Cross stitch is one of the easiest embroidery stitches to master, and can be used to create beautiful designs in a range of contemporary styles. In this pretty little book, the author, Sophie Helene, presents over 400 colourful floral designs that include borders, alphabets and motifs in a range of different sizes and styles, together with ideas and inspiration for incorporating them into towels, cushions, bags, purses, babies' bibs and bootees, samplers and pictures. Each pattern is presented as a colourful easy-to-follow chart, with a key showing the thread colours used. At the end of the book there is information on the methods and materials used, making this a fabulous resource for cross stitchers of all abilities. All of the designs can be easily adapted by simply changing the colours used, and by 'mixing and matching' elements from different designs - this us the perfect starting point for creating cross-stitch designs of your own!
Sophie Helene graduated from the Toulouse School of Fine Arts (ESBA), she also has a degree in Textile design from the Academy of Arts. At first director of a small crafts & hobbies series, she became the editor-in-chief of a children's magazine. After the birth of her second child she decided to work from home by the sea.