The Madeira Book of Needlepoint Stitches Author:Susan Higginson Many people who enjoy doing needlepoint, also called tapestry or canvas work, use only one stitch and do not realise the wealth of other stitches they could add to their repertoire. How much more could they enjoy their craft if they experimented with some of the tens of different stitches illustrated here. — None of them is at all difficult (esp... more »ecially as the diagrams are all numbered to show order of stitching, and successive rows of stitches are shown with bars of varying thickness), and many of them are delightfully chunky and three-dimensional and most are larger than tent or half cross stitch, thus covering the canvas more quickly. A piece of needlepoint using a wide variety of stitches has a sculptural quality quite lacking in one made with only one stitch, and is much more interesting to look at.
All the stitches are shown in colour as it is so difficult to get the feel of an essentially colourful medium if it is only illustrated in black and white.
Several completed pieces of needlepoint are included in the book, annotated and with sections shown in close-up to demonstrate how some of the stitches may be used.
The hints and tips included with each stitch about where it may best be used should help with design ideas.« less