Summer Louise Truswell, self-published, 1999-2005.
Before Summer Truswell retired from active designing she collected her various finishing
techniques and essays about needlework and published this book. In addition she spiced
the book with 11 designs and tons of photos.
Several of the subjects covered and illustrated, show great techniques for needlepoint,
such as using scroll vars or attaching beads.
While aimed primarily at folks who stitch on fabric, many of the finishing ideas and
projects will work for needlepoint. The photos are exact and cover each step of the design.
The book also includes blank pages for notes and two pages of stitch diagrams.
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Helen Harrison says
Does anyone know where to find this book? I’m not having success on the googling for it. I’m also looking for instructions on finishing needlepoint picture frames (where the needlepoint has an opening for pictures). Any suggestions?
Janet Perry says
I’m not sure that this book is still in print, but Summer does have a blog and, I think, a website. I would do a Google search on her name.
Finishing and Mounting your Needlepoint pieces by Katherine Ireys 1973 is an old but excellent book. It does have a section on mounting needlepoint frames. You might find a copy on Amazon. Ireys suggests machine stiching around the edges both inside and out to prevent the piece from raveling. She places the stitched item over a stiff cardboard shape with the center cut out and laces the edges on the back. A second full sized cardboard would be on the back. These are the basic instructions. She has additional finishing directions. The Ireys’ book would be a great resource to have on any needle worker’s shelf. Will also have to search for a copy of Trusewell’s book as it does sound like a great addition to any needle worker’s bookshelf. As for a local resource, we have our own authority… Janet, that is you…