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The word Comprehensive is used often to descibe books that are not really comprehensive but this book is and then some. I would recommend this book to beginners who are serious about learning needlepoint.
As well as practical needlepoint instruction and encyclopedic information the authors highlight examples of Needlepoint from places as diverse as Gracie Mansion, home of New York's Mayor, Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, Boscobel on the Hudson, Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, Virginia and Blair House in Washington DC.
The chapters include
Our Heritage, with the above mentioned examples
Design and Color
Blocking, Mounting and Finishing
Rehabiliation & Recreational Therapy (I have to go look at that one)
House and Home
Samplers, Mottos and Monograms
Devotionals (this is rare, a full chapter on Church & Synagogue Needlepoint)
Men and Needlepoint
The Hobbyist and The Collector
Advertising and Publicity Via needlepoint
Cutting and Sewing Fashion Accessories
National Directory of Art Needlework Shops (circa 1970)
Acknowledgements and Index
Whew! See what I mean by comprehensive?
The "rehabilitation" chapter is about manual dexterity, the recreational is about the benefits of needlepoint for confined (due to health) people.
This is indeed a complex book, 216 pages filed with pictures and information.
Needlepoint for Everyone is a hardcover book published by Harper and Row in 1970. Besides Mary Brooks Picken and Doris White there is a title page credit to Clare Valentine, as well.
The beautiful dust jacket is sadly missing from this copy of the book. Otherwise it is in good condition. There is a small bump on the bottom right of the hard cover, it is hidden behind the lip of my easel. The pages inside are somewhat yellowed from age but there is no foxing and the spine is good.