The World of Cross Stitching April 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 bursting with stitching treats for you! We’re sure you won’t be able to resist adding these gorgeous designs to your must-stitch list. Whatever the style or complexity level you’re looking for, we’ve got the answer for you. Easter is soon upon us and we’ve got plenty of seasonal inspiration – you’ll love the cute bunny decoration kit (your exclusive gift this month), stitch the sweet chocolate sampler by Emma Congdon on page 20, try Fiona Baker’s Assisi-style cards (p62) and make a fun Easter egg hunt set (p38) for the whole family to enjoy. Test your skills and have a go at stumpwork embroidery to bring Lesley Teare’s picture-perfect cottage and garden to life (p70). You’ll use various embroidery techniques to create a 3D finish, adding depth and texture…

3 min
meet our guests

Diane Salmon is a Company Director from Kent Three words to describe you? I’m tidy, methodical and patient. This is why cross stitch is the perfect hobby for me! Favourite cross stitch designer? I love the work of Durene Jones, her designs are always bold and she uses great colours. I would love to be able to design like she does. Fave recent WOXS design? Having visited Paris and New York recently, I loved the ‘Fireworks Cards’ in issue 276. I plan to do the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and Big Ben and then frame them in a triple frame. Memorable stitching moment? I will never forget when my daughter spent a weekend at her nan’s house stitching a beach hut for me. Not only was it a wonderful gift, it was a great feeling to know that…

1 min
furry tales

The smell of freshly-baked, spiced hot cross buns heralds the start of spring and Monty Mouse has been busy baking the classic Easter treat! Bring the flavours to life in stitches with this sweet design – it’ll make a perfect card to send Easter greetings to a loved one. Baking Mouse key This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Missed a chart? ISSUE 278 Dressed in her yellow dress and blowing dandelion seeds, Lizzie is ready for spring! ISSUE 277 Monty in his cosy 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! For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit…

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your exclusive gifts!

GIFT 1 Double-sided design Factbox ⨯ Stitching Time Approx. 12 hours⨯ Type of Stitches Cross stitch, half cross stitch, backstitch⨯ Ease of Stitching Beginner Easter Bauble key This design was stitched using stranded cotton from your coverkit Inside your kit… To help you sort your threads, here is a list of the colours and number of lengths inside your kit: White x1 Dark grey x2 Grey x3 Dark pink x2 Pink x3 Orange x2 Yellow x4 Light yellow x3 Tangerine x3 Light grey x3 Green x2 Light orange x2 Light pink x2 Blue x2 Very dark grey x4 Total: 38 lengths Stunning spring luxury chart Enjoy stitching this pretty flower with buzzing bees and blackwork-style hive! GIFT 2 My inspiration “There’s nothing lovelier than a springtime stroll with colourful blooms bursting to life and bees hopping from flower to flower! I hope my design captures the joyful season.” FIONA BAKER, DESIGNER NEXT MONTH: Birdcage bookmark kit Your gift next issue is…

2 min
special delivery

CUTE & FUN TO STITCH Enjoy clever shading Factbox ⨯ Stitching Time Approx. 30 hours⨯ Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots⨯ Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner/intermediate It’s always exciting to receive a personal letter in the post and seeing your name delicately inked onto the front of the envelope (we’ll just ignore the bills for now…)! We hope you’ll be just as excited to stitch these first-class friends and their postbox antics. Those ready to step up and tackle a bigger project will love this design. Stitched on 14-count white aida, its varied use of stitches – cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch and French knots – will be great practice for beginners and will also keep more experienced stitchers interested. Here we’ve displayed this delightful design in a frame with a pink mount, but…

2 min
out & about

CHARITY OF THE MONTH NO TO PLASTIC! Help reduce the use of plastic bags and keep textile waste out of landfills by making ‘morsbags’ – a reusable bag handmade from recycled material. The idea is to get together with people in your local community, eat cake and make reusable morsbags and then give them away! Find the free basic bag pattern and bag pattern for the backs of wheelchairs on the Morsbags website. There’s also a ‘How to Make a Morsbag’ video. Over 300,000 morsbags have been made by stitchers like you, potentially replacing 160 million plastic bags! So, declutter your fabric stash, old clothes or washed out bedsheets to turn them into something truly unique and good for the environment! MORE Visit to get involved WHERE AM I? Thought I would share a photo…