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Ultimate Cross Stitch Christmas

Ultimate Cross Stitch Christmas Ultimate Cross Stitch Christmas 2018

This magical selection features over 210 gorgeous designs to make this the best Christmas ever! Stitch sweet cards for your friends, make great gifts for your family and decorate your home with seasonal treats. Don't miss this special issue – with advent calendars, a festive stocking, a fabulous gingerbread house and heaps of gorgeous gift ideas and must-stitch cards for all the family. Inside this issue: ❆ Classic Christmas scenes for your home, including snowman and friends, Santa in his sleigh and a picturesque snowy cottage ❆ You'll love our quick gift tag designs and festive charts for last-minute cards ❆ Decorate your home with fabulous fairy lights designs, a yuletide alphabet and decorative typography ❆ Don't miss our adorable pets cards – plus lots more designs to stitch for all the family ❆ Stitch a fun advent calendar and a festive stocking for the children

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
One-off
$10.35

in this issue

1 min
polar pals

One of the beauties of cross stitch is you can conjure up the most magical moments in the sweep of a needle. So it’s with enormous pleasure that we bring you this charmingly cuddlesome penguin and polar bear enjoying a big bear-sized hug on their little slice of ice. Worked on navy blue aida to emphasise the chill of a polar night’s sky, and decorated with shimmery snowflakes created using DMC Light Effects, this is the perfect project to while away those wintry evenings. You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and metallic thread, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count navy blue aida measuring 33x33cm (13x13in) Extras: Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 23x23cm (9x9in) “This peaceful design of a polar bear cuddling a penguin is just so…

1 min
festive countdown

You will need Threads: Stranded cotton, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count rustico aida measuring 12x12cm (4¾x4¾in) Extras: Bias binding and backing fabric of choice Tips for neat backstitch Have a few needles already threaded with the different shades that these designs require, and always work backstitch last so the threads outline the designs properly. Stitching close-up The designer has used whole stitches only with just a little backstitch detailing, and she uses colours such as blue and yellow, alongside traditional red and green, to give this calendar a modern feel, making it a fun decoration to hang in the family home. “Make sure you fill each of the pockets of this advent calendar with sweet treats and have them peeking temptingly out of the top!”Hannah Erskine, charting assistant How to make tree decos Stitch…

2 min
winter wonderland

You will need Threads: Stranded cotton, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count white aida measuring a maximum of 15x15cm (6x6in) for most designs;14-count 2in white aida band 3 gift ideas 1 To make a simple candle wrap, stitch a line of colourful snowflakes in red, green and blue onto a 14-count aida band and fix in place. 2 Patch the cuddly pair of robins onto a flower gift bag from local craft stores using double-sided tape. 3 To create a pretty wall hanging, stitch the sweet wintry countryside scene and mount it onto a 5in double scroll wire hanger from www.craftdepartment.com 3 card ideas 1 Patch the postbox and fir tree design onto a handmade Kraft card and embellish with a pretty lace trim. 2 Stitch the majestic snowy stag onto a card that…

1 min
little star

You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and metallic threads, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle, beading needle Fabric: 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design Extras: Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key. Oblong aperture cards (AP78U) in purple (05) and pale green (21) from www.craftcreations.com “Get ahead and start your festive stitching early this year and you’ll easily complete that Christmas card list in plenty of time”Hannah Erskine, charting assistant How to attach the seed beads Lesley has added a special touch and created texture for these Nativity cards by using Mill Hill seed beads in white. To attach each bead, use a special beading needle, which is thinner and longer than a tapestry needle so it will easily fit through the bead, even when threaded. “Though small, Lesley’s…

2 min
light’s lustre

Twinkle and shine with these glam chandelier stitches so perfectly framed in bold metallic hoops. Add a few beads in colours that complement the thread shades and you’ll have a classy addition for an elegant dining room. This project gives you plenty of opportunity to practice your stitches, with whole cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch and glitzy beading. So light up your life in stitches! You will need Threads: Stranded cotton and metallic threads, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle, beading needle Fabric: 14-count white aida measuring 25x25cm (10x10in) for the large design, 20x20cm (8x8in) for the medium design, 18x18cm (7x7in) for the small design Extras: Seed beads as listed in the key. 7in, 5in and 4in wooden embroidery hoops, paint and cord of choice from local craft stores “These gorgeous chandeliers will…

1 min
christmas kittens

You will need Threads: Stranded cotton, as listed in the key Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric: 14-count gold flecked aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design Extras: Square white aperture cards (AP10U-30) from www.craftcreations.com and ribbon of choice from local craft stores. “To give these cards a seasonal edge, stitch them on gold-flecked aida and watch them glimmer in the Christmas lights.”Katriel Costello, editor Stitching Factbox Stitching time: Approx 4-6 hours each Type of stitches: Cross stitch, backstitch Level: Beginners Tip Match your decorative ribbon for the card to a colour in the chart…