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Cross Stitch Gold February 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
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in this issue

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Here in the Cross Stitch Gold office, we’re in the mood for sunny days, seaside views and summery blooms. So, while the dregs of winter are still lingering outside, we thought we’d fill this issue with some sunshine scenes, and a dash of retro romance thrown in for good measure, to cheer ourselves... Take a look at Carol Thornton’s ‘Lighthouse View’ (p12), flower-laden farmyard scene by Joanne Aston (p28) and gorgeous, sentimental ‘Celtic Angel’ courtesy of Shannon Wasilieff (p20). We also have a chalkboard ‘Welcome’ design, by Durene Jones, perfect for bringing a warm feel to a home, (p38), Lesley Teare’s Father’s Day cards for dear dads everywhere (p.60), and of course, there is our cover star, Maria Diaz’s stunning 1920s woman, filled with sensational stitched detail and vivid tones to…

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a picture of elegance

“My take on elegant 1920s style makes a great project for anyone who loves the fashions of this glamorous era!” Meet the designer Maria Diaz Maria has always had a passion for needlecraft, since learning to sew as a child on her great-grandmother’s ancient foot-treadled Singer. After art college she was lucky enough to land a job as a printer that led to her becoming DMC’s first in-house designer, where she worked for eight years. She is now an independent designer and lives in the Midlands with her two little boys, Lincoln and Hudson. Stitcher’s guide This 1920s lady is worked on 32-count limestone Murano evenweave over two threads of the fabric, in 31 shades of stranded cotton and two shades of metallic thread. It is worked in whole and half cross stitches and backstitch,…

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maria diaz’s designer secrets

Facial features It’s important to get the expression just right, so take extra care when working the stitches around the eyes and mouth. The backstitch definition is what really makes or breaks this, so take a good look at the chart before you start this, and take it slow – maybe setting aside a single stitching session just for this, so you will be fresh to tackle it. Sparkle and shine I think a touch of sparkle is essential to achieve the full effect of this 1920s beauty, so I’ve used plenty of metallic thread in this design. I wanted the frame to shimmer, so I worked it in DMC Light Effects light gold thread, and also used Light Effects light and dark golds to make the jewellery shine, and dark gold to…

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have your say

Get in touch! Email: zeena@cross-stitching.com Write to: Zeena Moolla, Cross Stitch Gold magazine, 2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN Join us at: facebook.com/crossstitchgold Tweet us: @CrossStitchGold WRITE TO WIN! The star letter writer in this issue will receive a traditional Country Cottage sampler kit by Moira Blackburn, worth £27.49. You can buy this kit from www.bothythreads.comor call 01900 828844. All other letter writers will receive a mystery prize. GOLD STAR LETTER Good times I’m a subscriber from New Delhi, India, and am writing in to show you my latest work – a stitched clock by Lesley Teare. My daughter just finished medical school and I wanted to make something special for her, something she can take with her wherever she goes, and which will remind her of home! Anuradha Jain, India Zeena: Congratulations to your clever daughter! And…

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to the lighthouse

“This scene uses a palette of gentle colours to create a sea scene that has the look of a painting. I think it has a real romantic quality and I hope you’ll enjoy it – do send in a photo if you decide to stitch it!” 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. Stitcher’s guide This lighthouse scene is worked on 14-count white aida in 27 shades of stranded cotton. There’s long stitch worked in one strand and the cross stitch in two strands of thread, and there are a few French knots in…

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shopper’s guide

Happily ever after Capture the joy of getting hitched, with this celebratory sampler from Welsh company Nia. This charming pastel picture measures 29x23.5cm and features a jaunty selection of motifs, including a wedding cake, love heart, doves, bunting, a lucky horse shoe, a spray of roses and bottle of Champagne. Each part is a delight to stitch as you watch the design build. Better yet, you can personalise this sampler with the names of the bride and groom and the date of their union. We challenge any happy couple not to adore this slice of romance! Buy the kit (including 14-count aida, stranded cotton, a needle, chart and instructions) for £28.50 from www.past-impressions.co.uk Floral fancy Not that we hoard or anything, but the bag to store our ever-increasing stash must have style and…