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by Jan Eaton

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ISBN: 0812092570
ISBN13: 978-0812092578
Category: Home
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
Author: Jan Eaton
Language: English
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (December 1987)
Pages: 131 pages
ePUB size: 1816 kb
FB2 size: 1761 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 930
Other Formats: txt mobi lit azw

Nice pictures in this book. There are alot of stitches shown. I do wish they would be more explicate on how to start some of the stitches.
A wonderful book with lots of stitches and ideas for variations.
There's a lot of photos of stitches, but not what I would call step by step photos of the stitches.
My wife love it.
I like to make my book reviews stand out so I upload Images for you to see what's inside the book. I don't like to buy a pig in a poke and I can't understand why there's no Look Inside! feature in how-to books like this.
OOOPS: in June 2013, Amazon removed customer-uploaded images from product pages. Sometimes that even included the cover of the book. [Guess you have to buy a pig in a poke anyway.] Sorry.

I own hundreds of needlework books and many dozen are stitch dictionaries and encyclopedias. This ranks among the best of them.

I would like to add my opinion to the famous author, Yvette Stanton, whose books I also own. If she can write a great needlework book, she knows how to spot 'em! I highly recommend these titles of hers:

Elegant Hardanger Embroidery: A Step-by-step Manual for Beginners to Advanced
Elegant Hardanger Embroidery
Ukrainian Drawn Thread Embroidery: Merezhka Poltavaska

Likewise, Jan Eaton is a giant among needlework authors. She rewrote the famous stitch dictionary by pioneer Mary Thomas. This reviewed book truly is a complete stitch encyclopedia with close-up color pictures of 449 different stitches. The secret of the clarity of these stitches is she takes up to 6 different close-up photos to show each step of a single stitch. And she uses quite wide gauge fabric--usually plastic canvas--and thick yarn or ribbon so you see precisely how each stitch is supposed to lie. I have uploaded a few different typical pages and highlighted 2 stitches, the mosaic stitch in yellow and the one in the ladder stitch in blue, so you can see just how easy this book is to follow. I recommend these other outstanding books of hers:

Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches
Cross stitch and sampler book
Around the World in Cross Stitch
The Big Book of Cross Stitch: Fabulous Projects and Creative Ideas
The Cross Stitch Motif Bible: 1000 Motifs in Easy-to-Follow Color Charts
Cross Stitch (Art of Crafts)

But, um, the only criticism I have is my standard review stitch for a book: the bullion knot. A truly good depiction of this stitch is in 7 steps. This book shows only 2. However, if this is the only thing I can complain about....
This book is an excellent reference for those who want to see a lot of different stitches. It has a wealth of information, and there are surface stitches, counted stitches, insertions and edgings. Each one has their own photograph of either the finished stitch or the stitch during construction, and a paragraph or two about the stitch.

The book is divided into text pages and image pages. Each text page has information about the stitches that follow on the image page, including alternate names and a quick description of how to work the stitch. Because the written information is on one page, and the accompanying photo on the next, it does mean that you have to flip back and forth a bit. Perhaps this could have been better organised.

The photos are generally quite clear, though often only having one photo for each entire stitch process does mean that you have to glean a fair bit of information from the written instructions. For those of us who are used to step-by-step stitch directions in the style of Country Bumpkin's A-Z books, this takes a bit of getting used to. There are a few stitches in this book that I just could not figure out from the text and diagram combined - there just wasn't enough information. I find this a good book to look up stitches or get ideas from, then go elsewhere to learn how to do them.

All the stitches in this book are separate from each other. There are no pictures showing them combined, or used for any particular purpose. This is not a book to inspire creative use of stitches; it shows them in isolation only.

Despite these drawbacks, the range of stitches is what makes this book so good. There are just so many, and with the stitches grouped as they are, it makes interesting reading figuring out which stitches are related.

In summary, I wouldn't rely on this book to teach me new stitches, but I do look to it as a good place to find new ones.
700 color images of stitches. A true encyclopedia of stitches. One of my favorite books of this type in my large collection.