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As the book's title says Stumpwork is basically just raised or highly textured needlepoint or embroidery. I think it is the awkward name, Stumpwork, that puts people off. I know it makes me wonder.
The fashion in needlepoint (and embroidery) now is embellished stitches, textures and indeed raised or padded stitches.
Quoting (and paraphrasing) from the dust jacket flaps:
"Stumpwork is three-dimensional embroidery where figures are padded with stuffing: pearls and ribbons can be free-flowing."
Then it talks about how Stumpwork originated in the 17th century.
Then at the end of the dust jacket blurb:
"Muriel Baker is a foremost teacher and designer of all kinds of embroidery and the author of several books on needlepoint and crewel."
In looking through this book, the first thing I nopticed is that there are very few full color pictures. There are many large Black and White photos, most of them shoqwing quite a lot of detail.
There is a section on the history of Stumpwork,. Then the books takes you from the beginning, the stitches etc.
Most of the design have a historical or old fashioned look to them, like antiques but to gewt an overview and begin to learn stumpwork, this book is a great place to start.
Stumpwork is a large, coffee table size hardbound book with 116 pages. Published by Charles Scribner's Son, always a publisher of quality needlework books, in 1978.
This book is in Verty Good Condition. The dust jacket is somewhat worn but considering it's age, not badly at all. The book inside is Very Good. Almost no yellowing of the poages and the spine is tight.