Although other needlepoint books calling for fine skills are readily available, few have the cumulative charm of this unusual collection. Feisner begins with the basics but concentrates on aesthetic matters. What she does especially well, amply illustrated here, is combine needlepoint with other textile arts--needle-weaving, crewel, applique--to create dynamic, original pieces. The sources of inspiration are simple enough--bubbles on a wet cake of soap, a filled circle of pebbles; the interpretations are exceptional. Her talents are substantial, more than enough for a complete book, but several other embroidery artists are recognized in a closing chapter. Throughout the book, expert advice on technique is provided (how to compensate, how to use a pocket mirror to miter border corners); there are even suggested exercises for each new skill and separate notes for left-handed workers. Our only regret: the sections on color and shading are in black-and-white. Overall, a work of distinctive personal vision.