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Cross Stitch Gold October 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

3 min
winter snuggles

Meet the designer Janet Stever Janet is a life-long artist and illustrator, and one of America’s top painters of Christmas art. She loves the feel of paint on paper, and is delighted to see her work translated into cross stitch for a new audience. When she’s not drawing, Janet enjoys singing in her church choir, reading a good book and walking in the woods. “Building a snowman is one of my best-loved memories of childhood, and I loved creating this scene of two friendly fellows in the snow. I hope it will become a family favourite for you” stitch tip Lay a white pillowcase on your lap while stitching, to help the holes in the navy fabric show up Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count navy evenweave over two threads of the fabric in 30…

3 min
have your say

Get in touch! Email: sarah@cross-stitching.com Write to: Sarah Trevor, Cross Stitch Gold magazine, 2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN Join us at: facebook.com/crossstitchgold Tweet us: @CrossStitchGold Tree of life My friend asked me to create a tree of life cross stitch for her in January 2016. Here she is with the finished product. It took me over a year to stitch and create, but I’m so happy with the finished project – and she’s over the moon, too! It has pride of place on the wall in her hallway. Jennifer Potter, Cumbernauld Sarah: I absolutely love it, Jennifer – I bet the hanging looks fantastic in your friend’s home. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Blackwork success I thought you might like to see the card I stitched from issue 139 for my sister-in-law, Lynette. She…

3 min
window shopping

Joanne Aston Cross stitch designer Joanne has a degree in Fashion and Textiles from The University of Central England. She has worked as design manager at Coats Crafts and is now a freelance designer, taking on commissions for a wide range of cross stitch projects. “This scene is so inviting, drawing you in from the snowy street with a warm, golden glow. I loved creating the traditional toys for the shop window display, and imagining the look of wonder on the children’s little faces” stitch tip Grid your fabric to correspond with the chart gridlines on this densely stitched design Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count white evenweave over two threads of the fabric using 31 shades of cotton. Cross stitch is in two strands of cotton, and backstitch is in both one and…

3 min
shopper’s guide

GOLD STAR BUY Heaven sent If you want a spectacular, detailed Christmas design to power through for this Christmas, this design is great (or if you’d prefer you can take it at a more leisurely pace in time for next year’s festivities!). Heaven on Earth II (Artecy) by Artecy Cross Stitch is based on a painting by American artist Nicky Boehme. It’s available as a chart for £13.50 or a kit for £69.95, and measures an impressive 43x54cm (17x21in) on 14-count aida when complete. Buy from www.country-designs.co.uk or call 01327 314400 Winter wonderland These kits from RIOLIS are colourful treats to help you get well and truly into the Christmas spirit. Clockwise from top left: Ice Cabin, Cabin with a Bell, Cabin with Sleigh and Winter Cabin are all 15cm (6in) square and include 14-count…

3 min
sugar and spice

Maria Diaz Maria has always had a passion for needlecraft, since learning to sew as a child on her greatgrandmother’s ancient foot-treadled Singer machine. After art college she landed 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 sons, Lincoln and Hudson. “This design has got me in the mood to do some festive baking with my boys this year. Bring on the gingerbread men and Christmas pudding!” stitch tip See our handy steps on p24 and turn your work into a beautiful hanging Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count white evenweave over two threads of the fabric in 18 shades of cotton and one of metallic thread. Cross…

3 min
seasonal splendour

Shannon Wasilieff Canadian designer Shannon has always been passionate about creative pursuits, but it was when she started designing cross stitch that she truly found her calling. Her talent is evident in her beautiful designs, and her great eye for colour and detail helps to make her unique creations into true masterpieces like this one. “The Sugar Plum Fairy is a true ballet beauty. I’ve given her lots of movement with a twirly tutu and a swish of seed beads in the air, while metallic gold thread adds festive sparkle” stitch tip Look closely when working the facial details, as you will need to work some squashed fractionals Stitcher’s guide This design is worked on 28-count grey evenweave over two threads of the fabric in 23 shades of cotton and two of metallic thread. Cross stitch…