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This large book is subtitled:
An Instructional Encyclopedia of Openwork Techniques.
On the cover there are named stitchery pictures of Pulled Canvas, Needleweaving, Hemstitching, Filet, Hardanger and Reticello and Hedebo.
Quoting from trom the back cover, Carolyn Ambuters says:
"In this volume I have explored openwork techniques from the past with the object of providing inspiration and skill for embroiderers who wish to become artists".
The back cover goes on to say (but no longer quoting Carolyn):
"300 stitches, 43 lesson plans, 16 pages of full color samplers, every stitch photographed and diagrammed".
Carolyn Ambuter is the author of The Complete Book of Needlepoint, The Even More Complete Book of Needlepoint, and Needlepoint Celebrations (yes, "the even more complete" bothers me too).
Although she specifies embroidery, all the stitches and techniques in this book are suitable for needlepoint. There is so much here, I think the best way to descibe the contents is to list the chapters and sub-chapters. Each chapeter begins with Canvas Preperation. Here goes:
PULLED CANVAS: Backstitches, Satin Stitches, Satin Stitch Variations, Eyelets, Wave Fillings, Faggot Stitches, Cross-Stitches, Double Back Stitches, Sided Stitches, Buttonhole Stitches, Finishing and Edging.
NEEDLEWEAVING: Bars, Complex Moves, Clusters, Shapes, Surface Needleweaving, Edging, Freely Worked Needleweaving.
HEMSTITCHING: Narrow Bands or Primary Groupings, Clusters, Interlace, Netting, Corners, Teneriffe Lace Squares, Four Sided Edge.
FILET: Cloth Stitch, Ladder, Darning, Loopstitch, Needleweaving, Stars, Spokes-Wheels and Ribs, Fillings, Buttonhole, Motifs-Combined Techniques, Surface Stitches and Finishing.
HARDANGER: Webs, Spokes and Fillings, Wheels.
RETICELLO & HEDEBO: Independant Reticello Bars, Simultaneous Bars With Picots, Reticello Lace, Reticello With Hedebo, Hedebo Bars, Hedebo Lace, Rings and Eyelets, Surface Stitches, Hedebo Edge.
Ending with a Glossary and a Bibliography.
Well, I am speechless. If any book was *comprehensive* this is it.
Published by Workman Publishing in 1982. This is a very large glossy cover paperbound book with 270 pages.
The over all condition of this book is good. The edges of the paper covers are slightly worn. I was going to call this book Very Good but on opening it, at random, the glued binding slightly separated. This copy of The Open Canvas does not look like it has been opened or read very much, the small separation could just be the effect of age and dry storage conditions (which is really what you want for books so there will be no mold or foxing). I suppose everything has it's downside.
I recently bought this collection of fine vintage and out-of-print needlework books from Carol Korman. There are many excellent books on this among the books she sent me. Some of these books are very rare and unique.
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.