The World of Cross Stitching June 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

Let’s keep calm and carry on stitching! It’s been a difficult time across the world recently, but I hope that you’ve all been continuing to stitch – it’s such a relaxing and mindful activity and I’ve got plenty of projects to keep you motivated this month. First, let’s all head to the seaside with Fiona Baker’s stunning nostalgic pier stitched on special dyed sunset fabric (p72) and Emma Horan’s bright summer holiday scene (p24). We chat to new The World of Cross Stitching designer, Emma, about how she transforms her vibrant paintings into cross stitch designs on page 29. Add a splash of colour to your home with Amanda Butler’s citrus fruit set (p58). We show you how to turn the three botanical-style patterns into handy accessories to add a zest for…

2 min
meet our guests

Tracey Knight is a retired teacher from Alton Technique you’d like to master? My fractional stitches are pretty hit and miss! I keep trying to get some consistency with them. I have found that switching my needle for one with a sharper point does help. Who are your stitchy buddies? I belong to a couple of stitching groups, but admit that I prefer the contemplative, meditative aspect of stitching by myself. Who would you love to have a stitching session with? I wish I’d had the opportunity to meet Jo Verso. Her books and designs were the ones that kept me going when I was a cross stitch newbie. Your fave project style? I love backstitching, I think that it really brings a project to life. That’s probably why I was so delighted to discover blackwork! Fave WOXS design? The…

1 min
furry tales

Football Mouse key STITCH COUNT 40 high x 31 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7.5x5.5cm (2¾x2¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Concentrating on a game of keep-yuppy, Monty dreams of one day playing for England. Stitch him for footie-mad girls and boys and patch him onto a sports kit bag or use waste canvas to stitch him onto a favourite T-shirt. Missed a chart? ISSUE 293 Make way for Her Royal Highness, Princess Lizzie of Furry Tales, in her ballgown. ISSUE 292 Here comes hardworking Monty with a lawnmower, ready to tackle the garden. ISSUE 291 Lizzie has been very busy in the garden harvesting colourful spring blooms. For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit…

1 min
two exclusive gifts!

TOP TIP This is a great card to stitch and keep hold of in case a birthday sneaks up on you! Fun design for everyone Factbox × Stitching Time Approx. 6 hours × Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch × Ease of Stitching Beginner Inside your kit… To help you sort your threads, here is a list of the colours and number of lengths inside your exclusive kit: Dark blue x 1 Dark pink x 2 Pink x 2 Light pink x 1 Yellow x 3 Light blue x 1 Dark green x 1 Green x 5 Light green x 2 Blue x 2 Grey x 2 Total: 22 lengths Happy Birthday key STITCH COUNT 36 high x 53 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 6.5x9.5cm (2½x3¾in) DESIGNED BY Durene Jones STITCHED BY Angela Griffin This design was stitched using stranded cotton from your coverkit Stitch a classic cottage Use your bonus chart to create an idyllic country…

2 min
make a wish!

Commemorate a loved one’s special day, whether they’re turning 5, 50 or 100, with this paw-sitively radiant kitty and his lovingly baked sweet treat. Everyone will adore this cuddly cat, especially as he’s bringing a big birthday cake. It’s not a Margaret Sherry design without plenty of backstitch to bring this fluffy feline to life. Backstitch in charcoal grey makes the cat look extra soft and strokable, and backstitch in a lighter grey adds detail to the flames on the candles. This design is a great project to grow your stitchy confidence with – it’s worked primarily in whole cross stitch, with a little bit of half cross stitch thrown in to make those candles glow. Once you’ve added your last backstitch, you’re ready to mount and frame your work. Here we’ve…

10 min
your letters

Star Letter THE PERFECT STASH I thought you might like to see the box that I have made for myself to hold the stash for my current project. Just look how nicely the fun gift from The World of Cross Stitching issue 285 (Oct 2019) fits in it. Thank you for all the inspiration. Doreen Chinnery, Cornwall Hannah: What a wonderful storage solution, Doreen! This is the perfect way to keep your stitchy items organised and together for each project. I adore the stunning peacock you’ve stitched on the lid of the box. I’m so pleased to see the little storage box from the magazine being put to good use, too! I’m not sure where you got yours from, but if our readers want to create their own storage box, Viking Loom have a…