The World of Cross Stitching March 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

This issue is a real celebration of spring! The lighter evenings will give us more time for stitching, and we’ve got lots of new projects for you to enjoy. Top of my ‘To Stitch’ list is the stunning leaping hares design by Fiona Baker (p70). Featuring lazy daisy embroidery and sequin embellishments, this is a great project for trying your hand at new stitches and techniques. We’ve made ours into a bolster cushion and we include the simple steps for making your own, but this design would look fab in a wooden frame, too. Bring a flavour of the brighter spring weather into your home with Jenny van de Wiele’s pretty bulb sampler (p38), Durene Jones’ sweet birdhouse design (p20) or Maria Diaz’s allotment alphabet set on page 79. Keep track of important…

3 min
meet our guests

Tamara Bowen is a virtual executive assistant from Maryland, USA Fave thing about stitching? I love the ability to create a work of art from needle and thread. I mostly keep the pattern the same but enjoy taking ‘creative artistic license’ and change colours to make it my own. What do your family and friends think of your hobby? Stitching, or doing crafts in general, is a commonality within my family and friends. If someone isn’t a stitcher, they usually strongly hint about something they would love to have stitched for their home. Fave recent WOXS design? I’m gathering supplies to stitch ‘A Star is Born’ by Lesley Teare (issue 275). Planning to use the new DMC sparkly threads and give a few as gifts. Memorable stitching moment? My 7-year-old grandson surprised me with an embroidery piece he…

1 min
furry tales

Dandelion Mouse key This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Lizzie Mouse is all ready for spring in her sunny yellow dress. Here she is playing a favourite childhood game of blowing the fluffy seeds of the dandelion, making them appear like downy, white parachutes in the sky. Spread joy to a friend with this lovely stitch! Missed a chart? ISSUE 277 Monty Mouse in his sweet red jumper will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! ISSUE 276 Lizzie’s ready to help make your New Year go off with a bang! ISSUE 275 Surprise a special someone with Monty and his spotty gift! For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit…

2 min
fabulous and fierce

The most wondrous of all mythical creatures is, no doubt, the unicorn. A symbol of purity and grace, this legendary being has an alluring air of mystery and beauty. The whimsical horse’s pure white coat, flowing golden mane and spiraling horn are simply awe-inspiring. Shannon has captured the proud and majestic spirit of the unicorn in this design with an assortment of whole stitch, fractionals, half stitch, backstitch, French knots and plenty of seed bead embellishments (turn to page 14 to learn how to add seed beads to your stitching) – there are a variety of techniques here that’ll challenge you and keep you engaged. In addition to this, metallic thread is used to great effect to highlight the magical aura. Framed by pretty pink and dark purple florals, this feminine yet…

10 min
your letters

Star Letter WOODLAND FRIENDS Here is a photo of my afghan and three other pieces. After six and a half months, and about 800 hours in total, I finished the afghan and I am thoroughly chuffed with the effect. There were both highs and lows as I worked on this piece – the frustration of so many two and three stitches of colour (34 colours for just the chipmunk) dissolved as the realism of each completed animal motif showed. I cut pieces of a lightweight iron-on interfacing to fit the worked blocks in order to secure the stitches and backed the whole area with a baby muslin and outlined each block with a row of running stitches. This has only added a very little weight and thickness to the afghan, but it…

2 min
birds of a feather

Birds, butterflies and flowers – what more could you want from your springtime stitching? In a beautifully fresh colour palette of violet, mauve, blue, yellow and green, this lovely birdhouse that’s framed by pretty flowers will definitely make you smile as you stitch! The design may look deceptively simple to bring to life, but the 16 thread colours used to create the subtle shading and detail will ensure experienced stitchers find plenty of interest, while those newer to the craft will enjoy that it uses whole cross stitches and backstitch only. The backstitch is key to this piece, bringing the details to vivid life, so take your time to create a wonderful finish. The gingham effect in the stitching is then complemented in the fabric used to make up this sweet scene,…