The World of Cross Stitching December 2018

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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Números

en este número

1 min.

With festive prep now in full swing, I’m really excited to welcome you to our Christmas issue – we’ve got everything you need to get ahead on all your seasonal stitching, so there will be no last minute finishing of projects on Christmas Eve this year! For everyone who’s looking to get stuck into a big Christmas design, turn to page 10 right away for Margaret Sherry’s adorable cats in stockings pattern – we can’t resist them! Alternatively, we’ve got a family of owls cuddling up together as they wait for Christmas morning (p20) and a fun set of dancing reindeer (p84), showing off their favourite jumpers at the office party. If you’re after something smaller, try Angela Poole’s sweet set of robin Christmas cards (p58), Durene Jones’ adorable nativity finger puppets…

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meet our guests

Ellen Ainscough is a customer service assistant from Merseyside Tell us about your latest project It’s the Halloween SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft – it caught my eye as I love Halloween. How did you start stitching? I got into it at an early age when I was taken to a craft shop and asked to pick something I would like to try. What has been your proudest stitching moment? Completing my ‘Haunted House’ by Bothy Threads in just over six months. I couldn’t wait to finish it, so I worked on it every free moment I got! Favourite recent WOXS design? Amanda Gregory’s floral cards with blackwork backgrounds from issue 269 – blackwork has always been a technique I want to try. What was the last thing you stitched as a gift? The last gift I made was a ‘Keep…

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your exclusive gift!

Inside your kit… To help you sort your threads, here is a list of the colours and number of lengths inside your kit: White x8 Tan x2 Blue x2 Red x3 Green x2 Light green x3 Orange x1 Light grey x3 Dark red x2 Pink x1 Light emerald x3 Light blue x4 Emerald x2 Black x3 Gold metallic x5 Teal metallic x2 Total: 46 lengths Snowman Bauble key STITCH COUNT 42 high x 38 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7.5x7cm (3x2¾in) This design was stitched using stranded cotton and metallic thread from your coverkit Meet the designer DURENE JONES “It was great fun designing this double-sided snowman for the Christmas tree! He’s such a jolly chap, and is sure to be appreciated by people of all ages. I love dropping sparkle into my charts, especially festive ones, and I hope you enjoy stitching with the metallic threads too.” Double-sided design Factbox ⨯ Stitching Time Approx.…

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filled with fun

Perched high in the branches of a Christmas tree, a mouse is determined to make sure that he gets a festive gift to his cat friends. And judging by the big grins on their faces, these cute kitties are extremely pleased with their present! There’s plenty in this design to capture your interest – the patterning on the stockings, the tiny present with its kiss-adorned gift tag and the smiling faces of the cats. Pale green aida provides a lovely background colour, and complements the rich hues of the tree and the stockings. Backstitch is used to provide the detail of the tree branches and the animals’ fur and whiskers, capturing the original watercolour details of Margaret’s illustration, so it’s worth taking your time over this to achieve the maximum impact. Full…

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furry tales

Lizzie is getting super-excited for Christmas now, bundled up in her cosy snowflake jumper! This would make a great card for a little girl or special friend, and you could also tweak the pinks of Lizzie’s outfit so that they’re in the recipient’s favourite hues! Jumper Mouse key STITCH COUNT 39 high x 32 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7x6cm (2¾x2¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Missed a chart? ISSUE 273 Celebrate Thanksgiving with American friends or family and our sweet pilgrim mouse. ISSUE 272 Monty is dressed in his vampire costume, ready to go trick or treating! ISSUE 271 Make a special ‘get well’ card to show a loved one just how much you care. For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137…

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your letters

Star Letter IN LOVING MEMORY This finished work of mine is a kit by RTO called ‘Beautiful Nuthatch’. I bought it last year as a gift for my dad, who had just managed to introduce a family of nuthatches to visit his garden regularly. Shortly after I bought the kit, he was unexpectedly diagnosed with terminal cancer. I made the decision to try and get the stitching finished to give to him at Christmas (if not before), but this was the largest piece I’d ever attempted and I’ve only recently gotten back into stitching. With a one-year-old daughter, I rarely had time to stitch, so the majority of the work was done sitting in my car while my little girl slept in her car seat. Thankfully, I got it finished just in time…