CrossStitcher November 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: 47 high x 52 wide Design size: 8.5x9.5cm (3¼x3¾in) Stitch time: 8½ hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. To make this card you can download a patterned card blank from You will also receive a download for a post box card topper – so you can decide to either attach the topper or stitch the post box instead using the chart provided. Make a… festive card Step 1 TAKE a 15x15cm (6x6in) piece of 14 count aida and use one and two strands of stranded cotton for the cross stitch. The sky, chimney smoke and area around the robin are all stitched using one strand, all the remainder of the cross stitch is in two strands. Step 2 STITCH the backstitch in one strand of dark mauve stranded cotton.…

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THIS MONTH it’s all about saying welcome. Welcome to the season with a stitched box (page 27), getting ready to welcome each day closer to Christmas with beautiful Advent makes (page 16) and welcome to your best-ever Christmas of stitching. We’ve even hung a wreath on the cover to welcome you in – turn to page 77 for the full project. Once you are inside this issue, we’d like to offer you a cupcake – or nine! Our daughter Lily was our model on page 75, showing off the best festive apron and cupcake sampler. Stitch the whole picture or choose one cake to make a card for someone special. Our favourite has to be the one with the mini gingerbread man balanced on top! We can’t wait to share our new…

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out there

Let’s get festive Rico is pulling out all the stops for the festive season with their new Stitching for Christmas range. With classical embroidery kits for two bags, two wall hangings and a cushion, plus five paper embroidery kits, there’s something for everyone here. Use the paper kits to make a postcard or round pennants embroidered with fine, shiny metallic threads in gold and silver. Llamas decorate the two wall hangings, one embroidered and one cross stitched. The two bags are also traced to be embellished ‘freestyle’ with different accessories – such as a pompom nose and red hat for Santa Claus kit and pompons and tassels for the llama. Celebrate the season further with a modern design with ‘Merry Christmas’ cross stitched in different languages. SKETCHBOOK SECRETS: Megan Caines We take a peek…

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trend spotting

CHRISTMAS CANDY INSPIRED BY our candy cane collection on page 42 and festive bakes on page 70, here are more crafty accessories that look good enough to eat… WHO This Gingerbread Man Advent Calendar is just the sweetest! A large fabric alternative to the traditional advent calendar, you can fill each pocket of his felt suit with little gifts or crafty treats. WHAT Trim those festive makes on page 42 with this pretty Gingerbread & Candy Ribbon (60mmx9m). HOW Light up your craft room or craft desk with these Christmas Candy Cane Fairy Lights from the Jolly Holidays Collection 2018.…

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stories with stitch people

Hullo! The main question I get asked regarding designing patterns is – “how did you make it so accurate?” So today I will share my tip for making accurate cross stitch representations of things and people that you can utilise in your own pattern endeavours! Many have had those moments when trying to make a cross stitch pattern where you can’t quite get something to look right – whether it’s the shape of an object, the tilt of a building, or the positioning of a person in a Stitch People portrait. My biggest tip for anyone working with this struggle sounds very obvious but, so often, our brains go into autopilot and we don’t do it (myself included!). The tip is: draw what you see, not what you think you see. Sounds absurd, yes?…

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crafty bookshelf

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS TO CROSS STITCH VÉRONIQUE ENGINEER [Schiffer Books] If you’re a fan of French homestyle, you’ll love this book which gives you 20 patterns, mixing traditional French style with ‘charming contemporary simplicity’. Mix and match motifs from wintry scenes, Father Christmas, toys, sparkling decorations and more and use the ideas and instructions for how to make a Christmas stocking, Advent calendar, gift cards, and a holiday ABC sampler. EMBROIDERY STITCHING: HANDY POCKET GUIDE CHRISTEN BROWN [C&T Publishing] While you’re putting this year’s Christmas wish list together, you may wish to add this handy paperback as a stocking filler suggestion. The pocket guide is a 64-page mini book that features over 30 essential embroidery stitches inside – making it the perfect resource for adding an extra flourish to your cross stitched work. You’ll…