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Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch, The by Jamie Chalmers
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Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch, The by Jamie Chalmers
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Aug 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781782214243

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Stitcherista YouTube video review of Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch is a fantasticpage by page review of the book. Stitcherista is known for her contributions to Cross Stitch Crazy and has a popular channel on FlossTube. Check out the full review:
Feb 18 2018

Library Journal 2018
Popular cross stitch blogger and first-time author Chalmers, known to his readers as Mr X Stitch, brings his irreverent take on this ages-old craft to a wider audience with this clever guide to cross stitch. Chalmers begins with the basics, laying out the supplies necessary to get started as well as an overview of stitching on Aida cloth and finishing and framing completed pieces. Then the fun begins—explorations of color, glow-in-the-dark specialty threads, and an exceptional overview of the differences between fabric counts via variations of a stitched pineapple. Patterns explore the variety of contemporary cross-stitch designs, from fandom themes to typography to vintage-modern style. VERDICT Cross stitch and embroidery continue to gain momentum among crafters, and Chalmers’s lively, irreverent style will appeal to crafters looking for edgier fare

Peacock & Fig Review – Feb 27, 2018

I was lucky enough to be contacted by the publisher of the newest cross stitch guide to hit the market, The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch, and asked to give my honest feedback. I was thrilled to be contacted, I’ve been a big fan of his for years and have worked with him on a few projects for his fantastic modern XStitch magazine. Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chalmers used to have a regular column in CrossStitcher magazine, and his TEDX talk on cross stitch is so good. I knew his book would be good, but I didn’t know how good until I got my copy. 
First off, I have to give a shout out to the wonderful photographer Stacy Grant, her photos are so awesome (I’m very jealous and wish I could take such nice photos of my own work). The whole vibe of the book is fun and relaxed, and definitely there’s no trace of being pretentious or “precious” as some craft books can be. Jamie’s personality shines through in his writing, and many times I laughed out loud at the way he phrased something. This section about the back of your work really made me lose it…

“There’s a myth going around town, an urban legend that says the back of your work should be as neat as the front. Usually started by a friend of a friend who knew an old lady with loads of cross stitch, who said that unless your back is really tidy, you’ll all be sent to hell and your children will all have gills.”
But what’s in the book you say? Jamie has done a great job of not only covering the techniques and materials of cross stitch (with really clear photos and easy to understand instructions), but a wide variety of other topics that are part and parcel of stitching. He covers basic colour theory (perfect if you’re wanting to experiment with colours in your projects or make your own), how to frame your projects, and explains how glow in the dark threads are seriously under-utilized and how to use them more easily. He even goes into why stitching is important in our lives, whether it’s purely as a means to relaxation or connecting with our traditions of the past, but also as a means of “craftivism” and making change in your community and society.
The book also contains a ton of useful information if you’ve ever considered making your own patterns (including a variety of examples of one pattern produced at different sizes). He also delves into stitching on non-traditional materials, whether that’s by using waste canvas or soluble Aida, or drilling holes into materials like leather, wood, or metal and stitching on that.
Jamie also features some really innovative cross stitch designers, and shows how they are pushing the boundaries of this craft. Lord Libidan‘s work in 3D stitching is featured, as is the fantastic metalwork stitched art of Lithuanian artist Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė (cross stitched car, anyone?). Also featured is embroidery artist Zoe Gilbertson with her beautiful abstract colourful pieces, heavy metal inspired UK designer Kate Blandford, and street installation artists Les Deuz’Bro.
Throughout the book, there are sample patterns with full colour photos of the finished projects, and they are labelled according to difficulty level. There is a wide variety of fun projects, from a simple question mark that’s meant to be displayed with the back showing, to a little version of the Mona Lisa. No matter your stitching level, there is something in this book for everyone, and I learned a lot reading it. If you’re interested at all in cross stitch and its context in modern society, I’d highly recommend picking up a copy. 

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Table Of Contents

Foreword by Julie Jackson 6
Introduction 8

Tools & materials 10
Making a start 18
How to cross stitch 20
Framing your work 28
The back 32

Colour 36
A moment of context 46
Outlier: Zoe Gilbertson 54

Glow in the Dark 56
Stitching and travelling 63
Outlier: Kate Blandford 72

More Than a Hobby 74
Peace of mind 76
Embroidery as therapy 79
Craftivism 83
Embroidery as an art form 86
Outlier: Severija
Inirauskait-Kriauneviien 90

Pattern Design 92
Computer design 94
Fabric count 99
Colour 100

Epic pineapple 102
Outlier: Lord Libidan 116

Thinking Outside
the Hoop 118
If its got holes in it… 120
Stitching on plastic 122
Stitching on metal 127
Were all adults 131
Outlier: Les Deuz’Bro 132

Final thoughts 134
Alphabet fonts 136
Acknowledgements 140
Index 141

Back in Black 32
Fleur de Couleur 40
From Ampersand to Bargello 42
Something Meaningful 47
Sqrl! 50
Empire State 58
Winter is Coming 64
Home Sweet Home Network 68
VodkAtomic 70
I Got Yer Mindfulness Right Here 76
I am an Addict 80
#StitchforSyria 83
Mona 87
Introducing the Pineapple! 95
Portrait of a Pineapple 104
Pop Art Pineapple 108
Whitby Abbey at Sunset 112
Bling 120
Silver Devil 124
C-Tron 125
Yellow Blade 126
Look! 127
What The?! 128

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