Customer Review

on December 22, 2009
First, this book is available from Nordic Needle and other embroidery sites for a more appropriate price than the $36 and up wanted by the used book resellers currently listed for this item.

Second, this is one of the best-illustrated books I've ever seen. All the stitches and all the designs are shown with both an illustration and a photo. I've never seen anyone do that before, but I have to say it's very effective, and makes each stitch quite clear.

This is a particular type of drawn thread work that has some similarities to Hardanger. Some ground threads are cut and drawn out, some are left in and wrapped together with stitching. As with many "folk" stitches, the specifics can vary from region to region. The book begins with a bit of history and photos of several antique garments & details. Then the author discusses materials and how to determine which threads to use with which fabrics.

There are two learning pieces, a larger format to be worked on 25 ct fabric, and a smaller format to be worked on 32 ct. A nice page shows mistakes/problems and what to do about them. After the learning pieces is a chapter of additional stitches and techniques: starting and finishing threads, what to do when the patterns meet in corners, a bullion wrap stitch, and several hem methods including a very nice explanation of hemstitch and an excellent illustration of how to miter a corner on a folded hem. Finally, there are 7 projects: bookmark, bellpull, scissor case, small pillow/pincushion, evening bag, table runner, and doily.

I am very pleased to have this book in my collection and would absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in Hardanger or other drawn or pulled work.
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