Posted on Thursday, July 19 2012 at 4pm
It's officially the holiday season and we're in the mood for a bit of an adventure - in stitching that is. We’re channelling rebellion, variety and the unexpected with our TOP 3 cross stitch books of the month.
Dip your toes into these less-than-ordinary hard backs for some stitching inspiration that’s right on the cutting (and stitching!) edge of contemporary needlework. Go on, we dare you…
(1) PUSH Stitchery
Jamie ‘Mr X Stitch’ Chalmers shows us creative stitching from around the world in PUSH Stitchery, the ultimate in innovation for modern crafters. This stylish book showcases his top 30 stitching artists, and is packed with gorgeous full-colour reproductions of their work. (Lark, £14.99)
You’ll love it because… it’s like reading his blog, but bound together as a beautiful hard back.
Click here to buy PUSH Stitchery
(2) Hoopla: the art of unexpected embroidery
Hoopa: the art of the unexpected embroidery showcases innovative stitch artists including the aforementioned Mr X Stitch and the wonderfully talented Jenny Hart. It’s a unique chance to be inspired by the work of guerrilla stitchers who are as sharp as their needles! (Arsenal Pulp Press, £21.99)
You’ll love it because… it’s like an art gallery, on paper. You’ll be hard pressed to put it down.
Click here to buy Hoopla
(3) Love Kills Slowly
Tattoo designer Ed Hardy has turned some of his best designs into cross stitch in Love Kills Slowly, possibly the most daring in this months round-up. Skulls, birds, hearts and rose are all here amongst some handy alphabets too. The black and white charts are finely detailed so you might find them hard work, but it’s worth it for the impact. (Andrews McMeel, £9.99)
You’ll love it because… love might kill slowly but these cross stitch designs will get people talking fast.
Click here to buy Love Kills Slowly