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There are a few very good beginner's Needlepoint books out there but this is the first one that addresses the right hand/left hand issue. That is an important and often overlooked subject.
The subtitle for this books is:
The Complete Guide For Right and Left Handed Stitchers.
IN addition, the name of one of the authors caught my attention. Iona Dittecbach is the author of the now (sadly) out of print Creating Contemporary Bargello. I was unaware that she had co-authored another books with Kim Cool.
Quoting (and paraphrasing) from the back cover
"This needlepoint Book has it all, complete instructions f0or 4 unique samplers, diagrams and written instructions for 71 basic stitches, , an introduction to Bargello stitchery."
"Very Complete instructions for cleaning, blocking and finishing. And through it all-lots of color photos"
This is interesting, according to the book, Kim is a right handed stitcher, Iona is a left handed stitcher. So, the advice and instruction given is practical & hands-on, not just rote instruction.
In reading through the book, it is indeed suitable for a beginner, even a beginning beginner. I am particularly impressed with th size and clarity of the stitch diagrams. Even the complicated ones are easy to follow & understand.
This is a book I recommend, indeed a complete introduction to Needlepoint & Bargello Needlepoint.
This is a glossy cover hard cover book. I does not and did not have a dust jacket. First published in 1992 by Fredericktown Press this is the 2nd printing from 1993. The book has 137 pages plus a full index.
Needlepoint From Start To Finish is in Very Good Condition. The covers, the pages and the spine are all in almost new condition.