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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only indispensable needlework book
I actually first discovered this book in a book fair in France in it's original format (Mme de Dillmont wrote a number of works for DMC - the needlework supplies manufacturer), and was fascinated by the sheer breadth of information it contains. It is undoubtedly the last book still published today to deal with a great many techniques which were once widely known and used...
Published on 16 Oct 2002

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No illustrations!?
The Kindle edition is free but I couldn't find any figures or illustrations to explain the different stitches which makes it very difficult to follow.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only indispensable needlework book, 16 Oct 2002
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I actually first discovered this book in a book fair in France in it's original format (Mme de Dillmont wrote a number of works for DMC - the needlework supplies manufacturer), and was fascinated by the sheer breadth of information it contains. It is undoubtedly the last book still published today to deal with a great many techniques which were once widely known and used. Although it may seem complicated at first, instructions are detailed and easy to follow and the hundreds of beautiful and varied projects contained in the book are a welcome change from the very standardized fare available in most current needlework books. Originally written for beginners, the decrease in general knowledge of and expertise in many techniques means that this book is as perfect for advanced needleworkers as for learners.
The only possible problem with this book is that you'll never need to buy another needlework book again!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No illustrations!?, 2 Aug 2011
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The Kindle edition is free but I couldn't find any figures or illustrations to explain the different stitches which makes it very difficult to follow.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unillustrated book, 28 Oct 2011
This book is a reproduction of a much older publication and is not illustrated. The original book contained 1174 illustrations most of which are essential to be able to learn any of the needlework techniques. Don't buy it and instead buy a version which is illustrated as you are simply wasting your money.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have been using this encyclopedia for more than 60 years, 12 Oct 2008
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I still have my mother's battered 'pocket encyclopedia' which is is older than 1940. I have a more recent standard edition. For getting you started on a new technique, there is nothing better than this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What use an instruction book with only part of the instruction?, 4 Oct 2013
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The paper editions of this book have a large number of illustrations showing you how to do the stitches. Any stitcher knows that written instructions alone are rarely enough to learn by. This kindle edition has no illustrations at all.

There was no information on the product page saying the illustrations would not be included and, since I already knew the book, I didn't read the reviews before purchasing.

Lots of people have pointed this out so come on Amazon - make it clearer when something is an abridged or unillustrated version
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 4 April 2011
A nice book to have. It is amazing to think of the hours needle women (and perhaps men) put into their craft, so intricate and neat. I find sitting down and sewing very therapeutic and I shall be attempting some of these techniques in order to relax. A very worthwhile purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't complain as it free but..., 2 Jun 2013
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Mrs. J. A. Johnson "Julie" (Kent. UK) - See all my reviews
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REALLY need to see pictures!!! Surely it must be easier to include the pictures than to go to the trouble of taking them out!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lack pictures and diagrams, 14 Jan 2014
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This book covers every aspect of needlework and the description of how to do it are clear and concise but the lack of pictures in the e-format make it difficult for the beginner to work out how to do what is described e.g. hand positions. The text constantly references the pictures which are not available.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely useless, all the pictures are missing, 7 Nov 2013
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This book is just weird- at least in the Kindle edition as it has just the text but NONE of the pictures. So next to each step or paragraph is the fig. num. but none of the referenced illustrations are anywhere in the book. Completely pointless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No good for Kindle, 24 Sep 2013
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This book is full of descriptive text relating to needlework but unfortunately none of the diagrams referred to in the prose appear on the Kindle so trying to 'see illustration' is not possible and leaves the reader quite frustrated. Had illustrations transferred to the Kindle then I would give this 5 stars as it is a very comprehensive work for needleworkers.
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