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I know this is not strictly a needlepoint book but I know I have learned some interesting techniques from this book that can be used and adapted to needlepoint.
This book has a group of authors. The text is by Sally Saunders. Designs by Anne Butcher & Debra Barrett. The Royal School of Needlework was founded in 1872 by Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, Queen Victoria's third daughter.
The school was intended to preserve the art of hand embroidery in the face of the beginning machine age and to teach young woman a valuable trade.
The school's patrons soon included members of the William Morris/Arts and Crafts Design Movement. This book is intended to pass on the Royal School's methods for working a variety of stitches.
I have found this knowledge useful in working some of the decorative stitches that are being designed for needlepoint and the instruction on shading was (and is) essential to my needlepointing.
The book is full of pictures, most of them in full color. Almost everything discussed is illustrated, making the techniques easier to understand and follow. Who knows, you might even come to enjoy Embroidery as well as needlepoint.
This is a new book with a glossy heavy paper binding. The book was first published in 1198, this is the 2003 edition. Published by Batsford in the UK in association with the Anova Book Co Ltd. it has 160 pages.