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Cross Stitch Gold June 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
$10.94(Incl. tax)

in this issue

1 min

I’ve certainly picked a lovely time of year to return from maternity leave – we’re right in the thick of summer projects and I’ve been loving the bright colours and sumptuous designs that are bursting from the pages of this issue of Gold . Amanda Gregory’s sunflower cushion (p12) is just one example of this – the nature-inspired motifs and cheerful colours are so tempting! The electric blues of Durene Jones’ proud peacock (p44) are similarly appealing, and if you love birds but are seeking something cute rather than opulent, I’d recommend Lucie Heaton’s owl clock (p36) – perfect décor for a little one’s room. With all this, plus a graceful ballerina (p28), chic blackwork cards (p58), glorious Indian elephant (p20) and more, there really is something for everyone in this…

2 min
eastern elegance

“I’ve chosen a sumptuous and varied colour palette for this design, which helps to offer a contemporary edge to the exotic scene” Meet the designer Lesley Teare Lesley is an experienced cross stitch designer, with a degree in Printed and Woven Textiles, and many years of design experience. She is renowned for creating designs for a wide range of stitching magazines, and has a selection of cross stitch books to her name too. Lesley lives and works in rural Suffolk, where she enjoys gardening and country walks with her labrador. “I especially love the rendering of the blossom in Lesley’s design – it makes a wonderful frame for this pretty scene”Fiona Baker, Technical Editor“What a spectacular project! There’s so much lovely detail, like the shimmering patterns on the dress, and those exotic butterflies” Sarah…

2 min
have your say

Mum in a million I loved the Mother’s Day cards in issue 135 and the mounts were so pretty, too. I decided to stitch the pink flowers for my wonderful mum and, as you can see from this photo, she was delighted with it. I’m planning on stitching some of the other designs in the set to make birthday cards. Jane Bamber, by email Sarah: What lovely stitching, Jane! Do let us know how you get on with the rest of the set. Stitching whizz I really enjoy buying Cross Stitch Gold here in Canada. I bought issue 127 and immediately stitched the ballerina picture for a friend’s daughter. While I was trying to decide what card to make for my sister’s 70th birthday, I came across Faby Reilly’s floral card charts on page 58…

2 min
mellow yellow

“Summer meets autumn in my bright floral cushion. I hope you’ll enjoy working on it as much as I loved creating all the elements of it. Do email in a photo when you’ve finished!” Meet the designer Amanda Gregory Based in the West Country, Amanda is a talented watercolour artist, cross stitch designer and dressmaker. Her work is suffused with gorgeous colour combinations and a great sense of detail, and her beautiful designs regularly appear in a selection of cross stitching magazines. You will need FABRIC Zweigart 28-count cream evenweave (3270/264) measuring 45x45cm (173/4x173/4in) THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle EXTRAS Backing fabric of your choice and cushion pad to fit from local haberdashery shops FOR STOCKISTS’ DETAILS turn to page 57 Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count cream evenweave over two…

4 min
shopper’s guide

Box of tricks If your birthday is coming up, this great crafty box is sure to go straight to the top of your wish list! Stuffed full of lovely stitching-inspired craft supplies, it’s sure to raise a smile and come in handy for turning your stitched creations into wonderful cushions, hangings and more. Contents of the special Stitch Lover Edition Box include a mini Eat, Stitch, Sleep, Repeat kit, ‘sew happy’ ribbon, threads, fabric, blue satin button trim and other delights. What’s not to love? Order for £22.50 from Stitchkits at www.notonthehighstreet.com Feeling fruity If you’re still looking for that perfect kit to take you through the summer (with a super-striking picture to display at the end of the project) you're going to love these marvellous designs from Jacqui P. Both these geometric tapestry…

2 min
elephant parade

“This is a dense but satisfying project to get your teeth into. I tried to give the elephant a realistic but friendly look, and I think my efforts have really paid off. I hope you do, too!” 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 stitching magazines and has attracted legions of fans who love her distinctive style of artwork, which translates beautifully into cross stitch. “I’m just crazy about the wonderful extravaganza of colours that Carol’s employed in this elephant design – it’s such a cheerful project to work on during those long, golden summer evenings”Abigail Barker, Special Projects Coordinator You will need FABRIC Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 40x43cm (15¾x17in) THREADS Stranded cotton as listed…