A lively excursion into the needlecrafts of Greece--colorful, usually symmetrical, always intricately patterned--which...

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THE NEEDLE ARTS OF GREECE: Design and Techniques

A lively excursion into the needlecrafts of Greece--colorful, usually symmetrical, always intricately patterned--which offers, besides instructions for projects and an assortment of stitches, several unexpected bonuses: a brief history of Greece, a discussion of common designs and geographical variations, and a special section on projects for children. Petrakis has written an illuminating introduction to recurring motifs, noting the influence of northern peoples on continental designs, of East and West on insular designs--a pattern of influence that coincides with dialect variations. She also dramatizes revealing details: 18th-century Greek life was so isolated that one island of nine villages had fourteen names for the same stitch. As always from this publisher, the instructions for projects, applicable to an impressive choice of techniques, are clear and well-illustrated, and a chapter on finishing touches--fringe, enlarging a design--is also included.

Pub Date: July 14, 1977

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Publisher: Scribners

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1977