Stuff Icelandic Patterns in Needlepoint: Designs from the Land of Ice and Fire
by Jona Sparey
ISBN-10: 0715399888
ISBN-13: 9780715399880
David & Charles
1993
HC w/ Dust Jacket
Pages: 128
Language(s): English
Very Good/Good - Light cover and edge wear; back of dust jacket has been damp at one time; did not affect book itself; excellent working copy.
$12.00

Snow-covered mountain peaks and fiery volcanoes, cool glaciers and bubbling geysers, wild ponies, turf-roofed dwellings... this is Iceland, the land of ice and fire. Over the centuries, this spectacular landscape, and the history it has imposed on its people, has given rise to the unique artistic and needlecraft heritage which has provided the inspiration for this book - a superb collection of over 40 sumptuous needlepoint designs.

With Icelandic ancestry on her mother's side, Jona Sparey is renowned as an outstanding teacher, communicator and canvaswork designer, and her infectious enthusiasm for the traditional embroidery patterns of her homeland shines out from every page of this, her first book of needlepoint designs. Borders and flowers, repeating patterns and sampler motifs, stars and geometrics, traditional symbols, intrepid knights, mythical beasts... all these and more are represented in this vibrant and colorful collection.

Clear, large-scale charts are provided for all the designs which have been photographed to show every detail, making the embroideries a pleasure to stitch. They are worked simply and quickly in cross stitch without the use of a cumbersome frame, while the author's practical tips and advice ensure perfect results every time. The finished embroideries can be used in a variety of ways and suggestions are given throughout, with full instructions for making up into cushions and framed pictures.

Compiled with the attention to detail and emphasis on ease of working which ensure that Jona's Icelandic Tapestry School courses are always oversubscribed, this book is a must for every needlepoint enthusiast who is looking for new and exciting designs to stitch.