Storyland Cross Stitch - Book Review

Storyland Cross Stitch - Book Review

I thought a fun thing to add to this blog would be cross stitch book reviews, so here's the first in a new series of posts!

First off I should make clear that is not a promotion, I have not been paid, encouraged or even asked to write this review. I've had this book in my collection for a few years now. With it being the first cross stitch book I've ever purchased (at the time I didn't know such things existed!) I knew this was going to be the first book review I publish on Stitchtrove.

This post does however contain affiliate links so that, at no extra cost to you, a small percent of your amazon purchase goes towards keeping Stitchtrove online.

OK, so I have to start off by admitting that I found this delightful little book in a local charity shop and as soon as I saw it I knew I'd be taking it home, however you can purchase it through the artists website or through Amazon.

Cross Stitch Storyland - what's in it?

Like all good cross stitch books it starts with a section on how to cross stitch, what equipment you need and even some tips on how to frame your finished stitch. There's a lot of thought and detail in these first few pages, anyone who hadn't cross stitched before would definitely feel confident after reading them.

The book then features 5 projects for beginners; a bookmark, a pincushion, a needle book, a lavender sachet and embroidered buttons. It's worth noting here than not all the projects in this book are for cross stitch that simply gets framed and hung on a wall, there are some really clever ways the stitching is used to create some very special pieces.

The embroidered buttons in particular may look a little daunting, but the process is explained so clearly with diagrams and written instructions that I'm sure anyone could do it and the result are these absolutely gorgeous little buttons.

After the beginner projects it moves onto 5 more, slightly larger pieces including a black cat mask, a book cover and a pencil case.

The black cat mask of course gets a mention because it's just so clever, it's not something I've seen done anywhere else and the result is so fun. It gives you a clear template for cutting the felt, explains how to use waste canvas and provides a pattern for the mask details.

Then we come on to the final section titles "projects for the brave and determined" and wow, just wow. There's a gorgeous owl cushion pattern, a selection of silhouette creatures and leaves, a tote bag pattern and another cushion, this one featuring a large gold crown.

The final pattern in this beautiful book is a sampler, pictured hanging on a lovely wooden scroll frame.

Final Thoughts

What really makes this book is the beautifully written prose before each pattern and the stunning photography giving the whole book a cosy, cottage-in-the-woods feel. The patterns are traditional but not boring and even if the patterns aren't your style it gives so many creative ways to use or display your stitching that you may not have thought of.

This book will be staying on my self for a long, long time and if my little niece ever decides to learn cross stitch when she's old enough, this will be the book I pass down to her.