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Hope Hanley may be the best known, most "universal" name in Needlepoint Books. Her publications cover so many subjects. This book, however, is one I had not heard of or seen before.
According to Ms. Hanley's preface to the book:
'The outline of the book progresses along the same line of thinking that you will follow in planning and making your rug. It starts with design ideas and then attention is focused on the kinds of wools and canvas that are available. Various stitches suitable for rugs come next. The different methods and mediums for applying the design to the canvas follow. After that come chapters on joining the peices of the rug, blocking it and the finishing touches".
That is an exact quote, I could not have said it any better.
The book is mostly in B and W but there are 8 pages of color pictures spread out in the book. They show the finished rugs. The stitch graphs are very clear and as always, Hope Hanley's directions and instructions are easy to follow.
My Needlepoint Book Bibliography gives this book a C for difficulty (with A being easiest and D hardest) so this book is not for beginners but in thumbing through it I don't see anything here that I could not do (and I am not that great a stitcher).
This is a "novel size" hard cover book. Published in 1971 by Charles Scribner's Sons. It has 114 pages.
The book is in good condition. The dust jacket is good with edge wear that I have taped up to keep it from crumbling more.
The book is good inside, the pages are slightly yellowed by age but otherwise clean. The spine is good, not the best I ever saw but not loose either. There is no foxing or yellowing. The spine is not the tightest I have ever seen but it is solid with no loose pages.
This has become a rare book.