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Fables & Fairy Tales to Cross Stitch Hardcover – 17 Jan 2018
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About the Author
Illustrator V ronique Enginger is the author of several other books of cross stitch patterns. Her designs often focus on helping the charm of our memories enrich our current-day lives.
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There are 46 designs and 22 projects included in the book. I chose The Princess and The Pea design to make and i found the chart very easy to follow with clear instructions and thread guide using DMC and i got a perfect finished result.
There are plenty of colour pictures to inspire you throughout the whole book and it is packed with hints and tips so great for a beginner to cross-stitch.
The book is divided into three themes: Fables, Fairy Tales and French Nursery Rhymes which you can mix and match to create your own designs.
I love this book so much that i bought myself a hardback copy as i will be making many more projects from this book.
This book is an informative guide to cross stitch with forty-four designs based on characters from popular fairy tales and nursery rhymes. The designs are eye-catching with lovely colourful photographs and detailed designs. It gives techniques and tips on what materials to choose, the accessories needed and the different stitches used. It also includes instructions for twenty-two instructions projects such as bags, book covers, key rings, pencil holders, storage pouches and patchwork quilts, to name but a few. This is a delightful book and I look forward to working my way through the different designs.
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Not only are there 44 different designs, the book also shows a wide variety of ways to finish your work. The instructions for the finishing techniques and the supplier of fabric, etc. are noted in the book as well.
The threads used are DMC. I really appreciate when DMC is used as it is one of the more cost effective flosses available. If you want to use other materials, generally, other companies will provide an equivalent chart to DMC.
The book is well made. It has a hardcover with an easy, stay-flat, sewn in binding. I can open to a page easily and the book stays open (rather than having to fight it to stay in that position. I always feel that a sewn-in binding is a mark of a very well made book.
The designs are done with both color coding and symbols. Most people prefer one or the other. For my use, I prefer the symbols.
I would rate this as a good book for anyone from new to cross stitch to advanced. There are enough directions to walk a new stitcher through and the subject and the overall designs are so beautiful they will tempt an advance stitcher as well.
The designs are based on Fables, Fairy Tales and French Nursery Rhymes. While I am familiar with the first two categories, I was both unfamiliar with as well as entranced by the French Nursey Rhymes designs. They made me very curious to learn more about the rhymes.
I have already pre-ordered Ms. Enginger’s Christmas book due out later this year and I be purchasing her Retro book (just out now with 500 designs) in the near future. When I looked for other books by this artist, I found many French and even Japanese releases. I hope that the artist and publisher will be providing more of these books and designs in the English language.
In addition to the hardbound copy of this book that I purchased on Amazon, I was provided a temporary digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Throughout the book, Enginger includes full color photography for examples of projects that could completed with the designs; instructions for those projects are included in the back. The grids are well-sized and the symbols are easy to differentiate. Enginger references DMC floss numbers, making the precise colors she recommends easy to source.
While the instructions for cross stitching included with the book are suitable for beginner embroiderers, the patterns themselves are probably more appropriate for those with intermediate experience, as the beautiful designs include a lot of color changes, especially those with a larger scale. Overall, this is a nice pattern book for anyone who enjoys cross stitching and has a new baby (or older child) to stitch adorable patterns for.
This book is just about perfect for me personally because it combines fairy tale patterns with a super adorable vintage’y look. While all of the patterns are lovely I especially love the Snow White, Red Riding, Pinocchio, and Alice in Wonderland patterns. The color choices in this book are adorable (though you could obviously use whatever colors you want).
The book is broken up into three pattern sections (Fables, Fairy Tales, and French Nursery Rhymes) then it also includes a techniques and tips section as well as project instructions.
If you are a beginner at cross-stitch, you can definitely complete these patterns. In fact I feel like these are a great place to start as they’re not too large and could be combined in many different ways.
The projects themselves (things like hanging storage, totes, and even a princess hat) are cute but are just a bonus in my eyes as the actual cross-stitch patterns can be used in your own projects as well.
It does show you how to make the stitches but they’re just the typical x stitch, 3/4 stitch, straight stitch, and my arch nemesis the french knot. Nothing too complicated. You won’t have to learn new stitches if you already know the basics, you’re set.
In addition to the cross stitch patterns, which are easy to follow yet intricate enough to keep even an experienced cross stitcher interested, the book also contains patterns for several sewing projects to apply your cross stitch panel to once it's complete, including, but not limited to, a quilt, a project bag, and a messenger bag.
I'm still trying to figure out which pattern I'm doing first.