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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.
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.