320 Decorative Stitches for Needlepoint
by Diane M. Schultz
This classic needlepoint reference is finally available again, and this time in a full color edition. Wonderful Stitches contains a lavishly illustrated collection of 320 decorative stitches ranging from small, exquisite diaper patterns, such as ginghams and roses to more elaborate, multicolored, fancy stitch motif combinations. Also included is an original, simple method of stitching that can duplicate the triangles and squares used in hundreds of early American patchwork quilt designs. Another unusual section of stitches simulates lace, as well as some blackwork, a 17th century technique done on elaborately embellished costumes of the period. The final chapters not only continue the collection but reveal how borders are created as well as how to create an endless array of new original patterns.
The book diagrams the stitch patterns in a step-wise manner starting with a framework layer that then guides the rest of the stitches with less counting required. There are many illustrations of Diane's projects showing the stitches in action (a few of which can be seen on our gallery page).
Decorative stitches can add subtle texture to an otherwise plain background, be used to create fancy borders, add dimension to flat surfaces and richness of color and pattern to areas otherwise filled with a single color.
Wonderful Stitches is a Publish-on-Demand book printed by LuLu Press. It is printed full color, 308 pages, perfect bound. ISBN 978-0-9710589-1-0.
This is a much richer book than earlier versions published before 2008.