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Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy

Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy

Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy 2016
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Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy is a beautiful collection of designs that celebrate the magical world. There are over 170 inspiring projects in this special issue, from quick-stitch motifs to stunningly detailed scenes. Inside this issue: ✱ Designs for every level of cross stitcher, from beginner to advanced ✱ Patterns by the world's best cross stitch designers and artists ✱ Beautifully photographed projects ✱ Clear charts and keys with both colour and symbols Includes designs by Joan Elliott, Lesley Teare, Lucie Heaton, Adam Pescott, Debra Page, Maria Diaz, Susan Bates and more!

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited

in this issue

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…to Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy – a collection of the most beautiful designs that celebrate the world of fairies, unicorns, dragons and other magical creatures! Packed full of charts from your favourite designers, you’re sure to find something to inspire your stitching. We’ve split the designs into seven di_erent parts, with larger designs in fairyland, fantasy kingdom and home, and smaller motifs in the card, magical gift ideas, alphabets and dragons sections. If you’re looking for some quick-stitch projects, head to page 106 for a host of fun fairies by Lucie Heaton, or page 142 for Maria Diaz’s friendly little dragons. For those seeking a challenge, the charming fairy and child scene on page 62 or the pretty fairy and doves on page 70, both by Lesley Teare, are the perfect…

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fairytale wishes

Bring a touch of the magical world into the everyday with cross stitched versions of fairies, unicorns and an oh-so-sweet castle! Straight from the pages of a story book, Durene‘s fun designs use some fractionals and French knots to achieve the detailing, making them a great project for an intermediate stitcher. Although we’ve made them up into cards, the possibilities for these designs are endless – why not make a cushion cover backed with matching pink fabric, or patch one onto a notebook to give as a sweet gift? They would also work well if you stitched all six as a gorgeous wall hanging for a little girl‘s bedroom. Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 10 hours each Type of stitches: Whole cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots Level: Beginner/intermediate You will need Threads: Stranded cotton as…

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flower power

There’s long been an association between flowers and the fairies that may live in them, with the hope always being that if you’re quiet enough, you might just see a little sprite peeping at you from behind a petal. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll ever be lucky enough to meet a flower fairy, we can share these pretty charts with you instead! Lesley has created fairies to accompany a host of beautiful English blooms – cornflowers, bluebells, poppies, daisies and more – all of whom are easily brought to life in just whole stitches plus some simple backstitch detailing. You will need Threads: Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count white aida measuring 15x10cm (6x4in) for each design Extras: Craft Creations single fold, deckle edge oblong cards…

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cast a spell on you

Full of vibrant colours and details you‘ll love to stitch, this set of cards is full of magic! Durene has beautifully captured some of the most popular characters from myths and legend, which are brought to life using just whole cross stitch and backstitch. These designs are sure to appeal to a wide range of your friends and family – stitch the unicorn and fairy for a little one‘s birthday, the wizard for a fan of Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, the dragon for a Game of Thrones devotee and Pegasus the winged horse for a lover of Greek mythology. Whichever one you stitch for a lucky recipient, it‘s sure to add a special element to their day! Stitching Factbox Stitching time: 8-10 hours per card Type of stitches: Whole cross stitch,…

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flight of fancy

Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 5-6 hours each Type of stitches: Whole cross stitch, backstitch, seed beads Level: Beginner You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle and a beading needle Fabric: 14-count white aida measuring 15x13cm (6x5in) for each design Beads: Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key Extras: Craft Creations oblong aperture cards (AP78U) in pink, pale green and pale yellow “I really like the pastel colours that Lesley has chosen in the design of these cute cards. You can add a pretty finishing touch by using a heart shaped punch to make some paper shapes and adding them to the corners of your card.”Helen Dorritt, editor Tip If you're new to stitching, turn to p147 for an explanation of the techniques…

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beauty and grace

Stitched on the appropriatelynamed Fairy Dreams evenweave from Polstitches, this stunning design of a unicorn is the perfect project to challenge your stitching skills, as it uses fractionals, French knots and beads. The finished piece is so beautiful, however, that you’ll relish every stitch and once complete, all the hard work will definitely be worth it! Creating gorgeous designs such as this one is a speciality of Joan’s, and as well as magazine commissions, she’s also published several books on a magical theme, including Fairy Enchantment and Bewitching Cross Stitch. Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 90 hours Type of stitches: Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots, beads Level: Intermediate You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key Needle: Size 26 tapestry needle and a beading needle Fabric: Polstitches 28-count Fairy Dreams evenweave…