Celtic Needlepoint by Alice Starmore

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Celtic Needlepoint
By Alice Starmore


128 pages
Book Dimensions: 9.0 x 12.5 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 1-57076-006-3
Trafalgar Square Publishers

The artistry and consummate craftmanship of the Celts has provided some of the finest treasures of ancient world. In this book Celt art and ornament - from intricate jewellery (such as knot rings and brooches) to stunning illuminated manuscripts (such as the Book of Kells) fire the imagination for present-day embroiderers.

Stonework, metalwork, interlacing key patterns, knotwork, spirals, plant and animal forms - all in turn lay ground for exquisite needlepoint creations in rich and glowing colours. Designs vary from cushions, rugs, belts, stool cover, bookmarks, chairseats and even a chessboard.

Each piece is beautifully photographed and accompanied by complete and clear instructions. These complete instructions are given with easy-to-follow charts. A conversion chart at the back of the book offers a further selection of yarns. In a final chapter on techniques, the author provides a comprehensive lesson in all the simple needle point methods needed as well as a full explanation of how to work shading with several strands of yarn.

Alice Starmore is a native of Scotland's Isle of Lewis. She has taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe and the United States.

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