I’ve been looking for an overall stitch book for those who want to know a little of everything – and this is the latest one on the market, copyright April 2010. This book covers stumpwork, blackwork, canvas work, crewel work, freestyle, hardanger and pulled work. There are 30 projects in these techniques, a listing of stitches and of course the instructions for them! It’s a hard back, wirebound book that will lie flat as you work and contains 224 pages. Color pictures abound! Each of the stitches are shown in color which makes them easier to see, but older eyes beware! The stitches are much smaller than we’re used to seeing them shown. This is an EXCELLENT basic book for somebody that wants to try their hand at a variety of needlework and is a great gift for a niece, granddaughter or young person that shows an interest in hand work. The price and presentation is perfect for the younger generation and as are the projects which are a good balance of florals, contemporary embroidered art and traditional needlework.