Cross Stitch Collection July 2016

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
Back issues only

in this issue

1 min

In another life we'd have loved to have run a craft shop, full of threads, beads and fabrics. Our fantasy shop would look just like the one Peter Underhill of Heritage has created for us on page 8. This is real fun to stitch and there's even the chance to win Peter's original illustration! We could also see ourselves as wedding planners – look no further than Susan's Pinterest boards for proof! If someone special is getting married this summer, we have just the thing – a bride stitched on perforated paper, a lovely keepsake for a special day. You can stitch her on fabric if you prefer. When we launched Needlecraft magazine back in 1991, we soon found out that cross stitch was the favourite stitching technique with readers, but we…

3 min
summer collection

Going coastal At this time of year our minds turn to the beach and all the pleasures it has to offer. Anette Eriksson’s latest collection, Coastal Range, is only fuelling our distraction! Featuring typographical designs inspired by shorelines, harbours, and fish and chips, it includes something for every stitching appetite. We love the anchor chart, which is ideal for transforming into a cushion, beach bag or picture. To give the artwork an extra special look, a guide to achieving a simple ‘dip dye’ or ombre look accompanies each chart. “When creating new ranges, I get inspired by the latest home interior trends, and ombre is a very strong look for the moment, both in fashion and interior,” says Anette. “These patterns include a special tutorial on how you can create this…

2 min
meet… online stitching stars!

Tell us about yourself I’m 41 years old and live on the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. I’m married with a young daughter. I work alongside people with disabilities, assisting them to participate in the community. I also help my husband with his joinery business. When did you fall in love with cross stitch? When I started my first job, a friend was stitching during her lunch break and showed me how to cross stitch. From then on I was hooked! It soon became a good way to relax in the evenings. Through the internet I met wonderful people all around the world, some of whom I’m still friends with today. What sort of things do you most like to stitch? Over the years I’ve stitched large designs by Teresa Wentzler and Mirabilia, and…

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3 of the best… nautical designs

Anchor, £2.94 Stitched on crisp white 14 count aida, this vintage-inspired anchor uses an impressive 11 shades of blue, so make sure you’re wide awake when you’re stitching! Designed by Alice Alan at Hall Stitch, we think it would be an ideal project to stitch up and frame for a marine-themed bathroom, or as a gift for anyone who loves the sea. The chart is available as an instant PDF download from Compass Rose, £3.40 This elegant design evokes sailors navigating via the stars, hoping to discover new worlds. It’s designed by Liz at Cozyblue Handmade and uses only full cross stitches, so will be simple to complete in time for your next voyage. Liz says the compass is also a symbol of good luck, which makes it a wonderful present for…

2 min
competition time

Cut Thru’Buckingham Palace This fun design by Amanda Loverseed for Bothy Threads is a great way to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. One lucky reader will get this lovely kit. The finished design measures 35x26cm. The kit is available from (RRP £31.99). Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry Cut Thru’ Buckingham Palace giveaway CSC264. Cross Stitch Garden Inspired by her love of flowers, Kazuko Aoki presents over 70 beautiful cross stitch motifs and 20 stunning projects. The floral motifs, such as viola, pansies, poppies and roses are used to create traditional samplers, as well as smaller keepsakes. A lovely book for the gardening fanatic or someone with a love of plants and flowers. We have two copies of the book to give away. The book is available from…

3 min
just sew

Meet the designer... Peter Underhill “My Heritage Street series grew out of my love of old fashioned shops. I designed them in a way that, I hope, means people will be able to identify them from their own childhoods, or from vintage scenes of high streets. They’re packed with personality, and are a bit of a reaction, I suppose, against the chainstores and supermarkets most of us are much more familiar with now. I research the shop fronts I have in mind, looking for fine points like how the stock is displayed and so on. I then produce lots of sketches until I have something that works and we then turn it into a chart. I hope people get a great sense of achievement from stitching my craft shop.” This jolly craft…