Tonight I am reviewing and giving away this beautiful stitching book, whilst simultaneously lying exhausted on the sofa and stroking a huge pile of fabric acquired at the Festival of Quilts. Multi-tasking? Naaah – just the power of scheduled blog posts!
I was delighted to be asked to take part in the Crafty Magazine’s Blog Tour for Storyland Cross Stitch by the hugely talented Sophie Simpson of What Delilah Did. It is a real treat to review such a gorgeous book, which includes lovely artwork and whimsical fairytale stories as well as lots of out-of-the-ordinary cross stitch patterns.
The cover is so pretty with it’s unicorn, wildflowers and birds, and of course that lovely little cross stitch fox peeping through! There’s even a super little kit with fabric, thread and needle tucked inside the cover, so that you can get started on your stitching right away. What a brilliant idea!
I’ve been reading the other Blog Tour review posts so far (at Crafty Mag, Bugs and Fishes, and Teasemade) and it seems we are all fans of the exact same pattern – this stunning owl. My stitching skills would have to improve fantastically before I tackled him, but isn’t he gorgeous? I think Sophie is onto a winner with this one!
I think I might be up to these lovely little covered buttons though – I love that dinky little bird especially:
The book builds up from patterns for the total beginner to more advanced undertakings (like that beautiful owl!). The instructions are super clear, with good introductory information about cross stitch (for the total newbie) at the start of the book, including some fantastic tips so that you feel sure you are being taught by an expert! In so many craft books, the technical advice is much too sketchy – but here there is just the right amount of information for a beginner. The project instructions are also great – with clear charts and a very detailed information about the supplies you need (another tick for the ‘what makes a good craft book’ list!)
The fairy story theme is beautifully maintained throughout the book – the projects all come with a little introductory story, and there is a fairy tale and folky theme to the motifs included. There’s a lovely range of projects – I like the wolf pencil case, the fox pincushion and the arrow needlebook especially. Look, the wolf has swallowed a bird!!
And that’s the another good thing about this book – it isn’t just cross stitch charts. There are proper fully described projects, so you are not left wondering what to actually do with your gorgeous cross stitch. It’s really nice to have more options than getting them framed!
This is an excellent introduction to contemporary cross stitch and I highly recommend it.
If I have got you excited about this lovely book and the doings of Delilah in general, I have 2 pieces of good news for you. First of all, fans of What Delilah Did patterns need to rush round to the shop and take advantage of the special Blog Tour offer of 20% off any PDF with the code CRAFTYMAG. This offer is available until 11 August.
Secondly, (it’s giveaway time!) I am giving away a copy of this lovely book – just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite fairy story is. The giveaway will be open until midnight on Sunday 11 August, and I will announce the winner on the 12th. The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. If you are dead keen to win a copy why not double your chances and pop round to Teasemade where Sami is giving away her copy too!