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CrossStitcher March 2020

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

2 min
make of the month

Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 49 high x 56 wide Design size: 11x9.5cm (4¼x3¾in) Stitch time: 5 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. If you’ve some spare embellishments in your stash why not add a small seed bead for the bird’s eye? Template Use your templates at 100% Make a… hanging bird Step 1 STITCH the design in the centre of 13x11cm aida, using two strands for the cross stitch, and one for the backstitch. Step 2 CUT around your stitched bird, leaving 3mm of unstitched aida around the design. Place the stitched bird on 10x12cm felt, pin together and cut to the same size – make sure you leave enough felt for the wing. Step 3 WITH the felt and the stitching wrong-sides together, make buttonhole stitches from the bird’s beak to the tail, along the underside, using…

1 min

ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE things about cross stitch – apart from it being such an enjoyable process with beautiful rewards – is it’s quite like painting in that it is a way to create an image of just about anything you want. No matter what your favourite style or subject matter, the simple act of making one stitch over another is all the skill you need to create something you can be proud of. Of course all this choice does make it a bit tricky for us as editors – there are just so many options for our pages! If you like to look back to the traditions of stitching, then we are starting a new series of band samplers on page 24. For those keen on homestyle makes, may we recommend…

3 min
out there

Stitching sensibility Fans of Jane Austen’s writing are going to absolutely love this new title from Pavilion Books. Jane Austen Embroidery is a collection of ‘Authentic embroidery projects for modern stitchers’. Inside you’ll find recently discovered 18th century embroidery patterns which have been used to make 15 contemporary stitching projects. The patterns and projects are accompanied by glimpses into the world of Regency women and their domestic lives in historical features, plus quotes from Jane Austen’s letters and novels, beautiful illustrations and stunning project photographs to inspire you. Choose from ideas such as a clutch purse, apron, mobile phone case and tablet sleeve – bringing some great historical glamour to everyday items! Jane Austen Embroidery by Jennie Batchelor and Alison Larkin is published by Pavilion Books. GARDENER’S DELIGHTS DMC HAVE been down to…

1 min
my craft room: sarah cookland

“My craft space is forever changing as I move things around when I go from one project to another. “My favourite things in my craft room have got to be my two little furry assistants. One is more hands on, testing everything whilst the other loves to watch everything from a distance. Craft projects may take me 10 times longer to finish than expected but I'm guaranteed a lot of cuddles and laughs along the way. “My Dad made a red wall spool rack for me as a gift one year, I absolutely love it.” www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SarahCooklandDesigns “I like having a window to gaze out of and when it’s warm enough, take my projects out into the garden.” “I enjoy a variety of crafts including sewing, quilting and crocheting on top of cross stitching. I’m so…

2 min
stitching with jess

Hullo! Welcome to this new set of charts! Over the next six issues, we’ll be stitching patterns reminiscent of those highest prizes longed for as children – awards! If you were in Guides or Scouts, you remember the pride of achieving a badge to attach to your shirt or sash. In adulthood, we don’t have nearly as many awards, I think we deserve some! Anyone who has ever done their tax or scrubbed tiles or worked overtime (or any other boring adult task) knows exactly what I mean. Just because we grew up doesn’t mean we should lose the joy of unabashedly celebrating our achievements. Last series, I took you through a sequence of affirmations designed to channel your self-positivity. This series, I want to give you pieces that will remind you…

1 min
crafty bookshelf

TILLY AND THE BUTTONS: MAKE IT SIMPLE TILLY WALNES [Quadrille Publishing] Tilly Warnes, a.k.a. Tilly and the Buttons, was one of the first ever contestants on the Great British Sewing Bee. She has come up with the perfect book for beginner sewers with six dressmaking patterns that can be adapted to make 24 items. Each takes a few hours to stitch, are easy to fit, don’t need many materials and there are no fiddly fastenings to worry about. BLACKWORK EMBROIDERY BERNADETTE BALDELLI [Search Press] Get to grips with this traditional stitching technique with 13 blackwork patterns that have been brought up-to-date with a touch of red added to the black and white, and by including both geometric and more figurative designs. Use your new skills to make a basket, a pouch, wall hangings, place mats, an embroidered…