I met Sarah at the Knitting & Stitching Show in October and picked up a signed copy of her book, X-Stitch. Her book would make a very good Christmas present for both novice and experienced stitchers.
I really like the look of the book (fun retro images of animals throughout!) and that there are so many really useful and quick and easy projects. Here are a couple of my favourites:
And a watch strap (I think I might need one of these....).
The book also contains lots of great cross stitch patterns, such as these tattoo inspired ones:
It's practical too, with clear step by step photos showing you how to cover buttons and how to finish off your hoops.
X-Stitch by Sarah Fordham is published by GMC Publications and is priced at £12.99.