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The Royal School of Needlework books are some of the best needlepoint & needlework books out there. This new one is GOLDWORK by Helen McCook.
I like this, it is written on the back of this (and every) book.
"The Royal School of Needlework teaches Hand Embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways."
'I don't think it could be said better then that. Please take the use of *embroidery* as an all encompassing term. In the UK they often call needlepoint Canvas Embroidery or Canvas Work and bargello is Florentine Embroidery.
Goldwork has clear instructions and beautiful examples of historical and contemporary needlework. The author shows how to create stunning Goldwork Embroideries using traditional techniques.
All of the pictures in this book are full color. It begins with a little of the history of Goldwork.
The chapters are:
Materials & Equipment
Starting to Stitch
Order of Work
Then a large section of METHODS:
Couching has 8 types of stitch and technique
Cutwork has 4
Kid has 1
S-ing has 1 ( I have nop idea what that is)
Spangles has 2
Plate has 3
Stitching with Gold Thread has 4 examples of stitches
Plus a full Index
In paging through the book I am impressed by the instruction, the number of specific pictures showing what is being done etc. The book is also sprinkled with *notes* to make it all a little easier.
This is a new book from Search Press. Published in the UK in 2012.
It is a 8.5 X 6 inch hardcover book with a metal spiral bound interior, it will lay flat for use which I always find to be handy.