Book Review and Giveaway: Storyland Cross Stitch from What Delilah Did

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.

Storyland Cross Stitch

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!

Owl Cushion from Storyland Cross Stitch

I think I might be up to these lovely little covered buttons though – I love that dinky little bird especially:

Storyland Cross Stitch

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!!

Wolf pencil case from Storyland Cross Stitch

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!

And finally, if you want to follow the Blog Tour you need to visit &Stitches tomorrow and Mr X Stitch on Saturday – maybe there’ll be more chances to win…

Good Luck! 

65 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveaway: Storyland Cross Stitch from What Delilah Did

  1. What a lovely giveaway! I have always loved fairy tales and remember being equally terrified and enchanted by our old copy of Grimm as a child. It’s really difficult to pick a favourite, but maybe Beauty and the Beast just wins…

  2. A very difficlt choice. I loved them all, but perhaps little Red Riding Hood best.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Looks a fab book Ali! Little Red Riding Hood is not my Flickr icon for nothing! But I do love lots of stories and the Tinderbox is another one of my favs!

  4. Hello, that book looks amazing! Think my fave fairy tales (can’t pick one!) growing up were Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Princess and The Pea.

  5. A little sad but I loved chicken licken as a small girl. As a mummy now it’s wonderful to re-read the stories. We love Cinderella. My daughter loves the gingerbread man. And the Nick Sharratt versions. Looks like a wonderful book than you for the give away.

  6. Rapunzel because i wanted long hair but only ever got a pudding baisin cut :(. The book is such a clever idea – think we might manage a button at our craft group. Sue

  7. Difficult to choose just one favourite fairy tale, but I think I would go with Snow White. I love watching all the modern adaptations of fairy tales in films at the moment too!

  8. Oh my! The book looks gorgeous! My favourite fairy stories are Red Riding Hood and The Elves and the Shoemaker. Fingers crossed 🙂

  9. Hiya Ali and wow what an amazing book – that owl is to die for – thank you for such a good review – I would be delighted to win a copy. My favourite fairy story has got to be Alice in Wonderland – my daughters loved it when they were little girls

    Have a lovely day xx Hilda

  10. love the owl. My favourite story was hansel and gretal. I always loved the bit where a chicken bone was substituted for a finger!

  11. Snow White for me too, I had one of those View-Master toys with 3-d pictures of the story which was captivating. I LOVE those little buttons and would be more than delighted to win this book as it looks adorable!


  12. My favorite fairytale has always been Little Red Riding Hood. I’m still more than a little obsessed with it.

  13. As a child I read and re read the rather gruesome (but aren’t they all?!) story of Otesanek. (I think it was called Stumpy in my book). A Czech fairy tale about a childless couple. The husband presents his wife with a tree stump that looks like a baby. She adores it and it comes alive and proceeds to eat all the furniture, the cat, the postman and then then the husband.
    x vicky

  14. Did you read they uncovered 150 “lost” fairy tales in Germany recently? As a child I loved George MacDonald’s the Golden Key, and the Light Princess. I would even read them today if I had copies!

  15. I love fairy tales so hard to choose but I think I’ll go with Cinderella :-). Looks like an awesome book filled with great projects. The buttons are awesome! That owl is magnificent. Thanks for the chance!

  16. I loved the Princess and the Frog, later on I realised that there are a lot of frgs out there that look like Princes.

  17. That’s a lovely giveaway! I love love Sleeping Beauty, was a must for me in my childhood. Tks fr the chance! x

  18. I guess mine would have to be Cinderella, I always wanted to wear those dresses in the Ladybird version 🙂

  19. I adore this book and would be so happy if I won! My favourite Fairytale is Rumpelstiltskin! Fingers crossed!

  20. The ugly duckling and the little christmas tree. Hope that pile of fabric acquired today isn’t too big and you left some for the rest of us! 🙂

  21. I think I like Snow White best. I absolutely the disney version:) They did amazing annimations back in the 1930s!

  22. Snow White for me too! Lovely book with different ideas, a change from making yet another picture. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Has to be the princess and the frog…I was so taken with the idea as a child that I kissed a frog myself in the hope of a handsome prince…it didn’t work sadly

  24. Would have to be babes in the wood! Would you believe I’ve only just discovered this fairytale when looking after my friends 5 year old? It’s a real page turner!!

  25. My father used to read fairytales to my brother and me every weekend, so there’s a lot to choose from. I just have to look up what all these tales are called in English, since I’m from Germany 😉 But I guess my favorite one was either “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” or “Das kluge kleine Mädchen” (it translates to “The Smart Little Girl”, and I can’t find it… It think it’s a Russian tale and it’s about a daughter who helpes her father solve a few riddles).
    Thanks for giving away the book 🙂

  26. I have two little girls, the oldest of which is obsessed with fairy tales. Her current favourite is Cinderella but mine is the Glass Mountain where the princess rescues herself – a nice change from the distressed maiden in need if a prince!

  27. My favorite is “Blue Roses” by Netta Syrett. I bought an anthology of fairy tales at an airport book store and came across it.

  28. Beauty and the Beast, Belle has always been so awe inspiring to me.

    I love your review on this amazing book, WDD has come to be one of my favorite’s, so unique and crafty. I’m a sucker for beauty in simple things and she always hits that right on the head.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  29. I’m having to wrack my brains to think of fairy stories but I did always love Little Red Riding Hood and call my house ‘Red Riding Hood’s cottage’ because it’s quite twee! I love the look of the book – it’s great how you can tell a story with stitching and no need to be able to draw 🙂

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