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Anyone who has read any of my reviews of Margaret Boyles' excellent needlework books already knows I consider her a consummate stitcher and Master Teacher.
The Margaret Boyles Book of Crewel Embroidery is a very well written book. it begins with a chapter on the Materials you will need for Crewel work. Then there is a chapter on the Basics of Good Embroidery, a chapter on Starting Crewel.
A chapter on the Stitches and a Portfolio of Designs to stitch. There are 20 projects and finally a chapter on Finishing.
The book is suitable for a beginner, all the information is there from the length of yarn (or floss) used to types of hoops and more.
The stitches are close up pictures of the actual stitches and very clear.
The projects range from the easiest to designs that will challenge even an experienced Crewel Embroidery stitcher. Mrs. Boyles always sets up her books this way, with the easiest projects first.
Most of the pictures and templates in the book are in B&W but there is a section of color pictures showing all the projects stitched.
Below is a close up picture of one of her designs. This is a typewriter cover (remember typewriters?).
The Margaret Boyles Book of Crewel Embroidery is a large hard cover book. Published by Simon and Schuster in 1979, it has 145 pages.
The book is in very good condition. The dust jacket is a bit worn but that is to be expected at it's age however there are no tears of damage to it.
The book inside is in very good condition. The pages are white and unmarked and the spine is tight.