The Big Book of Cross-stitch Designs

The Big Book of Cross-stitch Designs

Over 900 Simple-to-stitch Decorative Motifs

Book - 2007
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From folk hearts and roses to ballet shoes and butterflies, inside this book there are motifs galore, plus dozens of project ideas to please every cross-stitch crafter.

Welcoming newcomers to the craft, this book clearly explains the stitches, shows how to prepare the fabric, includes more than 800 illustrated step-by-step instructions, plus supplies directions for a traditional cross-stitch sampler from start to finish. Seasoned stitchers can skip ahead to hundreds of motifs, including numbers and letters. Covering a wide range of themes, each motif is accompanied by an inspirational photograph, easy-to-read color pattern chart, materials list, thread key, and step-by-step instructions. Plus you?ll find a useful size guide accompanying every motif, which allows you to tailor each pattern to the dimensions needed.

This easy-to-use resource is organized into three parts: Part One offers hints and tips for choosing the best fabrics and the differences between threads, as well as simple techniques of basic cross-stitch and its variations. Part Two teaches some ways to spruce up your projects with embellishments, such as tassels, sequins, beads, and fringing. Part Three provides a library of more than 900 motifs.

Crafters of all experience levels will find a motif to suit any occasion.

Publisher: Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest Association, c2007
ISBN: 9780762106745
Characteristics: 320 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Reader's Digest Association
Alternative Title: Cross-stitch designs


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Mar 26, 2015

I am a novice and this book is one that has not only a wide variety of patterns but also ones for different levels of skill. Of course, for those really expert this would be an elementary reader. However, even they might find some patterns to do as quick gifts or sale items.

Nov 25, 2014

Wide variety of cross-stitch patterns / motifs. A lot of the nature-inspired patterns were recognizable as being a specific plant or flower. The author does tend to not use half cross-stitches and then tries to provide more definition with a back-stitched border (this bothered me because it seems less precise, but that's just me).


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