More than twenty-six hundred drawings and photographs and clearly presented directions provide an understanding of the techniques involved in numerous traditional needlework crafts, including embroidery, quilting, applique, macrame, knitting, and rug hooking.
Whilst the clothing examples are hideously out of date, the guide element is one of the best.
However, some of the instructions seem to assume prior knowledge of the craft and are unclear. No clear definition of abbreviations is provided, especially concerning crochet and knit stitches. Illustrations for stitching and diagrams are difficult to follow.
I use it to refresh my memory or to spend time with a craft book that isn't intimidatingly complex for its own sake -- or overwhelmingly complex in its comprehensiveness and detail. A good basic reference book when you look up from a pattern and think, "Wait, how do I ....?"
Does not include sprang: most book don't.