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CrossStitcher July 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: 44 high x 57 wide Design size: 8x10cm (3¼x4in) Stitch time: 5 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. With only five thread colours used, this would be a great project for using up spare threads in your stash! Make a… zipped purse Step 1 STITCH the geo pattern in the centre of 10x13cm (4x5in) of white 14 count aida fabric, using two strands for the cross stitch. Step 2 FOLD over the top of the stitched aida onto the wrong side by 1cm (⅜in). Press the fold in place. Working from the outside of the purse, place the fold on top of a closed 11cm (4¼in) closed-end zip, so that the seam is up against the teeth on one side of the zip, and spaced equally in the centre of…

1 min
exclusive summer stitch-a-long!

Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 23 high x 70 wide (part 2) Design size: 4x12.5cm (1⅝x5in) Stitch time: 3 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Make a… summer sampler Step 1 NOTE that the second row of your SAL should be stitched directly under the first part given in the last issue of CrossStitcher. 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 LOOK at the chart, the beads should be stitched in the positions marked on the chart with a mauve dot. Stitch a button on the wreath beneath the bee, the other two buttons should be stitched on the first row of the SAL, shown on the chart in the last issue. Download…

1 min

THERE ARE TIMES to face up to reality and there are times when nothing but a bit of escapism will do. We feel in need of the latter – and hope you do too. With this in mind, we have filled this issue with the way we would like the world to be right now. If we can’t actually go there, we can certainly dream while we stitch a beautiful interpretation. Let’s start with a cricket match on a summer afternoon. With a picturesque church spire and a match in progress in front of a very pretty pavillion, Susan Bates has done us proud with her design on page 18. If your dreams are a little further afield, may we suggest a fabulous Tuscan view courtesy of Maria Diaz (page 54). Let…

2 min
out there

Nautical and nice We love a Sophie Allport print and stitchers will be pleased to hear she has launched new fabrics by the metre for this spring and summer. Following hot on the heels of Butterflies, Zebra & Coastal Birds, a nautical theme is the order of the day with Lobster & Crab and Whales now ready for your summer makes. All are 100% cotton, are ideal for backing cross stitched cushions and for lining bags and much more, and available from sophieallport.com. HOME TRUTHS STAY ON message with this brand-new kit from Cotton Clara. Everything you need is included, 13cm diameter hoop, white aida fabric, DMC threads, needle, wadding, wooden back, instructions card and ribbon to hang. It comes in a beautiful striped box so it would make a great gift for…

1 min
my craft room: kate spiridonova

“Hello! My name is Kate, I live in Moscow, cross-stitching for 10 years now, and in the few last years I like to create a cross-stitch patterns. This is my stitching place in which I create my patterns. I like to stitch here also. Like my whole flat, it is decorated by stitched pictures. They inspire me for new patterns. There are a colour chart, my favourite cross-stitching magazines and big beautiful box with moulins, beads and needles in my stitching place. I also own a cat Richard which helps me to stitch.” Drop us a line to crosssstitcher@warnersgroup.co.uk with images of your craft space and a few words about it and our favourites could be featured in a future issue!…

1 min
trend spotting

UNICORNS OUR UNICORNS on page 64 have inspired us to search for more magical makes and materials… WHO Unicorn is a cross stitch kit from DMC measuring 15cm in diameter. The kit comes complete with 14 count aida, 15cm hoop, stranded cotton thread on a thread organiser, needle, chart and instructions. www.dmc.com WHAT Cheer up a friend who’s a unicorn fan by stitching and sending them this fab Dreaming of Unicorns design in a hoop from the Geeky Stitching Company. thegeekystitchingco.com HOW Trim your projects in style with this cute selection including mini pom-pom trim, Sleepy Unicorn print grosgrain ribbon, pastel rainbow stripe ribbon and light turquoise ric-rac. www.notonthehighstreet.com/stitchkits…