Book Review – Do It Yourself Stitch People by Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean

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If you’re the kind of person who loves making personalised cross stitches for your friends and family, Stitch People by Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean is right up your alley!

Stitch People by Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean

Stitch People is packed with a wide range basic people templates that can be customised to create portraits that really reflect the people you know and love. Lizzy has been developing the concept for a few years and has a charming philosophy about the idea:

“I believe the greatest way to customize an individual for a cross-stitch portrait is with their hair color, hair style, and clothing choices, as well as with their placement and position within the portrait.

“Think about it! Grandpa’s distinct bald head, or your teenage niece’s moody black hair that hangs at a steep angle across her face are distinctive traits that can be easily incorporated into a Stitch People portrait. And what better way to tell a family’s story than to put Grandpa next to Grandma, little Johnny next to his favorite pal (the family dog), or Mom and Dad in the center of the portrait with their mini-me daughter and and son on either side?”

Stitch People by Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean

She’s right. We all know how wonderful it is to make a personalised gift for a loved one and Stitch People gives you a wealth of ideas to really tug at those heart strings create something special.

Lizzy’s found a simple formula for her designs, and then taken the time to create a ton of variables in hair and body types that create thousands of possible combinations. Also included in the book are cats, dogs and a few alphabets to help complete your personalised pieces.

Stitch People by Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean

The book contains stitching instructions at the start and some framing suggestions at the back, giving you pretty much all you’d need to produce a completed piece. The layout is clean, it’s ring bound (something I always like for an instruction book) the instructions are clear and the pattern pages are a decent size – you can’t go far wrong.

Stitch People is self-published and therefore it’s not as cheap as your average stitching book, but then Lizzy’s not been supported by a huge industrial production system that can drive down prices, so I think the extra cost is a worthwhile price to pay.

Stitch People by Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean

Stitch People is a terrific resource for anyone who wants to make personalised cross stitches and Lizzy deserves high praise for the love and attention she’s put into the work. You can pick up your copy via the Stitch People website – tell them Mr X Stitch sent you!

Stitch People by Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean

But wait! We’ve got a copy of Stitch People for you to win!

All you have to do is tell us a funny anecdote about your family in the comments below and we’ll pick one at random to be the winner! You have until Sunday 7th June to leave a comment and then I’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner. Good luck!

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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