CrossStitcher August 2018

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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make of the month

Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 22 high x 36 wide Design size: 5x8cm (2x3¼in) Stitch time: 3 hours Make a… summer box Step 1 STITCH the fruit design onto White 11 count aida. Use three strands for the cross stitch and two for the backstitch. Trim the stitched design so there’s 1.25cm (1in) of blank fabric left around it, then fold under this hem and press. Download, and then print out onto thin card, a watermelon box from Step 2 ATTACH your stitching to the centre of the box front using double sided-tape. Score the fold lines on the box using a bone folder, then fold onto the reverse side of the box. Working on the wrong side, fold each flap over and gently press into position. The box is easy to assemble, adding a small…

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HOT, HOT, HOT! THAT’S THE theme of our August issue and we don’t just mean the temperature – though we do expect you to get a little steamed up when you see what we have in store. Our colours are hot and we have the trends that are the hottest thing right now. Start with our cover star, a striking portrait of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The colours in her signature hair band of flowers and the border of blooms are just so powerful. We hope you enjoy stitching this amazing portrait with touches of gold thread for the jewellery. Get started by turning to page 16. The heat continues with a classic summer treat – the ice cream sundae. We have four flavours, sorry designs, to choose from –…

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out there

Hoops galore! Ruth Caig is celebrating the first anniversary of her new Happy Hoopla Etsy store. “My decorative hoop range had grown so big I thought they deserved an Etsy store of their own,” she explains. “I have been painting and covering hoops with Liberty fabric for around three years. Just when you think Tana Lawn prints can’t get any prettier out comes a new season of prints or colours and I just can’t resist the call to get making more hoops. I’m addicted!” STITCH BY STITCH INCH YOUR way closer to organised stitching with this new ‘Stitch by Stitch’ caterpillar needle minder. Made from hard glossy enamel, it has two strong N52 magnets on the reverse, so you can keep this little chap and your needles close by. Plus, if you’re…

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sketchbook secrets: anne mills

Anne Mills is the owner and designer at The Stitch Mill and shares with us her creative process. “I really love the variety of shapes and colours that plants offer, as well as ceramic pots. When I was designing the Botany pattern I knew I could make a really fun to stitch and visually engaging pattern using these elements.” The Stitch Mill has many more patterns available for digital download and kits available in her web shop. @thestitchmill on instagram “I added in a cup of coffee because, well coffee is the best!”…

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trend spotting

INSPIRED BY our sundae cards on page 57, we’re screaming for ice cream with these cool crafty finds… WHO Choose your favourite flavours from the Life’s A Beach collection from Dear Stella’s cotton fabric range, available as fat quarters or a continuous length. WHAT Get crafty with your kids this summer with this cute ice cream holiday bracelet kit. It comes with a beautiful personalised gift tin containing elastic and beads. HOW Decorate a summer outfit with these whimsical embroidered patches which include an ice cream cone that looks good enough to eat!…

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stories with stitch people

Greetings! Another month, another pattern! I love that I make patterns for a living but sometimes I hit a point where nothing seems to work. My design sits, waiting for a burst of creative brilliance from me. But nothing happens. I have ‘designer’s block’. This cursed state affects all of us–whet her you’re creating art, negotiating deals, or working on an equation that will provide the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Sometimes, inspiration skips out on us and doesn’t look back! As someone who creates for a living this is something I need to have a workable solution to. So I will share my failsafe method for getting past this blockade of the mind! It’s safe, works 100% of the time, and requires only your project and yourself! Ready? When I…