When I was little I used to do a lot of cross stitch with the images printed on.  I have recently bought a counted cross stitch kit and depending on how well that goes, I may start trying some other designs.  So when I saw there was a book of more than 130 whimsical designs I knew I had to check it out to see if it sparked any ideas for me. And within 2 pages there was a dragon, so I was sold!  Each design is shown completed as well as the charting for it and recommended colors to use.  Each color corresponds to an  icon that can be found in the chart.  I was also excited to see there was one labeled “pansies” but it was not the same as the flowers I know and love so I’ll skip that one for now – but there are definitely a good number in this book that look amazing and probably way over my head to try, but I will dream about doing them anyway.  In addition to designs of animals and flowers and sayings for around the house, there’s also alphabets, borders, etc so you could really customize anything you want and make it look great by combining different items from the book.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book will be released on February 13, 2019 from Dover Publications.

About the Book

A Book of the Month Club’s Crafter’s Choice!
Cross-stitch is a traditional hobby — but your designs don’t have to be! These more than 130 patterns reflect a modern sensibility, with motifs ranging from trendy to vintage to kitschy, so there’s something here for everyone. All are designed to fit into a 6-inch or smaller embroidery hoop, making them quick projects that can be finished in an evening or weekend. If you’re feeling ambitious, the small designs can be assembled to form a larger piece.
Patterns are organized according to theme: animals; designs, including flowers and snowflakes; home and hearth, consisting of more than 40 patterns that range from a patchwork heart and an antique sewing machine to teapots, a watering can, and variations on “home sweet home”; nature; and charming patterns for special occasions. A brief introductory section offers advice on getting started, tools and supplies, and stitching.