The World of Cross Stitching July 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

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We’ve got a fantastic collection of projects and heaps of inspiration in store for you again this month! The brighter weather means we’re ready for summer-themed projects. You’ll love the seaside scene from Jenny van de Wiele – the nostalgic feel will transport you to childhood days spent at the beach. Other seasonal stitches include a glorious sunny meadow by Amanda Butler, Makiko’s adorable deer and sweet hedgehog, as well as a fun tropical postcard set from Emma Congdon, ready to stitch and send from your holiday destination! Try something new this month with Durene Jones’ set of three stylish book cover designs – they’ll elevate a plain book into a work of art! Stitched on evenweave but using whole cross stitch and backstitch only, this is a great project for those…

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meet some of our designers…

BECKY SPENCER Go wild for the bright and bold menagerie in Becky’s alphabet set (p71). From butterflies and flamingos to lemurs and elephants, there’s an animal for everyone! CHERYL MCKINNON You’ll love Cheryl’s collection of motifs inspired by the pop art movement in the Design Library (p47) – use them to make cards, gifts and fun wall art. MAKIKO Stitch Makiko’s sweet scene (p38) of a happy little hedgehog presenting a special gift to his very deer friend and gift it to your own pal or loved one. Your chance to win! See page 83 to enter our competitions & be lucky OVER £1,051 OF PRIZES WILL BE WON!…

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meet our guests

Katja Wirth is a housewife and mother from Switzerland How did you start cross stitching? I started embroidering simple things when I was four-years-old. My mum taught me a lot. Tell us about your latest stitching project My last picture was a little bear with a penguin for my youngest son. Memorable stitching moment? The first birth picture for my eldest son was one of the most beautiful moments because we wanted a baby for a very long time and had to wait a long time. To stitch a picture for him was madness. Recent fave design from WOXS? The baby motifs from issue 278. They make great cards. Fave thing about stitching? I can switch off and remove the stress of everyday life. Linda Nilsson is a Laboratory Technician from Sweden What was the last thing you stitched as a gift for someone? A…

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your exclusive gift!

Inside your kit… To help you sort your threads, here is a list of the threads in your kit: Purple x1 Tangerine x1 Yellow x1 Light yellow x1 Light pink x1 Blue x2 Peach x1 Light purple x1 Light blue x2 Light peach x2 Straw x1 Dark straw x1 Grey x1 Pink x1 Total: 17 lengths Gift available with print edition only. Overseas gift(s) may vary TOP TIP Finish off your thread neatly by running it through the back of two stitches you have already worked, then snip off the end Alloccasion greeting Factbox • Stitching Time Approx. 3 hours • Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots • Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner Enchanting Fairy key…

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furry tales

Holiday Mouse key This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Missed a chart? ISSUE 281 This is one groom who will certainly sweep you off your feet! Great as a wedding gift. ISSUE 280 All in elegant white and clutching a bouquet, Lizzie is all excited for her big day. ISSUE 279 Check out Monty and his freshly-baked hot cross buns – a classic Easter treat! For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit Grab your shades, the sun is here! Lizzie is all ready for a relaxing dip in the pool in her cute red and white polka dot swimsuit, complete with matching swim cap. Celebrate the summer with this fun-loving mouse… and don’t forget the sunscreen!…

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the look of love

Cocker spaniels are well known as friendly, happy dogs, who enjoy romping in the fields as much as they like a snuggle on the couch with their owner, and Ruth’s portrait captures all of the wonderful qualities of the breed in a hugely lifelike way. This loveable pooch is stitched in whole cross stitch with only a few fractionals to add detail around the eyes and nose. Backstitch adds definition to the edges of the fur, shaggy ears and whiskers, and two French knots give that twinkle in the pup’s eyes! This is a great project for an experienced beginner or intermediate stitcher. A brown frame means this dog is ready to take pride of place on the wall, but the design would also look lovely turned into a cushion or a…