The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch is here!

The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch Front Cover

  • Are you looking for a book for someone who likes cross stitch?
  • Are you looking for a book for someone who wants to learn cross stitch?
  • Are you looking for a book for someone who likes looking at nice pictures?

If the answer to this, or any other question, is “Yes!” then you need the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch!

Hi! It’s Mr X Stitch here and I want to take a moment to tell you about my new book, which is hitting the stores right now! The fine folks at Search Press invited me to write a book and I spent nine months creating a book that covers the spectrum of cross stitch, from teaching you how to do it to showing you why it’s relevant and important. It was a challenge coming up with designs that were modern and that you’d want to stitch, all the while connecting them to aspects of the world of cross stitch, but somehow I managed it! Let’s have a look at some of the designs that you’ll enjoy when you buy the book!

At the start of all good cross stitch books, there’s an instruction section and I’ve done my best to explain how to do cross stitch and thrown in whatever snippets of wisdom I could muster. Then I open with the first pattern, which is arguably the most controversial design in the book – Back in Black!

Back In Black - Charlotte Bailey version

The design in the book is a backwards question mark and the idea is that you stitch it, and then turn it over to show the reverse..!

Back In Black - Mr X Stitch version

Yes, that’s right! You’re supposed to show the back of the work! It’s okay, you can do this!

Y’see there’s this whole myth that the back of the work should be as tidy as the front, and while it’s nice to pay attention to the rear of the work, no lives have ever been lost because of an untidy back!

Back In Black - rainbow version

But what most people don’t realise is that the back of the work tells the story of how you made the work, and by studying the back you can get a sense of how the stitches were created. In many ways, the back of the work is more revealing than the front. So if you are getting tense about the back of your work, you can relax a bit. Why not reflect on some of your earlier works and see how you’ve progressed?

Back In Black - pink on black version

If you want this design, you’ll find it in the tools section of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. In case this concept is leaving you reeling, I’ll come back with another look inside the book soon!

Pick up your copy of the book from the SearchPress website, or via Amazon (affiliate link) or if you’re feeling keen, why not get a signed copy via the XStitch Magazine shop!