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Interweave's Compendium of Finishing Techniques: Crochet, Embroidery, Knitting, Knotting, Weaving Spiral-bound – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Spiral-bound: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc; Spi edition (1 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499194
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 21.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H Louise Felstead on 25 Sep 2013
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I bought this for the weaving techniques, but found that the rest of the book good too. All techniques clearly laid out, easy to follow. A great addition to the 'library'!
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This book is in good condition and is spiral-bound inside its hard back, which I find a very good format when it is a book to which I will be referring. The Finishing Techniques of the title are ways of making items look attractive on completion, using a variety of techniques, whereas I was actually looking for ways to make sure that knitting and crochet have perfectly-executed seams, no matter the circumstances. In this respect, the book offers help but not really enough.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The best of its kind.... 10 Sep 2006
By Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
I'm dyslexic and left handed -- and after several decades of false starts learning to knit -- I finally got it. What I couldn't figure out from all the wonderful knitting books available now is how to get the beginnings and endings (and the errors in the middle) to work as well as the actual knits, purls, yarnovers, and slips....

I borrowed one book of finishing techniques, found another at a local bookstore, and found dozens of pages on the web that all attempted to explain how to accomplish these tasks which are evidently simple to most knitters.

This book, "Interweave's Compendiu7m of Finishing Techniuest..." and another Interweave book called "Knit Fix" are the only books I've found that manage to explain in such a way that I can translate their instructions into successful knitting. Both books are compact, spiral bound, and full of un-misunderstandable directions and clear, plentiful illustrations.

If I can understand the writing and illustrations in these books, imagine how useful they will be for the average kntter!

This book suffers greatly by not featuring the word "knitting" in its title -- in dozens of searches on Amazon, it never came up and was never associated with other books in this family -- oddly, it is associated with weaving books only. Don't let this mislead you.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Tries to do too much 9 Aug 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
Thankfully I checked this out from the library rather than purchasing it. I found that it offered a whole lot of different crafts, with really quite basic information for each one. My main hobby is knitting, and I learned nothing here that I did not already know from my simplest books. It essentially gives one option for each task at hand in each craft.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Good all-around reference book 25 July 2004
By Golden State's - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
I like the book very much, however, I feel the layout and the photography could have been tighter and more artful. There's a bit of a rushed-to-put-together feel about it, which is disappointing. Nevertheless, good value for a finishing reference book because it applies to all needlework disciplines.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Book! 26 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
A very thorough review of different ways to finish your projects through stitches, trimmings, decorative braids, etc. Clear concise instructions, and easy to follow illustrations. A wonderful book!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Largely worthless, way too expensive, no real "finishing" at all 10 Mar 2012
By Jane in Milwaukee - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
As you can see from my reviews, of the hundreds of needlework books I own this is one of my worst reviews. I had uploaded some scans from inside the book to show you how poorly illustrated the stitches are but Amazon deleted all customer images in June 2013. When it replaced the ability for customers to upload images, Amazon placed these at the bottom right of the product page instead of the top. So I couldn't be bothered to upload them again.

From the diagrams, I absolutely defy anyone to be able to decipher the steps of the stitches displayed when you usually can't even see a needle! Whenever I see a stitch encyclopedia or dictionary, I always see how it covers bullions as these are among the least intuitive and most futsy stitches in hand embroidery. Here, there is only a picture of the final bullion and a brief explanation: not one diagram! Impossible. The worst stitch guides for bullions display 3 steps. The next level is 5 steps. My best resource shows 7 separate steps.

So not only will you not get a good grip on how to finish a given stitch...very, very few of the stitches are shown in context with the fabric or just "what" is being finished. And in a compendium of finishing, I expected to find out how to finish a pillow or curtains or frame a piece of embroidery. Nothing like that here. As another reviewer indicated, the costs for new and used volumes here are exhorbitant for what you get. Not worth it.
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