Cross Stitch Collection January 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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If you're anything like us, you'll love the idea of a country Christmas. The thought of snowy walks and returning home to an open fire is a wonderful dream! We wanted to sum up that feeling with our Winter Hare cover project. Snowy fields, a pretty church, striking foliage and wonderful wildlife are all waiting to be stitched – perfect to start the new year! Talking of the new year, we know you'll love something new to get your teeth into. Turn to page 14 to start our calendar design with the perfect house and garden for every month of the year. It's a very satisfying project as you can create a whole month before moving on to the next. If, like us, you're not quite ready for Christmas yet – let…

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january collection

Stitching history Located in the Scottish borders is a small company achieving great things in traditional cross stitch – and it’s just been asked to design a series of kits for the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian. “Cobweb Designs specialises in needlework kits for heritage companies,” says the design company’s founder Sally Scott Aiton. “Scotland’s rich history has always been a special source for our work and we were delighted to be invited to design for Rosslyn Chapel.” Author Dan Brown is a fan of the chapel, setting parts of his novel The Da Vinci Code there. The chapel’s elaborate stonework ensures it’s popular with artists too. “The chapel has been inspiration for a lot of artworks and lends itself well to crafts such as cross stitch,” says Ian Gardiner from the chapel. “Sally’s…

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meet… online stitching stars!

Tell us about yourself I work full time and cross stitch mainly in the evenings. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and have one adult son, plus two dogs: a boxer and a dachshund. I have flower gardens I tend to. When did you fall in love with cross stitch? I taught myself to cross stitch with a couple of small projects in 2006, after seeing my oldest brother’s cross stitch pieces. The steady rhythm of the needle and floss going through the fabric gives me a sense of peace in my otherwise busy life. What sort of things do you most like to stitch? I mainly like to stitch animals such as tigers, leopards and wolves. I’ve stitched horses and have several carousal horse charts I plan to stitch. What’s been…

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3 of the best… winter wildlife

Polar Bear, £3.78 This beautiful arctic wanderer by Clare Bray of Climbing Goat Designs offers a magical glimpse of the Northern Lights over snow. It uses 15 thread shades to capture the wonder of the scene, with the polar bear silhouetted against your chosen fabric. With only full cross stitches and some backstitch, it’s a striking yet relatively easy project, perfect for snuggling up with on the sofa. Download it at, where you can also find silhouette designs featuring elephants, turtles and hares. Winter Birds, £3.16 This chilly design by Anna at WellStitches shows a bullfinch and a blue tit taking full advantage of a snow-laden tree’s crimson berries. Using 13 colours in the picture, the detail in the birds is impressive enough to please any wildlife lover. Stitch it on 14…

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competition time

The Lookout This beautiful bird study design by Hannah Dale for Bothy Threads would look good hung on any living room wall. The magnificent owl, nestling amongst poppies, is worked on 14 count speckled aida, and comes with pre-sorted stranded cotton, needle and instructions. It is available from (RRP £27.49). The finished design measures 26x26cm (10¼x10¼in) and is worked in full cross stitch and backstitch. We have one kit to giveaway. Enter by post to the address given below, please label your entry The Lookout kit giveaway CSC270. Fabulous Felt Fabulous Felt, the new book by Corinne Lapierre, contains 30 trendy accessories and fabulous decorations made from felt. The projects include a mug hug, seasonal decorations, pillows, ornaments, wall organisers, brooches and children’s toys. If you have always wanted to stitch on felt,…

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winter hare

Meet the designer... Amanda Butler Within this winter scene, the glistening snow creates an eerie silence as nature quietens down to keep cosy and warm, snuggled up and hidden from the cold as fresh snow flurries begin to fall. It’s the beginning of a bright winter’s morning before the world starts to wake up, the hare spots a chance to partake in a tasty breakfast treat before the flurries turn in to a blizzard. The design is of a semi-realistic nature, I created distance with subtle but gentle pinks and lilacs creating depth to what would’ve been a very flat white on white design. This in turn throws the greens of the holly and mistletoe to the foreground as they pop out at you, pushing the hare back into the landscape. Use half…