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The Embroidered pictures used on the covers of this book are beautiful, wonderful examples of Heritage Embroidery. This is not a well-known book, it is hard-to-find and getting harder to find in any kind of decent condition.
Elsa Williams was a Needlepoint industry innovator, Master Teacher and a very skilled stitcher. She is mostly known for Needlepoint and her book on Bargello Needlepoint "Bargello: Florentine Canvas Work" is one of the best and most widely known needlework books ever.
Quoting from the dust jacket flap on the hard cover edition "The great resurgence of interest in handwork in this country creates a need for solid sources of reference of authentic design and good instruction in every field of craftwork"
Ok, I dislike the word crafts applied to the Needle Arts but this book was published in 1967, which explains the wording.
The dust jacket goes on to say that Fine Needlework is a deeply American Tradition. brought to this country by the early settlers and all the many groups that came after.
I have not been able to find this text anywhere in the paperbounbd edition but it is, after all, still the same book.
They all soon developed a singular and new tradition in America.
"The author hopes to further this historic development of American Heritage Embroidery, maintaining the fine quality and successful achievement of the past, applied to present day needs in the best tradition".
The book contains complete information on materials, tools, yarns with a special focus on color and finishing plus a glossary of stitches with step-by-step instructions for each one.
In paging through this book, i find the designs to be lovely and traditional. There do not appear to be actual projects but many of the designs have templates and detailed stitching instructions including color placement. There are 8 full color pictures scattered in this book.
Much of the book is general Embroidery instruction and it is very good.
The Joy of Embroidery
The Value of Heritage Embroidery
How to Begin
Designing for Embroidery
Color in Needlework Three Important Stitches
Materials and Tools
Heritage Embroidery is a hard cover book, published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company in 1967. It has 110 pages.
This copy of Heritage Embroidery is barely in Good condition. If it was not so rare I would not sell a copy in this condition.
The paper cover is quite worn. The edges are "soft* and the outside spine very rubbed. I have taped it up to prevent more damage.
I did not cut the corner off the front cover. I suppose it was done to remove a former pricing. Inside the pages are yellowed by age and the spine is fragile. I would be very careful handling this rare book.
The price reflects it's condition.