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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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makes of the month

(© Susan Penny)Stitch your designs then attach to leaf-shaped tags – available as a printable download from www.willowfabrics.comDesigned 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 tagStep 1TAKE 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 2STITCH 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 3COMPLETE the stitching…

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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 LUGANABeautiful premium needlework fabric in a bright pink. (25 ct. 52 % cotton · 48 % viscose)3835 / 5142 LUGANAHight quality embroidery fabric in a shining turquoise. (25 ct. 52 % cotton · 48 % viscose)3706 / 4023 STERN-AIDALuxurious needlework fabric in a modern pink. (14 ct. 100 % cotton)3706 / 5142 STERN-AIDALovely fabric for embroidery in a nice turquoise blue. (14 ct. 100 % cotton)FOR STOCKISTS CONTACT:Sewandso I www.sewandso.co.ukWillow Fabrics I www.willowfabrics.comHeritage Crafts I Tel: 01889 575 256www.zweigart.com ■…

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beautiful fabrics for embroidery

Sweet treats for every sweet tooth! Sweets, chocolates and pastries - a great topic no matter what time of year. The embroidered models in our "Candy & Sweets" (No. 104/289) embroidery idea booklet bring flashy colours to every home and seduce almost everyone into having a sneaky snack. A few of the models can also be nicely filled with sweets, making for a great small gift for friends and family. ■…

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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 impressionsFor 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.comSKETCHBOOK SECRETS: Cheryl McKinnonWe take a peek at a designer’s early ideas for one of their projectsCheryl, 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

COWBOYSINSPIRED BY our cowboy cards on page 57, it’s time to saddle up and set off into the sunset with these cute crafty finds…WHOPersonalise your stitched cowboy cards by enclosing one of these Cowboy Wooden Sheriff Party Name Badges–they’re perfect for kids’ birthdays!www.notonthehighstreet.com/postboxpartyWHATThis Cowboys & Indians bunting is ideal for a kid’s bedroom, and includes blank bunting flags that could be embellished with your stitching.www.tch.netHOWBack 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 ■…