Cross-Stitch Books: A Look Ahead for 2021

2021 looks to be a good year for cross-stitch books hitting the shelves. Let’s take a look at what’s coming!

Subversive, scandalous, inclusive, fun, funky, relaxing, swearing, creepy, cute. These are all of the cross-stitch books we can look forward to this year. And it’s nice to have something to look forward to for a change. Something other than the end of the pandemic! But because of the virus and subsequent lockdowns, more people have taken up crafts and as such more books are being published. That part, I hope, stays the same. More cross-stitch books to choose from can only be a good thing.

We have several returning authors on the list: Julie Jackson, Emma Congdon (Stitchrovia), Durene Jones, and Gail Bussi. And several new authors, though they are no strangers to designing patterns: David Hastings (Dottie Salami), Lindsay Swearingen (TuskandCardinal), Kyoko Maruoka, and John Michael-Stoof.

We also saw Volume 1 of A Bitch in Time: 30 Snarcastic Stitches for You to Stab in 2020 from newbie Tara K. Reed, so here’s hoping Volume 2 will be out in 2021! You can take a look at my review of Volume 1. There’s also a chance a few other cross-stitch books popup as the year goes. If so, I will let you know!

December 25, 2021

Fun & Funky Cross Stitch: 160+ Designs, 5 Alphabets, 30 Bonus Gift Ideas

I don’t see an author attached to this one other than Immediate Media.

October 19, 2021

Super Subversive Cross Stitch: 50 Fresh as F*ck Designs

That’s right! Julie Jackson is back with another subversive installment.

September 14, 2021

Cross-Stitch Like a Queen: 25 Fun and Fabulous Patterns Celebrating Drag and the LGBTQ+ Community

First-of-its-kind indeed! For author David Hastings who moonlights as drag queen Dottie Salami, this book is a “celebration of drag and queer culture, perfect for queens, kings, and everybody in between.”

September 14, 2021

Creepy Cross-Stitch

This book is by Lindsay Swearingen aka Tusk and Cardinal on Etsy and Instagram.

Comes out in time for Halloween. “Final cover to be revealed”

September 5, 2021

Happy Days Cross Stitch

Check out this dollhouse cuteness from Japanese cross-stitch designer Kyoko Maruoka.

September 2, 2021

The Book of Cross Stitch: An essential guide

We’ve got a new cross-stitch guide for those getting into the craft. This one is by Durene Jones!

September 1, 2021

Inspired Cross-Stitch: 30 Patterns plus Alphabets

This one is full of inspirational sayings meant to be easy and relaxing. By Gail Bussi.

July 28, 2021

PixlPeople: Cross-Stitch Your Favorite People

“Using the PixlPeople method, select from a huge swath of elements that go beyond generic patterns and exact replicas—body types, skin tone combinations, hairstyles, outfits—and just follow the provided templates for each element. Add pets, hobby and career accessories, facial expressions, and even zodiac signs to round out your PixlPeople.”

July 20, 2021

The One with All the Cross-Stitch: 21 Unofficial Patterns for Fans of Friends

So, the author of this book is “Ulysses Press is a pop culture book publishing company with a deep love for all things FRIENDS. They have offices in Brooklyn, New York, and Berkeley, California.” Sure Chandler.

April 27, 2021

Cross Stitch for the Earth: 20 Designs to Cherish

Another book from Emma Congdon aka Stitchrovia! This one comes out near Earth Day.

“Whether it’s a plea to save the bees, clean up the oceans, appreciate nature, or unplug from technology, this celebration of the green movement in thread will remind us of the need to come together to build a brighter future, one stitch at a time.”

March 15, 2021

Floral Folk Art in Cross Stitch 100+ Floral Folk Art Motifs

Another book from Durene Jones. She does love to keep us in stitches.

“The patterns vary in sizes. From small quick stitch designs for tags, pincushions, key fobs, and cards, to larger, more involved designs for notebook covers, pictures, fire screens, or table cloths.”

As these books become available, they will be added to Needlework Books at the top of Frogging News Blogazine.

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