Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n’ Thread
2017-10-18 and 2016-01-11
If you enjoy needle lace, if you do a lot of whitework and the like, if you’re working on stumpwork pieces that might employ different types of needle lace, this would be a great reference book to have on hand!
About the Search Press edition: The wire binding allows the book to lie flat on open on your work table, so that you can easily reference the book while you’re stitching.
This type of binding allows for printing on the spine, so that it’s easy to see the title of the book while it’s on the shelf, but it offers all the convenience of a wire-bound book, when it comes to using the book. The books are hard board covers with a glossy finish. They’re very sturdy, and they’re small enough to slip into a project back or basket for easy reference.
On the new editions, you’ll find that only one side of each two-page spread is printed, so that there’s a blank page to the left each time you turn the page. While it’s tempting to write this off as wasted space in the printed books, in fact, if you’re using instructional books as a work book, there’s nothing better than blank pages. This is where you can take notes on things that work (or don’t work) for you while practicing the techniques, and where you can work out your own stitch patterns and save them for future reference.
I’ve always been a fan of having at least one blank page in instructional books, for note-taking. Since most books don’t have blank pages in them, I resort to an inordinate amount of post-it notes, which are never really permanent, and can be hard to keep track of. With blank pages throughout these two books, you can truly treat them like work books, with the instruction on one side and room to note your own experiences and experiments on the other.
– From Needle n Thread by Mary Corbet, full review:
Basic knowledge and tips
How to read the patterns