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Ultimate Cross Stitch Christmas

Ultimate Cross Stitch Christmas Ultimate Cross Stitch Christmas 2019

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

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited

in this issue

2 min
here comes santa!

Against a swirling snowy sky and the gleam of the moon, Santa waves cheerily from his sleigh which is being pulled by two reindeer. A tiny house and fir trees can be seen in the distance as the sleigh flies ahead. There is precious cargo on board, an array of brightly wrapped presents can be seen at the back of the sleigh. And Santa has a special patchwork blanket to keep his legs warm, as made for him by Mrs Claus. Stitched on a piece of evenweave fabric using a palette of 32 shades in stranded cotton and metallic thread, this thrilling design can easily be tackled by experienced stitchers. You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and metallic threads as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 28-count white evenweave measuring…

3 min
snowy landscapes

Each charming chart in this collection makes for a relaxing and quick-to-finish stitch – and they’d be perfect for all levels of stitchers, for so many different occasions. Stitch to celebrate a winter birthday or anniversary, a thank you, or even just to let a loved one know you’re thinking of them. Worked in a soft palette of frosty colours, you’ll achieve the painterly effect of these landscapes using mainly whole cross stitches, some in two strands, some in one, for a real sense of 3D depth, then a little backstitch to bring out the details. Each fits neatly in a circular aperture card blank too, excellently colour matched for a perfect finish. Stitch them for your stash, ready to have to hand to send to loved ones. You will need Threads:…

5 min
how to…

Your materials With just a few essentials, you’ll be all set to stitch straightaway… Fabrics You’ll need either aida or evenweave for your design: Aida Great for: Beginners, as it has regular woven blocks and obvious holes. Aida is stiffer than evenweave so keeps its shape better. 14-count is the most common. Bad for: Fractional stitches. If you stitch a design with fractional stitches on aida, you’ll have to make an extra hole in the fabric, using a sharp needle. Evenweave Great for: Fractional stitches and a neat finish. This fabric is softer than aida, with a finer weave and more threads per inch – 28-count is the most common. On evenweave, you work a cross stitch over two threads of the fabric, so you have a central hole spare for your fractional stitches. Bad for: Beginners. It’s best…

3 min
pets at christmas

Great for all ages, these adorable cards will raise a smile with your friends and family this season. And, from the robin perched atop the kitty’s head to the perfectly wrapped pressies piled under the tree, it’ll be a treat to recreate the fab little details. This set is also easy to personalise – why not mix and match the sentiments for different recipients and change up the colours to use thread from your stash? Simply stitch on 14-count aida, and then patch onto a square card blank. These are designs you’ll want to keep, so go ahead and spread some cheer this season. You will need Threads: Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design Extras: Single fold cards measuring…

2 min
toy shopping

The Christmas rush has yet to appear in this tiny traditional toy shop, but the anticipation of the holiday hustle and bustle hangs in the air. Toys wait on their shelves and cheerful decorations are in place, ready for high-spirited shoppers to cheerfully stumble inside from the cold. Both serene and exciting at the same time, this design captures the bright essence of the breathless days leading up to 25th December. You can challenge yourself with the French knots and beads, and create a wonderful piece for a loved one to remind them of joyful festive times both past and present. You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle, beading needle Fabric: 14-count rustic aida measuring 33x40cm (13x15¾in) Extras: Mill Hill seed beads as…

1 min
nativity scenes

How to mount your design in a card 1 First, prepare your completed stitching by washing it in a bowl of warm water and mild detergent. Lie it flat on a clean fluffy towel to dry out thoroughly. 2 When completely dry, place the card aperture over the stitching. When you are happy with the positioning, place a few pins carefully around the aperture to mark your place. 3 Turn the card over and stick double-sided tape around the edge of the aperture. Using the pins as a guide, place the card back over your stitching and stick the fabric in place. 4 Place a piece of white paper or wadding behind the stitching for a neat finish. Add double-sided tape to the extra card flap and carefully stick to the back of the…