Looking for a fun project for your summer vacation? Hoping to get started on Christmas presents? I'll walk you through every aspect of how to design, prepare, stitch, and even frame your own cross-stitch portraits to give away as gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and other big life events! After designing and stitching over 500 unique portraits, I've compiled all my tips and tricks into one, easy-to-use book!
The DIY Stitch People Book is great for all skill levels, from complete beginners to advanced stitchers!
NOTE: The extra online patterns are available when you buy on Amazon. Once your book arrives, you'll get instructions on how to register your book to get access to the Extras page!
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Physical Book: 105 pages, 8.5"W x 11"H, spiral bound (so it lays flat!)
Digital E-Book: PDF version (completely identical to the physical version). Use on any device that reads PDF.
Author: Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean
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The book.... I don't even have words! It's amazing on so many levels! I ordered the book on Thursday and got my book Saturday!!! That was normal shipping too! But the book is PACKED with so much variety and creative awesomeness... I CAN'T WAIT TO START! And the book is worth every single penny!!!
I love my books! I have the first book and the animals and I have the uniforms one on my wish list. I can't wait to get the whole collection!
I LOVE this book! I hadn't stitched in years, until I bought this book. It has renewed my love for stitching! I would totally recommend it to anyone ~ even beginners. So very many choices!! Good job, Lizzy ❤️
Using this book, I created a family portrait to give my husband on our anniversary. He loved it!! I can't wait to start my next hundred portraits for family and friends.
I have made so many cute unique items for friends and family! I plan on adding the other books to my collection. I am addicted to this. Working on a family portrait now!
I recived my book two week ago, and I just finish my firts work. Tomorrow I'm going to begin the next. This is an adictive!!
This book made it super easy to create a sweet and personal family portrait. I really love the way my project came out and can't wait to create more adorable stitch people!
This book has it all and then some! Everyone is getting a family portrait for Christmas this year! It's super easy to follow and create designs (I have only made a couple cross stitch projects in my life and always from a pre-done design). The details and instructions are amazing. Worth every penny. The customer service is out of this world!
This book makes it easy to create your own designs. I can't wait to start making Christmas presents for EVERYONE I know - including myself hehe :) I'm glad I didn't wait to purchase this book and you shouldn't either! Buy it now! It's so worth it!
Having never cross-stitched a day in my life before buying this book, to say I was a little intimidated was an understatement! Lizzy made everything so easy to understand and made herself readily available for any questions that might arise- talk about great customer service! I am half way through my first project and I cant even begin to tell you about all the compliments I've received so far! I cant wait to create further and explore even more! I highly recommend this book- from beginners to experienced crafters, this one really does have it all!
I put off buying this book for over a year. What a fool I was! I finally decided I could wait no longer, and I don't regret it. This is such a fun book, and worth the price. Lizzy is a dream to work with. She answers any questions as quickly as she can, and she is so kind. I can't wait to see all the creations I can make with this.
Extremely fast shipping! Great communication. I cannot wait until I can start my first project!!
This book is so awesome! I bought the physical AND pdf version because I couldn't wait! I've began designing stitch people portraits for all my friends and family. The book has way more designs and inspiration than I'd imagined. And Lizzy is so helpful, checking in to make sure any questions I might have are answered. Not only did I get this amazing book, but was invited into a fun group of fellow crafters!
I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to buy this adorable book! It is well worth the money as it is packed with so many patterns and Lizzy is just the best at helping with projects. I was truly amazed at the personal attention and thought she gave to my questions. I just finished my first project and am so pleased with the results. The stich people are adorable and the cute little cats & dogs in the book really steal the show. I highly recommend the book.
I love the Stitch People books, all of them! The graphs are easy to follow and it is so much fun to create and stitch the people you love! Lizzy did a great job to make this possible for beginners and advanced stitches.
As a momma, this book makes my heart so happy! I love to stitch and have been trying to get my daughter interested in it too! Well, this wonderful book did the trick! She has been off her phone and creating her #squad with her graph pad. She is designing each of her friends and plans to stitch them for Christmas gifts. We can't wait to go to the store to get all of her floss. This has been such a great tool to put down her technology and create, which is something she loves to do. I love that she can take her paper and pencils with her on car rides and design her friends on the go. We started stitching her first practice stitch person the other night. One of the many reason's I love to stitch is the simplicity of it. At 14, she is getting the hang of even stitches and practicing her French Knots.
As a lifetime stitcher, this book blew me away. Not only does it give you the patterns for real people in your life, they have done a fantastic job of explaining cross stitch to the novice. I love how they give you simple examples for your people and also ideas to become more detailed as you make each person unique! The extra downloads that come with your purchase are the icing on the cake! Keep up the great work and I can't wait to see what they produce next!
I'm a 35 year old mom of four and have always had my hand in some sort of crafting or art ever since I was a child. My mom taught me how to sew, crochet, and cross stitch, and I have really enjoyed watching those crafts make a comeback in recent years. After buying and stitching several patterns from Etsy and giving them as gifts to friends and family, I ran across this book and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. A friend's wedding is next month and I am so excited to give her a personalized portrait of her new family! I already have Christmas ideas lined up and plenty of time to prepare. This craft is great because I don't have to sit at my art table to do it. I can spend my evenings stitching while my husband and I watch our favorite shows, or stitch while my kids are playing. As someone who always needs to be doing something with my hands, this is fantastic. I got so excited I ordered 150 new DMC flosses online before the book even got here (all I had on hand were colors for the few projects I had completed) and spent hours winding them onto bobbins to fill TWO floss boxes. The book is so comprehensive and gives you so many options to make your portraits one of a kind and unique. Lizzy provides the framework and then you make them your own. I love that kind of flexibility and that I am able to make portraits that don't come straight out of a pattern. Congrats on your business getting off the ground, Lizzy, and thank you for this book! I can't wait to see what you come up with next (and I've got my eye on the occupations and hobbies book that recently popped into my inbox)!
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I did my first cross stitch project with this and they turned out so cute! Very easy to follow, and I love how there is every possible variation to choose from. I love the animal section too. The best part is in the back with all the colors for hair, that helped soooo much when I was at the craft store. I am now obsessed with cross stitch. Lost art, but such a cool gift to give someone!
This book allows me to be extra creative and design fanart I'd never thought I'd be able to do
On top of that I can make family portraits as gifts. The amount of detail you can add is unlimited!
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The book is great to make those special, personalized gifts for everyone. It is easy to chart your pattern. You start by flipping through the pages to build your people and family including pets. You then start stitching!
Absolutely love this. Was looking for a craft that was compact, easy to pick up and put down (I have a two year old) , easy to follow instructions. I could have finished my first family in a day if I had the whole day free but just a few minutes here and there and mine was complete in a week! I am going to make one for everyone in my family for Christmas! I better start now! Thanks for this awesome book! Really fun and very cute!!!!
I got the stitch book for my birthday and I LOVE it!! The directions are super easy to fallow! In the middle of my first portrait now and it looks just like the ones in the book!
Love this book! Fast shipping :-)
I am enjoying this book so much! I originally bought it to make some wedding gifts, but now I have projects planned for the rest of the year. I'm completely addicted! The book makes it so easy to get started, even if you don't have much cross-stitching experience. You will not be disappointed!
I love this book, it's a springboard for creating wonderful family portraits. The instructions are concise but still allows me plenty of room for creative finishes.
This book and website has been fantastic! It's very easy for follow and gives plenty of ideas to start your own personalized adventure! It's so relaxing and enjoyable. I did my first project for our 2nd anniversary (since, traditionally, you are supposed to give cotton as a gift). My husband had tears in his eyes when I gave it to him. I can't wait to do some for my friends and family! This has been a great creative outlet for me. Thank you!! I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do.
Just finished my first project and it turned out fantastic! This will easily become an enjoyable hobby. The book is very easy to follow and well organized. It was totally worth buying!
Like how you can individualize everything! Wish I had more free time to make all my ideas!
I was a little hestitant when i first bought this book, but the price is totally worth it! Ive already made half a dozen peices and they all turned out wonderful! The instructions are super easy to follow and are very comprehensive. Not even to mention all the extras your get once you buy the book. Totally worth the purchase!
Can't wait to get started on a project! Have so many ideas!!
Love all the options, and ideas on how to make the "Stitch Peopl" portraits. It has every imaginable haircut, outfit, etc to make your portrait "yours". There are even pets. The book includes step by step instructions. Love it.
I LOVE this book! I have already made several pictures and everyone loves how personal they are! Thank you so much, I can't wait to order my farm animals book next!!.
This book is seriously the bomb.com! I can't wait to see my family's reaction when I give them each a family portrait that I stitched! I am a BEGINNER at cross-stitching and this book makes it soo easy to follow along and to make precious creations. Thanks again for this awesome book! I LOVE IT! [:
I bought this to help with unique gifts for showers and graduations. Found it easy to use and customizations are simple, too. I've completed my first project and am using photos from an engaged couple's Facebook page to make their stitch people wear what they wore in their engagement pictures.
This book has been so much fun! It is fun and challenging trying to capture the unique personalities of family members in cross stitch.
Not just for the amazing "portraits" that are possible, but also for the personal touches. Lizzy feels like a friend, being able to communicate with her if I ever run into a snag or have questions or suggestions. She definitely has an openness that is more than just your average "customer service".
Love my Stitch People and Farm Animals books! Can't wait to do portraits of all the family and all their pets.
Love the book, I would recommend it to anyone that cross stitches, they will love it too.
muy bueno el libro, pues aqui te dan ideas de como bordar muchas cosas,,,ya la imaginacion la pones a trabajar...yo he hecho muchos bordados en canvas...las pongo en cuadro y he regalado a mis familiares,,,,personalizo la familia en hilo y quedan maravillados,,,este recuerdo es para toda la vida,,,,de generacion en generacion...saludos desde Mexico
This book is fab! There are so many fun, customizable patterns and options. Lizzy is also amazing and generous offering new downloads and updates from time to time. There is nothing out there that can compare to this easy, fun and unique book. I LOVE it.
I just love this book.
Back in the early 70's I did a family portrait of my Grandmother and all her grandchildren. It was hard work to come up with the characters. I lost the pattern years ago that I made and it made me sad until I found the stitch people book.
You can find any shape and size person and/or pet to fit your needs!
I couldn't wait for the book I was so excited so I ordered a download copy too.
I am new to cross stitch. This book was great to explain all the basics. All the people are so cute! I made a family portrait for my mother in law and she absolutely loved it. I would definitely recommend this book.
Great book, well written and many possibilities; just use your imagination.
Great book , has everything you need to know to get started! And great customer service!!
I searched and searched for online tutorials or books that would teach the core of cross-stitching people, and found nothing. This is a true gem!!! Just finished my first cross-stitch following her directions!
The Stitch People book is incredible and everyone who loves to cross stitch should have it! The book has so many ideas and suggestions and it allows you to be creative with your patterns at the same time. Everyone has fallen in love with the cross stitches I've made for them, and I can say it's sometimes hard to give them away because they're so adorable! Thank you Lizzy for sharing your creativity!
I absolutely love Stitch People! Cross stitching is very stress relieving for me and these patterns are fun and cute, so it makes it even more enjoyable. Lizzy is also very personable and makes sure her customers are happy. Everything in Stitch People is very detailed and great for first time cross stitchers. It's easy to follow and the people/animals are darling. I will be purchasing Farm Animals in the near future. Seriously, everyone needs to buy these pattern books!!
I have made so many portraits and everyone loves them. Thanks for all the ideas!
I love this book and look at it all of the time. It is so neat and cool all of the tips and tricks that this book has. Amazing detail. I have made numerous gifts for people and they are always amazed by how awesome they are. Thank you for this book.
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I was looking and looking for a cross stitch pattern to make a family tree for my mom's 70th birthday. I could not find a pattern I liked no matter how much I tried! Then, I came across Stitch People...LOVE IT. I am now making a custom family tree with all of our family members represented in cross stitch!! THANK YOU!!!
I have yet to sew anything but my word there are tons of resources in this book. It features great instructions and is well laid out. The fact it is ring bound is so helpful. There is a wonderful section of completed pics to give inspiration. Lizzy is on hand and nothing is too much trouble if you have a question.
I love it!
Although I have yet to stitch any of the designs, I am thankful that I have this book. It is nice to know that when I want to create something personalized, I can just flip to a page and find the perfect graphic!
This is a terrific book and making cross stitch personalised people is very addicting! I highly recommend this book and the Farm Animal book too!
I'll be honest, I haven't actually got a chance to stitch any of these designs, as shortly after I bought the book I entered the very hectic and busy career of teaching - but I can't wait to try them this summer! The book is of great quality and has numerous sweet designs which can be easily adapted. I'm looking forward to starting my first project soon.
on pins on Pinterest I had the first time seen embroidered people. I immediately knew, that I want to do this also! So I have made myself on the search for a manual for it. I was so happy when I had found the "Do-It-Yourself Stitch People Book"! Here I had a great guide on how I can embroider people while generating my own creative image. I have already repeatedly embroidered people analogous to a photo for special occasions. It is always unique what I give away!
Personally, I would like to see in another book more detailed options for individualisation. The French knot with the large circles for the wedding dress I get not out for example. Also the hairs I embroider are rather boring.It would be super, if this is to be understood like the "Do-It-Yourself Stitch People Book" with little knowledge of English. I look forward in any case already on the third book and will also definitely order it for me again.
After years of hardly touching cross stitch, I have been going nonstop since finding this book! I have so much fun designing patterns that are unique, and they come together so quickly! I am already on my fourth piece this year, and have several more that I am planning to do. The book is well thought out and put together, and very hard to put down!
I've used thisbook to create a picture for my brother's family. It looked just like them! I was so pleased! It was easy to copy what i needed & Lizzy put in a lot of instructions if you are just starting out. I loved it so much that i bought the farm book as soon as it came out!
I so love this book. You can be so creative...
This book rekindled my love of cross stitching. It's so much fun to stitch portraits of family and friends. Mix and match patterns from the book help personalize the portraits.
After many hints, received this book as my mother's day present last year. I wanted it to stitch a family tree for my parents. Could not have done it without this book. Truly helped me to make each family member look like themselves, different in all our own ways (all 23 of us!) Only stitched from head to chest of four generations. Turned out beautiful, thanks to Lizzy'so help.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Stitch People book of cross stitch people. I have been able to easily use this in my Embird cross stitch program to
create many groups of people for my family portraits in cross stitch for use in my embroidery machine even though the book was created for the
hand stitching of cross stitch. They are well done and the parts allow total freedom in creating the exact character of the people needed in all the families I have done.
It has also allowed me to create some of my favorite television personalities which have been so much fun. I recently did the Gunsmoke crew
to use in several applications, including putting Marshall Dillon on the bottom of a pair of jeans. Next will be Laramie.
Lizzy is so helpful with her blog and continues to add more people regularly to help make the Stitch People collection updated as new ideas emerge
I recommend this book to anyone who may be considering the creation of family portraits or other groupings. It is easy to follow and allows for
unlimited creativity in the combinations of parts.
As Festus from Gunsmoke said, "When you learn a thing a day, you store up smart."
I was so excited to get this book! I've made portraits for holidays and birthdays for friends and family. There are so many designs it is easy to customize. The instructions are clear and simple. My eight year old daughter has made pattern after pattern of her and her friends and gotten into cross stitching as well. Lizzy has also provided "extra" designs with the purchase of he book. Her customer service is amazing! Questions are answered very quickly! Thanks for this amazing book! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
This is one of those things you will you use over and over! I've made gifts for Christmas, baby showers, wedding presents, and countless "just because" portraits for friends and family. Each one is so adorable, as you're stitching them it's so fun to start seeing the actual people and their personalities show up. There are so many options to personalize them, you really can capture the details that make each person unique.
This book is really well designed and very detailed in instructions...and customer service is phenomenal! It's like buying something from a friend, seriously the best crafting purchase I've ever made.
I absolutely LOVE Stitch People! I have had so much fun creating portraits for my family members and friends that I hope will become cherished family heirlooms. Cannot wait for more books to come!
I have both books and simply love them. It is so much fun to create personalized portraits of family and friends. Lizzy provides great customer service with her product. I definitely recommend the Stitch People books.
Stitch People are so incredibly special. I have made several of these fully customizable pieces for friends and family members for weddings and babies. They are already cherished heirlooms. Well worth the price for the book!
From the wonderful designs to the wonderful customer service, Stitch People does not disappoint!
I am new to cross stitching and this book is awesome!!! It walks you through all the steps. The possibilities are endless!!! Would totally recommend it to anyone!!
This book leads to a limitless end of creative projects for friends and family alike. You will surely be able to adapt any design to fit your ideal project!
Buying this book was such a great decision! I have LOVED stitching portraits for my family and friends. And the possibilities are endless! That's the best part...every character can be personalized to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. I am also always impressed with the personal and kind care that Lizzy gives. Extra freebies available from time to time make buying this book a great investment!
Great and all the people combinations are so cute. Love it. Every family member is represented!!
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