I was curious about needlepoint and wanted to see the rules and algorithms behind the stitches, and also just to learn more about how it works. I got The Needlepoint Book (3e) by Jo Ippolito Christensen from the library: it’s a thorough introduction and answered all my questions for now. Needlepoint looks like an interesting craft and hobby, but it’s not for me, at least right now. I’d rather have a pen or brush in hand.
Early in the book there’s a page that lists all the many purposes to which needlepoint can be put. They include: address book cover, bicycle seat cover, blender cover, bridge score pad cover, button cover, calculator cover, card table cover, cell phone cover, chair cover, checkbook cover, and many other things, usually covers. The penultimate is, for me, the ultimate: yardstick cover.