The World of Cross Stitching

The World of Cross Stitching Special 2020

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.

Les mer
United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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7 min
how to…

CHOOSE YOUR ESSENTIALS… Start with these must-have items 1 FABRICS Begin with either aida or evenweave. Aida is best for beginners, with regular woven blocks and obvious holes. It’s stiffer than evenweave, but will soften slightly as you work. The most common fabric is 14-count aida. It’s harder to work fractional stitches on aida, as you’ll need to make an extra hole in the fabric, in the centre of the aida block Evenweave is a lovely fabric to work on when you have a little more experience. The fibres aren’t woven in blocks as with aida, so it’s softer and the fine weave has more threads-per-inch – the most commonly used is 28-count. One stitch is usually worked over two threads of the fabric so it has an equivalent design size of 14-count aida. Cross…

2 min
let it snow!

Bring some icy sparkle to your winter cards and gifts with these designs by Durene Jones • 41 quick-and-easy motifs• Durene Jones’s design inspiration• Stitches for every skill level• Helpful tips and advice• Unique present ideas for your special someone DANCING ON ICE Get your skates on to stitch this gorgeous mini motif (7). Mounted onto glittery card and a homemade blue gift tag, it’ll add some sparkle to your gift wrapping. CATCHING SNOWFLAKES Your cat-loving friends will adore this cute character (23)! Mount the design in a handmade blue aperture card to make a purr-fect winter greeting. WRAP UP WARM This design (26) is perfect for anyone who enjoys a snowy winter walk with their dog! Patch the cosy duo onto blue paper before sticking on a single-fold card WINTER FLURRY Just like a real snowflake, this intricate…

2 min
design round-up

Christmas robins WHOLE STITCHES ONLY ROBIN’S CHRISTMAS MINI SERIES: ‘PEACE’ Here is one of three complementary designs from Twin Peak Primitives* on Etsy – the other two bearing the words ‘Hope’ and ‘Joy’. While they look stunning as a set, the charts are bought separately and work equally well as stand-alone pieces. The chart comes as a hard copy in black and white, or as a digital download in either black and white, or colour. Stitch count: 101 wide x 80 high, 14x11cm (5½ x4½in) on 18-count aida GREAT GIFT FOR A STITCHER CHRISTMAS ROBINS SCISSOR FOB A trio of robins adorn this scissor fob from Creative Poppy*. The download comes with charts, a key, an alphabet to personalise the reverse, plus step-by-step instructions, which detail how to whipstitch the pieces together and finish with beads and…

2 min
faby’s masterclass

This series has been designed especially for those of you who are keen to learn new stitches. The designs will cover a variety of styles and themes, and every pattern is small enough that it can be stitched over a weekend or in between larger projects. My patterns are simple to follow, and I’ll give you clear step-by-step tutorials for any special stitches. I do recommend practising the new stitches on a piece of scrap fabric before you start your main design. Enjoy! How to… stitch kloster blocks 1 Stitch five satin stitches (straight stitches next to each other, covering four strands of fabric) to form the top of the kloster block. Stitch from the middle of the block outwards so the stitches look the same on both sides of the fabric,…

2 min

Ready, set, shop! Getting Started Where to buy your start-up kit – turn to shop! page 96 to see exactly what you’ll need ANCHOR Threads available in the UK from Sew and Craft Kits available in the UK from Black Sheep Wools ☎ 01925 764231 DMC ☎ 01924 371501 For kits, fabrics, threads & more JOHN JAMES NEEDLES ☎ 01527 830941 For needles & sewing essentials LAKESIDE NEEDLECRAFT ☎ 0161 505 1910 For kits, accessories, cards & more MADEIRA For fabrics, threads & accessories, buy in the UK from Barnyarns ☎ 01765 690069 SEW-IT-ALL ☎ 01280 821777 For a range of accessories, charts & fabrics – home of Fabric Flair THE WORLD OF CROSS STITCHING SUBSCRIPTIONS ☎ 0333 016 2137 ZWEIGART For fabrics, buy in the UK from Lakeside Needlecraft, as listed Your Projects Find all the charts, kits, threads…

1 min

With life not quite back to ‘normal’ just yet and the days getting shorter, I can’t think of a better place to be than in my favourite chair with my current cross stitch WIP. There’s plenty in this issue to entice you to the sofa during the winter months, too. You might recognise our cover stars this issue – it’s been several years since they’ve appeared in the magazine, and I’m thrilled to welcome back the adorable Country Companions duo, Ed and Edwina Hedgehog. Find them on page 10. We’ve included several projects that are perfect to decorate your home this holiday. Delve into Fiona Baker’s stunning nostalgic lamp post design (p36) or Jenny Van De Wiele’s cardinals hoop (p26) for statement wall art. Christmas dinner isn’t complete without a classic…