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Hope Hanley is, of course, a very well-known name in Needlework and Needlepoint books. I have been searching for a copy of this book for a long time now.
I would order it, only to be told it was no longer available or what would arrive was so badly foxed that I would immediatly quarantine it (not kidding, foxing is a contagious virus that books and paper gets when it is improperly stored).
Finally, a copy, not only good condition but Very Good condition. Quoting from the dust jacket flap:
"In this survery of seat furniture utilizing upholstery, such as chairs, stools, sofas and settees, the well-known needlepoint authority Hope Hanley cover roughly 5 centuries (1500-1900) and includes asll important styles. She briefly describes Italian, Flemish, Dutch, Spanish, and Portugese styles and gives a very detailed account of the various peroids in French, English, and American furniture. The characteristics of each style are explained and illustraed in 123 photographes (23 in color) and 95 line drawings. Various textiles are fully discussed."
"There are absolutely no unbreakaable rules as to what kind of needlework-canvas or free-for, embroidery-is the *right* design for a particular furniture style, but certain general principles can be followed."
Interesting. In paging through the book, I see just what they are talking about in the dust jacket blurb. Each century is in it's own chapter. The furniture is shown both as an illustration and a photograph. it is easier to see the details in the drawinga. Several kinds of upholstery design are suggested for each style of furniture. For example:
"For upholstery Chippendale recommended tapestry, Spanish Leather, damask, brocade or needlework to be secured with brass head nails. Needlwork, of course, went out of style for furniture in England in the 1770s (with exceptions). In the colonies, this fashion edict was more or less ignored."
There are many graphed patterns for appropriate needlework, templatres etc. Many of the furniture pieces have Bargello stitching, to wonderful effect.
Not only is this a reference for needlwork for period furniture, it isd an overall guide to upholstering these peices.
Hope Hanley is alos the author of:
Needlepoint (a basic reference book that many of us have and have studied), Needlepoint In America, Needlepoiunt Rugs, New Methods In Needlepoint, Fun With Needlepoint, The ABCs Of Needlepoint, Hope Hanley's Needlepoint Designs.
This is a hard cover book published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1978. it has 178 pages including a full index.
Needlework Styles For Peroid Furniture is in Very Good condition. The edges of the dust jacket have very little wear. The book inside is excellent, as is the spine. It does not appear that this copy was opened very much.