The World of Cross Stitching February 2020

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 another delightful dream, bursting with new-season stitches for all abilities. Whether you are looking for a new challenge to test your skills this spring, or you desire some quick stitches to pick up and put down, this issue has something to tempt you all. Why not start by settling down with a good cup of tea when you start stitching the lovely ‘Tea with Friends’ design from Siobhan Harrison (p18). Breakfast will never be dull again with Rhona Norrie’s sweet little soldier egg cosies (p84), which can’t fail to bring a smile to your face! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you can get busy making our adorable panda (p68), which is bursting with love or Lucie Heaton’s space pun cards (p56) are the perfect way to show…

2 min
meet our guests

Paula Palmet is a high school student from Tõrvandi, Estonia How’d you start stitching? My love of stitching started in kindergarten. I remember the teachers poking a pattern of holes into cartons and then we would backstitch them with thread. I immediately got addicted! When my mother saw this, she introduced me to cross stitch – I really can’t thank her enough for that! Your best stitching tip? I’ve always been ever grateful to whoever taught me the loop method for beginning to stitch. It’s the perfect way to start stitching, and it looks so neat from the back too! Recent fave WOXS design? I liked issue 287 (Dec, 2019) because it reminded me that Christmas was just around the corner. My favourite design from that issue were the ‘City Snow Globes’. I loved making them…

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furry tales

Flossie Mouse key Let’s say a big ‘welcome’ to the newest member of the family – Flossie! Stitch this little sweetie, with her matching party dress and bow, and celebrate 100 Furry Tales charts from Lucie Heaton! Stitch Flossie today to make a fabulous greeting card. 100th FURRY TALES CHART! Meet the designer Lucie Heaton “I get so much enjoyment from seeing how readers use my patterns and I find it amazing how much love there is for these little characters. I first started designing them for The World of Cross Stitching nearly 18 years ago and it’s wonderful that they are still as popular as ever. To celebrate, I’m introducing a new character to the Furry Tales family – meet Flossie Mouse!” For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit…

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your exclusive gift!

TOP TIP You might like to try stitching your flowers onto different coloured fabric, and stitch a number of different bookmarks Inside your kit… To help you sort your threads, here’s a list of the threads in your kit: Red x1 Light red x1 Yellow x1 Dark yellow x1 Blue x1 Light blue x1 Grey x3 Light pink x1 Light yellow x2 Plum x1 Light plum x2 Pink x1 Green x2 Dark green x2 Purple x1 Total: 21 lengths Spring Flowers Bookmark key Stitch for gifts! Factbox • Stitching Time Approx. 5 hours• Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots• Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner…

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triple the love

Sitting among a bed of delicate flowers, Tatty Teddy’s not just giving you his heart – he’s giving you three, each one stitched in its own pretty pastel pattern. Whether you give this sweet piece to your loved one or keep it for yourself, you’re sure to enjoy each and every stitch of this delightful design. As with all Tatty Teddy charts, the backstitch is key to achieving the patched look and fur detail, plus the grass and flowers in the foreground. You’ll use backstitch in both one and two strands, including some in DMC Color Variations thread which has subtle colour changes along its length to create a multi-hued effect. Take your time to get the backstitch perfect with the correct number of strands, as this will give you a…

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your letters

Star Letter MINDFUL STITCHING I cannot thank you enough for the ‘Positive Affirmation’ card charts. I have bipolar, depression and anxiety. I use cross stitch to keep myself busy, though I struggle to finish the bigger patterns. These patterns are perfect in size and very poignant. I look forward to finishing them all and framing them for my living room, so I can look at them when I am not feeling so good. I chose my own colours and made the flower a forget-me-not to remind myself that the pain does stop, and I also embellished it with seed beads. I’m so pleased with it. Please can we see more mental health patterns? Thank you. Traci Hanwell, via email Hannah: Traci, we are so touched by your letter and your honesty about your mental…