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This book covers 3 of my major and current rare book obsessions. Illuminated design used for needlepoint, Borders and books by Carol Belanger Grafton. A trifecta.
Carol Belanger Grafton is the author/editor of a number of very good books on the practical use of art and design, most of her books are aimed at designers and craftspeople. I got to page 10, at 16 books to a page, of a list of her books when I stopped counting.
She is also very nice about attribution. For instance a book of Christmas designs is authored by Christmas and Carol Belanger Grafton.
NewNeedlepoint.com currently has 5 of her design books in stock. But enough background.
I am very interested in what they call *Illuminated* art, be it designs for lettering, motifs and more. This book has 48, full color, full page designs for borders done in Illuminated style. They would make wonderful stitched borders, amazing picture frame designs etc.
There are no graphs or instructions, just the designs. This is not a book for an inexperienced stitcher. Anyone with some stitching experience, and used to translating design to canvas or creating a stitching chart will find some treasures in here.
This is a coffee table sized glossy cover paperbound book with 48 pages. Published in 1988 by Dover Press.
Treasurey of Illuminated Borders is in very good condition. There is some light wear on the edges of the covers bending at the corners, The pages inside are slightly yellowed, due to age.