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This wonderful book has been discontiued. I know it is silly but I am upset. I have 1 more new copy, then that's it.
Father B is The Rev. Robert E. Blackburn. This wonderful little book began life as an assemblage of stitches developed by the ANG, the American Needlepoint Guild as the Stitch of the Month.
The first edition, published in 1982 had less than 100 stitches. They continued producing editions of this book until 1994, by then they had 240 stitches plus many of the older stitches which had not been previously charted.
I have recently learned that this is the final edition of this book, there will not be another. I thought it was out of print, it is not. I am very pleasantly surprised.
This is the 6th Edition from 2000, the 21st Century Edition and it now has 350 stitches. Many of these stitches are original and not available elsewhere.
Some of these interesting stitches bear the names of the ANG chapters where they were invented such as "Tarheel" or Queen Charlotte".
I read on the last page of this book ago that Father B died October 2000. That was sad news, this is a wonderful book and he must have been an incredible stitcher.
This is a small book, bound in heavy paper with a plastic spiral binding. The book lies flat when opened, making it easy to follow a stitch graph. It is narrow and very portable, easily slipped into your stitching tote bag.
The graphs and directions are concise & complete.
This book is brand new from the publisher.
I suppose as well as a stitch book it is also something of a history of the ANG's Stitch of the Month development, over the years.