Magpie Monday – more cross stitch books and buttons
I grab any opportunity I can to pop into charity shops to see if there is anything good on sale. Earlier this week, I was in Cambridge for a two day work meeting. I thought I’d been stuck in a basement meeting room the whole time, but it was decided that people needed a comfort/fag break so I nipped into the Cancer Research shop across the road.
I returned to the meeting room clutching this:
‘Picture it in Cross Stitch’ was published in 1996 and is one of the all time classic cross stitch books. This revised and updated edition was published in 2008. The charity shop copy I found was in mint condition and it only cost £1 because there was an ‘all books £1′ offer. The book contains lots of ideas for creating your own sampler designs. The page shown below contains instructions for designing a sampler including a picture of the house where you live.
I also found a couple more cross stitch books recently, including ‘Two-Hour Cross-Stitch’ with lots of ideas for little motifs and a Jane Greenoff cross stitch book. The latter book was in a Birmingham charity shop that I popped into when I was heading to BlogCampUK.
One of the things that attracted me about the ‘Two-Hour Cross-Stitch’ book was that some of the motifs include buttons.
I’ve been buying more old buttons, including two more of little bags of buttons for £1.99 a bag from the local Oxfam shop and a strip of little pink buttons.
So these are my pre-loved finds. What have you found?