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The Needlecrafter's Computer Companion : Hundreds of Easy Ways to Use Your Computer for Sewing, Quilting, Cross-Stitch, Knitting & More!

by Judy Heim
Paperback - 460 pages Book & 2 disks

Use your computer to create dazzling needlework designs as innovative as your imagination, or as traditional as the ones in Grandma's hope chest. You'll find opinionated reviews of quilting, cross-stitch, sewing, weaving, and knitting software; how to use your computer to convert family photos into cross-stitch patterns; how to download free craft patterns and get advice from needlework magazines online; where to find craft resources on the Internet and commercial online services (like CompuServe and America Online); how to use computers in your needlecraft business; and much more.

The First and Only Computer Book for Millions of Stitchers. Judy shows her readers how to:

  • Turn photos into cross-stitch charts, print quilting templates, and make doll clothes
  • Create knitting and weaving patterns, rearrange quilt blocks on-screen until their perfect
  • Design a project, size it, print patterns, and automatically calculate needed materials
  • Get free patterns and advise from online services and attend "virtual quilt shows"
  • Connect a sewing machine to a computer to create unique embroidery patterns
  • Electronically link up with the hundreds of thousands of stitchers already flooding the Internet, and the commercial online services like CompuServe, and America Online
  • Get their craft business on the Information Highway

Arts and Crafts Editor's Recommended Book:
What a find! Judy Heim, columnist for PC World, realized that there are a huge amount of needleworkers quickly taking over the World Wide Web. Her unambiguous computer companion is a blessing for anyone using a needle for handwork. My copy is filled with little yellow post-it notes marking sections on where I can find patterns on the web, clip art, forums and software reviews. It even comes with two disks to give you a taste of what software is available. Worth every penny. Highly recommended.

Threads Magazine, 1996:
This is the 'How-do-I-get-started-and-why?' book you've been waiting for. Don't hesitate.

About the Author:
Judy Heim has been testing computers and software for over a decade for one of the world's leading consumer computer magazines, PC World, for which she has been a longtime columnist.

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The Cross Stitcher's Bible

by Jane Greenoff
Paperback - 128 pages

Both novice and expert stitchers will find a mine of useful material in this book to help them obtain the best results from their cross stitch work. It is divided into three parts, each section crammed with essential information and valuable hints.

Part One covers basic techniques such as reading a chart, the different threads and fabrics available, and how to get stitching with them.

Part Two explores creative options including three-dimensional cross stitch, using metallic threads and space-dyed threads, and how to best use the different fabrics available.

Part Three explores the use of bead, button and charm embellishments.

At the end of the book there is a comprehensive stitch library, an essential reference for those keen to develop their counted thread embroidery skills.

Illustrated with step by step color photographs, this book demonstrates how easily the stitching can be made up into a wide range of stunning projects.

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Beautiful Cross-Stitch : Designs and Projects Inspired by the World Around You

by Carol Dahlstrom
Hardcover - 224 pages

  • Small motifs and large pieces suitable for framing offer many options
  • Cross-stitch projects such as bookmarks, pincushions, pillows, ornaments, and more
  • A variety of designs please beginners and more experienced cross-stitchers
  • Cross-stitch primer details basics for beginners
  • Triple-checked charts guarantee accuracy and success
  • Materials list and color photographs with each project

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Storybook Favorites in Cross-Stitch

by Gillian Souter
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 128 pages

Offering cross-stitch patterns of a variety of favorite storybook characters from Madeline and Babar to Peter Rabbit and Winnie-the-Pooh, a project guide provides step-by-step instruction for a variety of craft and gift ideas.

Reader Review: Algonac, Michigan, July 31, 1998:
This is the best cross-stitch book I own. It has many familiar characters from children's literature, like Madeline, Spot and Winnie-the-Pooh. I've used the designs to make center squares for baby quilts! I hate to give them up. I hope Ms. Souter does another--how about Curious George, Arthur and the Richard Scarry bunch?

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Cute Cats and Teddy Bears : 25 Delightful Cross-Stitch Pictures to Sew

by Debbie Minton
Paperback - 128 pages

A captivating collection of easy-to-make cross-stitch pictures for needle workers, with 25 projects and 95 color photos and charts. Cats and teddies of all shapes and sizes romp through the pages of this fetching new book from Debbie Minton. There are kitties upsetting flower pots, serenading the moon, and napping on a cozy quilt, and teddy bears strolling in the park, falling in love, and hanging out to dry on wash day. The detailed, color charts and photos make each picture simple to work, and a comprehensive techniques section explains all the terms and necessary materials. Also included are instructions for finishing and mounting your picture. A thoroughly appealing collection for all cross-stitchers. Debbie Minton is the only cross-stitch designer licensed by Disney. Her company, Designer Stitches, is known for its cross-stitch kits featuring cats, bears, and Disney characters. 128 pp 7 1/2 x 10 75 color photos.

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2001 Cross Stitch Designs : The Essential Reference Book

Hardcover - 336 pages

Reader Review: niehoff@aol.com, July 2, 1999
I love this book!
This book has almost every design a cross stitcher could need. The full-color pictures / charts are very helpful.

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Donna Kooler's 555 Fabulous Cross-Stitch Patterns

by Donna Kooler
Hardcover

Reader Review: Texas USA, August 8, 1998:
The best book of small designs ever produced
This is a wonderful book! Every chapter has hundreds of designs to choose from and something for every occasion you would ever need. It is truly a stitchers dream book.

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500 Flower & Animal Cross Stitch Designs

by Julie Hasler
Hardcover

Whether you're an absolute beginner or a longtime stitcher, you'll find useful patterns galore in master needleworker Julie Hasler's collection. The hundreds of flora and fauna designs are clearly charted in color, many accompanied by ideas on ways to use the designs or suggestions for applications such as paperweights, book covers, shelf edging, or place mats. The images are generally small individual motifs and border patterns, so it's up to you to combine them into an overall design, but there's plenty here to choose from, as well as helpful information on planning and preparation, equipment and materials, the basics of cross-stitching, and making up the finished work.

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501 Cross Stitch Designs

by Sam Hawkins
Paperback

Reader Review from Helsinki, Finland, August 23, 1998:
The best designs available!
Toured several US bookstores in July and tried to find a new GOOD design book. Guess what they always suggested? This book and I already had bought it in Europe.

Reader Review: PA, August 3, 1998:
Worth the price
I was very satisfied when I looked at all that was included in this book! The selections and topics are wonderful and handy for any occasion. It is well organized, and has each design stitched in color and also made into some type of item that can be used either personally or for gifts.

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Cross Stitch Borders and Motifs : Endless Ways to Mix and Match Designs Creating Unique Cross Stitch Patterns

by Jana Hauschild Lindberg
Hardcover - 128 pages

Review from Booklist, September 1, 1998:
There seems to be no end to the projects possible with embroidered borders and motifs. In the introductory chapter to her fifth book, Danish needleworker Lindberg lists at least two dozen items that use repetitive design, from an old-fashioned sampler to egg cozies and curtain tiebacks. And if that were not enough to whet a stitcher's appetite, she provides complete details for more than 50 cross-stitch patterns, including color photographs as well as charted graphs. Inserted in every section--borders, motifs, alphabets, the zodiac--is at least one full-fledged project combining patterns, along with two chapters devoted to holiday and "married" patterns of two-plus borders and motifs. No level of difficulty is indicated, but beginners will have little trouble following her simple, classic designs.

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The Cross Stitch Kit : 25 Elegant and Easy-To-Make Projects for Every Room in the House : Includes : A Complete Starter Kit With Cross-Stitch Fabric

by Juliet Bawden
Hardcover - 112 pages

For cross-stitch beginners and needlecrafters, there is great value in this idea-packed instruction book with a starter kit containing Aida cross-stitch fabric, a needle, and three skeins of colored cotton thread. Ranging from cushions to curtain tiebacks, napkins and placemats, picture frames, pillowcases, towels, baby blankets, bibs, and decorative holiday items, these 25 projects for the home are simple to make, yet elegantly designed.

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Donna Kooler's Seasons in Cross-Stitch

by Donna Kooler
Hardcover - 128 pages

Cross-stitch addicts will enjoy ushering in each new season with the pretty designs in Donna Kooler's new book. Sweetly frolicking animals and lovely florals abound; there's also a trio of charming Santas to make as ornaments, a detailed Victorian house façade that forms an attractive framed image, and a medley of sewing supplies to stitch up as the perfect topper for your sewing basket. Each of the 21 designs is fully charted in black and white, accompanied by clear, full-color photos of the finished project. As pillows, pictures, or throws, these items make appealing gifts or nice little accents around the home.

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Jo Verso's Complete Cross Stitch Course

by Jo Verso
Hardcover

Reader review by matejka@bga.com from Texas, USA , July 7, 1998:
Great book for a beginner stitcher!
This book offers many tips and hints on how to make your work neater and correct ways for stitching. It also has color pictures and directions which are easy to follow. Some of the projects offered in this book are needle case (which I'm working on now), bookmark (I plan to make this after the case), sampler, sachet bag, etc. I found this book well worth the money!

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Julie Hasler's Cross Stitch Projects : 65 Quick & Easy Designs Perfect for Home, Children, and Special Occasions

by Julie S. Hasler
Paperback - 96 pages

This collection includes directions for making colorful cross-stitch projects, including special occasion greeting cards, dinosaur show bags, motif cushions, table linens, trinket boxes, and more. Also included are tips on how to learn and care for completed projects. 36 color charts. 22 color photos. 13 line illustrations.

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Leisure Arts' Best 250 Christmas Quickies

Paperback - 144 pages

Reader Review: Jennifer Jubin (rgjjr@nb.net) from New Salem, Pennsylvania, USA , September 27, 1998:
A wonderful variety of quick Christmas projects!
I chose this book because I wanted to do a few ornaments, but now I want to sew every chart! The variety in this book includes ornaments, pillows, towels, clothes, napkins, table linens, stocking, tote bags, and more. Every design is easy to make and are truly "Quickies!"

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Mary Engelbreit Cross Stitch for All Seasons

by Mary Engelbreit (Illustrator), Carol Field Dahlstrom (Editor)
Hardcover - 192 pages

Mary Engelbreit's cheerful designs have become almost ubiquitous, appearing on everything from greeting cards to home fabrics to clothing, and the 80-plus seasonal projects in this book are a happy extension of those colorful pick-me-ups. These designs cover the cross-stitch skill range, from 10-count perforated plastic ornaments and button covers to an embellished gardener's journal cover worked on 36-count linen. The tinted charts, instructions, and specialty-stitch diagrams smooth the creative process for those who want to use these patterns as a jumping-off point for their own whimsy.

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Picture It In Cross-Stitch

by Jo Verso
Hardcover - 128 pages

This useful book offers eminently stitchable images and sound advice to start the reader off on the proverbial right foot toward original needlework. Embroidered pieces, portrayed in photographs, run the gamut from monogrammed gifts (e.g. napkin rings) to documentary samplers, and are accompanied by cut and sew directions, when needed. After offering instruction in the stitches, Verso, a prizewinning Irish craftswoman and teacher, proceeds to the process of designing. She demonstrates the "squaring up" of images so they can be rendered in full cross-stitch, backstitch and French knot. She goes on to discuss composing a piece on graph paper within a framing border. Numerous bands, borders and alphabets are charted to this end, as well as framed texts, family trees, birth records and a christening announcement. Small gifts (e.g. framed initials) are not neglected. And a "pattern library" introduces 30-odd colored charts of animals, people, objects and symbols from coffeepots to ballerinas for the reader's easy reference and application.

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The New Dictionary of Counted-Thread Embroidery Stitches

by Rhoda Ochser Goldberg
Paperback - 192 pages

An A-to-Z stitch dictionary for embroiderers of all skill levels.

The New Dictionary of Counted-Thread Embroidery Stitches includes eight Counted-Thread techniques: Cross Stitch, Assisi, Embroidery Stitches, Pattern Darning, Blackwork, Hardanger, Pulled-Thread, and Drawn Thread. This practical guide covers each embroidery technique in its own separate chapter, complete with step-by-step instructions, clear diagrams, and photographs of the stitch and the technique. There are also chapters introducing the latest tools and accessories, fabrics, threads and needles, vocabulary, and preparation and finishing methods. This is a truly comprehensive stitch-reference guide for anyone who is interested in, or would like to learn, Counted-Thread Embroidery.

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One Hour Cross Stitch

Hardcover - 144 pages

In just one hour you can create one of over 150 cross-stitch projects designed for your home, the holidays, and all those special people in your life. You'll find projects for both beginners and experienced stitchers, with emphasis given to stitching on ready-made garments and household items. 117 color photos.

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Sam Hawkins' 520 Christmas Cross-Stitch Designs

by Sam Hawkins
Paperback - 128 pages

Fans of cross-stitch and of homemade Christmas decorations will be doubly thrilled with this pattern-packed volume. From angels to Santas, colorful wreaths to ice-skating penguins, you're bound to find something to your liking here. Each of the many designs is fully charted in color; many are also shown completed, made into lovely shadow boxes, sachets, pin cushions, trinket boxes, and framed pictures. There are also hundreds of stitchable quotations celebrating the joys of the season. Religious and secular imagery are both given their due: nativity scenes, crosses, carolers, snowmen, toys, ornaments, and, of course, the entire cast of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Read Review: lioncst@99main.com from Connecticut, USA , July 31, 1998:
Wonderful colored cross stitch charts and more!
Sam Hawkins, well known for his Precious Moments art work, has done it again. A large, colorful book of Christmas and inspirational cross stitch patterns. But there is more. Around each pattern there is an appropriate quotation (with its source) that could be used in a number of ways. Anyone skilled in calligraphy, could use the thoughts to illustrate a greeting card. Another innovation is one floss chart for each page of designs, with 3 or 4 designs to a page. Besides the angels, nativities and Santas, one finds other expressions of Christmas art ranging from the simple to the more complex. A thoroughly delightful book and a valuable resource.

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Splendid Samplers to Cross-Stitch : 35 Original Projects

by Chris Rankin
Hardcover - 144 pages

Ranging in size, complexity, and style, these 35 colorful projects include a nautical sampler featuring flags from around the world, whimsical paper doll samplers, adorable Mama, Papa, and Baby Bear samplers, a Louis XVI Chairs Sampler that displays seven pieces of classic furniture, and more.

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Alphabets & Samples : 40 Cross Stitch and Charted Designs

by Brenda Keyes
Paperback - 128 pages

Reader Review: North Carolina, June 18, 1998
I love this book!
All of the alphabets and samplers are beautiful, and you are sure to find the perfect project whether you are creating a gift for someone special or looking for something to brighten up an area of your home.

Also, the author gives lots of ideas for finishing the projects, along with plenty of color photos to give you ideas. She gives recommended colors, using DMC, but also includes a chart which compares DMC to other commonly used floss brands. The photos also show several of the alphabets or samplers done up in colors different from the ones in the chart, so there is plenty of leeway for your own creativity. I definitely recommend this book, especially for beginners.

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Julie Hasler's Fantasy Cross Stitch : Zodiac Signs, Mythical Beasts and Mystical Characters

by Julie S. Hasler
Hardcover - 128 pages

Reader Review: Antionette Cronje (visualp@mweb.co.za) from Pretoria, South Africa, June 2, 1999
Absolutely inspiring!!
Julie's refreshing book on zodiacs, has turned my into a cross stitch frantic. No more "cutie" designs for me. Since I am still a novice at this new found hobby, simply looking at her charts inspired me to try something more complicated. I have already completed the Scorpio, Cancer, the Sea Dragon and the Purple Crowned Dragon. I want to make them all. Thank you Julie for such inspiring work. All my friends now think I am this astrology freak. How about a second edition featuring more wizards and figures alike?

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Donna Kooler's 555 Christmas Cross-Stitch Designs

by Donna Kooler
Hardcover - 128 pages

All in color! From the renowned Kooler Design Studio come more than 500 designs with infinite possibilities for spreading Christmas cheer. Full-color charts make it easy to reproduce the motifs on anything from Christmas stockings and tree ornaments to table linens and holiday garments. With folk-art inspired images, Santas from around the world, inspirational messages, animals, angels, wreaths, trees, and more, there is something to appeal to every taste.

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Heavenly Cross-Stitch : Designs With a Christian Theme

by Marie Barber
Paperback - 128 pages

All in color! Enjoy the inspiration of cross-stitch projects that draw on Bible themes. Some echo the glory of cathedral stained glass and the Old Masters; others draw upon Early American samplers that taught children both their ABC's and their manners. Enjoy the inspiration of cross stitch projects that draw on Bible themes. Some echo the glory of cathedral stained glass and Old Masters; others draw upon Early American samplers. "...32 designs centered on the Bible, the New Testament, and general notions of Christian living...Barber has indeed pegged her audience well; each of the designs, from a cocker spaniel with wings to a bear sampler, includes color graphs and detailed lists of stitches and color..." - Booklist

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Art Nouveau Cross Stitch : Decorative Designs from the Turn of the Century

by Barbara Hammet, Meg Evans
Hardcover - 128 pages

110 pages in color & 35 b/w illustrations! Art nouveau's "spinning, whirling, coiling, winding, and twisting" designs, as artist Gustav Klimt described them, make a perfect inspiration for cross-stitch. For the first time, a collection of projects explores the magnificent possibilities. Start with the mirror frame and bowl lids that draw on Klimt's spirals. Then try William de Morgan's peacocks applied to bolster cushions; a Tiffany landscape picture; a Voysey clock; a snowdrop bed linen set. All 12 designs come with full-size patterns.

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Beaded Cross-Stitch Treasures : Designs from Mill Hill

by Gay Bowles
Hardcover - 128 pages

All in color! Combine easy cross-stitch techniques with beautiful beads and you have unusual treasures that make wonderful gifts. Mill Hill is a recognized leader in craft designs. General instructions get you started on stitches and embroidery styles, even pointing out where beginners often go wrong. Among the magnificent patterns to choose from are large-size traditional samplers, Halloween hangings, beaded boxes, Christmas ornaments, and hearts for Valentine's day.

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Cross Stitch Inspirations : 27 Designs from Psalms and Verses

by Sue Cook
Hardcover - 128 pages

All in color! Commemorate a well-known verse, hymn, scripture, or saying in cross stitch designs that will warm the heart and stir the soul. Choose from gifts, keepsakes, and items for the home that reflect the seasons and the events in our lives that fall during those times of the year. A birth sampler, Gardener's Prayer cushion, wedding gifts collection, retirement clock, harvest picture, and Nativity scene--every design is both inspiring and beautiful to look at.

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Two-Hour Country Cross-Stitch : Over 500 Designs

by Susie Steadman
Paperback - 128 pages

All in color! More than 500 designs will delight every cross-stitcher with their quaint charm and friendly cheer. And each of these full-color, fully charted patterns can be completed in less than an afternoon! Featuring garden sights, seasonal and holiday motifs, whimsical images for children and the young-at-heart, a menagerie of animals, and unique alphabets and sayings, the designs can be worked individually or combined in infinite variety to create larger pieces. Make pincushions, sachets, purses, and samplers; or adorn bed linens, towels, and Christmas stockings. The possibilities are limitless. From tasty-looking fruits and vegetables to adorable characters and cuddly critters, there are designs to suit every taste and occasion.

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Two-Hour Cross-Stitch : 515 Fabulous Designs

by Patrice Boerens
Paperback - 144 pages

Reader Review: A reader from Los Angeles, CA USA
quick gifts and samplers, August 8, 2000
This book is divided into several sections--holiday, kids, animals, flowers, quilts, etc. They are all very simple--I used patterns from this book to teach cross-stitch to beginners. They were unable to complete them in two hours but they did enjoy stitching the designs. I've also used this book to make quick gifts (although some take more than two hours--I think the title just makes it part of the "two hour" series). Unlike those books where projects are shown followed by the patterns, these patterns are on the center of the page with pictures of the pattern stitched on the outer edge of the page. They aren't shown so much as completed projects, but I think this helps free the stitcher to decide on how the project should be finished.

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