The Cross Stitcher's Bible Paperback – Feb 1 2003
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The Cross Stitcher's Bible
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The beginning of this book shows how your materials can make a difference. Using linen instead of aidacloth can change the way the final product looks. There are also examples of how the resolution (number of stitches per inch) can impact the look as well. The author contrasts how backstitch around the stitching looks versus stitching without. She also shows different types of threads - Waterlillies and Watercolours thread, silk ribbon thread, varigated thread, metalic thread and blending filaments. There are examples of how beads can be used to enhance your work.
I really like the section that shows different types of stitches (yes, there really is more than just the "x" stitch!) the queen stitch, the eyelet stitch, the counted chain stitch and more. These are some of the stitches I've seen on samplers but didn't know how to stitch. The author also includes an informative and detailed section on hardanger. I gave it a try and it's a joy to create!
The book also contains a pattern library, which has some nice patterns.
This is a fantastic resource book on every aspect of cross stitch. Every serious stitcher should keep a copy of this book on-hand.
If you love counted cross stitch, Hardangar, etc., this book is for you. Clear pictures and easy-to-understand descriptions of the stitches demonstrated make it a reference book of value. The reviews of different types of fabric and stitching fibers is an added joy. The design types are wonderful.
Don't hesitate to get this marvelous book, you'll be glad you did!