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26 Aug 2021

Floral Folk Art in Cross Stitch by Durene Jones

What a visual feast this newly published book is! There is a wealth of folksy, almost art nouveau, cross stitch patterns by Durene Jones.


The book is very well presented - the charts are in full colour, and are a good size to read and are well placed on the page – avoiding detail disappearing into the spine area. At the front there is a gallery including every design in the book, with page references to the charts – this is super handy.

I especially like the fact there are some very small, quick patterns (17 stitches X 17 stitches) as well as larger more complex patterns, so something for everyone. Most of the book is devoted to the cross stitch charts and photos of the completed projects, with just a page of instruction about cross stitch, which makes for efficient use of space. The designs, as the title indicates, are mostly floral but also include a number of Russian stacking dolls (matryoshka dolls).

Suitable those of all levels of stitching experience including beginners. I can’t wait to get stitching!