on 9 January 2011
This may be an old book but it remains a beautiful one. The contents are split into Pagan Pleasures, Courtly Love, Regency Romps, Romantic Longings, Modern Passion and within each of these sections are various projects. Each Section also has its own introduction with paintings and quotations. One of my favourite projects which I completed is the Renaissance Heart which is a small heart shaped cushion with flowers and beads. Another favourite is the teapot cushion (from the Regency Romps). There's a Georgian waistcoat; a basket with lilly of the valley (cushion); a Victorian flowered heart(see front cover); hot lips cushion (lip shaped cushion) etc. All the projects are easy to follow, the charts are in colour and the wool used in Appletons (with an alternative conversion chart for Paterna, DMC and Anchor wools. The stitch mainly used is tent stitch. This book is a pleasure to look at and read and the projects are so beautiful.
on 13 February 2002
This book is perfect to dream on the improvement of your "decor" with a nice cup of tea. Not only bright in colours, it gives you some insight on the creative process that takes place in the author's mind and the tiny millefiori of her fantasy that brought to life these needlepoints. Page after page, thema after thema, from the antic type patterns to the modern ones through some charming mediaeval, delicious Regency or William Morris inspired proposals, the book is a delight to read. The best part of it is that most of the tempting works is really easy to realize to new and clumsy artists like me. The only difficulty : how to make your choice among all these attractive pieces of needlepoint ?
on 27 June 2014
that romance is a subjective concept.......but it's clear from this book that my idea of romance is NOT that of the author of this book. If I'd seen the book I would never have bought it. Very disappointing. Thee are possibly 2 projects from this book that I might do. 1 is the cushion on the book cover and the other is the Eye of Horus bag. But that's it.
And for the information of the author, Dionysus was a GOD not a Goddess. You really shouldn't use historical Pagan references if you don't know what you're talking about. There was nothing romantic about either Dionysus, who was always drunk and was served by the Maenads or Pan.