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CrossStitcher August 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

EXCLUSIVE READER KITS! You can send off for a handy kit containing all the materials you need to make these projects. Simply visit craftmag.co/crossstitcherkits to order your kit today! Make a… phone case Step 1 STITCH the design in the centre of 6x6cm (2½x2½in) of white 14 count aida, using two strands for the cross stitch, one for backstitch and a blended needle for the French knots. Step 2 CUT a 16x18cm (6 ⅓x7cm) piece of orange felt in half lengthways, and round off the corners with small, sharp scissors. Cut a 6x5.5cm (2 3/8x2 1/8 in) rectangle from one piece of felt, in the centre and towards the top of the case – it may help to make a paper pattern of this shape before you start. Step 3 PLACE the stitching behind the opening and once…

1 min
exclusive summer stitch-a-long!

Make a… summer sampler Step 1 STITCH the final row of your SAL directly under the first two parts given in issue 358 and 359 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 STITCH the beads in the positions marked on the chart with a mauve dot. The Baker’s twine should be stitched onto the llama’s neck, making small stitches over the twine to secure. Make a tassel and then stitch this onto the Baker’s twine attached to the llama, shown on the chart with a red dot. To make a tassel, cut 20 short lengths of red stranded cotton, which you then fold in half. Wrap the tassel just below…

1 min

WE CAN SAFELY SAY that this summer is like no other. While staying safe has meant postponing so many plans and staying in one place, it has given us a little more chance to think away from our usual routines. For many of us, this has meant equally busy new patterns to our day (home schooling… need we say more?) but the change means we are all living ‘in the moment’. This won’t be new to us stitchers, as we are very good at focusing on a project, then wondering how an hour (or two) has passed. With this feeling of special moments in mind, we had the idea for our cover project. It’s not about the big days we often celebrate in cross stitch, it is all about the little…

3 min
out there

Back to nature Check out Rico’s new chart book for ideas using their fabulous new product launches – their original triangular frames in two sizes and monks cloth. Book No. 170, Nature Matters features organic motifs and floral blooms with 16 cross stitch projects in warm, earthy colours to choose from, with the frames and monks cloth used for several motifs. The designs are perfect for all sorts of homestyle projects from blankets, table runners and pictures to towels and wall hangings, which all make brilliant present ideas too. To find out your nearest Rico stockist visit www.rico-design.com. MY CRAFT ROOM: LAUREN TURNER We get to see a glimpse of a reader’s own sewing space… “My work space is my haven, where I have all my indulgences that I need. Since I was able to extend…

3 min
stitching with jess

Hullo! I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute favourite ways to relax (apart from cross stitching, of course!) is to lose myself in a world of wonder, excitement, and intrigue in a big ol’ book. No matter what time of year or what I’m busy with, I can always find time to hide away with a story. Growing up, I used to lose myself in books. I spent many an evening under the covers with a torch after lights out, risking the wrath of my parents because I needed to finish just one more chapter. After long nights of adventures and bold deeds and magic spells, I was often a li_ le tired when getting ready for school in the morning! It was always worth it though. If you’re…

4 min
mid-summer savings!

MID-SUMMER PRINTED PANELS We have added three more fabric panels this month, that are just right for your summer projects. If you are looking for a background for a summer scene or sampler, these fabric panels come in a handy size of 50x45cm (19x18in). The panels can be hand washed in lukewarm water but with no detergent. Please mark your coupon with the name of the panel you want and the fabric count. Fairy Meadow in 14 count aida or 28 count evenweave. This pretty fabric goes from summer meadow greenery at the bottom, through pretty pinks, and up into a beautiful summer sky. Any summer scene would look amazing on this. Cloud Summer Sky in 14 count aida or 28 count evenweave. A soft shade of blue, mixed with white fluffy clouds…