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The Encyclopedia of Cross Stitch Techniques: A Step-By-Step Visual Directory, with an Inspirational Gallery of Finished Works Hardcover – Sep 4 2003


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Running Press (Sept. 4 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762416645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762416646
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 22.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,913,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Georgina on Oct. 22 2003
Format: Hardcover
It's a mixed bag book. It's really not for beginners though ti shows lots of stitches and how to make them because it does not have attendant information
about making a project. I'd recommend instead as a beginner book Jo Verso's
book and once you've finished that you may be interested in some of Betty's techniques. If this is your first book you will be disappointed.
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Very Informative Aug. 11 2005
By Meari - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I disagree with the previous review. I think this book does a good job of explaining things that beginners need to know. I especially liked the introduction/history of needlework and the many color photographs included. The book discusses materials and equipment needed to start stitching and gives clear instructions with visual aids in how to do the various stitches. It also talks a bit about designing your own work, and finishes as well as caring for your work once it's completed. This is a good resource!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Ok but not super Oct. 22 2003
By Georgina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's a mixed bag book. It's really not for beginners though ti shows lots of stitches and how to make them because it does not have attendant information
about making a project. I'd recommend instead as a beginner book Jo Verso's
book and once you've finished that you may be interested in some of Betty's techniques. If this is your first book you will be disappointed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Perpetual Reference and Guide March 2 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm still trying to decide how to describe this book. It strives to be a classic textbook in a great many areas and succeeds quite well. I feel as though I'm in a textile school and using a professional text when studying this book. By submerging yourself in the information you will become very well informed and, through practice, skilled in several areas of needlework. Included here is information on every aspect of basic stitchery and then some. You are introduced through picture and charts to materials, frames, hoops, notions and various floss', pearl cottons, blending filament, silks, wools and threads in great detail. Then specific stitches, not just cross stitch, but many others that may be used individually or with cross stitch are introduced.(The photography and charting is excellent, showing some of the best detail work I've yet seen.) And you go on to exercises that develop skill in that particular technique or material or both with the use of a motif. There is information on creating patterns, working with computer design, reproducing designs from pictures, using mirrors to graph corners, reverse designs, central themes and borders. There is even a section on blocking. Much more is included in this book than I could record here. This is really a compendium. As was stated by another reviewer, this is not a book of motifs or independent projects and it doesn't pretend to be one. It is the sort of refrence book that will be looked at often.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Look at the Images and judge for yourself June 5 2013
By Jane in Milwaukee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is mis-titled: only a relatively small portion of the book is on cross stitch. Look at my second Image above: that pretty hardanger piece is the first thing you see when you open the book.

I like to be helpful in my reviews by uploading Images from the book. Please see those shown above. These are all typical pages: huge color photos, close-ups, of techniques, designs, stitches, materials, and projects.

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OOOPS: in June 2013, Amazon removed customer-uploaded images from product pages. Sometimes that even included the cover of the book. Sorry.
{However, if you surf around, there is one offering of this book where my 14 Images appears.}
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The chapters are:
Materials and Equipment
Stitch Library (including special cross stitches, blackwork, hardanger and alphabets)
Working Practice (really good displays of how to do cross stitch, Assisi, and use waste canvas)
Design Your Own
Showing Off (making the fancy projects on the front cover of the book)
Gallery (showing gorgeous projects from famous designers including the author.

I would quibble about a couple things: she does not mention that all of your cross stitches should look the same. What she demonstrates is not the norm: usually the first leg of the cross closest to the fabric goes from the top right to bottom left. She also displays making rows of stitches by doing 1/2 of each stitch one way and then crossing them on the route back. You can do this in horizontal rows but not in vertical rows as she shows. I don't know the science of it but you have to do each individual whole cross stitch when moving up and down to get them to lie right. Also, for the hardanger card in the Images above, you wouldn't just want to pull out threads to make that fringe; you would want to fasten the border with buttonhole stitch or hemstitch so it wouldn't unravel. Finally, the stitching of that pretty hardanger piece is a little sloppy.

I think it's funny that as of today, 4 reviewers have given this book 5 stars and 2 have given it 3 stars. I mildly disagree with them all and think this book deserves 4 stars. First, it is really good for beginners...to a point: only a few of the projects are charted out. Designing their own piece will be daunting. And from beginner to expert, we're quite frustrated: the Gallery at the end of the book holds the projects I want to do...but NONE of them is charted!

Betty Barnden is a highly respected needlework author from the UK and a number of her books have been translated into other languages including French, German and Italian. The majority of her books are not on cross stitch, though. If you like this book you may also like:

The Embroidery Stitch Bible
The Crochet Stitch Bible
75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Afghans, Throws, Baby Blankets, and More
Super Finishing Techniques for Crocheters: Inspiration, Projects, and More for Finishing Crochet Patterns with Style
Picture Knits: Easy Designs for the Novice Knitter
Very Easy Crazy Patchwork
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Is a good book Feb. 4 2008
By Brenda A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has some good information about cross stitch lots of neat techniques. But if your just looking to learn cross stitch and intrested in broadening your horizens on the craft of cross stitch I wouldn't recommend it to you. Most of the time if you Buy a pattern and it uses one of the techniques it'll tell you how to do it. But if you love samplers you may 100% die for this book. Then again if you do alot of samplers with specialty stitches you may know all the stitches in the book as well LOL!


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