Updated July 22, 2022.
You might pass by this project pack at your local needlepoint store, thinking it’s “just” a sampler.
I have one word of advice DON’T.
It’s one of the most useful books on needlepoint alphabets around.
First off there are 16 alphabets, some upper case, some lower case, and some both. Each alphabet has a short introduction, telling you something about it. Many styles are here as you can see from the cover sampler (also charted in the project pack).
But “Letters” is out to give you the tools you need to vary these basic charts and create an endless variety of new charted alphabets.
Beginning with adding more stitches to create heavier or wider styles, the author tells you how you can do this yourself, expanding any letter to the size you need. She then shows you how to eliminate stitches in a short and wide alphabet to create narrower or taller letters.
She goes on to show you heavier and more decorative letters with bars and boxes. You’ll learn how to connect letters in different ways, how to shorten some alphabets, and how to use letters as the basis for creating numbers for any alphabet chart you like. This last is especially welcome because finding charted numbers is very difficult and often needed.
Last but not least, you’ll learn how to vary the baseline to create exciting designs.
With charts of many of the variations, and color pictures of several pieces, you’ll refer to this useful pack again and again.
Go out and buy it; you’ll get so many great ideas!