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100 Cross-Stitch Patterns: To Mix-and-Match Hardcover – October 12, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Spi edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312600143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312600143
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's an embroidery primer with a difference. The book includes 116 useable embroidery patterns - and we all know how useful cross stitch designs can be to adapt for Fair Isle punchcard and electronic patterns. Whether you want to work traditional or contemporary styles and designs, you'll find all the stitches, advice and inspiration you need to achieve the best decorative and textural effects.-Machine Knitting Monthly If you like to mix words or sampler-style alphabets with your motifs then this is the book for you. It looks ordinary enough on the outside (in an attractive way of course) but inside the pages are split in half with motifs at the top and letters on the bottom. Flip the pages around and get many combinations for your projects. I like innovative ideas and this is a good one. The motifs are grouped into themed sections ranging from flowers to buildings, Christmas to borders and the alphabets feature things like holly leaves, little boats, strawberries and flowers as well as classic fonts in styles like italics, traditional cross stitch, orphanage and more. These are the sort of wee designs that look great mixed together on samplers and other larger projects or used singly on cards. There are a large number of attractive buildings featured such as cottages, old mill, Windsor Castle, winter cottage, village scene etc which is another feature which is somewhat different to most books of cross stitch patterns. There is an index, a list of suppliers for UK residents and short section on how to get the best out of the book as well as plenty of instructions for the beginner cross stitcher. You can find out about basics such as starting and finishing off, fabrics, tools and threads as well as how best to work the stitches and various useful tips. This is one of those books that beginners can use to learn with and anybody else can mine for useful patterns. One for the keeper shelf, in fact.-Myshelf.com Our very own Jane Greenoff, founder of the Cross Stitch Guild, has produced another stitching innovation with this new book. What's unique about the book is that the ring-bound pages are split horizontally across the middle, so that you can easily flip through matching the borders and motifs on the top half of the pages with the alphabets on the bottom half. There's an extensive range of both elements to choose from and they are perfect for designing your own traditional samplers. The charts are in colour with photographs of finished samples of all the designs. It's a terrific reference work for sampler designing.-Cross Stitch Collection --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

JANE GREENOFF is a self-taught cross-stitch designer and businesswoman. She started the Inglestone Collection kit company, which showcased authentic English designs of local buildings. In 1996, she founded the Cross Stitch Guild in order to provide an organization specifically for cross-stitch fans. She writes a regular column for Needlework & Cross-Stitch magazine published by Herrschners.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hillary R. Bergen on January 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, I have not been able to spend time on cross-stitch; a family member is having major surgery and when I am nervous, I can't stitch--my hands shake when I'm anxious, which becomes worse because I am frustrated!

However, this book helped me a great deal, because I have been able to plan my own samplers thanks to what I would call, "traditional sampler motifs and patterns" with a slightly modern twist. Here I am in 2011, planning what I will be stitching to be hung in my bedroom and my living room with help from a book (similar to the top-bottom "mismatch" books I loved as a child) that shows me what my great-great-great grandmothers would have been stitching in 1811 or 1911. (My paternal grandmother had an enormous amount of DMC products, including a box of either tatting or lace-making thread that dated back to 1921, which was about the time she married my paternal grandfather.)

The book makes it easy to match motifs with alphabets, allowing for greater ease of sampler pattern (or border, or use of alphabet) creation. I've been creating patterns like mad, and I have a great deal of stitching to catch up with when I am no longer so anxious or frustrated!

Pc Stitch 9.0 I use PCStitch Pro 9.0; which gives me upgrades to the software. I had to install it on a new laptop and I was happy to allow my software to be upgraded, debugged, and "pumped up" to PCStitch Pro 9.1--Using this software makes custom pattern creation with books like this a great deal easier than doing everything by hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maricruz Pacheco on August 14, 2012
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This book is highly recommended.

Each page is cut into two parts, the top has designs and patterns for every occasion. At the bottom brings alphabet, so you can combine them with the reasons for the above pages and decide which can combine with each other.

The designs of the villas are very beautiful, if you like embroidery frame houses, you will like this book very much.

The alphabets are beautiful, also in each shows the font size and brings photos and embroidery designs for better detail.

100% recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ada Rodriguez on March 19, 2011
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Since I had read the other reviews about the product I knew that it wouldnt have any big projects, but I thought I would get it because it is always handy to have different types of alphabets around if one does cross stitching for other people. It has been useful and easy to use.
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First of all, I love the binder structure of this book. It means that when open, the book lays flat, and actually stays put. So, you can follow a chart with ease. No weighting down a page, or losing your place. Second, it is actually two books, the upper half pages are flowers and UK homes. The bottom half pages are various alphabets. That makes it easy to focus in on the exact chart you are using. The flowers are so lovely. I know I will be working them into various projects, large and small. Same with the little homes. The various alphabets are nice, but rather run of the mill, but, again due to the very convenient working format, I am sure that this will be the first book I turn to when I want to do an initial etc.
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By rick on May 11, 2014
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The wife liked it and said "there were some very usefull patterns in there." so I said " you're welcome!"
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By Lee Gairg-Meyer on September 20, 2013
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This book is a nice collection of quick patterns that allows you to match up separate elements to compose your own finished pieces. Because the patterns are basically spot patterns they can be applied to small projects such as cuffs or collars or bookmarks. I think this is a good book for beginners or stitchers who are looking for quick references.
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