Wednesday, 7 August 2013

What Delilah Did's Storyland Cross Stitch Blog Tour & Giveaway

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****


  1. Looks lovely and I agree, gorgeous cover! x

  2. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but with this one it seems to match up! I don't know what waste canvas is but I want to find out if there is a kitty mask at the end of it! x

  3. I'd love to win this book, it looks great! Fab review btw..

  4. Had my eye on this for a while now, would love the chance to win a copy. Sue x

  5. Great review and I would love to win, thank you.

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  6. Ooooo this looks guuud - my x-stitchy fingers would defo like to get their hands on this delightful book - I like the write up - I am intrigued by the cat mask :D (abigailrbeverly[at]aol[dot]com)

  7. I'd love to be entered! I think this book looks absolutely's rare to find a craft book that seems so perfectly suited to my taste. :)

    sewtechnicolor (at) yahoo (dot) com

  8. Pawesome! My Mon would love this for me to win her! Mewmew!

  9. I would love to win this book. I have a thing for foxes. when we are at the cabin I see a fox come through the yard nearly everyday. I would love to embroider some fox things.
    my email is

  10. I looooove cross stitch
    Pick me ;)

  11. Wow that is very nice of you! What a wonderful book! I love the designs and the style of the book...definitely my style :-) thank you for the chance!

  12. What a lovely book! I can't get enough of fox cross stitch patterns at the moment!

  13. Super awesome giveaway! Anyone who really hasn't been to WDD's website should seriously!!!

    I swear I've gotten some of her patterns just sitting around my house because I just want to own, I don't have problems.

    Thanks for the chance, kinda super spiffy of ya lady! : If I don't win, I do expect a hello email so I don't feel all alone...


    My whole comment I believe has been deleted...what have I done?

    Anywho, the short of what I said..

    WDD's happiness!

    Book...simply amazing

    Giveaway...thanks for the awesome giveaway ya awesome lady...

    Email... *please note that if I do not win I will need a picture of a cute animal emailed to me to make me happy, only this will be acceptable!


  15. I'd love to win this book! Thanks for giving it away :)

    For some reason I seem to be unable to comment with my wordpress account, so here's a link to my blog (most of it is still in German, but unter "Impressum" there's a contact form):

  16. The book looks wonderful, I love that fox!

  17. I'd love to win this gorgeous book! tks fr the chance, xxx

  18. Awesome book - I have to make those buttons!!! I love the neutral colours used :) amycav at hotmail dot com

  19. So much to love with this book! As Amy dais, the neutrals are very fresh, and I this the designs are too. Gorgeous book and generous of you to offer it up! And the woodpecker brooches are Really something. lizzietillstrom(at) gmail(dot) com

  20. This book looks adorable! I'd love to win a copy please :)


    penelopepitstopcards (at) googlemail (dot) com

  21. I just got over to your lovely blog from berry made.. i just followed you on blog lovin'
    ooohhhh.. this is so generous of you.. thank you for having such lovely giveaway.. i would love to enter the contest.. my contact is tingting_a (at) yahoo (dot) com
    thank you for the chance.. ;)

  22. I have been wanting this book since I first heard about it, hoping to get a copy for my birthday but that's too months away so may as well have a go at winning a copy! greenpenguincrafts(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. What a lovely book. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Hello,

    Lovely book.:) I would like to try my luck.:)

    All the best.:)


  25. My post has disappeared !!!!! :):)

    Hope this one makes it and is lucky

    xx Hilda

  26. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  27. Oh I'd love to win! Everything!!

  28. The book looks great - I love cross stitch, but the badge sounds fun, too!
    lindame dot rumsey at gmail dot com

  29. Wow! The book looks awesome. I'd love to win it.

    My email address is in my Blogger profile.

  30. Wonderful giveaway. I hope I win

  31. It looks like such a lovely book!

  32. What a gorgeous book....would love the chance to win Thank you :)