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This is one of my favorite Bargello Needlepoint reference books. I have a few that I refer to constantly and this is one of them.
This is another fine Batsford English Needlework book, published in the UK. The American version, published the same year in New York, is the same book but it is titled Traditional Bargello.
Although this book was published in the UK, the measurements are given, though out the book, in both metric & inches. Florentine Canvaswork is a wonderful book.
There has been some confusion about this book. This is the Hardcover edition printed in England.
This is a book you can read and do the projects and learn Bargello Needlepoint, which is also called Florentine CanvasWork. This is where it gets a bit confusing. Florentine Embroidery is another form of Bargello Needlepoint. It used varied stitch counts rather than the Traditional Bargello's same counts through out.
But Bargello Needlepoint is also called Florentine Canvaswork, truly confusing.
Dorothy Phelan's wonderful book is divided into 2 distinct parts. The first part is a study of the history and "characteristics" of this needle art and a comprehensive guide to threads, stitches and equipment.
The second part has large, full color and color-coded design charts (or graphs). They include step-by-step instructions. The canvas and threads, plus the amounts needed are listed as well. The projects are placed in the book by skill level, the easiest first, going to the most challenging towards the end of the book.
The graphs demonstrating the stitches are done in full color, making the easy to follow and the color changes simple and clear.
I have stitched many of these and find her directions to be clear and complete and her charts easy to follow. Each project has a full color picture of it completed, as well.
I consider Dorothy Phelan to be a Master Teacher of Bargello Needlepoint, what ever she calls it.
Florentine Canvaswork was published in 1991 by B.T. Batsford publishers in London. It is hardbound book.
I have several copies of tgis book in stock. You will receive the best condition copy I have at the time of your order.