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Sophie Simpson (aka Delilah) is the creator behind embroidery business What Delilah Did. She runs a successful blog and online shop where she sells her distinctive embroidery designs to customers all over the world, and her kits are sold in boutique haberdasheries and lifestyle shops throughout the UK. When she is not making books or dreaming up things for her own business, Sophie can be found designing projects for likes of Mollie Makes and CrossStitcher magazines. Her designs, which are a thoroughly modern take on traditional techniques, are attracting a whole new generation to this age-old craft. You can follow Sophie's crafty adventures at www.whatdelilahdid.com. Other books by Sophie Simpson: Storyland Cross Stitch (2013), Stitch the Halls (2014).
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This whimsical collection of botanical-inspired needlework projects will take you from budding novice to confident stitcher as you explore a variety of simple counted embroidery techniques. There are 15 gorgeous projects on offer here, with templates, beautiful photos and comprehensive instructions, plus on the back page an envelope contains four of the larger embroidery charts. The alphabet bunting flags and daisy chain bracelet are stylishly simple and quite delightful. This really would make a perfect gift, the enchanting cover tempts you inside and the charming story of Thistledown Farmhouse continues with each new project. ~ Liz Robinson
Stitch yourself a merry little Christmas with What Delilah Did. With three themed collections: Merry and Bright, Stylish and Chic, and Classic and Cosy, you'll find something to suit whatever your holiday style. This thoroughly modern take on counted embroidery is all you need to create your perfect hand stitched Christmas. With a comprehenisve stitch directory, a variety of simple techniques and a selection of colourful bite-sized projects to entertain beginners and experienced stitchers alike, you will be hard pressed to stop yourself from making them all. Look out for Fair Isle-inspired Christmas Jumpers, a spectacularly stylish Polar Parade and a neon-infused Advent Tree that cannot fail to make this your merriest and brightest Christmas ever. So join Delilah in celebrating her favourite time of year with charts and instructions for 12 stitched decorations that are, quite simply, heirlooms in the making.