A few weeks ago I ordered the Alphabet A to Z cross stitch book by Kazuko Aoki. She is one of my favourite designers. Her designs are simple and very beautiful. I am still in the process of finishing off the pansy cross stitch pillow case I started recently and which I featured on another blog post.
The book itself is quite small and the photographs are well presented, light and bright. Most of the instructions are in japanese but you can easily work out the threads you need and the charts are super clear and easy to follow. What makes this book so lovely are the photographs of the finished cross stitch charts. Each letter is displayed with three two or three different images so you have the option to chose the one you like the best.
You can stitch any of the designs on any fabric you like from Linen to Aida. Of course the higher the count the smaller the design will appear. Fabric counts refer to the number of threads or squares per inch and adding a count. For example fabric with 32 squares per inch is called 32 count fabric, likewise 14 square per inch is called 14 count fabric. The square refers to the mall squares that make up the fabric.
I stitched the small Eiffel tower using 32 count Linen. The design was very easy to stitch and I finished it in half an hour. The book is well worth buying and a must for anyone who loves cross stitch alphabets. You can buy the book from Amazon Japan but it is a little tricky as the site is in Japanese. If you would like a copy of the book I would be happy to order one in for you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to make the arrangements for you.
Enjoy your weekend and may you find plenty of time to stitch!