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"Zombie Cross-Stitch" Book Review

Written by Ali Chappell

Published by Thunder Bay Press

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Written by Erika Kern
Illustrated by Kristy Kizzee
2018, 64 pages, Reference


Here is the deal, if you are like me and are secretly an 80-year-old woman living in the body of someone who is barely 30, then this might be the perfect gift for you. Zombie Cross-Stitch is honestly everything I wanted growing up. You know, in a time before Etsy and Pinterest, where if I wanted to do a horror themed cross-stitch, I had to figure it out myself. Yeah, those garbage days are done. With the help of this set you can create two cross stitches with leftovers for another one if you can find more Aida cloth. Which you can at like any crafting or sewing store. In Canada, we go to a place called Michaels; I don’t know where you dummies in USA go. Walmart? I don’t know, figure it out yourself.

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The kit includes:
1 - 64-page book that features instructions and easy to follow patterns
10 - Different colored threads
2 - Sewing needles (Don’t lose them in your bed because you will find them in your sleep.)
1 - Sheet of Aida cloth
1 - Hoop

Plus these great designs and fairly easy to follow instructions. For someone who is fast at this type of thing like me, you will burn through this in like one or two sittings (depending on how long you go for). I’m at a rate where one took me around 10 hours to complete, the “Stiff Drink Zombie” design. So, for a novice, you got some time on your hands to learn this new skill. This is not a fast project by any means, you will spend a good chunk of time on this and you will need to take care of your wrists to prevent injuries. Yes, those intense crafting injuries that can render even the best threadhead defeated. But seriously, you can develop carpal tunnel over time just like you would with any other work that involves using your hands for long periods, like video gaming. Plus, once you get hooked on it, they make great gifts for people, or to sell in your new Etsy shop or just a way to decorate your house to seem homelier while also letting people know that you are pro-zombie and thrifty. Maybe you found a new life profession or an easy moneymaking scheme. Who knows!

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Unfortunately, the thread isn’t the highest quality. It breaks rather easily, but for a beginner it’s fine. As well, the thread also doesn’t have a color code attached to it directly, so I kind of had to guess about which color they were referring to at times. It sucks when you use the green palette, as they are all very close together. As well, they give you 10 different colors, yet some of the patterns involve upwards of 15 different colors of threads. So, like… what do we do? I figured this out midway into doing the design I chose. Luckily, I cross-stitch often and could improvise, but still, what are others supposed to do? It doesn’t come with a thimble and I stab my fingers a lot, way more than anyone at my skill level should. This isn’t a deal breaker but like, not all of us have a million thimbles just laying around. I do. But you probably don’t. Whatever, I digress.

Basically, the end of this review is that if the following apply to you, then you need to buy Zombie Cross-Stitch.

  1. Do you/or someone you know like cross stitch?
  2. Do you/someone you know like zombies?
  3. Do you/someone you know want a new fun hobby?
  4. Are you/someone you know in jail and needs to learn a new skill to pass the time that in theory could also double as a way to make prison style tattoos?
  5. Have a random occasion where you need to get a gift, but you have no idea what to buy (like some sort of office gift grab party around the holidays)?

If you answered yes to one or all of those, then yeah, you need to buy this set. Like right now. Do it.


Overall: fourstars Cover
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About The Author
Ali Chappell
Staff Reviewer - Canada
Ali Chappell grew up in a wholesome Canadian family that embraced her love of horror at a young age, which allowed her to become desensitized towards its violent nature. She has a several degrees, including business, a triple threat theater degree and is currently working on her third in the field of archaeology. On top of being a writer and an avid horror fan, she is also a yoga teacher, archer, tarot card reader, in the midst of planning her first heist and still enjoys the bright life of being a struggling actress. When she isn't traveling the globe, she is usually found hiding in a movie theater hating the world and everyone in it. However, she is also very optimistic and cheerful and hopes one day Joe Dante will notice her (so she can stop obsessing over him, it's getting kind of weird).
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