Four Seasons of Cross-Stitch by House-Mouse Designs
This House Mouse Designs book pairs easy-to-read black and white charts with detailed instructions that make it perfectly suited for intermediate to experienced stitchers. Lavish full-color photos accompany every design, while complete materials lists, stitch illustrations and a buyer's guide complete the publication. 48 all-color pgs.
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August 29, 2014
The designs are charming and are from house-mouse card designs. The pictures are really nice; and the different thing about this book is that you don't need to blow the chart up on a printer. My kitchen is house mouse towels, house mouse pictures and house mouse cross stitch. People ask why no pet mouse. I reply, go ask puss!
March 20, 2014
Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance. This form of cross-stitch is also called counted cross-stitch in order to distinguish it from other forms of cross-stitch. Sometimes cross-stitch is done on designs printed on the fabric (stamped cross-stitch); the stitcher simply stitches over the printed pattern. "Four Seasons Of Cross-Stitch By House-Mouse Designs" is a 48 page compendium showcasing fourteen cross-stitching designs celebrating happy (albeit mischievous) mice. The needlecraft instructions are clearly organized and deftly presented. The fourteen projects are thoroughly 'user friendly' and will enable even the most novice of needlecrafters to successfully turn out charming work that would be ideal for gift-giving and as family heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation. "Four Seasons Of Cross-Stitch By House-Mouse Designs" is enthusiastically recommended!
March 7, 2014
I love House-Mouse designs and this cross-stitch book provides so many cute ones. But then, IMHO, there isn’t a House-Mouse design that isn’t cute.
As you might guess by the title, the content is divided into Summer, Spring, Winter and Fall type designs. There are 3 Spring, four Summer, three Fall and four winter designs. Therefore, for me, who never leaves a pattern alone, there are multiples of those numbers. I take one element from one design and use it with another to make my own ideas.
For example, in winter, there is a mouse with knitting needles and a mouse in a knit hat next to him. This means I have three patterns – one as the designer provides and one of each of the mice by themselves. I also take the elements such as an apple or a piece of candy corn or an autumn leaf and use just that (or multiples of that item) to create yet another picture.
The instructions provide a materials list and a DMC list. The actual instructions provide the necessary types of stitches needed to complete a picture. My only suggestion would be that the charts be printed in color as well as coded letter/number.
If you are a “mouse” fan, this is a book you definitely should have in your library.