One of the best cross stitch books I’ve come across in many years

Fables & Fairy Tales to Cross Stitch: French Charm for Your Stitchwork

By: Véronique Enginger

Rating: 5 of 5

I have been a cross stitcher for many years. I taught myself to stitch when I was expecting my first child and have enjoyed the hobby ever since. Next to reading, it is my second favorite hobby. I’ve owned many books, leaflets, and kits. I have to say that this book, Fables & Fairy Tales to Cross Stitch” is more of the better cross stitch books I have seen in years.

Not only are there 44 different designs, the book also shows a wide variety of ways to finish your work. The instructions for the finishing techniques and the supplier of fabric, etc. are noted in the book as well.

The threads used are DMC. I really appreciate when DMC is used as it is one of the more cost effective flosses available. If you want to use other materials, generally, other companies will provide an equivalent chart to DMC.

The book is well made. It has a hardcover with an easy, stay-flat, sewn in binding. I can open to a page easily and the book stays open (rather than having to fight it to stay in that position. I always feel that a sewn-in binding is a mark of a very well made book.

The designs are done with both color coding and symbols. Most people prefer one or the other. For my use, I prefer the symbols.

I would rate this as a good book for anyone from new to cross stitch to advanced. There are enough directions to walk a new stitcher through and the subject and the overall designs are so beautiful they will tempt an advance stitcher as well.

The designs are based on Fables, Fairy Tales and French Nursery Rhymes. While I am familiar with the first two categories, I was both unfamiliar with as well as entranced by the French Nursey Rhymes designs. They made me very curious to learn more about the rhymes.

I have already pre-ordered Ms. Enginger’s Christmas book due out later this year and I be purchasing her Retro book (just out now with 500 designs) in the near future. When I looked for other books by this artist, I found many French and even Japanese releases. I hope that the artist and publisher will be providing more of these books and designs in the English language.

In addition to the hardbound copy of this book that I purchased on Amazon, I was provided a temporary digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

Here are some sample photos from the book”

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