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CrossStitcher

July 2019

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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make of the month

Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 42 high x 48 wide Design size: 8x9cm (3x3½in) Stitch time: 8 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric Make a…card Step 1 WORK the design in two parts: on a 10x10cm (4x4in) piece of 14 count aida. The inner rectangle is worked in cross stitch using two strands of stranded cotton, and then you can work the outer border section in half cross stitch using two strands. Use one strand for the backstitch and the French knot. We have made the symbols darker for the inner rectangle, to make it easier to identify them on the chart. Step 2 COMPLETE the stitching, then cut away the excess fabric, leaving two unstitched squares of aida around the design. Fray the edges, using a needle to tease out one square of…

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welcome

WE’VE ALWAYS LIKED using cross stitch to celebrate special anniversaries. We’ve lost count of how many silver and golden anniversary designs have passed through our pages over the years. This issue we are taking time to commemorate a world – or should that be ‘out of this world’ – anniversary… It’s 50 years since man landed on the moon. We’ve been inspired by iconic pictures to create a suitable design – take your own first small steps on page 26. Down to earth once more, we’re in a summery mood. We like to share an alphabet with you every issue but this month we have an extra-special design that we think you will stitch again and again. Each letter is held in its own detailed summer scene. ‘S’ for ‘Susan’ has…

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out there

Marine Dream Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! With all the beach-inspired stitching in this issue, we know you’re going to love Jan Constantine’s new Marine collection. The perfect complement to your own hand-stitched homestyle projects, the range includes a Marine Wallhanging, appliquéd and hand embroidered with sea creatures, fishes and seaweed, using French knots, chain stitch and blanket stitch on cream motifs. There are also several cushions to choose from sporting seaside motifs such as a lobster or crab – and none will look out of place next to your own handmade creations. www.janconstantine.com HELLO BABY! RICO’S NEW chart book, Hello Baby (No. 167) includes 33 cross stitch patterns, made on their new terry colours and on classical white. The book includes step-by-step instructions with charts pennants, wall hangings and…

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my craft room: niarhind

“My work space is made up of three areas. Firstly, my designs tend to begin as sketches at my desk and from these, designs are charted using the software on my computer to produce counted cross stitch charts of the designs. I keep the thread cones and fabric bolts in my treasured Laura Ashley cupboard and it's at the table nearby that I cut the fabric and threads. When I'm stitching, I usually sit at a table next to the window with my work in a hoop, as I like to have the materials laid out in front of me. Here I see how all the colours work together. I still use a small pair of Fiskars embroidery scissors which I have had for a very long time.” www.nia-crossstitch.com…

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three of the best

Summer Bikes With our beautiful bicycle design on page 74, we’ve visited Etsy to pedal towards some more twin-wheeled products… BUBBLESCRAFTSHACK This Bicycle Grosgrain Ribbons featuring classic, colourful cycles is perfect for cards or sewing projects, and has a nice summery vibe. LEMONTREEFABRICS There’s something so cute about this delicious Fun Bikes: Timeless Treasures cotton fabric which couldbe used to line your projects. LYNNGIRLDESIGNS What could be more fun for summer that one of these fab Bicycle Felties to embellish a card or bag, and in hot pink too!…

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trend spotting

DECKCHAIR STRIPES WE’RE HEADED to the beach to see if those bold and bright deckchairs can inspire a few projects this summer… WHO Bothy Threads stock this jolly holiday of a design–Deckchair Fun contains 14 count Blue Zweigartaida, pre-sorted stranded cottons, needle, stitch diagram and instructions and uses full crossstitches, backstitch and a few French knots. www.bothythreads.com WHAT Back a summer cushion with a true deckchair style fabric such as this Deckchair Canvas Ascot in extremely durable cotton canvas featuring a range of lively multi-coloured stripes. www.ianmankin.co.uk HOW Trim your seaside makes with this 10mm Deckchair Stripe Ribbon, available in a choice of colour ways. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/smartasa…

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