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This book is rare & then some. In all the years I have been searching for out-of-print books & especially Bargello Needlepoint books, I had not seen or known of this book before I found the first copy of it. This is the 2nd copy of Erica's book I have found. In truth, it is barely in good condition. The book itself is good. The paperbound covers are worn at the edges but the pages inside are very good.
It is the plastic spiral binder that is the trouble. It is shredded, falls apart more every time I touch it. I have managed a fix, sort of. I have inserted stainless steel binder rings along the plastic bound spine. This will perserve the book and keep the pages together no matter how odd it looks.
This is a Very Rare book.
Eric Wilson is a very well known name in needlework, from the 1960s on, she had authored 16 books including:
Crewel Embroidery 1962, Fun With Crewel Embroidery 1965, The Craft Of Crewel Embroidery 1971, The Craft of Silk and Gold Thread Embroidery 1973, Needleplay 1975, More Needleplay 1979, Ask Erica 1977, The Animal Kingdom of Erica Wilson 1977, Say It With Stitches 1977, For The Baby 1991.
Plus her 2 TV shows for PBS.
Erica Wilson's Bargello is self-published by Erica Wilson's Creative Needlework Society, copyrighted in 1974.
Quoting from the first page of this book
"A step-by-step course, made easy as A, B, C, teaching 16 different Bargello patterns, each framed with a Twist Stitch Border."
The book begins with some background on bargello, then General Instructions. This book is suitable for a beginner to Bargello, everything is shown clearly & explained.
Each Pattern has a good size graph, a picture of the pattern stitched, a color use guide and instructions.
There are many pictures in this book, all of them in black & white. The color placement guide colors are each a different graphic pattern so you can tell where they go.
I am impressed by the layout and instruction in this book.
As I said, self published in 1974. This is a (once) glossy cover paperbound book with a plastic spiral binding.
Eric Wilson's Bargello has 53 pages.