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The Encyclopedia of Cross Stitch Techniques: A Step-By-Step Visual Directory, with an Inspirational Gallery of Finished Works [Hardcover]

Betty Barnden
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Sept. 4 2003
Needlework enthusiasts will be thrilled with this exciting addition to our popular Encyclopedia of Art technique series on one of the fastest growing crafts of recent years. This is a complete, full-color reference covering every form of cross-stitch and related counted-thread technique, from ancient traditional work to modern pictorial designs rendered in vivid hues. A wonderful array of stitches from around the world is described in detail, and clearly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and charts. A trove of ideas and inspiration for beginners and experts alike, this comprehensive volume presents essential information on materials, equipment, planning, finishing, display, and care.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not super 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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
3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is a good book Feb. 4 2008
By Brenda L. Anderson - 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must for your library if you're a stitcher Nov. 22 2013
By Misty Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the examples shown and tips to improve stitching. Have used several techniques for more professional results. Really helps when there is no stitchery store in your area.
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