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Geometrische Kreuzstichmuster nach historischen Entwuerfen (German) Paperback – 11 Jan 2014

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  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (11 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 1494875705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494875701
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arrived on time. Interesting designs for the more advanced embroiderer.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c00f18c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccdb558) out of 5 stars A lovely book for folk art sampler, pillows, bellpull or what-have-you 28 April 2014
By Jane in Milwaukee - Published on Amazon.com
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Geometric Cross Stitch Patterns from Historical Typical of This Period--I googled the translation of the title and this is what popped up.

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.
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EDIT 3/11/16:
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....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5b5c18) out of 5 stars Excellent slim volume with easy to read charted designs for ... 11 Nov. 2014
By Frustrated Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent slim volume with easy to read charted designs for needlework. The illustration on the cover is part of a fully charted sampler, plus there are several other smaller projects illustrated. Text is in German, but charts are easy to understand even for the non-German speaker.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5ba018) out of 5 stars Nice content, poor quality 25 Feb. 2015
By CraftStitch - Published on Amazon.com
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What I ordered looked really neat. What I received is really odd. The book itself is kind of cool...there are some nice designs and charts. I ordered this "new". It is printed inside that it was made on Feb 22, 2015, which is the day I ordered it, and it was printed in the county where I live. That isn't so odd, but it's a terrible print job. First thing is that it's backwards...I admit to not being all that familiar with German texts, maybe they read from the back of the book to the front? Anyway, that's how this one is. Page one is in the back and it goes "backwards" from there, except the last page, page 27 is in the back where it belongs...but page 26 is in the front, the "first" page. Some of the charts run off the page, which is frustrating. The content of the book is fine. The quality is absolutely lacking. It also arrived bent and damaged, but my star rating doesn't reflect that since I left separate packaging feedback.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5b5ec4) out of 5 stars This book will fall apart in your hands--DO NOT BUY!!! 4 Mar. 2016
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The designs are fine---HOWEVER--the production quality of the book is trash! It comes hot-off-the-press of some copy machine in some po-dunk city in California, the operators of which are using some cheap book maker software. The paper is cheap. The pages are cut unevenly; some pages are cut off, thus losing the pattern. The page numbers are in the gutter, not standard positions as in a TRUE book. The margins travel all over the place. The book is an embarrassment to publishing. If you're going to use cheap software to make a book, at least know the aspects of book production. A complete AMATEUR production--total high school mentality of book production is all you will get from this cheap book. I've worked in the publishing industry and headed text publishing. I would reject this copy, very non-QA!!! If I'd have known I was spending $11.00 + SH for some "xerox" copy, I'd have NEVER got this "book." The writer should be ashamed that her work is being represented is such a bad package. The pages are disintegrating as I turn them. This book should be sent out as a reader-printable file for $1.00. I can print my own CHEAP copy at home. THE STATE OF THE PHYSICAL TEST SHOULD BE CLEARLY STATED IN THE DESCRIPTION, such as "If you buy this 'book,' you get a cheap-ass copy printed on some yahoo's printer in his garage." DO NOT BUY "on-demand" published books!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5b5de0) out of 5 stars Unusual Designs 10 Jun. 2015
By John R. Mathiason - Published on Amazon.com
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Small book, excellent old European designs. Only improvement would be a larger book with more designs.
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