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The actual title of this book is Needlework Masterpieces 20 Projects From The World's Great Museums but there was no way that was going to fit on the book title line.
Melinda Coss is the author of many other needlepoint and stitchery books as well as others.
Her books include: Floral Needlepoint (which is available here on NewNeedlepoint), Bloomsbury Needlepoint From The Tapestries at Charleston Farmhouse (which I have had in stock here several times in the past), Cross Stitch Collection, Gifts and Heirlooms in Cross-Stitch and Needlepoint, Floral Cross Stitch, The Complete Book of Embroidery, The Cross Stitch Garden, The DMC Book of Embroidery, Magic Carpets and many knitting books. She is also the author of several books on Handmade Soaps. Whew!.
Quoting from the dust jacket:
"Here are twenty well-loved works of art transformed into a fabulous group of Needlepoint designs."
Each project has "a brief biography of the artist together with photographs of the original paintings that inspired each design."
The designs are done shwon as full color graphs with color placement keys. There are Yarn color amounts specified, materials needed and "working the design" instructions as well as finishing suggestions. Full color photographs show each of the needleworks finished.
The book was originally published in 1994 so most of the fibers used are wools, it would be easy to substitute other fibers for the wools.
The projects are:
Amgela by Fra Angelico
The Final Feast, inspired by The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
That Certain Smile inspired by Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Stoney Silence inspired by Delphic Sibyl by Michelangelo
Chile Angels inspired by a detail from The Sisine Madonna by Raphael
Lullaby inspired by Angel PLaying The Lute by Rosso
Man For All Seasons inspired by The Laughing Cavalier by Franz Hals
Home Sweet Home inspired byLady and Gentleman At The Virginals by Vermeer
Floral Tribute inspired by Floral Composition by Spaendonck
Rewd Velvet inspired by Don Manual Osorio de Zuniga by Goya
Country Diary inspired by Flatford Mill by Constable
Green Sleeves inspired by Veronica Veronese by Rosetti
Soap Opera inspired by Bubbles by Millias
Lady in Red Inspired by Flaming June by Leighton
Shall We Dance inspired byBallet Rehersal by Degas
Pretty Woman inspired by Luncheon of the Boating Party by Renoir
Brown Skinned Girl inspired by Under the Pendanus by Gauguin
Sunny Sunny Day inspired by Sunflowers by van Gogh
Only Jesting inspired by The Circus by Seurat
Cafe Society inspiured by Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec.
These are wonderful paintings, made into extraordinary needlepoint projects. I was most interested to see how she handled the painting by Georges Seurat, who was a master of Pointillism I am not sure it translates that well to needlepoint, not as effective as some of the others such as Van Gogh's sunflowers.
This is not a book for beginners. These projects require a certain amount of skill and expertise but they are not beyond an mid-level stitcher.
A gorgeous book.
This is a large hardcover book published by Bulfinch Press in 1994. This is a North American First Edition. It has 120 pages.
This book is in excellent condition. The dust jacket is worn arouynd the edges but the book inside is perfect. No yellowing, markings and with a tight spine.