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This is another of the new books where I have kept one for myself. My shading skills are non-existant to negative (as in I do worse than you could imagine).
Although this book's title says it is about "Silk Shading" the techniques here are suitable and highly adaptable to Cotton Embroidery, Crewel Work or Needlepoint. Silk shading is also called Thread Painting.
Silk Shading is aimed at beginners but I do not think it is right for "real"beginners. I suggest this book for mid-level to advanced stitchers.
The books begins with materials, threads & needles. There are chapters on Techniques & How To Start. There are 4 projects with completely complete (my idea of a joke) directions.
This book would be a great help to many stitchers, of every sort. Shading is one of the more difficult things to master, IMO.
A large glossy cover paperbound book with 48 pages. Published by Search Press in UK in 2007. This edition is a 2008 re-print.