Cross-Stitch Designs from India Paperback – Jul 1 2004
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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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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!
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!