When I used to be heavily involved in cross stitching, one issue was finding interesting patterns that weren’t overly cute all of the time. Not that there is anything wrong with “cute” cross stitch, but it can get old. Plus, if you want to make gifts for people, than having a broader selection is helpful. I Got 99 Problems but a Stitch Aint One: Cross stitch with attitude to liven up your home by Genevieve Brading adds new dimensions to cross stitch projects with her off the wall says incorporated into patterns. The book is hardcover and came out in September of 2016. It retails in the US for $12.99; UK $11L; and Canada $14.99 and includes twenty projects.
All of the projects are pretty simple, so this would be a good beginner’s book or for someone who wants relatively fast projects. If you are uncomfortable with “colorful” language, then this would not be for you; however, if you want some spice added to your cross stitch crafting, then this is a book to consider.
Along with the projects, the front matter of the book has some basic how-to for beginners, about 15 pages worth. While this information is not super in-depth, it looks like enough to get you started. I especially like the photographs that illustrate when to get started by locating the center of the pattern and working out from there.