The World of Cross Stitching October 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’re transporting you to the golden days of autumn this month with a fantastic selection of projects to evoke crisp leaves and All Hallows’ Eve! First up, we welcome back Faye Whittaker with her distinct All Our Yesterday’s style in a sweet scene of children playing amongst the leaves (p10). Enjoy Carol Thornton’s intricate woodland scene (p56), stitch and send Jenny Van De Wiele’s seasonal cards (p68), decorate your home with a spook-tacular wreath by Heather Nugent (p76) and make Rhona Norrie’s fun Halloween mug cosies to keep your brew warm (p38). Have you been struggling to find the right pattern to make a card or gift for the man in your life? Look no further than our Design Library by Durene Jones (p47)! You’ll find 39 ‘manly’ motifs covering a…

1 min
meet some of our designers…

CAROL THORNTON Carol has created an incredible photorealistic woodland scene featuring orange hues and two curious badgers at the heart of the design (p56). KAY WIDDOWSON Celebrate the autumn season with Kay's playful family of squirrels in this stylised design packed with fun details to get your needle stuck into (p24). SOSAE & DENNIS Keep your food fresh, be eco-friendly and brighten up your kitchen with Sosae and Dennis' fantastic Kawaii-style reusable pot covers (p62). STITCHING HELP! Don’t forget to send all your stitchy questions and design requests in to us! Email us at: Write to: Ask the Experts, The World of Cross Stitching, Immediate Media Co, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4ST Send in queries via social media: We will try and answer your questions as soon as we can, but if you’re working to a specific deadline…

3 min
meet our guests

Sara Bustamante is a paralegal from Houston, Texas, USA Stitching project you love best? My favourite style is cards. I feel like mailing cards is not done as often anymore, but there’s nothing like a thoughtful card in the mail. What’s the best stitching tip you’ve ever heard? French knots are not as scary as they look. It takes a bit of practice and patience, but they are feasible. Do you have a stitching technique you’d like to master? I’d love to learn how to stitch beads into a piece. I think the beads add a lovely texture and shine to the work that even metallic thread can’t rival. Fave WOXS design? I loved the ‘Tea With Friends’ pattern in issue 290 (February 2020). Tea is a part of my daily life. Who’d you like to have a crafty…

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furry tales

Costume Mouse key STITCH COUNT 40 high x 30 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7.5x5.5cm (2¾x2¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Ready to go trick or treating, Monty is looking absolutely fa-boo-lous dressed up as Frankenstein’s monster. Make up as a fun card, or add some ribbon to create a hanging decoration for a frightful costume party. Missed a chart? For back issues, call ☎ 03330 162 137 or visit…

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your exclusive gift!

Quick-to-stitch Factbox Stitching Time Approx. 2-3 hours each Type of Stitches Cross stitch, backstitch Ease of Stitching Beginner Gift Tags key MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 22 high x 23 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 4x4cm (1½x1¾in) DESIGNED BY Emma Congdon STITCHED BY Laura Boyter These designs were stitched using stranded cotton from your coverkit Inside your kit… To help you sort your threads, here’s a list of the threads in your kit: Red x2 Yellow x2 Pink x2 Light orange x2 Dark green x3 Green x3 Orange x3 Purple x2 Blue x2 Turquoise x2 Total: 23 lengths…

2 min
a sprinkle of fairy dust

Faye Whittaker’s much-loved All Our Yesterdays characters have a special place in the world of cross stitching. Part of their appeal is their timeless nature, as this exclusive design proves – Faye was inspired to put paint to canvas for us after seeing two siblings playing with leaves in the park. With their large hats obscuring their faces, you can imagine this being any young brother and sister from your own life – the old-fashioned attire and buttoned boots of the pair just adds to the charm. This special scene is worked in whole cross stitch with no fractionals to worry about and a half cross stitch background for a relaxed stitching experience. The background is left undefined, with backstitch only used on the playful pair and the leaves, putting them…