Cross Stitch Collection February 2017

Cross Stitch Collection offers the most beautiful cross stitch projects from the best designers, with high value, top quality charts. Our designs will whisk you away to another world where you can lose yourself stitching the most beautiful large designs for your home or for friends and family. Whether you love stitching flowers or animals, countryside scenes or traditional samplers, you'll find something in Cross Stitch Collection. Every project includes clear step-by-step instructions for stitchers of all abilities. We also bring you all the latest news, reviews and advice from the wonderful world of cross stitch. Subscription to this digital magazine does not include covermount items or the subscriber-only pages found within print copies, nor gives access to Craft Circle, the Craft subscriber online area.

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
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in this issue

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When we sit down to plan an issue of Cross Stitch Collection, we always look at the occasions you might need to stitch for. As this is our February issue, Valentine’s day is on the calendar. Of course it’s lovely to show your other half how much you care with a card (we do have a fun card on page 14), but it seems a shame to limit this to just one day with something that won’t have a permanent place on the mantelpiece. So we’ve decided on a more enduring celebration of romance, and who better to turn to for inspiration that Jane Austen? We hope you like our Austen-inspired cover stars. As well as a rather luxurious Valentine, we thought this project would make an unusual wedding gift or…

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february collection

Making it personal Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean is the talent behind Stitch People, offering gorgeously unique custom-designed cross stitch portraits and patterns. She fell in love with designing cross stitch portrait patterns after making a few for herself and loved ones. She was soon addicted to creating the quirky portraits.“I love how personalised they can get and how people really see themselves in the portraits due to just the smallest little tweaks in the patterns,” she says. “With just a few small, seemingly-inconsequential stitches, you can add jewellery, buttons, and all sorts of details to make a pattern truly personal. The most common portrait requests are related to special occasions, from engagements and weddings to new jobs and births. “One of the very first portrait orders I received in 2012 was for a lovely couple, their…

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meet… online stitching stars!

Tell us about yourself I’ve been retired for eight years after a 30-year career with IBM. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, horsewoman, china painter, doll maker, knitter, portrait painter, cross stitcher, designer and published author. When did you fall in love with cross stitch? I discovered needlework when I was nine years old. I’m an only child and we lived out in the country, so I found things I loved to do to entertain myself. My passion has never waivered. What sort of things do you most like to stitch? I love stitching on 40 count silk gauze the best – samplers, tiny foot stools, chair cushions, wall tapestries – you name it. However, give me a project that speaks to me, no matter the size, and it can consume me for months. What’s been your…

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3 of the best… beautiful buttons

Wooden cat buttons, £1.85 These brightly-painted kitties are ideal for adding a feline touch to any project you’re stitching for a cat lover. Created by Karen Allan in Nottingham, They come in generous sets of 20, in a variety of colours and expressions, and measure approx 16x20mm (6x8in) each. We love how much personality their little painted faces show! You can buy the set from Multi-coloured horse buttons, from £1.20 There’s a hint of folk art about these pretty patterned horses. The swirls, circles, geometrics and stars will please anyone with a passion for all thing equine, or simply fans of decorative motifs. They measure just 29x27mm (1⅛x1⅛in) each, but you can buy them in herds of 10, 20 or 40 from £1.20. Go for a mixed pack or choose your favourite…

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competition time

Engagement Card Kit Lifetime Samplers have produced a kit to celebrate this happy occasion. Finished in dusky pinks and greens, with hearts and horseshoes in silver and gold thread, this card is a lovely gift for the newly engaged couple. There is space to add names and a date using the alphabet provided in silver filament thread. The size on 16 count aida is 10x8cm. More details of the engagement card (RRP £8.95) can be found at www.lifetime We have two cards to give away to readers. Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry Engagement Card CSC271. Craft4Crafters Westpoint Westpoint Arena Exeter is once again the venue for this mammoth needlecraft show, with over 170 crafting retailers, an extensive workshops, galleries and textile displays, plus expert talks and advice clinics.…

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perfectly imperfect

Meet the designer... Shannon Wasilieff “In order to get inspired for this pattern, I watched a few classic Jane Austen films and fell in love with the period and the mannerisms of the time. Some of the Regency era's traditions have stuck around for centuries and still remain strong in our modern day. Women still swoon at the gestures of love from their suitors and the excitement of love remains timeless. Jane Austen's work is the embodiment of romance, elegance and chivalry, and I wanted to depict that in this cross stitch design.” Our romantic design is sure to thrill Jane Austen fans Our romantic literary design inspired by Emma is sure to thrill all Jane Austen fans. We love all the details of Regency dress that Shannon has put into this design, from…