This compact book is a fantastic source and reference book for all cross stitchers whatever their skill levels. It is brimming over with motifs for mini projects, gifts and samplers. The charted designs are grouped into popular themes offering ideas for all occasions including weddings, birthdays, Christmas and Easter. The main body of the book focuses entirely on these motifs, and stitchers can mix and match designs, choosing from a wonderful selection of charming, whimsical and appealing patterns, borders and images. Also, there is a helpful introduction, which includes advice on materials, techniques and how to start, and worked examples show some of the motifs as samplers and finished pieces. Mini motifs are quick to stitch and cross stitch is an easy to learn technique, so beginners have all they need within these pages to create something special, and more experienced stitchers will love the wonderful variety of subjects, which include flowers, animals, teatime treats, travel, little people, houses and much more.
Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts
This little book should provide plenty of inspiration for cross stitch projects of all kinds. Its neat format is handy to carry around. The motifs are grouped together in themes and are easy to access and use. You’ll find plenty of ideas for all occasions such as weddings, birthdays, Christmas, animals, figures and more. The majority are suitable for projects for children. There are plenty of ideas. You can now easily design your own projects using the many ideas provided. There is information on materials and how to get started, fabrics, the basic stitch and charts. The charts are small, and there are several to a page, but I do have problems with my eyesight, and I found them easy to read and use. The size of your eventual work depends on your Aida count. I would have liked the book to lie flat, it would be even easier to use.
This is such a cute colourful book full of fun and quirky charm, it's a must-have for cross stitch fans. It's a book full of cross stitch motifs, but with a cute childish feel to them. There are bunnies and diggers, tractors and teddy bears. If you want to cross stitch for children it would be a perfect book for you, but also if you are into the cute kawaii look you'll love it too. Motifs are useful to embellish cards and children's blankets. You can get special aida which you sew on to another fabric while you cross stitch which then dissolves in water. There are twelve introductory pages before the motifs on: stitches, framing, using the charts, sizing your design and preparing the fabric. Sharon has published several books and been in lots of magazines. She knits, sews and felts as well as cross stiches so she is a very adept craft teacher.
Machine Knitting Monthly
This reference book for cross stitch is just as useful for machine knitting, especially intarsia. It brims with motifs for mini projects, samplers and gifts. The full colour charts are grouped into popular themes, offering ideas for all occasions. Cross stitch beginners have all they need to create something special and those more experienced will love the wonderful variety.