The World of Cross Stitching December 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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The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on! And we’ve got a fantastic selection of projects to keep you busy this season. Add festive sparkle to your home with our décor ideas – make Scandi-style bunting by Faby Reilly (p18), discover Jane Henderson’s exquisite Nativity scene (p26) and try a set of beaded baubles by Becky Spencer (p78) that are sure to take pride of place on your tree. There’s a wealth of card and gift projects that you’ll be able to whip up in a weekend, from Maria Diaz’s city snow globe cards (p56) to Rhona Norrie’s cute gift card holders (p84). And your exclusive kit this month is a set of three sweet greeting cards to stitch and send to friends and family right away (p7)! Little ones will…

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meet some of our designers…

HELZ CUPPLEDITCH This jolly scene from Helz (p10) features Santa, his snowman pal and a cute pup. All three are wrapped up warm and ready to brighten up your home. MARIA DIAZ Friends and family will be thrilled to receive a vibrant city snow globe card from you this festive season. Choose from six designs packed with detail (p56). JENNY VAN DE WIELE Part of a series of monogram alphabet sets designed by Jenny, this winter addition – complete with wreath frames – is perfect for cards and gifts (p38).…

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meet our guests

Hayley Marks is a veterinary nurse from Dorset, UK Three words to describe you? Patient, creative, determined. What has been your favourite cross stitch project? My mum bought me a gorgeous cross stitch kit featuring two giraffe faces. It took me a whopping 80 hours to stitch, but it is stunning. I have it framed in my lounge. What do you love the most about cross stitching? The best thing about cross stitching is that it’s ‘my time’. I can switch off completely and immerse myself in it, which helps me to relax. Your cross stitch heaven? I would love to own a craft shop where I could run cross stitch classes. Fave recent WOXS design? The ‘Picture Perfect’ 3D designs by Heather Nugent in issue 281 are brilliant. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before, and I…

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your exclusive gift!

Factbox × Stitching Time Approx. 4-5 hours each × Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, half cross stitch, backstitch, French knots × Ease of Stitching Intermediate Lovely sense of depth Christmas Cards key STITCH COUNT 25 high x 25 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 4.5x4.5cm (1¾x1¾in) STITCHED BY Angela Griffin These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton and metallic thread 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 Grey x1 Dark brown x1 Brown x1 Light brown x1 Red x2 Dark green x1 Green x2 Light green x2 Cream x1 Dark grey x2 Light red x1 Metallic gold x3 Blue x4 Total: 23 lengths TOP TIP To keep your backstitch looking neat, work it over individual aida blocks rather than making longer stitches…

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christmas is coming!

This fantastically festive kit includes everything you need to stitch a super-sweet and wintry scene, based on an original illustration by Margaret Sherry. Have it ready to hang in your home this Christmas or give as a special gift! What's inside your complete cross stitch kit: × Full-size colour chart & key × 45 thread skeins (4m) – including metallics! × 14-count aida & needle × BONUS mini card kit & chart Stitch count 159 high x 110 wide • Design area on 14-count aida 29x20cm (11¼x7¾in) • Frame not included Order your kit today! ORDER ONLINE or CALL 03330 162 138 and quote ‘Margaret Sherry Christmas Kit Print 1’ *UK calls will cost the same as other standard fixed line numbers (starting 01 or 02) and are included as part of any inclusive or free minutes allowances…

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furry tales

Mouse and Reindeer key STITCH COUNT 40 high x 36 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7.5x6.5cm (2¾x2½in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Here, Lizzie Mouse embodies the goodwill spirit of the festive holiday alongside her favourite red-nosed reindeer. Send this sweet, cuddly duo as a Christmas card to let a loved one know that you’re thinking of them this December. Missed a chart? ISSUE 286 Wearing his crooked hat and purple robes, Monty is sure to put you under his spell. ISSUE 285 All nice and cosy in his warm sweater, Monty is enjoying the cool, crisp outdoors. ISSUE 284 Lizzie has a special present just for you – a stunning, bright yellow sunflower! For back issues, call % 03330 162 137 or visit…