Welcome to Crafty Magazine Blog Tour. I've been asked to review Sophie Simpson's new book, 'Storyland Cross Stitch'. Sophie is the splendiferous talent behind What Delilah Did, most recognisable (for me anyway) for her mono-chromatic cross stitch pieces.
It's no secret that I love books, I am most certainly of the breed that judges a book by its cover I can't help it books are made to be harmonious with their covers, OH MY WORD!! It has a peep hole *excitement*, the outer cover is textured and matt not to mention charmingly illustrated by Julianna Swaney, gorgeous dreamy illustrations. The inside cover is just as ace with a sweet Fantabulous Mr Fox in a mock sewing room detail - love it, hooked before I even open it. A quick flick through doesn't disappoint, illustrated animal characters decorate the pages and the styling of the project images is fresh contemporary, like a lifestyle magazine, not twee at all. Visually very pleasing, really nice clear graphic layout.
This storyland speaks of a jackalope, stag king, black cat, frog prince, unicorn, some of them a head shorter. You won't find actual fairies in these pages, it's not that kind of fairytale book. What is rather endearing, each chapter has a storyland intro, liking fairytales as I do I really enjoyed these musings on each storyland character and motif.
Whenever I get a stitch craft book I always check out the basics section, what I liked is the illustration to explain evenweave as a grid, backed up with clear wording of course, Sophie is very precise. Evenweave can be a tricky one to explain and that makes it really simple for first time stitchers of evenweave.
The book is split into 3 main project sections according to skill level, each project is very detailed with approximate stitching time, chart sizes, total stitches, centre point, grids with numbers, charts in black and white, threads provided in DMC and Anchor. The list of supplies seems very thorough for each project.Step by step is numbered with beautiful grey illustrations, the instructions are really clear and think of things like 'secure loose ends with a couple of backstitches,' the small details. Each project has tips. Trying to think of negatives is quite hard as this book really does tick all the boxes for me and my additions to stitching, illustration, fairytales, and linen, the projects just look inviting. The embroidery designs are all modern and delightful, they can be used as embroidery charts or the project makes. The project makes include things like buttons, pin board, book cover, pencil case, mask, cushion and tote.
It really should go without saying that my favourite project is the Wise Owl cushion, super gorgeous! Although, the cat mask is a strong contender, however can't say I'm a fan of pulling out waste canvas, but that kitty mask could make me battle with the stuff again. It most certainly gets the double thumbs up from me, a beautiful book.
For the duration of the Crafty Mag Blog Tour, Sophie is offering 20% off PDF patterns in her What Delilah Did online shop, with CRAFTYMAG code. - expires Sunday 11th August.
Find out what the other Crafty Blog Tour bloggers have to say this week, and check out their great blogs:
Bugs and Fishes - Yesterday
Very Berry Handmade - Thursday - Giveaway!
&Stitches - Friday - Giveaway!
Mr XStitch - Saturday - Giveaway!
I know, I must be mad for giving my review copy away, but hey, I love you guys! If you'd like a chance to win and lets face it you'd be crazy not to, just leave a comment below (sadly me review copy did not come with the sewing sampler, sorry). Please leave your name and a way for me to contact you should you win (twitter/email), or watch this blog like a hawk, if I can't find you I'll have to pick another. As a bonus, there will be a runner-up prize of a Birdseeker Woodpecker brooch, so there are two chances to win something, now that can't be a bad thing! Good luck!! Giveaway closes Monday 12th ****NOW CLOSED****