It was cute, well designed (using quotes and photographs from the show to highlight the designs themselves), and very informative. It goes over why to start from the middle, which is pretty much always the suggestions, where exactly to start from, and what colors to start with and the other colors to move onto next. It describes the materials you need, explains what they are, and tells you exactly what color thread you'll need to use, how long to cut the thread, and how many strands to use.
It tells you how to get cross stitch on a onsie, which may not seem to work at first. (I was wondering, and know I know!)
I don't know why this is a four star instead of a five star. Or I do. It just wasn't that great of a read for me. There was something missing that could have elevated it into a five star read: since the writing and instructions were fantastic, I don't think it was technical. It was also quite funny, and spoke to the Star Trek fans, the niche market for this book. I guess I didn't have that much of an emotional attachment to this book, but it wasn't really meant for that. It didn't have the buildup, the character development, that usually cause emotional attachment for me in fiction, or didn't say anything about humanity like so much non-fiction does.
It was, however, an enjoyable and quick read. It was quite good at what it was trying to do - which was telling you how to cross stitch some damn fine nerdery. I was most impressed by the Picard and Kirk portraits, which were detailed and, quite frankly, intense. Can't say I'd buy this (it was a library read), nor that I'd take it out again, but it was fun for the short time it lasted.
Highly suggested if you want to cross stitch something nerdy and fun for a friend or family member, especially if they're into all things Trek. (They have Deep Space Nine, TNG and TOS covered in this book.)