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CrossStitcher April 2021

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.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Warners Group Publications Plc
Frequency:
Monthly
$6.71
$40.31
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
make of the month

Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 36 high x 36 wide (each) Design size: 6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in) Stitch time: 3 hours (each) This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. There are plenty of other ways you could use these designs – how about backing and stuffing one to make a pincushion? Make a… biscuit coaster Step 1 USE two 10x10cm (4x4in) pieces of white aida to stitch your coasters, starting in the centre of both pieces of aida. Make an 8cm (3_in) diameter circular paper template. Place the template over one of the designs, and pin in place. Once the design is central, cut round the paper template. Repeat for the other coaster. Step 2 CUT a 9.5cm (3¾in) diameter circular paper template. Pin to a 10x10cm (4x4in) piece of beige felt, then cut around the paper template. Place…

1 min
welcome

COLOUR IS ONE of the best things about stitching. There’s nothing like that wonderful sweet shop feeling when you look at a range of threads or sort your stranded cotton colours for a new project. (We’re ignoring the mood felt when trying to distinguish five shades of green in poor light…) We do know some people who collect threads just to admire them! Colour has strong associations, especially after such grey months. This issue we have a feast of colours all in one project. By popular demand, we have invited Emma Congdon to create another seasonal collection of swatches. We dare you not to smile when you see the way she has summed up the season on page 32. Will Tulip Pink or Bunny Brown catch your eye? Talking of bunnies, it…

2 min
out there

Bridgerton & Bargello Hobbycraft has reported seeing a stitching resurgence since Netflix Regency drama Bridgerton hit our screens over Christmas. They reveal searches for embroidery have increased by 86% since the show began and sales of stitching accessories and kits have increased by 30% and 20% respectively! Another craft growing in popularity since the show aired is Bargello which Hobbycraft predicts to be one of this year’s top crafting trends. The technique for Bargello works with one stitch throughout making it a simple way to recreate some of Bridgerton’s fashion and interior designs seen throughout the series. You can visit Hobbycraft’s ideas hub to get started with Bargello today! www.hobbycraft.co.uk EASTER IDEAS WITH EASTER just around the corner, it’s time to put your stitching skills to good use and give your home a…

1 min
my craft room: liz stiglets

“My studio has natural light, and great storage space. All my supplies and shipping materials are stored upstairs, and more drawers and shelving downstairs. The oversized work table serves many purposes: desk, fabric cutting table (for all my favourite Spoonflower fabric designs!), shipping station and assembly area. It’s big enough for multiple projects. I love walking into the studio each day because it’s bright, colourful, peaceful and inviting, which makes me inspired.” cozybluehandmade.com www.spoonflower.com 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

GARDENING LOVE OUR gardening tote bag on page 54? You’ll really dig these other green-fingered treats then… WHO Sophie Allport is launching a new design in her 100% cotton fabric ranges – get your five a day with her elegant Home Grown pattern. www.sophieallport.com WHAT This denim gardening apron with handy deep pockets can be personalised with your cross stitched initials! sparksanddaughters.com HOW Whether hanging gardening themed hoop projects, threading through gift tags or using to attach stitched charms or keyrings – this pack of hessian ribbon and twine comes in 5 metre lengths for a charming, rustic finish. www.gingerray.co.uk…

2 min
stitching with jess

Hullo! We all have intrinsic ideas about what makes us happy, but when was the last time you put into words exactly what delights you? Not the big, obvious joys, but the small moments of pleasure. This month’s flower in focus is the magnificent crocus (apparently, I’m a poet! Or a rapper… I need a good cross-stitch rapper name). The floriology meaning behind this little beauty is ‘cheerfulness’, and it suits the plant fully. These colourful blooms often come up in late winter, punctuating cold and frosty landscapes with their determined and cheerful presence. This purposeful positivity is something we can use in our own lives. The more we focus on what is positive and cheerful, the less likely we are to feel overwhelmed by negativity, and the more grateful we…