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Book Review: Two Hour Cross Stitch: Flowers

Two Hour Cross Stich FlowersIf you need a source of small floral related designs for a cross stitch project, Trice Boeren’s book, Two Hour Cross Stitch: Flowers, is a great source of motifs. The book presents a collection of 300 designs related to flowers that can be completed in one to three hours. The colorful designs are easy to work and very useful for people with limited time.

The designs are organized into five groups: deco, traditional, formal, fantasy, and monograms and messages. They include single flowers, clusters of flowers, topiary flowering trees, fruits, and garden related items like a wagon filled with fruit, a girl on a swing, a gnome,a scarecrow and a watering can. Each entry is shown on a grid with a full scale picture of the design stitched on 14 count fabric next to it. Some of the images represent actual flowers while others seem to be fanciful. The figures range in size from 20 to 40 stitches tall and are composed of two to three shades of two to five major colors. An alphabet, set of numbers, days of the week, and simple messages all enhanced with flowers, conclude the work.

I used several of the figures from this collection to complete a birth announcement for my youngest granddaughter and found them exceptionally pretty and quick to complete. Take a look at the cover and you will see a nice sampling of the motifs contained in the book. The one recommendation I would make is to mark off every ten squares on the charts for ease of stitching.
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