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Cross Stitch Books
A great collection of soft and hard-cover titles... our book selections cover Sampler History, Stitch Diagram and Instructionals, wonderful needlepoint and cross-stitch projects, Finishing techniques... just so many things! Enjoy some of the titles we carry in the shop!

The Needle Travel Guide for 2108 - click to see more The Needle Travel Guide for 2108
For the 14th year, we have a new shopping directory (5-1/2 x 8-1/2 x 1 inch thick) of quilting, knitting, needlepoint, crocheting, weaving, spinning, cross stitch and embroidery brick and mortar shops in the United States. We are all little tiny destinations... full of the most AWESOME things!

This directory is verified and updated every year... it is organized by state... and mapped out via state highways and the interstate system. You get listing for THOUSANDS of shops... addresses and phone numbers and dots on the maps for each. You just plan your trip and see how many wonderful little treasures you can find along the way! 595 pages of details and information, and there is even phone AP information for you to keep up with updates throughout the year!!!

2018 Needlework Enthusiast's Book of Days from Needlework Press - click for more 2018 Needlework Enthusiast's Book of Days from Needlework Press
Here is our annual Needlework Journal book by Needlework Press! It is an 8-1/2 x 11 softcover book that features pretty needlework on the cover, a few vintage quips on the inside, and all 12 months of the year 2018 beautifully spread out over two pages. Use this as your Needlework Scheduler!!!!!!! You can use it to log stitching hours, record your stitching wish lists, make notes about upcoming meetings, retreats, stitching trips - shows you are going to - ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING related to your stitching!

Make notes about upcoming sales, when the next installment in one of your continuing subscriptions is due... birthdays of stitching friends... your shopping list of fabrics and threads needed... you get the idea! We get a new Book of Days each year.. and they are available now till December-ish... then they sell out till next year! An awesome stitcher gift!!!!!

Pen To Thread - click to see more Pen To Thread - click to see more
Pen To Thread
WOW... this is an AWESOME 158-page book with over 750 hand-drawn motifs to embroider on anything! It INCLUDES a CD of every image in the book that you can RE-SIZE and PRINT for any project!!!

Darling stuff in here... it's divided up into subjects, and each 'chapter' has a colored pic of some of the motifs stitched... great inspiration here.

Subjects cover: Made in the USA, Food, The Craft Room, Tools, School Days, In the Kitchen, In the Garden, Around the House, The Great Outdoors, By the Sea, Animals, Plants, Frames and Borders and Alphabets. There are instructions for stitches in here, as well as using the CD. Beautifully presented! A definite YES to your stash!

2017 Christmas Winter Mega-Issue - click to see more Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Fall 2017 Issue - click to see more Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Summer 2017 Issue - click to see more The Spring 2017 Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue - click to see more
Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine
This is a new magazine that is just NEAT! Just like its name implies, it is full of Punch Needle Embroidery and Primitive Cross Stitch. 64 Pages of gorgeous photographs, full-sized templates and patterns, in-depth instructions, and fun articles about stitching groups and designers, you will enjoy every single page!!!

Printed on heavy paper, each project has its own 2 pages of space... there are no 'noisy' ads interrupting your browsing... and the pictures are just dreamy!!! You can peruse the subscription info inside -- I think it's something that needs to be in your mailbox 5 times a year -- each quarter and Christmas time!!!

Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine 2016 Christmas-Winter Issue - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #7 - Fall 2016 - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #6 - Summer 2016 - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #5 - Spring 2016 - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #4 -- Winter 2016 - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Christmas 2015 Issue - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue Fall 2015 - click to see more

JCS 2017 Annual Ornament Issue - click to see more JCS 2017 Halloween Collector's Edition - click to see more The Just Cross Stitch Magazine Annual Christmas Issue has Arrived... and Just Cross Stitch's Special Halloween Collector's Issue is here!

*53 Spooky Designs* it says on the cover... but I find some pretty cute ones in here too!!! There is a bloodshot eyeball -- might come in handy sometime -- cute little witch fairies, and a fun Trick or Treat Bag with another fun witch on it. Great pictures, clear charts, there is a lot in here for your $9.99!

Here are the Cover Shots! Previews of this Year's Just Cross Stitch Magazine's Special Editions... enjoy the Peek!

We're shipping out your reservations now for their early releases to shops before the newstands and subscribers get them!!!
  • Halloween features 55 designs... all sizes, easy to intricate detail, whimsical to spooky... lots of variety.
  • The annual Christmas Ornament Issue is something like the 30th... you'll get 75 different designs in that one... always a treat because there are recipes in there too!!!
JCS has compiled DVDs of most of the previous year's releases... printable and searchable PDFs of the hundreds of designs and dozens of issues... and now the new are coming soon. Halloween Collector's is here now and the Ornament Issue is due August 31st. I know these do not automatically come to subscribers of JCS, and we get them almost a month before they hit the news stands!

200+ Fun & Funky Embroidery Transfers - click to see more
200+ Fun & Funky Embroidery Transfers
This is a publication by Leisure Arts that contains over 200 Iron-On-Transfers for regular embroidery -- the kind you do on pillow cases and dish towels.

Birds, butterflies, the Zodiak signs, some cute floral and animal borders... there are motifs in here that remind me of South America, Mexico, our Southwest, a couple of small seasonal things... and then 8 different alphabets.

Mix and match them all to decorate denim, T-shirts, bags... just anything!

Land That I Love - click to see more Land That I Love
This is a neat book, and you should buy it! (There it is in a nutshell!) It is a 120-ish page book full of line drawings of the 50 US states, and all sorts of lettering and motifs special to each state. By Indigo Junction's Amy Barickman, it begs for your creativity! Ready to be traced onto fabrics for embroidery... possibilities are endless.

A *Retro* personality to this... how neat would it be to teach a young stitcher basic embroidery with this? If you are traveling this summer... and you are going out-of-state... do pillow cases with motifs of the states you are visiting! If you go camping... it's a perfect momento! If you take a summer vacations somewhere... make kitchen dish towels with embroidery on them to celebrate your trip! If you have a camper -- maybe you have room for a cute stitched pillow in there? This book is your helping hand!

Modern Folk Embroidery - click to see more   Modern Folk Embroidery - click to see more
Modern Folk Embroidery
I stumbled across this book that features 30 contemporary projects for Folk Art inspired designs -- all done in traditional embroidery stitches! It is fresh, colorful, young and just fun! It's crewel embroidery -- stitched with embroidery floss on just about any fabric you want.

The book has 125 pages of stitch diagrams, patterns and pictures of 30 different projects that are so NOW and CUTE! Bags, dolls, pillows, ornaments... you can finish everything in here any way you want! Browse through it, choose a project, the instructions are very good. Bright colors, very *Retro* on personality!

The Cross Stitch Garden - click to see more   The Cross Stitch Garden - click to see more
The Cross Stitch Garden
Another enchanting book I have stumbled across recently, this one features over 70 cross stitch floral motifs mixed into 20 different samplings and projects. Fresh, clean, contemporary, and elegant, the author, Kazuko Aoki, is a popular Japanese embroidery artist who now lives in Sweden and writes embroidery books! Her style is clean, petite, colorful, and realistic.

This is a very pretty book filled with luscious close-up photographs of the stitching, and very clear, inviting charts! Reminds me of the Danish Handcraft Guild look and Gerda Bengstrom, as well! 109 pages of sheer Cross Stitch delight!

Vintage Stitching Treasury by Suzanne McNeill - click to see more Vintage Stitching Treasury by Suzanne McNeill
This 224-page book brings you hundreds (over 400) of patterns that have appeared on vintage linens since the late 1880's. After the lessons about which kind of artwork was popular in each of the decades, there is more history about color... then instructions about tea-dying and crayon tinting. I had not really realized the differences in the artwork till I studied this. Evidently the 1920s saw the birth of assigning household tasks to the different days of the week -- laundry, shopping ironing. Art Deco designs appeared in the 30's. Girls fighting the wind to hang laundry was 'the thing' in the 40's! This book is full of absolutely CHARMING artwork you can use for embroidery on towels, tablecloths, aprons... you name it.

The introduction talks about 'everyone who is lucky enough to have a small collection of old linens embroidered by mothers or grandmothers feeling the hands reaching across the years.' The pages feature actual sized patterns. You will have to trace to transfer and so can enlarge or shrink if you need to change sizes. (Unfortunately, these are not iron-on transfers.) We decided today, that these pictures would all make fun COLORING BOOK pictures as well! In keeping with the coloring book craze right now... here is another way to enjoy these antique, retro and utterly charming designs!

14th Edition of the Quilter's Travel Companion and Crafter's Guide - click to see more Presenting the 14th Edition of the Quilter's Travel Companion and Crafter's Guide
*Quilting, Yarn, Needlepoint and Cross Stitch in The USA and Canada
This directory always blows me away with the sheer amount of information compiled inside. It is a full 9 x 11 in size -- an inch thick -- and it weighs 2 lbs and 4 ounces. It has 512 glossy pages of Quilt, Sewing and Stitchery Shop listings for both the US and Canada. Maps, info about retreats, shop hops, shows, quilds, special events... it is absolutely OVERWHELMING! Organized by state, there are over 200 facilities listed in here that can host your retreat - some with pictures! Also organized by state are ALL the shop listings they know about in each state -- IN ADDITION to the 1400 shops that have purchased ads!

When you receive your book, there are directions for sending in an e-mail address (if you would like) for updates for the next two years. Certainly worth every penny paid! The Silver Needle has a bitty ad in here, because even though we don't sell 'quilt' fabric, we DO sell all the yummy scissors, buttons, bags and threads that every needleworker loves!

Desert Island Stitches Vol II - click to see more Desert Island Stitches Vol I - click to see more Desert Island Stitches Vol I & II
OK... sure, you can use these stitches to stitch something *Island-y*... but actually these titles are mis-leading. These little books are meant to suggest stitches that you couldn't be without if you were stranded on a Desert Island!!! (honest!) Needlepoint Gurus Carole Lake and Michael Boren have compiled this pair of handbooks that feature TONS of different stitch ideas and suggestions for different areas of your canvases.

Volume ONE deals with stitches that are good for filling into small spaces in your design. Volume TWO presents 'serving suggestions' for creative borders. All sorts of ideas for all sorts of projects, these two offer advice all the way through the pages along with clear diagram repeats of the stitches. Handy little references to have... even if you are NOT stuck on some Desert Island!!

The Complete Collection of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly on DVD - click to see more
The Complete Collection of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly on DVD
WOW... how can the industry's most treasured periodical get better? You can have them ALL in one place, where you can FIND and enjoy them!!! 16 Years of magazines, 16 years of gorgeous samplers and incredible articles about needlework and its history... they are all here in this tiny box!!!

EVERY PAGE of every issue from 1991 to 2105... fully searchable PDF's and printer-friendly charts you can sort and browse by issue, designer, words or phrases... it's intoxicating!!!!! Nothing else needs to be said! You NEED this!

Just Cross Stitch CD Collection -- 1983 - 1990 - click to see more
Just Cross Stitch CD Collection -- 1983-1990
Just Cross Stitch Magazine has finally finished presenting their ENTIRE HISTORY of printed magazines in PDF format on CDs... with this final disc. The ORIGINAL 46 issues... you can see a vintage Margaret and Margaret stocking on the promo cover! The first 8 years of the magazine... this is definitely a trip down memory lane!!! Browse all content issue by issue, search by word or phrase across the issues (like designer name or subject.)

All in PDF format, printer-friendly charts, even the old advertisements! Something totally fun to peruse... it's just like reading a novel. You don't have to STITCH any of it... just enjoy the adventures each page brings! This now finishes the JCS Library -- 3 CD's of past issues and 1 of all the Annual Ornament Issues.

Now we have The Halloween Collection: The 4 Special Halloween Collector Issues 2011-2014.

Just Cross Stitch Annual Ornament Issues on DVD! - click to see more
Just Cross Stitch Annual Ornament Issues on DVD!
Here are the past 17 YEARS of the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Christmas ornament issues -- all on one searchable, printable DVD! I think it's like 1275 ornament designs in pdf format(!) Every page of the issues, it's actually pretty overwhelming!

You probably have some of the paper copies, but here is everything together, so beautifully presented. What a fun thing to take along on a stitching trip!

Just Cross Stitch Magazine Archive DVD 1991 through 2000 - click to see more Presenting the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Archive DVD of 1991 through 2000!
Ever gone nuts trying to find a design in one of your old magazines??? Just Cross Stitch has just finished archiving its third DVD of 10 YEARS of JCS Magazine! Including every page of every past issue published between 1991 and 2001... the words *Nostalgic, Vintage, Heirloom and Retro* come to mind... along with Oh My Gosh!

This particular DVD even contains the ORIGINAL 1997 Premier Annual Ornament Issue. Lots of designs that have been the property of the magazine, and not the original designers, all three of these DVD's have been done beautifully. The discs feature fully searchable PDFs and printer-friendly charts. WAY COOL!

JCS Magazine 2001-2010 Collection DVD - click to see more Announcing Just Cross Stitch Magazines PAST 10 YEARS ON DVD!
Wow... talk about a great deal!!! Just Cross Stitch Magazine has compiled and organized their PAST 10 YEARS of magazines -- including their annual Ornament Issues -- all into PDF format on one DVD. Including *every page of every issue* of Just Cross Stitch, each magazine is searchable and printer friendly. Browse everything by project, (like a particular sampler series you remember) or by subject (like Cats for instance).

Most of us have some old magazines in boxes somewhere... but now you don't have to go searching through all your stuff... EVERYTHING is here on one new, clean, gorgeous DVD!!!!! Charts, Pictures, even all the old ads -- which at this point might be fun to reminisce about! We figure this includes approx 84 full magazine issues -- so it's a real good value!

Merry Christmas by Rico - click to see more Merry Christmas from Rico
Here is another in our really cool collection of European Christmas book by RICO. Absolutely the most charming sets of designs, this offers ornaments, table cloths, wreaths, runners ... you can finish any of them any way you want. The motifs are mostly small and then put together into larger projects.

The pictures in the little 6 x 9 softcover 112 page book are awesome, beautifully done and full of inspiration. Tiny Santas, reindeer, holly springs, a little fox and lots of pine trees, there are so many cute things in here. DMC color coding, pretty shading of the colors, and lots of things worked into corners and diagonals -- on the bias. It's one thing to chart a cute stocking and quite another to chart it on the diagonal! Anyway, as with all the rest of this series, you will be enchanted!!!!!!!

Painted Canvas Embellishments: An Idea Book By Carole Lake and Michael Boren
Painted Canvas Embellishments: An Idea Book - click to see more Painted Canvas Embellishments: An Idea Book - click to see more Quite the complete book full of stitching information... I love these kind of publications because they are amazing to page through, and you just don't want to stop!

This book explains the techniques of choosing threads and stitches for painted needlepoint canvases -- to bring the designs to life via your needlework. Even though it addresses canvas -- LOTS can be applied to linen stitching as well!!!

Besides the beginning pages of really good design lessons, there are 24 pages of descriptions of threads from 32 different thread companies, and then 55 more pages of stitch diagrams of 275 stitches!!! Just a little bit of info to digest!!! A great book!

Santa Claus from Rico Designs - click for more Santa Claus from Rico Designs
64 Pages of reindeer, olde world Santas, stick pine trees, snowmen, birds and a sled full of presents.

Predominant colors in this book are reds, some green, lots of brown and cremes.

Christkindl from Rico Designs - click for more Christkindl from Rico Designs
64 pages of a full tiered tiny tree, rocking horses and gingerbread cookies, The Three Wisemen, CHARMING angels, , NUTCRACKERS (very hard to find!) and even a Merry-Go-Round!

I have a set of tiny wooden angel ornaments that are all playing musical instruments -- I've had them for almost 40 years... and I'm sure these charts are of THOSE angels -- because they are wooden ornaments from Germany -- where these books are published! Just lovely!!!!!!

Christmassy Messengers from Rico Designs - click for more Christmassy Messengers from Rico Designs
40 Pages. Darling little folk art angel people, snowmen, a trio of really pretty stylized evergreen topiary trees, monochromatic reindeer and checks -- inspired by coverlet designs -- and little Santa-people, as well.

So much red, taupe and cream color -- wait till you see the finishing ideas and the photos on the pages!

Wintermarchen from Rico Designs - click for more Wintermarchen from Rico Designs
A darling skinny Santa in here... lots of taupe reindeer, some little chicks with striped stocking caps, and more taupe-colored skaters... there is a tree pattern in here that is stunning! It is simply small circles and snowflakes all tucked into a curvy tree shape -- very contemporary and sleek -- stunning! 40 Pages.

Frohe Weihnachten from Rico Designs - click for more Frohe Weihnachten from Rico Designs
44 pages of cute stuff!!! This one has tiny ball ornaments and wrapped gifts, pine greenery, a row of solid pines, super-stylized reindeer, gorgeous flowing holly with partridges, even a silhouette of Santa and the reindeer in the sky.

All smalls in this book... you can put together everything in a million different ways.

Donna Kooler's Stocking Collection, Second Edition - click for more Donna Kooler's Stocking Collection, Second Edition
WOW... this 96-page softcover, full color book features 14 different full-sized Christmas Stocking charts! Candy Nutcracker, Jingle Bears, Santa Collage, Nostalgic Christmas, Snowman Sampler, Celestial Angel, Let it Snow, The Best of Christmas, Winter Scene, I Love Santas, Peace on Earth, Nativity, Cozy Christmas, and Gingerbread Mice...

You can see from the titles that contributing designers Linda Gillum, Barbara Baatz Hillman, Sandy Orton and Nancy Rossi have delivered quite a nice selection of GREAT stocking designs! All are basically the same size, all are coded for DMC, all can be stitched on any fabric you like... and all are super-detailed and CLASSIC!

Making Christmas Stocking Selections? Don't miss seeing the entire collections of several different designer's talents! Christmas Stockings are an individual thing! Some want all in the family to match... some want different designs to 'match the person'... Check out our Stocking Page for lots of options!!!

A Rainbow of Stitches - click for more A Rainbow of Stitches
I'm not sure how to describe this book... but it sure is AWESOME!!! I think it's French in flavor, because all the authors and photographer have very French names. Inside... it features cross stitch motifs, and tons of line drawings for embroidery and primitive stitch. Everything in the entire book is stitched in one color -- there is a green section, red, blue, white and pink... 230-ish pages of lovely pictures and clean, fresh, young and some 'Paris-y' designs!!!

Lovely finishing ideas, charming designs... it has over 1000 different motifs inside. Little dogs, lacy borders, florals alphabets, nautical, kitchen, baby, cats and birds... this is one of those books that shows you something different each time you page through it! Enchanting!!!!!!

The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion - click for more The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion
WOW... AT LAST... a stitch diagram book for us Left-Handed Stitchers!!!!!!!!! This is a beautifully presented, 160 page, softcover book of embroidery stitches. 73 Different stitches are diagrammed with multiple illustrations, and each stitch is photographed as well, so you can see how it really looks. Awesome to me, because as a 'Lefty' we learn to look at things in a different way, and our eye simply has to adapt to the standard right-handed drawings.

This book has the needle in the RIGHT PLACE to my eye! It's going in the *right direction* to me... I GET it! If you are left-handed, or know someone who is... GET THIS BOOK! It is an absolute delight to page through... author Yvette Stanton of Australia is one of us 'Leftys' and she's done a lovely job with this book.

Leisure Arts Spell it Out -- click to see more Spell it Out
Joan Elliott has a new book -- 52 pages full! -- of novelty alphabets! Each features a chart for the Capital (upper case) letter... and the entire alphabet of matching lower case letters. Darn cute... you get Redwork, Gardeners, Christmas Folk Art, Puppies, Kitties, Tumbling Teddy Bears, Harvest, Pirates, Fairies, and Art Nouveau.

Cute alphabets... we suggest 'em to make bedroom door signs to keep TRESPASSERS *out* of 'un-welcoming' OTHER bedrooms!!! Your kids and grandkids will love what their name looks like! Offered as the book.

The History of Thread from Sajou - click to see more The History of Thread from Sajou - click to see more The History of Thread from Sajou - click to see more
The History of Thread from Sajou - click to see more The History of Thread from Sajou
Oh my gosh... this is a LOVELY 6 x 8 softcover book -- 238 thick, glossy pages FULL of incredible, beautiful, vintage photos of EVERYTHING to do with antique 'Haberdashery.' Every page is stuffed with pictures of antique needlework thread cards, winders, spools, bobbins, advertisements, color cards, labels, needle packets... you name it.

The very BEST part of this book, however, is that while it is in French, it is ALSO IN ENGLISH!!! I can read everything!!!!!!!! So... I can now devour the history lessons delivered on each page that match the pictures! Every page has a history lesson about the products and packaging featured. So many shop advertisements and promotional cards and materials... so much information... I had absolutely no idea much of this existed in days gone by!!!

*Absolutely an Over-The-Top, Drop-Dead Gorgeous,* publication, I just want a cold, rainy afternoon, alone at home, a cup of hot tea... and THIS BOOK! Exquisite! A MUST for any needlework library!

Alphabet Books!
Here are 5 *excellent* books that are stuffed FULL of different alphabet fonts. Not at all new... just publications you may not have seen... that are definitely worth a mention!!!

A Big Collection of Alphabets - click for more A Big Collection of Alphabets
This one features 140 Different Alphabet fonts!!! Big, little, seasonal, funky, elegant, apples, beehives, dinosaurs, Halloween, backstitch, block, cursive... YOU NAME IT!

This is one of those books you need strictly for reference, if nothing else!!! Very up-to-date feeling... 61 pages!!!

Alphabets Galore - 136 - click for more Alphabets Galore - 136
OK... if the last book didn't have enough to choose from... here are 136 more! Tools, sewing, Santa, Christmas Cardinals... this one appears to deliver fonts that are more straight up and down... a little 'older looking' to me.

Original publishing date on this one is 1998 -- so that should be an indication. Good stuff tucked into these 49 pages of classic alphabets.

Donna Kooler's Ultimate Stocking Collection -- click to see a more Donna Kooler's Ultimate Stocking Collection
This is a 96-page softcover book with charts for 15 different Christmas Stockings by Linda Gillum, Barbara Baatz Hillman, Sandy Orton, and Nancy Rossi. You may not recognize the designer's names, but you'll know their work when you look at these cute designs! Darling and traditional, these are the kinds of designs that are timeless!

You get a variety of designs from religious, to snowglobes, The Night Before Christmas House, a Santa of the Forest, a Fisherman Santa, a Noah's Ark design, a Cat Stocking and a Dog one! There's an old fashioned piece of a girl sledding, a jolly snowman and Santa in his workshop, there's even a needleworker's stocking! All are beautifully photographed and clearly charted using DMC flosses. This book is a DEFINITE!!!

Stitches: The CD, Volume Two -- click to see more Stitches: The CD, Volume One and Two
Ok... here are 300 MORE stitches to execute on canvas and linens... for the true-stitcher-at-heart! Ruth Schmuff and Kathy Holicky -- kind of 'big-guns' in the needlepoint industry have compiled a whole new batch of stitches, and diagrammed them for you on their new CD. Searchable by type of stitch or name... you could get carried away with this using your needle and thread... or with simply the clip art images!!!

Think about creating stitch guides for your next sampler! Think about making stitching stationery, by using these stitch diagrams and shrinking them down to put on note cards or place cards, or gift tags, or signature plates to attach to backs of framed pieces! Who says 'ya gotta stitch' everything in your stash!!!??? Perfect, lightweight reference for your laptop and stitch bag! CD number one is available below.

Knots, Fur and Turkey Work
A brand new book by Meredith Bamhill Willett and Beth Robertson, this is a beautiful publication printed on super-glossy paper and stuffed full of awesome, clear, pretty and current pics! The book delves into textured stitches that are used on canvas and linen. 28 Pages of fabulous, creative applications for both threads and stitches... I'd never heard of Faux and Cork-Screw Bullions, Sorbello Stitches, and Detached Woven Picots -- and when you see the up-close pics of what the different threads do for the stitches -- you'll be amazed!

The color pictures of thread and stitch applications are all fresh, 2005-ish projects -- I hate to open stitch books that show projects that look like they're 25 years old. These are fresh, current applications, with current threads. For instance, I know that Flair by Rainbow Gallery ravels like the dickens. This book shows an application for hair that features that raveled fiber!!! You can even shade it! (Who knew!?) Very, very nicely done!

Knots, Fur and Turkey Work -- click for more

Basics & Beyond
By Janice Love
Simply the best hardanger embroidery instruction book on the market, this has continued to sell year after year for us. Janice has written this book starting with the most basic of hardanger information, added great diagrams and photos, given you "Points for Perfection," left-handed instructions as well as right-handed, and an entire section of photos and instructions entitled: "Oh My Gosh... What did I do wrong, now!?"

Simply the best instruction book around, it'll walk you through the entire process, beautifully! 52 Pages.

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Fundamentals Made Fancy
By Janice Love
The sequel to Basics & Beyond, this book goes deeper into the specialty hardanger stitches. It includes lacy edge instructions as well as 22 other hardanger embellishment treatments. The diagrams and photos are very clearly explained, and there is even clip art included, so you can cut and paste your own hardanger designs together to create a masterpiece! An 'absolute to have' if you're a hardanger fan! 60 Pages.

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