Cross Stitch Collection October 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
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in this issue

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Despite the rush to get new school uniforms and make sure everyone can find their pencil case, the autumn term feels like an exciting time. Even people without school-aged children get that 'fresh start' feel at this time of year. It's not all about writing neatly in the first page of a new exercise book, it's about planning something new to stitch and perhaps even to start making for Christmas. Yes, we are declaring the Christmas season open! We have two wonderful large designs to get your stitching teeth into – our cover star reindeer and Shannon Wasilief's stunning sampler. This giant pull-out chart will be a classic for years to come. We have some very special gift ideas too. Handmade is great but personalised is even better! Try our guide…

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october collection

Fun &floral inspirations We’ve fallen hard for the beautiful artwork of Sara Shoemaker, aka The Kitschy Stitcher. Often including retro-inspired typography, her latest range is all about traditional flower designs, updated for today. “Florals are everywhere these days, and I couldn’t be happier about that,” Sara enthuses. “I wanted to create fresh new designs that incorporated some feminine florals to be that perfect addition to any wall, all customisable of course.” Sara learnt to cross stitch as a little girl, and years later as a new mum, decided to get back into it as a creative outlet. I taught myself to embroider too and haven’t looked back since!” She seeks inspiration from “the oddest of places, literally all around me”. She then mocks up rough drafts on her computer, before sketching out…

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meet… online stitching stars!

Tell us about yourself I am retired from a career as a teacher of children with mental and physical challenges. I live outside the capital of Canada, Ottawa, on a farm in the countryside. My husband, two dogs and a cat vie for my attention. The changing seasons and the wonders of nature hold me in awe. When did you fall in love with cross stitch? I was ten when my grandmother drew my initials on cloth and showed me how to stitch over the lines. I can’t remember a time when I’ve not had a cross stitch project on the go, from a peace symbol in the seventies, to birth announcements for my daughters, up to my present day efforts. What sort of things do you most like to stitch? I usually cross stitch…

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3 of the best… autumn designs

Fox, £17.99 Foxgloves, grasses and woodland berries make a beautiful background to this slumbering fox by Karen Carter. The creamy yellow background is fully stitched, making this a really satisfying project. You can choose 27 count evenweave fabric or 14 count aida. The finished size is around 5x5in (12.5x12.5cm) and will look really sweet in a square frame. Buy the kit from or call 01889 575256. An Autumnal Landscape, £8.95 This atmospheric scene is based on original artwork by William Luker, and shows a flock of sheep gathered in a nostalgic English woodland. Though only whole cross stitches are needed, the subtlety of the design requires more than 70 different threads shades, making this a truly absorbing project. The finished picture stitched on 16 count aida measures around 53x32cms (20¾x12½in). You can…

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competition time

Elegance in Miniature Rachel is the latest John Clayton Elegance Lady to undergo the miniaturisation process. Available from Heritage Crafts, Rachel is wearing a beautiful black hat adorned with a flower and feathers, and looks all set for a day at the races. Each kit comes with 27 count evenweave, DMC stranded cotton, needle and instructions. The finished design measures 13x13.5cm (5x5¼in), and is available from (RRP £16.85). We have one kit to give away. Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry Elegance giveaway CSC267. Noel Noel Faye Walsh of Little Dove Designs has come up with an easy to stitch cross stitch design that can be enjoyed all year round. One lucky winner will receive this modern kit, in lovely muted Christmas colours, featuring rows of motifs Noel Noel comes…

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special delivery

This handsome red-nosed reindeer carrying lots of beautifully-wrapped gifts is the sort of decoration it's a joy to rediscover when you get the Christmas box down from the attic each December. We think he's sure to become a firm favourite and is just the thing to give to a young family as they start their own Christmas traditions. You can have some fun stitching our nostalgic design in cross stitch, half cross stitch and backstitch, together with blending filament and beads for a little Christmas sparkle. Make it yours You will need… Zweigart 28 count Cashel natural linen, ref: E3281/0306, 51x46cm (20x18in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle Frame with a 33x28cm (13x11in) aperture For stockist details see page 58 Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and start…