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The Mr. X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch

You start with cross stitch and you end up with one of the world’s most recognisable pieces of art.

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The Mr. X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch by Jamie Chalmers

Published by Search Press

If you think you know what cross stitch is, look again! Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, shows you how to cross stitch using simple step-by-step instructions and also takes you to the frontiers of cross stitch design. Showcasing colleagues who are pushing the boundaries of this ancient craft, Mr X Stitch introduces more than 20 lovely, cutting-edge projects to make, and shows that beauty, innovation and 'craftivism' are alive and kicking in this inspirational book.

The book is aimed at stitchers of all abilities, from absolute beginners looking to learn a new craft to embroiderers and cross stitchers who want to do something different in cross stitching. For many, cross stitch conjures up images of cute kittens and country cottages, but this book shows people that there’s a different side to cross stitching – that it’s an art in its own right, and will encourage them to be a little braver with their art.

 Jamie’s writing style is fun, entertaining and highly inspirational. The book will attract readers of all ages, and is aiming to appeal to men as well as women. It will teach the basics of cross stitching, including materials, tools, techniques, colour blending, etc., but will also put Jamie’s own spin on it, with urban flavours, and the introduction of different materials such as glow-in-the-dark threads. There will be several exciting designs for the readers to stitch, and Jamie will arm people with the skills and inspiration to create cross stitch designs of their own, for example, by using photos and other images for reference. 

Jamie is particularly interested in typography and there is a good balance of typographical and pictoral projects to stitch. The book is split into 5 themes: Colour, Glow in the Dark, More than a Hobby, Using Computer Software and Outside the Hoop. Colour explores techniques such as ombre design, inverting colour and using geometric shapes; Glow in the Dark looks at how to use glow-in-the-dark threads to achieve different effects; More than a Hobby considers the idea of mindfulness in cross stitch, including black work, backstitch etc.; Using Computer Software looks at photorealism and how to originate your design on a computer; and finally, Outside the Hoop explores projects not stitched on canvas.

The final spread of each section features an Outlier - the work of another stitcher to illustrate a different aspect of cross stitch made on a surface other than canvas. The book will be informative, fun, instructive and inspirational.

© 2018 Jamie Chalmers / Search Press · Reproduced with permission.


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  • How to cross stitch art. Mona Lisa Cross Stitch - Step 1
    Step 1

    Distilled down into a pixelated design with only 10 colours, this classic portrait is a great optical illusion as well as a familiar face to adorn your walls. And yes, those stitches do follow you around the room!

    Design details
    Difficulty: easy
    Fabric count: 14
    Width: 10cm (4in)
    Height: 15.75cm (6¼in)
    Colours: 10
    Stitches: 2,480

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Isabella E.
Great job! This is what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing my friend.Knitting Knitting

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