Geometrische Kreuzstichmuster nach historischen Entwuerfen (German) Paperback – 11 Jan 2014
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I'm so delighted to have run across this book. I collect needlework books which number about one thousand. Always on the look-out, I spotted this among new publications. Generally, you'll find an ethnic book like this--from a different country and filled with geometric designs--in a used book store, musty with age. But this is brand new, straight out of Germany. I've never heard of author Edith Blöcher before and even though I don't understand hardly a word of German, she's got a great eye for design. For once, the Look Inside feature is pretty good; scroll through it and look at the back cover. There is a large pattern 140 by 180 stitches, most of which is displayed on the cover. Interestingly, the pattern is sideways from the book. One really cool thing is that there is a big element of Assisi work here: that type of embroidery required you to stitch the background of a pattern instead of the design itself so that it stands out in relief like a silhouette. Here, there is a large and pretty sampler shown with maroon cross-stitch on cream-colored aida and next to it, cream-colored floss on maroon. This would make a pretty side-by-side pair. You can also see this style on the back cover: the little biscornus are made with one having the background stitched and, the other, with the design stitched.
Using aida cloth, this book would be fine for beginners as they are straight cross stitches--you would just need someone to show you how to put the materials together and how to begin. The charts are quite large and so take care in counting the stitches. I would make this on linen with maybe a higher count such as 36 threads to the inch.
If you want to see folk designs to stitch, also check out these:
Charted Peasant Designs from Saxon Transylvania (Dover Embroidery, Needlepoint)
Charted Folk Designs for Cross-Stitch Embroidery: 278 Charts of Ancient Folk Embroideries from the Countries Along the Danube (Dover Needlework)
101 Folk Designs for Counted Cross-Stitch and Other Needlecrafts (Dover Needlework)
History of Folk Cross Stitch
Folk Cross Stitch Design
I own this latter book and it's startling in its simplicity and yet complexity of patterns. I have yet to sit down and design a sampler of the folk designs...it will be hard to choose which elements to put where.
I recommend this book if for no other reasons than the cachet of being in a foreign tongue and fresh in ideas.
I don't know what's up with the particularly angry person whose only review is (trashing) this book. But I am sorry that the other negative reviewer got a book of poor quality. Mine is just fine. The designs are so pretty...I think if my book started to fall apart it would be from overuse....