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I have become a devotee of these excellent books by Mary Rhodes. I consider her to be one of the best of the "Master Teachers" and an authority on Needlepoint.
This book emphasizes the creative aspects of needlepoint. The chapters on design and color and texture are extraordinary. There are ideas and variations here I have never seen before. Mary Rhodes books are most often for the expert or advanced stitcher and this is not exception.
The book is full of pictures, many of them full color showing the possibilities. There is unique needlepoint in this book, no same old here. The ideas here are surprisngly modern, but maybe I should not be surprised. Mary Rhodes was an advanced. cutting edge needlepoint stitcher and teacher.
There is a chapter on the history of needlepoint, stitchery and and a fully illustrated dictionary of stitches, materials and equipment, starting and finishing, all the usuals plus a chapter title I have never seen before "What to make" beginning on page 109 with some ideas. Check out the purses on page 119.
This book is signed by Mary Rhodes on the title page. Just her name, no inscription. This is a large hardcover book published by Octopus Books Ltd in London in 1974. It has 144 pages. This is an unusual book.
Needlepoint: The Art of Canvas Embroidery has problems with the spine. it is a stitched spine and the last 2 pages of the book have almost come loose. There are other sections where the stitching is loose but no others nearly as bad as the last 2 pages. But, the spine stitching is a problem, I do not want to down-play it.
Otherwise the book is in very good condition. The dust jacket is clean & intact, just slightly yellowed at the edges but with no foxing. The pages inside are very good.