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14 Must-Have Cross Stitch Books for a Crafty Christmas 2023

With the festive season just around the corner, now is the time to get your Christmas gift ideas in place!

In the world of cross stitch, where tradition meets contemporary charm, finding the right book that resonates with the stitcher’s spirit can be a delightful challenge.

We’ve scoured the shelves and consulted with the masters to bring you a handpicked list of the best cross stitch books available right now.

These gems offer a mix of classic elegance and modern chic, with patterns that cater to every skill level. Whether you’re looking to surprise a seasoned stitcher or introduce a newbie to the joys of cross stitch, our selection is guaranteed to spark joy and creativity under the Christmas tree.

Get ready to stitch up a storm and make this holiday season a memorable one with these fantastic cross stitch books!

This list contains books for beginners as well as for the more experienced cross stitcher, but also some great themes for you to enjoy, so let’s get stuck in!

Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson

Super Subversive Cross Stitch

by Julie Jackson

Let’s hit the ground running with the long awaited sequel to the classic Subversive Cross Stitch! Packed with pithy humour and classic designs, it’s the ideal book for anyone who wants some top notch snarky stitching!

Read our full review here.

The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch

The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch

by Jamie Chalmers

Described by Lord Libidan as “the best cross stitch book in existence” this is my love letter to the craft that started it all.

It teaches you how to cross stitch and, more importantly, why to cross stitch. Learn how to turn your craft into an art and much more!

Read our full review here.

Zombie Cross Stitch

Zombie Cross Stitch

by Erika Kern and Kristy Kizzee

When this cross stitch book arrived, you could hear the screams of joy from around the world, and beyond the grave!

12 fun designs of the undead variety that are easy to stitch, even if you are recently deceased!

Read our full review here.

Cross Stitch For The Earth by Emma Congdon

Cross Stitch for the Earth: 20 Designs To Cherish

by Emma Congdon

Emma Congdon is one of the UK’s best cross stitch designers, and in this ecologically-inspired collection of 20 patterns, you’ll understand why.

Elegant typography, great composition and thoughtful mottos – this book is a must-have for the conscientious cross stitcher!

We also strongly recommend her other two books:

And wait til you see the latest book – more on that later!

Read our full review here.

Criss Crossing Paris byFiona Sinclair and Sally-Anne Hayes

Criss-Crossing Paris

by Fiona Sinclair and Sally-Anne Hayes

Criss-Crossing Paris is both an informative exploration and an artistic interpretation of one of the world’s most romantic cities.

It’s perfect for the travel fanatic, as you can stitch the designs en route!

Read our full review here.

Feminsit Cross Stitch by Stephanie Rohr

Feminist Cross-Stitch: 40 Bold and Fierce Patterns

by Stephanie Rohr

Cross Stitch is the perfect way to process your frustrations, and if you feel like smashing the patriarchy, then get Steph’s book and channel that emotion into your craft.

With 40 designs in a range of styles, from serious to snarky, this is a great book for the riot grrl in your world!

If you want something a touch more mellow, Steph’s other book – Self-Care Cross Stitch is another option!

Check out our YouTube review here.

Storyland Cross Stitch by Sophie Simpson

Storyland Cross Stitch

by Sophie Simpson

Sophie Simpson, aka WhatDelilahDid, is the queen of modern nostalgia with her elegantly simple cross stitch designs.

Her first book is a collection of silhouettes that are ideal complements to your literary corner.

Read our full review here.

Manga Cross Stitch by Helen McCarthy

Manga Cross Stitch

by Helen McCarthy

A great cross stitch book teaches you how to stitch and how to appreciate the subject of the designs, and Manga Cross Stitch is a great book!

Learn how to stitch, and discover the art of manga at the same time! What’s not to love?

Read our full review here.

Twisted Stitches by Phil Davison

Twisted Stitches

by Phil Davison

Cross stitch needn’t be confined to the hoop and in Twisted Stitches, Phil’s darkly delicious designs are applied to homewares, accessories and clothing.

The patterns lean towards the more experienced stitcher, but there’s a lot of fun to be had – here’s hoping your threads don’t get as twisted as Phil’s designs!

Read our full review here.

Feminist Icon Cross Stitch Cover

Feminist Icon Cross Stitch

by Anna Fleiss and Lauren Mancuso

Continuing our love for cross stitch books that educate as well as entertain, this collection of famous feminists will inspire intelligent thought on feminism and activism.

It’s a necessary part of any self-respecting cross stitcher’s library!

Read our full review here.

Star Trek Cross Stitch by John Lohman

Star Trek Cross Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting

by John Lohman

For the sci-fi fan in your life, this book is perfect! Designed with love by true fans of the show, this collection of charts will suit stitchers of all skill levels.

Stitch long and prosper!

Read our full review here.

Mini Masterpieces by Gaby Pico

Mini Masterpieces

by Gaby Pico

If anyone is confused about cross stitch as an art form, this collection of 50 classic artworks will give them something to think about!

Gaby Pico has done a great job of miniaturising popular paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and more. Time to create your own art gallery!

Creepy Cross Stitch by Lindsay Swearingen

Creepy Cross Stitch – 25 Spooky Projects to Haunt Your Halls

by Lindsay Swearingen

If you dwell in the darkness, or have a yearning for the gothic lifestyle, then this collection of creepy patterns is perfect!

The Victorian Gothic style of this book permeates throughout the designs and if you’ve got a horror fan in your world, you’ve got craft projects that will keep them out of harm’s way for years!

Emma Congdon - Cross Stitch with Cattitude

Cross Stitch with Cattitude

by Emma Congdon

To finish, the one book you definitely ought to buy for anyone who likes cats, cross stitch or has a sense of humour.

Emma unleashes her wit and design skills in a book with 20 fantastic, funny cross stitch patterns that you’ll love to stitch.

This should be an addition to any stitchy library. Enough said!

So there you have it! Our favourite cross stitch books, each of which is a great gift for the stitcher in your life.

If they’re just starting out, The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch is a great resource for the beginner.

If you want to make fun designs for your friends, Emma Congdon’s Cross Stitch with Cattitude book is the one to pick this year without a doubt!

For more confident cross stitchers, we also recommend any of Emma Congdon‘s trilogy for their combination of inspiring themes and beautiful design.

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