Julie Hasler is a cross stitch designer whose work has always appealed to me. This particular book of her designs is of great use to the pagan stitcher because of the fantasy theme. There are some different designs to the usual Zodiac ones, not to mention some fabulous others including unicorns, Pegasus, a wizard, a mermaid and also images from Egyptian and Greek mythology. For the Norse influenced stitcher there are large designs of Frey and Sif, but only a few rune designs: I would have prefered all of them since they are not always that easy to chart yourself. Many of the designs are large, but there are many small ones in the book, including a St. Bridgets Cross, Eye of Horus, yin yang, etc the symbols here are from many different religions but sadly there is no pentacle or pentagram which I would have liked since I have found it very hard to chart myself a good small pentacle. However the book is aimed at stichers of fantasy not the Pagan stitcher, but it falls very nicely into the Pagan stitchers potential sewing projects.
The book is a good size enabling stitchers to work directly from the book. All the charts are colour which I find easier to work with these days as opposed to symbols and the charts are clearly displayed. It is well illustrated throughout showing how the finished design should appear, with good clear full page colour photographs and gives step by step instructions on how to turn your masterpiece into a cushion, greetings card, framed picture or wall hanging etc. The designs can be tackled by a novice or an experienced stitcher.
It is a good book that I like to work from but am equally happy just to pick it up and look at it dreaming of which project I should start next! It is also clearly a popular book with other stitching fans of fantasy themes, as since the book was first published in 1997 it has been republished six times. It is a book that I am sure that almost every Pagan and fantasy lover cross stitcher will want to have.