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This is a loose leaf book. I wanted to punch holes and put it in a 3 ring binder but Ann Strite-Kurz did not think that was a good idea. My solution is to put the pages in a pressure binding notebook. This way they can be used one page at a time or as a notebook.
Or you can punch the holes yourself and mount them in a 3 ring notebook.
This book was originally written as the text book for a needlwork course given by Ann. The course was intended to help stitchers better understand the fundamentals of canvas embroidery.
As we all know, canvas embroidery is another name for Needlepoint as well as Counted Thread Embroidery. The Science of Canvas Embroidery has guidelines for handling some of problems that are ignored in most basic books. (to me, this is very important since so many books assume the novice stitchers knows things that I know I did not know as a beginner).
To quote Ann: "As skills grow, most stitchers seek answers to puzzling issues such as logical ways to plan and manipulate stitch sequences, to achieve optimum canvas coverage and backing needs, or to select correct procedures for starting and ending thread tails. In her unique analytical style, Ann discusses the options available and provides clear-cut guidelines for choosing specific methods and solutions."
There are good techniques one needs to learn as well as why these techniques matter.
There are also stitch refinements and the solutions to compensation dilemmas. To again quote Ann: "This manual not only helps the beginner sort out some of the basic rules and concepts, but it enables the more experienced stitcher to gain confidence as new challenges are explored.".
I completely agree, this is an important book for stitchers of all levels.
Self Published by Ann Strite-Kurz in 1994. The pages are printed on just one side leaving plenty of room for notes, sketches or graphs. It has 27 pages. The binding color might be one of several very good (of course) colors. I bought a selection of them.