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Cross-Stitch Designs from India [Paperback]

Carol Phillipson
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July 1 2004
Carol Phillipson has explored the diverse and colourful culture of India to bring you a beautiful selection of striking pieces with which to decorate your home. Intricate motifs, beautiful beadwork and lavish metallic threads adorn many of the stunning pieces to create ornate and sumptuous items that will be a pleasure to work and own. In addition to the projects, Carol provides a fascinating insight into the history behind the art, architecture and religious mythology that has inspired her designs, making this book which is beautifully illustrated with historical images, not only practical but also highly enjoyable to read.

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Carol Phillipson has explored the diverse and colourful culture of India to bring you a beautiful selection of striking pieces with which to decorate your home. Intricate motifs, beautiful beadwork and lavish metallic threads adorn many of the stunning pieces to create ornate and sumptuous items that will be a pleasure to work and own. In addition to the projects, Carol provides a fascinating insight into the history behind the art, architecture and religious mythology that has inspired her designs, making this book which is beautifully illustrated with historical images, not only practical but also highly enjoyable to read.

About the Author

Carol Phillipson is a recognized crossstitch and needlearts designer in the United Kingdom with many articles and exhibitions to her credit. She was a partner in Wrencraft Needlework kit producers. Carol is the author of several books on stitchery and patchwork, including "Designing Patchwork on Your Computer" (Krause Publications).


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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple To Do March 31 2008
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I haven't done any of the designs yet but they look really simple. I don't mind the blocks instead of the charts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Indian Designs Feb. 24 2005
By Lori Cyr - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my absolute favorite cross stitching books. I have always loved Indian arts, and this book did not dissappoint me. The charts are beautiful, and there is a wonderful variety of projects, large and small. I feel it was worth every penny I spent for it. You can make beautiful, small keepsakes and gifts or you can make intricate samplers, pictures, pillow covers, keychains, purses, and wall hangings. Some projects are relatively quick to make, and others take longer. I absolutely love the floral and paisley motifs. There are some other projects that require beading, but they are very beautiful. The only thing I found a little cumbersome is the threads are listed as Anchor only, and I only have access to DMC threads where I live. Also, the color conversion chart at the end of the book does not list all of the colors used. Some of the Anchor threads do not have a DMC equivalent, so I ordered a few colors online. If you aren't very picky like I am, you might be satisfied to just look at the pictures and choose a color that is close to the picture. The author did a wonderful job with this compilation of Indian art as cross stitch. She borrowed designs from Indian archetecture, metal work, pottery, rugs, and clothing. This is by far one of my favorite cross stitch books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really gorgeous pictures! And they ARE authentic July 1 2014
By Jane in Milwaukee - Published on Amazon.com
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I strongly disagree with the reviewer who says that only 10% of these designs are accurate...I think her living in India may have caused her to lose her perspective--she's "too close to the situation." This is largely because...they don't do cross stitch in India! At least, I've never seen any. All the textiles are woven or knotted--as in carpets--or painted or screen-printed. If they are embroidered, they're EXTREMELY intricate and not via counted work on a grid but are freestyle embroidery using a lot of textural stitching like raised chain stitch, sequins, beading, even mirrors via shisha.

Author Carol Phillipson who is from Yorkshire in England is very careful to explain what images from India all of her projects are based on. For example: the large India elephant on the front cover has a match facing to the left. She explains that one was adapted from a painting in Bijapur from the mid-1600's showing Muhammed Adil Shah and Ikhalas Khan riding on decorated elephants. The other picture is from a painting from Gujarat. The heraldic bases are from Torans--friezes above the main doorways in the house.

We see the Taj Mahal and matching Humayum's Tomb which are pretty large. There is also a picture from a "phad" or story-telling illustration of the heads of two stylized women facing to the right. This is the largest project. There are flowers from Afghanistan but there is an explanation why they are included in this book.

And I also disagree with the reviewer who says all the projects are too huge for any but an advanced stitcher. What about the book marks shown on the cover? Just one of those elephants shown below the large elephant picture takes only 2 colors of floss and the stitch count is 26 by 29 stitches. The pattern calls for 28 count fabric stitched over 2 threads but you could easily use 14-count aida which is really easy to stitch on. If you get a pre-finished book mark to embroider on, this project could be done within 3 evenings. There are several more book marks, some cards, a set of coasters and even a small pendant. So there is a wild variety of sizes of projects. Finally (lots of complainers here!) the chart in the back for Anchor, DMC and Madeira threads states: "This conversion chart is for guidance only, as exact comparisons are not always possible." I don't think I've ever stitched something that I didn't change some part of the pattern or the colors to suit me. Nothing is written in stone.

I think this book is well laid out, there are great explanations of the origin of each design and good instructions how to make them. This is a really nice addition to my library of hundreds of needlework books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Wanted! July 30 2011
By Heather D. Maliakal - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had this book for 4 years now and have made several of the designs. I LOVE THEM! My Husband is from India, so I was excited to show him what I had found, he even liked many of the patterns!

The patterns are easy to read and very clear in their instruction. I'm not an "advanced" stitcher, with that said, I've had no problems with the patterns. I've substituted some colors, but that's easy :)

Would I recommend this book...You bet I would!
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4.0 out of 5 stars India cross-stitch design book review Oct. 9 2007
By C. Carey - Published on Amazon.com
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There are several designs in this book that I would like to make. The charts are a little small, and the colours are so similar that it is sometimes hard to see the contrast. I changed lots of the colours but I love the basic designs. Projects of different sizes for every taste.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful product June 4 2014
By rde478 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been just amazed to see the inside of the book. I can't wait to start my cross stitch pattern design for a framed wal art during this summer.
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