CrossStitcher October 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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dmc mini christmas kits

DMC have just about covered every Christmassy motif with their new mini kits range – the perfect gift for a stitching friend or treat for yourself! With a RRP of £3.89, we are offering you the chance to buy at an introductory price of just £3.65. If you are ordering multiple kits on your coupon, please mark which you would like in the margin, or attach a piece of paper. If you do not mark the coupon the kits will be sent at random. Kits included: • Jolly Snowman • Santa Sleigh • Christmas Tree • Reindeer • Festive Puppy • Noel Wreath • Christmas Gifts • Love Birds • Bird House • Snowy House Each kits comes with a 16x16cm piece of 14 count navy aida fabric, stranded cotton and sparkly…

1 min
flower of the month marigold

Project Inspiration We made our marigold into a greetings card, which we decorated with running stitches. You will need to plan the stitches around the aperture, using a ruler and pencil. Use a sharp needle to work the running stitches through the card THE MARIGOLD Although bold, bright marigolds come in a wonderful range vibrant colours, did you know the orange marigolds symbolise the sun and that the yellow ones are meant to symbolise light? The birth month flower for October, Ancient Christians would place this flower on Mother Mary’s altar as offering, giving rise to the name Marigold (Mary’s Gold). In many places in the past these flowers were supposed to represent creativity and passion. As well as this, in the language of flowers it’s said that marigolds can mean sorrow and grief, in…

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happy haunting

CrossStitcher PROJECT PACK If you would like to stitch Happy Haunting, we have a materials pack with everything you need to get you stitching right away, and have it delivered straight to your door! Your materials pack contains: • Zweigart 14 count aida in Dirty• Skeins of DMC stranded cotton• Skeins of DMC Light Effects• Skeins of DMC Étoile• Pumpkin and Spider charm• Two gold-plated tapestry needles; size 24 and size 26 How to order: Go to to order your project pack at the CrossStitcher reader price of £32.50, plus P&P. Your charms can be stitched anywhere on your sampler, and you could add a few backstitches above the spider for the drag lines' to make it look like it has descended from a tree How to… frame a picture Step 1 CUT a piece of white…

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bring me sunshine

The flower motifs could also be extracted to be used on mini pictures, quick cards and accessories Designed by: Amanda Butler Stitch time: 31 hours Stitch count: 52 high x 52 wide (top); 35 high x 187 wide (side) Design size: 10.5x10.5cm (4x4in); 6.5x 33.5cm (2½x13¼in) This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Make a… pincushion Step 1 STITCH the sunflower on the smaller piece of aida, with the flower in the centre. Use two strands for the cross stitch, one for the backstitch and two strands for the French knots. Stitch the side of the pincushion in the centre of the larger piece of aida. Step 2 COMPLETE all the other stitching, then cut a 12.5cm (5in) circle from the aida, with the sunflower in the centre. For the sides, turn over both long edges…

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a tall tail

Designed by: Zoë Patching Stitch count: 54 high x 41 wide Design size: 9.5x7cm (3¾x2¾in) Stitch time: 10 hours This design was stitched on 28 count linen over two threads of fabric. Make a… card Step 1 STITCH the design in the centre of the linen fabric, using two strands for the cross stitch and one for the backstitch, apart from the detail around the eye and the wording, which are done in two strands. If you would like to make a Turkey stitch tail, then do not stitch the cross stitch or backstitch in the tail area. Step 2 ONCE all the other stitching is complete, work Turkey stitch across the tail area in rows, leaving one thread between each row of stitches – if you are working on aida then stitch the rows across the…

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learn new ways to stitch with autumn leaves

We are surrounded by the most beautiful colours in autumn. Our three projects in this issue will bring golden shades to your clothing, table and sewing box. Our beautiful brooch sparkles with the addition of copper Diamant (DMC) thread, wrapped around the backstitch. Our napkin holders are great last-minute makes, giving your table a seasonal finish. Finally, make a simple pincushion, using any fabric or thread from your stash to make a useful addition to your workbox. MAKE A… LEAF BROOCH Stitch on paper with a copper thread for a sparkling finish. Step1 Step 2 Step3 Step 4 MAKE A… PINCUSHION Finish off your pincushion with a shimmering copper thread border. WILLOW FABRICS Visit this popular online haberdashery for all the stitching fabric, thread and accessories you’ll ever need, including the materials for these projects. Step1 Step 2 Step3 Step 4 When you trim the…