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Cross Stitch Gold October 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

1 min

Have you got your letter off to Father Christmas yet? We have! And we’re asking Santa this year for a very special Christmas indeed. One that sees children everywhere, whatever their background, enjoy the sort of safe, happy festivity every child deserves. We’re sure St Nick will do his best, but in the meantime, we can all help make a difference. And with the Home-Start UK Snowflake Appeal chart free with this issue, you can raise awareness and money for vulnerable children by simply stitching this gorgeous hoop design as part of a coffee morning or crafternoon, perhaps? To find out more, take a look here: www.snowflake.org.uk. And to donate, visit: www.home-start.org.uk/cross-stitch-gold-snowflake. And please keep us posted with your events! You can drop us a line with any lovely photos…

2 min
carols at christmas

Meet the designer Joanne Aston Joanne is Design Manager for Coats Crafts and has a degree in Fashion and Textiles. She enjoys creating large cross stitch and tapestry designs As a designer for Coats Crafts, I’m often asked to create traditional Christmas scenes like this one, and they’ve become a bit of a speciality, so I’m delighted to design this one for Cross Stitch Gold . Who doesn’t love the sound of well-loved Christmas carols being sung? There’s nothing quite like it, especially when you’re cosy indoors, wrapping presents on Christmas Eve or adding the finishing touches to the Christmas cake. I can’t remember the last time carollers came to my door, so perhaps the tradition needs a bit of a boost – and perhaps my design will help to do just that!…

1 min
joanne aston’s designer secrets

All aglow A winter scene can too often feel cold if it features lots of snow and icy colours, but this one is very warm thanks to the red door, the brickwork, and the golden glow from the windows and lamps. I hope you still get the impression that it s a crisp, cold night from all that snow, but it was important that this scene feels welcoming and warm, too. A fine tradition Many of the carols that we sing today originated during Victorian times. The Victorians loved music and began to sing old medieval English carols as part of their holiday celebrations. Travelling from door to door and performing in the snow, they would be rewarded with mince pies, a warm drink, or money, which was sometimes given to charity.…

2 min
have your say

Paws for thought I just had to sew this design by Maria Diaz. The moment I saw it I was reminded of the dog our family had when I was growing up. It is so alike I had to give him the same name, which is Spot. Like most families we had a number of pets, but Spot was always my favourite and this picture will be something to remember him by. Mjoeb!Xftu-!Jtm!pg!Nbo Zeena: What a lovely looking dog, Linda – and a fitting tribute to your canine friend. First Christmas I wanted to show you my latest work, which I stitched for my grandchild Flaminia for her first Christmas. I follow Dsptt!Tuudi ! Hpm e magazine with great pleasure and enthusiam! Fosjdb!Hspttj-!Jubm z Zeena: I am sure Flaminia will treasure this beautiful stocking for many…

1 min
hpme star letter

Reunited! Eight years ago, we discovered some relatives of my husband, who we had never met, living in Austria. My husband knew he had three half brothers from his father’s previous marriage, but there seemed to be no record that we could find. My husband’s father was in his late fifties when my husband was born, so the search was difficult. We then received an e-mail searching for our family, and discovered our nephew Paul, born to one of my husband’s half brothers. His wife Ingrid, their two daughters and their children are now very much part of our family. One of their daughters, Samantha, gave birth recently to our great, great niece, Matilda. I stitched this picture, including the names of our other great, great niece and nephew. Paul and…

3 min
dear santa...

Meet the designer Gail Bussi Gail has followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a cross stitch designer. She lives and works in South Africa Christmas is a great chance to relive childhood memories and bring a bit of magic back into your life. I enjoyed doing this as I was designing this piece – it’s fun to escape into a world where nothing matters other than waking up on Christmas morning to a stocking filled with presents! Help to get your children excited about the season by stitching this design of Santa and his snowman pals, worked on ice blue evenweave for a winter wonderland feel. The colours are Christmassy but still soft, to create a festive scene that’s light and bright. Metallic white thread adds a subtle sparkle to the snowflakes,…