Frisian Whitework

Dutch Embroidery from Friesland

Yvette Stanton


From Friesland in the Netherlands, this is a style of counted embroidery dating from the 1600s, traditionally used on men's shirt collars, household linen and samplers. The style is known as Frisian whitework, but there can be touches of colour and some samplers are worked fully in colour. Alphabets, figurative motifs and geometric shapes are common, and they are interpreted in a wide variety of stitches, such as satin stitch, eyelets, whipped back stitch and chain stitch; some also with cutwork and drawn thread work.

The book features:

  • A detailed introduction to Frisian whitework with historical and cultural information, including many photos of historical examples from the collection of the Fries Museum, that helps to place the embroidery within its cultural context
  • Materials and equipment
  • 11 varied projects with a range of contemporary applications, including two samplers, soft furnishings for the home, table linen and small articles suitable to give as gifts
  • Left- and right-handed step-by-step stitch and technique instructions that are easy to follow, making the technique easy to learn


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    275 x 195mm
  • Publisher
    Vetty Creations
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