It’s too hot to do much in the way of knitting, so I was delighted to be offered a copy of Storyland Cross Stitch by What Delilah Did. As someone who is fascinated by fairy tales and the slightly unreal, it’s right up my street.
What I really, really like about this book is that it comes with a free gift of a little square of fabric, some thread and a needle: meaning that even the most inexperienced stitcher can get cracking on one of the beginner projects straight away. It’s a really good idea that encourages people to have a go. The kit is enough for a few of the projects, so no matter what your skill level, you can dive right in.
The styling in the book is very much in tune with the whole What Delilah Did brand- pretty, with a hint of whimsy and the occasional hint of darkness (I just LOVE the Big Bad Wolf pencil case.)
The book is divided into clear sections, depending on skill level. Although I would say I’m intermediate, there are projects in all sections that I would like to have a go at. My particular favourites are the silhouettes; I’m very tempted to make a frog prince for D’s room! The stitch charts themselves are large, clear and easy to understand.
What’s also really great about this is that even the making up sections are clear, easy to follow and illustrated, meaning that it’s very hard to go wrong. I’m planning on making the Wise Owl cushion after realising the instructions are so straightforward, it would be impossible to muck it up.
If you’ve been toying with picking up cross stitch as a hobby, this is a brilliant and inspiring book. I shall certainly be trying some of these projects over the summer.