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Di Van Niekerk is a very fine needlework teacher and author. She has made the areas of Ribbon Work and Stumpwork (often combined) her speciality. Embroidered Alphabets is out-of-print but I found a new copy. I hate it that these excellent books go out-of-print so quickly.
She had a hit book a few years ago, A Perfect World in Ribbon Embroidery & Stumpwork. It was a very popular book but is now out of print (hint: a used copy is going for $75.00).
She is also the author of Cicely Mary Baker's Flower Faries in Ribbon Embroidery & Stumpwork, a really magical book as well as the wonderful Silk Roses book.
This is her Embroidered Alphabets book and I must say, the letters shown in this collection are extraordinary.
The front part of the book is the essentials.
Monograms, Letters & Words
Creating & Transferring Designs
Which Fabric To Use
Before You Start
Stitches & Techniques
Then the Stitch Gallery which has 47 stitches diagrammed in color. These are not charted, just shown in details how to stitch them.
Then there is The Alphabet. Each letter has a list of Threads, Ribbons & Needles needed along with anything else you might need.
Stitches used and "To Refresh Your Memory" a reference to where these specific things were taught in the book.
The directions are complete and easy to understand. Each letter has a large, full color picture of it finished plus close-ups of any details.
The designs in this book are adaptable to Needlepoint or they can be stitched on top of already stitched canvas.
Embroidered Alphabets is a matte cover paperbound book. Originally Published in South Africa in 2009 under the title Monograms and Words in Ribbon Embroidery by Metz Press. Published in the UK with this title by The Search Press in 2009.
This is indeed a new copy and is in generally perfect condition, but it does have a little shelf-wear. The corners of the covers are a bit worn.