The World of Cross Stitching September 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

Are you an animal lover? We’ve got an array of creatures for you to enjoy stitching this month, from Durene Jones’ folksy-style chicken design (p40) and Kay Widdowson’s snoozing fox (p24) to a selection of jungle animals in Rhona Norrie’s matching game for kids (p72). We also have part 2 of Lucie Heaton’s beautiful birds blanket project on page 56 and in next month’s mag we’ll show you how to turn all 12 designs into a patchwork quilt. You’re going to love Fiona Baker’s stunning lighthouse design on page 66. Stitched on specially dyed fabric to create a dramatic stormy sky, this will be a perfect piece of art for a nautical-themed room. If you know someone who loves the glitz and glamour of the 1920s or ‘30s then take a look…

3 min
meet our guests

Alison Waddington is retired and comes from Rhyl, Wales How did you start stitching? My teacher encouraged me to do some cross stitching in junior school. I made a dressing table cover on green aida with red and white stitches. It made me feel good about myself that I could do it. What was the last thing you stitched as a gift for someone? It was for my grandchildren, because I wanted them to have something special from Grandma. I stitched their initials, K and E, using a seaside ABC from an old issue of WOXS. What has been your favourite design recently in WOXS? I’d like to stitch the Enchanting Unicorn from issue 278. This looks like a good project to follow. What’s your proudest stitching moment? Some years ago I stitched a Strawberries and Cream sampler. It…

2 min
down on the farm

Wonderfully nostalgic, this piece celebrates the traditional harvest that takes place all over the countryside, when the crops in the fields begin to be brought in and hay bales appear. And while the tractors that are used today might have changed a bit in looks from this vintage-style model, many elements of this late summer event have remained unchanged. Full of Susan’s trademark attention to detail, this realistic scene uses over 30 thread colours. Backstitch is used to highlight certain details of the tractor and the landscape, including the picturesque farmhouse in the distance, while half cross stitch creates the distant landscape and beautifully soft sky. This is a project that will last you throughout this season and into early autumn. All the many hours spent stitching will be worth it, however,…

9 min
your letters

Star Letter PURRFECT STITCHY KITTY This is a picture of the cross stitch project that I’ve just finished. I am going to give it to my sister, who is a cancer survivor, an artist and a cat lover. She has been away for the summer, so I’m hoping she will like this surprise I have waiting for her upon her return. I got the pattern from the Spring 2018 issue of Cross Stitch Favourites magazine. I have been cross stitching for many years, but only discovered your magazine about four years ago at my craft store. I enjoy your magazine very much, and there are always a couple of projects in it I want to make. Diane Malek, Florida, USA Hannah: Well done on creating such a heartwarming and cheerful gift for your amazing sister,…

2 min
strike a pose!

It’s often said that true style never really goes out of fashion, and that’s certainly true about these cards! Featuring six iconic outfits from decades past, Maria has created a stitched catwalk of ladies modelling timeless clothes. From the gorgeous 1940s model wearing her chic suit and matching pillbox hat to the trendy 80s girl in a ra-ra skirt, one-shouldered top and hair bow, there are so many fun details to enjoy bringing to life. Maria has cleverly used backstitch to create a sketchy feel, like you’d find in a fashion designer’s notebook. While the overall designs measure about 10.5x7cm (4x2¾in), there’s plenty of stitch detail within them to keep your interest, including fractionals, half cross stitch and French knots. You’ll also find some metallic threads to add a luxe touch. Fashion lovers…

1 min
furry tales

STITCH COUNT 40 high x 32 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) — 7.5x6cm (2¾x2¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Dancing about in her beautiful yellow dress, Lizzie Mouse is happy and enjoying the summer sunshine. What’s this? Lizzie has a special present just for you – a stunning, bright sunflower! She hopes it’ll bring a smile to your face. Missed a chart? ISSUE 283 Monty Mouse is keeping his cool this summer by zooming around on his skateboard. ISSUE 282 Lizzie is ready to relax in the pool with her cute red and white polka dot swimsuit. ISSUE 281 This is one groom who will certainly sweep you off your feet! Great as a wedding gift. For back issues, call 03330 162 137 or visit…