Although several other excellent stitch dictionaries have been published recently, including Lucinda Ganderton's Stitch Sampler: The Ultimate Visual Dictionary to Over 200 Classic Stitches, Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, and Betty Barnden's The Embroidery Stitch Bible, this guide gives more detailed information on a greater number of stitches than any of them. It includes 263 stitches on fabric (surface and counted-thread embroidery), smocking stitches, and stitches on canvas (needlepoint). Each stitch is allotted a full- or half-page spread and is illustrated with a color photo, a stitch diagram, and step-by-step instructions. Working direction-often omitted from other stitch dictionaries-is specified, and useful information on how and when to use each stitch as well as instructions for left-handed modifications are included. Small library collections may prefer Barnden's book, with its colorful visual index and interior spiral binding, but for sheer wealth of stitch information, all public libraries should seriously consider this title. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.