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Sharon Welch's Cross-stitch Cards: Over 80 Easy-to-make Designs by Sharon Welch

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List Price: £12.99


Hardcover: 96 Pages.

Published: 28 July 1994 by Hamlyn

Edition: First by this Publisher

ISBN: 0600582744

EAN: 9780600582748

While commercially produced cards are often discarded, the joy of sending hand-made designs is that they carry a personal message which is often treasured for years to come. Sharon Welch's Cross Stitched Cards satisfies the growing demand for attractive cards by showing the reader how to produce a vast range of exclusive designs covering every season and occasion. All the cards are simple to make and can be stitched in very little time. - Step-by-step instructions and colour charts throughout.


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I possess quite a few cross stitch books & have read a lot more. This has to be one of the better books on cross stitch. Possibly one of the best when it comes to cross stitch card making.

This book covers every event you would want to send a card for - and several that you wouldn't. I did wonder who would use the halloween or St Patrick's day cards & felt that this space could have been better used. However, there are plenty of cards that you would use. The patterns are not difficult and could be done by a relative beginner provided they had got the hang of partial stitches & french knots. The cards do vary in size but many are of A5 size as opposed to the usual A6 size which makes a nice change. As a result of covering so many occasions, there is only one or two of each type (except Christmas) and it would have been nice to have a wider selection for each event. I suppose, however, had they done this then the book wouldn't have had the space to cover quite so many occasions!

In the back of the book are alphabets & numbers so you can personalise the cards. There is also a pattern for a named bookmark which is wonderful for children. I have lost count of the number of times I have used this.

The patterns are coded using colours as opposed to symbols & easy to read with only a small amount of ambiguity of shading. I personally prefer symbol charts but had no problem following these.

All in all it is a very handy book to have around. A card for every occasion which look good & aren't too difficult to make.

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