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Criss-Crossing Paris

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Criss-Crossing Paris by Fiona Sinclair and Sally-Anne Hayes
Paperback $19.99
Feb 06, 2018 | ISBN 9780992792367

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The Mr X Stitch Book Review March 18, 2018
Who’s it for? Obviously the Cross Stitch enthusiast, however speaking as someone who has had less of an interest in this art form….I would wager that this book would gather interest from the Watercolourist to the Embroiderer.  It would make a non “cross-stitcher” cross stitch!
A few pages in, this book opens with the words:
‘Travel takes courage – a willingness to experience, to celebrate the adventure.  our cross-stitch illustrations are born of this. They are not typical counted-thread designs; they are cross-stitch interpretations of Parisian moments captured in a photo.’
Is this a diary?  A memoir?  A textile instruction book?  Or maybe a mix?  Whatever you want to classify it as; the instruction section is just as well presented and thoughtfully planned as the rest.
I love how each pattern comes with background information on the source image. This isn’t your tourist map of Paris, made in that everlasting tacky form – each image used is “Instagram worthy”; the type we would all be bragging about – yet seen here in a new fabric format.
Many of the images are personal to the writers – this lends itself to our curious nature our desire to understand more about what we are stitching.
The thought which has gone into the photography puts the artistic barrier high.  Parisian style frames and materials have been used within each image to convey to the reader how their cross stitch pieces can be used.  A good mix of the vintage thrown in too; portraying that shabby chic look:
It’s not just imagery we get instructions to play with – more practical projects are conjectured too, such as this text one.  Photographed as a bag, we then get to see it has real use – not just a frame worthy piece.
Nothing is left to chance.  Advice on making up the projects is given, along with a stitch glossary.
Overall thoughts:
The average cross stitch book leaves me a tad cold; but this has inspired me – not just to cross stitch, but to get over to Paris and paint!  It’s got such an invitingly artsy feel.
There is such a mix of projects; some directly for framing, others suitable for bags, cushions and buttons – so we have plenty excuses to create.
Through this more personal view of Paris, we are invited to share their experiences, stitching them, experiencing them for ourselves.

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