This is the 3rd book in a series of craft books from the Kidston stable, and sifting through the reviews on Amazon, while it seems that the first, 'Make' had a bit of a mixed reception, those comments have been taken on board and addressed for the proceeding titles.
This book also has some added value as tucked inside there is a free purse kit.
I was very pleased when this book arrived to see it is all about needlepoint and cross stitch (for those who don't know, I used to design cross stitch kits for Coats/Anchor). These days, so many craft books veer towards the quirky (as do I!), it's a pleasure to see something that returns to the more traditional techniques.
The beginning of the book covers all the basic instructions, and within the cross stitch section, makes use of soluble canvas which allows you to stitch on pretty much any fabric you want.
And while the project instructions include references to DMC threads and yarn, there is a handy colour conversion chart at the back for those who favour Anchor. There are lots of 'how to' illustrations throughout the book and projects suitable to varying skill levels. Personally speaking, I find Cath Kidston's style like marmite, you either like it or you don't. I'm a bit indifferent to it, but still find the book intriguing. There's enough of Cath in it to please even her biggest fan, but it's also blended into a more universal flavour that it still appeals to someone like me.
'Stitch!' by Cath Kidston, published by Quadrille, November 2010