FFFoF – Book buys for needle nerds + win a copy of PUSH Stitchery


I thought I’d take a moment to select a few other stitchy books that I think would make ideal Christmas gifts for needlecraft lovers out there this year!

It goes without saying that PUSH Stitchery should be at the top of everyone’s list. 🙂

It's PUSH Print

The sister publications, PUSH Paper, PUSH Print and PUSH Jewelry are of equal merit and all look fantastic on your coffee table. With big pictures and interviews with contemporary crafters, the PUSH series is really shaping up into a must-have collection.

If you’re after a book to sink your teeth into, Hoopla by Leanne Prain is a terrific book of our times. It’s jam-packed with thoughtful content and interviews from a massive range of international textile artists. If you like Hoopla, you’ll also like Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse.

The Subversive Stitch by Roszika Parker

You can’t beat learning about the context of stitch and The Subversive Stitch by Roszika Parker is one of the best books for explaining the history of stitch and why cross stitch is for your grandma (paraphrasing hugely). And where would we be without the other Subversive book – Subversive Cross Stitch by the magnificent Julie Jackson!

Hand Stitch Perspectives by Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating

And if you’re a practising crafter who wants to scratch beneath the surfaces of needlework, you should really consider Hand Stitch Perspectives and Machine Stitch: Perspectives by Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating. These are excellent books that really explore the theory and practice of hand and machine embroidery, written by two of the biggest names in the sector. Valuable for textile students and stitch fans!

That’s just a small selection of books that I love and think you will too! If you’ve got a favourite stitchy book, you can use that knowledge to win stuff below! 🙂

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Competition Time!

Win a signed copy of PUSH: Stitchery, the world’s best contemporary embroidery art book*!

There are so many books to choose from, that I’ve barely gotten started. I want to know what books you like, and so I’m good give one lucky commenter a signed copy of PUSH: Stitchery to ensure that their collection has the best book out there!

All you have to do to win a copy of this book is leave a comment with a recommended stitchy book for us all to enjoy!

Competition closes at midnight GMT on 9th December, at which point (or possibly in the morning after) I’ll count the comments and use Random Number Generator to pick a winner. Good luck!

*If I say so myself. Which I do.

Mr X

Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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