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Ultimate Cross Stitch Christmas 2017

This magical selection features over 210 gorgeous designs to make this the best Christmas ever! Stitch sweet cards for your friends, make great gifts for your family and decorate your home with seasonal treats. Don't miss this special issue – with advent calendars, a festive stocking, a fabulous gingerbread house and heaps of gorgeous gift ideas and must-stitch cards for all the family. Inside this issue: ❆ Classic Christmas scenes for your home, including snowman and friends, Santa in his sleigh and a picturesque snowy cottage ❆ You'll love our quick gift tag designs and festive charts for last-minute cards ❆ Decorate your home with fabulous fairy lights designs, a yuletide alphabet and decorative typography ❆ Don't miss our adorable pets cards – plus lots more designs to stitch for all the family ❆ Stitch a fun advent calendar and a festive stocking for the children

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited

in this issue

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Santa is the star of the festivities, of course, and Joan Elliott’s jolly, smiling Father Christmas surrounded by toys and gift-wrapped goodies, makes the perfect centrepiece for your home. Start stitching him in autumn and let that tingling anticipation build! We’ve another couple of faces you’ll recognise too, Margaret Sherry’s cute hedgehog looks adorable sitting in a Christmas stocking, and Fizzy Moon has a pile of gifts as big as he is! Have you made a start on your Christmas card list yet? Wait until you see the range we have for you inside, there’s festive fairies, snowy village scenes, geese in winter wonderlands and gorgeous contemporary bauble cards. There’s something for everyone, from tiny nieces to elderly aunties. When it comes to decorating the house we’ve a few surprises you can…

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santa’s jolly holiday

Make the most of all those weeks leading up to Christmas and get your teeth into a nice big festive project like this magnificent Santa. This jolly fellow will put a big smile on your face as you stitch away to get him finished in time for the big day, and he makes a super decoration to bring out every Christmas. Our Santa design is best for stitchers who are confident and have some experience of different stitches. Turn the page for step-by-step help with French knots if you’d like a quick crash course. We hope you’ll enjoy stitching this wonderful picture – and that it sets the scene for a very happy Christmas in your house! Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 40 hours Type of stitches: Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots Level:…

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a christmas surprise

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without one of Margaret’s heartwarming scenes adorning your wall. So we’re thrilled to bring you this festive treat, designed exclusively for you. Peeping out of the top of a woolly stocking, this friendly sweetheart in his Santa hat can’t wait for you to open your present. Could it be jewellery, chocolates or even a little something for your stitching stash? Whether you bring this project to life for yourself or for a loved one, you’re sure to sail through it in no time at all. Worked in mainly whole stitches, with just a few fractionals to create definition, you’ll also add backstitch for texture. Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 15-20 hours Type of stitches: Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch Level: Advanced beginner You will need Threads: Stranded cotton, as listed in the key Needle:…

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spread the joy

A sentiment like the one on Durene’s design is something we can all appreciate, especially at this time of year, when we’re usually in a generous, giving mood. You’ll find the message on lots of Christmas cards and now you can stitch a more permanent reminder of this positive spirit, either for yourself or someone else. The design is worked on white evenweave using a plethora of blue threads, with crisp white, green and red for highlighting. Durene has given her design an unusual finishing touch by adding three silver-tone, heartshaped charms, which look really pretty, as well as fun. Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 40-50 hours Type of stitches: Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots Level: Advanced You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and metallic thread, as listed in the key Needle: Size 26 tapestry needle Fabric:…

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baubles & blooms

If your Christmas wreath has seen better days and is looking a bit tired this year, why not replace it with Lesley’s stitched design? It’s bright and beautiful, and it’ll last for many years if you look after it. This glamorous garland is decorated with bold red poinsettias, roses, shiny baubles and berries, then finished with a big bow at the top. This project will make a very enjoyable stitch, as it has so many wonderful colours in it, as well as metallic thread and gold beads. The festive greeting makes this piece perfect for hanging in a hallway to welcome guests at Christmas time. Or you can display it on the door just like a normal wreath – but perhaps an internal door would be best! Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx…

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peaceful times

Great for beginners Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 3 hours each Type of stitches: Cross stitch, backstitch Level: Beginner You will need Threads: Stranded cotton, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count white aida measuring 10cm (4in) x required length Extras: Christmas Holly (SR154P) patterned paper from Craft Creations, www.craftcreations.com, red ribbon and backing card of your choice from craft stores Tip Each letter is small enough to stitch in an evening, so if you’re looking for a quick card they’re perfect “Why not use the letters to make a Merry Christmas sign to hang in the window? It’ll make the perfect festive welcome for visitors over the holidays.” Katriel Costello, editor How to make a hanging 1 Once you’ve finished stitching your design, cut it out, leaving three squares of aida all the way around the edges. 2 Carefully…