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Cross Stitch Gold September 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
$10.74(Incl. tax)

in this issue

2 min
lady in red

“I’ve opted for traditional festive colours for this design, and thrown in a good amount of sparkle to make the project really opulent – the perfect Christmas heirloom piece” Meet the designer 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. You will need FABRIC Zweigart 28-count Brittney gold flecked white evenweave (3281/118) measuring 42x34cm (16½x13¼in) THREADS Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle; beading needle BEADS Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture…

1 min
shannon wasilieff’s designer secrets

Added dimension The wreath has an almost three-dimensional quality and really stands out from the regular stitches, thanks to a generous sprinkling of beads and the use of French knots. The foliage is rendered in several shades of green cotton, so check the chart with extra care to get all these colour changes right. In the frame The gold frame, worked in DMC Light Effects threads, is the ideal finishing touch, and gives an effective focus and depth to the main component of the design. Remember to keep thread lengths shorter than usual when working with metallics, and use a thread conditioner to stop them fraying while you work.…

2 min
have your say

Fantastic fairy It is so good to see you are back from your maternity leave and I am sending you my latest in cross stitch. I have finished a project for my great-granddaughter, Georgia, who was one year old on 4th July. I have always tried to stitch something for each grandchild and great-grandchild. When I found out they had painted little Georgia’s nursery in shades of purple, I chose this Wisteria fairy design by Nora Corbett. Jane Salles, New York, USA Sarah: love the fabric on I this design, Jane – a perfect background for your stitching. Roarsome work Here’s a picture of my finished stitching from Lucie Heaton’s design in issue 130. I stitched it for my cousin’s grandson. It was such fun – I loved the bright colours, and watching the dinosaurs come…

1 min
teabreak time

When I saw this sampler from issue 138 of Cross Stitch Gold, I had to start it as soon as possible. Durene Jones is one of my favourite designers and I have stitched lots of her work. I wanted to do this one because of the tea theme as lots of designs have coffee in them. I love a cup of tea, especially if it comes with cake! I think the green and pink work well together, and am very happy with the end result. Linda West, Isle of Man Sarah: I quite agree, Linda… there’s nothing like a spot of tea and piece of cake – and you’ve done a fab job stitching this design.…

2 min
shades of the season

“I just love using natural foliage in my Christmas decorating. This bright cushion plays tribute to this – and provides festive flowers that will last year after year!” 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 14-count Christmas red aida (3706/954) measuring 45x45cm (17›x17›in) THREADS Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key NEEDLE Size 24 tapestry needle EXTRAS Fat quarter of red backing fabric; 1.5m (59in) green and gold cord of choice and cushion pad to fit from local craft shops FOR STOCKISTS’ DETAILS turn to p59 Stitcher’s guide This poinsettia cushion is…

1 min
amanda gregory’s designer secrets

Christmas colours The limited palette of this design makes it a satisfying stitch, but ensure you have all the threads you need before you start (you need two or three skeins of some colours). Also, the bright fabric can be hard on the eyes, especially when working the red stitches, so stitch in natural light or use a daylight lamp to avoid eye strain. Gold leaf I’ve worked the background sprigs of foliage in two shades of metallic thread (DMC Light Effects light gold and white gold). These stand out really well against the crimson fabric and contrast nicely with the reds and greens of the holly and poinsettia – I’ve even added a dash of sparkle in the centre of each poinsettia to make this extra Christmassy!…