Title: Whimsical Cross-Stitch: More Than 130 Designs from Trendy to Traditional
Author: Cari Buziak
Publication Date: February 13, 2019
Publisher: Dover Publications
Date Started: January 25, 2019
Date Finished: January 25, 2019
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*
If I’m not curled up with a good book reading, you are more than likely to find me cross-stitching. I have been cross-stitching for over 20 years now, and always seem to have a million and a half projects going at any one time. And yet, I’m constantly looking for new designs to work on.
Whimsical Cross-Stitch delivers exactly what I want from a pattern book. The directions at the beginning of the book were extremely clear and comprehensive, and even provided me with some information I was not familiar with! The pattern were easy to follow, including the finished size. I appreciated that the patterns included symbols, so stitchers with any color vision difficulties could follow along with no issue.
And the patterns themselves! So adorable! The patterns ranged from mythical animals, to holiday greetings and included everything in between. What I immensely appreciated was the fact that patterns of any specific object tended to have three different variations, making them into perfect sets to hang and display within a home. Too often I am left with one piece and no way to incorporate it into my décor because it just doesn’t fit with anything. Having sets of three completely negates that! There were certainly patterns I look forward to completing in this book. And, importantly, the patterns are not overly complicated or large. Most can fit within a 6 inch diameter, which means that these projects are easily completed in a weekend or two. Perfect!
Overall, 4.5/5 moose