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Cross Stitch Gold May 2018

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

1 min
cross stich gold

Welcome to the latest issue of Gold, which is bursting with fresh, colourful designs to give everyone a taste of summer! I’m off on my own UK break later this year, and Joanne Aston’s sunny Cornish harbour scene is helping to get me in the mood for ice cream and fish and chips. If you’re dreaming of a more tropical beach getaway, then don’t miss our cheerful flamingo cushion (p52) and floral cards (p60) for a splash of summer sunshine. There are even more elegant florals to enjoy in our Oriental hanging (p44) and poppy footstool (p36), or perhaps you’ll be tempted by one of our animal designs – a dramatic tiger (p20) and a cute and colourful ABC for kids (p28). Whatever you love to stitch, it’s all in this packed…

3 min
summer holiday

Meet the designer Cross stitch designer Joanne has a degree in Fashion and Textiles from The University of Central England. She has worked as design manager at Coats Crafts and is now a freelance designer, taking on commissions for a range of projects. “I’ve drawn inspiration from my memories of idyllic holidays on the Cornish coast, but this scene may well remind you of your own summer haunt. Sun, sea and icecream – they’re universal! Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count white evenweave in 35 shades of stranded cotton. Cross stitch and half cross stitch are worked in both one and two strands of cotton. The backstitch detail is in both one and two strands, with French knots in one strand. This is a detailed design that also features fractional stitches. It…

3 min
have your say

WRITE TO WIN! The star letter writer in this issue will receive the new Mackintosh Morning Rose kit by Bothy Threads, worth £29.65. You can buy the kit from www.bothythreads.com or call 01900 828844. All other letter writers will receive a mystery prize. Christmas treat I stitched this advent calendar for my granddaughter, ready for next Christmas. It was a lovely project to work on. I thought it would take me a long time to do all the pockets, but actually they were quite quick to complete and it was fun to count down the days to Christmas – in stitches! I think the scene at the top would make a nice picture in its own right, if you didn’t want to stitch the whole design. I can’t wait to fill the pockets…

3 min
flight of fancy

stitch tip Hang this beaded piece in a sun-filled room where she can sparkle and glisten in the light Meet the designer 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. “If you know somebody who’s growing and finding their true colours in life, this gorgeous butterfly fairy would make a special gift” Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count white evenweave in 26 shades of stranded cotton and two of metallic thread. Cross stitch and fractionals are in two strands, and backstitch is worked in both one and two strands.…

4 min
shopper’s guide

GOLD STAR BUY For all seasons Our favourite little girl to stitch, Gorjuss, is back in four brand-new kits by Bothy Threads! This time, she’s enjoying all four seasons at once in the picturesque Autumn Leaves, Summer Days, Spring at Last and Winter Time kits. Designed by Santoro, each design features the adorable dark-haired girl relaxing on the ground in all types of weather, with 16-count printed aida providing the background, whether that be fallen leaves, a sandy beach, pretty flowers or fresh white snow. Each finished design measures 32x22cm (12½x8¾in), and each kit comes with all you need to stitch it. Buy the kits for £29.49 each from www.bothythreads.com A touch of tradition Take a step back in time with Barbara Ana’s intricate Portuguese Bird Sampler for Creative Poppy Patterns, a quaint celebration of…

4 min
eye of the tiger

stitch tip Use a laplight or a white pillowcase on your lap to help show up the holes in the black fabric Meet the designer Award-winning artist Marilyn shares her rural Nova Scotia home with a menagerie of rescued pets. She was considered an artistic prodigy at a young age and her work is recognised for its photo-realistic quality. Marilyn’s artwork encompasses wildlife and domestic animals rendered in her favourite mediums of pen-and-ink, pastels and acrylics. “This tiger portrait, which I titled ‘Emerald Regard’, looks amazing in cross stitch and makes a very striking cushion.” Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count black evenweave in 14 shades of stranded cotton. Cross stitch is worked in three strands of cotton for better coverage, while the backstitch is worked in both one and two strands. There are…