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Jan Eaton is a very well known needlework book author. Many of her books are about crochet or knitting. Some are about cross stitch or embroidery. This is the only Needlepoint book I found when researching all the books she has written.
The subtitle is
"Over 700 Unique Full-Color Step-By-Step Photographs".
The cover shows 3 different stitches done on large mesh plastic canvas using ribbon. 2 of them are quite complex stitches I am not sure I have ever seen before.
Quoting from the back cover
"A comprehensive reference book and self-instruction manual in one"
"449 stitches grouped according to type"
"Every stitch illustrated in full color and accompanied by a degree of difficulty symbol"
Clear, detailed text explaining how to work each stitch"
"Step-by-step photographs demonstrating all the more complicated stitches"
Here's where this book is different from all the other stitch books
"Includes many heretofore unknown stitches: ancient Chinese embroidery, complex stitches from the Middle Ages, fanciful work from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as representative needlework from American Indians."
I could go on and on but I think the best way to describe this book is to show you a page of stitches
This is a hard cover book, published by Barron's in 1986. It is a USA First Edition. The book has 173 pages as well as a Glossary and a Full Index.
The Complete Stitch Encyclopedia is in Very Good condition. The dust jacket does show some wear at the edges but the book inside is excellent. The spine is tight.