Michael Powell is renowned for his quirky pen and ink illustrations of buildings and architecture, which he translates into unique cross-stitch, needlepoint and tapestry designs. Mini Cross-Stitch is Michael's first book, and all the pieces featured are perfect for a beginner but would also appeal to the experienced stitcher looking for a small, quick project. There are easy to follow colour charts provided for each design, along with a colour key to help you select the right threads. This Twenty to Make book is great value, as always, giving you plenty of ideas for all occassions.
* Love to Make *
Have a library of quirky gems from Michael Powell to hand with this new book from Search Press. This is one of the Twenty to Make series so this smashing little booklet contains mini cross stitch designs that distil Michael's distinctive and contemporary style. As fans of Michael Powell's design would expect, there are hearts, fairytale buildings and flowers with no straight lines anywhere! There is plenty of inspiration for all occasions throughout the year for cards, small pictures and other ideas. The charts are colour-and-symbol combinations and of a very good size for an almost pocket-sized book. There are no fractional stitches and the detail in Michael's designs come from the intricate back stitch.
* NEW STITCHES *
This book is part of the Twenty To Make series. It's a quirky new take on cross stitch influenced by a love of architecture, buildings and gardens. The twenty unique, contemporary designs are shown with charts to work. There is a brief stitching guide. I love the birthday cake, daises and village. The latter and a couple of other designs remind me of the architect Gaudi. All the designs are worked as mini designs, so they are relatively quick to make. Great little book.
* Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts *
The "Twenty to Make" range is a range of books that offers fantastic value for money. Each of the designs by accompanied by a full-colour chart, key and general instructions. They bring together a varied collection each with Michael's unique and popular look. Each of them has a different theme
and are quick and easy to make. Each of Michael's unique, quirky contemporary designs measures approximately 31/2 x 31/2in (9 x 9cm), though the designs come in a variety of formats and include tall, narrow designs as well as borders. All the designs can be worked on 14-count Aida or evenweave fabric. They would be fantastic for bookmarks, cards or a group of small pictures. Each of the designs are easy to follow and the instructions help you to get the required look.
It's a really enjoyable book with beautiful designs for you to create. There's a broad range of subjects to choose from, including country cottages, flowers, hearts, and festive Christmas trees, so whatever the occasion, there is bound to be a design that suits it perfectly.
* Crochet Addict UK *
Dec 13/Jan 14
A great little book, even those who are new to cross stitch will be able to accomplish all of the projects. There's notes on fabric preparation and washing instructions too.
* Craft Focus *