Thursday, September 30, 2021

The One with all the Cross-Stitch: 21 Unofficial Patters for Fans of Friends - Anna Selezneva

 

Summary: Craft with your friends.

Get stitching with this adorable cross-stitch book that combines your favorite TV sitcom with a fun and relaxing craft!  Relive the very best moments of Friends as you stitch together 21 iconic images and quotes, including: The Central Perk sign, "How you doin'?," the chick and the duck, The Thanksgiving trifle, "Pivot!," and more!

Whether you're making fabulous wall art to proudly display your Friends super fandom or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for your friends and family, this cross-stitch book is a must have for any crafty, die-hard lover of Friends.

(Summary from back of book - Image from amazon.com - This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review)

My Review:   A little over eighteen years ago, I was pregnant with my first child and went into early labor, which the doctors were thankfully able to stop.  I quit both my jobs from the hospital and headed home for a few months of solid bedrest.  I was bored to tears until an acquaintance lent me her Friends DVDS which I binge-watched as I worked on an enormous cross-stitch I hoped to hang in the baby's room. Since then, cross-stitch and Friends have always been inextricably connected in my mind.  Even now, as I review this book, I'm watching Season 7 with the very daughter that I was pregnant with during my first binge-session.  Could the timing of this review BE any more perfect?   I think not.  

The One with All the Cross-Stitch is a cleverly-named collection of 21 cross-stitch patterns that follow a Friends theme,  as well as a guide for beginner's on how to read a pattern, do basic stitching, knot thread, and finish a piece.  Here is a complete list of the different patterns, which may not make sense to every reader, but will certainly make sense to fans of the show:

  • Smelly Cat (see right)
  • Doesn't Share Food  
  • Pivot
  • The Chick and the Duck
  • How You Doin'?  (We all read that the same way, right?)
  • Unagi   (Ahhhh... Salmon Skin Roll)
  • I'll Be There for You
  • Moo Point
  • Thanksgiving Trifle
  • We Were On A Break
  • Seven (Yes, that Seven!)
  • NYC Skyline
  • The Yellow Frame
  • Lobster Love
  • Fire Beats Everything
  • Grandma's Taxi
  • Transponsters  (The guess that lost them the apartment)
  • Central Perk
  • The Turkey  (See right)
  • The Couch and the Lamp
  • and even the Friend's alphabet, so you can create your own favorite phrases from the show.  

Each pattern has an assigned difficulty level (11 Easy, 6 Medium, 3 Hard, and 1 N/A) and comes with fabric size and thread color recommendations for just the right look.  Personally, they seemed like great fun and something a focused cross-stitcher could pull together in an afternoon.  

It's important to note that this is an unofficial cross-stitch guide, which means that nowhere in the book are there images of the Friends cast or even direct mention of them. Don't worry, though.  While the author doesn't name names, she makes enough not-so-subtle references to Friends that the connection is hard to miss.  Long story short, The One With All the Cross-Stitch is an adorable tribute to an iconic TV show and would be a fun gift for your favorite crafty Friends fanatic -- even if that happens to be YOU!

My Rating: 4 Stars

For the Sensitive Reader:  One cross-stich (SEVEN!) has some rather sexual connotations.  

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