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The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery

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    Mildred Graves Ryan(Author)

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A guide to seven areas of needlecraft--crocheting, embroidery, knitting, macrame, rug making, sewing, and tatting--explains basic stitches and variations, special terms, and abbreviations and describes materials and tools

This isn't just another guide to sewing: it provides over 1,000 illustrations and detailed step-by-step instructions for mastering stitches and knots used in over 1,000 different techniques. Enjoy a guide which describes the materials and tools needed for creating patterns and exploring unique sewing styles, and especially appreciate the definitions of abbreviations and terms used in more advanced sewing circles. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 689 pages
  • Mildred Graves Ryan(Author)
  • Doubleday; 1st edition (September 1, 1979)
  • English
  • 7
  • Crafts, Hobbies & Home

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  • By Stellar K on September 6, 2013

    So I purchased this book, and I'm not sure if I had received a different edition? The cover is completely different and there is a lot of text (less pictures than I was expecting, and they're all in black and white!) These aspects made the book much harder for it to hold my attention (I'm a very visual learner, so color photos really help me out-black and white pics are much less appealing to me and make it harder for me to focus on it) I haven't really learned anything from it so far, but I'm going to put it down for a bit and give it a go again at a later date (maybe it'll be easier to absorb the information after a break?) Then I intend to edit this review afterwards with a more definite verdict.I thought I would post this in-case anyone was expecting a more modern, in color version of this book, because as I said I seem to have gotten an older edition.

  • By a. lilet on April 18, 2008

    My mother gave me her old copy of this book years ago, and I will never part with it. It covers a variety of stitching styles with very detailed (and illustrated) instructions.I mostly stick with hand embroidery and I LOVE the sheer magnitude of stitches this book illustrates. Well over 100 different types with instructions and pictures and even ideas of where to use the stitch.

  • By Joan Shearer on August 18, 2007

    I have had this book for many years and would like to recommend it for the beginner of any type stitchery. Although pictures are all in black and white, they show each stitch clearly. It is a great addition to any type of stitchery.

  • By Jackie Huber on January 9, 2013

    I had gotten a copy of this book several years ago. It helped me learn how to crochet. I wore the book out with all the patterns for embroidery, tatting, and knitting too. I was so happy to find another copy. I am now starting to wear it out too. This book contains everything you need to know to start stitching. The illustrations are easy to understand and the patterns are great. I would recommend this book everyone who likes embroidery, crocheting, tatting or knitting.

  • By stitcher on April 16, 2014

    I found the stitch diagrams to be very well done. Although this is an older book, it is a nice reference book to have on hand.

  • By Oliver Chick on December 7, 2016

    This is the third copy of this book that I have owned..everyone is always borrowing it and never bringing it back!

  • By Carolyn on August 22, 2017

    This book is a gem - pick up a copy if you can find one. I recently found a copy at a used book store and couldn't believe what I had stumbled upon. Personally, I have never seen a book with more comprehensive technical information on embroidery, knitting, and crocheting, all in one handy reference. There are a bunch of stitches described in here that I've never seen in modern books. Well worth the $6 I paid for it!For left-handers: This is the *only* book I've ever seen with left-handed illustrations for knitting and crocheting. I wish I could give the author a hug for including this.If you're looking for a beautifully photographed book with quick-to-make projects, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for a mountain of technical information that you will reference for the rest of your life, you will not be disappointed.

  • By Debbi White on February 12, 2014

    This book is great for beginners to advanced. I've been using the hardbound book for over 30 years (whenever it comes back from whoever borrowed it). I bought this spiral bound version for a gift and like the way it lays flat, I like the great drawings and clear instructions. It inspires creativity and makes one appreciate the centuries of handwork history we can continue today, making heirlooms with our work. Likewise, all my daughter-in-laws and many friends have proven this books usefulness for a myriad of their special projects.


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