Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Book Review: Liberty Cross Stitch: 24 Designs to Sew by Hélène Le Berre

'Liberty Cross Stitch: 24 designs to sew' by Hélène Le Berre is a beautiful book full of exquisite original cross stitch designs paired with delicious Liberty fabric.

Hélène has mixed and matched her cross stitch designs perfectly to produce highly original work to be treasured.

The book is divided into three sections - 'Just for you,' 'In the home' and 'For baby.' With eight projects in each section there is a good variety of patterns. There are three bags, a cushion, a book cover, a rattle, a garland, some slippers, a tea pouch, a placemat, some photo frames and a hair accessory amongst many others.

The project above is from the 'baby' section but would look great in an adult bedroom or craft room.

The projects are very well organised. There is a small section at the start to tell you exactly what you need such as the measurements of the fabric, right down to the details of specific thread needed to sew one button.

There are six pages of full size patterns at the back of the book that you won't have to enlarge on a photocopier. Before that there are 18 pages of cross stitch patterns which are colour coded and labelled with the thread codes next to the colours.

The projects are based around Liberty fabrics and they are clearly identified in the materials section but you could always use other fabric of your choice if you could not find them or if they have been discontinued as the author says in the back of the book.

I think this is a wonderful book if you love sewing and cross stitch. It's a great book for beautiful presents for people you love as the delicacy of the cross stitch will make it look laboured when it has actually been relatively easy.

'Liberty Cross Stitch: 24 Designs to Sew by Hélène Le Berre is out now and published by Search Press.

Thank you to Search Press for sending me this book to review.

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