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American patchwork designs in needlepoint
Tacon, Melanie.
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Publication Information:
Lewes, [England] : Guild of Master Craftsman, 1998.
Physical Description:
151 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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TT778.C3 T33 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A needlepoint manual containing 43 needlepoint projects, all modelled on traditional patchwork patterns. The history of patchwork is discussed, and there are stitching charts and lists of materials. Projects include: cushions; pictures; a herb sachet; a spectacle case; coasters; and an album cover.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Guild of Master Craftsman is probably the closest that English-speaking stitchers, woodworkers, and general technicians have to a professional association. In the case of these two new needleworking books, "professional" is a good description. Glenny approaches the five-century history of crewel with a fresh perspective, teaching us more than 30 stitches to employ in both traditional and modern design. After the how-tos of materials, equipment, color, and finishing, she unveils her 17 projects, all meticulously explained by way of lists, illustrations, and templates. Most designs reflect historical patterns, at least in part; a bird or ship, for example, translates into more streamlined, more stylized shapes. A well-illustrated stitch dictionary appears at the end, along with a bibliography, further reading, and a metric conversion table. In one of the more innovative needlework books lately, Tacon creates new looks with American patchwork patterns, using color, more geometric shapes, and unusual combinations of both. A series of maple leaves, for example, turns into an Escher-like print featuring rich, deep colors. Each of the 43 designs is somewhat abbreviated, leaving at least part of the execution to the stitcher's imagination. Colors, specific threads, and methods are suggested, as are a variation or two; usually, only one graph, smallish in size, is included. Stitch dictionary, bibliography, further reading, and metric conversion table appended. Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Tacon and Wood aren't the firstÄor the lastÄcraft designers to adapt traditional ethnic textile designs to contemporary needlepoint. It would be difficult to choose between these books, as both are beautifully put together, featuring easy-to-stitch projects outstanding in both color and form. Wood's book includes 25 projects based on weavings from Afghanistan, Turkey, and Iran, while Tacon's book includes 43 designs, many for small pieces like pin cushions, glasses cases, needlecases, sachets, and greeting card insets. As is the case with all geometric patterns, these projects could be adapted to other textile crafts such as cross-stitch, tapestry weaving, and tapestry crochet. Recommended for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.