It has finally arrived; the latest edition of what is widely considered to be the needlepoint "bible", The Needlepoint Book (3rd ed.) by Jo Ippolito Christensen.
I have not read this book cover-to-cover, and I probably never will. That's because it's not that sort of book. Think of The Needlepoint Book as an encyclopedia; a reference manual that you go to when you need information about something. Having said that, there are some chapters that you will want to read in full, and I'll mention these in a bit.
This edition is a hardcover which pushes the price up (the MSRP is $60 and we are selling it for $49.50.). However, I think the hardcover is well worth it because this book will be thumbed through for years. My 2nd edition fell apart a long time ago and is cobbled together with three varieties of duct tape. The 3rd edition is a well-bound book that opens flat for easy reading and should stick around for awhile. Also, with purchase of the book, you can download an iPhone or Android app. I haven't tried this, yet, but it could be useful, (especially for the Stitches section) to have this reference on a small device by your stitching chair.
What I Like About This Edition:
What I Didn't Like About This Edition:
Not much, I have to say. I would like more color photos, but then it would be a $90 book, so I get why it is what it is. I think my biggest complaint would be the supporting notes to the stitches. These were thin in the second edition, and although they have been expanded upon in this 3rd edition, to my mind, more notes about each stitch: where to place them, things to watch out for etc, would have been useful. However, this edition is still an improvement in this area and I am probably just being "needy".The Needlepoint Book (3rd ed.) by Jo Ippolito Christensen will teach you how to stitch the simplest of canvases, beautifully, if you are a beginner, and it will take your level of expertise at least one notch higher if you already have a wealth of needlepoint knowledge. This is truly a soup-to-nuts book that is well-executed and an essential stitcher's library addition. If only there was more time in a day...
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