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I know I have often mentioned Margaret Boyles' many excellent book on Bargello Needlepoint. As far as I know, this is Ms. Boyles only book on regular needlepoint. This is an interesting and very forward thinking book. When it was published, in 1974, few if any other needlepoint books mentioned Decorative Stitching.
Needlepoint Stitchery discusses it, in depth, as well as putting 2 versions of the same design on it's cover. One is stitched in plain stitch and one is done in a variety of decorative stitches.
I suspect Ms. Boyles was always an innovator. There are some unique subjects here.
"Basic Tent Stitch is demonstrated in relation to the 4 techniques for creating it" with an explaination of why and where each technique should be used. What she goes on to descibe is the difference between the accepted version of the basic stitches, Half cCoss stitch, the Continental or Tent Stitch, Basketweave Stitch and Diagonal Stitch. I had not seen diagonal stitch before.
All her decorative Stitches, here called Fancy Stitches (I love that name) are shown in full color pictures and 3 color graphs, blue on the black and white. This type of graph makes it much easier to duplicate a stitch.
There is a Design Portfolio with 9 designs shown and graphed for stitching. A small Chapter on Bargello Needlepoint and a glossery of embroidery stitches that can be adapted to needlepoint. There are also a number of Bargello Needlepoint instructions as well as 4-way Bargello.
This is a valuable book by a Master Teacher. Needlepoint Stitchery is a book that sells quickly every time I list it here and is getting much harder to get, much.
Needlepoint Stitchery was published by Macmillan Publishing in New York and Collier MacMillan in London.
I have serveral copies of this book in stock. You will receive the best condition copy I have, at the time of your order.