Lark Books sent me a copy of their new Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Flowers to review. I thought that in addition to reading through it and comparing it to Two-Hour Cross-Stitch and Two-Hour Country Cross-Stitch (books I already own), I should test it out. Do these patterns really take two hours?
The 300 designs by Trice Boerens, the woman who designed the original Two-Hour Cross-Stitch book, offer quite a variety of small motifs that a person could use to make sewing smalls or fill out a sampler. The designs are grouped into the categories Deco, Traditional, Formal, Fantasy, and Monograms and Messages. The tulip I stitched is in the "traditional" category, but I am not sure I can offer distinctions between the first three categories. The fantasy category seems to have flowers with faces, children, and fairies. The last category has a fabulous set of floral numbers which would be great on a birthday card.Maybe it's the nature of what you can stitch in two hours, or maybe it's a function of the color choices, but these three books have a similar sensibility.
The patterns are color only with no symbols. Also, the centers of the patterns are not marked. But you know how to count.
These books were great for me when I was young and all my friends were getting married. Shower gifts often consisted of placemats and some napkins that I had stitched. Or placemats I had stitched and matching napkins. So that is another way to use these patterns.