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Cross Stitch Crazy February 2019

Busting with fun, Cross Stitch Crazy is the magazine for stitchers who just can’t get enough! In each issue, we promise to deliver easy to follow and quick to stitch designs from your favourite designers.

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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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… to the February issue of Crazy! Love is definitely in the air this month, and we’ve packed this issue with all sorts of enchanting projects that are sure to set your heart aflutter. If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat, try Cheryl McKinnon’s hilarious mermaid pun cards on page 62 and give your special someone a case of the giggles. Or, make fun personalised gifts with our vibrant Memphis-style alphabet and numbers set on page 47. It’s a totally tubular 80s throwback! Then, if you want to start your year by trying something new, check out the chic line art animals on page 42 – they stand out beautifully on navy blue fabric. And don’t miss the easy-to-stitch kawaii gem patches on page 74, which look great…

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meet the team

Katie Kegie Art Editor This month… “I’m in love with the pretty swan in our card kit – she’s so elegant!”* Emily Godwin Designer This month… “The sequined cards on page 37 have gone to the top of my must-stitch list” Fiona Baker Technical Editor This month… “I had fun designing the three line art animals on page 42 – have a look!” Heather Nugent Charting Editor This month… “I’m making a nameplate using my Memphis-style alphabet on page 47” Hannah Erskine Charting Assistant This month… “The Dala horse design on page 28 is so cute! I can’t wait to start stitching it” Contact crazy www.facebook.com/crossstitchcrazy www.twitter.com/crazy_magazine www.cross-stitching.com ☎ 0117 300 8788 Cross Stitch Crazy Immediate Media Company Bristol Ltd, 2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN NEVER MISS AN ISSUE! Download our app! Take Crazy with you wherever you go! Visit the app store on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon or Zinio to download our digital issues today.…

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over to you…

Valerie Burnley USA Which project are you most proud of? I’m torn between my wedding sampler – the chart was from Cross Stitch Gold issue 109 – and a University of Georgia bulldog, which I designed and stitched for my husband! Can you describe your stitching style? Ever-changing. I joined a guild a few years ago and I’ve gone from mostly Janlynn kits to lots of samplers and hand-dyed threads. How cross stitch crazy are you? If I don’t get out my stitching in the evening, my husband asks me if I’m feeling okay! Who taught you to cross stitch? My mom. She taught me when I was in high school, but I dropped it as I didn’t have the patience. After I graduated and started working full time, I rediscovered it and have been stitching ever since. Angela Jones County…

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your gift! pretty swan card kit

Gliding smoothly along the water, this elegant swan is the queen of the lake – she’s even adorned herself in pretty roses and a pink coronet! And, once you’ve stitched her to life, she’s sure to be loved by all who meet her. Your kit has everything you need to stitch and send this romantic design, including an illustrated aperture card, 14-count aida, a needle, thread and an envelope. The chart is worked in just whole stitches and backstitch, so stitchers of all levels can enjoy crafting this beautiful bird’s outstretched wings and graceful curved neck. When you’ve finished, just centre the swan in the card’s aperture, attach it around the edges with glue or double-sided tape and stick down the backing card. Then, you just have to decide who gets…

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spring beauty

Daydream of Japan as you stitch this stunning geisha! Adorned in cherry blossoms and shimmering beads, she peers knowingly out from behind her fan, ready to grace your home with her enchanting presence. A real treat for those who enjoy stretching their stitching skills, this romantic portrait requires fractionals, French knots, metallic threads and beads as well as whole stitches and backstitch. We’re in love! Need to know Stitch Time 50 hours (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots, beads ShoppingList… Threads - Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle; beading needle Beads - Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key. To buy, visit www.lakesideneedlecraft.co.uk or call ☎ 0333 050 1184 Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 38x34cm (15x13¼in). To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or…

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your letters

Star letter You are a winner! Monica Chong Bringing good fortune Here are two of the lucky cats from Crazy issue 244, with the words ‘Good Luck’ on both designs changed to Chinese characters. In Chinese, the lucky cat symbol literally means ‘cat that brings wealth’. In the piece with coins, the characters mean ‘to bring wealth’, while in the one of the cat holding a fish, the characters mean ‘surplus every year’. The character for ‘surplus’ has the same sound as the character for ‘fish’ in Mandarin. I put each piece into a photo frame with gold sides and red backgrounds and gave them to my mum. Monica Chong, Singapore Alison says: Wow, Monica, they look amazing! Well done – you seamlessly swapped out the English words for Chinese characters. And I love the clever…