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CrossStitcher April 2019

CrossStitcher is the UK’s best-selling crafts magazine. Each issue is packed with inspirational cross stitch designs and exciting new ideas that will help you make the most of this wonderfully relaxing and rewarding hobby. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies.

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make of the month

Designed by: Susan PennyStitch count: 22 high x 34 wideDesign size: 5x8cm (2x3¼in)Stitch time: 3 hoursYou can buy floral stitchable boxes like the one we've used here from www.willowfabrics.com(© Susan Penny)Make a… Butterflies & Blooms boxStep 1ORDER your stitchable box from Willow Fabrics. Note that the red border row is not stitched on the box front, it is just to show how the butterflies are positioned. To make sure the box is the correct way up for your stitching, when you hold the flattened box in your hand, the punched section should be at the top, with the flap adjacent to the punched holes on your left. Use two strands for the cross stitch and two for the backstitch.Step 2FOLD the box into shape using the pre-scored folds, which should…

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MUCH AS WE LOVE being cosy indoors with our stitching, we’ve been here quite long enough and need to see some flower buds and signs of spring!In this spirit we asked Rebecca Spencer to think of as many springtime motifs as she possibly could and to put them all into one glorious design. Tulips, forget-menots, birds, butterflies and mini birdhouses all have their place in a cover project that really makes us smile. (Start on page 18.)Birds are such a wonderful symbol of spring that we have even more, with three lovely folk-style designs by Felicity Hall (page 33). If only they would pop indoors to perch on our teacups!We also thought it would be fun to focus on some things to stitch for the little ones in our lives.…

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out there

(Photography: Caroline Arber © CICO Books)Scandi style for springLast month craft writer Christiane Bellstedt Myers shared with us her craft room and now here’s a peek inside her latest book Seasonal Scandi Crafts, which shows how to make decorative projects using rustic fabrics and natural materials. The four chapters – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – cover a wide range of crafts, including collage, embroidery, painting and sewing, and take inspiration from Scandinavian seasonal traditions 'to bring magic to your year'. Try out some simple embroidery on the lavender cushions, which would make great gifts, or stitch this cute bunny design for Easter. The projects here are designed to see you through a complete 12 months of making.Seasonal Scandi Crafts by Christiane Bellstedt Myers is published by CICO Books for…

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my craft room: jessica payne

“In our studio, everything, from thread to hoops and boxes, is stored neatly into its own cubby hole. We also have a couple of shelves for storing fabric and boxes – we store everything in colour groups which makes it easier to find the thread and materials that we need. One of our most important tools in the office is the thread jig, this is clamped down to the centre working station and used to make cutting large quantities of thread much easier and quicker, we’d be lost without it! Upstairs is where the desks are and also a coffee/tea station, plus an area to chill out! Plus, all the different thread cones make it a really fun place for me and colleagues to work in.”www.thegeekystitchingco.com“Originally our studio started its…

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three of the best daisies

LILACSPRIGUse these sweet felt daisies to embellish your cards and gifts – sew or glue them together to make the triple layered daisy effect.BUTTONSHEDUKA great embellishment for cards or use on cushions – these white daisy-shaped buttons measure 14mm and come in packs of 10.THEFABRICSQUIRRELWe love this grey fabric with white and yellow daisies and leaves. One of five fabrics from Debbie Shore’s A Cottage Garden Collection. ■…

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trend spotting

EASTER TREATSWITH EASTER falling in April this year, we're on the hunt for beautiful makes and projects to celebrate. How about these cute ideas?WHOCelebrate the season with this Bunny Rabbit cross stitch kit by Hannah Hand Makes, framed in a 4in hoop with pom-pom trim.www.notonthehighstreet.com/hannahhandmakesWHATNo time to stitch your own Easter decorations this year? We think you’ll love the felt stitched hearts on offer at Gisel Graham, including these Bunny, Duck and Bee Hive Decorations.www.giselagraham.co.ukHOWMake a little one’s Easter by presenting them a little bunny made using fabrics from the Tilda Apple Butter collection of vintage florals, with the Tilda Apple Butter Easter Bunnies Mini Kit.tildafabrics.com ■…