Cross Stitch Crazy

Cross Stitch Crazy April 2020

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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meet the team

Emma Jones Art Editor This month… “I plan to have a go at making the adorable 3D animals on page 42” Lou Smith Production Editor This month… “My fiancé loves to read, so I’ll stitch him the whole book abc from page 49!” Emily Godwin Designer This month… “I’ll make a motivational set of cards using the gym motifs from page 54!” Fiona Baker Technical Editor This month… “The bright colours in the umbrella designs on page 56 are so lovely” Heather Nugent Charting Editor This month… “I can’t wait to stitch and display the hummingbirds on page 34 in little hoops” Hannah Erskine Charting Assistant This month… “Emma Congdon’s punny Easter cards on page 28 had me giggling at work!”…

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… to the April issue of Crazy! Our spring stitching sessions are in full swing here at the office, and we’re all busily stitching projects to get us ready for the season ahead. I’m starting one of the North American bird hoops from page 72 – I’ve just begun and it already reminds me of home! Lou is currently obsessed with adding stitchy scenes to tote bags, so I’m sure she’ll have a go at our rainbow umbrella-themed charts on page 56. However, I think the finished designs would look just as lovely on canvases or in frames! Emma can’t wait to stitch a few of the kawaii springtime motifs on page 20, as she loves a good mini design. And finally, Emily’s stitching her cousin’s name using the book…

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over to you…

Rosie Vian Weston-super-Mare Which cross stitch designer would be your dream dinner party guest? Lucie Heaton! I love her designs and would enjoy talking to her about her designing process. Which project are you most proud of? I made a wreath that took me a couple of years. It’s got all sorts of lovely little motifs in it and I love getting it out every Christmas. How would you describe your stitching style? I love cartoon-style designs – ones where it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake or two! Who do you most like to stitch for? My parents. They love everything I produce! Which celeb would you most like to stitch? The cricket commentator Sir Ian Botham, as my dad is a huge fan of his. Ellie Abeles USA Which project are you most proud of? A Friday the 13th design I stitched…

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pretty pom-pom hoop kit by emma congdon

GIFT AVAILABLE with print edition of issue 266 only CALL 03330 162 133* TO BUY Remember to stay true to yourself with a little help from this fun kit, designed in Emma Congdon’s signature typographical style! Inside, you’ll find everything you need to stitch the phrase ‘follow your heart’, plus a bright blue hoop and cheery pink pom-pom trim to help you finish your project off in style. To add the pom-poms to your hoop, simply run lengths of acid-free double-sided sticky tape around the back of the hoop and gently press your pom-pom trim in place, bit by bit. Snip off the ends to keep them neat and hang your finish using ribbon or twine. Once it’s on display, this positive project is sure to brighten moods and living rooms alike! Best of…

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sweet surprise

Exclusive to Crazy! Tatty Teddy loves to give thoughtful gifts to special people. That’s why this adorable little bear has hand-picked a stunning collection of posies for you to enjoy stitching! You’ll work through a mix of whole stitches, half stitches, backstitch and French knots to complete this piece. Once you start adding the backstitch, you’ll really see the sweet scene come to life as each individual flower becomes defined and Tatty Teddy’s fuzzy fur appears. Then, show it off in a frame or turn it into a cushion to give to your own special friend! l ShoppingList… Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 38x36cm (15x14 in). To buy, visit www.lakesideneedlecraft.co.uk or call 0161 505 1910 Extras - Frame and…

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your letters

Star letter Fiery finishes Here are two Chinese phoenixes that I stitched and had framed. The one with the black background was designed by Fiona Baker for Crazy issue 243 – I had it framed in gold and black. During the Lunar New Year in February last year, I added greetings in gold Chinese characters to a photo of it to make my own e-cards. The other is from Bewitching Cross Stitch by Joan Elliott, which was borrowed from the library. Monica Chong, Singapore Alison says: Your framed phoenixes are simply stunning, Monica. Thanks for sharing them with us! WIN! This month’s Star Letter winner will receive this Blackwork Cat kit, inspired by the art of CFA Voysey. The kit costs £16 and includes 14-count white aida, DMC black thread, a needle and a chart.…