Cross Stitch Gold Issue 124

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.

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in this issue

4 min
cold as ice

Meet the designer Joan Elliott Joan is a much-loved American designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York Fairies make popular subjects for cross stitch at the best of times, but never more so than in winter and I’ve made the most of the natural beauty of this time of year with my glorious design. It’s a luxurious piece, worked in a range of stitches, using a cool colour palette of threads, with seed beads in ice and silver to add further to the frosty theme. Can you think of a young girl who’d love nothing more than to receive this stitched gift from you? If not, I’m sure you’ll find a place for it in your own home this winter. You will need FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave measuring 50x40cm (20x16in) THREADS Stranded cotton…

1 min
joan elliott’s designer secrets

Silver screen I may be a grown-up but I’m a sucker for films about icy kingdoms, especially a recent one starring an ice princess and her sister – if you’ve seen it then you’ll know the one I mean! A sore head With so much going on in this detailed design, I found myself prone to headaches while I was creating it. When I started to feel one coming on, I immediately took a break from my work, even if I felt compelled not to! If you suffer from headaches while stitching, you will probably benefit from taking regular breaks, too, before the symptoms have a chance to set in.…

3 min
have your say

Norma Jean Here’s the portrait of Marilyn Monroe I recently did for my friend. She had her living room renovated and I decided to make her this gift, as she loves Marilyn. Although it looks really easy, the backstitches were tricky, but all in all Marilyn looks great. My friend was so delighted that now she wants another picture from this collection. Marta Wichlacz, Poland Sarah: This design is so striking, and captures Marilyn at her best – I love it! A work of art I have been working on this picture for seven years, but have done dozens of other smaller projects during that time! Although Girl With a Pearl Earring is big, it was easy to stitch because it only uses full cross stitches. I found myself returning to it when working on…

3 min
santa, stop here!

Meet the designer Lucie Heaton Lucie is a freelance cross stitch designer with a passion for needlework and crafts When you’re a child, Christmas is all about Santa and his presents – that’s where the excitement of the day lies. Though Christmases may come and go, it’s easy to cast your mind back to those days, and revel in the magic and excitement of it all. That’s why my stocking, featuring its traditional scene of Santa in his sleigh, will appeal to both children of old as well as today! It’s a densely stitched design with plenty of detail but, owing to the shape, it won’t take as long to complete as you might expect. Once you’ve worked the last stitch, follow our instructions to turn it into a lovely stocking in time…

1 min
lucie heaton’s designer secrets

A different count I’ve chosen 14-count aida for this project, as there aren’t any fractionals. However, if you prefer stitching on 28-count evenweave, it’s a straight substitution – just stitch over two threads of the fabric instead. Strange shape It can be difficult to design for projects like stockings, working out what goes where, and trying not to cut anything important off! To begin with, I sketched out my idea as though this project was a portrait rectangle. Then I overlaid the stocking shape, before tweaking the layout slightly to fit.…

4 min
shopper’s guide

Bygone days Inspired by Victorian postcards, these new kits from DMC are just the thing to get you in the festive mood. The nostalgic scenes were designed by Gold regular, Maria Diaz, who perfectly captures the feel of a simpler time, when Christmas was all about family, and having fun in the snow. Each design measures 20x30cm (8x12in) on 14-count antique white aida, with much of the background left unstitched, so there’s still time before Christmas to stitch one to send with love to your family to enjoy this festive season. There are four kits in the range including Santa is Coming (left) and The Christmas Tree (right), which cost £28.99 each. Visit call 0116 2754000 for local stockists Scandi style The latest Rico design booklet has our fingers twitching with its amazing…