Stunning projects & ideas,
This review is from: Needlepoint Decor Bags (Paperback)
This book evolved from classes run by the author, and as such, is refreshingly different in style and content from most project books. There is a good stitch dictionary with clear diagrams (hand-drawn, which is a nice touch), and the most interesting part for me, a good how-to guide for colouring canvas by four different techniques, including pros and cons for each method. There are also blank-lined spaces throughout the book, so that you can make notes on your own samples and experiments as you progress.
For me, the book is a little too project-based, including charts and very comprehensive instructions for making and finishing 9 different bags. However, as project books go, the colours are striking, the designs original and innovative (and easily adaptable, just in case you don't really want to make 9 bags!), and you will feel the arc of the learning curve as you work. A gallery is included of work produced by students, and right at the end, some guidelines for using the book to produce your own needlepoint decor bag, either by adapting the patterns and ideas provided or branching off on your own. I would have preferred slightly more emphasis on this section, but I can also see how the preceding sections of the book can be read as building up to it, if you choose to do so.
All in all, this is a very well produced and presented project book, ideal if you are looking for some slightly challenging pieces of needlepoint, and/or the feel of a workshop-learning environment within the comfort of your own home. Buy the book, take the ideas and run with them!