The World of Cross Stitching February 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

Our February issue is packed with dreamy projects that’ll get your heart racing! Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, wedding or just want to say ‘I love you’, there’s plenty of stitchy inspiration for heartfelt gifts. Faby Reilly’s wedding sampler design (p68) will be the perfect memento for a loved one’s special day and sparkly sequins and beads add a stylish finishing touch. Give your gifts a little va-va-voom with our decadent Parisian-themed Design Library (p47), express your love for someone special with the romantic heart-shaped hanging by Jenny Barton (p26) and old and young alike will enjoy Durene Jones’ whimsical cat triptych design (p62). If you’re looking for easy home style, we’ve got that covered too – choose from the patchwork key organiser on page 20, beautiful blackwork butterfly hoop…

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meet some of our designers…

FABY REILLY Faby’s wedding sampler (p68) is a lovely blend of modern typography with traditional floral motifs. Sequins and seed beads add the perfect finishing touch to this design. FIONA BAKER Pretty purple butterflies are set against striking geometric blackwork to great effect and two hoops are used to create a unique wall hanging (p56). CLAIRE COMERFORD Say thanks a bunch with Claire’s stitched basket of flowers on page 10. Enjoy trying various stitch types and variegated threads to complete this design. OVER £1,056 OF PRIZES WILL BE WON! Your chance to win! See page 83 to enter our competitions & be lucky…

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meet our guests

Louise Rousell is a swimming teacher from Farnborough Which three words describe you best? Organised, fun, motivated! What’s on your needle now? The ‘Adventure Awaits’ and ’12 days of Stitchmas’ SALs by Caterpillar Cross Stitch. They’re so bright and colourful! Worst stitching disaster? I decided to stitch a wedding gift on evenweave – BIG mistake! I had never used evenweave before and had to restart it on aida, almost delaying the gift, but I managed to finish on time. Recent fave WOXS design? ‘Shimmer and Shine’ by Jenny van de Wiele from issue 274. I love the colours against the blue background and how the beads finish the piece! Tell us why you love stitching After a busy day, stitching helps me to relax. I also love finishing a piece as it gives a real sense of accomplishment! Carolyn Parry is…

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your exclusive gift!

STITCHER’S COMPANION Make important notes in the handy notebook and keep track of all the projects you have on the go with the sticky pad How to… plot your name Plot your chosen book name with a pencil onto graph paper using the letters on the chart to the right. Leave a consistent number of squares between each letter. Using your graph paper as a guide, stitch your name onto a piece of aida slightly larger than the book’s aperture. Secure with double-sided tape. TOP TIP As you read this issue, mark any project pages with sticky notes stating when and who you might stitch the project for…

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furry tales

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Monty Mouse in his red jumper, ready to show someone just how much they’re loved! This sweet design is ideal for stitching and sending as a card to your loved one, and is sure to make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Missed a chart? ISSUE 276 Lizzie’s ready to help make your New Year celebrations go off with a bang! ISSUE 275 Surprise a special someone with Monty and his spotty gift! ISSUE 274 Get cosy with Lizzie, who’s wrapped up warmly in her snowflake jumper. For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit…

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basketful of joy

STITCH A HEARTFELT PRESENT Use variegated thread Factbox ⨯ Stitching Time Approx. 60 hours⨯ Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, half cross stitch, backstitch, French knots⨯ Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner/intermediate The language of flowers is a form of communication that goes back thousands of years, and really blossomed during the 19 century. Flowers were used to convey so many different meanings, from red roses to express intense love to lavender for elegance and grace. Nowadays flowers are still the go-to gift to let someone know you care, so what better way to show your appreciation in style than with this beautiful floral gift basket? Stitched on 14-count white aida, the various stitch types will prove an exciting challenge. You’ll also enjoy the clever use of variegated thread to form the twine that attaches the…