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The Needleworker's Companion (Companion series, The)

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Whether as pastime or obsession, needle crafts are enjoyed by millions, and this ultimate guide presents all the tools of the trade. Small, spiral-bound, and sturdy, it fits in a pocket or a needlework bag and stands up on its own for the freedom of busy hands. Within its compact pages, this handbook contains detailed information on everything from picking the proper supplies to fixing the worst mistakes. Techniques include nine separate methods of starting a thread, five ways to end one, six varieties of embroidery, and 16 kinds of stitches. Also included are instructions on embellishing and directions for blocking and finishing.



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Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.9" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Spiral Bound
Release Date   May 1, 2002
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499071  
ISBN13  9781931499071  


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Another very valuable Companion Series Must Have!  Sep 8, 2002
The Needleworker's Companion is written by one of the foremost authorties in the subject of needlearts, Shay Pendray.
For many years, I have faithfully viewed her needlearts shows on PBS and have many times wished for a reference book to compile all that I have learned and wanted to remember from those shows.Ê
This book is it!Ê It is a must have to tuck into every stitcher's bag.Ê Pendray does an excellent job of answering many questions the reader may have about projects and techniques--whether they be beginner or expert.Ê
I consider myself very experienced in the needlearts.Ê However, reading this excellent book I learned many new bits of information that I possibly might have encountered before... but did not recall.Ê It is nice to have these valuable bits of information handy all in one book in an easy to carry, quick reference.
Whether it be which size needle to use for the current project one is planning, or buying information for the correct thread/yarn purchase for a specific canvas... it can be easily accessed by a quick flip through the well indexed pages of this compact resource.Ê The well-draw stitch index near the end of the book illustrates 37 commonly used stitches and is ideal to have as a quick reference when one does not have the benefit of a larger, more bulky standard stitch reference book.Ê In my humble opinion, the concise black-and-white line drawings accentuate and help to explain the stitches more accurately than some of the color photos I have seen in other stitch dictionaries.
Also included in the Needleworker's Companion is a section on fixing mistakes.Ê Many are common sense, a few are inspirational, and very inventive--the ideas of a very experienced needleworker who has "been there, done that".
Many needleworkers are stymied as to how to finish their projects, once they have finally completed the actual stitchwork, Pendray clearly explains every step from blocking to framing and cleaning in the final chapters of the Needleworker's Companion.
 
The Needleworker's Companion by Shay Pendray  Sep 2, 2002
This tuck-in-your-bag reference book, another excellent book by published by Interweave Press is the newest addition to their Companion series.Ê The Needleworker's Companion is written by one of the foremost authorties in the subject of needlearts, Shay Pendray.

For many years, I have faithfully viewed her needlearts shows on PBS and have many times wished for a reference book to compile all that I have learned and wanted to remember from those shows.Ê

This book is it!Ê It is a must have to tuck into every stitcher's bag.Ê Pendray does an excellent job of answering many questions the reader may have about projects and techniques--whether they be beginner or expert.Ê

I consider myself very experienced in the needlearts.Ê However, reading this excellent book I learned many new bits of information that I possibly might have encountered before... but did not recall.Ê It is nice to have these valuable bits of information handy all in one book in an easy to carry, quick reference.

Whether it be which size needle to use for the current project one is planning, or buying information for the correct thread/yarn purchase for a specific canvas... it can be easily accessed by a quick flip through the well indexed pages of this compact resource.Ê The well-draw stitch index near the end of the book illustrates 37 commonly used stitches and is ideal to have as a quick reference when one does not have the benefit of a larger, more bulky standard stitch reference book.Ê In my humble opinion, the concise black-and-white line drawings accentuate and help to explain the stitches more accurately than some of the color photos I have seen in other stitch dictionaries.

Also included in the Needleworker's Companion is a section on fixing mistakes.Ê Many are common sense, a few are inspirational, and very inventive--the ideas of a very experienced needleworker who has "been there, done that".

Many needleworkers are stymied as to how to finish their projects, once they have finally completed the actual stitchwork, Pendray clearly explains every step from blocking to framing and cleaning in the final chapters of the Needleworker's Companion.

All in all, The Needleworker's Companion by Shay Pendray is one spiral-bound, heavy card stock book that is well worth the retail price.

 

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