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Ultimate Cross Stitch Cards

Ultimate Cross Stitch Cards Ultimate Cross Stitch Cards

This extra-special selection features 236 gorgeous designs to stitch for all occasions – there's a card for every celebration! This essential collection of cards includes birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, weddings, Father's Day, Mother's Day and much, much more – you'll never be stuck for a card idea again! With charts from your favourite designers, there's a whole world of different styles at your fingertips, so you're sure to find a card you'd like to stitch for the ones you love. Inside this issue: ✱ Stitch a gorgeous greeting for all the family, plus great ideas for friends too! ✱ Beautiful designs to celebrate weddings and wedding anniversaries ✱ Congratulations on your… new home, graduation, passing your driving test… and much, much more ✱ You'll love these adorable animal pairs – they're ideal for Valentine's Day ✱ Cute caravan cards to make you smile!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
One-off
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in this issue

1 min.
welcome…

We love cards for being easy little projects to work on while we’re taking a break from bigger projects; they take only an evening or two to stitch and, best of all, they cause our family and friends’ faces to light up… So we have a fantastic collection of designs inside for you. Mums, grans, aunties and best friends especially love to receive a hand-stitched card, and we’re excited about the choice we have for you: from gorgeous vintage shoes and vibrant tropical flowers to a set of delicate butterflies – they’re all just so pretty! You’ll be itching to stitch the birthday cards in this issue’s collection too, we’ve got beautiful hot air balloon designs, adorable mice and dainty dragonflies – there’s something for everyone. From traditional to contemporary, there’s every…

1 min.
vintage shoes

So many women across the globe have a love affair with shoes, and who can blame them? Finding the perfect pair is a triumph in itself! This petty set of vintage-chic shoes by designer Debra Page is sure to please all tastes. Great for all occasions, the lucky recipient of one of these delightful cards is sure to appreciate it as much for the work you put in as for the gorgeous designs. Or, why not stitch all six together as a fabulous sampler for any shoe-aholic friends you have? Worked in a variety of stitches, you’ll get to test your skills while finishing a card in just a few evenings. You’ll also enjoy working with this pretty colour palette and with the blooms and hearts details surrounding each shoe. You…

3 min.
roses & lace

If, as a young girl, you dreamed of having your own dressing table filled with ornate perfume bottles and pretty trinkets, you’ll be delighted with this set of flowery and feminine greetings. Stitched on grey evenweave in shades of white, pink, cream and green, the cards have a stunning and refined look, with added lustre from shiny Satin thread and opal seed bead embellishments. Durene has used pink rose motifs to tie the four designs together so they make a cohesive set as well as standing out individually. They’re great for all ages, too. Why not stitch the single rose stem for a lady who loves her garden, or the pretty bonnet for a young bridesmaid? You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and DMC Satin thread, as listed in the key Beads: Mill…

2 min.
fabulously floral

Wherever you live in the world, there are some days when life needs a little brightening up. If it’s a rainy day, you’ve had some bad news or just feel down in the dumps, a note from a friend goes a long way to making things better. These vibrant flower head cards are the perfect stitch to send to friends when they need a little lift. One of these cards will look so smart displayed on their mantelpiece, and the tropical colours are sure to make them smile whenever it catches their eye. And the best thing is, the wonderful colours also make them so uplifting to stitch – so it’s smiles all round! You will need Threads: Stranded cotton, as listed in the key Needle: Size 26 tapestry needle Fabric: 16-count white aida,…

1 min.
love from ellie

Make a card in a couple of evenings You will need Threads: Stranded cotton, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count white aida, measuring 15x18cm (6x7in) Extras: Craft Creations single fold, deckled edge card (DEC3U) in pink (16), www.craftcreations.com. Backing paper of choice from craft shop. Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 6-8 hours Type of stitches: Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots Level: Intermediate They say elephants never forget but, in the case of this cutie, we’ll never forget a card as sweet as this! Pretty as a picture, Ellie holds a wicker basket full of cut flowers in her trunk, her friend the butterfly keeping her company as she goes. Everyone will appreciate a card this endearing, especially mum on Mother’s Day. Stitching close-up French knots are used for the eyes and antennae on the butterfly.…

1 min.
love you, mum!

Even stitchers with a busy schedule will be able to make one of these cards, as they only take a few hours each to complete. All of the designs use just whole cross stitch and backstitch, and with very few colour changes to make, you’ll whizz right through from start to finish. The backstitched wording at the bottom probably requires the most concentration, and it’s recommended that you refer to the chart regularly when working this, to avoid having to do any unpicking. You will need Threads: Stranded cotton, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count white aida, measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design Extras: Craft Creations single fold, scalloped edge cards (SCF06U) in creative smooth white (30), www.craftcreations.com Backing paper of your choice Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 6-7 hours each Type…