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Cross Stitch Gold August 2017

Cross Stitch Gold is the ultimate collection of cross stitch designs for experienced stitchers. With eight inspirational projects from the world’s best designers in every issue, you’ll be spoiled for choice of glorious gifts for friends and family.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Back issues only
$10.94(Incl. tax)

in this issue

2 min
fantastic mr fox

“This sleepy character makes a glorious focus for this autumnal cushion, which will be lovely to stitch as the nights draw in but will also be nice to enjoy all year round” Meet the designer Carol Thornton Watercolour artist Carol sketches and paints her gorgeous works of art before turning them into cross stitch designs. She creates charts for various magazines and has attracted legions of fans who love her distinctive style of artwork, which translates beautifully into cross stitch. “I know so many people who would love this – it’s a wonderful project to stitch as a present”Heather Nugent, Charting Assistant You will need FABRIC Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 45x45cm (17›x17›in) THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key NEEDLE Size 24 tapestry needle EXTRAS Backing fabric of your choice and cushion pad to fit or stuffing…

1 min
carol thornton’s designer secrets

Getting the look I’ve used just a minimal amount of backstitch in this design – this helps to achieve that hazy, watercolour-effect. There’s a touch of dark grey backstitch for outline in a couple of places where I needed a little definition, but otherwise this design relies on whole cross stitches only, and I’m so happy with the final look of it – especially to see it looking so plump and cute on a cushion! If you stitch it, please do send a photo to the address on p11. Don’t run out! Several thread colours are used extensively in this fox design and it’s important that you don’t run out and have to interrupt your work while you dash to your nearest craft shop. Check that you have enough skeins of DMC 642,…

2 min
have your say

Stitching room Here is a photo of my recently finished cross stitch project – a sewing room designed by Maria Diaz… who would not want a room like this? It’s so colourful with all the cotton reels, ribbons, buttons and lots of wonderful fabric. If I had a sewing area like this I’d be a bit more inspired to use my sewing machine more often! Linda West, Isle of Man Sarah: I quite agree, Linda – it’s certainly a stitching space to which we can all aspire! Heavenly heraldry I currently subscribe to Cross Stitch Gold digitally and enjoy every issue. After reading the letters page last issue, I decided I would send you a photo of my customised coat of arms from Elite Designs. I made it for my auntie’s 70th birthday in April.…

1 min
gold star letter

Celtic challenge When I saw the Celtic angel in Gold 136, I was drawn to it immediately – the depth of colour, the movement in it – and I knew I had to stitch it! I’ve only been cross stitching for a year, and this was my first go with beading – it won’t be the last as I found it fun. The hardest part by far was the metallic thread – that stuff is tricky! But I’m so happy I did it, I just love the design. Please keep featuring inspirational charts! Alison Barrett, Canada Sarah: A great achievement, Alison – especially as you’ve not been stitching long!…

2 min
deck the halls

“I loved designing this Christmassy scene, especially the Victorian-style gown and the little girl’s pretty dress. Metallic thread for the edging of each gives them a festive look” Meet the designer Shannon Wasilieff Canadian designer Shannon has always been passionate about creative pursuits, but it was when she started designing cross stitch that she truly found her calling. Her talent is evident in her beautiful designs, and her great eye for colour and detail helps to make her unique creations into true masterpieces like this one. You will need FABRIC Zweigart 28-count cream cashel linen (3281/222) measuring 45x40cm (17¾x15¾in) THREADS Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle; beading needle BEADS Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key EXTRAS Frame and mount of your choice with a minimum aperture of…

4 min
shopper’s guide

A PIECE OF CAKE Ready, Steady, Bake! is one of the latest designs available from The Karen Carter Collection for Heritage Crafts and we can't think of a better design to give a keen baker to hang in their kitchen. Colourful, filled with fun details and festooned with bunting, this is a really lovely project to get your teeth into (as it were!). If you like this, Sewing Room is another fantastic design from this series that will appeal to any special needlecrafter in your life – or why not simply keep it for yourself? Buy this kit for £22.49 from www.hcrafts.comor call 01889 575256 Prickle your fancy! Nature lovers are in for a treat as Bothy Threads has launched four new designs by Hannah Dale this summer, bringing the total number of kits…