum ed. Clare Browne, Glyn Davies and M.A. Michael published by Yale University Press. It’s very scholarly with no projects but beautiful photos. I am looking forward to your book as I would welcome patterns. I hope your book will be available in the USA.

  5. Yay! Can’t wait!

  6. Put me down for a copy. I did a course at the Ashmoleum with you, and loved it.

  7. Woohoo! I’m going to need this for sure. I hope it will be published in the US too…?

  8. Can we pre-order?

  9. This is fantastic news Tanya, so pleased for you to be having a book published, pleased for myself too as I am definitely going to buy a copy or two as my middle granddaughter night need a copy too. For one reason or another we were unable to take a class with you when you held them at Nottingham University. Please keep me informed when the book is available to buy.

  10. Yay.. that’s fab Tanya.

    Can I use give advance promotion in our Newsletter due out about 21st March? I wish you well with it. You are such a gifted lass!

    Although the E. G. is in turmoil just now, I will keep our Lincolnshire Branch monthly news-letter going as we await the outcome.

    We hope to start a new independent group of stitchers and have many talented women who enjoy various techniques;

    Perhaps you remember Brenda Scarman and myself as we have attended some of your classes.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Jayne Hanson

    (current Chair of Lincolnshire EG)

  11. Excellent news. I love the idea of a troubleshooting section.

  12. Congratulations Tanya. A lovely pinnacle achievement. 😊

  13. Congratulations on completing the book! I look forward to purchasing a copy.

  14. Sounds beautiful. Can’t wait to buy a copy.

  15. This is wonderful news! Congratulations — getting a book to press is such a rollercoaster — and believe me, if you editor likes it, it is a good book, worthy of its trees. I’ll keep my eyes open for pre-ordering options.

  16. […] Some of you may remember Wilhemina the Dragon and last year’s medieval embroidery experience. Tanya, our guide through this process has now published her book . See her blog for more news and infomation […]

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