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Feminist Stitches: Cross Stitch Kit with 12 Fierce Designs - Includes: 6" Embroidery Hoop, 10 Skeins of Embroidery Floss, 2 Pieces of Cross Stitch Fabric, Cross Stitch Needle

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Feminist Stitches offers twelve empowering feminist-themed cross-stitch patterns that celebrate strong women.

Decorate your home with framed pieces or use the patterns to personalize items like denim jackets and backpacks.

The kit includes twelve fun and original patterns featuring various designs and quotes that have been popularized by the feminist movement, plus the sup
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by becker! Books
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Mel (Epic Reading)
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're looking to take up cross-stitch or just want a fun one-off project of stitching; The Feminist Stitches is a perfect option for the beginner stitcher. Filled with 12 snarky, bold, and powerful feminist patterns/statements you are likely to find at least 2-3 easy patterns you love here.
All patterns are in full colour and colour keys are in DMC thread (the most common). The average North American Walmart will have all the items you need to stitch up anyone of these beauties (note: DMC is
Yogaa Lakshmi
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
The book has 12 amazing cross stitch designs which promote feminism. All the designs were wonderful. I loved the grid/graphical was of instructions. The physical copy comes with the materials required for two of the designs given in this book.
I highly recommend it for craft crazy people and feminists.
Alicia Bayer
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun book with 12 projects featuring famous quotes and symbols. Short text tells the background of each. Cool to finally know who really said well behaved women rarely make history. Basic instructions and full color patterns. Book comes with supplies for 2 of the projects, hoop and all.

(A hand injury makes me temporarily unable to type with my right hand so my reviews will be shorter than usual for a bit. Review copy via net galley).
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I would like to thank netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Cute patterns, I can't wait to try them!
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Really? A few cross stitch designs with feminist slogans and that's it? I would admit that pictures and instructions are clear and good. This book just wasn't for me.

*I received an e ARC
(Mellifluous Grant)
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Feminist stitches is a must-have for lady stitchers, beginner or advanced cross-stitchers will appreciate this kit. Not only does it come with the supplies to do two of the projects, but it also has ten additional patterns! All of them are fun and colorful, one of my favorites was on that said "Not Your Babe." with a border that repeats NOPE, BYE. I love it. I quite literally stitched that one for my husband! I promise with patterns like "I Dissent" and the graveyard of gender roles you won't be ...more
April Gray
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun book and kit for crafters who want to add some feminism to their work. The kit includes two pieces of aida cloth, ten skeins of embroidery floss, and an embroidery hoop, along with the Feminist Stitches book. The book has good tips for getting started doing cross stitch and finishing the projects, and includes twelve patterns celebrating feminism that are easy enough for beginners while being appealing to any skill level of stitcher.

#FeministStitches #NetGalley
And On She Reads
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I imagine when sold with the craft equipment this book describes at the back, this set would make a lovely gift for a strong woman in your life - or for yourself! Some of these patterns are very attainable even if you are a novice needle worker.
I do feel some of the patterns are a little Americanized, and there was perhaps too much of a forced effort to fit under the bracket of inclusivity that it didn't feel natural, and gender identity politics shouldn't come into play when it comes to a book
Rebekka Steg
Excellent start for the feminists who want to pick up cross stitching (or already knows how). Good introduction and instructions on how to cross stitch, and 12 great designs. I really appreciated the author making sure to explicitly include people of all races, abilities, sexualities and gender identities.

*I received a free copy through Netgalley, but the review is my own opinion.*
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Feminist Stitches" is the feminist cross-stitchery gem of my DREAMS! I plan on making every single one of these beauties and smashing the patriarchy while I'm at it.

I have been an avid cross-stitcher and advocate for the craft for many years due to its healing power in regard to my Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. When I came across Feminist Stitches I couldn't hide my enthusiasm! I am a feminist and I am always looking for groundbreaking and current cross-stitch patterns to make and gift to my f
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Feminist Stitches Cross Stitch Kit with 12 Fierce Designs is a bundled kit + instruction book with 12 feminist friendly embroidery projects. Released 21st April by Quarto on their becker&mayer! imprint, it's 64 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. I received the electronic galley proof of the book without any kit materials, so I can't review those, but the included designs are easily usable on most fabrics with the reader's choic
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely little pattern book (that will be sold with a starter kit of supplies) that will be hit with experienced and beginner stitchers alike.

The introduction does a nice job of explaining the current crafting trends that reclaim the “womanly” arts in the name of progress. This will resonate with crafters who are often told that our hobby’s are “silly” or “frivolous” just because we code anything done by women as “not important.” (As opposed to how important golf is...I mean, don't eve
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is simple, to the point and easy to follow. There aren't a lot of detailed instructions on how to begin cross stitch so beginners may want to master some beginning projects before they start these. There are some helpful hints about how to create your masterpiece, which I appreciated, and the patterns are delightfully easy to tackle, so it's fairly easy to start and complete these projects as a beginner. The patterns themselves are fun and relevant to modern society, and you have proba ...more
Juju Rodriguez
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me a digital ARC of "Feminist Stitches" in exchange for an honest review.

This book was such a cute and easy read! I enjoyed the little introductions before each project that explained why the chose to design that specific project. The book was simple and easy to follow and the patterns look easy enough to follow. I wasn't a fan of each pattern but that really is just my specific taste coming through, I prefer cross stitch without p
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Feminist Stitches is an introduction to cross-stitching book in which all the patterns included are full of feminist and female pride. The book included an extensive list of materials and tools that you’ll need to get started and explained what each one was and how it should be used (very helpful for beginners like me). The instructions were basic but informative. I’m not sure I’ll be able to make a perfect project with just her instructions, but I can certainly make a start.

Some of the pattern
Kelly Garlinge
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Crafting went through a phase where it wasn’t particularly associated with feminism but it’s good to see that changing. After all, as the introduction to this book points out it can actually make you feel connected to the women who came before. And let’s not forget those suffragettes didn’t just pop to the shops to get their outfits and banners!

This book follows the format of a picture of the finished pattern and example of how to use it - a bag, cushion, framed picture. There is also a brief s
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book for the Feminist Stitcher! All of the projects are really great and include a wonderful message paired with a great variety of styles and, when there are people in the project, a great variety of skin tones and diversity. One of the truly stellar aspects of this craft book is that each and every pattern shows (1) a close up of the finished project (2) a photo of the finished project in use (framed on a bookshelf, on a throw pillow on a couch, etc.) and (3) A close up of t ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This book provides 12 cross stitch designs with feminist themes. The designs are clear and instructions well written, suitable for beginners or more experienced stitchers. Looking through the book, there were probably 2-3 designs that I would definitely stitch or adapt and they could be used for wallhangings, cushions, gifts or cards. However, with so many feminist stitch patterns available on-line from amateur and professional designers, I'm not sure I would buy a book of designs unless I inten ...more
Colette Brennan
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful kit comprising of an embroidery hoop, material and 10 skeins of thread, enough to make two of the designs. There are 12 designs in total, all worked using a 6 inch hoop and whole stitches and suitable for the inexperienced stitcher. It is an ideal book for teenage girls groups , to help build confidence, enable discussion of sensitive issues and build resilience through tehir work. Also good for people new to crossstitch as the designs are appealing and colourful. My particular favou ...more
Sarah Sands
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a digital ARC.

Express your feminine power with these awesome projects! This was an excellent book for beginner cross stitchers. The patterns were simple and fun and there was a wonderful assortment. The introduction to the book and the small blurbs before each project were interesting and full of fun facts. The writing was clear and engaging. The only reason I docked a star was because back stitch was used in some of the patterns but not explained in the begi
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a cross-stitcher, this book was easy to follow. I appreciated the little tips in the steps that talk about where to start and what should be last. When it comes to the patterns, some of them were really cute and others were a bit outdated, but some people like that! The explanations of each pattern was a nice history lesson and even explained that some women/men/non-binary are still fighting the good fight for equality. It didn't feel to be an extremest view but still accented on the feminist ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a knitter and have only dabbled in cross-stitch. This is an excellent resource for beginners and intermediate crafters alike! The patterns are straightforward, the tips are useful, and the finished designs make me smile (of my own choice, not because I was told to). I especially appreciated the additional historical context provided in each pattern's notes to promote inclusivity and awareness given the feminist movement's tendency to focus on cisgender white women's experiences. ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really cute ideas and designs, which I can't wait to try (especially the RBG dissent collar!). The book had some high-level instructions for beginners on how to read the patterns and how to do the basic cross stitch, but I would've liked some directions on things like finishing/framing as well as the other stitches mentioned. ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a book for female focused positivity and made in pinks, white, purple and red is very typically female playing on the stereotypes of colours is girls prefer.

The designs are simple images and quotes easy to follow and create a work of art you can be proud of.

Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
These are not your average cross stitch patterns, these are powerful messages. The patterns have powerful meanings behind them and are also simple to do. The book shows which materials are needed and how to care for martial whilst stitching.
Thank you netgalley for letting me read this.
Laura Gorman
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is perfect gift for the crafty feminist in your life. This book has a wealth of feminist designs to be crafted through acrosstitch. I loved this and can't wait to try and craft some of these myself. ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed, 2020
***Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Expected release date April 21, 2020.***

A cute and quick read with several projects to show your fierce feminine pride. Now to decide which one I like best… :)
Archana Aggarwal
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net galley. I loved this and look forward to stitching some of the deigns in the book. I used to be an avid cross stitcher but time constraints have kept me from stitching. These patterns are easy and should be quick stitches.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Some great images and design ideas, with clear step by step instructions. I like the fact that it tells you where the inspiration has come from as well.

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
Mary Bronson
Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for this ARC copy for an honest opinion.

I thought this was such a great short book about different ways you can cross stitch different feminist sayings. I have never really cross stitch before, but I want to learn it so I can make these designs.
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Haley Pierson-Cox writes the craft blog Red-Handled Scissors. She's a knitter, sewer, maker, cross-stitcher, lover of cats, purveyor of quirk, and avid swearing enthusiast! She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon called Tiny Cranky Haley.

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