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Jan Eaton is a very well known needlework book author. Many of her books are about crochet or knitting. Some are about cross stitch or embroidery. This is the only Needlepoint book I found when researching all the books she has written.
The subtitle is
"Over 700 Unique Full-Color Step-By-Step Photographs".
The cover shows 3 different stitches done on large mesh plastic canvas using ribbon. 2 of them are quite complex stitches I am not sure I have ever seen before.
Quoting from the back cover
"A comprehensive reference book and self-instruction manual in one"
"449 stitches grouped according to type"
"Every stitch illustrated in full color and accompanied by a degree of difficulty symbol"
Clear, detailed text explaining how to work each stitch"
"Step-by-step photographs demonstrating all the more complicated stitches"
Here's where this book is different from all the other stitch books
"Includes many heretofore unknown stitches: ancient Chinese embroidery, complex stitches from the Middle Ages, fanciful work from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as representative needlework from American Indians."
I could go on and on but I think the best way to describe this book is to show you a page of stitches
This is a hard cover book, published by Barron's in 1986. It is a USA First Edition. The book has 173 pages as well as a Glossary and a Full Index.
The Complete Stitch Encyclopedia is in Very Good condition. The dust jacket does show a little wear at the edges but the book inside is excellent. The spine is tight.