It's the ultimate sourcebook for stitchwork practitioners! This hardworking, stunningly illustrated reference and project book provides an essential guide for embroiderers at any level. Inside you'll find 245 embroidery stitches photographed close-up, accompanied by stitch-by-stitch instructions, hundreds of illustrations, and meticulous charts and diagrams. Twenty-four superb projects offer practice-makes-perfect work on every kind of embroidery, from cross-stitching and huck-weaving, crewel, and needlelace to smocking and bargello. For each type of embroidery, full details are also given on suitable fabrics, types of threads and needles, how to prepare the fabric, and best uses for the embroidery.