Review: Made in France: Cross Stitch Samplers, by Marjorie Massey

Last month as I was browsing any and all new pictures on flickr tagged embroidery (I have it set up as a feed in my feed reader), I spotted this little half-finished fox and fell madly in love.  The pattern comes from Made in France: Cross-Stitch Samplers, by Marjorie Massey, and is super adorable.  I ordered a copy the same day.

The book is hardcover and is mostly illustrations and diagrams, which is fabulous.  The front cover has an envelope with the larger sampler patterns in it, while the rest of the smaller patterns are at the end of the book.  The first project I made out of it is this pretty heart sampler, which came together pretty quickly.

I started with the middle snowflake and worked more or less horizontally, design by design.  I am not a very tidy/mathematical cross stitcher.  So much back and forth and wasted thread! Oh well!  I used a rusty red (DMC 3777) and almost ran out near the end.  Luckily the small yarn shop near my house had the right colour amongst their small collection of DMC threads.

The book has lovely text based samplers, lots of different country themed ones and enough cute animals to satisfy most stitchers.  Every single pattern is either blue or red, with most of them being completely monochromatic, which I adore.  She also offers a simple, hilarious hint throughout the book.  “Feel free to change the look of this sampler by embroidering it in blue, for example.” she’ll say about a red design.  She’ll say the opposite for a blue design, word for word.  It made me giggle.

Overall, the 35 designs in the book are all great, the book is beautiful and soothing, and I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for somewhat traditional cross stitch sampler patterns.

I am not affiliated with Marjorie Massey or her publisher, I just thought this was an awesome book.


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