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The entire title of this book is A Victorian Floral Alphabet In Cross-Stitch, Canvaswork & Crewel Embroidery.
In the UK, where this was published, Canvaswork is another name for Needlepoint. I know you all know this already.
This book is not what I thought it was when I ordered it. (remember I buy these books sight unseen,mostly by a very brief blurb and the author's name. Sue Hawkins is a familiar name, to me).
It is not an Alphabet book, it is a book or stitched flowers. The first letter of each one corresponding to the letters in the alphabet, in order but it is not an alphabet or monogram book, it is a gorgeous flower design book organized alphabetically.
For instance, The book begins with Anemone, Bluebell, Cyclamen, Daffodil and so on.
Each flower is drawn in full color on a graph format. There are color and thread lists showing the colors in DMC, Anchor & Appleton brands, so they are readily available here as well as the UK.
This is not a book for beginners. I would suggest even less experienced novice stitchers attempt these designs with some more experienced help.
There are not a lot to directions here, some but I think this book should be used by a more experienced stitcher.
Then again, so many of the current books are skewed to new or learning stitchers, it is good to see a book to challenge an advanced stitcher.
There are 2 full Alphabets and a small selection of Border designs in the back of the book. There is a full index, as well.
A Victorian Floral Alphabet is a handsome book and a great gift for the obsessed stitchers we all know (or are).
First published in the UK by David & Charles in 1997 this is a hardcover book with 128 pages.