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CrossStitcher January 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.

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

IN THIS ISSUE

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your crossstitcher free gift

Designed by: Maria DiazStitch count: 38 high x 28 wideDesign size: 7x5cm (2¾x2in)Stitch time: 6 hours (each)Our print readers receive a stand with their calendar. Digital readers can find their calendar at the very end of this issue – simply scroll to page 93(© Maria Diaz)Using… your calendarCREATE Milly’s Year in stitches! For 2019 our special free gift features our calendar girl, Milly, in a different scene each month. Here we’re giving you the stitch details for each of the designs for the year, worked on 14 count aida, and a copy of the January chart and key to get you off to a flying start. If you’d like to stitch the complete calendar as a sampler, with the names of each month backstitched below the pictures, you can send…

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welcome

WE ALL LIKE OUR CHRISTMAS traditions and can picture just how the perfect festive scene looks. The CrossStitcher team all named snow as an essential ingredient, yet a white Christmas isn’t something many of us experience these days – especially where we live on the south coast of England.Fear not, we’ve let it snow for you this issue. Start with our woodland scene, the star of our cover (page 18). We can almost hear the crunch of the snow under the deer’s hooves when we look at this! A little snowy cottage is a must for your next make (page 34). It’s small enough to hang on the tree or to make a pretty addition to the Christmas dinner table. It’s ever so easy to make and giving it a…

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out there

Hugs with Hygge…To keep your spirits up over the chilly winter the Danish suggest the art of Hygge – creating a cosy atmosphere to keep you feeling well and content. In this vein Rico have brought out their Hygge range of fabrics – with floral and graphical designs in Fresh Green, Mint and Berry shades with metallic effects. Choose from 15 classical cotton fabrics, seven PVC coated options and five Jersey fabrics. Plus, there are four brand-new light muslin fabrics with a shiny Hot Foil finish and the fabrics have matching piping and binding ribbons to select from.www.rico-design.de/de/homeWINTER WONDERLANDRENOWNED DESIGNER Jan Constantine has brought back her Classic Christmas Collection of stockings, cushions, decorations and wall hangings appliquéd with Christmas trees, reindeers, snowflakes, robins and stars. Each is hand embroidered with…

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sketchbook secrets: vicky scott

Vicky’s illustrations combine with the sewing and Photoshop skills of her sister Emma. This design was originally created as a Christmas card to sell at craft fairs. Vicky says “I love bold, contrasting colours and my inspiration comes from mid-20 century posters and everything Art Deco, but I can’t resist drawing cute creatures! I created Mr Reindeer as a pencil sketch before colouring him in Photoshop, then handing over to Emma to create a pattern to stitch.” www.etsy.com/uk/shop/vickysworld“I do seem to be drawn to red and dark blue in a lot of my designs”“It’s so exciting to see the final cross stitch of one of my illustrations come to life. I’m really pleased at how well it’s turned out. Even the snowflakes are sparkling!”…

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trend spotting

SAUSAGE DOGSDACHSHUND THROUGH the snow… Our cute sausage dog alphabet (page 49) is part of a bigger trend for these pint-sized pups…WHOThis little fella is a cute felt sausage dog hanging decoration that’s ready for your tree.www.idyllhome.co.ukWHATWe love these Sausage Dog Crackers that are perfect for New Year celebrations–don’t forget to add a stitched initial as a tag to personalise them.www.insidestoreldn.comHOWFor a fabric that's perfect to use with your alphabet makes, look no further than this 100% cotton fabric featuring the Longhaired Dachshund and the Wirehaired Dachshund on a subtle teal background.www.sophieallport.com…

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stories with stitch people

Hullo happy stitchers!Cross stitch gives back in so many ways, but one of the big ways it gives back to me, professionally, is by allowing me to set my own work schedule. Working 9-5 limited the amount of flexibility I had for each day but now, when the sun is shining, I don’t stay cooped up inside! I can take my hand shovel and my compost and while away a few happy hours in the garden–because the boss said I could!When I first became a freelance cross-stitch designer, my schedule felt so naughty: sleeping in (I’m not a morning person), starting work at 11am, taking long breaks… I felt like the slackest person in the world! But then I would put in hours after dinner each night when I was…

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