The World of Cross Stitching January 2019

Every issue is packed with the very best cross stitch designs, expert advice and in depth technical features, as well as product news, reader letters and stories, competitions and giveaways.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

New season, new stitches! After the frenzy of Christmas stitching, I’m sure you’re ready for some fresh designs to inspire you for the year ahead. I can’t wait to see the first snowdrops bloom, but until then I’ll be admiring Amanda Gregory’s winter flower quartet on page 38, and the rustic wreath design stitched on icy blue linen on page 66. If you’re still feeling the celebration vibes then you’ll love Rebecca Spencer’s fireworks card set (p26), and the playful penguins in our ABC collection (p79) are perfect for making party invites. After all of the merriment you might want to set your New Year’s resolutions and Jenny Barton’s motivational motifs in the Design Library will help you keep on track! Fancy learning a new skill this year? Give appliqué a go…

3 min
meet our guests

Nicola Smales is a volunteer living in Barnet What’s been your favourite ever cross stitch project? A rose kit I did. At first it just looked like a pink blob, but once I completed the backstitch, it brought it to life. Fave thing about stitching? I love the relaxing, meditative feeling it gives me as I stitch. Hours can pass and I’ll hardly notice as I’m so absorbed in what I’m doing. Plus, I love the variety of patterns out there – anything you want to stitch you’ll be able to find if you look long enough. Best cross stitching tip? The loop start – if you’re using an even number of threads, you double them over and pass the needle through the loop to secure them without excess bulk at the back. Favourite recent WOXS design? The…

1 min
furry tales

Grab a bottle of your finest bubbly and celebrate the New Year with a pop, fizz and bang with Lizzie Mouse. Wish friends and family a Happy New Year with this cute character on a card and they’re sure to start the year off in good spirits and with a smile. Cheers! Happy New Year Mouse key This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Missed a chart? ISSUE 275 Surprise a special someone with Monty and his spotty paper-wrapped gift! ISSUE 274 Get cosy with Lizzie, who’s wrapped up warmly in her jumper. ISSUE 273 Celebrate Thanksgiving with American friends and our sweet pilgrim. For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit…

3 min
reach for the stars

STITCH FOR A LOVED ONE Use metallic threads Factbox ⨯ Stitching Time Approx. 45 hours⨯ Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, half cross stitch, backstitch⨯ Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner Every once in a while, a special someone in your life may need a little bit of extra love and encouragement. The hopeful words and loveable bear in this design are sure to warm the hearts of any lucky recipient. So, snuggle down with the oh-so-cute Tatty Teddy and dare to dream big with this adorable project. Stitched on 14-count white aida, this chart uses a wide range of stitches, with the use of backstitch to make Tatty Teddy look super fluffy and his scarf extra cosy. Some of the stars are created in DMC Light Effects metallic thread using backstitch, which helps them to…

10 min
your letters

Star Letter FROM PARIS, WITH LOVE I am just so excited that I have finally completed this large project. It has taken me three years, in between other smaller projects, to complete it. This picture ‘Cafe in the Sun’ reminds me of France. My husband and I lived in France for about two years after we got married. Now, I have to wash it and get it ready for framing. Can’t wait to hang it on the wall. Hope you like it. Peggy Thomas, Thornbury Sue: This is simply stunning, Peggy! You can definitely see that a lot of time, effort and love went into stitching this piece. Once you have this hanging up proudly on your wall, what a lovely reminder this project will be for you and your husband of your time as newly-weds…

2 min
porcelain pups

A MODERN TWIST ON A CLASSIC Plenty of backstitch detail Factbox ⨯ Stitching Time Approx. 50 hours⨯ Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots⨯ Ease of Stitching Intermediate Staffordshire porcelain dogs were the must-have ornament in the 1800s. Standing guard atop the mantelpiece, these pairs of pottery spaniels, also known as hearth spaniels or fireplace dogs, were essential for any stylish Victorian home. Now, with Kay’s delightful design, you can bring these classic figurines to life and create your very own stitchy version! Although this design only uses a limited colour palette on 14-count aida, there’s plenty of stitch detail to pique your interest, including fractional stitches and French knots. The blue and white shades instantly create the feel of delicate porcelain, while a floral border gives a fresh and spring-like feel to…