How-It-Is-Done is the key to how-to-do-it-your-own-way in this engagingly unembroidered introduction to the craft. Poising the work of children (ages given) against historical examples, the author emphasizes throughout the character of the materials and stitchery, both in their aesthetic and practical function. The child is encouraged to collect and investigate various materials, told what basic equipment she needs, shown some useful stitches, and presented with a few representative projects; at least equally important, and highly imaginative, is the attention to design and suggested sources--the museum, the zoo, cut paper patterns, rubbings, textbooks diagrams, maps. (For some, there's a follow-through from original to design to embroidery.) In age appeal, and in detail, this is somewhere between Karasz' Adventures in Stitches and The Stitchery Book; lacking the color of the latter, its appeal is perhaps less immediate but the richly textured illustrations are equal to the subject. A sensible assist for teachers, a pleasant start for children.