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CrossStitcher October 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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Dennis Publishing UK
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13 Issues


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makes of the month

Stitch your designs then attach to leaf-shaped tags – available as a printable download from www.willowfabrics.com Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 29 high x 17 wide (each) Design size: 5.5x3cm (2¼x1¼in) Stitch time: 1.5 hours (each) These designs were stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Make a… gift tag Step 1 TAKE a 7x12.5cm (2½x5in) piece of 14 count white aida and space the stitching of the three designs out on the fabric, leaving four squares between each tag. Step 2 STITCH the cross stitch in two strands, apart from the trees which are stitched in one strand, and the blue sky which is stitched in half stitch using one strand – this will make the trees and sky look like they are behind the picture. The backstitch is in one strand. Step 3 COMPLETE the stitching then cut…

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zweigart the needlework fabric

Our well-known trademark is the "Orange Line" - an orange-coloured thread in the selvedge of all ZWEIGART® fabrics. This is the sign for best quality, i.e. state-of-the-art fabrics that are colour-fast, easy-care, absolutely precise in the weaving and "Made in Germany". 3835 / 4023 LUGANA Beautiful premium needlework fabric in a bright pink. (25 ct. 52 % cotton · 48 % viscose) 3835 / 5142 LUGANA Hight quality embroidery fabric in a shining turquoise. (25 ct. 52 % cotton · 48 % viscose) 3706 / 4023 STERN-AIDA Luxurious needlework fabric in a modern pink. (14 ct. 100 % cotton) 3706 / 5142 STERN-AIDA Lovely fabric for embroidery in a nice turquoise blue. (14 ct. 100 % cotton) FOR STOCKISTS CONTACT: Sewandso I www.sewandso.co.uk Willow Fabrics I www.willowfabrics.com Heritage Crafts I Tel: 01889 575 256 www.zweigart.com…

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THE HOTTEST SUMMER we can remember – in the UK – has brought on autumn rather sooner than usual. There was no shortage of beautiful coloured leaves for us to collect for our cover photo shoot. A little surprising given that we usually find ourselves working way ahead of the real seasons. Although it’s goodbye to the summer, we can’t wait to say hello to the season that brings us pumpkins, toadstools and Halloween. Never mind Tricks, all we have are Treats, starting with our cover sampler (page 18). A modern offering, very much in a traditional style so you can work a satisfying band of motifs at each stitching session. Can you spot the little fox? He’s our favourite mini motif. Dare we mention that it’s time to have a think…

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out there

Initial impressions For a super-quick and stylish gift or homestyle idea, check out Cotton Clara’s new initial hoop kit. The kit gives you a stencil and an air erasable embroidery pen, together with the materials for one hoop – you can stitch that first hoop and if you want to buy extra materials, stitch a whole alphabet if you like, or how about the initial of everyone in your family? They would make really cute tree decorations too, if you’re starting your Christmas stitching now. www.cottonclara.com SKETCHBOOK SECRETS: Cheryl McKinnon We take a peek at a designer’s early ideas for one of their projects Cheryl, a.k.a. the Tiny Modernist, created our festive motifs on page 61. “The two ornaments are snowy house scenes with neutral, wintery colours. For the main design, I used a few…

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trend spotting

COWBOYS INSPIRED BY our cowboy cards on page 57, it’s time to saddle up and set off into the sunset with these cute crafty finds… WHO Personalise your stitched cowboy cards by enclosing one of these Cowboy Wooden Sheriff Party Name Badges–they’re perfect for kids’ birthdays! www.notonthehighstreet.com/postboxparty WHAT This Cowboys & Indians bunting is ideal for a kid’s bedroom, and includes blank bunting flags that could be embellished with your stitching. www.tch.net HOW Back cushions and line bags with this gorgeous retro Rancho toile in old red tea from Alexander Henry’s Santa Ferange. www.fabric-yard.co.uk…

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stories with stitch people

Hullo again! I’ve been working as a full-time designer for a few months now and I love it! Not having to juggle two very contrasting jobs(or battle peak hour traffic!) has been a huge relief. But, since taking the plunge, I’ve had so many people ask me how I manage my time with no one looking over my shoulder. “Surely it must be hard to work when the couch is so tempting!” they cry. Trust me, I know exactly what they mean. Luckily, the design work I do for Stitch People is varied and fun! To help people to create cross-stitch portraits that really embody the people being represented, I get to research and create patterns showing all kinds of things, such as hobbies, religion, culture, holidays and sports, to name a…