CrossStitcher April 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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1 min
early bird bouquets

Materials For each hoop • Zweigart Antique White 14 count aida, ref: 3706/0101; 25x25cm (10x 10in)• Stranded cotton as listed in the key• Size 24 tapestry needle• Wooden embroidery hoop; 15cm (6in) diameter Materials available from Designed by: Felicity Hall Stitch count: 74 high x 70 wide Design size: 13.5x13cm (5⅜x5in) Stitch time: 12 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Why not add a few French knots to the flower centres for extra texture? Designed by: Felicity Hall Stitch count: 74 high x 63 wide Design size: 13.5x11cm (5⅜x4⅜in) Stitch time: 10 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Designed by: Felicity Hall Stitch count: 62 high x 68 wide Design size: 11.5x12cm (4½x4¾in) Stitch time: 8 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. The backstitch details are so important on this design, and are sometimes worked in a…

4 min
spring aida collection

This fantastic selection of Charles Craft aida comes in a range of beautiful spring colours… and because we know you all like to stitch on different colours, you can select your three favourite shades from the colours shown. Charles Craft is a gold standard fabric, which is 100% cotton, and is 30% thicker than other aida fabric. This makes it easier to stitch small projects without a hoop, or will make stitching something larger a breeze! Pre-cut pieces are available in size 15x18in pieces, and in nine soft colours. Select from White, Antique White (light cream), Platinum, Lt Seafoam Green, Natural, Pale Blue, Ivory, Rose and Beige. You can choose THREE of the same colour or three different shades to tailor this bundle to your own taste and style of stitching.(Please mark…

4 min
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…

3 min
ready, steady, stitch!

Welcome to this month’s challenge! It’s nice to get creative with cross stitch, so we asked three designers to come up with a mini masterpiece – a design based on a famous artwork to fit a card frame. Take a look at their stunning results below – we’ve featured a chart for each one so you can stitch your favourite one! We hope this will inspire you to join in too – turn the page to see what our challenge will be for June – we’ve listed everything you need to take part. CHERYL MCKINNON… GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING “The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer has always been a favourite of mine. The contrast of light against the background is striking, and her expression as she looks back…

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MUCH AS WE LOVE being cosy indoors with our stitching, we’ve been here quite long enough and need to see some flower buds and signs of spring! In this spirit we asked Rebecca Spencer to think of as many springtime motifs as she possibly could and to put them all into one glorious design. Tulips, forget-menots, birds, butterflies and mini birdhouses all have their place in a cover project that really makes us smile. (Start on page 18.) Birds are such a wonderful symbol of spring that we have even more, with three lovely folk-style designs by Felicity Hall (page 33). If only they would pop indoors to perch on our teacups! We also thought it would be fun to focus on some things to stitch for the little ones in our lives.…

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crafty bookshelf

BEAD EMBROIDERY CHINESE STYLE HAN YU [Shanghai Press] Bead embroidery was popular among the aristocrats in China's imperial courts and this traditional technique endures as a decoration for modern haute couture, wedding dresses and accessories. This beautiful book is a step-by-step guide to 25 unique embroidery designs, featuring traditional Chinese design elements such as landscape paintings, bird and flower motifs and famous poems. MY BIGBOOK OF SEWING [Cico Books] Do you know a young stitcher who wants to expand their sewing skills? This bumper book contains over 60 creative projects to inspire budding young sewers. The projects are designed with children in mind – with clothes, bags, accessories and cute toys and gifts included. Every project includes a photo and clear step-by-step instructions, as well as a skill level so that children can start by…