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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • PREFACE
  • PART I: Crocheting(147 pages)
  • PART II: Embroidering(198 pages)
  • PART III: Knitting(200 pages)
  • PART IV: Macramé(23 pages)
  • PART V: Rugmaking(22 pages)
  • PART VI: Sewing(32 pages)
  • PART VII: Tatting(13 pages)
    • Abbreviations and Terms
    • Basic Stitches and Techniques
    • Materials and Tools
    • Stitch Patterns
  • Bibliography

Title: The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery
Author/Designer: Mildred Graves Ryan
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1979,2000
Publisher: Guild America Books, Garden City, NY
Page Count: 690
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
ISBN: 0739410202

SUMMARY- I looked at the three pages of Table of Contents, and decided not to fill in the subcategories except for the tatting chapter. As with her first book, the tatting chapter feels tacked on to the end of the book, getting less love even than rugmaking. With this one, you get a handful of patterns that a beginner could tackle(instead of the big doily she offered in her first book). You get written notation, not broken down as was the custom of the time this was published, but you do get detailed illustrations of each pattern that could be used as a diagram. The patterns are of the traditional variety.

It's clear from her introduction that she knows very little of what little we know about the origins of tatting, and made some guesses that have proven innacurate in all probability. Despite my grumpiness over the sparsity of the tatting section, I found the book overall a good find, as the illustrations are very well done throughout the book and generous in their number. If you are looking for a book that covers a variety of disciplines, this one isn't bad.

PS- It also doesn't have an index - you'll have to hunt through the Table of Contents to try and find any specific technique you're looking for.