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The subtitle for this book is "How To Design Your Own". The dust jacket says " 2 leading designers analyze patterns and show how to obtain beautiful originals through careful selection of colors and materials".
There are examples of both good design and bad design along with solutions to design problems. Every Bargello Needlepoint pattern is shown in color as well as black & white. What this book lacks is many useable graphs.
As a Bargello design primer this book is be useful.
My Needlepoint Book Bibliography (by Catherine J Sestay and I am daily grateful for this book) calls this book a rich source of beautiful bargello patterns. I agree with that. Bargello Magic is rated a B for difficulty (with A easiest and D hardest).
The bibliography also says the instructions are detailed and the authors encourage their readers to create their own designs on the basis of the samples.
There is a chapter on Border designs.
This is hardcover book published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston in 1972. As it gets harder to find, it gets more expensive. I wish that were not so.
This book is in good condition. It is a former library book from the Boothbay Harbor, Maine library. For a former library book, this book really is in great condition. The dust jacket edges are slightly bent, I have taped to prevent further damage.
The inside of the book is very good, clean pages and the spine is tight. The only markings are the *withdrawn* library medallion stamped inside the front cover, the library registration number written in the title page and the check out card inside the back cover, with the title and author's name written. It was last checked out in August, 2003.