Sue Dulles wrote a wonderful post recently on needlework books. It was originally written for a needlework magazine and expresses how we feel about our books, and her method to make them more immediately useful.
I know how she feels. One of the first needlepoint books I bought (while I was in college) was the first edition of The Needlepoint Book. Being mostly self-taught, this book was my teacher.
I remember a family vacation to Canada with this book, a bunch of Persian Wool I had dyed myself and some canvas, making a sampler in the back of the car and barely looking up when we got to the border and got stopped by the guard (this was back in the day when they mostly waved you through).
I kept notes in the book and eventually found a hardbound copy in a thrift shop and bought it. I passed my copy along to one of my DD’s friends.
It’s so easy to find in thrift shops that I usually have a copy or two to give to people who are learning needlepoint.
Now with my books unpacked and all around me, I feel so rich and so happy.
What books do you have that you treasure?