The Complete Photo Guide to Needlework

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Here is the ultimate reference for all styles of artistic hand stitching! No matter what design style you favor, this book gives you the tools to express yourself with needle and thread. Detailed technique instructions with clear charts and photos teach hundreds of stitches for embellishing clothes, gifts, accessories, or home decor. Simple projects let you try your hand at each method and inspire you to create your own designs.

Needlework methods include:

- Creative embroidery

- Crewel

- Silk ribbon embroidery

- Bead embroidery

- Cross-stitch

- Needlepoint

Learn one method or learn them all! With The Complete Photo Guide to Needlework, you will know how to choose the best needles, threads, and fabrics for any project. Get abundant stitches at your fingertips with this essential guide that you'll turn to again and again.

Price: $17.16

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    This is the complete, authoritative guide to needlepoint, embroidery, and counted thread work. Experience the full learning process, from the history of needle arts to every detail of how to perform them. Includes 15 projects from renowned designers. Review
    Covering absolutely everything about needlework techniques and history, Encyclopedia of Needlework is comprehensive enough to be valuable for expert and novice alike. Over 40 pages are devoted to needlepoint alone, and with close-up photos of threads, frames, samples and canvas, the options are easy to understand. Practical tips, such as proper use of a magnifier or combining threads from different dye lots, are discussed in a straightforward manner, and author Donna Kooler manages to be authoritative without severity or condescension. Also discussing techniques for embroidery, candlewicking, hardanger, blackwork, pulled thread, counted cross stitch, and silk ribbon embroidery, everyone can find a new style to learn for combining thread and canvas to create unique works of art. Absolute beginners will appreciate the definitions, conversion chart, and painstaking detail taken in every stitch explanation, while advanced needleworkers will be glad to find the stitch index at the end of the book--you'll never get "stuck" in the middle of a new pattern again! Photos accompany the written history of each of these techniques, enabling novices to finally discover the proper name for those unusual pillow covers your granny stitched. Even the most experienced stitchers are sure to uncover a style they haven't experimented with yet, and with each stitch laid out clearly with illustrations, simple instructions, and suggestions for use, you'll be wanting to try them all. Most techniques have a companion pattern or two, so you can start playing with your new knowledge instantly. From a simple needlepoint pillow appropriately named "Glorious Poppy" to the elegant hardanger doily, each project is designed to showcase specific styles and develop your proficiency level as painlessly as possible. --Jill Lightner

    Price: $35.00
    • Needlework, Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Needlework (Leisure Arts # 15861) (Donna Kooler's Series) ISBN:1574861840

    3 thoughts on “The Complete Photo Guide to Needlework

    1. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

      5.0 out of 5 stars
      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.

    2. 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful

      5.0 out of 5 stars
      Wonderful book, November 25, 2009

      By Mimi37

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      This review is from: Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Needlework (Leisure Arts #15861) (Paperback)

      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. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

      5.0 out of 5 stars
      Needlework Encyclopedia, April 25, 2013

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      Moonwishes (AKA Gail Rodgers) (North East, PA USA) –

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      This review is from: Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Needlework (Leisure Arts #15861) (Paperback)

      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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