The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery
Here is the classic reference for all needleworkers, the one handy volume that covers all major types of stitchery and their techniques, tools, and materials. Over 1,400 detailed illustrations showcase every basic stitch or knot and its variations, and the more than 1,000 entries include bargello, crewel, crocheting, embroidering, knitting, macramé, needlepoint, rugmaking, sewing, and tatting. Find out how to crochet fringe and hairpin lace; do beadwork, candlewicking, gros point, and other forms of embroidery; knit Fair Isle, Scandinavian, and Shetland styles; create appliqué patchwork by hand or machine; and braid, knot, and hook a range of rugs. For every mode of stitchery, there's a list of common abbreviations used in pattern instructions and a detailed summary of designs.