I really really like this thick book. I use it a lot and have learned so many stitches and techniques from this book. Although it is an antique publication, I find the instructions easy to follow. The illustration might be difficult to decipher, but I get to use my imagination to full extent, so it does not bother me.
There are also projects included, with step-by-step instructions.
Here are some of its contents, gold embroidery, applique work, knitting, crochet, etc: