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I have noticed a trend in needlepoint, many of the current designs feature people, faces and bodies. While there have always been some designs like this, they do seem to becoming more popular.
I have looked and looked. As far as I can tell there are only 2 needlework books that deal with people. One is a current book by Jan Messant, Embroidered Portraits.
The other is this book, Faces and Figures in Embroidery by Valerie Harding. Both books specify Embroidery in their titles and instructions but the instructions, techniques and many of the designs in both can be easily adapted for needlepoint on canvas or fabric.
Faces and Figures is full of ideas. It is full of pictures, black and white photos, drawings, templates and a few graphs of the designs including 5 full color pages.
It is much more a design book then an instruction book but it does cover the important techniques needed to stitch bodies, faces or both. This is not a book for beginners.
The chapters are Historical Investigation, Sources of Design, Proportion and Distortion, Some Design Methods, Patterns, Parts of the Body, The Face, The Figure.
Faces and Figures in Needlepoint is a hard cover book published in 1979 by Charles T Brandford Co. It has 190 pages.
It is in good conditio. The dust jacet is a little worn on the edges. The book inside is good, no markings on the pages. The spine is not great, it seems a little loose. It is a stitched spine, not glued. There are no loose or falling pages but I would treat the book gently.