Author(s): Jayne Schofield
Each of these twenty beautiful needlepoint designs from Jayne Schofield is accompanied by a full-color chart, key and general instructions. These fun, quirky designs in bright, contemporary colors are all small, measuring on average approximately 10 x 12.5cm (4 x 5in), though the designs come in a variety of formats and include tall, narrow designs as well as squares. All the designs are worked on 10-hole canvas and there is a broad range of subjects to choose from, including a country cottage, flowers, hearts, a festive reindeer, a hen, owl and some sheep, to name a few. So, whatever the occasion, there is bound to be a design that suits it perfectly. There are general instructions and a simple stitch diagram at the beginning of the book, so even those new to needlepoint will be able to accomplish all of the projects. At the start of the book there is a double-page spread of basic techniques. Jayne uses Anchor threads and provides the code numbers for the colors used; however, any suitable thread such as DMC or Madeira could be used.
Jayne Schofield has worked as a successful designer and children's illustrator for the past 25 years. Her bold use of colour and quirky imagery can be found on products all over the world. She is passionate about needlework and this led her to transform some of her work into needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns. Her style is perfect for this craft, producing colourful, easy-to-stitch tapestries for everyone to enjoy. She studied Illustration and Design in Staffordshire where she gained a BA Hons and initially spent time designing within the gift industry. However, she embarked on a freelance career when her children were small and now works mainly as a needlecraft designer. Her success in this field has led to her forming her own brand, The Stitching Shed, which she runs from her studio in Lancashire with her husband. She takes inspiration from her family and enjoys walking, painting and travel.