Whether as pastime or obsession, needle crafts are enjoyed by millions, and this ultimate guide presents all the tools of the trade. Small, spiral-bound, and sturdy, it fits in a pocket or a needlework bag and stands up on its own for the freedom of busy hands. Within its compact pages, this handbook contains detailed information on everything from picking the proper supplies to fixing the worst mistakes. Techniques include nine separate methods of starting a thread, five ways to end one, six varieties of embroidery, and 16 kinds of stitches. Also included are instructions on embellishing and directions for blocking and finishing.