"Hundreds of color photographs & illustrations, plus practical instruction for some 240 stitches in such embroidery techniques as counted thread, surface embroidery, metal thread, needlepoint, appliqué, machine embroidering & quilting, make this the ultimate sewing room companion. The stitches encompass every aspect of embroidery, from basic crossed & diagonal stitches to Four-Way Bargello, Hardanger, Raised Effects & "Or Nuè," (Italian shading). Examples of such themes as landscapes, people & animals, abstracts & flowers are shown alongside instructions for recreating them at home. Techniques such as Beadwork, Cutwork, Needleweaving & more are also included, as is a guide to choosing needles, fabric & other supplies. A gallery of extraordinary finished examples from around the world presents an inspiring range of creative possibilities that will encourage readers to try new techniques & challenge their own skills & imagination."