The World of Cross Stitching October 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

Welcome to our October issue, filled with seasonal treats for you to enjoy! Jenny Barton’s set of three spook-tacular Halloween masks are perfect for trick or treating (p20) and celebrate autumn with Angela Poole’s delightful fairy garden in a stunning palette of rich thread shades (p72). I’m really excited to be featuring one of the most recognisable historical figures on our cover this month! You can immortalise Henry VIII in stitches with Kareen Taylerson’s majestic design on page 10. Do you know a little one who is celebrating a birthday soon? We’ve got a versatile set of greeting cards by Durene Jones for you to personalise with the child’s age and there’s six fun designs to choose from (p38). And finally, have you been stitching Lucie Heaton’s stunning birds? If so, head over…

1 min
meet some of our designers…

DIANE MACHIN Diane has designed the perfect alphabet set for crafters! Featuring an array of stitchy motifs, use the letters to make a sign to hang on your craft room door (p55). RHONA NORRIE You’ll never be short of card and gift ideas for animal lovers with Rhona’s heartwarming Design Library (p47) filled with 40 adorable pet-themed motifs. HEATHER NUGENT Add a splash of colour to your desk or coffee table with Heather’s fantastic 3D tissue box cover (p24). Stylish and practical, this is sure to brighten a sniffly day.…

3 min
meet our guests

Fave cross stitch project? I designed and stitched a retirement sampler for a former colleague and enjoyed almost every minute of it. It was so fun making something so personal to the recipient. Best compliment you’ve had? I would have to say it was probably from the old lady, Peggy – my mum used to work as a cleaner for elderly people and during school holidays I sometimes went with her to work. Peggy gave me my first cross stitch kit and inspired me to start stitching when I was around 6 years old. Without her encouragement I would be unlikely to still be stitching today. Recent WOXS design you love? I really liked the sweet spaniel puppy design from issue 281. He looks really friendly and cute and I can’t wait to make a…

1 min
furry tales

Autumnal Mouse key STITCH COUNT 40 high x 37 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7.5x6.5cm (2¾x2½in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton When the trees change colour and autumn leaves start to fall, it feels like there is a certain magic in the air. Here, within a swirl of orangey-brown foliage, is Monty. He’s all nice and cosy in his warm sweater, enjoying the cool, crisp outdoors. Missed a chart? ISSUE 284 Lizzie has a special present just for you – a stunning, bright yellow sunflower! 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. For back issues, call % 03330 162 137 or visit…

2 min
by royal command

Use metallic thread Henry VIII is one king who will never be forgotten, from his six wives to his reformation of the church, as well as his legendary appetite. Kareen’s regal portrait is the perfect project for someone who is fascinated by the colourful history of this Tudor monarch. Every detail of this magnificent stitch has been well thought out, from the lavish clothes and kingly accessories that Henry is wearing to the symbols of power that showcase his position as ruler of the country – the lion of England, fleur-de-lis and orb and cross. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a grand portrait without some sumptuous detailing, which is provided with the addition of gold metallic thread to enhance both the noble central figure and the border of beautiful Tudor roses. A…

10 min
your letters

Star Letter IN LOVING MEMORY On 18 October 2017 I bought The World of Cross Stitching issue 260 as the front cover captivated me – a pair of beautiful robins designed by Lisa Alderson. My mum and I used to enjoy stitching in winter, and we were always accompanied by robins who used to visit my mum’s garden. That day I bought the magazine, my mum was in hospital and unfortunately she passed away that very evening. You can imagine how precious this issue is to me! My friend Mary Joan suggested that I make a project in remembrance of my mum and what better project than these robins that reminded me so much of her! So finally here they are, stitched and ready. The next step will be a nice frame. This…