The author has researched many pieces of needlework, both canvas and linen, and seeks to explain the stitches used then and now. Apparently in some instances we do them differently now! This is a paperbound book, 160 pages, with color photos of the pieces she studied (24 case studies) and clear great photographs of the stitches themselves and how to duplicate them (approximately 36). I mean really, don’t you want to know how to do the Elizabethan tubular Ceylon stitch? Looks great to me! At $54.95 this is a book that will be enjoyed by a reader interested in the history of stitches that wants to try them too.