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This is another of the amazing English needlepoint books. Canvas Work or Canvas Embroidery is the more common name for Needlepoint in England. There is often some confusion with the titles of these interesting books in the USA.
This is a new re-issue of the 1980 New Edition of this very good book originally published in 1969.
This book has some very modern, very innovative mixed stitch and mixed media Needlepoint stitches, designs and ideas. Some of the designs are very "regular" and handsome and some of them remind me of these wildly expensive textile works of art you sometimes see.
This is a quote from the dust jacket "Diana Springall believes that necessary though technique is, the most rewarding element in embroidery lies in a conception which is individual and so, unique. Not only should the design be a personal one, but the stitches also should be used in an appropriate and characteristic way. Here technique, stitches, pattern and application are considered a single entity."
I think this says it all. There are many photographs and illustrations but only 8 in color (or should I say colour?) My bibliography gives it a B for moderately experienced stitchers. (with A for beginners & D for advanced). i think it more a B-, myself. There is a lot to learn here, even for experienced stitchers.
There is a bit of Bargello and 135 stitches shown stitched & graphed. Canvas Embroidery is another fine Batsford book, published by B. T. Batsford Limited, London and Charles T Branford Co. in Watertown, Massachusetts (where I grew up, not that it matters).
As I said, this is a brand new hard cover book with 192 pages. I previously had an older, rather tattered copy in my rare/used book category. I am glad to see this re-issused.