The Cross Stitcher's Bible is the guide book I turn to every time I start a new project. I would recomend this book to EVERY needlework worker wheather beginer or experianced. There is basic, clear, compleate information on counted cross stitch, some embroidery work, hardanger, pulled and drawn thread and a varity of speciallty stitches. There is also a host of information on chosing fabrics, threads, how to begin on aida and linen, information on streatching, cleaning, and framing and dozens of patters and suggestions for thier use. I have been stitching since my teens and I still use this book almost every single time I sit down to work on a project. It is a compact way to make sure you are doing things the correct way to have your work turn out wonderfully!