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Cross Stitch for All Seasons Hardcover – November, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Meredith Books; 1st edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696207079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696207075
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Mary Engelbreit's cheerful designs have become almost ubiquitous, appearing on everything from greeting cards to home fabrics to clothing, and the 80-plus seasonal projects in this book are a happy extension of those colorful pick-me-ups. These designs cover the cross-stitch skill range, from 10-count perforated plastic ornaments and button covers to an embellished gardener's journal cover worked on 36-count linen. The tinted charts, instructions, and specialty-stitch diagrams smooth the creative process for those who want to use these patterns as a jumping-off point for their own whimsy.

From Library Journal

Mary Engelbreit's popular greeting cards and book illustrations recently became available in counted cross-stitch (Mary Engelbreit Cross-Stitch, Meredith, 1996). This new book of sampler and accessory designs for the four seasons includes several Engelbreit classics, such as "Believe" and "It's Good To Be Queen." Each project has a full-color chart with stitch symbols, thread key, list of materials, and instructions, as well as a photo of the finished piece. Engelbreit's many fans are sure to make this a popular library selection.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Charts are a nice size and the symbols are colored for easy use.
Heather Helser (heather.mls@usa.net)
I've always loved Mary Engelbreit's artwork and was thrilled to find this book.
"kellylynn"
There are also great ideas for using the designs in innovative ways.
Kate

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "kellylynn" on March 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've always loved Mary Engelbreit's artwork and was thrilled to find this book. I did the Angel "Peace" sampler and it is the most beautiful piece of needlework I have ever created. I gave it as a Christmas gift to my mother-in-law, and I have recieved many complements on it.
The design was easy to follow as each symbol was color coded. The instructions for the project were clear and concise. I am looking foward to making another project from this lovely book. My only regret is that my copy has been used so much that it's quite dogeared now.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kate on June 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The cover of this book gives a taste of the wonderful things to come. The designs are colourful and refreshing, and the charts are coloured and easy to read. I can't wait to stitch the 'Home Sweet Home' sampler. There are also great ideas for using the designs in innovative ways. This book is a classic for cross stitchers. Designs run over all the seasons, and include Christmas designs, things for children, and lovely things for the home. I have enjoyed just browsing through it and reading the helpful ideas and suggestions!
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After longing for "Mary Engelbreit Cross Stitch for All Seasons," but balking at the high price, I eventually picked up a copy for a song in a bargain bin. I am a longtime fan of Mary Engelbreit's whimsical work, and copies of several of her more famous works (Everyone needs their own Spot, It's Good to be Queen) grace my home.

"Cross Stitch For All Seasons" includes cross stitch adaptations of Engelbreit's signature works such as Everyone Needs Their Own Spot, Believe, and It's Good to be Queen in a variety of uses: as pillows, basket liners, placemats, bookends, button covers, treat bags and more.

The book is arranged in four seasons (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer), and projects are grouped accordingly. Halloween treats include a centerpiece, treat bag, candy corn button covers, basket liners and more. Spring features handy gifts for the gardener. Baby and wedding projects are also included, along with "Breit ideas" and a handy section on cross-stitch basics.

The patterns are easy to read, both in the choice of colors and in the size of the patterns themselves. I would classify the stitching level as moderately difficult, and based on the numerous color photos of finished projects that grace the book, the patterns are very close to the originals. Ranging from quick and easy (button covers) to down and dirty (double-layered, matted wedding plaques), this is sure to please any cross-stitcher who loves the timeless art of Mary Engelbreit.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book by my soon-to-be mother-in-law. It is one of my most treasured gifts. I am an avid cross-stitcher and find the patterns adorable, adaptable and easy-to-use. Mary Engelbriet is a fascinating artist and her designs will possess you to get more!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bizzy the Crafter on August 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was WONDERFUL!! She broke it up into various themes and her puppies were the cutest I have ever seen. Also I enjoyed the fact that along with the patterns she gave great ideas for how to turn the patterns into wonderful accessories for your home. I would HIGHLY recommend that this book become part of your cross stitch library. Also, check out her first book about cross stitch. It is a little more involved but still a good part of any collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Hills on December 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
bought the book - love the designs (am currently going cross eyed doing "believe" as a present for my mother).

the ONE problem (and it's not insignificant) is that the ink runs. If you're at ALL a "hands on" stitcher, make sure to photocopy the designs and work from those - i smudged out a very large section of one of the designs by accident.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Denise Kemp on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was full of beautiful, bright designs with easy to read legends and charts. I love her designs and they look just as good cross stitched as they do on the cards, calendars, ect. Fantastic book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I cannot express the feeling I got when I opened this book for the first time. Everything about it is just gorgeous, from the layout to the Englebreit touches throughout, to the very quality of the book itself. The stitching patterns are clear, colorful, and very easy to read. I can't wait to create some of these designs -- I wish I didn't have to work so I could stitch full time!
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