WOMAN'S DAY BOOK OF AMERICAN NEEDLEWORK covers all of the classic needlework crafts and skills. Embroidery: its development from pre-Colonial Indian quill work to the sophisticated designs of today. Crewel Work: How and ancient form of needlework became an American specialty. Cross-Stitch: the art of the quintessential early American sampler to today's ubiquitous stitching hobby. Needlepoint: the aristocratic art; from hand-sewn upholstery to wall-hangings. Patchwork: a nostalgic American folk art that is the essence of cheerfulness. Applique: the art of making collage with cloth. Quilting: what once kept our ancestors warm at night, now graces wealthy and humble homes alike as both bed coverings and wall adornment. Hooking: How to hook; the use of hand and speed hookers to make decorative and warm rugs from "rags". Crochet: "lace made in the air." An Irish import adapted for American household linens and bedcoverings. Knitting: filmy baby garments, lace stockings for Sunday best, lace centerpieces, edgings, bedcoverings; the truly versatile needlework. Weaving: how colonial housewives defied King George III and created New World motifs. Candlewicking: the lazy (or busy) woman's craft, worked swiftly with galloping stitches. Rugmaking: how American needle arts are utilized to cover bare wood. Includes special rug crafts, such as rug braiding and corded rugs. All of this history, with color photos, patterns, charts, and more!