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CrossStitcher February 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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Dennis Publishing UK
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make of the month

Designed by: Susan PennyStitch count: 17 high x 34 wideDesign size: 3.5x6.5cm (13⅜8x2½in)Stitch time: 2 hoursThis design was stitched on 14 count plastic aida.Take extra care when trimming down the plastic aida after completing your stitching(© Susan Penny)Make a… broochStep 1STITCH your brooch in the centre of a 5x8cm (2x3in) piece of 14 count plastic aida. Weave your threads ends through the stitches on the back of your brooch to secure them before cutting.Step 2USE black sewing thread to stitch 27 black pebble (also known as pony) beads around the edge of the black heart, working on the inner edge of the black stitches – the chart shows the placement of the beads.Step 3CUT away the excess plastic aida at the edges carefully. Use small, sharp scissors and snip slowly,…

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IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF A new year, we always have a feeling of anticipation. There are all the possibilities of a fresh start and it’s time to make plans that don’t just relate to eating more healthily or vowing to keep your stranded cottons under control. We think it’s really important to have some positive things to think about and look forward to. As a reminder, we asked Felicity Hall to create something very special for our cover. We considered lots of optimistic phrases and in the end it all came down to one word – dream! Whether your dreams for 2019 are large or small, this is a great way to get more than your stitching year off to a good start. Turn to page 18 to start…

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out there

Spring has sprung!We might be a few weeks away from the true start of spring – but there’s nothing stopping you blowing away the cobwebs in readiness with some fresh, fancy fabrics and trimmings. The new Apple Butter range from Tilda may prove just too irresistible to resist. It’s inspired by the dressing room of the designer’s grandmother, with vintage florals the basis for its prints and look. The overall feel has a 1940s vibe, and did you know that Apple Butter is 1940s slang for ‘sweet talk’ or ‘flattery’ – the perfect name for this collection!tildafabrics.comKEEP IT PERSONALTHE TEAM at CrossStitcher HQ are going mad for these brilliant new bags for stitchers. Not only are they practical and stylish but you can order them personalised with your own name!…

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my craft room: sally wilson

“My work space used to be a spare bedroom before Caterpillar Cross Stitch was born three years ago! It has evolved as the business has grown, from a handful of DMC threads in a storage box, a laptop and my WinStitch software to hundreds of thread cones and kits! I love the magnetic board where I keep important information, ideas, motivation, keepsake cards and lovely feedback from customers.I have a weekly planner of jobs and ideas, my trusty Carlos the caterpillar mug and a new addition – a custom made wooden thread cone storage system for the wall! My must-haves are Fiskars scissors and DMC rings for storing thread bobbins.”www.caterpillarcrossstitch.com“The white desk, shelves and rose gold bendy lamp are all from Ikea”“My style is clean, neat and minimal” ■…

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trend spotting

CIRCUS LETTERINGROLL UP, ROLL UP… For big time big top fun, stitch our 'Dream' cushion on page 18 with its circus-style lettering, then try these on-trend typographical treats…WHOBook illustrator Jenny Maizels came up with the idea of creating her own range of iron-on patches–we think they’re super-stylish!www.jenniemaizels.comWHATWe love the stunning typography on this love themed poster by one of our favourite CrossStitcher designers, Emma Congdon.www.emmacongdon.comHOWTurn a single circus-style letter into amini work of art, with this cross stitch kit that includes the wooden hoop for framing.www.hobbycraft.co.uk ■…

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three of the best tattoo hearts

FABRICSANDFANCIESFor a unique finish to your projects, look no further than this on-trend Tattoo Style Soul & Hearts on Black 100% Cotton Fabric!EMILYPEACOCKTAPESTRYEmily Peacock has an Etsy shop where you can buy this stunning Love Tattoo kit worked in crewel wools on 10 count canvas.SAPH1REGet crafting a 3D Valentine’s card using these Tattoo Love Hearts – Red Felt Valentine’s Kitsch Retro Dress It Up Craft Buttons. ■…