Rose Wilder Lane introduces the reader to this serene and satisfying avocation in glowing terms: American needlework is both a personal and cultural expression, which broke with older European forms and is independently creative and alive- ""full of energy and movement"". It is also a folk art. Embroidery is the oldest form; needlework the youngest; and then there's crewel work, patchwork- uniquely American, applique and hooking, knitting and crocheting and candlewicking. The history of each form is followed by precise instructions on materials to use, equipment, directions and designs, so that everyone, with an inclination, can take up some form of busy work. There is a renascence in needlework today and the book will serve as further stimulus.