Lucie Heaton Cross Stitch Collection

Lucie Heaton Cross Stitch Collection

A pretty and fun selection of Lucie Heaton's favourite cross stitch designs, including her super-cute Furry Tales characters! Don't miss this 132-page collection of fantastic charts to treasure forever. This all-new special edition includes: • Home decor & gift projects • Easy-to-follow charts • Complete alphabet sets • Interview with Lucie Heaton • Get ahead with seasonal charts

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
11,98 €(TVA Incluse)

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There’s four wonderful project chapters to choose from, featuring patterns to suit all stitching abilities. The majority of Lucie’s designs contain whole stitches and backstitch only, so even complete beginners can give them a try. You’ll just love the card sets and motif libraries for some quick finishes, or you can challenge your skills with a range of larger projects and exciting makes for the whole family to enjoy. Dive into Lucie’s wonderful fairy tales collection, featuring your favourite characters, which the young and young at heart are sure to fall in love with. We’ve got the big occasions covered throughout the year in the fantastic ‘Quickstitch’ selection of motifs, and you can also personalise a variety of home and gift projects with three brilliant alphabet sets. Let’s not forget Lucie’s oh-sew-cute…

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choose your essentials…

Beginner? Follow our guide to instant stitching success! FABRICS Aida Best for beginners, with regular woven blocks and obvious holes. It’s stiffer than evenweave fabric, but will soften slightly as you work with it. 14-count aida is the most common. It’s harder to work fractional stitches on aida, as you’ll need to make an extra hole in the fabric, in the centre of the aida block. Evenweave A lovely fabric to work on when you have a little more experience. The fibres aren’t woven in blocks as with aida, so it’s softer and the fine weave has more threadsper-inch – the most commonly used is 28-count. One stitch is usually worked over two threads of the fabric so it has an equivalent design size of 14-count aida. Cross stitching fractional stitches is easier on evenweave,…

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how to stitch with our charts

Reverse of fabric Getting started The loop method is the neatest way to start stitching, but can only be done with an even number of strands. Cut a 40cm (16in) thread length, then fold one strand in half. Thread the needle with both ends to form a loop, and bring the needle up through the fabric (above left). As you take it back down, pass it through the loop and pull to secure. You’ll need to make a whole cross stitch for each coloured square on the chart. Bring the needle up at the bottom left corner of a square and down at the top right corner. This is called a half cross stitch. To complete the stitch, bring the needle up again at the bottom right corner and back down at…

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how to read our keys…

Thread brands The thread shades are listed in separate columns for the different manufacturer brands of thread. For best results, you should stick to one manufacturer for the whole of a design. The column on the left is the one we have used. Backstitch & French knot shades The shades used for these are listed under the cross stitch symbols. The number of strands needed for these can vary, so make sure you check how many to use, as specified in the key. Stitch count & Design area The finished size of your design – in stitches and on a particular fabric. HPI stands for ‘holes per inch’. Reading symbols Look for the symbol in the centre of the squares of the chart, then find this symbol in the key to find its colour code. The codes…

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Aida band – a narrow strip of aida, available in varying widths, and finished with a decorative edge Aperture – a hole through which a design is seen in cards and frames Backstitch – used to add detail and definition. See how to stitch it in our guide on page 7 Beading needle – a longer, finer needle than a tapestry needle, used for adding seed beads to a design Counted stitches – embroidery stitches worked on counted, or evenly woven, fabrics like aida and evenweave. Cross stitch is the most basic counted stitch Fabric count – the number of holes per inch (HPI) on your fabric. The higher the number, the bigger your fabric will be Fabric size – the size of fabric needed for the design, including allowance for making up or framing Floss –…

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welcome, little one

The arrival of a newborn is always a momentous occasion and a day to be remembered and treasured for ever after. We can’t think of a more thoughtful way to record the happy event and show someone you care – whether they’re family or a friend – than by stitching them a commemorative design for their baby’s birthday. Featuring a lovable character from Lucie’s Furry Tales family, this design uses neutral pastel shades, making it an ideal gift for both baby boys and girls. It's a fairly straightforward design so it's perfect for beginner stitchers. Factbox Stitching Time Approx. 30 hours Type of Stitches Whole cross stitch Backstitch Shopping list Fabric Zweigart 14-count pale lemon aida measuring 41x36cm (16¼x14¼in) Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle Size 24 tapestry needle Extras Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture…