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Cross Stitch Gold January 2016

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

3 min
under the sea

Meet the designer Lesley Teare Lesley lives and works in rural Suffolk. She designs for many of the best cross stitch magazines, as well as for cross stitch books Journey to the bottom of the ocean and meet my magical mermaid and her fantasy friends. I hope you’re as entranced by this scene as I was whilst bringing it to life. I enjoyed selecting shades of aqua and turquoise for the colour palette, as I’m a huge fan of blues and greens, and I also loved working on yet another‘lady, albeit one with a fish tail instead of feet! With pearly seed beads for extra embellishment, this design definitely has a wonderful underwater feel. It would be a special gift for a child to hang in their bedroom, or an unusual new baby…

1 min
lesley teare’s designer secrets

Mount free I started this design as I would any other ‘lady’ design. First with the face and hair, before allowing the rest of the scene to develop from there. I think it works best without a mount, as the bubbles and swirls create their own natural frame for the mermaid. Sea sparkle Beads and metallic threads are essential for a design like this, as they give the impression of light reflecting off the water. They’re also just incredibly pretty – another good reason why they’re definitely required here!…

2 min
have your say

Puppy dog eyes As an avid dog lover, I couldn’t resist this little cutie that appeared in issue 122 of Cross Stitch Gold. Even though I’ve never owned a retriever, who could resist that gorgeous face? He was a pleasure to stitch, and now has pride of place on my mum’s living room wall. Thank you for another winning project Cross Stitch Gold! Now what’s next...? Marie Jade Greenhalgh, by email Sarah: The shading in this design by Jenny Barton is just wonderful and you have stitched it beautifully, Marie! Winter wonderland I rarely stitch a pattern more than once, but I was so enamoured with this chart from issue 105 of Cross Stitch Gold that I stitched it four times. Three are going to Germany to my aunts and godmother, and one is…

1 min
gold star letter

Stitchy stress relief This is my daughter Esther’s finished project from issue 102. It took 18 months and she has used the development of this hobby towards her Girl Guiding Senior Section award. She also says it has been a great thing to sit and do in the evenings to combat the stress of studying for her GCSEs. She’s now looking through my back issues for her next big project to see her through her exams next summer. Leanne Farley, Lee-on-the-Solent Sarah: As well as receiving her Girl Guide award for her stitching, we’d also like to send Esther the Cross Stitch Gold star letter prize!…

2 min
love birds

Meet the designer Carol Thornton Carol loves to paint her designs in watercolour, before converting them into stitches It’s springtime in my design, as is evidenced by the sweet blossoms on the branch. It’s also the time of year that bluebirds pair up, and this couple look so in love – you can just imagine them serenading one another with their sweet songs. My design would make a gorgeous gift for a wedding or anniversary, but will be equally lovely for a bird lover or anyone who loves colour! It’s very densely stitched, which makes for an engrossing project. Once you’ve worked the central scene, continue outwards and stitch the rainbow-coloured border that frames the piece. I’ve left some areas of unstitched white fabric for contrast, helping to show off the colours and…

1 min
carol thornton’s designer secrets

Round in circles It’s always nice to take a break from the norm and present your cross stitch in a different way. I love the challenge of creating circular designs and think this one has turned out beautifully. The hoop is a novel way to present it, or you could choose a circular mount and square frame instead. Subtle outlines I’m not really a fan of backstitch, but I do know that it serves a purpose! Most of the detail in this piece is achieved using shading, but you’ll find a small amount of backstitch to define certain areas, using a dark grey shade that isn’t as harsh as black.…