Thrift Store Find: The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery

January 14, 2014 in Reviews

Review of The Complete Encyclopedia of Sitchery | Thrift Store Finds on


Good crafting books can be really expensive, so whenever I’m at the thrift store I like to peruse the craft books section since every book is under $3.  On my last trip through I was in a hurry but the cover of this book caught my eye and I picked up on a whim for $2.99.  I definitely got my money’s worth!

The book is split into 7 parts: crochet, embroidery, knitting, macramé, rugmaking, sewing, and tatting.  I love that crochet was the first section!  The book was printed in 1979 (it’s older than I am!) so I’m very appreciative to the owner for taking such good care of it.  The dust cover is a bit tattered by the book itself is in perfect shape.   It doesn’t contain any photos, but there are page after page of absolutely fantastic line drawings.

The crochet section along is 147 pages.  I think if you were an absolute beginner this book would cover everything you’d ever need to know to crochet.  It covers terms and abbrevations, basic crochet stitches and their variations, materials and tools, stitch patterns, and styles and types of crocheting.  It also covers tunisian, fillet, and irish crochet techniques.

The other parts of the books are similarly decadent.  I’m one of those folks who crochets and knits so I can see myself getting a lot of use out of the knitting section as well.  I’m going to spend more time in the embroidery section because I think it might be a good way to dress up the amigurumi.  It’s also been fun to read about tatting.  I had always assumed it was some form of crochet but it’s completely different.

There are tons of cool techniques and stitches I’d never seen before that I can’t wait to turn into tutorials!  I’m so pleased with how nice the book turned out to be since I didn’t even have time to crack the cover before I purchased it.  The book is out of print (at the moment) but you can find used copies from anywhere from a penny to $18 on Amazon.