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Elsa Williams is one of the better known needlework designers. Her designs and products include needlepoint, embroidery, crewel work, cross stitch and more. The needlework products bearing her name are too numerous to mention.
This is considered an iconic needlepoint book.
This is Elsa William's Bargello book. It is one of the most important of the early books on Bargello needlepoint. It is another fine Van Nostrand Reinhold book, published in 1967. It is hard cover and has 64 pages.
Elsa Williams patterns are wonderful, her color use is spectacular, not dated at all, despite the 1967 publication of this book. There are only 22 color pictures in this book, the rest are black and white photographs and there are no charts.
The photos of the patterns are so close-up and detailed, in both the B and W and the color pictures, that a chart is almost (not quite but almost) not necessary.
Everytime I open this book, I get ideas. I think this book is as close to a historical view of the 20th century of development of Bargello in America as we will see, by a definitive author and authority.
While the book is not yet rare, what is very rare is it in very good (or even good) condition.
I have several copuies of this book in both hardcover & paperbound editions. The book is exactly the same, just the binding is different. I will send you the best condition copy I have in stock. It may be hardcover or it may be paperbound but it will the best one I have at the time of your order.