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Posted May 10, 2010
Meh-- it could've been better
I purchased the e-book version of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Needlework. I was hoping that it would give me a better understanding of basic embroidery stitches, but it left a lot to be desired.
I've known a few basic stitches since I was a kid-- cross-stitch, backstitch, and the French knot. I wanted to learn a few more stitches and perhaps gain enough information to create my own project. Unfortunately, this particular book didn't provide enough illustrations or explanations of the wide variety of stitches. It also didn't provide an illustration of the sampler (but perhaps that's an issue with the e-book) you could theoretically create as you mastered the various stitches.
This book also goes into a bit of detail about needlepoint, which the author claims is something she has been doing her entire life, but she keeps the instructions pretty vague.
About the only thing this book would be good for is as a guide if you already know the stitches and you're just brushing up a bit-- but I suspect there are better books for that sort of thing.
The book is also rather dated-- it was originally published in 2001, I think-- so the resources may be out of date as well.
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