CrossStitcher December 2020

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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2 min.
cross stitcher just for fun

Prize crossword Across 1 Synthetic yarn (5) 4 Serviceman (7) 8 Tin (3) 9 Decade of Jaws and Charlie’s Angels (9) 10 Academic writing (5) 12 The Princess ---, 2001 Julie Andrews film (7) 15 Say again (6) 17 Fridge (6) 20 Decorative effect in a stitching project (7) 23 Santa’s helpers (5) 25 --- Wants To Rule The World, Tears for Fears hit (9) 26 Neither (3) 27 Argument (7) 28 Savour (5) Down 1 Atomic energy (7) 2 Breathing organs (5) 3 Unpleasant (5) 4 Rescued (5) 5 Evenweave fabric in a 27 count (5) 6 First letter of a name (7) 7 Romantic flowers (5) 11 Chopping tool (3) 13 Imperial unit of length (4) 14 Shock (4) 16 Astronomical bodies (7) 18 Wise bird? (3) 19 Save for later (7) 20 Mix (5) 21 All I Want For Christmas ---, Mariah Carey hit (2,3) 22 Hand warmer (5) 23 Home of the pyramids (5) 24 Roman goddess of love and…

2 min.
the adventures of alice: the knave of hearts

“Then followed the Knave follo wed the of Hearts, carrying the carry ing King King’s crown on as crown crimson velvet cushion crimson velvet cushion” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland THE ADVENTURES OF ALICE SAL This is the twelfth part of this year’s stitch-along design. Over the year we will be bringing you 12 Alice in Wonderland character designs. This issue we give you the The Knave of Hearts which fits into the middle space on the bottom row. Designed by: Amanda Butler Stitch count: 38 high x 27 wide Design size: 6.5x5 cm (2.x17⁄8in) Stitch time: 3 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. THE KEY ALL THE symbols that appear on the chart are listed in the key with their corresponding thread codes beside them. The key also tells you the different stitches used in the…

3 min.
create a classic: cinderella

Welcome to the second part of our new fairytale project which is designed to be a bit more challenging for intermediate stitchers. There are several techniques to get stuck into this month – use beads and metallics combined with half stitching and French knots to create a rich ‘tapestry’ of cross stitches with a luxury look. Enjoy every stitch! For a longer project such as this we recommend using a roller frameNext issue you'll get to add green leaf sequins to the final part of this design Stitching your… Cinderella scene Step 1 START stitching with your fabric turned landscape. Part one of the design which was in the last issue, is the left section, and you should start stitching 12cm (5in) in from the left side of your fabric, if you buy the…

2 min.
cross stitcher prize time!

Giveaways open 3 – 30 November 2020 STITCHING PRIZES FOR YOU! We’ll Meet Again kits This charming nostalgic scene was created for the ‘Golden Years’ range by Peter Underhill for Heritage Crafts. Each ‘We’ll Meet Again’ kit contains Zweigart aida fabric, DMC stranded cottons, needle, clear charts and instructions. Its design size is 14.5x19cm, and it has an RRP of ?24.95 from We have three kits to give away. Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry ‘GOLDEN YEARS GIVEAWAY XST364’. Kitten Cuddles kits New from Goldleaf Needlework is this first design in a new range by Genny Haines. The kittens are called Ginger and Biscuit and the first design is Kitten Cuddles and comes in two versions, Kitten Cuddles in the Rain or Kitten Cuddles in the Snow – on Fabric…

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beginners start here…

THE ESSENTIAL KIT YOU’LL NEED TO START STITCHING NEEDLES For basic stitching you’ll need a tapestry needle that has a blunt tip and large eye. Use a size 24 needle for most aidas, and a size 26 for evenweaves and linens. Use a sharp embroidery needle for finer details such as backstitch and French knots. EMBROIDERY SCISSORS Embroidery scissors are an absolute must-have. Keep yours sharp by only using them to cut threads. STRANDED COTTON Embroidery thread is also called stranded cotton. Each thread length is made up of six strands of cotton twisted together. The chart key will tell you how many strands you’ll need to stitch with. HOOPS AND FRAMES Though not absolutely essential, we do recommend using an embroidery hoop or frame to keep an even stitching tension. FABRICS Aida is an ideal choice for cross stitch…

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trend spotting

ALPINE STYLE INSPIRED BY our cake band on page 21, we’ve climbed every mountain to find the finest skiing and alpine designs… WHO Jody Rice has designed this striking Alpine banner as part of her Satsuma Street modern range. Buy the chart and stitch up one either using 14 count aida or 28 count linen. WHAT Bring a contemporary twist to home projects with this 100% cotton Apres Ski Now fabric part of Prestigious Textiles’ new Norweigian inspired collection. HOW Whatever you’re stitching as a gift this year, you’ll need a special tag. Snowboarders and skiers dot the mountain in this tag to which you could attach a stitched initial as a patch to the reverse.…