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CrossStitcher May 2021

CrossStitcher is the UK’s best-selling crafts magazine. Each issue is packed with inspirational cross stitch designs and exciting new ideas that will help you make the most of this wonderfully relaxing and rewarding hobby. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies.

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
my craft room: sophie crabb

“Welcome to Sew Sophie HQ! My space is filled with shelves, boxes and baskets to house all of the bits and bobs needed to create my cross stitch kits, including an embroidery hoop rack above my desk. One of my favourite parts of my workspace is being greeted by a shelf of colourful DMC thread cones as I walk in. I also have a fun notice board above my desk with art prints from other small businesses and of course some mini cross stitch hoops and pretty scissors.” Instagram @sewsophiecrafts www.sewsophiecrafts.co.uk Drop us a line to crosssstitcher@warnersgroup.co.uk with images of your craft space and a few words about it and our favourites could be featured in a future issue!…

1 min
trend spotting

SPRING BULBS IF OUR planting guide sampler on page 32 has inspired you, we’ve a crop of spring bulbs to get crafting with right here too… WHO The cutest mouse is the star of I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, which comes with aida in the kit, although evenweave (Linda) is available on request (pictured). www.bothythreads.com WHAT Give your spring homestyle makes an on-trend look with this vibrant retro Orange Spring Tulips fabric by Eva Martínez. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Spoonflower HOW Mark your place with this beautiful Bluebells bookmark from Textile Heritage – your kit contains everything you need to complete it. scottishgiftcompany.com…

2 min
stitching with jess

Hullo! I recently caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time – you know those people where years can pass but when you finally catch up it’s like no time has passed at all? I love those friendships, particularly in today’s busy world. She asked what I’d been up to and, in updating her on my life, I realised just how profoundly grateful I was. Grateful that I have a wonderful job, grateful that I have slowed things down enough to appreciate the small wonders of everyday existence, grateful for the contentment and sincere happiness that years of working on myself have brought me. So, it seemed only logical that this month’s flower is the beautiful bluebell, who’s floriology meaning is ‘gratitude’. I often used to focus…

1 min
crafty bookshelf

RETRO STITCHERY BEVERLY MCCULLOUGH [That Patchwork Place] Learn new embroidery stitches to mix with the ones you know from cross stitch such as French knots and satin stitch. From beautiful florals to inspirational sayings to whimsical designs, Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes presents 12 stitched projects with easy stitch instructions, plus ways to finish your handiwork as homestyle makes, pictures or gifts such as hoop displays, pillows or zip bags, as well as custom clothing. PULLED THREAD EMBROIDERY MARIE-HÉLÈNE JEANNEAU [Search Press] Out in paperback, traditionalists will love learning how to work ‘counted thread openwork’ or ‘drawn fabric embroidery’. A whitework technique which complements cross stitching, you can also use it on its own. There are over 240 designs included, such as delicate edgings for table linen, or beautiful designs for cushion covers, lampshades or…

4 min
new dmc summer aida colours

Take advantage of our exclusive offers to UK readers* and receive special discount prices… DMC have produced three new printed 14 count aida colours that are bursting with pretty summery tones! We can offer you a fat quarter (50x55cm) for a special price of £6…. DMC are well known for their beautiful stranded cotton, and the same quality can be found in their three new 14 count aida colours. The aida is 100% cotton, and the perfectly square weave makes it easy to create neat and regular stitches. The range includes Sandstorm (Peach), Morning Dew (Blue) and Sunset (Pink). Due to dyeing techniques the prints may vary slightly. Please mark your coupon with the colour you would like to receive. MORE OFFERS FOR YOU! If our DMC fabric offer has tempted you, we’ve lots…

1 min
living with cross stitch: room to bathe

How to… display your stitching WE used a house shaped wooden box frame, which we painted with a grey emulsion match pot and then made a cardboard triangle to fill in the front. The roof and front were then covered in tile paper, normally used for train modelling – both the box and paper are available from online craft and modelling shops. Designed by: Zoë Patching Stitch count: 62 high x 64 wide Design size: 11x11.5cm (4¼x4½in) Stitch time: 6 hours This design was stitched on 28 count linen over two threads of fabric. Materials • Zweigart Antique White 28 count Cashel, ref: 3281/0101; 20x20cm (8x8in)• Stranded cotton as listed in the key• Size 26 tapestry needle• Frame with an 11.5x11.5cm (4½x4½in) aperture Materials available from www.willowfabrics.com ZOË SAYS… At the end of a busy day, there’s nothing nicer than to…