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CrossStitcher Summer 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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makes of the month

Why not use seed beads instead of French knots for a decorative finish? Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 24 high x 32 wide Design size: 4.5x6cm (1½x23?8in) Stitch time: 3 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Make a… zipped purse Step 1 STITCH the sewing machine on 13x10cm (5¼x4in) of 14 count aida fabric, using two strands for the cross stitch and one for the backstitch and French knots. Step 2 FOLD over the top of the stitched aida onto the wrong side by 1cm (3/8in). Press the fold in place. Working from the purse outside of the purse, place the fold on top of a 10cm (4in) length of closed zip, so that the seam is up against the teeth on one side of the zip, and spaced equally in the centre…

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welcome

WE LOVE IT WHEN you can look at a cross stitch design and think of it as both big and small. What do we mean? It’s all about bite-sized chunks. Often designs look wonderful as a whole but if you look again, you can see that they are made up of a collection of mini designs. This offers so much scope–either you can tackle the whole thing with the satisfaction of completing a whole motif each evening or you can isolate your favourite bits and turn them into mini pictures or special cards. The summer sampler (page 20), starring on our cover this month, is made up of mini scenes brought together to form everything you could want from a dreamy summer. Each scene is satisfying to stitch and would work…

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out there

Makery magic If you’d like to learn a new craft skill, The Makery in Bath and at John Lewis, Oxford St, London, have a whole host of ongoing workshops you can join. Just visit their website and book yourself in, with choices from Freehand Machine Embroidery, Drum Lampshade Making, How to Sew a Cushion, Intro To Dressmaking: PJ Shorts and many, many more. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to feel a little more nifty with their sewing skills! www.themakery.co.uk BEACH BELLES WE’RE LOVING Tilda Fabric’s new Lazy Days fabric and haberdashery range inspired by florals from both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, making it ‘perfect for a sweet yet slightly decadent summer look’. Besides fabric, buttons, ribbons and more, the collection includes this oh-so-cute Beach Belle sewing kit! The kit includes…

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my craft room: hannahbaxter

“I’ve been lucky to have whole craft rooms in the past, but I recently realised that a whole room doesn’t suit the season of life I’m in. “So now I have my tidy (most of the time) desk in the corner of my bedroom. This is where I do quiet work like designing patterns or writing and keep all of my pens, notebooks, planners and DMC shade card. “Then I have my messy workspace on the bottom floor which is in a corner of the playroom, so I can hide the mess behind the door and the kids can play next to me while I’m working. “This is where I package orders and store all of my craft supplies. It’s literally overflowing at the minute!” www.hannahhandmakes.com…

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trend spotting

SEA CREATURES ASTHIS is our summer issue, we’re off the the beach to find some colourful creatures we can create in stitches… WHO Emily Peacock has designed several sea creatures in crossstitch, including Tina the crab, who is worked with tapestry wool on the larger 7 count canvas for a beautiful chunky, handmade finish. emilypeacock.squarespace.com WHAT Stitch yourself a little slice of traditional British seaside life with Karen Carter’s Heritage Crafts Fish 'n' Chips Counted CrossStitch Kit, which is worked on evenweave. www.willowfabrics.com HOW Embellish your stitched summer cards with this cute little Starfish Matte Rosaline Embellishment by Mill Hill. www.sewandso.co.uk…

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stories with stitch people

Hullo! Of all the women we’ve covered, none hold such wonder and mystery to me as the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart. She’s best known for her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, but Earhart held many early aviation records, wrote best-selling books on her flying achievements and was instrumental in setting up programs promoting women in aviation. Her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean was a unique end to a unique life; an end that is still speculated upon to this day. The women in this series have stood out from the crowd. In the world of crossstitch, the ability of our projects to stand out from the crowd is often found in the minute details of our art works. At its core, Stitch People focuses on personalised portraits created in…

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