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It’s no secret – I’m a big fan of Sophie Simpson, aka WhatDelilahDid. I thought her first book was great and I was pleased to see her coming back for a second round. This time, Stitch the Halls gives you a dozen simple, elegant festive designs to stitch up in time for Xmas!
Sophie has a great eye for design and her book is filled with ideas that hit the right balance between nostalgic and modern. From geometric gems to animal silhouettes, Sophie’s simple style permeates throughout the book, making it a charming Christmas cross stitch compendium. As with her last book, the instructions are clear and the design of the book makes it easy to get going. The designs break down into individual elements that can be easily reconfigured in a multitude of ways – twelve designs is just the tip of the iceberg.
I asked Sophie to tell us a bit more about the book – here’s what she had to say:
“The decorations in Stitch the Halls are some my favourite projects I have ever done – I had them all pinned up on my wall while I was making the book and felt totally bereft when it was time to take them all down and send them off to my publisher!
“Sometimes when I finish a big project I am sick of the sight of it for at least 6 months, but I just can’t get enough of this one. I think maybe because most of the designs are quite small I didn’t get the chance to overdose on them. And I got to indulge all of my multiple personalities in one place – the period drama throwback, the country bumpkin and the ultra-modern style geek all have a place in the book.
“I am already planning to make a bunch more of the mini Christmas jumpers this year (one of my favourite projects from the book) and can’t wait to fill up my advent tree come December!“
Stitch The Halls is a great addition to the cross stitch pattern book world, and if you’re thinking of stitching for Christmas then this is a great place to start. Stitch the Halls: 12 Decorations to Make for Christmas is published by Pavilion Books and is available from all good retailers. Why not get yours from our Amazon store?