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Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting
Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting
by John Lohman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed but still very good, 30 Jun. 2013
So glad to at last find some decent Star Trek cross stitch patterns! And not only that, but some that are written by men which is nice to see!

I would say most are basic maybe a couple that are a bit more tricky but nothing that couldn't be easily accomplished in time by a complete beginner. The instructions that go with each pattern are really well written and something you don't see often and would definitely help out a novice even if they were a bit OTT of the order you had to stitch in...

All the colours are listed in DMC and it's nice to see that the colour pallettes have been kept to a minimum on each pattern and the colours on one pattern are reused in another.

Love the Federation sampler but so pleased to see the Klingon one included! Can't wait to use the pIqaD alphabet!

Just a few things I found disappointing namely the focus on TOS/TNG patterns. There is one DS9 pattern, and no Voyager/Enterprise patterns except the "Captains" towel. As a younger fan who grew up with those shows I was really disappointed with that. Especially the author's condescending note "DS9 might be one of the lesser-known series, but the people who really like really like it.". Lesser known? I don't think so....

Also while the book is printed in glorious glossy colour, the patterns have had to be squeezed onto the page. So larger patterns are tiny and impossible to work off while the smaller designs have been blown up to fit the page. Also, the grid lines they have chosen to print cuts off shortly outside the pattern which makes it harder to count when working out the whole design etc. Definitely have to work off of photocopies but that's fine.

A lot of the patterns I wouldn't stitch as they are, but would pick up the motifs and use them for smaller work like cards/bookmarks.

So all in all I am really pleased with the book but felt a couple of the small details really let it down.

Hopefully it will prove popular and they will print another one with some more up-to date patterns!


In Mendel's Footnotes
In Mendel's Footnotes
by Colin Tudge
Edition: Paperback

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!, 11 Aug. 2002
This review is from: In Mendel's Footnotes (Paperback)
I haven't finished this book yet, but wanted to review it, because it ahs made a big impression on me!
Colin Tudge's writing style is good, but he strays from the actual point a lot and describes things that are not relevant to his original meaning. Although this can be confusing, it is also brilliant! Although it hasn't given me much more information on DNA etc (go for Steve Jones' "The Language of the Genes") it has given me more information about the history of the discovery of certain aspects of Genetics.
I would reccomend buying it, @ all costs! I am deeply enthralled and can't put it down!
One last bit of advice, don't be put off by his writing style, you soon get used to it!


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