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The Complete book of needlecrafts
Ollard, Caroline.
Publication Information:
Radnor, Pa. : Chilton Book Co., 1990.
Physical Description:
240 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Previously published: London : Orbis Pub., 1986.

Includes index.
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Central Library OVERSIZE TT771 .C64 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Today far more sailors than ever before have reached a superior level of competitive ability, and the few individuals who remain at the head of the competitive classes year and after year must constantly improve their skills. This book will help the sailor analyze for himself the determinants of tactical success.

One of the foremost theoreticians of the art of yacht racing, Stuart H. Walker is also an outstanding practicing racer. For eight years Dr. Walker kept a complete record of the factors that determined the outcome of every race in which he competed. The recommendations he offers in Advanced Racing Tactics are based upon the analysis of these races ‚ÄĚthe mistakes and the successes. He sets forth basic principles of starting, beating, reaching, and mark rounding that should be practiced every time, and he underlines what mattered, what consistently provided an advantage.

The advanced racing skipper, Dr. Walker writes, must look around, examine his own mistakes and successes, record them, review them, remember them. When he recognizes from this own experience the validity of the principles presented here, they will become useful to him. When he has incorporated them into his regular racing patterns, he will have made a five- or ten-year leap forward.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Amidst literally tons of books published on needlecraft, both generic and specific types, this British import in its first U.S. publication stands out for two reasons. First, every chapter builds on knowledge gained in the previous few pages, reinforcing the confidence of beginning stitchers and spurring them on to more difficult projects. So, for example, the embroidery section starts with the very easy cross stitch, graduates to a combination of techniques in a sampler, and ends with explanations of beadwork. Second, the 70-plus designs are not only for practical, useful projects but they also showcase motifs and patterns unusual to the U.S. Hobbyists who follow instructions for making a cows-in-a-field rug will learn the basics of hooking, while those who construct rag books for their toddlers will pick up the how-to's of applique. A good resource for any stitcher. Index. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

To call this the ``complete book'' of needlecrafts is somewhat misleading, since it covers only the techniques of embroidery, needlepoint, quilting, applique, and patchwork. Originally published in England, the book emphasizes the traditional techniques for which British needlework is famous. The individual chapters combine basic instruction with patterns and step-by-step instructions for projects. It is not as extensive or as detailed in coverage as The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework ( LJ 11/1/79), which remains the best modern guide in this field. Still, it is well illustrated and does provide some attractive projects. Recommended for public libraries.-- Constance Ashmore Fairchild, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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