Inspired by a wide variety of subjects--the natural world; the shapes, colors, and patterns of pottery designs of the 1950s and 1960s; sweets and cakes; baby toys and clothes; parties and special occasions; and crafts such as sewing, knitting, and patchwork--this collection of cross-stitch motifs has something for everyone. The designs can be stitched as one whole piece or used to embellish items such as tea towels, aprons, tablecloths, pillowcases, shopping bags, make-up bags, purses, and clothing: any textile item you'd like to decorate. The book includes easy-to-follow cross-stitch charts and boasts an easy-to-carry size. With a wealth of design options, any crafter can be as creative as he or she likes.
Susan Bates has created designs for large department stores in London that sold designer hand knitting yarns and patterns. She has also created cross-stitch designs for other publishing companies in England, trained to be an art teacher, and has taught knitting and sewing classes to adults.