A full introduction to applique, its history, traditions, and modern adaptations. Avery covers everything from materials and beginning stitches to finishing techniques but does not give directions for specific projects. Instead, there are countless examples of appliquiÃ‰--old quilts and new wall hangings, hand-done and machine-stitched pieces, intricate and simple designs. More than some kinds of needlework, applique depends on the subtlety and artistry of the crafts person: a dull design looks stiff and fiat, a challenge some of these works don't manage to meet. Others, however, have much appeal, and Avery's comments are always enlarging. Furthermore, the range of the contents--including molas and Hawaiian patterns--warrants careful scrutiny.