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CrossStitcher April 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

1 min
make of the month

Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 31 high x 22 wide Design size: 5.5x4.5cm (2¼x1¾in) Stitch time: 5 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Why not add a small red button for a cherry? Just make sure it is clear of the aperture frame when mounted in the card HEAD OVER TO WWW.WILLOWFABRICS.COM TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YO UR EXCLUSIVE CARD BLANK Make a… cupcake card Step 1 TAKE a 9x9cm (3½x3½n) piece of white 14 count aida and work the cross stitch in two strands, backstitch in one strand and French knots in one strand. Step 2 NOTE that the middle section of your card shows where to score and then cut to create four triangular sections – each one needs to be carefully folded back to create a rectangular opening at the front…

1 min
next month

BUTTERLY CARD PROJECT In our May issue, you will receive an early summer card design,‘All of a Flutter’, which can be stitched using colourful seed beads for a 3D effect! ISSUE 356 MAY 2020 Onsale24 March In this color world love floats in the air - whether freshly in love, in the wedding fever or whether you want to give a little joy to a loved one. Discover the lovely color world of ZWEIGART® fabrics and don´t miss to get a free chart at www.zweigart.com! SWEET LOVE color world 3835 LUGANA col. 4094 4018 col. 1319 274 3609 BELFAST col. 4093 3706 STERN-AIDA col. 11 4110 3984 MURANO col. 4259 5429 3348 NEWCASTLE col. 4018 100 % Made in Germany Learn more about our unique range of embroidery fabrics in AIDA, Linen and Evenweave in best ZWEIGART® quality. Happy stitching! For stockists contact: Lakeside…

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SEVERAL YEARS AGO – actually more than several as it was before we had our family – we lived in the beautiful city of Bath. Our home was right next to a park where hot air balloons were launched on clear days. It was fascinating to see these colourful monsters come to life, inflating from only a heap of fabric. Sometimes the balloon teams asked for extra help and we could find a walk in the park involved the job of holding guy ropes before take off! There is a real magic to hot air balloons and we couldn’t resist asking Susan Bates to recreate this feeling in our bold cover design on page 77. We couldn’t stop at one and asked her to design a whole ‘fiesta’ (we think that’s…

3 min

Hop to it… Rico’s new Bunny Hop fabric collection and embroidery booklet together give a whole host of irresistible options for Easter and beyond. The fabric range features six designs in smooth muslin and canvas, including flower motifs, check patterns and rabbits – the bunny designs are especially adorable! The embroidery booklet contains 16 designs with ideas for egg and rabbit-shaped pendants, pictures, runners, pillows, a placemat and a wall hanging. What are you waiting for? www.rico-design.com MY CRAFT ROOM: HANNAHSTURROCK We get to see a glimpse of a designer’s own sewing space… “My studio is tucked away in a corner of the spare room upstairs. Space is at a premium in our London terrace and often I have to play an intricate game of Tetris to fit all of my supplies and stock in!…

2 min
stitching with jess

Hullo! This month’s award for awesome people(which you have thoroughly earned!)is a reminder for resilience in trying times. Whether we look at personal, local, or global issues, it can be hard not avoid having sad or difficult feelings. After all, the bad feelings tend to feel far heavier than the good–and they’re much more adept at whispering tidings of doom in our ears! While stitching this pattern, we can focus not only on actions we can take to better things for ourselves and those around us, but we can also remember to take time out to respect the daily joys we experience, whether it’s a hug from a love done, a finished cross-stitch project, oran exceptionally good cup of tea. Sometimes finding happiness during bad times seems like belittling the severity of the…

1 min
crafty bookshelf

THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE: SUSTAINABLE STYLE CAROLINE AKSELSON & ALEXANDRA BRUCE [Hardie Grant Books] We can’t wait for the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee! If you’re as excited as we are, you may find this fab new title is perfect for tiding you over in the meantime. Sustainable Style shows sewers of all abilities how to reduce, reuse and recycle while dressmaking. Choose from 27 projects that are ideal for the eco-conscious sewer. EMBROIDERED TREASURES: ANIMALS DR ANNETTE COLLINGE [Search Press] Fans of historical stitching and embroidery will love this lovingly put together showcase of rarely seen embroidered animals in the Embroiderers’ Guild Collection. Enjoy photos of embroidered animals through the ages, taken for the book – items are displayed in full along with detailed images so you can see every detail. Dr.…