Title: Improper Cross-Stitch
Author: Haley Pierson-Cox
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Date Started: July 30, 2018
Date Finished: July 30, 2018
Format: Adobe Digital
*I would like to thank the publisher, author, and NetGalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Cross-stitching isn’t just a craft, it’s a life style. Believe me. I’ve been cross-stitching now for over 20 years and never stop being amazed at both the ingenuity that patterns exhibit in modern times, and the rapid resurgence and popularity of antiquated past-times. When I was younger, cross-stitching was something grandmothers did, but the newer generation of crafters have embraced it and modernized it beyond belief. And Improper Cross-Stitch embodies this movement.
Improper Cross-Stitch presents over 35 beginner-level cross stitch patterns that break the mold when it comes to needlepoint. These patterns verge on NSFW, and include profanity, nudity (as seen on the cover), and sexual innuendos. They are simple, and relatively small patterns that could be completed by individuals of any skill level. There is really a pattern for everyone. Some are cute and endearing, others laugh out loud funny, others subtle in their spunkiness.
When it comes to the directions for the patterns themselves, I do have one main criticism. The way the patterns are designed is by presenting colored squares and each color represents a different thread color. This is very difficult to interpret when there are a couple similar colors, and even more difficult for individuals that have difficulty distinguishing colors. I prefer to see symbols used instead for these reasons. I also find it helpful if the final size of the project is listed in order cut the fabric to a proper size prior to stitching. Other than that, the patterns were easy to follow and the instructions on how to design your own patterns were a welcome addition that few books include.
Overall, 3/5 moose