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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 15 June 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218623
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £6.50 (3 available)
  • Size: 210x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £12.99
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Cross Stitch Wildflowers and Grasses


32 beautiful botanical motifs to hand stitch by Hisako Nishisu

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Book Description

Embroidery artist Hisako Nishisu invites you to try her new collection of elegant cross stitch designs, inspired by the beauty and simplicity of wildflowers and grasses. There are over 30 stunning motifs to choose from, so whether you admire the lily of the valley or the violet, or prefer to stitch the Japanese silverleaf, there is sure to be a project that will catch your eye.

After a gallery of beautifully photographed embroideries, a cross stitch overview is provided outlining the tools, materials and techniques needed for completing these charming samplers. This is followed by a clear, full-page chart for each design.

Once your floral sampler is finished, frame it and hang it for a beautiful addition to any room, or use the designs to add pretty motifs to your linens, clothing and accessories.

Table of Contents

Japanese Primrose 10
Japanese Thistle 29
Anemone Nikoensis 20
Japanese Wild Radish 25
Shepherd’s Purse 14
Annual Blue-Eyed Grass 2 1
Houttuynia 28
Violet 12
False Strawberry 24
Horsetail 13
Lily of the Valley 18
Veronica Persica 17
Narrow Leaved Vetch 16
Dandelion 11
Chinese Milk Vetch 22
Strawberry Saxifrage 26
Balloon Flower 40
Great Burnet 45
Pincushion Flower 41
Skunk Vine 42
Tatarian Aster 48
Spotted Bellflower 33
Japanese Snake Gourd 46
Wood Sorrel 30
Japanese Silverleaf 49
Chinese Plantain 34
Trifolium Repens 37
False Bindweed 36
Fringed Pink 38
Lady’s Tresses 32
Day Flower 44
Jumpseed 50

Inspiration Gallery 52
Project Instructions 59

About the Author

About Hisako Nishisu

Hisako Nishisu studied European embroidery under Fumie Itagaki. She is the director of JACA (the Japan Art & Craft Association) where she is involved in promoting the practice of European embroidery and training the next generation of embroiderers. Her motto in her work and instruction in her classes is 'enjoyable embroidery, exciting creation'. She is the author of books on drawn thread work and Schwalm embroidery in her home country of Japan.


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This book has 32 botanical motifs of wildflowers and grasses in cross stitch. Not all plants are native to the UK but are no less beautiful.

Hisako uses DMC embroidery linen, in off white. The embroidery floss is also DMC and worked over two threads. The first pages illustrate all the motifs with the corresponding page numbers of the fully worked piece.

Five different stitches are used cross, back, straight, ¾, and Holbein stitch. All stitches are illustrated in the middle of the book together with project instructions, tools, and materials. The charts follow, which are very clear and are easy to understand, with thread numbers and corresponding symbols.

These pieces can be framed in their own right, but Hisako also shows how the embroideries can embellish household linen, clothing, and accessories. Hisakos motto is enjoyable embroidery, exciting creations.

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I absolutely adore cross stitch and this book is a beauty.

Over 30 botanical motifs, including Dandlion, Japanese primrose and many more are yours to use to decorate and adorn your home. The first part of the book showcase each design stitched and finished. There are techniques, stitch guide and things you will need to start your cross stitching journey and then there are the cross stitching charts. All the designs are stitched using DMC thread, but you can use your own choice of threads and colours. The designs in this book would make a stunning sampler, but can also be used to descorate hand towels, aprons and napkins. All the designs are both elegant and stunning.

Happy cross stitching!


A wonderful, must-have book!

This is a most beautiful book - the projects are lovely and are very achievable. The flowers are gorgeous and very life-like. It made me want to start an embroidered wild flower immediately. Never has an embroidery book inspired me more!

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