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23 June 2014

The New Cross Stitcher's Bible
Jane Greenoff
David & Charles
Publication Date
August 2010


This is a completely new and revised edition of the best-selling "Cross Stitcher's Bible", from one of the world's favourite cross stitch designers, Jane Greenoff. This essential guide to cross stitch and other counted thread embroidery techniques includes an extensive illustrated stitch library. Inspiring new projects present exciting stitching challenges, ranging in size from cards to cushions. Versatile motifs and sampler picture designs are all clearly charted and can easily be adapted for other projects. This is the must-have, easy-to-follow companion for all cross stitchers to bring them up-to-date with the latest trends, techniques and materials.

My review

Cross Stitch is another one of my hobbies, and this book is a must-have if you are a beginner and need the basics but also if you are intermediate and either want to take your hobby a step further or (as it happens often with me) have to look up a particular stitch. 

Jane Greenoff is the Founder of the Cross Stitch Guild in the UK and she is a regular at the cross stitch fairs around the country. You can usually find her at her stall, chatting to cross stitch enthusiasts and given out advice and just 'chatting cross stitch'. 

Following are covered:
1. Getting started
  • following a chart
  • epipment
  • stitching on different fabrics
  • stitching from a kit
  • cross stitch
  • back stitch / french knots
  • changing threats and finishing off
2. Creative Options
  • choosing and using different kinds of fabrics - linen, aida, aida bands, afghan, canvas, plastic canvas, perforated canvas
  • different kinds of threat (stranded cotton, metallics, blending filament, space-dyed threats, mixing thread
  • stitching in miniature
3. Exploring choices
  • embellishments
  • beads
  • silk ribbons
  • assisi embroidery
  • hardanger embroidery
  • pulled and drawn thread embroidery
  • folded hems
  • adapting and designing a cross stitch design.
4. Finishing and making up.

As a bonus, a celebration sampler, stitch library and chart library is included.

The front cover states the ooh is a manual of essential cross stitch and counted threat techniques, and this is exactly what you get. If you are already an accomplished cross stitcher, it may be too basic for you. Still, I bought the book after doing cross stitch for quite a number of years and would still refer back to the book - mainly to look up a particular stitch which I don't do often (i.e. hemstitch - no idea why I can never remember it!)