Twisted Stitches by Phil Davison is a book full of cross-stitch patterns that range from gorgeous calaveras to gruesome renditions of Humpty Dumpty after the fall to profane iPhone cases. If you have the slightest leaning toward subversive stitching, you need this book of “30 Corrupt Cross Stitch and Embroidery Designs.”
The book pushes the “how tos” to the back, so they’re still available for newcomers but out of the way for experienced stitchers. Each design includes a complete thread key (based on DMC floss colors), a chart, and recommendations for finishing. (Instead of segmenting larger charts, the publisher has printed them separately and tucked them into a sturdy pocket attached to the inside back cover.) So the book is well and professionally done. But this publication is all about the designs. You know you want a hand towel with a barbed-wire border or a keychain with the image of a squished rabbit overlain with a tire track.
The book, by North Light Books, retails for US$19.99. ISBN-13: 978-1-4403-0933-5.
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By Denise Felton