The easy-to-use format allows quick referencing, and there is a clear Materials section which spotlights all the threads, fabrics and sewing accessories required to create beautiful work. Stitches and techniques from around the world are described in excellent detail - from traditional Assissi work to contemporary multi-colour pictorial designs, and information is given on how to achieve a perfect finish every time. Each technique is accompanied by detailed step-by-step instructions and an inspiring design section contains guidance on planning, preparing and producing original designs. At the back of the book, an international gallery of fine cross stitched pieces demonstrates the full potential of this absorbing embroidery technique. Beginners wishing to learn all about this fascinating pastime, and experienced stitchers looking for new challenges, will discover plenty of ideas for future projects in this comprehensive, 'must-have' encyclopedia.