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This author's other book, A Needlepoint Gallery of Patterns from the Past (which is also available here) has been a steady selling book from the time I began selling books on NewNeedlepoint.com.
I did not know Phyllis Kluger was the author of any other needlework books until I found this book.
Quoting the back cover (as usual) " Victorian Design for Needlepoint contains more than thirty needlepoint designs inspired by the decorative and ornamental art of turn-of-the-century England and America, from London's Crystal Palace exhibition to the Vanderbilt mansion in New York. The Victorian era was a time of enormous creativity in the arts, and these exquisite patterns are adapted from such varied sources as the famous Water Tower in Chicago, an Aubbrey Beardsley flower, a William Morris carpet and even a Paine's Celery Compound label. Each design is accompanied by a brief description of it's origins. Photographs of the original inspirations are also included.
Clear step-by-step instructions are given for all the stitches used in the book and for wonderful projects such as a beaded belt, an evening bag, upholstery for a footstool and a bookcover. Beautiful color photographs illustrate exactly how the finished needlework will look."
OK, I admit I am a fan of The Arts and Crafts Movement art, so I am inclined to like this book.
After paging through it I agree that each project has clear directions, a complete color placement guide and easy to read graphs (although I might wish the graphs were bigger they do each fit on a single page, which is worth a lot).
There is a chapter on how to use this book, materials needed etc. A stitch dictionary section and a Portfolio of Designs and a chapter of "Instructions for Projects" which is about finishing them.
This is not a book for a beginner but any moderately experienced or advanced stitcher will have fun here. The full color pictures are all grouped in the center of the book.
Again, I am biased but I do like the designs in this book, another very good needlepoint book by Phyllis Kluger.
Victorian Designs for Needlepoint is a hardcover book, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1978. it has 86 pages.
This book is very rare. In trying to replace the first two copies that I sold here I bought (sight unseen, as usual) 2 copies of this book which were unsalable (and always described to me as Very Good). This copy is indeed Very Good inside the terrible dust jacket.
The only word for the dust jacket is ragged. I have taped it all up to prevent more damage.
The book 's hard cover and inside pages are very good. Only slightly yellowed by age. Someone, some time ago, removed a name & address sticker and there is brown residue from that measuring 1.5 X 1 inch.
The pages are clean and the spine is good.