The World of Cross Stitching February 2021

Every issue is packed with the very best cross stitch designs, expert advice and in depth technical features, as well as product news, reader letters and stories, competitions and giveaways.

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This issue is all about love and kindness! With the crazy and unsettling year of 2020 behind us, I think we could all do with spreading the love in stitches! So, with that in mind, your exclusive gift this month is a chart book of 60 designs filled with joy and positivity to give a little boost to those who need it. Our cover star is Margaret Sherry’s adorable mouse who shows he cares by sharing the brolly with his pal (p10)! You’ll also find a quirky love-themed sampler (p24), vibrant Valentine’s Day cards (p56) that’ll set hearts aflutter and a chalkboard-style sentiment to remind your family just how important they are to you (p62). I’m also very excited to start stitching Susan Bates’ pretty steampunk clock (p76) for my home and…

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meet some of our designers…

MARIA DIAZ Maria has captured the glamorous fashion and country house charm of the 1920s in her intricate scene – it’s sure to delight Downton Abbey fans (p36)! JANE HENDERSON Little ones will adore Jane’s princess-themed alphabet set (p71), featuring a range of sweet motifs. Stitch for a card, door hanging or frame for a nursery. NIA RHIND You’ll have Nia’s love sampler (p24) stitched up and ready to gift to a loved one in no time. Designer, Nia, is new to WOXS so let’s give her a warm welcome! STITCHING HELP! Don’t forget to send all your stitchy questions and design requests in to us! Email us at: Write to: Ask the Experts, The World of Cross Stitching, Immediate Media Co, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4ST Send in queries via social media: We will try and answer…

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meet our guests

Grace Jones is retired and lives in Monmouthshire Describe cross stitch heaven? Sitting stitching on a sun lounger in Switzerland on a beautiful sunny day with a view of the mountains. Any stitching buddies? Me and two friends try to get together once a week to stitch and catch up with our latest news. My cat Sparky likes to ‘help’ by sitting on my lap, usually when I’m at a difficult bit. Fave WOXS design? The birthday cards by Angela Poole in issue 296. I like them because they are ideal for both men and women, I’ve made two so far. What drives you mad about cross stitching? Miscalculating how long it’s going to take me to finish a project. I often have to stitch into the early hours… Your best compliment? I don’t usually stitch for men or boys…

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furry tales

Rainbow Mouse key STITCH COUNT 39 high x 38 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7x7cm (2_x2_in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Missed a chart? ISSUE 302 Monty Mouse is getting the New Year’s Eve party started with balloons and streamers. ISSUE 301 Flossie Mouse can’t resist cuddling up in this cosy Christmas mitten. ISSUE 300 Spread some cheer with Monty, who’s getting into the festive spirit as a jolly elf. For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit With her rainbow cardigan, polka dot dress and sunshine yellow mask, Flossie Mouse will brighten anyone’s day. Backstitch the ‘stay safe’ message and make your stitching into a card to send to someone close to you.…

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your exclusive gift!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Enjoy four different projects by four of your favourite cross stitch designers, all themed around kindness Send bear hugs Stitch a card to let someone know just how much you care about them MAKE SPECIAL CARDS & GIFTS Choose from 60 motifs and spread love and positivity in stitches – each chart is designed to raise a smile Rainbow of possibilities This colourful alphabet is perfect for personalising cards and gifts Craft your way to joy A little reminder of the positive effects crafting can have on our wellbeing…

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just the two of us

When love rains down, show your affection in stitches with Margaret Sherry’s darling cat and mouse Everybody deserves a friend or partner who lends a hand as we navigate our way through life’s ups and downs, someone who will be there to share a cuppa, help with chores or hold out their brolly when the skies open. The mouse in this design from Margaret Sherry is protecting his cat pal from a shower of red hearts, and we can’t think of a nicer analogy for love lifting us up and away from the mundanities of life. Worked on 14-count aida, you’ll be stitching this pair in 23 shades of stranded cotton, using whole cross stitch and fractional stitches in two strands, and backstitch in one strand of thread. Just a few fractional…