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Famous Paintings in Cross Stitch (Hamlyn Home & Crafts S.) Hardcover – 15 Apr 2005


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (15 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600610365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600610366
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 1.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,452,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London, Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines.

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About the Author

Jan Eaton is a well-known needlecraft and textiles designer. She has written over a dozen books including the new edition of Cross Stitch (Art of Crafts), Around the World in Cross Stitch and The Creative Guide to Cross Stitch Embroidery. Jan also runs her own company, Tom Pudding Designs, which produces her exclusive range of cross stitch designs.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "rosebydesign" on 5 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid cross-stitch fan and sew quite fast, so I get through projects in no time and am running out of people to give them to. I was so excited to see a book full of really detailed, large pictures, like Van Gogh's Irises, Boticelli's Venus and Raphael's sweet little cherub. Projects that I could really get stuck into - and everything I've sewn from this book has been as good as it promised. Great charting and not too many threads given the artworks - I don't know how the charter managed to reproduce such realistic skin tones. Fun to work on because sometimes you can't see what you're making until you're about halfway done - and the paintings are INCREDIBLE when stiched - real works of art. My kids have been stunned by the way I'm casually producing famous paintings and are actually lining up to claim them - one daughter said she considered my irises a family keepsake that should pass down the generations (I think she's getting a bit carried away there, but even I am surprised by the beautiful pictures that appear).
This book made me feel genuinely creative. More please!
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By stitcher on 12 Jan. 2013
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I love the idea of reproducing old masters in cross stitch. I have to say its for very experienced stitches who have a lot of patience, I have not yet worked any of the charts, but the book itself is a joy to look through,
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If you're looking for more challenging counted cross stitch... 14 Mar. 2008
By Bundtlust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
You're sure to find it in Jan Eaton's Famous Paintings in Cross Stitch. I first discovered this delightful book in the British cross stitch magazine Cross Stitch Gold, which featured a full color pattern based on Rossetti's "La Ghirlandata," and spent the next two years trying to track down a copy of this excellent book. Note to self: why is it that all decent cross stitch magazines / books are English and super-expensive?!

The book features fifteen projects based on paintings by Van Gogh (Irises), Klimpt, Mucha, Degas, Cezanna and Botticelli. Some of the projects, such as a Degas tote bag, are smaller and more manageable, while other large-scale projects such as Van Gogh's Irises and La Ghirlandata will keep you stitching for months, if not years.

I wasn't as fond of the smaller projects; a Mucha-inspired curtain border paled next to the original print it was taken from, the Japanese woodblock print seemed a bit tired, and I noticed through careful comparison that the Degas tote bag insert featured an incomplete pattern (if you compare it to the photo, you'll see an area of shading under the ballerina that is coded in the legend, but not present on the chart). Generally, charts were easy on the eye and easy to read, although as previously mentioned, I found at least one instance where the chart and final project photo differed.

Overall, if you feel like you've conquered easier projects and you're looking for something unique, try Famous Paintings In Cross Stitch for a Mona Lisa-inspired eyeglass case, delicate sachets, greeting cards and large-scale projects that your visitors will ooh and aah over.
Some good ideas but probably will never make any of these ... 15 Oct. 2014
By Vicki Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
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Not what I expected. Some good ideas but probably will never make any of these except maybe the ballerina.
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