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on 25 January 2009
This is such an excellent book. The book progresses in a logical manner, with the first section covering fabrics threads and equipment. The next shows how to count, cut and withdraw fabric threads, and learn stitches for finishing edges - antique hem, buttonhole etc. Thirdly is a square open border creating possibilities for embellishment and the fourth section shows needlewoven patterns. The following sections build on these giving ideas patterns and instructions for many useful and decorative projects.

Some of the decorative finishes given are tassels, plaited fringe, twisted cord, wrapped and beaded cord and buttonhole bars and loops.

Several of these are used to good effect on bookmarks - there are lovely examples in the book; a purse edged and decorated with pearls and stitches, a book cover, a glasses case, a bag called diamond and pearls (so called because it's shaped like a diamond and decorated with pearls)and beautiful "sachets" could be used as nightdress case or similar, each decorated with woven bars and flowers in buttonhole stitch and look rather like a picket fence with flowers peeping over the top. There are plenty of projects to put your work to good use, greeting cards, book covers, bags, table linens etc full instructions are included.

This book is one of rare quality, instructional without any waffle, inspirational and with projects that are actually achievable without vast amounts of fabric, time, skill or experience. Brilliant.
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