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Celtic Needlepoint [Hardcover]

Alice Starmore
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 1994
Using her stunning eye for design and knowledge of traditional designs, Alice Starmore brings you 18 original projects inspired by the artistry of the Celts. Done in the Celtic style which incorporates both the natural world and geometric design, each of the five chapters journeys through the stunning complexity of this historic art form. Designs are split into 'Key', spiral, knotwork, bird and tree and animal patterns worked in beautiful yarns on a variety of canvases. Needlepoint beginners have all the instruction they need in the techniques section, which discusses choosing yarns and canvases, as well as how to set up a project and begin creating amazing furnishings and gifts. And advanced crafters will find joy in the elegant complexity of several of the projects.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Anaya Publishers (1 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854700707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854700704
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 23.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational designs! 13 April 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is a real gem! The designs are arranged by type: key, spiral, knotwork, bird and tree, and animal patterns. Needlepoint techniques are given at the end and there are historical notes in the introduction. The designs are clear and well photographed. The photos and charts are close together too, which I always prefer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 10 Sep 2013
By Meryl
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lots of interesting designs. I am looking forward to trying them out as i used to stichwork years ago. Books instructions are clear.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, rich, luxurious 16 July 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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on Celtic Needlework 15 Aug 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
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book sent me to Ireland 22 Aug 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 21 Feb 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 28 July 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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