Carolyn Hedge Baird’s new book is an absolute delight. It addresses what I think is a problem for most needlepointers, picking stitches for small spaces. Even if that doesn’t describe you, you’ll find lots of charming and inventive stitches in this book (over 150), all done in Carolyn’s trademark style.
Looking through this book, I found it had many things going for it that you won’t find in most stitch dictionaries. The stitches are placed in, mostly, alphabetical order, which makes it easy to find a stitch. The diagrams, while not always large, are generally easy to see. One nice feature is that the book isn’t crowded with stitches, as most smaller books are; there is one stitch per page.
What you do find that really shows off Carolyn’s skill as a teacher, is a discussion for each stitch of when and how it might be used. This is in a more conversational style than the Stitches for Effect series and I really like it.
Just paging through the book, I got so many ideas for new projects, I wanted to ditch the overflowing project basket and start something new.
This method works well enough for browsing and planning, but what if you need a stitch for a particular area? That where this book truly shines with a great series of indexes. There are listings, in separate indexes, for stitches of several types or for several kinds of areas. You don’t have to go through a lengthy index; each index is separated from the others by a page of colored cover stock. The stitches that work for the effect are all listed there. Some of the indexes are longer than the others, but each will be invaluable to you as you stitch.
I can see this book becoming an essential part of any stitcher’s library.