CrossStitcher December 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: 61 high x 61 wide Design size: 11.5x11.5cm (4½x4½in) Stitch time: 6 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Make… Mrs Christmas Step 1 STITCH on a 13x13cm (5x5in) piece of white 14 count aida fabric. Use individual backstitches rather than trailing across the aida where you can. Step 2 COMPLETE the stitching, then roll the aida around into a cone shape. Leaving one square of blank fabric either side of the outer red stitched rows at the back of the coat, fold the excess fabric to the wrong side of the stitching. Step 3 CUT away some of the excess fabric from the bottom of the design carefully, leaving 6mm (¼in) of unstitched fabric below the stitching. Fold this inside the cone, and press with your fingers to get a neat…

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GETTING THE DECORATIONS out is always a longed-for moment. So many bring back memories of the Christmas they were hung up for the very first time. You might have inherited decorations, or handmade offerings from now grown-up children. We love adding to the collection too and this year we’re looking forward to reserving a special space for the pretty ‘printers tray’ on our cover (page 30). This wooden frame houses seven mini designs in its deep sections – the dividers form little shelves on which to add extra Christmas trinkets. It’s a really different kind of decoration that requires no special making. (We have a special offer pack that makes things even easier for you – see page 15.) Of course we are all hoping for that perfect present, so we’ll need…

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out there

Mini merry makes When you want to keep your Christmas stitching simple, look no further than The Make Arcades mini kits. The cross stitch kits use the hoop to mount the finished work, and include pom-poms and ribbon so you can turn your finished stitching into a bauble for your tree or a hanging artwork! New designs include the reindeer and gingerbread house with others updated for 2018. SWATCH WATCH THE FESTIVE season has brought two new fabrics to Sophie Allport's range – Skiing and Holly & Berry. Skiing features snowboarders and skiers dotting the mountain intertwining the fir trees and Holly & Berry is a classic festive design featuring green holly and vibrant red berries on a neutral stone coloured background. Each fabric is 100% cotton and is available to order by…

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sketchbook secrets: nia rhind

“Coming from a background in graphic design, a great deal of my designs feature my quirky bespoke lettering. The ‘Christmas’ design is a classic, stitched in seasonal colours on a cool ice blue fabric. Fun, Christmas themed, motifs appear among the lettering which features some lovely backstitching to add swirly detailing to the letters. I love replacing a letter with a motif in my designs and in this case the snowman represents the ‘i’, bobble hat included.”…

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scandi christmas

WHO These tree decorations wrapped up in their felt winter dress make the perfect accompaniment to our Mrs Christmas decoration. WHAT Make your very own nine pennant Christmas string of beautiful red ‘Polar Bear in Woolly Hats Scandi Bunting’, this kit includes everything you need! HOW Get the kids stitching this Christmas with this wooden set of laser-cut sewing discs, stitched with cotton string. The discs each have a different level of difficulty and are suitable from above 11 months.…

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stories with stitch people

Hullo! Have you found ‘The Perfect Pattern’, the one that is begging to be stitched and framed and hung on your wall? Except that it feels like it’s out of your reach–it’s huge, it has so many colours, it’s detailed… where do you even start? When I started stitching I was young and naïve; I dove in head first without worrying what my backs looked like or if I was doing it ‘right’. I just made crosses on my fabric and enjoyed the experience. I’d take on huge patterns because it never occurred to me that I shouldn’t. I still approach stitching in the same enthusiastic and naïve way. So, allow me to share my three golden tips for starting (and finishing!) overwhelming patterns: 1: Find your naivety… When children are learning something new–walking,…