Book Review – Storyland Cross Stitch by What Delilah Did

Storyland Cross Stitch from What Delilah Did
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Storyland Cross Stitch from What Delilah Did

I’ve been a fan of Sophie Simpson, aka WhatDelilahDid, for ages, and even have a piece of her work in my personal collection. So the news that she was producing a cross stitch pattern book was music to my ears, and it’s no surprise that the book is a lovely piece of work. There’s always been a strong sense of design in the WhatDelilahDid pattern range, with classic designs and strong silhouettes, and the book does a fantastic job of bringing several terrific pieces together in one book.

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Off With Their Heads cross stitch patterns from What Delilah Did

Naturally this book contains simple instruction on how to cross stitch as well as some nice pieces of wisdom but the main focus is the patterns and they do not disappoint. The connecting theme of the book is Fairytale Stories, and there’s a clever narrative throughout the chapters, incorporating designs of Knights, Queens, Wolves, Foxes, Unicorns and Frog Princes; the  Jackalope pattern is worth the price of the book in itself!

Enchanted Forest Hoop Cluster cross stitch patterns from What Delilah Did

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All in all, it’s a lovely collection of patterns with a charming storyline and gracious style. It is an ideal starter book for someone who is looking to get into cross stitch, and a great gift for the more experience stitcher who is looking for something stylish to stitch.

Storyland Cross Stitch is published by Collins & Brown and is available from Amazon and all good retailers. I think you might be able to get signed copies from WhatDelilahDid’s store..! Tell her Mr X sent you!

You may or may not know, but there’s been a Storyland Book Blog Tour taking place this week, and this post is your final destination. To see what some other lovelycraft bloggers thought of the book, check out their sites!

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  • I want to make fairytale silhouettes NOW, please. Trying to think of my favorite fairytale, the first one to pop into my head is the Princess and the Pea. I’m actually envisioning it embroidered – all those mattresses in different colors and textures? Hello? I like mattress ticking. I think it begs to be immortalized in needlework. Me, me, me, me, please.

  • Right now, my favorite fairy tale character is Rapunzel: it may have something to do with my niece’s obsession with Tangled, but also, thinking of her up in the tower, figuring her stuff out for all that time (and not losing her marbles) is kind of inspirational. Thanks for the shot: look at that little bunny!

  • These are great. I like Kiki Smith’s interpretation of fairy tales as well and she’s made me love Little Red Riding Hood all over again.

  • I concur with Jackalope awesomeness. So many wonderful fairy tales, but Rumplestiltskin and his epic temper tantrum has to be a favorite.

  • Love the silhouettes. One of my favorite fairy tales is Mr. Fox. There’s just something about a crafty fox that makes you want to cheer for the bad guy.

  • My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. I love all the different versions of it.

    Thanks for the chance to win! I’d love to stitch that jackalope.

  • Hello, my favorite fairy tale is ” La petite sirène” , “Little Mermaid ?” in english.

  • My favourite fairytale story is Bluebeard, which is a bit of an odd choice seeing as there are a lot of nicer fairytales out there.

    This books looks great and I would love to get back into stitching more after giving preferential treatment to knitting for so long. I like the dramatic looking tree silhouette.

  • My daughter is obsessed with fairy tales. Her favourite of the moment is Sleeping Beauty, but I like the Glass Mountain as the princess rescues herself!

  • This book looks wonderful. My favourite character would have to be the wolf in red riding hood. 🙂

  • My favourite fairy tale was always Snow White because she had hair as black as ebony rather than the usual blonde locks. I have very dark hair so wanted a heroine like me!
    This looks like a great book and I would love to win it.

  • Neil Gaiman’s Snow White from his short story Snow, Glass, Apples – creepers! You’ll never be able to view the original the same ever again.

  • I hope The Wizard of Oz is a fairy tale as I have loved the movie my whole life and I’m reading the Baum books….somewhat different! I just got silver slippers as I broke my toe!
    This cross stitch book looks sweet!

  • My favorite character is Baba Yaga- My Great Grandmother used to tell us stories about her at bed time and scare the bejeebers out of us! Sometimes I still think it’s her when I hear noises outside in the middle of the night.

  • It’s hard to choose a favourite but I will go with Cinderella! This book looks awesome!! Full of great fairy tale and whimsical projects, which I LOVE 🙂 thanks for the chance!

  • One of my favourites was Snow White. I loved how all the animals in the forest were her friends!

  • there was this fairy tale about a princess walking through a frozen forest full of crystal fruit trees. I can’t really remember much more about it than that, but that’s my favorite, by far.

  • I had the complete works of Hans Christian Andersen growing up. When I was a kid The Red Shoes was my favourite. When I re-read it as an adult, it terrified me! Those stories were awful! I remember another one of my favourites was The Little Mermaid, and the first time I read the story after being familiar with the Disney version I cried. I like the Disney version way better!

  • I love Gildaen from Gildaen: The Heroic Adventures of a Most Unusual Rabbit. I’ve never met anyone else who has read the book, but I read it over and over as a kid and loved the brave and curious little rabbit and his adventures.

  • I like Cinderella – I know, I’m more of a romantic type, but the story is always great for me to re-read or watch…
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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