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Cross Stitch Gold December 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

2 min
jasmine cottage

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 love designing wintry scenes – a liberal scattering of snow can make any house or landscape look totally magical!” Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 14-count white aida in 25 shades of cotton. Cross stitch is in two strands of cotton and there are also some fractional stitches for extra detail. The small amount of backstitch is worked in one strand of cotton. This large project is best suited to experienced stitchers. How to stitch the design 1 Find the centre of your fabric by folding it…

2 min
have your say

Pearly queen This is my beautiful Mermaid of the Pearls by Mirabilia. I changed some of the beads to give her even more pearls, and worked one strand over one thread of the fabric for her skin. I think she is very beautiful. Coral Dowling, Australia Zeena: She certainly is, Coral – what a majestic mermaid. The more pearls the better, in my opinion! Furry friends I hadn’t been stitching too long when I tackled this project, as I love rabbits and have had them as pets since I was eight years old. It was my first project on linen, too, and is not without mistakes, but you can’t tell and I’m so proud of it. It still looks as fresh today as when I stitched it some 25 years ago. Lynne O’Connor, by email Zeena: It’s…

2 min
welcome, little one

Meet the designer Durene Jones Prolific designer Durene Jones creates cross stitch charts for a range of stitching magazines. Her work is well loved for its modern and colourful tone, but she is a versatile designer and can turn her hand to any theme. “A shelf full of cuddly toys – what better way to welcome a new arrival? These friendly faces will become part of baby’s memories as they grow older.” Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count white evenweave over two threads of the fabric in 27 shades of cotton. Cross stitch is in two strands of cotton and there are also some fractional stitches for extra detail. The backstitch is worked in one, two and three strands of cotton, while French knots are added in two strands of thread. This project…

3 min
shopper’s guide

Purrfect project Rosina Wachtmeister’s vibrant new Five Cats design is a satisfying stitch, creating a lovely picture in the artist’s iconic style. Measuring 28x19cm (11x7 in) when finished, the design is worked in whole stitches and backstitch and although it’s dense, it’s straightforward to complete. You’ll receive everything you need to stitch the project when you buy this kit, from fabric and a needle to stranded cottons and sparkling metallic thread. The Five Cats kit costs £29.99 from Bothy Threads. Visit www.bothythreads.com or call 01900 828844 A SWEET TWEET It may still be winter time, but you can bring a breath of fresh spring air into your home with these pretty bird cushions! Worked in chunky cross stitch for a fast finish, Spring Tweet I and Spring Tweet II both measure 40x40cm (15 x15…

2 min
winter wonder

Meet the designer Jenny Barton Jenny has been passionate about the creative arts since she was a small child, and went on to study graphic design at university. Soon after, she landed a job as a needlework designer for DMC Creative World, and became a freelance designer a couple of years later. She loves being able to work with cross stitch every day! “These owls are quite challenging due to the palette of dark greys and blues, so working in natural daylight is a must for this project.” Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 14-count white aida in 22 shades of cotton. Cross stitch is in both one and two strands, with some fractional stitches for the owls’ features. The backstitch definition is worked in one strand of cotton, and there are a few…

1 min
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