Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Needlework (Leisure Arts #15861)

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9781574861846: Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Needlework (Leisure Arts #15861)

This is the complete, authoritative guide to needlepoint, embroidery, and counted thread work. Experience the full learning process, from the history of needle arts to every detail of how to perform them. Includes 15 projects from renowned designers.

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Covering absolutely everything about needlework techniques and history, Encyclopedia of Needlework is comprehensive enough to be valuable for expert and novice alike. Over 40 pages are devoted to needlepoint alone, and with close-up photos of threads, frames, samples and canvas, the options are easy to understand. Practical tips, such as proper use of a magnifier or combining threads from different dye lots, are discussed in a straightforward manner, and author Donna Kooler manages to be authoritative without severity or condescension. Also discussing techniques for embroidery, candlewicking, hardanger, blackwork, pulled thread, counted cross stitch, and silk ribbon embroidery, everyone can find a new style to learn for combining thread and canvas to create unique works of art. Absolute beginners will appreciate the definitions, conversion chart, and painstaking detail taken in every stitch explanation, while advanced needleworkers will be glad to find the stitch index at the end of the book--you'll never get "stuck" in the middle of a new pattern again! Photos accompany the written history of each of these techniques, enabling novices to finally discover the proper name for those unusual pillow covers your granny stitched. Even the most experienced stitchers are sure to uncover a style they haven't experimented with yet, and with each stitch laid out clearly with illustrations, simple instructions, and suggestions for use, you'll be wanting to try them all. Most techniques have a companion pattern or two, so you can start playing with your new knowledge instantly. From a simple needlepoint pillow appropriately named "Glorious Poppy" to the elegant hardanger doily, each project is designed to showcase specific styles and develop your proficiency level as painlessly as possible. --Jill Lightner

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Leisure Arts is a leading publisher and distributor of “how-to” and lifestyle publications with emphasis on creative crafts, needlework, decorating, and entertaining.  Leisure Arts is located in Little Rock, AR.

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