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This is a surprising little book. I was not expecting it but when I opened the hard cover, I found a wonderful metal spiral bound book inside.
I love spiral bound books for reference. You can lay them flat and follow the instructions easily, without hav=ing to prop the book open.
There is an introduction and a short history of Japanese Embroidery, with lots of full color pictures. Then a brief chapter on materials and equipment. Then Getting Started. Every step and detail is shown and explained.
There is a lot of Goldwork shown and used in these designs.
Then the projects. The first is called Winter. It is very detailed, everything is shown in color pictures and explained. The winter chapter is 12 pages.
Next is Spring. Again, very detailed using 8 pages.
Summer. beautiful flowers in full bloom. 8 pages.
Then Autumn, all the colors of fall in falling leaves. Again, 8 pages.
The next chapter is Finishing Off. !4 careful pages with pictures and instruction.
The is a brief discussion of the fabric used for these designs andthe book ends with 9 pages of designs/templates and a small full color finished picture of each project. Then a full index.
A beautiful book, a surprising book. Instruction done beautifully.
This book was first published as The Beginner's Guide to Traditional Japanese Embroidery in 2001.
This current version first published in 2009 in Tunbridge Wells, England by Search Press. This is a new book with 97 pages.