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The Cross-Stitch Garden
Over 70 cross-stitch motifs with 20 stunning projects
Kazuko Aoki

Search Press
10 February 2016 / ISBN 9781782213314
How-To Books/Embroidery

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Add a touch of floral magic to a wide variety of projects; all you need to know is how to cross stitch! It just takes a few minutes to learn and you have a new and very addictive hobby. There are over 70 individual motifs in here and over 20 projects to make, something for all levels and a varied choice of items to decorate. As this book was originally published in Japan it has a different layout, with instructions and charts at the back and a long section of glorious colored photographs of everything at the front. If you are a true beginner you will need to read everything carefully; stitch diagrams are simple to follow but could use some color variation to be more visible. My tip for the charts is to enlarge them all before working. They are in black and white and use symbols, nice and clear, but on the small side as there are a lot to fit into a modest sized book. Projects often have simple diagrams to aid with working, but are not quite as foolproof as the usual Search Press trademark captioned photographs. However, this is only an issue for the few projects that require some more detailed assembly so is not a problem, particularly if you have done any sewing before. Decorate pillows, cards, notebooks, bags, kitchen towels, samplers and more with a range of violas, pansies, wild roses, poppies, wild flowers and Christmas flowers. All of the flowers will be familiar to me in the UK, and at the back of the book is a list of stockists for the UK and US. I like the botanical appearance of the flowers, reminiscent of those wonderful old books with plates depicting paintings of plants. If you want more out of cross stitch than kits and charts for pictures, then this is an attractive and useful book.

If you cannot find a good range of cross stitch materials locally, try for a list of suppliers.


UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016