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This is a handsome book with 20 original and very creagtive oriental influenced needlepoint designs.
I had heard of Shelley Faye Lazar but this is the first book of her's I have listed. Her bio on the back dust jacket flap says she studies graphics at Leicester Polytechnic in the UK and had been working with Tapestry and Embroidery for many years. I have not seen her first book, Shelley Faye Lazar's Pictures in Needlework but after seeing this book, I will look for it.
This is not a beginner's book buit anyone with moderate stitching experience and the ability to read a full-color chart can easily use these designs.
Several of the designs have a Bargello influence, used in to good effect in these oriental designs. The designs are not the typical oriental design you see, tigers and dragons and such. Many of them are graphic and as I said, with a bargello or 4 way type design.
The graphs are good size, in full color and you are given the amounts of thread you will need, based on skeins. The directions are simple & clear. In particular I want to mention the Orissa Crocodiles design on page 74.
Published in 1993 by Charles E. Tuttle Co. with 96 pages. The Oriental Collection is a coffee table size hard cover book in excellent, gift quailty condition. The dust jacket is also perfect, if a little bit worn and rubbed looking.