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CrossStitcher

August 2019

CrossStitcher is the UK’s best-selling crafts magazine. Each issue is packed with inspirational cross stitch designs and exciting new ideas that will help you make the most of this wonderfully relaxing and rewarding hobby. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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make of the month

Visit www.willowfabrics.com to download your exclusive cloud shaped card blank to print and cut out Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 42 high x 40 wide Design size: 8x8cm (3x3in) Stitch time: 3 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Make a…card Step 1 STITCH the design in the centre of 10x10cm (4x4in) of white 14 count aida fabric, using two strands for the cross stitch and one for the backstitch – the backstitch ropes on the balloons can be tricky, so take care with the stitches. The sky is stitched in half cross stitch using two strands. Step 2 COMPLETE the stitching. Cut away excess aida, so that it fits inside the card (see tip for how to download the card). Place the stitching behind the aperture to check you're happy with the position of the…

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welcome

HAVE YOU EVER HAD the experience of a picture stopping you in your tracks? You look right into it and start inventing the stories behind it. The place feels familiar but you don’t quite know where it is – but there’s just something so inviting about it. That’s exactly how we felt when Susan Bates’ design arrived (our cover star, page 18). We thought it might be the view from the window of a holiday cottage, or a dream house on the coast. And we could just imagine enjoying arranging a jug of flowers on the window ledge. It’s all whole stitches, so great for sttchers of all levels as long as you keep counting carefully. The best news is that Susan Bates has agreed to turn this design into…

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whose life will you change with an investment of just £15?

At CARE International, we know that sometimes, all people need is a Little investment to change their Lives forever. That's why we've set up this revolutionary new way to help sorne of the world's poorest people. It's called Lendwithcare - and instead of giving a donation, you can lend from just f15 to fund a fledgling business. Maria Martinez and Khoeurm Sat are just two of the people you could help to work their way out of poverty when you make a loan through lendwithcare.org. VISIT LENDWITHCARE.ORG NOW TO MEET MORE ENTREPRENEURS ANO DECIDE WHO YOU INVEST IN Lendwithcare.org Microloans from CARE lnternational UK CARE lnternational UK.Rgistered charity no 292506. CARE, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP The loan status and amounts required were correct at the time of creating this advertisement. How does it work? 1…

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out there

Eastern inspiration Featuring koi carp, cranes, blossoms and more – Rico’s brand-new fabric collection, Jardin Japonais, focuses on Japanese inspired design. The range includes seven different printed cotton fabrics as well as five different cotton muslin fabrics with golden hot foil finish. There are seven solid cotton fabrics in four on-trend uni colours and three different fabrics designed to be used for the Sashiko technique. They are all ideal for summer projects, and their subtle style makes them a versatile choice to mix and match with all sorts of stitched items – enjoy! www.rico-design.de MY CRAFT ROOM: SARAABDELMAGEED We get to see a glimpse of a designer’s own sewing space… “All the things I need for designing and making kits are at the end of my kitchen where I have a breakfast bar and big…

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trend spotting

BUTTERFLIES WHENIT’S summertime, you’ll find butterflies in all the latest homestyle and fashion ranges, so here’s some more to add to your collection… WHO Designers Guild have this new patterned fabric in stock. Butterfly Thistle Linen features butterflies above thistle leaves in blues and greys tones and it's ideal for all sorts of homestyle projects. www.designersguild.com WHAT Stitch our butterfly sampler (page 26) then add in coordinating items to your living room to match – this ‘Bugs and Butterflies’ hand-embroidered cushion cover, will fit right in! elephanthead.co.uk HOW Bring a botanical touch to your accessories with this elegant Beaded Butterfly Patch Brooch which features glittering beads worked into fabric. www.lauraashley.com…

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stories with stitch people

Hullo! With the pace of the world these days, it can be hard to feel as though you’re a part of the wider world. I know that I sometimes feel very isolated working from home and it’s times like these that I turn to words that can lift me up above the bad feelings. In that vein, this month’s historical powerhouse of a woman reminds us of the power of human connection and the human spirit. That woman is Maya Angelou. Angelou was a poet, writer, dancer, singer, civil activist, and autobiographer. Whew, what a list! She grew up in the southern United States with her brother and paternal grand mother. Despite an incident of abuse and against the racism of her country, she flourished artistically, developing a love of language…

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