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Cross Stitch Crazy January 2020

Busting with fun, Cross Stitch Crazy is the magazine for stitchers who just can’t get enough! In each issue, we promise to deliver easy to follow and quick to stitch designs from your favourite designers.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Back issues only
$8.97(Incl. tax)

in this issue

1 min
meet the team

Katie Kegie Art Editor This month… “The animal hoops on page 72 are just right for decorating our nursery!” Lou Smith Production Editor This month… “I’m going to make party invites using the cocktail designs on page 56” Emily Godwin Designer This month… “I love blackwork so I can’t wait to stitch the wintry squirrel on page 42!” Fiona Baker Technical Editor This month… “I might make a sampler using the winter garden motifs on page 20” Heather Nugent Charting Editor This month… “My farm-obsessed friend will love the cute Highland cows on page 34!” Hannah Erskine Charting Assistant This month… “Using the abc on page 49, I’ll be making a fun cushion for my mum”…

1 min

… to the January issue of Crazy! I often use this time of year to de-clutter my stash and plan my projects for the coming months. How do you like to start a new year of stitching? I hope to begin by sending out the glitzy Art Deco cards on page 62 to wish my loved ones a happy 2020, but I also can’t wait to see how many of you choose the Yew Flower Fairy on page 10 as one of your first projects of the year, as I love this piece! You could also get started by stitching a few quick designs, like our winter garden gift ideas on page 20 and the house-shaped letters and numbers on page 49. Or, if you’re looking to try out a…

2 min
over to you…

Sarah White Nottingham Which cross stitch designer would be your dream dinner party guest? Lucie Heaton! I’d talk to her about her cute Furry Tales designs and show her all the ones I’ve made so far. How cross stitch crazy are you? Very! More often than not, you’ll find me with my needle and fabric in my hands. Which occasion gets your needle twitching? Birthdays and Christmastime as I think hand-stitched cards are simply the best! How long ago did you start stitching? I learned at school but I really took it up while working nights in 1999, to help pass the time. Which celeb would you most like to stitch? I would love to stitch Elvis Presley as my husband and I are big fans of his music. Patty Ralrick Canada Which project are you most proud of? Bothy Threads’ Amongst the Foxgloves, which…

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your gift! margaret sherry cute cat card kit

GIFT AVAILABLE with print edition of issue 263 only CALL ☎03330 162 133* TO BUY This playful little kitten loves giving gifts so much that he’s wrapped himself up as one! He’s ready and waiting to leap out and make somebody’s day with a big cuddle. Help him find his new home when you stitch and send him using the materials inside your kit. With his sweet smile and adorably long whiskers, he’s eager to help you thank your friends for gifts or send sweet birthday wishes this winter. Or, if you’re quick, you could even stitch him as a last-minute Christmas card! Created in Margaret Sherry’s signature whimsical style, this design features whole stitches, a few fractionals for definition and crisp backstitch to finish. You’ll find all you need to stitch this…

1 min
forest fantasy

Peeking out from in between the berries and bristles, this mischievous Flower Fairy can’t wait for you to join him for frolics and fun! You’re sure to enjoy every stitch of this timeless design, from the playful smile on the fairy’s face down to the bright berry-red of his boots. His eyes are made using French knots but, if you prefer, you can use black seed beads instead. Once you’ve finished, let this elegant design brighten up your living room, or wrap it up and gift it to a magical friend you know! Need to know Stitch Time 35 hours (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, fractionals, half cross stitch, backstitch, French knots ShoppingList… Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count cream (264) aida measuring 39x30cm (15¼x11¾in).…

10 min
your letters

You’re a winner! Tanya Carlin Star letter A roaring request I wanted to show you my completed quilled dragon from issue 257, by Fiona Baker. My 13-year-old daughter loved it so much that she begged me to stitch it for her. Never before have I stitched a project completely in backstitch so this was a challenge for my eyes and mind, but I did it in just over a month! I’m very happy with the finished piece and can’t wait to frame it for my daughter’s bedroom wall. Tanya Carlin, Australia Alison says: It looks amazing, Tanya! If you have a taste for backstitch now, check out Fiona’s brand-new woodland animal blackwork designs over on page 42. Green fingers! I thought you would enjoy seeing my recent garden-themed sampler! It’s made from the designs by Cheryl McKinnon…