Cross stitch is a fun and easy pastime for many of today’s crafters. Samplers of work can be found all the way back to colonial times, and even before. The repeated act of stitching little x’s in a grid cloth with colorful thread produces many lovely scenes, sayings, and designs.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, or are in between projects, try a few designs found in 555 Little Sayings in Cross-Stitch by Marie Barber. The sayings and design subjects range over friendship, love, home, family, to motivational sayings and thank-yous as well. Although published over 10 years ago, the style is timeless. A short section at the back of the book provides an explanation of terms and instructions for the beginning crafter. Winter may be leaving soon, but this book would provide handy inspiration to fill the time on summer road trips, or days just to wet or warm to get outside.
This book will not appear on the new shelves since it wasn’t published recently. To find it you can check our online catalog, or ask a librarian. It will be in the non-fiction section with other books on handicrafts and other hand-made works of art. We always encourage our patrons to browse – our books are free to check out, so take any that may give you inspiration for your next artistic endeavor! For easy returns, don’t forget our in-wall book and media drop, accessible on the outside of the building.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit, on the North Campus. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
555 Little Sayings in Cross Stitch by Marie Barber
128 p., illustrated