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CrossStitcher Summer 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
makes of the month

Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 38 high x 25 wide Design size: 7x4.5cm (2¾x1¾in) Stitch time:3 hours This design was stitched on 14 count plastic aida. You could also stitch the bouquet design on 14 count aida and mount it in an aperture card to send to a friend this summer! Make a… bouquet brooch Step 1 STITCH the brooch design in the centre of a 9x7cm (3½x2¾in) piece of 14 count plastic aida, using two strands for the Cross Stitch, one for the backstitch and one for the French knots. Step 2 CUT around the design, leaving one unstitched square of plastic aida around the flowers – use small scissors, working one block at a time, and avoid cutting any stitches. Step 3 LAY the stitched plastic aida on the felt, then trim a 9x7cm (3½x2¾in) piece…

1 min
exclusive summer stitch-a-long!

Make a… summer sampler Step 1 START stitching your design on a 15x15cm (6x6in) piece of white 14 count aida so that the top yellow border row of stitches is on the 11th row down from the top of the fabric, and midway between the left and right edges. Positioning it here will allow you to complete the sampler over the next two issues. The finished size of the sampler is 70 high x 70 wide. Use two strands for the Cross Stitch, and one for the backstitch and French knots. Step 2 NOTE that mixed seed beads should be stitched in the positions marked on the chart with a mauve dot and mini buttons are added as shown on the chart with a blue dot. Don’t begin stitching until you’ve read the steps to…

1 min

WE BET THAT ONE TIME or another a friend has told you off gently for wanting to stay home and stitch. How grateful we all are now for an indoor hobby that requires no more than a few materials and a comfy corner! Perhaps you’re just fed up with that same WIP or unfinished Christmas design – no problem! Materials packs for our summer projects are available – order a pack today and enjoy a fresh new start. The CrossStitcher team are in safe isolation, but still producing your favourite magazine, and Willow Fabrics can always help with any other supplies to keep you stitching. We want all our readers to keep safe, so why not have your copies of CrossStitcher delivered to your door? And if you are comfortable working from…

2 min
out there

Project positivity The Make Arcade’s new midi cross stitch kits have stitched slogans that will strike a chord in the current climate. They are ideal designs for beginners or a great meditative stitch for more experienced crafters. Each kit includes a 4in wooden hoop, 14 count aida, felt to cover the back, DMC threads and needle, pompom trim to adorn the hoop edge, chart and ‘How to Cross Stitch’ leaflet. At the same time The Make Arcade are launching a beautiful butterfly kit to lift your spirits, this time worked in a 3in mini wooden hoop. All are the perfect projects to keep your minds and needles busy while at home over the summer. www.themakearcade.co.uk CARRY ON SEWING KEEP YOUR current WIPs in one handy place using this new Sewing Machine Woven Bag from…

1 min
my craft room: jessica savage

“I’m the first to admit my craft room isn’t Pinterest worthy! We don’t have a lot of extra room for a home office so my work area is set up in our spare room, amongst the ironing board and musical instruments. “The limited space means I don’t keep a lot of supplies on hand, or have many projects on the go. But what I do keep on-hand are as many floss colours as I can handle, hoops and frames of different sizes, and various stitching fabrics so I can see in real life what elements will best work together. That way, I can lovingly create patterns that I know will be a joy to stitch and will look fantastic!” www.etsy.com/au/shop/savagexstitch…

1 min
trend spotting

SUMMER BOUQUETS WITH OUR free brooch kit featuring on page 2, we’ve searched for the pick of the bunch of beautiful bouquets to stitch with… WHO The Handmade Florist offers DIY felt flower kits such as this stunning Sunshine Bee Bouquet–with materials and instructions to make 15 flowers(Sunflower, Lavender, Fuchsia, Dandelion and Daisy) and a trio of cute bumblebees. thehandmadeflorist.com WHAT This Bright Flower heads Kit from DMC won’t fail to raise a smile. The kit contains 14 count aida, DMC threads on an organiser, needle, embroidery hoop, charts and full instructions. www.dmc.com HOW Brighten up a hand-sewn bag with this Brampton Bunch print fabric, which has a light weight water repellent coating that is both splash proof and stain resistant. www.cathkidston.com…