Mountmellick work is probably the best known style of Irish white embroidery. The richly decorative patterns of thick cotton thread depict natural forms, especially the abundant flora of the area. Although the practice has declined, the old paper patterns were preserved by local enthusiasts. The author had access to these while preparing this work, which is not only a history of the craft, but also a practical manual with many full-sized patterns.
Published by Colin Smythe, UK, 1990, first published 1985 by The Dolmen Press.
In very good condition, the only mark is a previous owners name to the inside front cover.
Large format paperback - with illustrations and patterns as part of the book itself.