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It’s About Darn Time


By Sharon G

This book by Sharon G is a full of needlepoint darning patterns and a great resource for anyone interested in using open stitches on their needlepoint canvas.

It’s more pictures than words. The graphic illustrations in this book are really good. They are large, covering about half of each page, and you can clearly see the direction your thread needs to travel, and over how many canvas intersections. Good images are much easier to follow than a bunch of words and this book is big on graphics.

It’s reassuring. Open stitches formed by following darning stitch patterns can seem daunting if you haven’t tried them before – how to secure your thread, where to start, what pattern to choose, these are all things that can cause anxiety. This book has over 125 stitches to choose from, with a few lines about each stitch and how it might best be applied, and only 1 or 2 pages on general darning tips.

The stitch patterns are varied, from open lace patterns to motifs like stars, bells, wine glasses and dog bones. There truly is something here for every canvas.