Making Mathematics with Needlework

S.-M. Belcastro, C. Yackel
A.K. Peters, Wellesley
Price (tentative): 
USD 30
MSC main category: 
00 General

Both these authors aim to demonstrate in this book that there is a close relationship between mathematics and the fibrous arts (including knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and quilting). Every chapter of the book is divided into four parts. The first part is a brief description of the mathematics involved and of the corresponding needlework at a level understandable to both mathematicians and needleworkers. The next part is more technical discussion of the mathematical topics, the third contains teaching ideas and the last part consists of detailed instructions for completing the needlework project. Each chapter presents a different mathematical theme, such as the Quilted Möbius Band (making a möbius quilt), Diophantine Equations (making a bi-directional hat), Sierpinski Variations (making a Sierpinski shawl), Algebraic Structure (making algebraic socks), The Graph Theory of Blackwork Embroidery (embroidering a Holbeinian Graph), making Hyperbolic Pants and so on. The book contains interesting pictures and photographs. Anyone interested in mathematics or needlework will find new, interesting topics and inspiration in the book.