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The World of Cross Stitching Special 2018

Every issue is packed with the very best cross stitch designs, expert advice and in depth technical features, as well as product news, reader letters and stories, competitions and giveaways.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
$10.34(Incl. tax)
$95.27(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Deck the halls with lots of stitching – we’re so excited for all the Christmas projects that we’ve put together for our December issue! From traditional designs to on-trend scenes, we’ve crammed the magazine with stitchy inspiration. There’s an extra-special project for you this issue – an exclusive star design (p64) stitched with brand new sparkly DMC Étoile threads! And you’ll find a free skein of DMC Étoile with the mag, too! The thread is beautifully soft and smooth to stitch with, and has a wonderful shimmery look. Let us know what you think! Those of you who love embellishing your stitching will have plenty to choose from this issue. Our cover star is Shannon Wasilieff’s charming Santa Claus (p10), who is sumptuously decorated with metallic threads and seed beads. There’s also…

2 min
meet our guests

Shayla Daschle is a midwife from South Dakota, USA What’s your favourite project? ‘Blue Geisha’ by Joan Elliott. What makes it most special is that I picked it up when my Grandpa was diagnosed with lung cancer. For the next six months, I stitched it when I was with him and it brought me a lot of peace. Favourite recent WOXS design? ‘Miniature Masterpiece’ from issue 271. It reminds me of the little fairy gardens my kids and I used to have. Proudest stitching moment? I finished a wedding pattern for my mom and her new husband this year and learned how to frame it myself. Which celebrity would you like to chat with? Dana Batho of Peacock & Fig. I have been stitching the same way for the last 30 years, but since watching her YouTube videos…

1 min
your exclusive gift!

Inside your kit… To help you sort your threads, here is a list of the colours and number of lengths inside your kit: White x3 Light grey x1 Pink x1 Grey x2 Cream x2 Violet x1 Light violet x1 Metallic teal x3 Total: 14 lengths Quick Christmas greeting Polar Bear key This design was stitched using stranded cotton and metallic thread from your coverkit Factbox ⨯ Stitching Time Approx. 4 hours ⨯ Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch ⨯ Ease of Stitching Beginner TOP TIP You don’t need to split the metallic thread included in your gift – use all six strands together…

1 min
furry tales

Monty just can’t wait to surprise someone with a very special gift! Beautifully wrapped up in spotty paper, he knows the recipient will love it. This sweet stitch is ideal for your Christmas cards this year, and is also sure to thrill the lucky person who receives it! Surprise Gift Mouse key This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Missed a chart? ISSUE 274 Get cosy with Lizzie, who’s wrapped up warmly in her jumper and matching bow! ISSUE 273 Celebrate Thanksgiving with American friends and our sweet pilgrim. ISSUE 272 Monty is dressed in his vampire costume, ready to go trick or treating! For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137…

2 min
here comes santa claus

STITCHER’S CHALLENGE ’Tis the night before Christmas and Santa Claus has arrived on the rooftop, complete with his sack of presents – but there are just so many, he can’t carry them all! Shannon’s nostalgic design really is a satisfying make to stretch yourself with this Christmas, using lots of different stitches, threads and embellishments. The fur trim on Santa’s outfit is lavishly decorated with French knots, so if you’re still a little hesitant about this technique, this is an ideal project for you to conquer them! Shannon has used metallic thread for some of the backstitch, which creates pretty highlights, and it’s opulently finished with tiny seed beads that pick out details on Santa’s coat, belt, hat and all the presents that he’s carrying. With such rich detailing, an old-gold frame gives…

10 min
your letters

Star Letter HOME FOR CHRISTMAS My husband and I bought our first home four years ago and our holiday ornaments are very sparse. He likes a very tasteful and low key holiday while I like lots of colour and carols. I was full of the holiday spirit when I found ‘Gingerbread Lighthouse’ by Shannon Wasilieff in issue 261, with the bright threads and beads. I look forward to enthusiastically humming carols while hanging our newest decoration this coming season. Sarah Shears, Canada Hannah: What a lovely addition to your Christmas decorations, Sarah! Shannon’s delicious design last Christmas was very popular with our readers, and it’s not surprising – her gingerbread house looks good enough to eat! We hope that you like Shannon’s festive design in this issue, the charming Santa Claus on page 10.…