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This is one of my favorite Bargello Needlepoint reference books. I have a few that I refer to constantly and this is one of them.
This is the USA edition of another fine Batsford English Needlework book, Florentine Canvaswork. This American edition, published the same year, is the exact same book with a different title.
Dorothy Phelan's wonderful book is divided into 2 distinct parts. The first part is a study of the history and "characteristics" of this needle art and a comprehensive guide to threads, stitches and equipment.
The second part has large, full color and color-coded design charts (or graphs). They include step-by-step instructions. The canvas and threads, plus the amounts needed are listed as well. The projects are placed in the book by skill level, the easiest first, going to the most challenging towards the end of the book.
The graphs demonstrating the stitches are done in full color, making the easy to follow and the color changes simple and clear.
I have stitched many of these and find her directions to be clear and complete and her charts easy to follow. Each project has a full color picture of it completed, as well.
I consider Dorothy Phelan to be a Master Teacher of Bargello Needlepoint, what ever she calls it.
Traditional Bargello was published in the UK in 1991, the US Edition was published by St. Martin's Griffin in 1996 in New York. This is a glossy cover paperbound book.
I have a number of copies of this book, your will receive the best condition copy I have in stock at the time of your order.