My friend Ann is a needlepoint expert. Unfortunately, her eyesight is deteriorating and she can no longer see well enough to do the needlework herself. So when she learned that I was giving needlepoint a whirl, she sent me this batch of amazing books!
It's like Christmas!
At the moment, I'm fascinated with representational projects, rather than textural. But I do love the look of Bargello, and I will be able to learn a lot about technique from this book, which appears to have been published in 1977 (first edition about 5 years earlier). This book has a few color interior pages but it's mostly black and white photos and graphs.
This one might really come in handy for me, given that I almost always prefer to design my own projects. It looks to be an excellent technique book, and there are lots and lots of color pages. A little updating of the colorways is all it needs.
The colors are really vibrant in the projects in this book. It's from the same era (early '70's) and just looking at the cool designs makes me want to try some Bargello.
this book, which appears to have been privately produced in 1972.
See what I mean? Her handwriting is much neater than mine.
But though the Bargello books are fascinating, and I suspect I'll eventually give it a whirl, at the moment, I am far more interested in this book, which was published later than the others, in 1993. I love love love tapestries and I especially love Medieval tapestries.