We were offered a review copy of The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen, and I jumped at the chance to review it. I've been working in embroidery for many years, but I've never actually tried needlepoint, so I was interested to learn more about it.
Once I had a chance to thumb through the book, I quickly realized it was the perfect book for someone new to the craft. The author has done extensive research to create a virtual encyclopedia for needlepoint.
The book is broken into four main sections: a very thorough "getting started" guide, a series of instructions on ways to use painted canvases available for needlepoint, a section for proper blocking and finishing of your work, and a comprehensive list of stitches. There is also a bonus section of inspiring color photos showing examples of different ways to use needlepoint.
Each of these sections really does have everything you would need to get started in needlepoint. I'm confident that even someone with no prior understanding of fiber arts would be able to jump into this craft with this book as a guide. Additionally, I'm sure someone who enjoyed working in needlepoint could find plenty of new and useful information in these pages. The author has a wonderful depth of knowledge in her field and shares that knowledge clearly.
The book is also generously illustrated, with wonderful photographs showing different techniques and very clear stitch diagrams to help you understand any needlepoint stitch you might want to use.
I'm excited to have a book with all of this information conveniently contained in one volume. If you're interested in needlepoint at all, I think this is a great title to add to your library.
The Needlepoint Book is published by Touchstone and is available wherever you like to shop for books: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Powell's
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