I am smitten with Leah Lintz’s new book—Cross-Stitch to Calm. There really is something so
satisfying, and calming, about plying a threaded needle through fabric.
If you love cross-stitch, you’ll love this book. If you are new to cross-stitch, you’ll love this book. While Leah’s crisp and clean designs are a delight, the how-to section of the book is simply outstanding. The exceedingly clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations will have novice stitchers on their way in no time. On the topic of finishing, Leah says, “This book is called Cross-Stitch to Calm, and therefore, the appropriately easy finish method should apply…” I’m particularly enthusiastic about her suggestion to leave the finished piece in the embroidery hoop and hang it on the wall!
There is one problem, however. With so many enticing designs, I absolutely can’t decide which one to stitch first! Here are a few of my favorites: Hare, Pink Flamingo (I have to admit, our yard is home to a flamingo—concrete not plastic!), Abstract Dandelion, Calla Lily, Guitars, Moon & Stars. Okay, I have to stop with this list; otherwise, I will have listed every one of the 40 patterns in the book!
Hundreds if not thousands of cross-stitch pattern books are available. This one really is exceptional. Do check out Cross-Stitch to Calm. Really, what could be better—creating something lovely with fabric and a needle and thread and destressing at the same time!