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CrossStitcher May 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: 45 high x 36 wide Design size: 8x7cm (3¼x2¾in) Stitch time: 4 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Always stitch your beads last, so they don’t get in the way of your cross stitches or backstitch Make a… butterfly card Step 1 TAKE a 9x9cm (3½x3½in) piece of white 14 count aida and work your cross stitch in two strands and backstitch in one strand. Add mixed coloured seed beads using matching stranded cotton, following the chart for placement. Step 2 CUTthe fabric to fit a 14x10cm (5½x4in) card (or use the download), then fray the outer edge by removing one of the aida blocks on all sides with a needle. Step 3 STICK double-side tape to the white area on the front of the card. Place the stitching on…

1 min

THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING used to be a bit more of a definite thing. You’d know roughly when bulbs would start to sprout and trees and shrubs begin to bud. Now we can never be quite sure what nature might do next, so we’ve taken the decision to stitch spring instead with all the elements that we would like to see! We’re starting with the next in our window view series (page 18) – this time Susan Bates has us pausing for a cuppa (and a biscuit!), gazing past a beautiful vase of blossoms out to a view of a fresh green garden. We are a bit old-fashioned, so we asked her to add a washing line of fresh laundry. There’s nothing like the way clothes and sheets smell when dried…

2 min
out there

Soul stitcher… We’re so excited! Emma Congdon, who often designs for us here at CrossStitcher has her very own book of cross stitch projects out in April! Cross Stitch for the Soul is a collection of beautifully designed motivational and inspirational quotes that are easy to stitch and treasure. Emma, who is also known online as Stitchrovia, has a modern style which appeals to all age groups – and these stitches won’t fail to inject some positivity, comfort and motivation into your life. One for every stitcher to put on their birthday wish list! Available from all good book shops and published by David & Charles (davidandcharles.com). SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL IT’S NOT too late to complete some quick stitching for Easter and spring, and if you’re short of time these new cross stitch…

1 min
my craft room: cheryl mckinnon

“I've enjoyed many types of crafting as hobbies in the past, but the last few years I've been so focused on cross stitching that my craft room is really a workshop and studio that is full of cross stitching supplies like floss and fabrics, and finishing trims and accessories like ribbon and hoops. The desk area shown here is the creative half – where the planning, sketching and designing happens. The other side is the working half – a craft table where printed charts are sorted and packed for shipping, models are framed or finished as pillows, biscornus, or flat-finishes. There is an ironing board and my mini-photo studio is just out of the image, too.” www.tinymodernist.com…

1 min
trend spotting

MAPS WITH THE first part of our world map featuring on page 75, we were eager to plot out more ways to put our stitching on the map… WHO Hannah Bass is something of a map specialist, with a whole host of needlepoint kits stitched with one strand of chunky 4 ply tapestry wool in half cross stitches colour printed canvas, including this bold, bright London Tube design! hannahbass.com WHAT Suitable for making curtains and cushions, this sturdy Vintage Maps Fabric (Aqua) features an atlas style map print in muted colours. It’s made from a 70% Cotton 20% poly mix. www.justfabrics.co.uk HOW Keep track of all your travels with the clever Stitch Your Own Destinations World Map Cushion. A great gift, it comes embroidered with the name or names of your choice and the outline of a world map,…

2 min
stitching with jess

Hullo! This month’s award-winning pattern (see what I did there?) centres on something we can all do to make everyone’s lives better. The more we do this with wild abandon, the better the world is! And I don’t mean spending the evening drinking wine and cross stitching (although that is obviously amazing). I mean doing good for the sake of doing good. In a world that's made space for self-aggrandisement, prejudice towards others and discontent, giving of yourself (in a healthy, sustainable way, of course!) helps to break down social and personal barriers, shrug off biases, and create stronger bonds of community. The best place to start with these things is usually with skills you already have. Cross stitch is a wonderful example as it’s accessible, easy to learn, and a lot…