The wide variety of vintage motifs found in this book can be used to decorate clothing, tea towels, cushions, aprons, and little bags and purses with beautiful cross stitch. From vintage-style hats, clothes, and shoes, to retro-style film, cinema, and theater motifs, the easy-to-follow patterns can please any crafter. For animal lovers there are cute little Scottie dogs and dachshunds, and those who love to stitch floral designs, there are floral garlands, beautiful old-fashioned roses, a Parisian style flower shop, and a shabby-chic bicycle overflowing with flowers. The designs are beautifully patterned and shaded, and can be framed to make into sweet little pictures or can also be used to make greeting cards.
Susan Bates has created designs for large department stores in London that sold designer hand knitting yarns and patterns. She has also created cross-stitch designs for other publishing companies in England, trained to be an art teacher, and has taught knitting and sewing classes to adults.