30 Corrupt Cross Stitch and Embroidery Designs
For crafters who like their stitching with a twist, this book provides original designs with a wicked spin, and reworks cute craft imagery, including genuine vintage embroidery motifs, so that they cross over to the dark side.
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I cracked open this book, but I knew I was excited to see something new and different. Speaking of new, if you are new to stitching there is a handy guide in the back of the book to help you with all the basics, including illustrations for all the important parts. It gives a brief overview of buying your supplies, what types of fabric to use for what projects, how to make your stitches, and even a few finishing tips and templates to help you make the finished projects that are pictured in the book. I mention this because I know it’s something that is often overlooked in these kind of books and it’s nice to see something so complete. There’s also a pocket inside the back cover of the book for some of the patterns.
About the Book’s Author Phil Davison is a London based pattern cutter, who after taking time off from the couture fashion world, learned to cross stitch in Arkansas, where an elderly family friend taught him the basics. On returning to London – Phil was inspired to combine his new found love of cross-stitch with his existing love of street art, so created his own brand, Urban Cross Stitch.
As you probably guessed from the subtitle of the book there are 30 patterns included in the book, and while they are all equally awesome I’ll be honest and let you know that my three favorite patterns from the book are Twisted Balloons Pretty Picture (page 12) and Fly, Swatter, Splat Pillow Trio (page 34), and Memento Mori Book Mark (page 84). Everything in the book is a lot of fun, but those three in particular really captured my attention and made me want to pull out my stash and start picking fabric.
If you’re a stitch it and frame it kind of stitcher, I would suggest this book is not for you since many of the projects are directed towards things other than framing, such as pillows, aprons, bookmarks, needlekeeps, clothing embellishment, etc… That’s not to say you couldn’t frame the pieces, because you certainly could, but I think the whole idea is to think outside the frame and get your creativity really moving!
** I did receive a free copy of this book and was asked to provide a review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own and were not influenced by the author, publisher, or other sources.