The World of Cross Stitching April 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

We’ve got exciting news! We’ve teamed up with our sister craft magazines to bring you a new craft website – You’ll find stitching tutorials, free patterns and the latest mag news all in one place. Let us know what you think! Now, back to this month’s fantastic projects. First up, I want to tell you about our new three-part Stitch-A-Long designed by the Historical Sampler Company (p68). Over the next three months you’ll create a wonderful rustic spring sampler. If you’re looking to celebrate Easter in stitches, you’ll enjoy our colourful hanging (p62) and our tempting chocolate ABC (p57). Finally, one year on from the tragic fire at Notre Dame, honour this magnificent monument with Carol Thornton’s epic design (p38). Have you been looking to try advanced techniques without the hours invested…

1 min
meet some of our designers…

DIANE MACHIN Greet a new bundle of joy with one of the six sweet wild animal card designs by Diane (p18). The jolly patterns are suitable for twins and triplets, too! CHERYL MCKINNON With Cheryl’s handy armchair pincushion (p74), you’ll never lose your stash again! The soft pastel shades and vintage-style motifs will suit every home décor. CAROL THORNTON Restore Notre Dame to its former glory stitch by stitch in Carol’s magnificent design (p38). There are plenty of techniques to put your skills to the test.…

2 min
meet our guests

Be on the panel! Get a sneak preview Appear in the magazine Receive a stitchy gift Cathy Cronin is an accommodation manager from SE Queensland, Australia Fave recent WOXS design? It has to be the ‘Highland Cows’ cuddling from 286 (Nov 2019)! I love it because Highland cows are cute and shaggy, especially the babies. How’d you get into stitching? When I was 15, a local lady started up weekly craft classes. I chose to stitch some simple yellow and orange flowers. This was 32 years ago and I only got my flowers framed earlier this year – I still love them! Proudest stitching moment? When I finished my fifth child’s birth sampler. It took me about three years in between a busy mothering life. Getting it framed and putting it up with the others was a great feeling! Fave themes…

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furry tales

STITCH COUNT 40 high x 40 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7.5x7.5cm (2¾x2¾in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Now that the sun has come back out, the best place to be is outside – even if that is doing chores! The green grass is growing oh-so-quickly and needs a trim, so here comes hardworking Monty with a lawnmower, ready to tackle the garden. Missed a chart? ISSUE 291 Lizzie has been very busy in the garden harvesting colourful spring blooms. ISSUE 290 Lovely Flossie, in her fancy green party outfit, is ready to dance and have a good time! ISSUE 289 In this sweet design, little Baby Mouse is cosy on his adorable heart blanket. For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit…

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friendship & frolics

Peter Rabbit has been on an Easter egg hunt, but as well as finding two brightly patterned eggs, he’s also found two fluffy yellow ducklings! This mischievous rabbit from Beatrix Potter’s timeless story is one of the best-loved childhood characters of all time, and this is your chance to capture him for yourself in needle and thread. This seasonal scene uses whole cross stitch and backstitch, with just a few fractionals for finer details such as the bee and the duck’s beak. Light blue aida is the ideal fabric to complement the springtime pastel colours, as well as enhancing Peter’s famous blue jacket! The scene has some playful details to enjoy stitching, such as the colourful patterns on the eggs and the cheery daffodil bobbing about in the breeze. This charming project…

9 min
your letters

Star Letter GUIDING LIGHT Dear WOXS, this is my latest finished project. I designed and stitched it as a thank you for Gill, our County Commissioner in Girlguiding, Caernarfonshire. This is a hugely demanding volunteer role which Gill did with such passion, so we had to have a very special way of saying thank you. The project is a mixture of owl designs from the magazine, slightly customised to give a Girlguiding theme and some of the badges that were designed for events during her time in the role. I always get such great pleasure in designing pictures to reflect people’s personality and interests. Heather Bonnebaigt, Conwy Tina: This is such a sweet and touching gift, Heather. I bet that Gill will be delighted to receive such a personal present. As a former Girl Guide…