Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Book review: X-Stitch by Sarah Fordham
X-Stitch - Cross Stitch Projects to Make A Statement by Sarah Fordham. I am not really a cross stitcher, but I really enjoyed having a peek into the world of little thread Xs. :-)
Getting Started includes Tools & Materials, How to Cross Stitch, Understanding Charts and Designing Cross Stitch. The book is about cross stitch but it also includes a few other stitches that are commonly used alongside cross stitch to add various details.
Sarah shares her method for designing cross stitch. I thought that was really helpful. Although it only shows the method for making a design from your own drawing. If you're not comfortable with drawing, maybe suggestions for using photos as the source would be handy.
I really like that Sarah encourages you to make the designs your own, either by changing the colours or only using parts of them or altering them.
I like that the designs are mostly small and fairly simple. If you're new to cross stitch a large complicated design could be quite daunting. That's not to say that you can't put several of the designs together to make a larger one if you wanted to go big.
At the back there are a few pages of graph paper in the right size for several sizes of cross stitch fabric if you want to make your own designs.
What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!