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The Needlepoint Book

by Jo Ippolito Christensen

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This book is almost 40 years old. Some of the advice on materials to use would be different today - different materials are available, and we have learned more about the dangers of some that were used then. Certainly the designs would be different today. However the advice on designing your own is very good.

However the stitches are very well described and diagrammed. I particularly liked the many variations shown of certain standard stitches. The charts at the beginning of each chapter are very useful. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Aug 28, 2012 |
A good resource but seriously let down by the lack of colour photos. ( )
1 vote soliloquies | Jun 12, 2011 |
This is a very helpful and a useful reference on Needlepoint. he photos are great -- all the needlework looks like true works of art. The author goes into much greater detail about the varieties of yarns and their properties, as well as stitching techniques. There are also MANY more photos on the various steps: blocking and finishing, evaluating your designs, colors, etc. The author has further annotated the stitches section to include her comments (in addition to the stitch diagram, photo and stitch properties chart (yarn hog, good backing, etc.). She had notes (e.g. "this is a stand-alone stitch") in the prior version, but she does this to a far greater extent in this edition, which I find helpful.

One thing, however, I would have liked to see in this book (perhaps alongside the bibliography) is a resources list, perhaps listing the American Needlepoint Guild and its classes for design and color, etc. Perhaps also a point made that ideas can be gotten in needlework classes at your local shop, etc.
  FresnoWeaverSpinner | May 11, 2010 |
If you're going to use something other than continental stitch, this book is essential. Aside from descriptions, diagrams and pictures for each stitch, it has handy charts comparing stitches for coverage, fiber usage, and ease of working. It also has a large front section on design. ( )
  aulsmith | Jan 30, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0684832305, Paperback)

Since its original publication in 1976, The Needlepoint Book has become known as "The Black Bible" -- the one resource every aficionado of needlepoint needs to own. Completely revised and expanded, this updated edition includes your favorite features, plus:

* A 16-PACE COLOR INSERT WITH ALL-NEW PROJECTS * A CRASH COURSE ON THE NEW FIBERS UPDATED INFORMATION ON MATERIALS, AS WELL AS HOW TO WORK WITH AND CARE FOR THEM * DOZENS OF NEW STITCHES AND A CHAPTER ON THE POPULAR OPENWORK STITCHES * MORE THAN 1,300 ILLUSTRATIONS * 369 STITCHES! DIAGRAMS FOR ALL PROJECTS SHOWN

The Needlepoint Book covers all the information you need to learn needlepoint and improve your technique -- in a single comprehensive volume. You'll find section on:

* CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROJECT * TRANSFERRING DESIGNS * ELEMENTS OF GOOD DESIGN: COLOR, PROPORTION, AND BALANCE * LEFT-HANDED NEEDLEPOINT * FINISHING TECHNIQUES * CLEANING NEEDLEPOINT * AND MUCH MORE!

The Needlepoint Book is a complete guide to the craft, and the only book you'll ever need as a reference to become an expert at creating exquisite works to be treasured forever.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:01:28 -0400)

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The classic guide, newly revised and updated with four new chapters, 225 new illustrations, and more than 430 stitches.

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