Anchor Manual of Needlework from the editors of Interweave Magazine
hardcover, 499 pages, 1990 (final edition), out of print
The is a very substantial reference book that has stood the test of time, having been reprinted and revised many times since 1958. The following description of the work comes from the back cover:
A wealth of forgotten needlework tech niques—(from smock ing and invisible darning lo lacemaking and beading— fills this charming and definitive reference work. Our great-grandmothers took pride in their fine hand sewing, exquisite embroidery, delicate hemstitching, and intricate laces, and these timeless techniques are available today to those who appreciate heirloom-quality textiles.The Anchor Manual of Needlework, compiled from instructional pamphlets dating back to the nineteenth century, explores hundreds of forms of traditional needlework, enhanced by more than a thousand illustrations. This historic work is an inspiration to those who take needle in hand today to forge a link between the past and the future.
"We still rate this the best assemblage of needlecraft techniques. The easy-to-read form with clear photographs and diagrams makes this volume a must for every needlecrafler. student of needle-arts. needlework designer, and needlework historian. Our own favorite." Jules & Kaethe Kliol Lacis