By Jean D. Crowther
About the counted cross-stitch patterns book The New Small Temples
The New Small Temples is one of a popular series of counted cross stitch books created by Jean D. Crowther, the foremost designer of LDS-oriented counted cross stitch temple patterns. This book contains five basic but uniquely elegant designs for the Temples erected by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1999 and 2005. Here are 42 patterns for those LDS Temples having the same basic exterior design.
The book contains the individual instructions and stitching patterns for the first three small temples which were constructed: Monticello Utah, Anchorage Alaska, and Colonia Juarez Chihuahua.
Then, there are patterns for five other temples: Spokane Washington, Columbus Ohio, Raleigh North Carolina, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, and Palmyra New York.
Those five temple patterns serve as basic charts which can be modified and adapted for stitching the other new small temples. Specific instructions are included to help the stitcher adjust one of these five designs for the other temples listed here:
Aba Nigeria, Adelaide Australia, Asunción Paraguay, Baton Rouge Louisiana, Birmingham Alabama, Bismarck North Dakota, Brisbane Australia, Cuidad Juárez México, Columbia South Carolina, Detroit Michigan, Edmonton Alberta Canada, Fresno California, Fukuoka Japan, Guadalajara México, Halifax Nova Scotia Canada, Hermosillo Sonora México, Kona Hawaii, Louisville Kentucky, Medford Oregon, Melbourne Australia, Mérida Yucatán México, Montevideo Uruguay, Montréal Québec Canada, Nashville Tennessee, Oaxaca México, Perth Australia, Pôrto Alegre Brazil, Regina Saskatchewan Canada, Reno Nevada, San José Costa Rica, St. Paul Minnesota, Suva Fiji, Tampico México, Tuxtla Gutiérrez México, Veracruz México and Villahermosa Tabasco México. Here are 42 patterns for LDS Temples all having the same basic exterior design.
The New Small Temples also includes two different alphabets for personalization. Newly-married couples enjoy having a cross-stitched design of the temple in which they were married, especially when it includes the name of the temple, their names, and the date of their eternal marriage sealing. Their relatives and friends enjoy stitching them to demonstrate their love and friendship for the couples.