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Stitch Graffiti: Unexpected Cross Stitch Paperback – 1 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680456
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 21.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 899,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're always looking for new art styles to recreate in stitches, this book is just what you need. It's aimed at modern crafters looking to try something new, so the pages are packed with graphic designs, tattoo-style images and quotes from famous songs and films. Heather encourages readers to create everything from jackets to handbags and even to stitch a fly squatter! Her witty comments and unique designs maek this paperback an absolute pleasure to stitch from.-Cross Stitch Crazy

About the Author

Heather Holland-Daly is the owner of cross-stitch kit company Monsterbubbles (, a quirky design company she started in 2003 to satisfy her need for something to stitch. Her designs have been featured in The Cross Stitcher and Just Cross Stitch and she has appeared on Needle Arts Studio with Shay Pendray. Heather strives to make stitching cool again and bring needle arts to the young and young at heart. She lives in Belleville, Illinois. Website:

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chillin at the beach on 26 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
They are seriously charging nearly £10 for this?
Beautiful pictures and plenty of instruction for the beginner, hey Heather even gives you recommendations of music to listen to while you stitch.
But for £10 you would expect a book packed with designs, this book does not have enough for me and to be honest I could've designed them myself using Jane Greenoff's Cross Stitch designer on CD Rom.
Do yourself a favour save your money and go out and buy a cross stitching magazine for £3.60 because you'll get waaay more designs that you'll want to stitch as well as instructions for beginners.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AnaBea on 29 July 2008
Format: Paperback
Not worth the money - the design on the cover is nice, and there are one or two other OK motifs inside, but simply not enough to justify a whole book! It all a bit hippyish and drippy to be honest - better to buy a modern motif book or a couple of magazines.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bead Addict on 12 April 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after a long break from cross stitching in the hope of finding something quirky and contemporary to stitch: I can't abide fiddly and cutesy!

This was the first time I had come across Heather's work and was very pleased with her diverse designs and clear instructions. However, if you are already familiar with her style you are unlikely to find a new challenge within the pages of this book.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Accessible and imaginative! 10 Mar. 2008
By Ms. K - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been waiting for Stitch Graffiti for a while, and I certainly wasn't disappointed! I love Heather Holland-Daly's designs, and if you haven't seen them before, check out her website: [...] (and no I'm not getting royalties for talking her up). She uses brilliant colors and eclectic designs, often quoting poetry or music in her peices. Her patterns are funky, youthful, and fresh - without being tacky.

The book has an obligatory cross stitch lesson in the beginning, but further on, she assumes that if you're buying a book about cross stitch you're either going to know a little bit about it or refer back to the guide in the beginning if you don't - she doesn't talk down to the experienced stitcher. The majority of the book is patterns, both small and large, and ideas about where to stitch. Not everything has to go into a frame. Her patterns are relatively simple, but still beautiful. There are a few that could be done in a few hours, and a few that would take me more than a month. She doesn't cram her book with piddly little projects that just take up space!

One of the things I probably appreciated the most in Holland-Daly's book was the DMC conversion on each of her patterns. She uses hand-dyed and threads and cloth (and gives some good advice on how to finish and care for work using these materials) and recommends her favorites for each pattern, but also gives DMC thread "equivalents" for those of us who might not have access to special materials.

This is a very accessible book for the beginning stitcher and a breath of fresh air for the stitcher who's tired of making the same old samplers. Get brave with your cross stitch!
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Not what I thought... but quite good. 30 Mar. 2008
By Sara J. Lutz - Published on
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I'll be honest, I ordered this by mistake. I had been looking at a few embroidery books and ditzily clicked on the wrong one.

I'm rather glad I did. The book is put together well, with a nice overview of the basics of cross-stitch before heading into the patterns. Colors and placement are suggested... but the idea seems to be take Heather's initial plans and run with them. Some of the patterns are not in my own taste (frankly, I don't see myself making a cross-stitched flyswatter, but hey, that's just me.) but others will be motifs I'll be using for years (her wind design is already going onto a well loved denim jacket for this spring). In addition to well written directions and clear cut graphs, the book has a ton of unique placement suggestions and even some MP3 playlists to keep you in tune with your stitching.

If you aren't looking for cutesy sampler patterns (there are a few... but she does avoid the old standbys and tries for some new ground) and want to go beyond wall art needlepoint, this is a pretty good place to start. Patches, buttons, and hidden suprises for your favorite old pair of jeans are all supplied.

If you are looking for complicated color patterns however, I'd give it a miss. The author relies more on varigated threads and multi-hued backgrounds to add sparkle to her designs. A good way for begingers to get some extra bang for their buck when first stepping into the cross-stitch world.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Better than I could have hoped 5 May 2008
By Kunni Biener - Published on
Format: Paperback
Heather is inspiring for a stitcher of any age. Her designs are new and innovative, some small enough to be finished in one sitting. She sees cross stitch in places where no one else has and she opens her mind - and yours - to possibilities. Worth every penny! I have been stitching for over 20 years and just love this book,a new stitcher will, too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Definitely one of a kind! 29 Jun. 2009
By Zephyr - Published on
Format: Paperback
One of the reasons I bought this book was due to the really interesting heart found on the cover as well as the rave reviews this book got. I really ended up loving it! I like the friendly approach that the author has towards stitching and turns it into a fun hobby. Finally a book that strays away from the "perfect" and over done florals. Some of the designs are rather comical and easy to make, but nonetheless still wonderful. All of these designs can easily be taken apart and analyzed so you can turn it into your own. One thing I really didn't like is the color schemes. Many of them I found to be too much and rather hippie-ish. Apart from that, that's nothing that can't be solved as I have a large box of DMC floss. This is great for the beginner, or the advanced who wants to take a break from huge projects we all know will never get finished. I have been stitching for a long time and I am happy that finally (the author) agrees that embroidery hoops are not always the best way to go as I have been stitching without one since the beginning. The charts are full color and easy to follow, and I just love books printed with tons of color. This easily qualifies. This book is pure fun and unique!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not as cool as was expecting 7 Mar. 2012
By Gina - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I recently got into cross stitching. I thought this would have some cute, slightly more challenging patterns I'd like. Based on the other reviews, it sounded like something I would like. Not cross stitches I'd find in my grandmother's house. There are a few patterns that are cute. I like a lot of the backgrounds to a lot of them actually. But most of them are just plain cheesy. A "mom" tattoo like pattern.. really? A simple spider I could have found online.. a fly swatter that spells "No Fly Zone". I don't know if this book was supposed to be geared towards a younger audience (I'm 22), but most of the patterns seem that way. The one I like the most actually is the cover design & now that I've seen the rest of the book, I don't even feel like doing that. Oh well.. Maybe it'll make a good gift to a younger cross stitcher.
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