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Jean Hilton was a very popular and prolific needlework designer. She was recognized as one of the top Canvas Embroidery (needlepoint) designers in the US for what is now called Counted Thread Work.
Jean Hilton died at her home in Arizona in May of 2009.
Her self-published book is very rare and hard to find.
This is a pristine, like new copy, signed by Jean Hilton 12/1992.
Jean Hilton's Needlepoint Stitches is subtitled: Original Stitches Plus Variations of Familiar Stitches with Charts and Written Instructions.
This is a nice (auto)biography of Jean Hilton (quoted and paraphrased): "Jean Hilton has been involved with handwork since the age of six when her mother taught her to crochet. She enjoyed many years of knitting, tatting, crewel embroidery, and macrame. She began studying needlepoint in 1969 and was soon adapting geometric designs she drew at an early age into needlepoint stitches. Jean terminated her career as an accountant/legal administrator in 1986 to design and teach needlepoint full time".
Quoting (and paraphrasing) from the introduction: "In 1973, while teaching, I noticed that my student's *errors* could be developed into intriguing new stitches." "Some techniques are fairly complex, I urge you to practice on scrap canvas." "Many stitches are expandable and can be done in different shapes. Variations are included."
Each stitch has, at least, it's own page with the variations on that page. Some have more than one page, as needed. The graphs vary in size with the smallest 3 X 6 inches, which is a good and easy size to read. Many are bigger. The designs have varying amounts of instructions as well as fiber suggestions.
I am unsure how many stitches there are in this book. To be honest, I do not have the patience to count them, since the pages used vary. There are, however 60 pages of designs.
Self-published by Jean Hilton, copyrighted in 1988. This is from the 1989 second printing.
Jean Hilton's Needlepoint Stitches is a craft paper covered paper book with a plastic spiral binding. It is in excellent condition. The corners of the covers and pages are close to perfect as is the sometime fragile plastic binding. I am very impressed to see this book in this condition. Someone took great care of it.