Michael Powell provides twenty mini cross stitch designs, each accompanied by a full-colour chart, key and general instructions. Each of Michael's unique, quirky contemporary designs measures approximately 31/2 x 31/2in (9 x 9cm), though the designs come in a variety of formats and include tall, narrow designs as well as borders. All the designs can be worked on 14-count Aida or evenweave fabric. There's a broad range of subjects to choose from, including country cottages, flowers, hearts, and festive Christmas trees, so whatever the occasion, there is bound to be a design that suits it perfectly. There are general instructions and simple stitch diagrams at the beginning of the book, so even those new to cross stitch will be able to accomplish all of the projects, as well as notes on fabric preparation and washing instructions.
Michael Powell's love of buildings and architecture are the main inspiration for his work, normally created in pen and ink and watercolour. Michael's unique style translates brilliantly into needlework, whether it is cross-stitch or needlepoint/tapestry, where he replaces his watercolour palette with the vast range of cotton or wool. The resulting designs take on a new, fantastic vibrancy of their own. Michael has won The British Craft Awards Designer of the Year numerous times, and is continually working hard to create wonderful new designs for your stitching pleasure.
Introduction 4 Stitching instructions 6 Simple daisy 8 Heart with jewels 10 Garden shed 12 Cupcake hearts 14 Orange tree at sunset 16 Chapel in moonlight 18 Queen of hearts 20 Cottage with orange trees 22 Mountain cottage 24 Heart border 26 Border with flower 28 Hearts in tall glass vase 30 White village 32 Heart dangle 34 Sunny windowsill 36 Christmas tree with snow 38 Bunch of flowers 40 Birthday cake 42 Country cottage 44 Daisies 46