Samplers and Stitches: A Handbook of the Embroiderer's Art Paperback – 29 May 2014
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The diagrams were clear too with the exception that the first steps of some stitches weren't illustrated. I would not recommend this book as your only how to book for learning new stitches, but there are plenty of books that show things step by step. This book covered stitches I haven't seen before, arranged them in logical groups, gave examples of how to use them not only in samplers but with other stitches of the same type, other stitches of any type and in multiple different projects. (This is a reference book - projects shown were only examples, no full instructions for finished embroidery pieces.)
For the intermediate to advanced embroiderer, I highly recommend adding this book to your library. Batsford is and has always been a great publisher in terms of fiber arts. I also recommend this book for the ambitious beginning embroideress with the caveat that you will need another stitch dictionary for full and detailed instructions suitable to the beginner. This book is both practical and Inspirational and great addition to a stitching library.