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Book Name: Cross-Stitch Designs

Author: Donna Kooler

Publisher: Sterling Publishing

ISBN: 0-8069-3796-3

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 128

Illustrations: Color photos and patterns

Experience Required: Beginner to Advanced

Book Review:

I loved looking at all the patterns in Cross-Stitch Designs because they were all in color and were very inspiring. I was also very pleased that projects ranged from small magnets to detailed pillow designs meaning cross-stitch enthusiasts of all levels including those just learning can benefit from the patterns in this book. There is also a general instructions section at the beginning of the book which is great for beginners because they can learn all about fabric for cross-stitch, number of floss strands, finished design size, preparing fabric, needles for cross-stitch, floss, centering design, securing floss, carrying floss, cleaning finished design, cross-stitch (XS), backstitch (BS) and French knot (FK).

One thing I would have like to see was a photo of the finished product for all the designs. For instance in the Designs for Pillows chapter, there are photos of five pillows while there are eight other pillows without photos. I'm not sure of the reason for this but at least the patterns are in color. Next to the patterns are the floss charts so you know which stitches to use with which colors for the design you are making. Unfortunately this is all the instruction you are given so either you have to have some knowledge of how to assemble the finished product you are making or find out how from another source. This book is all about the designs so it isn't necessarily the best resource book for the absolute beginner.


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