Everything you need to know to create a needlepoint masterpiece.
With her many decades of devotion to the needlework industry, June has learned a great deal. It seems appropriate to share this information with her world…a June McKnight "tell-all."
LEARN – The book includes advice about choosing a wonderful canvas and how to avoid creative pitfalls. Examples: poorly painted canvases, painterly canvases that are impossible to stitch, outlining, poorly printed canvases, European canvases–good and bad, kits, counted canvas patterns…and so much more.
REVEAL – how to avoid frustrations and expensive mistakes when selecting threads. There is more to selection than merely matching the color painted on the canvas. Some considerations are the styles of threads (single ply, multi-ply, and ribbon styles). There are three sources of threads (animals, plants and the chemistry lab.) Even though the stores are loaded with thousands of thread choices, by taking these two items into consideration, thread selection can become a breeze and the stitching outcome can be predicted.
DISCOVER – tools and tricks of the trade that make it easier to create gorgeous canvaswork. Some expensive products are discussed (lighting, floorstands) and home remedies…for example, using dryer sheets to wipe away needle tarnish.
UNVEIL – a gallery of stitches and graphs based on mathematical formulas which guarantee stitching success. Count the number of threads available on the painted area and you can easily determine which stitch will fit using my magical formula.