A manual to embroidery, a guide to the techniques of decorative needlework- this seems directed towards a well-defined, specialized market. Equipment, stitches (one has to be profoundly concerned to be even aware of the number of kinds of stitches there are), ideas for design, effective use of colors to be a sharp line of cleavage between sewing and embroidery. For instance, smocking, which one would think both decorative and saleable, is not included. The directions, further simplified by excellent diagrams, are clear and concise. The explanation of basic principles related to preparation of materials, textiles, thread to use, needles etc.