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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Huge amount of information, well illustrated in color, August 12, 2015
By DesertDweller –
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This review is from: Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Needlework (Leisure Arts #15861) (Paperback)
Amazing! After being enchanted by Kaffe Fassett’s “Glorious Needlepoint” book, I wanted to know more so I bought both this and “The Needlepoint Book: A Complete Update of the Classic Guide”. Yikes! I’ve stepped off the edge and fallen into the abyss! Still falling after several weeks and haven’t reached the bottom yet. I never dreamed there would be SO MANY DIFFERENT STITCHES! After meticulously illustrating many needlepoint stitches and how to do them, the author presents you with 3 beautiful projects that will get you up to speed. Needlepoint is not the only hand-work subject however. It covers a multitude of crafts perpetrated with needle, thread and yarn. It is quite the encyclopedia, as the cover states. I was quite taken with the ribbon embroidery. Well worth the price.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book, November 25, 2009
By Mimi37 –
I’ve been needlepointing for a couple of years, and my mother has been doing all kinds of needlework for decades, and we both love this book. It’s beautiful to look at, clearly organized and laid out, and full of useful and inspiring information. My favorite parts are the stitch guides, which are really well done — each stitch is illustrated with a how-to line diagram as well as a color photo of the stitch itself, along with a written description of the pros and cons of the stitch, directions for stitching, suggested uses, etc. (You can see examples of these pages in the “Click to Look Inside” link on the Amazon page.) I looked at a lot of stitch guides (trying to find some new ideas to add to my continental/basketweave habit), and the ones in this book were really the best I’ve seen, by far. Besides the stitch guides, the sections about supplies and the history of the crafts are fun to read, too. I would highly recommend it to anyone who needlepoints, cross-stitches, or does any kind of embroidery (or wants to learn how!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Needlework Encyclopedia, April 25, 2013
Moonwishes (AKA Gail Rodgers) (North East, PA USA) –
I have several embroidery and needlework encyclopedia and dictionaries. Most of them are great, but I have found that each of them offers something just a bit different. This book tells the history of three different forms of needlework with color photo illustrations. There are three sections of diagrams and color photos showing a particular stitch, other names it goes by, when it might be appropriate to use, etc. There are even some spots that if you discover another stitch that you can post a picture and notes about the stitch. There is an extensive bibliography in the back of the book; there is a chart of DMC to Anchor thread colors and one that is the reverse: of Anchor to DMC thread colors. This would come in so handy if you have both types of embroidery floss but not enough of one brand to finish a project and want to be sure you are using the correct colors. There is also a stitch index in the book too. All in all a great reference source and a must buy for a dedicated embroiderer and also someone just starting out in embroidery it would be a great help in making and perfecting stitches.
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