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The first thing I want to say about this book is to remind you that back then, Needlepoint was called Embroidery or Canvas Embroidery.
What we call Embroidery now was called something else then, one of the names was *fine stitching* or Tambour Work.
This is a very nice, coffee table size hard cover book. The patterns are lovely, what you might imagine 19th century work to be. Wonderful traditional design, many of them quite detailed & complex.
The book is based on the Nowotny Collection, a retailer of fine canvases, threads & kits operating in Vienna. The author says the collection is notable for both the quantity and quality of it's patterns.
The author also says that the" patterns are a comprehensive historical record of some of the most refined and elegant creations of the nineteenth century" (quoting from the book)
The book begins with a 51 page section about the company and the collection as it grew, changed and absorbed mother influences such as Romanian, Hungarian and Czechoslovakian folk patterns.
They had many prominent customers as well as royalty ordering special patterns & projects for many occasions and celebrations.
There is a section in these start pages about Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma. The Duchess is well known for many reasons but one of the less well known facets to her was her embroidery and her hand painted designs for embroidery, many of which were commissioned by her and adapted to the collection for other to buy & stitch (think of Parma Violets, named for her)
She was a master of color use and an accomplished designer.
There are some examples of needlework's influence on furniture, china, glassware & silver.
Then there is a section on Berlin Work ,famous tapestry designs from the Biedermeir period. A chapter called *Undervalued Work*. This is all very beautiful.
Then we come to the actual projects.
There are 22 (I think) in the section on Bouquets & Corners. They vary in design, shape & size. ( i kept counting some twice)
The next section is Garlands & Butterflies. 14 designs again in varying sizes, shapes & colors.
Floral Borders 23 designs, each different.
Then the Section for Details: 15 motifs or center designs.
Upholstery has 6 design choices.
Small objects, such as purses, boxes, handbags, parasol etc. 7 of them.
Embroidery & Music designs, 11 varied designs.
Then we get to the section on *How To Use The Patterns*
Each design shown in the many sections is then shown in an easy to read graph with corresponding color numbers based on DMC color numbers. They may not be available or your choice of threads but it will give you an idea of what kind of color goes where.
The book ends with a bibliography.
Copyrighted 1998, this edition was published in 1988 however it does not state that it is a first edition. Published by Antiques Collectors Club in the UK in association with the DMC Corporation.
This is a large hard cover book with a dust jacket, it has 207 pages.
A gorgeous, wonderful book. I am itching to keep one copy for myself (I have several)