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This is a very rare and unusual book. The subtitle is: Blue and White Embroideries From China.
Quoting and paraphrasing a bit from the introduction:
"The San Bernadino County Museum's Western Textile Center is home to a marvelous group of unusual Blue & White Embroideries from China. Virgina Moncrieff, who lived in China's westerm region for many years ,amassed the collection."
"The story of Virginia's life in China, and her collection of embroideries, along with the symbolic stories the artifacts themselves have to tell, is a fascinating one."
When I bought this book, I did not know that it was also about the collector of these gorgeous Chinese Embroideries. Be that as it may, that part may interest you or you might be focused on these incredible embroideries.
This is not an instruction book, it is probably not for beginners or novice stitchers. Each design is shown in a black and white rendering of it when embroidered and a counted thread chart of the design. There are no instructions.
There is a section of color photographs of many or most of the graphed designs. There is a glossary of what the symbols mean and a section on Virginia Moncrieff's life.
This may be a unique book, it is certainly a rare one.
Published by The San Bernadino County Museum Association Quarter`ly Volume 51, Number 4 in 2004.
This is a matte cover paperbound book with 60 pages.
Signs In The Designs is in Very Good condition. The cover edges and corners a slightly worn and the cover looks a bit scuffed but otherwise the book is in great condition. The spine is tight.
I recently bought a number of fine vintage and out-of-print books from Carol Korman. Carol is, like me, very interested in Color and Color Theory. There are many excellent books on this among the books she sent me.
Carol was raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Her Husband travelled the world as a Civil Engineer, they lived in 6 countries over 22 years. She studied Needlepoint and Embroidery all over the world.
On retirement she took classes at the EGA (Embroidery Guild of America) and ANG (American Needlepoint Guild). She became certified as a Needlework Judge for both EGA and ANG.
Carol went on the become a Master EGA Needlework Judge.
In 2000 Carol Korman became ANG Western Area Representative, she was president on ANG from 2006 to 2008.
Carol and her husband live in Texas, at 80 she still stitches. Carol and I both hope that her books add to your pleasure as you pursue Needlepoint