The front cover of this book gives a very good idea of the sort of designs you will find inside of this book. As I loved the cover, I am delighted with the designs found inside. This book is a rare jewel jam-packed with lovely bright, colourful and most of all original ideas!
This book really does stand out! It is different from the average cross stitch book. You can use most designs for your own purposes. For a change this book is not full of book marks, napkins, side table cloths and tea pot cosies, which I can't like as I'm only 30 and don't want to be surrounded by objects that make me feel an old woman. It does contain many lovely pictures for framing (which you could use for pillows also), cushions (the ones at the top on the front cover are 38 cm in diameter), a very unusual fire screen, a book cover, nice little coasters and a bell cord for if you're slightly over 30. At the back and throughout the book are suggestions on how to use a collection of pretty patterns for edges or details from larger pieces for small objects or cards.
I have come to the conclusion that I tend to like books from this publisher: David and Charles (D & C). Another book from them, Antique Samplers in Cross Stitch by Jane Greenoff, toghether with this title by Barbara Hammet is my favorite. For that book also counts: the cover gives a good idea about the contents!