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Celtic Needlepoint [Paperback]

Alice Starmore
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September 1999
The dazzling artistry and consummate craftsmanship of the Celts has provided us with some of the finest treasures of the ancient world. In this glorious book, Celtic art and ornament--from intricate jewelry to illuminated manuscripts--fire the imagination of a superbly talented designer. Finding in needlepoint the perfect medium for exploring the elaborate detail and delicate fluidity of Celtic art, Alice Starmore has produced a magnificent collection of original designs. Stonework, interlacing key patterns, knotwork, spirals, and plant and animal forms all provide fertile ground for exquisite needlepoint creations worked in rich, glowing colors. Designs range from cushions and belts to a bookmark, rug, stool cover, and chair seat. There are detailed instructions and easy-to-follow charts, and a conversion chart offers a further selection of yarns. There is also a comprehensive lesson in all the basic needlepoint techniques. Featuring100 color photos, this is a book to inspire and delight all needleworkers. Alice Starmore is a prominent knitwear designer and author; among her books are The Celtic Collection and Fishermen's Sweaters.

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Alice Starmore is a leading knitwear designer and author of books that include The Celtic Collection, Fishermen's Sweaters and Celtic Needlepoint also published by Collins and Brown. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, rich, luxurious July 16 2001
Format:Paperback
These are just some of the words that will come to mind when you see the patterns in this book. Alice Starmore is a genius at bringing simple patterns to life with vivid colorways. Many of the patterns can be used for other projects or crafts, for example, using variagated yarns and converting a cushion to a sweater. There are patterns for all skill levels, from a bookmark to a rug. The photography is wonderful as well, and all of the items are placed in beautiful still-lifes. Alice Staremore's Celtic Needlepoint makes as nice a coffee-table book as pattern book. Highly recommended for lovers of fiber arts as well as Celtic arts.
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is Alice Starmore's first Needlepoint book, which shows her diversity of needle skills. As with all of other Alice's books there is, nothing skimped or overlooked.

This is not only an introduction to Needlepoint but also what makes it Celtic their history and culture. We are treated to a smorgasbord of color from great photographs of Irish landscapes to actual Needlepoint patterns in this oversized book

I am actually only interested in the patterns however; the projects that are presented in this book are of useful items such as a hexagonal knotwork cushion and a circular birds stool cover.

Even though there is a list of tools and yarns to use for these projects some being out of date, you will probably have good substitutes and your existing stash.

Aside from its practical value, this also makes a good coffee-table book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book sent me to Ireland Aug. 22 2000
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Format:Paperback
This is the most thoughtfully laid out book of needlework I have ever seen--a friend and I wrestled for the only copy at a bookshop when it was between printings! Both the photos of Ireland and of the needlework "at home" are glorious. I've done a few of the designs and they've turned out wonderfully--my only caveat is that the graph colors can be difficult to distinguish, as is often the case with needlepoint charts, particularly British ones. Also, Appleton yarns can be hard to find in the U.S., but in these days of the internet, who cares? I'm confused by the other reviews as this is most definitely not a knitting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, rich, luxurious July 16 2001
By T. L. Shea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
These are just some of the words that will come to mind when you see the patterns in this book. Alice Starmore is a genius at bringing simple patterns to life with vivid colorways. Many of the patterns can be used for other projects or crafts, for example, using variagated yarns and converting a cushion to a sweater. There are patterns for all skill levels, from a bookmark to a rug. The photography is wonderful as well, and all of the items are placed in beautiful still-lifes. Alice Staremore's Celtic Needlepoint makes as nice a coffee-table book as pattern book. Highly recommended for lovers of fiber arts as well as Celtic arts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on Celtic Needlework Aug. 14 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Alice Starmore has written an excellent book on Celtic Needlework, that includes Key & Spiral Patterns, Knotwork, Bird & Tree and Animal Patterns. Each project is wonderfully illustrated with large colour charts and detailed technical advice. I enjoyed changing the colours and inventing my own special touch
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book sent me to Ireland Aug. 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the most thoughtfully laid out book of needlework I have ever seen--a friend and I wrestled for the only copy at a bookshop when it was between printings! Both the photos of Ireland and of the needlework "at home" are glorious. I've done a few of the designs and they've turned out wonderfully--my only caveat is that the graph colors can be difficult to distinguish, as is often the case with needlepoint charts, particularly British ones. Also, Appleton yarns can be hard to find in the U.S., but in these days of the internet, who cares? I'm confused by the other reviews as this is most definitely not a knitting book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Needlepoint Book Feb. 21 2011
By Kathryn Stever - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book if you are looking for celtic patterns in geometric designs. It is well written and has graphic photos. Excellent product.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Celtic needlepoint July 28 2013
By Katherine Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It just wasn't what I had expected. I've seen some really interesting Celtic designs and had hoped to find similar ones in this book. Their take on animals is especially neat, dragons, horses, cats, etc. I didn't see a single project that I would start to work on. I really don't know what to do with the book. I'll probably donate it to our local library. It is definitely not for beginning or intermediate stitchers.
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