Sunday, August 5, 2018

Fundamental Whitework Techniques by Jenny Adin Christie

In my last post, a showed you this book by Jenny Adin-Christie that I had bought at seminar. I really liked the contents of it and thought I'd share a review so you can check it out.

A video review seemed to have worked well last time, so I did another one. If you're reading this post by email, you will need to open the post in your browser.

A few things to mention, the Internet archive I mentioned is actually called the Antique Pattern Library.

Second, Jenny used interesting shapes for her demonstrations. This really helps when you're trying to figure out how to tackle specific curves. I'm so glad I bought it, as it's an excellent addition to my library of embroidery books.

And thirdly, I took another look at the RSN website. As I mentioned in the video, the whitework class is available as an elective if you are taking their Diploma program. This is after you've completed the Certificate program. So if I were to want to take this class I would be first going through the Certificate program; so that's crewel, silk shading (forgot that one), goldwork, a choice between canvaswork or blackwork. After that I would have to sign up for the Diploma program and complete the applique, advanced silk shading, advanced goldwork, a choice between canvaswork or blackwork (again). Once that's done, I can decide to take whitework as my elective. So all in all I've very glad I found this book. I'm not saying it's the same as taking the class at the RSN, but for now this will do.

For copies of the book, you can contact Jenny through her website. She had a limited amount at seminar since she had to ship them to PEI, but she might have more in the UK.


  1. It does sound fascinating, and you will find as you become more experienced that the book will give you pretty much everything you need, I'm sure.

  2. Thanks for the review, Dima! I’m not surprised it is a good reference book. I only have one of Jenny’s kits, but the instructions in there are by far the best I’ve ever come across. Enjoy, and I look forward to your whitework!

  3. Thanks for the helpful review Dima! I've worked several of Jenny's stumpwork and goldwork kits. Personally, I think they are the best out there :).

  4. The book looks great!
    Those certificate and diploma programs at the RNS sound fun, but oh boy, that's a lot of courses and a lot of money...not to mention travel time and expenses. They recently started offering some basic courses as online classes, I think I'll take a few of those.