Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework

Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework

My wonderful (ex) Mother-in-Law gave me this book 20 years ago. At that time I did a lot of knitting, she had severe arthritis in her knuckles and wasn’t able to knit, sew or embroider anymore so passed this along to me. This book has proven to be invaluable time and time again, and especially now as I enter the world of quilting and embroidery.

Unlike many reference books, this guide, published in 1979, will never go out of date. The techniques used are those I’ve seen on blogs in tutorials today, just as current (and trendy) as they were 19 years+ ago.  The good news is, you can still buy this hardcover book today new or used, I was able to find it on and .com.  I especially found the chapter on blackwork intriguing and am going to give it a try but before I delve into yet another needlework technique, I’m going to finish my hexie project (all by hand, no machine) then move on to working on some hand embroidery techniques as illustrated in the book. But I have to make a table topper before that… So many projects, so little time!

I just received my copy of Stash Happy Patchwork today, can’t wait for my vacation so I can dive into it! There’s a number of projects I’d like to make on first glance like that cute little cactus pincushion on the front cover, clothes pin caddie and bento box.

Thanks again Amy, great giveaway!

3 thoughts on “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework

  1. The Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (1976) is the book that took me from costume sewing to making actual everyday garments. Before reading it, I didn’t even know what I didn’t know ;). I don’t do much needlework, but I can definitely see having that around as a reference just in case! 🙂

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