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Folk Art Needlepoint: 20 Projects Adapted from Objects in the American Folk Art Museum Hardcover – September 9, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307351807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307351807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peltason draws inspiration from folk art sources as varied as quilts, watercolors, and even furniture in this volume of needlepoint projects. Full directions and materials lists are provided, as well as colorful charts and photographs depicting the finished products. These projects aren't just for framing, either—there are paperweights, pillows, curtain tie-backs, and even a door brick. Though directions and information about needlepoint materials, stitches, and finishing are provided, this is for experienced needlepointers looking for classic yet unique patterns and creative, attractive ways to showcase their work. Recommended for needlepoint collections.

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RUTH PELTASON runs Bespoke Books, a small book producing company that specializes in books on the cultural arts, including Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry and Kate Spade’s Occasions, Style, and Manners. She has been a hobby needlepointer for a little more than a decade, which, coupled with her interest in the arts, led to the development of this book. She lives in New York City.

KARYN GERHARD has been crafting for more than twenty-five years. Although she has worked in many textile arts, needlepoint has always been her passion, and she has stitched hundreds of pieces in all shapes and sizes, including petit point purses, Christmas stockings, even large, complex tapestries. Karyn Gerhard is an editor of illustrated books in New York.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Janet Perry VINE VOICE on September 24, 2008
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Folk art, with its simple lines and bold colors is an outstanding source of ideas for needlepoint. This beautifully produced book takes as its sources all kinds of items from the museum, from hooked rugs to weathervanes and delivers them up as lovely needlepoint.
The projects are mostly stitched in Basketweave, with commonly available threads such as floss, pearl cotton, and Persian wool. This is fantastic because it makes the projects accessible to stitchers everywhere. The reference section at the back of the book has instructions on making all the stitches and a color conversion chart.
The projects, designed by Karyn Gerhard, are divided into five sections: Daily Life, Beasts & Bugs, Flowers, Hearts, and Geometrics. Each section begins with a listing of the projects. The projects each have a picture of the original piece and have the needlepoint photographed in a room setting that showcases more folk art (for even more inspiration). The introduction to each project talks about the project and the other folk art in the setting. Each project also has a material list, information about stiching and finishing it, and some lovely and inventive ideas for variations. That seems like a simple thing, but many books lack it and you can tell from the variations that Ruth and Karyn are needlepointers themselves.
The charts are large and in full color with synbols as well, making them easy to read. The color key not only lists the symbols in the chart with the thread and color number, but it also lists how many skeins are needed. If you want to stitch one of the projects in the book, you can take this and buy everything you need all at once. Another useful, but often neglected item.
Also in this section is extensive information about the objects used as inspiration, additional information about needlepoint, finishing instructions, and a list of sources.
A inspiring book, beautifully produced. I'd love to see more like it.
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By SG on October 14, 2013
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This is a wonderful book of projects that display folk art designs. The photography is great as are the designs to produce and needlepoint one for yourself.
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