Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Ballantine Books ed edition (May 12, 1987)
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #101 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > English Gardens #20330 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Needlecrafts & Textile Crafts
I own hundreds of needlework books on just about every kind using a threaded needle. I love to read of needlework history, especially about samplers, and stitching in England. I don't do needlepoint but have stitched several projects using needlepoint designs. This book, however, does not lend itself to practical use. There are flowery, artistic portraits in the long introduction. Then the author discusses choosing patterns, stitch techniques and offers one alphabet. Then he launches into the 4 seasons with a number of designs each. They are all simple-minded and 2-dimensional. There's such a contrast between the delicately pretty paintings and the inane projects. I can't recommend it.
I loved this book! I inherited it from my late Aunt who embroidered my whole family's beautiful Christmas stockings, among other things. It details gorgeous designs for traditional English flowers and garden features. The designs and colors can be mixed and matched to your taste. The traditional needle worker was quite skilled and able to create their own designs with interchangeable aspects from different sources. The beautiful cover piece can be created by combining the Little Owl found on pg. 118 and Spring Flowers on pg. 69. I treasure this book and look forward to stitching some elegant decorative pillows for my home.
Beautiful artwork, text is lovely. Needlepoint design charta and all so pictures that can be charted. Colors are crisp and bright. A lovely addition to any serious needlepersons library.
Nothing extraordinary about the patterns . They are pretty but average and a bit dated. Easy to read directions and color charts.
English Garden Embroidery has 80 Original Needlepoint Designs of Flowers, Fruit and Animals written by STAFFORD WHITEAKER.The photos are beautiful and can be embroider, knitted or crochet.
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