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Make a… gadget case Step 1 STITCH the cross stitch using two strands of stranded cotton, and the backstitch in one strand. Cut a 16x12cm (6¼x4¾in) piece of 14 count white aida. Fold the fabric to find the centre, and start stitching here.

Got a way with words? You have now – simply stitch our fab case design to spell out just how great you are!

Step 2 CUT two pieces of felt, both 16x12cm (6¼x4¾in); one for backing and one for lining. Place one felt rectangle on top of your stitching, right sides facing. Sew across the top edge, leaving just one blank aida square above the stitching on the right side. Fold the felt over onto the reverse of your stitching and then run your nail across the fold to make sure it lays flat.

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You could also stitch part of this design and mount it in an aperture card for a friend

NEXT MONTH WISE WORDS BOOKMARK PROJECT

It’seasytoturnourowl designintoahandy bookmarkbystitchingon plasticcanvas.We’llshow youhow–whatahoot!

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Welcome Timelesssummerpleasures…

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childhoodsummerholidays,inour well-wornclothesandourslowand impracticaltransport,littledidwe knowthatinjustafewdecadesallthat weknewaseverydaywouldbe rechristened‘vintage’andsoldbackto usformanytimestheprice! The quaint caravan featured on our cover this month would have been tiny, and pulled by a car not built for the job, but it reminds us of times when simpler things were on offer, and speed was not of the essence. If you go to that box under the bed, we’re sure you can find an old, vintage postcard just like the one on page 58, that your mum received from a friend or aunty on a seaside trip. And cross stitch itself has hardly changed over the years, so when you indulge in a session or two of stitching , you can be certain there’s no better hobby to help you slow down and unwind in the same way our families would have done all those years ago. However, stitching is not always about looking back – so don’t forget to join in with our Stitch-ALong on page 83 and you can look forward to a finished Christmas sampler in just a few months! Happy stitching!

SUSAN & MARTIN PENNY EDITORS

Belle&Boo foryou… We’ve an exclusive design in issue 309, in shops 19 August.

P.S.Welovetohearaboutyourcurrentstitching projects!Sendyourlettersandphotosto crossstitcher@dennis.co.uk

Our cute button bookmarks will be the apple of your eye!

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14 Park Life Heading off camping? Take some home comforts with you and stitch our caravan cushion 18 Just So You Know Tell a friend they mean the world to you with our picture that’s full of heart 20 Ride Like The Wind For a design to make you smile, look no further than our girl on a bike with balloons 26 Love Birds Stitch our bright pair of beautiful budgies 34 The Purrfect Summer Cute cat cards set 42 Make Waves Give your home a sprinkling of mermaid magic, with seed beads and gold thread for sparkle 47 Crunch time Oh-so-sweet apple button bookmarks 49 Letter Library Yoga lady letters and numbers 57 Forever Blooming Choose from a romantic postcard design or make our vintage rose pin cushion 62 Ready, Steady, Stitch... New Series! Three designers are challenged to create projects from just a few items 66 Colour Burst Head East to create our gorgeous mandala cushion and tray cloth gift set 74 The Sunny Side Get in the holiday mood with our bold, bright motifs of the sun, sand and sea

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ONTHECOVER ● Summerloving page14 ● Vintagepincushion page57 ● Coolcats page34 ● Mermaidmagic page42 ● Quick&easygifts page47 ● Bright&breezy page20 ● Colourburst page66

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Every month we showcase the latest high street trends, new ideas and inspiring personalities for today’s stylish cross stitcher

Anchors away! Treat yourself to a natty nautical accessory this summer with Anette Erkisson’s beautiful Anchor kit, which can be made into a bag or pillow. Easy to stitch on 12 count hessian/burlap with chunky half cross stitch, the design has an on-trend dip dye look – simply follow the instructions in the kit to dye your fabric, stitch your design and make up into your chosen item. Available to order from www.johnlewis.com.

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SKETCHBOOK SECRETS: Jane Prutton Jane Prutton designed our caravan on page 14 and talks us through her design process. “I grew up in a family who were, and still are, car mad and I have inherited the love of the shapes of retro vehicles. I usually see things in what I call my ‘mind's eye' and start sketching the idea until I'm happy. The colour palette often comes at the same time or can be influenced by a colour scheme I've liked from a shop window or magazine.” Jane is the author of Retro Fun In Stitches (Tuva Publishing).

Photograph: notonthehighstreet.com

We take a peek at a designer’s early ideas for one of their projects

MAP IT OUT

OFF ON holiday this month? Don’t forget to chart your travels on this ingenious cross stitch map by All Things Brighton Beautiful. The world map is printed on cross stitch fabric and mounted on a wooden frame – simply use the different coloured threads to map out your journey or stitch on motifs and the names of places you’ve been to. www.notonthehighstreet.com/allthingsbrightonbeautiful

e together m o c l il w s ea id l Jane’s initia of pencil sketches in a series

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UNDER THE SEA OUR SISTER magazine Cross Stitch Collection is featuring a real favourite from the animal world in their August issue – yes they have a delightful dolphin design! Stitched on blue fabric, it's perfect for brightening up a wall for summer. The project is available in issue 265 of Collection, in shops 22 July.


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PERFECT PATTERNS

SUN SEEKERS IT’SAUGUST so come rain or shine, we’re on the lookout for stitching items to get us in a holiday mood…

IF YOU loved our mandala cushion on page 66, we think you might like to take a peek at DMC’s Flowered Form designs, created so you can lose yourself in their intricate patterns. Each kit, such as this Blossoming Buds design, comes with 14 count aida, chart, threads and full instructions and there are four designs in the range. www.dmccreative.co.uk

Store that stash!

WHO

SistersGuildstocktheseembroideredpatches thatareperfectforBonVoyagecards–justsew ontoaidaandaddastitchedmessagebelow! www.sistersguild.com

WHETHER YOU’D like to keep your charts or issues of CrossStitcher neat and tidy or need somewhere to keep your latest work in progress, how about this pretty linen storage basket, which comes with a patterned pink cotton lining? What’s more, the writing on the basket can be changed to your name or chosen saying to make it completely unique! www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.co.uk

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Backacushionyou’vestitchedforthedeckchair onthebeachwiththisboldandbrightRiley BlakeOffshoreFabricinblue. www.sewscrumptious.co.uk

Cats

Check out our purrfect cards on page 34, then try these ideas from Etsy that really are the cat’s whiskers….

MAIGOCUTE

Specialdesignscallforluxury ribbon –thisShinziKatohDeux CatsLinenRibbonisafinefeline choiceforhangersorcards.

ARTYMOMENTS

Keepyourkittiescloseandyour needlescloserwiththesecuteand colourfulWoodenCatButton NeedleMinders.

STITCHPLUSSTITCH

Itwon’ttakelongtowhipupyour veryownminimoggyusingthisCat SilhouetteKeychainKitwhichcan alsobeusedasapursecharm.

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Avoidluggagemixupsattheairportwith thesestitchableAnchorluggagetags,with twotagsandsixdesignoptionsineachkit. www.sewandso.co.uk

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SLOW TO SEW... WANT TO smile every time you pick up a needle and thread? Then you’ll need to add these oh-so-cute items to your workbox – coming to Cath Kidston stores this August, this snail pin cushion and matching needle case are simply irresistible! www.cathkidston.com

CRAFTYBOOKSHELF

Read on to find out our favourite new books for stitchers this month...

▼ A TO Z

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OF SEWING

KAREN M. BURNS [Martingale] Part of the joy of stitching is giving your precious handmade creations as a gifts. This beautiful book contains 19 projects intended to be made as presents, from home decor makes to accessories and clothing. We particularly like the All in A Row Table Runner which features cross stitch and other embroidery stitches including French knots and satin stitch.

COUNTRY BUMPKIN [Search Press] Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, this title aims to act as a ‘bible’ of machine and hand sewing techniques, with over 180 included. Each technique includes step-by-step photos and there are hints and tips used by professional sewers. A real must-buy for beginners and even more experienced sewers.

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SCENERY IN CROSS STITCH

MARIA DIAZ [Tuva Publishing] Fans of Maria Diaz’s work will be eager to get their hands on her latest title. Maria has created a selection of ‘sight-seeing’ vistas based on real-life locations. The projects give stitchers the opportunity to create scenery for their homes they may have either experienced on holiday, or know that they will never be lucky enough to visit, but would like to stitch instead.

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Photograph: Cat Lane

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Our manbroiderer realises a trip to Paris is only a bon voyage when you’ve got your stitching with you

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ello dear readers! Summer is here and it’s a great time to get out and about with your stitching. I recently went on a jaunt to Paris for a family wedding, and saw it as a great opportunity to get some ‘sight-stitching’ done (seeing some sights, while doing some stitching!). I’d got my little stitching kit together – threads, needles, fabric, pattern and thread cutter, but as I reached the airport, I realised that I’d left the whole thing at home! I consoled myself with the fact that Paris was bound to have a few embroidery shops dotted around, so I could cobble something together in France.

When I arrived, there was a sign in the window; ‘Retour en dix minutes’ – Back in ten minutes! I was crestfallen. I was on a time limit – however the gods smiled on me as the owner appeared moments later and let me in. I explained my predicament to her, using all my Franglaise skills to ask for aida, threads and such like. The owner was much better at English than I was at French, so as we progressed I began explaining how I came to be cross stitching. The owner explained that she rarely had men come into the shop, and when they did it was for costume making materials, so I was one of the first male cross stitchers she’d encountered. I told her a bit

I’d got my little stitching kit together… but as I reached the airport, I realised I’d left the whole thing at home!

If you’re ever in thearea, sa to Wild Poppys owner, Naday bonjour’ ’ Bastin Findmeonline: www.mrxstitch.com www.facebook.com/MrXStitch www.twitter.com/MrXStitch

I managed to survive the flight to Paris (I love to stitch while flying) and after we’d got settled into our apartment, I did a spot of Googling to see where I’d be able to get kitted out. To my dismay, there were only a few embroidery shops in the whole of Paris and due to the wedding, I didn’t have much time to look for them. Fortunately for me, there was a shop called Wild Poppy in the neighbouring Fontenay-sous-Bois area, a 20-minute walk from where we were staying, so while the rest of the family explored the area, I made my excuses and hot-footed it to the shop.

about Mr X Stitch and that I was cross stitching a pineapple of my own design (to be featured in my forthcoming book!) and she seemed really intrigued. My mission complete, I bid the shopkeeper a fond adieu and headed back to meet my family, picking up an almond croissant on the way. Many lessons were learned that day – the French for cross stitch is point de croix; almond croissants are messy to eat while you’re walking; and life is a lot better when you know you’ve got your stitching with you! Until next time, dear readers, à bientôt!

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Make a… cushion Step 1 CUT your stitched cushion front to 21.5x21.5cm (8½in square). Place the green spotted fabric centrally on the bottom of the stitching, and with right sides together, pin, then machine stitch, with a 1.25cm (½in) seam allowance. Repeat at the top of the cushion. Place the mauve spotted fabric pieces on the sides of the stitching and attach in the same way as the top and bottom. You now have a complete cushion front.

Step 2 PLACE the cushion front and the cushion back right sides together. Sew around the edge of the cushion with a 1.25cm (½in) seam allowance, leaving a gap at the bottom for inserting the pad. Trim the seam allowance and clip the corners before turning to the right side. Insert the cushion pad and sew up the gap with small, neat stitches.

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JUST SO YOU KNOW

Just so you know... Whether it’s a family member or special friend, tell them they’re a (world) class act, with our gorgeous globe design

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RIDE LIKE THE WIND

Ride like the Wind Life is a beautiful ride, as you enjoy breezing by on two wheels with your head in the clouds…

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TO LEARN HOW TO FRAME YOUR PICTURE

• Fabric Flair 28 count Cloud (Summer Sky) ev enweave, ref: E28/11; 33.5x4 0.5cm (14x16in) • Stranded cotto n as listed in the key • Size 26 tapestr y needle • Frame with a 23 x29cm (9x11½in) aperture • Mount board to fit frame For stockist deta ils see page 86 AUGUST 2016

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n from issue I made this beautiful pin cushio h birthday. 243 for my friend’s mum’s 70t It was so much fun to make. Marianna Hawkins, Australia

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tin s town This is my version of Doc Mar ’ older issue! an m fro ign des stitched using a e look. I especially like the window-lik land Fin n, Tarja Oksane

I’ve finally finished this cushio n, from issue 303. I enjoyed every stitch, and it s a pretty reminder of our holiday in Par ’ is last year. Debbie Sewter, Devon

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I loved the flag pole kit that came with issue 305. I painted the finial on top of the pole gold, added a few embellishments and now it sits proudly in my craft room. Linda West, Isle of Man

wer gifts I recently made several baby sho her – it shows using motifs from CrossStitc great gift. that even a simple design is a Siobhan Finn, Essex

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LOVE BIRDS

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Designed by: Emma Congdon Max. stitch count: 63 high x 71 wide Design size: 12.5x14cm (5x5½in) Stitch time: 9 hours This design was stitched on 28 count evenweave over two threads of fabric.

This pretty quick-stitch design is an ideal choice for beginner stitchers

• Zweigart 28 coun t lime green Brittney evenweav e, ref: 3270/0614; 27x27cm (10½x10½i n) • Stranded cotton as listed in the key • Size 24 tapestry needle • Wooden hoop; 15 cm (6in) diameter For stockist details see page 86

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TRIM your stitching and a fabric piece into a circle slightly larger than your hoop. Place the inside hoop beneath the two pieces and the outer hoop on top. Centre and press over your work. Pull taut and tighten the screw.

TURN your stitching to the reverse and cut a piece of felt to fit inside the inner circle. Place the felt inside the hoop. You can use a bit of fabric glue to keep it in place. The felt will pad your stitching, and stop anything showing through.

USE a glue gun or double-sided tape to begin attaching the first layer of fabric, pulling taut as you go. Repeat for the second layer. Cut a second felt layer to fit over the back of your hoop. Secure with glue or small neat stitches.

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Transformaplainphotointoatrue workofartusingthisclevertechnique!

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ave you ever thought that your photos and stitching could go hand-in-hand? Here we’ll show you how to embellish your photos with stitching to make them truly memorable. Add stitched motifs to a sunny seaside scene, and then embellish a black and white photo with a flash of coloured cross stitch on a child’s t-shirt. Plus, we show how to crop a photo and stitch it instead, as we have here with our multicoloured kite. Lettering and messages are more ideas that you can try… so why not start snapping and stitching?

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Addextrainteresttoalandscapephoto bystitchingonmotifstosetthescene.

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HOW TO… STITCH BEYOND THE PHOTO BORDER

Think out of the box with this easy, creative idea for your photos!

This technique would work with lots of other ideas, such as a vase where the flowers are stitched or a winding road with a stitched car driving away in the distance

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CHOOSE what motif you’d like to stitch. We chose a kite, and the kite, which is charted below, is a simplified outline from the original photograph. Transfer the chart outline onto your 14 count tracing paper.

SELECT a window mount to crop your photo with white card. Position the kite tracing over the card mount to marry up with the photo. Punch the design through the card with craft foam beneath to cushion.

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FINISH punching out your design, then start to backstitch it – in this case the kite – swapping your stranded cotton shades where necessary. The threads should be taut but not too tight.

USE machine embroidery thread to create a fine, continuous long stitches for the kite strings, rather than breaking the line up with individual backstitches. Secure threads securely on the reverse to keep the threads taut.

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HOW TO… ADD CROSS STITCHED MOTIFS

Embellish your photos with extra stitched motifs in the foreground and background! Step 1 Step 2

ADD a motif or lettering to a photograph, simply by transferring a charted design to 14 count tracing paper. We’ve used a seaside scene as our example and our boat and bucket motifs can be stitched using the chart provided.

PLACE the photo onto a piece of craft foam, followed by the 14 count tracing paper, positioning as you do so. With an embroidery needle, punch the charted motif using the grid as your guide.

HOW TO… WORK CROSS STITCH HIGHLIGHTS Integrate your stitching with your photo by adding colour highlights. Step 1 Step 2

USE 14 count tracing paper to create the grid to stitch onto; you’ll easily see the area on the photo you’d like to highlight. Angle the grid to follow the area on the photo so the stitching will blend in.

PLACE a piece of craft foam underneath the photo to cushion, and with an embroidery needle start to punch the grid through the photograph in the area to be stitched. A size 10 is ideal.

IF YOU LIKED THESE, YOU’LL LOVE... COUNTRY DESIGNS www.country-designs.co.uk To get set up for endless opportunities to embellish your photographs, you’ll need to invest in a pack of 14 count tracing paper from Country designs…

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PUNCH all the perforations that you require, then stitch your chosen design (or our bucket and boat, if you like) using a single strand of stranded cotton for the cross stitch and backstitch details.

WORK the boat using a series of backstitches. Transfer the boat outline from the chart onto your tracing paper, before positioning onto the photograph and punching the outline with an embroidery needle, ready to stitch.

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CONTINUE to fill the area with cross stitches and half stitches where needed. Once complete, position the 14 count tracing paper over the next area to be stitched, and so on.

DIANE MEYER www.dianemeyer.net Diane Meyer’s sewn photographs can not help but inspire, as she displays her clever use of coloured threads to recreate part of the photograph – visit her website to gather more ideas!

Zoë Patching

If you’re a bit tentative of how your stitching will look, try practising on a photocopy of the photo first

OUR PINTEREST BOARD www.pinterest.com/ xstitchmagazine Visit our Pinterest board to find a special board dedicated to The Savvy Stitcher. You can pin all these designs and find inspiration for more!

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THE PURRFECT SUMMER

THE PURRFECT SUMMER When the cat’s away… at the seaside he’ll stay! Stitch our kitties keeping cool in the sun as fun holiday cards for friends

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Step 1 WORK all the cross stitch in two strands of stranded cotton, the backstitch in one strand, backstitch for the eyes in three strands, and the French knots in one strand.

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Step 4 PLACE the stitching on the table right-side up, and then place the card on top, pressing down firmly on the tape.

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Ever wondered what stitchers like us are up to in different parts of the globe? We’ve asked readers from near and far to become correspondents for us and share with us their cross stitch news… Vicky Cole Nairobi, Kenya Jambo, dear cross stitchers! As I’m writing this, I am really pleased to see the sun. We are just coming to the end of the rainy season, and it has been a spectacular one. There has been a lot of flooding here in Nairobi, and the potholes in the roads are getting worse and worse. Being so near the Equator, it gets dark at around 6.45pm all year round, and when the rain clouds gather, we need to put the lights on much earlier than that. Another problem with the rain is that we have many power cuts. We are lucky to have a generator, but the lights are much dimmer when it is running. This is when you wish you were stitching on 14 count fabric, not 18 count! At our last Embroiderers’ Guild meeting, we had a talk on lights and magnifiers and hoops, frames and stands. We all brought along what we have and discussed the pros and cons. A recent purchase of mine is a little

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folding lamp which gives wonderful LED light, and is chargeable, so it still works if there is a power cut (as long as I have remembered to charge it!). Last time (issue 306), I mentioned our Hardanger masterclass, which went very well. Since then, I have been adapting some of the designs to make little cards. It’s great fun, and I’ve been experimenting with different colour threads, and beads and sequins. I’m using 22 count Hardanger fabric, so that can be challenging in poor light! My children’s school breaks up soon, and I plan to give all their teachers one of these little cards. The problem is, doing the stitching is more fun than fiddling about with card and doublesided tape to make the cards, but I really must get on with it. We will be coming back to the UK for the school summer holidays, and I am looking forward to being able to find needlecraft shops and to have lovely stitching supplies delivered easily. I daren’t risk the postal service here – sadly, things go missing – and the cost of postage from the UK is high. My long-suffering visitors from the UK

always end up bringing me little parcels of kits, fabric and threads – actually, now I come to think of it, they are sometimes quite big parcels! Well, that’s all for now. Til’ next time, kwaheri! My mini Hardanger designs 1

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Christen Smith, Canandaigua, New York, USA My name is Christen and I live in a great little city called Canandaigua in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York state. My local needlecraft shop in Canandaigua is Expressions in Needleart, where tourists not only flock to the city’s vibrant blue waters and lush farmlands and vineyards, but also to Lori Malolepszy’s shop which bursts with a multitude of colour, and projects abound. Her shop’s variety of cross


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stay on top of the latest trends, and then bring them back to her customers in the Finger Lakes and through special order. “When an area gets hot, we embrace that,” says Lori. “My shop is small, so I can change the inventory quickly. That’s really an advantage. We have a really good customer base; there are really a lot of people interested in cross stitch and needleart, as well as crochet and knitting.” Lori told me that she loves it when a customer falls in love with a pattern, then she’ll help them explore the colours that might work best to fit the situation it’s needed for. For example, if a customer sees a cross stitch wedding-themed pattern, she’ll help pull colours that will best suit the couple-to-be. “I help my customers get excited about colours and allow them freedom to find the best colours that work for the piece,” she says. “My job is to expose customers to new things they’ve never seen before, along with brand-new trends. I love to get people excited about what they’re doing!”

I hope I have given you an insight into needlecraft in my part of the world. Living in the States can make it a bit of a challenge to pick up my favourite magazine – the nearest Barnes and Noble is 30 minutes away, so making the monthly trip to find the magazine is quite a commitment, but now CrossStitcher allows me to marry two of my loves (writing and cross stitch) together! What an honour! Lori’s customers have come to rely on her for all the latest and most adorable patterns and supplies available! 4 Lori stands near just one of her displays of vibrant, colourful threads 5 In business since 1992, Lori understands that keeping up with the latest cross stitch and needleart trends is important 6 (page 40)

Christen has a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism and is a freelance writer for her local newspaper, The Daily Messenger. To experience Lori’s items for yourself, visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Needlearts or you can email her at lori@ ›› expressionsinneedleart.com.

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Charlotte Mcfall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK I remember the very first time I was introduced to cross stitch – it was while I lived in Lancing West Sussex in 1994. Whilst on a visit to a new friend, I watched her stitching and was curious. After about half an hour of me silently watching, Dawn offered to show me with another kit she had started but said she had lost the love for. I was handed Lazy Daisy Kitten, and began to stitch, much to my then boyfriend’s amusement. There I was, while my son slept in the pram, happily stitching away. I left and took that kit home, though in the move to Sheffield it got lost and I never finished it. I dipped into cross stitch over the years and only did small projects. Then last year my husband was diagnosed with M.E. and my stress levels were so high. Having recently finished a degree in Humanities and winning a book contract in the Carina Mills and Boon Christmas in July Competition (who I write for under the name Misty Shaw),

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‘needing something just for me’ became a priority and digging out my cross stitch stash was the best decision I ever made. The first thing I did since I started again was a Burnley Football Crest, a chart I had once done for my late father, but the original had been thrown away by my step mother after his death. I have joined the Kriss Kross Klub, which is a postal cross stitch club set up in 2001 by Glo Fielden, a pen friend of mine. Originally there were six pen friends who decided to have fun, swapping stitchy news once a month. Now the club newsletter is once every quarter. With the invention of the internet I’m still happy to get something nice in the post by snail mail. Each issue of the newsletter there is a recipe, competitions with cross stitch things or other goodies as prizes, book reviews and news as well as a knitting section for those that knit too. You get a birthday and address list of the other members so on their birthday you can, if you wish, send them a card. It really does brighten your day when you receive a handmade card through the mail from someone who enjoys cross

stitch as much as you do. I look forward to receiving my newsletter, seeing what other people have to say about the latest inventions/kits, and just enjoying a bit of general chit chat. And some down time! My book which came out at Christmas 7 My football crest, now stitched twice! 8

Charlotte writes under the name of Misty Shaw, and writes romance for My Weekly Pocket Novels and Mills and Boon. She was the winner of the Carina Mills and Boon Christmas in July Competition. If you’d like to join the Kriss Kross Klub you can contact: Mrs. G Fielden, 21 Buxton Crescent, Sale Moor, Cheshire.

Nicola Bywater, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia G’day all the way from chilly Ipswich, Queensland, Australia! Temperatures are starting to cool down here and we even had a night when it got down to 2°C! Winter is definitely here now.


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To get away from the cold, we have been on our first family holiday with hubby and my two sons (ages two and four). We stayed near the beach on the Sunshine Coast in South West Queensland, and had a great time. I packed my CrossStitcher magazine and several kits, thinking that I would be able to stitch in peace on the sand, with the sea lapping at my feet, but we were having so much fun in the waves that we all ended up wet and tired and I only managed to complete the birdie needlecase cover kit from issue 304! We did manage to get to another craft shop on the way home to stock up on essentials like stranded cotton (bargain!) And ribbon off-cuts (will be useful one day) and I got some Binca for the boys to practise their stitches as they like to copy Mummy and “do knitty things” as my four-year-old likes to say! My finished needlecase 9 The Big Pineapple, Sunshine Coast 10 Tropical ginger flower 11 Perigian beach, Sunshine Coast 12

Nicole is married with children. She has cross stitched for 30 years and is also a lace maker. She has recently worked on a publication for The Lace Guild (UK).

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Joanna Ezekiel, York, UK Hi, I’m Joanna and my love of cross stitch has taken me in a very different direction over the

last few years. When I was thinking about the front cover of my poetry book, I decided to stitch the cover picture using the ‘Polperro’ kit from a Sybilla Davis design. I stitched it on 14 count aida with 24 colours plus colour mixes. I didn’t backstitch it because I wanted a ‘vintage’ feel for the cover, as the theme of my collection is ‘Homecoming’, and the title poem is about the Second World War. One of the poems, which was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2012, imagines what would happen if a former James Bond actor were to take up cross-stitching:

PRICELESS I used to cross-stitch with Roger Moore. He’d pull up an embroidered chair, avoid the gold chick, long-stitched, upper right-hand side. Instead

he’d perch, all dress shirt and tux, at the edge, with a wooden frame, thread magenta, cinnamon, aqua. I taught him blackwork, Algerian eye. We’d speak of ex-wives, agents, teas; Priceless, he’d mutter, skipping a stitch, then start humming: always Shirley. His favourite designs? Flowers, back-filled English summers; young Roger, one of the chaps, chaining daisies on the sly. My stitched Polperro kit has been incorporated into my book cover 13

Joanna is a novelist and poet who writes a blog at www.mydelayed reactions.blogspot.co.uk. If you would like to win a signed copy of ‘Homecoming’, turn to Prize Time on page 81.

WANT TO BECOME A CROSSSTITCHER CORRESPONDENT? If you think you have what it takes to become one of our correspondents, write to us at crossstitcher@dennis.co.uk.

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Make Waves Add a splash of seed beads and dive in with deep blue linen to capture the sparkling magic of our mermaid

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If you’ve never stitched with seed beads before, simply follow our guide below… TO ATTACH beads, you’ll need a thin, flexible beading needle. Thread with one strand of cotton. Bring your needle to the front of your design, thread on a bead and make a diagonal stitch to secure the bead. If you like, stitch through again for added security.

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MAKE WAVES Designed by: Maria Diaz Stitch count: 168 high x 101 wide Design size: 26x16.5cm (10¼x6½in) Stitch time: 37 hours This design was stitched 32 count evenweave over two threads of fabric.

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PIN around the entire perimeter and check you are happy with the positioning of your design, then turn over to the reverse. Use double-sided tape to secure the fabric excess around all four sides.

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Crunch time For bookmarks that are as cute as a button, stitch our trio of apples to make the sweetest mini gifts

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Step 3 PUSH the back onto the button, making sure it is firmly up against the fabric – you can add a small amount of fabric glue before attaching the back.

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TO LEARN HOW TO FRAME YOUR PICTURE

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You could use up spare thread shades in your stash to stitch the yoga outfits

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KKK I KKKKK I KKKKKI II KKKKKI II KKKIII III KKKII III KKII III II IIII ggIII IIII ggIII IIIII ggIIII IIII gggIII IIII ggIIII IIII gggIIII IIIII g YgIIIIIIII gg YgooIIIII gg YtoooIIII go tttttII ooo ttt oooooo

More to make... Your letters can be used for a multitude of different projects. Here are some ideas to get you started...

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Make a sign for your exercise area, featuring yoga poses.

Stitch your initials or name on the corner of your yoga blanket, or make a badge and add it to your yoga bag.

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Make wraps for your yoga mat from aida band, personalised with your name.


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iiiiiihDDDDDDDDDDD iiiihhDDDDDDDDDD hhhDDDDhDD ii hhhhDD hhhDDDDD hhhDDDDDD hhDDDDDD hhDDDDDD hhDDDDD hhhDDD h YYYY g YYYY g YYYY ig YYYY iihDDD iig YYY igg YYYY iigg YYYYiiiippp iiggg YiYiiiippp g ig iiiiipppp ii iiiiiiig iip ipppph iiiiiiiiiiipppppphpp ppppphpppp iiiiiiiii pp

It’s easy to whip up a super-quick birthday card by stitching just one letter as a friend’s initial

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Coming up in our September issue, we have a delicious cake alphabet designed by Maria Diaz – perfect for making quick projects for all your baking friends! Get to the shops on 19 August to pick up your copy of Issue 309, or subscribe and the issue will be delivered to your door. Head over to page 60 for our latest subscription offer.


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Forever Blooming

Love a summer garden in full flower? Stitch yourself a posy that won’t ever fade, with our gorgeous vintage rose pin cushion

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FOREVER BLOOMING

Susan Bates

Designed by: Susan Bates Pin cushion: Stitch count: 33 high x 34 wide Design size: 6x6cm (2³⁄₈x2³⁄₈in) Stitch time: 4 hours This design was stitched on 28 count evenweave over two threads of fabric.

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You could also extract the rose buds from the centre of the postcard and stitch them in each corner of your pin cushion design

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• Zweigart 28 coun t white Brittney evenweave, ref: 32 70/100; 14x14cm (5½x5½in) • Stranded cotton as listed in the key • Size 26 tapestry needle • Cotton backing fab ric; 11.5x11.5cm (4½x4½i n) • Toy stuffing For stockist details see page 86


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FLORALFANCY

Our rose design was extracted from Susan Bates’ postcard project from Cross Stitch Mini Motifs: Flowers. We’ve included the complete chart so you have the option of stitching the full design (which has a stitch count of 54 high x 84 wide) or just the rose.

If you’ve enjoyed stitching this design, and are itching to stitch more projects by Susan Bates, turn to page 81, where we have copies of Cross Stitch Mini Motifs: Flowers, published by Tuva Publishing, to give away! The book contains over 54 cross-stitch floral motifs, from pretty little floral garlands and bold poppies to sprigs of lavender and flowering herbs and is infused with Susan’s love of nature and pattern. The book is available to order from www.amazon.co.uk

Make a… rose pin cushion Step 1 STITCH your design then cut your evenweave to the same size as your backing fabric, keeping the design central.

Step 2 WITH the stitching right-side up, place the backing fabric on top. Pin, then machine stitch, the cushion front and the backing fabric together with a 1.25cm (½in) seam allowance, but leaving a gap on one side for turning.

Step 3 TRIM off any excess seam allowance, then turn to the right side. Stuff firmly with toy stuffing, and then sew up the gap with small, neat stitches.

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We’ve set a stitching challenge for a trio of top designers – inspire us with what you can make with a limited set of stash-busting supplies…

THE CHALLENGE • 1 small piece of 28 count evenweave • 3 shades of stranded cotton (shown above) • 10x10cm (4x4in) piece of cotton fabric (supplied) • 1 mystery ingredient of your own choice THE RULES • Only the materials above can be used • The design must be no larger than 50x50 stitches • No fractional stitches allowed • Be as creative as possible!

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elcome to our second stash-busting challenge. The aim of this new feature is to inspire you to create something gorgeous from just a few bits and bobs that you have already in your workbox. We’ve invited some of our favourite designers to take part and asked them to show us what they would come up with using only a set of very limited supplies. Read the challenge rules on the left to see what they were given. We hope this will inspire you to join in too – turn the page to take part in an upcoming challenge and your idea could feature on our Pinterest board!

JENNY BARTON… PARTY INVITE CARD

My initial idea was actually to design a hot air balloon, but I eventually decided that my party cats would be more fun. My mystery item is a pretty acrylic butterfly bow, which I love. They are such fun, and so different! If you wanted to incorporate more of the gorgeous patterned fabric you could even add a strip along the bottom to co-ordinate with the hats.”

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N S E EMMA CONGDON… NOTEBOOK COVER

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For my mystery item, I have chosen a pen. I never leave the house without one along with my sketchbook (for all my cross stitch ideas!) so it only seemed fitting that this would be included as the mystery item for my design. I prefer fibre tips for sketching but it could be any!”

MICHAELA LEARNER…. BISCORNU

I chose to go with a Biscornu – they look so complicated but are really just two little squares with the secret of their success in the making up. They make lovely keepsakes if you include a piece of fabric and a button from a special item. They are great placed in glass jars, you end up with a jar full of memories! My mystery item is simply the most fabulous button from my stash (we all have one!).”

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Make… Michaela’s biscornu Step 1 A BISCORNU is an eight-sided pin cushion, made up using two identically sized pieces of evenweave. On the front, stitch the complete design, and on the back, just the outer row of stitching. Once the stitching is complete, cut both pieces of fabric, leaving 1.5cm around the design.

Step 2 CUT a rectangle of fabric to fit inside the back’s design. Turn under the fabric edges, then slip stitch onto the evenweave in the design centre.

Step 3 STITCH the front and back evenweave pieces together (right sides facing), by placing ‘en point’, that is the point of one side is positioned halfway down the side of the other. Continue in this way, leaving the last side open.

Step 4 STUFF with wadding, then slip stitch the seam closed. Stitch a button in the middle of the Biscornu on one side, while at the same time making French knots in the centre of the other.

SEE YOUR WORK HERE! We have new challenges coming up over the next few months, so show us what you can do! If you would like to take the challenge, post your stitching on our Facebook page and we will then pin it on our Stitching Challenge board on Pinterest... so get designing! DMC Anchor

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October issue 310 challenge: • One piece of white 14 count plastic canvas: 5x14cm (2x5½in) • 4 shades of DMC stranded cotton: 721 (orange), 703 (green), 3821 (yellow) and 317 (grey) • 1 mystery item of your own • Design size 28x77 stitches max (although we are not judging your designs, this is a stitching challenge, so please make sure you play fair, and that all parts of the design are your own work and not copied from any other source)

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Step 2 TURN to the right side. Insert the cushion pad, and then sew up the gap with small, neat stitches.

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Make a… tray cloth Step 1 STITCH your design in the centre of the fabric. Once the stitching is complete, turn over the edges of the fabric 6mm (¼in) onto the wrong side your stitching. Press firmly into place. Turn over another 6mm (¼in), press again and tack in place.

Step 2 MACHINE stitch or hem stitch around the edge of the cloth. Remove the tacking stitches and then press well.

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“Iliketokeepeachcolourto threetofourshadestoachieve agradualcolourchange,which givesthedesignmuchmore definitionandinterest.”

An interview with...

Shannon Wasilieff

Canadian Shannon Wasilieff’s intricate designs are loved all around the world. She let CrossStitcher into some of her stitching secrets… Interview by Katie Allen

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We brainstorm ideas all the time, and I like to get her input before I submit or publish any of my designs. It’s always nice to have another set of eyes after you have been staring at the same design for 20 or so hours.

ooking at Shannon Wasilieff’s work is like stepping into a fairytale. From princesses to peacocks and cute cottages to carousel horses, her cross stitch designs are perfect for anyone who likes a little shimmer with their stitch (and perhaps a bead or two). We found out more about what inspires her…

Can you tell us more about your design inspiration?

You first started stitching as a child – what tempted you back?

My family has always been into arts and crafts. I was drawn back into cross stitch after my mum started Emerald Mermaid by Mirabilia. I promptly took over the project after I fell in love with the design and haven’t looked back since. The beads and sparkle were so enticing. I couldn’t tell you when I wanted to start a creative business, it just kind of found me at the right time in my life.

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You stitch with your mum – what’s it like working as a team?

My mum and I often joke that working on a project together is the only time we can actually finish some of our UFOs! For my models, she does the main part of the cross stitching with DMC and I add all of the back stitching, Kreinik threads and beads.

I love all things pretty and have always been a fairytale lover. I have all kinds of photo inspirations and reference books – and I have a weakness for beads, I just adore anything that sparkles. Have you any other creative interests?

Oil painting has piqued my interest lately. I hope to convert some of them into cross stitch patterns once I have found some time. I have some designs that I have already done and I want to turn them into oil paintings too!


INSPIRING PEOPLE Behindthescenes:This ItalianRenaissanceladyis oneofShannon’sworksin progress,soyoucansee thedesigntakingshape.

Above: Objectstoinspirewithsparkleandcolour. Below:OneofShannon’sFantasySALprojects.

I love all things pretty and have always been a fairytale lover… and I have a weakness for beads ShannonlovesdesigningforbothCanadaandthe UKas,“everycountryhastheirownsenseofstyle.”

What, for you, makes a really interesting cross stitch design?

Lots of beads, Kreinik threads, shading and small details. I like to keep people on their toes! I don’t finalise colours until the final step of designing, this way I can make sure they all complement each other. Colours can go back and forth numerous times until I am happy with them. What is your top tip for anyone stitching your designs?

Backstitching, beads and shading can all add so much detail to a design. I suggest tracking your stitches with highlighters on a working copy. I like to highlight in a yellow and once stitched go over the highlighted area with a darker colour. This way if you put the design away for a while, it is easy to find where you left off.

Do you have any advice for finishing your work?

If you’re going to wash your project, make sure you do that before you add your beads. Washing with beads on the project can damage the bead finish, or make some of the colour from inside the beads run. Also, when ironing, start with the lowest setting possible – if too hot you could scorch your fabric – which I learned the hard way, just last week…! Which is your most personal design?

My Gingerbread Street is so very dear to me. It was the design that kickstarted my designing career working for the magazines. Who knew two years later I would be here? I’m so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way since then, I have no idea where I would be right now if I didn’t design it.

What are your hopes and dreams for your business?

I’d love to expand into other crafts like quilting, sewing, beadweaving... maybe even design some quilting fabrics or have a line of products under my name. Cross stitching is only the start and I can’t wait to see where I will be in another two years. What inspired you to start SALs on your Facebook page?

I started the free SALs to get people more active in my Facebook group when I first started. People loved the first one so much that I wanted to do a second one, with more beads. The last block for my fantasy themed SAL will be up this month and the design will remain up in my Facebook group for at least a month afterwards. www.facebook.com/ ShannonChristineDesigns

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inspired

THE SUNNY SIDE

Whatever the weather, stitch yourself a little piece of sunshine with our happy holiday motifs! Designed by: Durene Jones

MATERIALS Castle and whale badges • Zweigart 28 count white Brittney evenweave, ref: 3270/100; 7.5x7.5cm (3x3in) • Self-cover button; 38mm (1½in) diameter • Safety pin Sunshine badge • Zweigart 28 count white Brittney evenweave, ref: 3270/100; 15x15cm (6x6in) • Plastic food pot lid; approx. 9cm (3½in) diameter • Wadding; 9cm (3½in) diameter circle • Felt for backing your pot lid • Nappy pin Travel bookmark • Zweigart 28 count white Brittney evenweave, ref: 3270/100; 10x7cm (4x2¾in) • Cardboard rectangle; 6.5x3.5cm (2½x1¼in) • Felt for backing; 6.5x3.5cm (2½x1¼in) • Ribbon; 7mm x 23cm (¼x9in) • Button

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Drinks coaster • Zweigart 28 count white Brittney evenweave, ref: 3270/100; 12.5x12.5cm (5x5in) • Plastic coaster; 9cm (3½in) diameter • Iron-on Vilene For all • Stranded cotton as listed in the key • Size 24 tapestry needle For stockist details see page 86

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Make aâ&#x20AC;Ś bookmark Step 1 WRAP the stitched fabric around the cardboard rectangle, trimming away any excess fabric, and then lace it in place.

Step 2 STITCH one end of the ribbon to the back of the bookmark.

Step 3 COVER the back with a felt rectangle, securing it at the edges with small, neat stitches. Sew a button to the other ribbon end.

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LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GET INSPIRED

You don't have to stitch these motifs separately â&#x20AC;&#x201C; why not arrange a collection of your favourite ones together to make a super-sized summer holiday sampler?

More to make... Our summer motifs make sizzling cards, plus here are some other sunny ways to use them...

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Use waste canvas to add a cute summer motif to your bikini or bathing costume.

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Stitch a row of motifs onto aida band and attach it the edge of a beach towel.

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Make a summery patch for your swim or gym shoe bag.

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Make a… badge Step 1 CUT a circular template, 6cm (2½in) in diameter, for the smaller badge. Place it over the stitching, making sure the design is central, then using a pencil, draw around the template marking the fabric. For the larger badge, make sure the design fits onto the pot lid, and then draw a circle 5cm (2in) larger than your pot lid, keeping the design in the centre.

Step 2 TAKE both badges, and for each, make a row of gathering stitches around the edge of the stitched fabric circle, then place the self-covered button or pot lid (first covering it with the wadding circle), in the centre on the wrong side of the fabric. Gather tightly, securing the thread end firmly.

Step 3 PLACE the self-cover button back over the shank, then snap it in place. If you are using a pot lid, cover the back with the circle of felt, stitching it to the evenweave with small, neat stitches.

Step 4 PLACE a safety pin or nappy pin for the larger badge, centrally onto the back, and then stitch it securely to the fabric.

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ING STITCH

IZYOEUS! PFR OR £16 of prizes

We’ve got some great cross stitch giveaways up for grabs – make sure you enter today for your chance to win! Giveaways open 22 July – 18 August

Homecoming books

Joanna Ezekiel’s new poetry book has a rather special cover: she stitched it herself from a Sybilla Davis kit on 14 count aida. Joanna wanted the cover to have a vintage feel, as the theme of the collection was ‘Homecoming’, and so by leaving off the backstitch, she got just the right look. Homecoming is published by Valley Press, and is available on Amazon and at all good booksellers (£7.99). We have two signed copies to give away. Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry ‘HOMECOMING POETRY BOOK GIVEAWAY XST308’.

Cross Stitch Mini Motifs books

Mandalas to Crochet books

If you’ve enjoyed the mandala project in this issue, you’ll love this book, packed with eye-catching projects to crochet. If you want a break from your latest cross stitch project, this book could be just the thing to make you pick up a crochet hook. It contains 30 £22 of patterns, large charts, full prizes instructions and lots of inspirational ideas. Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linnsen is published by Search Press (RRP £10.99), www. searchpress.com. We have two books to give away. Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry ‘MANDALAS TO CROCHET GIVEAWAY XST308’.

Crazy Cat Lady kit

Susan Bates has packed this book with 54 cross-stitch motifs all on the theme of flowers. The floral motifs, such as viola, pansies, poppies and roses are used to create traditional samplers, as well as keepsakes. A great book for the gardening fanatic or someone with a love of £30 of plants and flowers. We prizes have three books to give away. The book is published by Tuva and available from booksellers and Amazon (RRP £9.95). Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry ’CROSS STITCH MINI MOTIFS BOOK GIVEAWAY XST308’.

£34 prize

This fun design by Peter Underhill for Heritage Stitchcraft is a new addition to the Cat’s Rule range featuring the Crazy Cat Lady, who is enjoying breakfast in bed surrounded by her moggies! A delightful kit to stitch, and one lucky reader will soon be the owner of this design, which comes with 27 count evenweave or 14 count aida, DMC stranded cotton, needle and instructions. The finished design measures 22x30cm and is available from www.hcrafts.com (RRP £33.75). Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry ‘CRAZY CAT LADY GIVEAWAY XST308’.

HOW TO ENTER

Write your name and address on the back of a postcard or stuck-down envelope together with the name of the giveaway(s) you are entering and send to: CrossStitcher, PO Box 172, Northam, EX39 9DY. Competitions open 22 July - 18 August 2016. For competition terms and conditions go to page 87. You may enter multiple prize draws on one postcard.

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Sharpen your stitching skills every month until Christmas with our brand new stitch-along club. Join us for our mystery sampler! If you’re new to cross stitch, don’t worry we have all the tips you need over the page...

THEESSENTIALKITYOU’LLNEEDTOSTARTSTITCHING NEEDLES

STRANDEDCOTTON

FABRICS

For basic stitching you’ll need a tapestry needle that has a blunt tip and large eye. Use a size 24 needle for most aidas, and a size 26 for evenweaves and linens. Use a sharp embroidery needle for finer details such as backstitch and French knots.

Embroidery thread is also called stranded cotton. Each thread length is made up of six strands of cotton twisted together. The chart key will tell you how many strands you’ll need to stitch with.

Aida is an ideal choice for cross stitch beginners. 14 count is the most common, although it’s available in a huge variety of colours and counts. Each cross stitch is worked over a single aida block, making counting and keeping your place a cinch. Evenweave is much simpler to work with than you might think. Start with a 25 or 28 count evenweave, such as Zweigart Lugana. Once you’re confident, try your hand at a linen version.

EMBROIDERYSCISSORS

Embroidery scissors are an absolute must-have. Keep yours sharp by only using them to cut threads .

HOOPSANDFRAMES

Though not absolutely essential, we do recommend using an embroidery hoop or frame to keep an even stitching tension.


WELCOME TO THIS MONTH’S STITCH-ALONG Add this part of the design to your own never-ending sampler or start your Christmas stitching early using our Christmas tree to make an ornament showing the year it was made.

THE KEY

DMC

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Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 37 high x 28 wide Design size: 6.5x5cm (2½x2in) Stitch time: 3 hours This design was stitched on 28 count evenweave over two threads of the fabric.

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ALL THE symbols that appear on the chart are listed in the key with their corresponding thread codes beside them. The key also tells you the different stitches used in the design. The closest column of thread codes listed next to the chart symbols is the thread brand that’s used in the design. Similar colour matches are listed alongside it. Where no close match can be found, you may have to use a different brand of thread for that shade.

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star, hangers, parcels

EACH square on the chart represents a single cross stitch. Start from the centre of the design and your fabric. The centre of our charts are indicated by arrows at the designs’ edges. To find your fabric’s centre, fold it in half and into quarters.

Attach beads with cotton

Mauve seed beads

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HOW TO JOIN OUR STITCH-ALONG STITCH-ALONGS CAN take many different forms – in our case we’re unveiling a new chart in each issue between our May issue and our Christmas edition. As you add to your design you’ll start to see your sampler take shape! To join our stitch-along you will need a 46x25.5cm (18x10in) piece of beige 28 count Cashel linen, ref: 3281/309, or 14 count aida to complete the whole design. The finished design size is 32x13.5cm (12½x 5¼in). Make a rectangular border of cross stitches 182 high x 77 wide which is the design stitch count, in DMC 321.

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Start with the green stitch, at the bottom right-hand corner of the chart. Leave three blank squares between this and the gingerbread girl design directly below, and leave one blank square between this stitch and the outer red border edge to the right. Parts one, two three and four; Scottie Dog, Gingerbread Girl, Nativity and Reindeer were in issues 304, 305, 306 and 307. Update us on your progress by posting photos on our Christmas SAL Pinterest board, on Facebook; www.facebook.com/ CrossStitcherMag or emailing us at crossstitcher@dennis.co.uk.


NEW TO CROSS STITCH? START RIGHT HERE! Start stitching… on aida Step 1

Step 2

CUT a 40cm thread length, and thread your needle with two of the six strands. Knot one end and start with a waste knot (opposite). Make a diagonal half cross stitch across a single aida block.

MAKE a second diagonal stitch to make the cross. You can work a row of half cross stitches first, then work back on yourself to complete the stitches. All the top stitches should face the same way.

STARTING A THREAD 1. Away waste knot

and… on evenweave

INSTEAD of taking your needle diagonally across a single aida block, take your needle diagonally across two evenweave threads, creating a half cross stitch as before.

FRENCH KNOTS 2. Loop knot

Go dotty with this simple way to add neat knots to your designs

Step 1

Front of fabric

KNOT one end of your thread and take it down through the front of your fabric, 2cm from your starting point.Bring it back up to the front of the fabric to make your first stitch. Begin stitching your design, making sure you stitch over your starting thread with each stitch. Once you’re happy that your starting thread is secure, snip off the knot. To secure your thread when you’ve finished stitching, weave it through the back of your stitches.

Reverse of fabric

WORKING in two strands makes a loop knot the neatest method. Cut a single length of thread, twice as long as normal. Fold in half to create a loop at one end. Thread your needle with the two tail ends. Bring your needle up to the front of your fabric, leaving a small loop of thread on the reverse. Make a half cross stitch, passing your needle through the loop on the reverse, as shown. Pull all the way to secure the thread then continue with your stitching.

ADDING BACKSTITCH OUTLINES & DETAILS

BRING your needle up at your starting point and wrap your thread once or twice around the needle. Use one strand for a small knot and two for a chunkier knot. Hold your thread end firmly and take your needle down, ever so slightly away from where you came up. Slide the twisted thread down the needle, so it rests on the fabric’s surface, and gently feed the needle through the fabric.

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WORK your backstitch once you’ve finished the cross stitch. To secure your thread, weave it through the back of your stitches, then bring your needle up to the surface.

MAKE each backstitch over one thread of fabric on aida and two threads if you work on evenweave. Follow the chart to see where to place each one.

KEEP your thread as taut as possible to prevent the knot becoming loose. Gently pull your thread through to tighten the knot, so that it sits neatly on the surface.

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shopping

Seen something that’s inspired you? Here’s where you can buy it...

Getstarted

For stitching fabric, threads and all the basic supplies you need, try one of these top stockists… WILLOW FABRICS www.willowfabrics.com For evenweave, aida and all kinds of stitching fabrics

JOHN JAMES NEEDLES www.jjneedles.com 0152 783 0941 For all kinds of needles and needle packs

BARNYARNS www.barnyarns.co.uk 0176 569 0069 For Anchor, DMC and Madeira threads and all kinds of haberdashery supplies

SIESTA FRAMES www.siestaframes.com 0120 281 3363 For stitching frames, hoops and lamps

COTTON PATCH www.cottonpatch.co.uk 0121 702 2840 For stuffing, wadding, interfacing, Bondaweb, scissors and all kinds of haberdashery supplies

CLOUD CRAFT www.cloudcraft.co.uk For 100% wool felt in lots of colours JOSY ROSE www.josyrose.com For buttons, beads and all kinds of embellishments

SEAMSTAR www.seamstar.co.uk 0182 977 0733 For plain and patterned fabrics and all kinds of trims EFRAME www.eframe.co.uk For picture frames for displaying your stitching HOBBYCRAFT www.hobbycraft.co.uk 0330 026 1400 For cardstock, paper, paint, glue and general crafting supplies

Yourprojects

You can make our projects using any materials you like, but if you need help tracking down specific items here are a few hints. Contact details for the suppliers are above or on the opposite page.

COLOUR BURST Zweigart Bellana 20 count pale cream evenweave: Willow Fabrics Cotton backing fabric: John Lewis Cushion pad: John Lewis

MAKE WAVES Zweigart 32 count Lagoon Belfast linen: Willow Fabrics Mill Hill seed beads: Willow Fabrics Wooden frame: eFrame Mount board: Fred Aldous

CRUNCH TIME Zweigart 28 count white Brittney evenweave: Willow Fabrics Paper clips: WHSmith Self-cover buttons: John Lewis

RIDE LIKE THE WIND Fabric Flair 28 count Cloud (Summer Sky) evenweave: Sew it All Wooden frame: eFrame Mount board: Fred Aldous

FOREVER BLOOMING Zweigart 28 count white Brittney evenweave: Willow Fabrics Cotton backing fabric: John Lewis Toy stuffing: John Lewis

THE SUNNY SIDE Zweigart 28 count white Brittney evenweave: Willow Fabrics Self-cover buttons: John Lewis Wadding: John Lewis Felt: Willow Fabrics Ribbon: John Lewis Button: John Lewis Plastic coaster: Framecraft Iron-on Vilene: John Lewis

PARK LIFE Zweigart 14 count ivory aida: Willow Fabrics Mauve spotted fabric: John Lewis Green spotted fabric: John Lewis Backing fabric: John Lewis Cushion pad: John Lewis LOVE BIRDS Zweigart 28 count lime green Brittney evenweave: Willow Fabrics Wooden hoop: Willow Fabrics

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JUST SO YOU KNOW Zweigart 28 count Vintage Sand Cashel: Willow Fabrics Wooden frame: eFrame Mount board: Fred Aldous

THE PURRFECT SUMMER Zweigart 28 count white Brittney evenweave: Willow Fabrics Cards: Craft Creations


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Prize crossword Down 1 French castle (7) 2 Senior naval commander (7) 3 Ice cream server (5) 4 Earthy material used in pottery (4) 5 String of small fabric flags (7) 6 Penniless (5) 7 Stretchy fabric used in sportswear (5) 13 Small green vegetable (3) 14 Large temporary stitch (7) 15 Gentle running activity (7) 16 Arrogant person who has risen suddenly in power or wealth (7) 19 The --- House, US presidential residence (5) 20 Land of Hope and ---, Proms favourite (5) 21 Large tooth (5) 23 Percussion instrument (4)

Across 1 Mayhem (5) 8 List of symbols on a cross stitch chart (6,3) 9 Series of three books or films (7) 10 Highest male singing voice (5) 11 Home and ---, Australian soap opera (4) 12 Backbone (5) 17 Lord ---, The Apprentice star (5) 18 Method of starting off stitching (4) 22 Dame --- Mirren, British actress (5) 23 Intensely dry period (7) 24 Large hairy spider (9) 25 Correct (5)

Winning word clue: My boy wants one of these to cool off in the summer (8)

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YOUR PRIZE Our winner will receive this pretty Foxglove kit, the first addition to John Clayton’s Flower Panels for Heritage Crafts for many years. With a design size of 31x11cm, the kit comes with either 27 count evenweave or 14 count aida, DMC stranded cotton and a numbered thread organiser. Foxgloves (JCFG1330) is available from www.hcrafts.com, RRP £34.95.

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Celebrate the season in stitches ISSUE 309

SEPTEMBER 2016

On sale 19 August

Inside this month Stitch the shades of Autumn with our seasonal sampler Enjoy our new exclusive design from Belle & Boo! Whip up a make-up bag with our fab feathers design

Stitch on plastic canvas to create our cute Wise Words owl bookmark!

Contents subject to change. Overseas gifts may vary.

Treat yourself to our delicious cake alphabet


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STYLISH STITCHING INSPIRATION SUNNY MAKES & GIFTS YOU’LL LOVE!

Inside... Packed with new ideas and designs for you

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