Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2016. Cloth. A unique embroidered artists’ book with a murder mystery theme. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her previous unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. Although this book is not precisely a memorial to Louisa, it does document her mysterious death. The book is held in a grey wool folded covering with Lucy’s name stitched on the first interior fold. Its front cover depicts an embroidered willow tree encircling Louisa’s name, and the interior folds are embroidered with a knife and a lake scene. The story is told mostly through images that are revealed as the book’s pages are unfolded. The first embroidered linen interior panel says “Whatever happened to Louisa?” Two knives are embroidered and lying under three purple flowering branches. The second panel has two intricately embroidered crosses, one surrounded by flowers and the other pierced by two knives on wings. The third panel also has two cross shapes: the first is a tatted insert and the second includes an embroidered floor plan of a home interior with ominous foot prints leading upstairs to a bedroom. The fourth inner panel is embroidered with a lake scene that has a mysterious object near one shore. Is it a boat or is it a coffin? The words “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” are stitched along the lake’s other bank. The book’s four outer panels are covered with light orange cloth with a small stitched cross on each and bordered by English machine crocheted cotton lace. The hand embroidery throughout uses cotton, silk, rayon, and polyester threads of various colors. The folded book measures 3.5 x 4.5 inches. it unfolds to 3.5 x 18.25 inches. The grey wool covering is 4 x 5 inches folded and 4.5 x 19 inches unfolded. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/022717. Fine.