The Needlepoint Book: A Complete Update of the Classic Guide [NOOK Book]

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Since its original publication in 1976, The Needlepoint Book has become known as "The Black Bible" -- the one resource every aficionado of needlepoint needs to own. Completely revised and expanded, this updated edition includes your favorite features, plus:
* A 16-PACE COLOR INSERT WITH ALL-NEW PROJECTS * A CRASH COURSE ON THE NEW FIBERS UPDATED INFORMATION ON MATERIALS, AS WELL AS HOW TO WORK WITH AND CARE FOR THEM * DOZENS OF NEW STITCHES AND A CHAPTER ON THE POPULAR OPENWORK ...
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Overview

Since its original publication in 1976, The Needlepoint Book has become known as "The Black Bible" -- the one resource every aficionado of needlepoint needs to own. Completely revised and expanded, this updated edition includes your favorite features, plus:
* A 16-PACE COLOR INSERT WITH ALL-NEW PROJECTS * A CRASH COURSE ON THE NEW FIBERS UPDATED INFORMATION ON MATERIALS, AS WELL AS HOW TO WORK WITH AND CARE FOR THEM * DOZENS OF NEW STITCHES AND A CHAPTER ON THE POPULAR OPENWORK STITCHES * MORE THAN 1,300 ILLUSTRATIONS * 369 STITCHES! DIAGRAMS FOR ALL PROJECTS SHOWN
The Needlepoint Book covers all the information you need to learn needlepoint and improve your technique -- in a single comprehensive volume. You'll find section on:
* CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROJECT * TRANSFERRING DESIGNS * ELEMENTS OF GOOD DESIGN: COLOR, PROPORTION, AND BALANCE * LEFT-HANDED NEEDLEPOINT * FINISHING TECHNIQUES * CLEANING NEEDLEPOINT * AND MUCH MORE!
The Needlepoint Book is a complete guide to the craft, and the only book you'll ever need as a reference to become an expert at creating exquisite works to be treasured forever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439189948
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 462,224
  • File size: 57 MB
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Meet the Author

Jo Ippolito Christensen has been needlepointing for more than thirty years. She is the author of Teach Yourself Needlepoint; Needlepoint: The Third Dimension; The Needlepoint Scraps Book, and others. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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The Needlepoint Book

A Complete Update of the Classic Guide
By Jo Ippolito Christensen

Fireside

Copyright © 1999 Jo Ippolito Christensen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0684832305

Preface

For centuries needlepoint, also called canvas embroidery, was worked in one stitch -- the Tent Stitch -- in wool on canvas. The women of many countries did this traditional version of needlepoint in addition to the distinctive ethnic embroideries of their societies. As the earth has grown smaller in the last quarter of the twentieth century, the lines between these ethnic embroideries have blurred. The yarns, threads, and embellishments of these beautiful art forms are being mixed with different needlework techniques to some degree or another and are being done on needlepoint canvas! Some of them are amazingly simple, yet elegant; others are so complex that advanced skills must be developed in order to execute them. Unfortunately, it is far beyond the scope of this hook to give detailed instructions on all of these forms of needlework. I have tried, at least, to introduce you to the predominant methods of this new needlepoint.

This book is directed to you, the student of needlepoint -- both in the classroom and out. Nearly fourteen hundred illustrations are included to help you over the rough spots. Procedures that are considered difficult -- or at best hazy -- are clarified in this book. Techniques such as blocking, framing, and applique are explained in many steps. Nothing is left lo your imagination.

Chapter 1 gives you a variety of information on equipment, fibers, yarns, and canvas. The equipment needed for needlepoint is neither complicated nor horribly costly. However, the choice of a wrong marker, for example, can ruin your work, so having the right equipment is all-important. A thorough discussion of all the things you will need is given in Chapter 1. Your options in selection of equipment are listed; even though I have told you what I think, the choice is still yours.

The different kinds of needlepoint are discussed. Again, you decide what appeals to you. Choices crop up again in the selection of canvases and yarns. A section on canvas, fibers, and yarns will help you decide.

Chapters 2 and 3 tell you how to get started and help you progress toward more difficult undertakings.

Over 370 stitches are explained with both photographs and drawings. A guide to the drawings leads off the section. If a stitch is worked in steps, the steps are clearly indicated on the drawings. Numbers tell you just where to begin and where to go next. Often there are two, three, or four different drawings of one stitch to make it crystal clear. Some suggestions on how and where to use the stitches are included.

Common errors in working the basic stitches are pointed out in the text. Hints on how to avoid or overcome these errors are given. Suggestions are sometimes made for more than one approach to working a stitch.

If you really feel that designing your own work is what you want to do, Part 2 is for you! Often, getting an idea is the hardest part for some people. Others think that actually drawing the design is hardest. Still others have trouble with the color choice.

The basic art principles will help you in making your own design, Both right and wrong choices are well illustrated in drawings. A discussion of the color wheel aids you in color choices. Helpful hints are given on adapting designs from other sources. Try your hand at your own design -- you might surprise yourself.

Nothing is more important than proper finishing. Mediocre stitching can be overlooked if the finishing is perfect. And even flawless stitches won't be noticed if one is preoccupied with poor finishing. But nothing can beat the winning combination of error-free stitching and exquisite finishing. This book can help you achieve both. Please do not lose sight of the idea that this is FUN. If striving for perfection makes it work, just have fun!

Your needlepoint can be both useful and decorative. The color plates and a long list give you ideas on what to do with needlepoint -- besides the obvious pictures and pillows.

Jump in with both feet. Try making an heirloom. Let the many color photographs inspire you to make beautiful and admired works of art. I hope you will come to love needlepoint as I do!

Copyright © 1976, 1999 by Yolanda M. Christensen



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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
FOREWORD
PREFACE
A WORD OF THANKS
PART ONE: GETTING STARTED
CHAPTER ONE: BASIC INFORMATION
Choosing Your Project
Supplies
Equipment
CHAPTER TWO: BASIC PROCEDURES
Preparing the Canvas
Handling the Yarn
Threading the Needle
Stitching in General
Stitching a Design
Ripping and Mending
Piecing Canvas
Making a Sampler
Cleaning Needlepoint
Left-handed Stitches
CHAPTER THREE: STITCHING TECHNIQUES
Shading
Open Work
Appliqué
PART TWO: DESIGN AND COLOR
CHAPTER FOUR: DESIGN
Form
Texture
Unity
Focal Point
Point of Entry
Proportion
Balance
Line
Composition
Perspective
Idea Sources
CHAPTER FIVE: COLOR
Color Uses
Color Theory
Applying Color Theory to Needlepoint
PART THREE: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
CHAPTER SIX: EVALUATING YOUR DESIGN, COLORS, AND YARNS
Evaluation of Your Yarn
Step-by-Step Analysis of Yarns
Putting Your Design on Canvas
Choosing the Stitches for Your Design
Summary: Checklists
CHAPTER SEVEN: BLOCKING AND FINISHING
Blocking
Finishing Techniques
PART FOUR: THE STITCHES
CHAPTER EIGHT: STRAIGHT STITCHES
CHAPTER NINE: DIAGONAL STITCHES
CHAPTER TEN: BOX STITCHES
CHAPTER ELEVEN: CROSS STITCHES
CHAPTER TWELVE: TIED STITCHES
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: EYE STITCHES
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: LEAF STITCHES
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: LINE STITCHES
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: DECORATIVE STITCHES
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: OPEN STITCHES
APPENDIX
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GENERAL INDEX
STITCH INDEX
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    This is a very good reference for hundreds of needlepoint stitch

    This is a very good reference for hundreds of needlepoint stitches.  It really is a "go to" book for many people who needlepoint.   I have this book both in soft cover and on my Nook Color.  Since the book is so large, I find having  the e-book to be very useful when traveling or when taking a class. 

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