Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 125
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 125

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 23, 1972
Page 125
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ff|l you can thread a needle and · .count, you can do beautiful · needlepoint" That's what expert Maxine Searls says in her introduction to Basic Needlepoint, a handy useful and easy-to-follow guide to an ancient home art which is undergoing a revival right now. The book is being made available to PARADE readers for the bargain price of $1. Basic Needlepoint is written especially tor beginners--people with no previous experience and no particular skills. Perhaps you've seen and envied fine needlepoint work, in your friends' homes, or even on sale in the shops-and regretted that you lacked the skill and know-how to produce similar decorations. 8as/c Needlepoint shows you that it's simpler than you think, by giving all necessary information, from choosing materials to what stitches to use--and how to make them. Essentially, needlepoint consists of stitching on a fabric called a canvas, but its variations are almost endless. Following the diagrams in this book, you'll be able to apply your art to such popular items as upholstery, rugs, throw pillows and pincushions. Author Searls also shows that needlepoint is applicable to belts, chokers, handbags, boleros, ponchos -and other things you may never have thought of. For the $1 cost of the book, you'll find the way open to produce a whole series of creative and useful additions to your wardrobe and home decor. The book progresses from the simpler stitches, such as the Continental, or Tent Stitch, to the more complex, like the Byzantine and the Jacquard. Every stitch is illustrated with a clear, "how-to," can't-go-wrong diagram that will give your work the correct design and color pattern. Bas/c Needlepoint outlines clearly the advantages and drawbacks of working with prepared needlepoint kits or of using blank canvas and your own assortment of yarns. Miss Searls prefers the latter because "it's more creative and a great deal cheaper." But whether you choose to use a kit or assemble your own material, you'll find Basic Needlepoint an indispensable guide to an art that is as enjoyable as it is productive. With this book by your side you'll be able to give full play to your own creative talents and at the same time make your home more attractive and colorful. At its $1 bargain price, Basic Needle- , point could be one of the best investments you ever made in brightening up your life. ° foll^- Above left: the "Three Stitch Cross" is an interesting textural « worked in vertical rows from bottom to top. It works well wMMn th!ead The digram at right shows the pattern to follow in executing the -Rice" stitch Larse crn^ are worked ft*,, covering two diagonal meshes each way. Contrasting coloreoS'llreacJfare used . Send your name, address and zip code and $1 in cash, check or money order for each copy of Basic Needlepoint-lo PARADE, P.O. Box 4, Department H, Kensington Station, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11218. Allow 3 weeks for delivery

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