CrossStitcher September 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: 19 high x 9 wide (each) Design size: 3.5x1.8cm (1½x5/8in) Stitch time: 30 mins Make a… pair of flip-flop earrings Step 1 STITCH your chosen flip-flops onto a 5.5x10.5cm (2¼x4¼in) piece of 14 count plastic aida, taking care to finish your thread ends by running them through the back of your stitching. Leave at least three blank squares of plastic aida between each flip-flop. Cut around the stitching, leaving one blank square of unstitched plastic aida around the design. Step 2 SLIDE a spilt ring through one of the holes at the top of the flip-flop, between the first and second row of cross stitches, and roughly in the middle. Slide a hook onto the split ring and close the gap in the ring to hold the hook firmly in place. You…

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ADVENTURE IS THE THEME of this issue. Courtesy of the lovely Belle & Boo we watch a little one’s first time at the beach (page 72), then take to the skies in a fabulous balloon fiesta (page 77) and even go on a safari with a design filled with wonderful wildlife (page 40). Perhaps the best thing about adventure is the way it makes us feel. Sometimes it’s about being brave – that’s the spirit we wanted to capture for our cover project. It would make a great gift for a youngster embarking on the next stage of life (our youngest daughter has finished primary school and is about to start at senior school, the biggest adventure of her 11 years on this planet), or even something to have on your…

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out there

Designer decor As the season changes, it’s time to look indoors at how to spruce up your home decor. Anyone with an interest in craft and sewing should take a look at new title Handmade Living by Willow Crossley, published by CICO Books (£12.99). It includes heaps of projects to update your home, from bunting and book covers to ribbon pinboards and grain sack pillows. Other ideas include lavender bags and button pictures, so you’ll find lots of great ways to use up leftover stash with practical and pretty results. SUNNY DELIGHTS CAPTURE THE heat and colours of summer in stitches while you can with Tilda’s new Sunkiss collection. The full range includes ribbons, fabrics, seaside-themed sewing kits, buttons, labels and even a quilt pattern. For more details and to look for your…

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sketchbook secrets: angela ireland

“I wanted to create a pattern that represented my 80s childhood. I spent some time sketching the icons of the era – including some of my prized childhood possessions; roller skates, my record player, plus the giant brick that was our TV on which we watched and memorised Michael Jackson music videos. A few design elements had to be abandoned to fit the hoop shape. Maybe the 80s will make a comeback in version two?” @fiddlesticks_au “Fitting everything into a circular design fo r a hoop frame was challenging”…

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trend spotting

CIRCUS STYLE INSPIRED BY our circus cards on page 57, we’re having all the fun of the fair with these crafty finds… WHO Lewis & Irene are the British designers behind this gorgeous Vintage Circus cotton fabric collection, available as a bundle with different prints. WHAT How cute is this Circus Sampler cross stitch chart? Use it to make a personal gift for a little one’s nursery. HOW Make hangers or decorate cards and cushions with this charming circus themed 2cm ribbon, featuring an elephant, circus themed objects and the word ‘elephant’ in grey scroll.…

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stories with stitch people

Hello there! Have you ever wanted to take on a huge cross-stitching project–one that will challenge your skills set and test your understanding of what you can achieve–only to have that little voice in your head tell you that you could never manage it? We all have that little negative voice pop up now and again when we want to try something new or risky–asking someone on a date, looking for a new job, taking up sky diving. That little voice that tells us we’re no good or we’re too young/old/late or that success is for other people. That little voice is a jerk. Sometimes you can become caught up in the comfort of thinking ‘you can’t’, that you forget, once upon a time, you to tally thought you could. The first time…