A structured foundation course for needlepoint, this text is an introduction for the beginner and a source of ideas for the more accomplished. The main thrust is how to work the stitches successfully and how to use them to the best effect.
Master the four basic stitches of tent, basketweave, cross, and straight and you'll be able to handle a nice selection of designs with ease. Learn the more advanced techniques of beadwork, crewel wool shading, petit point, and decorative stitching and you can create an even greater variety of handsome projects. Move on to the chapter covering variation and experimentation and find out how to design your own work start to finish, making for virtually unlimited possibilities. The 18 projects are fully charted in black and white with accompanying color codes. Beginners should find the book quite approachable; more-accomplished embroiderer will appreciate the coverage of dyeing yarns and using stitches to best effect when inventing their own designs. --Amy Handy