The World of Cross Stitching January 2021

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

2 min

This month’s issue is bursting with gorgeous designs you won’t be able to resist. Whatever the style you prefer, or the size and complexity of project you have time for, we’ve got something for you. For a real showstopper, get stuck into Amanda Butler’s stunning Northern Lights scene (p70) or Kay Widdowson’s striking hares project (p86). If it’s quick and easy designs you’re after then look no further than Rhona Norrie’s 3D cards stitched on perforated paper (p64), Heather Nugent’s pretty patchwork motifs (p56) or Lisa Reakes’ theatre-themed Design Library (p47). I think most of us are ready to say farewell to 2020 – it’s certainly been a strange time – and we’ve got two designs to celebrate the New Year and the hope that it brings. Try our fireworks ABC to…

3 min
meet our guests

How did you start stitching? I started when I was in my late 20s. It was a busy time in my life and, rather than starting with something simple, I chose a large design of a dragon and castle. Looking back, I can see the parts I stitched during jury service, while I was in hospital and on holiday. It was a year of my life in stitches. Tell us about your latest stitching project… A Nativity scene from last year’s Christmas issue (287) – it’s on dark blue aida and has glowing colours. I hope it will be finished for Christmas. Fave WOXS design? I’m really enjoying the beautiful blackwork jellyfish from the August issue (296). It’s a new style for me and I’m finding it so relaxing working in monochrome. What’s been your favourite…

1 min
furry tales

Happy New Year key Cross stitch in two strands STITCH COUNT 39 high x 40 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7x7.5cm (2¾x2¾in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Missed a chart? For back issues, call 03330 162 137 or visit…

1 min
your exclusive gift!

Forever Friends TM Inside your kit… To help you sort your threads, here is a list of the colours and number of lengths inside your exclusive kit: White x1 Red x1 Sand x3 Light sand x4 Dark sand x2 Pink x2 Brown x2 Peach x1 Dark green x2 Green x2 Dark pink x2 Very light sand x2 Total: 24 lengths Forever Friends key • Cross stitch in two strands STITCH COUNT 47 high x 35 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 8.5x6.5cm (3¼x2½in) ILLUSTRATION CONVERTED BY Fiona Baker STITCHED BY Laura Boyter This design was stitched using stranded cotton from your kit TOP TIP Stitch your bear in a good light to make sure you use the correct shades of sand thread for his fur Great for all abilities Factbox • Stitching Time Approx. 4 hours • Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch • Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner…

2 min
christmas kisses

Add a touch of magic to your home this year with an elfin Christmas fairy. Perched on a holly branch and surrounded by shiny red berries and glossy green leaves of the winter season, our charming fairy has a sprig of mistletoe at the ready for those wanting to steal a kiss. Worked in dreamy coral, cream, yellow and pinks, the elegant shading of the fairy’s frock gives a floaty feeling, while the pale yellow gossamer wings waft behind her. Ginger locks crowned with a holly garland offset this sprite’s pale pink dress and ballet shoes. Gentle shading in calming thread colours contrast with holly leaves made sharp with backstitch, while French knots bring shine to the red berries. Stitchers with experience will find this a bewitching project – just make…

10 min
your letters

Star Letter A NEW PASSION I learned to cross stitch over 20 years ago and loved it, but life got busy and I set my stitching aside until an impulsive purchase of your magazine about two years ago led to a new passion. When lockdown began, I was excited about all the extra stitching time ahead, but I actually found it difficult to concentrate. Not to be put off, I went through my issues of WOXS and sticky-tabbed the projects I was most drawn to. I decided to start small with projects that I could give away to family and friends. What a joy Furry Tales has brought me and, in turn, my loved ones! I have for the first time tried stitching with variegated thread, which I’ve had in my stash for…