A rainbow of stitches : embroidery and cross-stitch basics plus more than 1,000 motifs and 80 project ideas
Agnès Delage-Calvet ... [et al.] ; photography by Frédéric Lucano.
New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, c2009.
"A Rainbow of Stitches" is a how-to-stitch guide, a project idea book, and an encyclopedia of motifs, all in one reference. Includes more than 80 beautifully photographed, inspiring ideas for stitched embellishment, from personal accessories to home decor.
Cross stitch cards 100 : [stitched greetings for every occasion]
Cincinnati, OH : David & Charles, 2009.
Cross Stitch Cards 100 is a fabulous collection of 100 cross stitch card designs celebrating every occasion, from christening and Christmas to Motheras Day and moving home. Each chapter showcases eight beautifully stitched themed cards, each with complete stitching instructions, a wealth of inspirational embellishment ideas and clear color charts to work from. Joanne not only offers a collection of adorable cross stitch designs, she also provides papercrafting secrets that will help you create simple cards that make a big impression.
Naughty But Nice Cross Stitch features a collection of 50 fun and sassy cross stitch sayings to remind you not to take life so seriously. Each themed chapter presents the ideal answer to the endless demands on a womanÂ’s time - husbands, chores, children and work. Whatever the crisis, these witticisms are sure to put a smile on your face! A great selection of project ideas accompany the sayings, from hanging signs to framed pictures and cards so that you can share the fun with family and friends.
Old-fashioned ABC samplers are nowhere to be found in this collection of 26 stylish and witty designs that give cross-stitch a forceful new look. Unconventional wall hangings fill the first section of the book and dazzle with their bold colors, unusual lettering, and offbeat quotes from songs, books, movie dialogue, and even truck stop bathrooms. A second group of patterns features intriguing, small designs called "tattoos" to sew on T-shirts, jean jackets, bracelets, and handbags, and a final section shifts to the decoration of household items such as pillows, dish towels, and a cloth-wrapped money jar. Each project is accompanied by commentary explaining the inspiration behind the design, and sidebars offer tips for personalizing the final product by adding beads, dyed fabric backgrounds, or frames made from hardware and found objects. Basic technique demos teach beginners how to form cross-stitches, mix cross-stitch with other embroidery, choose and use embroidery thread, stitch on linen, and work out designs on blank graphs.
Author Dorothy Wood follows the history of cross stitch throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and then amasses 150 highly original, decorative projects. Beginning with the rich motifs of the Celtic and Medieval eras, the book then moves on to the more formal cross stitch styles reminiscent of Victorian England. In the Folk Art section the simple patterns of the Shakers are juxtaposed with the bright ethnic designs of South America, Eastern Europe and Asia, while the Contemporary section highlights the bold modern motifs of the late twentieth century.
A timeless craft dating back to the fifteenth century, cross-stitch remains a rewarding form of creative expression today. This lovely needlework technique is well suited for making samplers-wall hangings that are beautiful in their own right and that serve as a special way of marking milestones and celebrating favorite pursuits.