The World of Cross Stitching October 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.

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If, like us, you’ve finished your summer stitching already and are starting to look ahead then you’re in for a treat with this month’s October issue. We’ve got a fantastic selection of projects to get you in the mood for autumn. This is my favourite time of year – I love the changing colours of the leaves and going for walks on crisp sunny days. The season is perfectly encapsulated in Nia Rhind’s colourful sampler (p26), Durene Jones’ basket brimming with harvest food (p66) and Kay Widdowson’s adorable hedgehog collecting fallen leaves for a snug hibernation (p38). Get your home ready for Halloween by stitching some super-cute bunting designed by Cheryl McKinnon (p74). This is a great project to get kids involved with too. If you’re after a slightly more challenging spooky…

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meet our guests

Yulia Kurtumerova works in digital marketing and lives in Dublin What’s your fave project style? I admire stitched landscapes and famous pictures, but I often embroider small quick-to-finish patterns that can be used for cards, bookmarks, or patched onto a bag. WOXS design you love? I really enjoyed (and already stitched) the motifs in Poppy Benner’s Design Library from issue 306 (May 2021). The stitches are timeless and look very fashionable made up for denim jeans. Top stitching tip? When preparing to stitch a project from a mag, I usually make a colour copy of the scheme, so I can mark off the stitches as I go, and I can use the charts again. Who are your stitching buddies? My mother has recently started stitching too, so now I can discuss and choose projects with her. Most of the…

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furry tales

Spooky Mouse key STITCH COUNT 38 high x 31 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7x5.5cm (2¾x2¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Flossie looks absolutely fang-tastic for Halloween this year. She’s dressed to kill in this black punk ensemble, which was surely inspired by Sunday Adams, and we think she’ll make a fab card to invite someone along to a costume party! Missed a chart? ISSUE 310 Monty with his blackboard is perfect for kids to stitch as a thank you to teachers. ISSUE 309 Stitch Flossie supermouse to say thanks to one of the superhumans in your life. ISSUE 308 Show someone that they’re out of this world with Monty in his space suit. For back issues, call % 03330 162 137 or visit…

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your exclusive gift!

Inside your kit… Here are the colours and number of lengths of thread in your kit Black x1 Grey x2 Light brown x1 Orange x1 Blue x3 Brown x1 Dark blue x3 Total: 12 lengths Merry Christmas key STITCH COUNT 39 high x 39 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7x7cm (2_x2_in) DESIGNED BY Emma Congdon STITCHED BY Laura Boyter This design was stitched using stranded cotton from your coverkit Includes a wooden charm Fact box × Stitching Time Approx. 4 hours× Type of Stitches Cross stitch, backstitch× Ease of Stitching Beginner TOP TIP At tach the charm to your finished stitch using two strands of dark brown thread through one of the holes in it and secure it to the aida as marked on the chart…

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a fresh start

The magic of this new season is best summed up by F Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby with the quote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”. Despite shorter days, lowering temperatures and leaves dropping, autumn is a season of plenty – bountiful harvests, hearty feasts, and fresh starts with a new school year. Just the stitch to spread this sentiment, Jenny Barton’s darling fawn design depicts a sense of refreshment and new beginnings. The mix of deep earthy autumnal shades with cool greens and golden hues suit a classic natural frame as pictured, and at 36.5x29cm (14¼x11½in) it’s a pretty impressive finished stitch too. Perfect for intermediate-level stitchers, the project makes use of whole cross stitch, half cross stitch and fractionals as well as backstitch.…

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your letters

Star Letter BRILLIANT BANNER I attend the Milton Keynes stitching retreats along with 30 to 60 fellow stitchers. At the first retreat it was suggested we make a banner, so attendees volunteered to each stitch a letter. The only stipulation was the size so that they would be uniform. We started after that first retreat in October 2016 and managed to collate all of the letters by the summer of 2019. I’ve now put them all together and we were able to hang our banner for the first time in October 2019. I thought you might like to see the finished result. I couldn’t quite believe how many different styles of letters there are, and I just love the variety! Sheila Webb, via email Hannah F: This is a really special stitch, Sheila. Thank you…