- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: David & Charles Publishers (April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0715317776
- ISBN-13: 978-0715317778
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,407,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Needlepoint Cats Paperback – April, 2004
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Calling all cat lovers! Prolific needlework designer Julie Hasler combines two of her favorite obsessions to produce a gallery of gorgeous needlepoint patterns depicting cats of many breeds in all their glory. Tabbies, Persians, Siamese, Angoras, and Oriental shorthairs cavort over cushions, door stops, wall hangings, bell pulls, greeting cards, trinket boxes, place mats--even a rug and a Christmas stocking. The beautiful full-color charts and accompanying photos capture the many moods of the feline persuasion at play and at rest, with well-chosen backgrounds to set off their colors, markings, and personalities. All the designs are worked in basic tent stitch, though the high level of detail necessitates some degree of needlework experience. All the grace and charm that makes cats so endearing shines through these striking designs. --Amy Handy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Julie Hasler is a popular cross stitch designer and author of many books on the subject. She first became interested in cross stitch while recovering in hospital from a motorbike accident, and soon turned to creating her own designs. Since then her work has appeared in exhibitions, books, magazines and newspapers. Julie lives in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Top customer reviews
Being a cat lover herself, Hasler abses each design on an actual cat. Zoe's Favorite Toy, for example, shows a black and white cat with a toy mouse being held to the ground by one paw. My favorite design of all, Jo Jo, shows a massive grey British shorthair, against a mostly purple patchwork design. Jo Jo looks exactly like one of my cats, even down to the serene face.
Another wonderful aspect of Hasler's designs is her way with backgrounds. No acres of single color backgrounds here; the designs include fields of flowers, a celestial background, Morris-style greenery, stained glass, and oriental rugs.
Designs in many sizes are included here as well from the tops of small trinket boxes to shaped pillows and rugs. One of my favorites is Peeping Tom a small round picture of a cats face. Framed with a wide mat, you can almost imagine this cat is looking through a peephole at you.
The book is clearly planned by a stitcher with exceptionally large, clear color charts, with a color key on the same page. The color numbers are given for the recommended thread. Along with an introductory chapter on basic techniques, there are helpful listings in the back of suppliers and a US/UK glossary to help with "translation."
From start ot finish, this is an outstanding project book.