NEEDLEPOINT/CANVASEMBROIDERY STITCH BOOKS
|The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen is no longer available from us.|
|A-Z of Needlepoint by Country Bumpkin is not the most comprehensive needlepoint book in terms of the number of stitches it covers, but it is an excellent guide to approximately 65 different stitches, including many common stitches. Where this book excels, as with all the other A-Z stitch books by this publisher, is in the clear, step-by-step photographs with written directions that illustrate how to execute all steps of a stitch, rather than assume a single diagram is enough. For me, a litmus test of how clearly a book explains how to do a stitch is the explanation of the turkey work stitch (in this book called "Rya Stitch", although it is cross-referenced in the index under the name Turkey Work). This book has an excellent illustration of this as well as many other popular stitches. Please note that this title is not currently available. |
A-Z of Needlepoint (2015 reprint of 2005 original, 125 pages, paperback) This title is currently not available; we have been informed it is unavailable indefinitely.
|SuZy's Small Stitches by SuZy Murphy is divided into 6 sections: tent stitches, straight stitches, diagonal stitches, cross stitches, round and square stitches, and pattern stitches. Every page has a helpful hint or comment on needlework at the bottom. Each stitch is diagrammed and also illustrated with a photograph (but diagrams are not always numbered with the stitching sequence). A few suggestions are also made as to the possible uses of each stitch. Alternate names are given for some of the stitches. |
The author of this book herself states, "Without a doubt all the things in this book can be found in other sources." But what she doesn't say is that they won't be found in other books in quite the same presentation as in this book. Many of our customers feel that this book is a welcome addition to their existing libraries.
SuZy's Small Stitches (1998, 162+ pages, wire-bound paperback) $41.00
SuZy's Surprize Stitches by SuZy Murphy, author of SuZy's Small Stitches. This book begins with additional "small" stitches, followed by stitches categorized as Cross Stitches, Diagonal Stitches, and Straight Stitches. Many (perhaps even most) of the stitches in this book appear in other sources; the way they are presented however makes the book "user-friendly" in that the stitch diagram, stitch description, and black-and-white photograph of the actual stitch all appear on a single page, so that you don't have to flip back and forth as in some books (while other books do not even have actual stitch photographs, only diagrams). As with her previous book, at the end of this book are pages of stitch samplers of the stitches in the book, this time in color. Dual indexes, one for stitches, another for effects, appear at the end of the book. A useful addition to your library.
SuZy's Surprize Stitches (2001, 172 pages, wire-bound softcover) $41.00
|SuZy's Mini Stitches by SuZy Murphy is divided into 5 sections: straight stitches, cross stitches, diagonal stitches, round and square stitches, and pattern stitches. Every page has a helpful hint or comment on needlework at the bottom. Each stitch is diagrammed and also illustrated with a photograph (but diagrams are not always numbered with the stitching sequence). A few suggestions are also made as to the possible uses of each stitch. Alternate names are given for some of the stitches. |
Stitches in this book expand on and are different from the stitches in the author's other books.
SuZy's Mini Stitches (2008, 154 pages, wire-bound paperback) $41.00
|Suzy's Lite Stitches is a new needlepoint stitch book by SuZy Murphy. The use of the word "lite" in the title refers to stitching that does not totally cover a painted canvas, whether because the thread used is thinner than a normal thread, or the stitch chosen leaves part of the canvas uncovered, or both. The book is divided into chapters by stitch construction: Straight Stitches, Diagonal Stitches, Cross Stitches, Pattern Stitches and Stars and Eyelets. The format for this book is the same as her previous books (SuZy's Small Stitches, SuZy's Surprize Stitches, and SuZy's Darn Stitches) in that there is one stitch to a page. Each stitch is charted (but not necessarily numbered to indicate the best sequence in which to stitch) and suggestions are made as to possible uses of the stitch. Helpful hints or comments are made at the bottom of each page. At the end of the book, color pages with photographed examples of all the stitches appear; as do two indexes: one an index by stitch name, and the second an index by suggested effects (such as sky, water, etc.). |
SuZy's Lite Stitches (2004, 157 pages, wirebound softcover)$41.00
|SuZy's Darn Stitches by SuZy Murphy is the second book by this author. It consists entirely of darning stitch patterns. If you don't know what darning patterns are (or the technique, which is known as pattern darning), it consists of stitching done by counting over and under a certain number of threads in a pattern row by row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Some patterns end up totally geometric while others make images of recognizable objects (i.e. a Christmas tree). Pattern darning is reversible (or can be if done carefully), with the reverse image being the opposite of the image on the front. For example, if the front has the Christmas tree in thread, with bare canvas between trees, on the back you will see the Christmas tree shape as bare canvas, with thread in between the trees. As this book is offered as a needlepoint book (although its uses are not limited to needlepoint) it is unlikely that needlepointers will take advantage of the reversibility, except that every pattern can be done in two ways - so you can choose which part of your pattern darning you want to show up as thread, and which part as bare canvas. |
SuZy's Darn Stitches (2000, 128 pages, wirebound softcover) $34.00
|Stitches for Effect by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson is a book of decorative stitches that can be used on painted canvases. In addition to stitch information, the book also contains information on threads (it has a lot of references to what I consider novelty threads, which in years to come may welldisappear). There are four different indexes: a thread index, a stitch index, an effectindex and a general index, to make it easier to find what you are looking for. |
Stitches for Effect (1996, 65 pages, wirebound paperback) $31.00
|More Stitches for Effect by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson expands on the first book. In addition to descriptions of many of the currently available threads, it has charts which suggest thread weights on various canvas meshes and fabrics. Then a number of stitches are given that augment those in Stitches forEffect. Like the first book, there are multiple indexes. |
More Stitches for Effect (1997, 79 pages, wirebound paperback) $35.50
|Even More Stitches for Effect by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson is the third title by these authors. In this book they have updated thread information and embellishment information published in their previous books. The new book also contains a comprehensive "Effect" index (i.e., suggestions for stitching specific items or to achieve specific effects) that includes all stitches in all three books, not just the latest (I guess that means you had better own Volumes 1 and 2 if you don't want to be frustrated using the index in Volume 3!). The new book includes over 100 stitches, and this time some of the stitches are larger than those that have appeared in the previous 2 books. The stitches appear in the book in alphabetical order. This book tends to have some more unusual stitches and stitch combinations than a lot of the needlepoint stitch books, so you will surely find some new ideas (and FINALLY they have included the criss-cross hungarian stitch which should be in ANY book of needlepoint stitches, in my opinion). |
Even More Stitches for Effect (2000, 87 pages, wirebound paperback). $37.000
|Stitches to Go by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson is a small format book designed to be taken on trips or to workshops. This book contains ALL the stitch diagrams (but none of the suggestions as to how to use them) that appear in the three books Stitches for Effect, More Stitches for Effect and Even More Stitches for Effect. Stitches are listed in alphabetical order. The book is only 64 pages and measures about 8 1/2" x 5" and weighs very little - perfect for throwing in a purse, a tote bag or your carryon luggage. Please note that this is designed as a stitch book for needlepoint/canvas embroidery rather than a comprehensive book for all needlework techniques. |
Stitches to Go (2004, 64 pages, wirebound softcover) $26.00
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