No list of books would be complete without Metal Thread Embroidery: Tools, Materials and Techniques by Jane Lemon. It comes in hardback and soft cover; published by Batsford. As some of you have guessed by now I love goldwork! It is all Linn Skinner's fault :)
While most of you know me as a historical embroiderer, I love experimenting with threads and in particular metal threads in modern and historical ways. I have taken classes from Linn, Michelle Roberts, and at the RSN when it was at Perry (now 2x a year 30 minutes away from me but I haven't had time - yet!). However, there is so much more to know and understand. Looking at something historical -- what am I really seeing? Looking at something I did, but I want more depth or detail? The book I go back to for basics, for inspiration, for understanding of the how/technique is Jane Lemon's. I learn more every time I pick up and look at this book.