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I am interested in borders added to needlework, they used to be much more common, almost expected for a finished needlewoprk to have some kind of border or enclosure. This seems to have gone out of style but I still love the idea.
I think it *finishes* or completes many types of needlework. It is not right for all designs but many could benefit from borders.
Victorian Decorative Borders and Designs is by Christopher Dresser and Others. There was not room on the title line to say all that.
This book is just that, design. Borders and motifs. They are all shown in full color. The designs are not graphed but just as they are, as they should look when stitched.
Many of the designs are just 2 color, others are multi-colored. This book is not suitable for beginners. A certain amouynt of experience and expertise is required to translate these design in to graphs for stitching on canvas (or fabric).
The design influence is indeed Victorian with a good amount of Art Deco and Craftsman style design as well.
Quoting from the back cover:" More then 160 exquisitely rendered color illustrations offer a fabulous array of decorative borders and panels in a tremendous variety of styles. Byzantine, Roman Gothic, Renaissance, Louis XIV and other historical fashions."
That prose is a bit florid and over the top but it is a book of Victorian design and the Victorians often were over the top.
This is another of the wonderful Dover books on design. Published by Dover in 2008. This is a glossy cover paperbound book with 75 pages.
Victorian Decorative Borders and Designs is in Very Good condition. The edges of the covers are a bit rubbed and worn but otherwise the book is fine. The spine is tight and there is no yellowing at all. The colors are still rich and intense.