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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • History of Fine Needlework- Sources of Design
  • Materials and Threads: Basic Facts
  • The Art of Embroidery:
    • Decorative Embroidery Stitches
    • Cut Work
    • Peasant Effects
    • Embroidered Gifts
    • Cross-stitch
    • Applique and Quilting
    • Huck Weaving
    • Monogramming
    • Crewel Embroidery
    • Small Loom Weaving
    • Machine Embroidery
    • Smocking
    • Needlepoint
  • The Art of Knitting:
    • How To Knit With Basic Patterns
    • Easy Things To Knit
    • Knitting With The Round Needle
    • Knitting with Ribbon and Lace Knit Patterns
    • Knitting Patterns From Graphs
    • Knitting with Four Needles
    • Standard Body Measurements
  • The Art of Crochet:
    • Crochet Stitches
    • Things To Make With Crochet
    • Crochet For Trimmings
    • Additional Clothes To Crochet For Women
  • Glitter:
    • How to Use Sparkle in Decoration
    • Things To Make With Glitter
  • Hairpin Lace and Tatting:
    • How to Make Hairpin Lace
    • How To Tat
  • Home Beauty:
    • Trapunto Quilting
    • Afghans, Blankets, Throws
    • Linens
    • Rugs For the Home
  • Gifts:
    • For Babies and Children
    • For the Men
    • For the Ladies
    • The Home
    • Religious Needlework for the Church
  • Care and Repair of All Needlework
  • Washing and Blocking Threads for Embroidery, Crochet, Tatting and Knitting
  • Yarns for Knitting and Crocheting
  • INDEX

Title: Treasury of Needlecraft
Author/Designer: McCall Corporation
Format/Publication Date: HC:1955first printing
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, Inc., NY
Page Count: 368
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11 1/4" x 8 1/4"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- Don't confuse this one with McCall's Needlework Treasury. They are two different books. Carolyn's copy didn't have a dust cover, and I had a very hard time finding an example of one on-line that did. The one I finally found was pretty pounded. I cleaned it up some, but it still looks bad. I'll replace the cover picture when I can find an intact copy for my own library. I'm still glad to have gotten a chance to see this one.

I giggled out loud when I saw there was a whole chapter on glitter(I was alone at the time). Turns out they didn't mean the micro confetti-like substance we use around Christmas with glue and paper. The chapter is about adding bling like sequins and beads to fabric. The model and clothing for all the pattern samples were all very chic - you get patterns for a Jeweled Crest, and a Jacket with Emblem, Twins in Cashmere - you get the picture. It's a hoot. Most of the book has black-and-white, but there are color photos sprinkled throughout, and they really swung for the fences throughout for attractive patterns that make you think "Oooh, I wouldn't mind making that..."

The tatting tutorial covers what I think of as "slip'n Slide". Pattern instructions are in standard written notation and not broken down at all, so they are a little hard to read. You get a small tiling medallion to make a tablecloth, some appliques for linens and towels, a variety of simple edgings, and instruction and sample for tatting in Squares that gets saved from being boring with little corner flourishes that are both attractive, and keep the square square. This one has a whole lot of '50's charm. I highly recommend it.