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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice little book, 21 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Storyland Cross Stitch: 15 Projects and a Kit for Your Stitching Pleasure (What Delilah Did) (Paperback)
I really liked this book. The cover is clever and unusual and it contains a range of designs from a simple heart to fit on a button to a large owl to fit on a cushion. A kit containing aida, needle and thread was also included to have a go yourself. It was not just the designs themselves that made this such a good book, but the explanations of how to make the buttons, cushions, pencil cases, hanging hoops, tote bags etc. The book was well presented, easy to understand and imaginative. It has to be said that a number of the designs were silhouettes, but really well designed, however, I would not recommend this book to an experienced cross-stitcher, as they would probably find it too simplistic. The storyland aspect of the title is also slightly misleading, as although the images are fantasy based, they are not solely based on nursery rhymes or fairy tales as such. The images, for example, are of a key, the head of a fox, a bow and arrow, a goose, a stag, a coat of arms, a wolf, an owl, a tree, a leaf, a unicorn etc. I have a number of craft books and cross stitch books, but it is this book that has acted as a catalyst to get me to uncover my sewing machine and has inspired me to have a go at designing my own small images on pencil cases and book covers that I have made based on designs in the book. I also loved that an expected time frame to finish a design was included with each of the images, which helped. The instructions are so simple and the reading entertaining, that I can't imagine anyone flicking through and not being inspired to have a go too. In short, a really good book for someone starting out or looking for something a little different from the normal cross stitch images. Personally, I loved everything in it, although I have tried to give a balanced review.
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