Chalmers, alias Mr. X Stitch, introduces cutting-edge projects, complete with charts, and shows that beauty and innovation are still alive and kicking. He teaches the basics of the craft, and then pushes the boundaries with urban flavors, glow-in-the-dark threads and plastic, while showing that cross stitch is an art in its own right.
Needlework is America's most popular craft, with about 38 million stitchers according to the Hobby Industry of America. Subversive Cross Stitch puts a 21st-century spin to this age-old art. Step-by-step instructions for 35 hilarious projects are sure to appeal to the savvy stitch-n-bitch generation.
Author: Lesley Teare
Publisher: David & Charles
Release Date: 2008-02-27
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Enter a world filled with intoxicating sorceresses, fairytale dragons, mythical unicorns and beautiful butterfly fairies, all intricately recreated in cross stitch. Versatile designs can be made up into a range of projects, including framed pictures, cards, cushions and notebook covers. Follow the clear making up instructions and full colour charts and photographs to create vivid images, guaranteed to transport you into the fabulous world of fantasy.
This new book from Japanese cross stitch sensation Makoto Oozu is packed with hundreds of tiny motifs that can be stitched onto anything from badges and hankies to T-shirts and bags. You will find it impossible to choose a favourite! The book is arranged by themes inspired by all aspects of everyday life. Take a trip to the toyshop with teddies, dinosaurs, cars, trains and computer games. Make sure you’re on trend with sunglasses, watches, socks, jewellery and make-up. Visit the shoe shop with different trainer designs as well as cowboy boots, high heels and sandals. Keep yourself active with boxing gloves, tennis rackets, balls, ice skates and skis. Stitch up your friends by choosing from different faces and hairstyles. Go wild with dogs, cats, birds and fish. Fill up on cakes, ice-creams, sushi, spaghetti, dough nuts, wine, beer and biscuits. Get your five a day with carrots, radishes, chillies, bananas, cherries, a pineapple and a watermelon. Enjoy your free time with TVs, cassette tapes, cameras, sewing equipment and tools. With step-by-step cross stitch instructions for beginners, as well as tips for stitching onto different fabrics, be warned: this is an addictive hobby! Once you start, you will soon be stitching these super awesome motifs onto anything and everything.
Trailblazing women take center stage in Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch, a collection of stylish patterns and capsule biographies that celebrates some of our favorite lady heroes. Feminism is back in the spotlight, and powerful women, from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Malala Yousafzai to Gloria Steinem and Michelle Obama, have inspired a whole new generation to smash the patriarchy. With an introduction on the rise of modern feminism, and instructions on the basics of cross-stitch, this book features patterns for embroidering twenty iconic women -- like suffragette Susan B. Anthony, author Virginia Woolf, political icon Hillary Rodham Clinton, and pop superstar Beyoncé -- and ten empowering feminist sayings. This charming book gives today's nasty women everything they need to begin crafting hip, feminist works of art.
Pick up a needle and thread and be inspired by these delightful, contemporary cross stitch designs that will give delight as gifts or to show off in your home. Cross-stitch is a traditional craft that allows beginners and experts alike to enjoy the experience of creating something, whether it's for themselves or a gift for a loved one. As you stitch, you gradually see something pretty come to life and, once it's finished, you can think, "I made that." Hannah Sturrock loves to stitch and wants to help you to love it, too. Here she shares over 30 beautiful patterns with you. Discover five chapters of fabulous ideas: For a Beautiful Baby; For Big Kids; For a Special Occasion; For a Nature Lover; and For the Home. Make an adorable peeping ted pillow for young ones, or a comic-book style cross-stitched cell phone case. Add an extra handmade touch to presents with stitched gift tags, and create a Christmas toy sack that will be treasured throughout the years. Bring the beauty of nature into the home with the flower burlap tote and the stunning floral finch pillow. You can even take cross-stitch to a new level, decorating walls with washi tape birds and stitching velvet ribbon onto woven chair seats. Make use of other innovative materials, too, including soluble canvas--which allows you to cross-stitch on any fabric--and glow in the dark embroidery floss. Hannah's designs are a little bit different from what is available elsewhere. She uses simple outlines with striking patterns and clean, fresh colors, and takes inspiration from new interior fashions, vintage textiles, nature, toys, and more, always striving to be contemporary and stylish.
Maximize the fun of needlework and minimize the stress! Discover how relaxing and satisfying crafting can be! In Cross-Stitch to Calm you'll stitch away your stress with this simple, yet meditative craft. Only a bit of embroidery floss, a needle, and fabric are needed. 40 unique, yet simple cross-stitch patterns are featured, along the themes of Creatures, Nature, Symbols, and Words. Plus, author Leah Lintz has included an introductory chapter that that explains the basics of cross-stitch, as well as easy techniques for finishing and displaying your project. Through beautiful imagery and easy-to-stitch shapes, Cross-Stitch to Calm will help you enjoy a new pastime while creating beautiful art for yourself and others.
Author: Maria Diaz
Release Date: 2003-01-01
The man most hated by the LAPD -- a black lawyer who has made his name by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers -- has been found murdered on the eve of a high-profile trial. The list of suspects includes half the police force. And Harry Bosch is the detective chosen to head the investigation. The political dangers of the case are huge. If it's not investigated fairly, the public outcry could make the Rodney King riots look tame. But a full investigation will take Bosch into the ugliest corners of law enforcement. To make matters worse, Bosch's wife, Eleanor, has disappeared. Bosch fears she has left him -- or succumbed to her gambling addiction. He's not sure which would be worse.
Knitting is hot, with 4 million newcomers in the last few years joining a core group of 38,000,000 knitters nationwide. And these are primarily young, creative, connected chicks with sticks who are coming together in living rooms, knitting cafes, and chic yarn stores, and making everything from funky hats to bikinis. In Stitch 'n Bitch, Debbie Stoller-founder of the first Stitch 'n Bitch knitting group in New York City-covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to, the why-to. Writing with wit and attitude (The Knitty-Gritty, Blocking for Blockheads), she explains the different types of needles and yarns (and sheep, too) and all the techniques from basic to fancy, knit to purl to cast-off. She also shares her special brand of corrective surgery for when things go wrong, and offers fun and informative sidebars on such topics as how to find the best yarn for less, how to make a buttonhole, knitting etiquette, and what tools to keep in your knitting bag. At the heart of the book are forty stylish patterns: Alien Scarf, Big Bad Baby Blanky, Mohair Hoodie, Kitty and Devil Hat, Cell Phone Cozy, and Wonder Woman Bikini. And for anyone interested: how to start a Stitch 'n Bitch group.
101 Christmas Minis -- Book 2 (Leisure Arts #5523) is packed with petite cross stitch designs by Holly DeFount of Kooler Design Studio. These traditional holiday designs are wonderful for finishing as ornaments or using to embellish other decorations and gifts. Designs portray Nativity scenes, Santas, snowmen, florals, toys, elves, stars, candles, greetings, pets, music, and more. When stitched on 18-count fabric, they all fit inside a 2 -inch diameter opening. Full-color charts and basic cross stitch diagrams and instructions are included.
The talented graphic designer and illustrator behind the popular blog and Etsy store LittleDearTracks offers 300 of her most popular designs in reusable iron-on patterns to stitch adorable embellishments like animals, flowers and letters on to fabrics and clothes. Original.
The combination of sugar and spice is irresistible in this adorable and appalling collection of cross stitch. Laugh out loud fun through crafting is found in these biting yet precious patterns. Katie Kutthroat's warped and witty cross stitch has taken the internet by storm and has been featured on TV shows like HBO's Girls. Cute but snarky, each cross stitch pattern featured in Bless This Mother-effing Home evokes laughter and irony. Perforated pages allow for readers to hang up or share favorite entries, spreading the cross stitched love.
Author: Sophie Simpson (What Delilah Did)
Publisher: Collins & Brown
Release Date: 2013-07-04
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Welcome to the magical world of What Delilah Did. Step inside and explore the wonders of storyland cross stitch. Here be beasties from long, long ago. Starting with a basic guide to counted cross stitch, projects are divided into three chapters: Projects for Beginners, Practice Makes Perfect and Projects for the Brave and Determined. Projects include Minature Motifs, Secret Key Bookmark, Golden Goose Lavender Sachet, Cameo Frames (the Princess and the Knight) and the Coat of Arms Book Cover. Choose a colour, pick up your needle and thread, and let your imagination go wild. With simple small projects for beginners, and more complex charts for seasoned cross stitchers, you will soon find your thoughts whisked away to hidden places, untold mysteries and secret dreamlands.