Cross Stitch Collection September 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

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There's a hint of autumn in the air, and that means only one thing in our house – a new series of Strictly Come Dancing! We're rather indulging ourselves this issue not only with Susan's American Smooth couple design on page 16, but also with an exciting behind-the-scenes interview with Strictly costume designer Vicky Gill. Turn to page 22 to keep dancing! Don't worry, it's not all quicksteps and cha-cha-chas this issue. We also captured the side of autumn that doesn't involve sequins with stunning projects like Jayne Netley Mayhew's foxes on page 8, or our unusual apple silhouettes on page 46. Cross stitch is great for marking the small occasions in life as well as the big ones. We have a lovely 'first day at school' card to wish youngsters luck…

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september collection

Go to a show! It’s tempting to stay in and stitch as summer ends, but this is the perfect time to get out and about, with plenty of craft fairs to rev up your motivation! While we love the big craft shows, there are plenty of smaller events to find out about in your area. For example, at The Beehive in Honiton, East Devon, the annual craft fair takes place on Saturday 5th November, with fifty stalls offering everything from embroidery to pottery, and even children’s craft activities organised by the Creation Station throughout the fair. Find details at Diane and Neil Pawson ( run regular craft fairs across Yorkshire where stitchers come to swap tips and ideas, source quality goods and watch demonstrations from like-minded stallholders. “There’s always someone to…

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meet… online stitching stars!

Tell us about yourself I’m from the South East of England but I’m currently studying Forensic Science at the University of Lincoln. I love cross stitching, candle and soap making and writing fanfictions. When did you fall in love with cross stitch? I fell in love with cross stitching when I was home for the summer after my first year of university, I had three months off and didn’t know what to do with myself so my mum suggested I get a hobby. I picked up some small cross stitch kits and I was hooked immediately. What sort of things do you most like to stitch? I love stitching flowers, I just think they are so pretty and the colours used in the projects are bright and vibrant, which makes the flowers pop. What’s been your…

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3 of the best… best of british

Cut Thru’ Buckingham Palace, £31.99 Get a sneaky peak inside the Queen’s grand London home with Amanda Loverseed’s delightful design. Find out who’s snoozing on the royal bed, and what’s being whipped up in the monarch’s kitchen! The design uses full cross stitch, backstitch and some French knots. With so many charming details, you’ll be enthralled throughout. Buy the full kit for £31.99 from or call 01900 828844. Moochie in the UK, £6.09 Stitch Anglo chic at its most dapper, with Moochie the Bear enjoying some British hospitality while wearing a smart bowler hat, bow tie and waistcoat! Designed by Lauren Mills, the chart features 43 different shades of stranded cotton including subtle colour changes to ensure a beautiful finish, so ensure you pay attention throughout! You can find it as an…

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competition time

Button Lovers Gift Set This unique set makes a delightful gift for button lovers and sewing bees! Four sets of gorgeous buttons are included and each assorted set is displayed on a pretty presentation card. What’s more, the buttons come with a stunning keepsake storage tin with a vintage style flora and fauna design. The Button Lovers set (RRP £12.99) is available from, along with lots of other crafty bit and bobs! We have one set to give away. Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry Button Lovers Gift Set giveaway CSC266. Lovely Mum This cute mother duck, gathering her ducklings after taking their morning dip, is sure to become a firm favourite with stitchers. One lucky winner will receive this lovely cross stitch kit designed by Hannah Dale for…

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autumn foxes

Meet the designer... Jayne Netley Mayhew “This sweet design of two young fox cubs snoozing in the undergrowth is an easy one to stitch, as there are no fractional stitches or backstitch used, just whole cross stitch. One thing I have always done when working with a lot of different colour threads, is to lay them out neatly, so that each time you change colour you don’t have to sort through them. Arrange them in the same colour layout as the key, this saves time when you need to change thread colour or to find the right one. If you find the colours difficult to tell apart, then use more needles. If there are five colours in that range, thread five needles, and place them into the band on the skein. You…