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Welcome Hello and welcome to your Christmas issue of Cross Stitch Favourites, which is chock full of festive charts, cards and gift ideas all designed to make your seasonal stitching a merry experience and as full of holiday cheer as possible! We’ve some welcome faces in this issue that are guaranteed to steal your hearts and monopolise Katriel Costello your stitching time – say hello to Fizzy Moon and Editor Somebunny. The big-hearted bear shows he’s just that Cross Stitch Favourites in a heart-warming design that you can stitch as a card for someone special; while the adorable bunny, wrapped up in her winter warmers, beckons spring by holding out a pot of crocuses on page 8. Meanwhile, on page 12, Lucie Heaton’s Furry Tales picture shows a magical woodland scene with her mice folk having a fun time pushing the tree home on a sledge! Bearing in mind this is a busy time in the stitching calendar, there are plenty of quick-stitch ideas here – for cards and gifts – for you to complete in an evening or in your lunch break. Tuck into the selection box where 58 cross stitch treats await. From fun personalities and Christmas classics to stylish Scandinavian style designs, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re looking for something a little different, try one of our gift tags on page 76 or there’s the polar bear and robin alphabets, which are ideal to make into personalised gifts. Have fun! From all of us at Cross Stitch Favourites – have a happy Christmas!

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Have yourself a happy cross stitch Christmas with this fabulous collection of cards, gifts and pictures

Seasonal celebrations in stylish stitches just for you! Fizzy Moon

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Our favourite rabbit is looking cosy in this adorably sweet and snowy scene

Oh Christmas tree!

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Celebrate the season with retro motifs

Christmas in style

Christmas chorus

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Hit the right note with these fun joyous characters as they sing festive carols

Winter bears ABC

Spoil your furry friends with personalised stockings you can fill with pet treats

Vintage gift ideas

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Spread some cheer with four funky designs made into hoop decorations for the tree

Enjoy the festive season with our mouse trio

Gifts for pets

A Christmas classic

Sampler motifs in vivid red thread give this heart cushion a Scandinavian look

Stitch this adorable Christmas card today – this bear’s so easy to fall in love with!

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Our happy bears are delivering gifts

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Festive frivolities

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You’ll love Margaret Sherry’s fun-filled design


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Printed by William Gibbons Our policy on photocopying Many readers find it easier to stitch from an enlarged photocopy of a chart and we are happy for you to do this provided the copies are for personal use only. Copyright You may stitch from the designs in this issue of Cross Stitch Favourites and sell your stitched pieces, so long as you keep to one or two of each design and do not go into mass production.

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Welcome winter with nature-inspired motifs

Selection box

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A winter wonderland of gift ideas and a bumper crop of cards to stitch

Brilliant baubles

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These deco cards are sure to bring a smile

Advent calendar

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Capture the joy and hope of the season

Wondrous windows

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Light up your stitching with stunning cards

Gift tags

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This gorgeous fairytale scene is full of delicious details you’ll love to bring to life

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Fizzy Moon

Heart stopper Stitch this adorable Christmas Fizzy Moon card today and give it to your amour – he’s so easy to fall in love with! SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida, 15x15cm (6x6in)

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Card A card of your choice to fit

Stitcher’s guide

Fizzy Moon key

This hug-tastic design is stitched on 14-count aida using 8 festive shades of stranded cotton. Cross stitch in two strands of thread is used for the majority of the teddy and the heart, with half stitch in two strands of grey-blue to depict the shading. Backstitch in one strand is worked in cream and dark grey for Fizzy’s trademark fur and for the stitches on the heart. Stitch the eyes in dark grey too, using the French knots technique. This is an ideal project for a beginner. StitchTip

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STITCH COUNT 35 high x 35 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton

How to stitch Fizzy Moon

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cotton. Work a half stitch in two strands for the shading underneath Fizzy the bear. Work the backstitches in one strand of thread and work the French knots using one strand of thread. Check over your finished stitching and prepare it for making up into a card.

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Stitch early for Christmas! To get organised, it’s worth looking at the last posting dates early on to motivate you. Count back from these dates and work out when you need to go shopping for threads and cards, adding in a few days to give yourself some breathing space. Remember, overseas cards need to be posted earlier.

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Somebunny to Love

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Winter in bloom Somebunny coaxes the bright crocuses from a frosty flowerbed in this adorably sweet and snowy scene Stitcher’s guide

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This gorgeous design is stitched on 14-count aida using a palette of wonderfully festive colours in different threads, both stranded cotton and specialist. Cross stitch in two strands of thread is used, plus half stitch. StitchTip Backstitch in With Light Effects and one strand Satin thread, knot the is worked in thread to the needle two colours.

Fabric DMC 14-count white iridescent aida, 30x30cm (12x12in)

Threads DMC Stranded cotton, DMC Satin threads, DMC Color Variations and DMC Light Effects as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Extras Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 19x19cm (7¼x7¼in)

How to stitch Somebunny

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Somebunny has planted crocuses in a winter garden

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More Somebunny! For stockists, call 0116 275 4000 or visit www.dmccreative.co.uk

Top tips for beginners

Somebunny key Cross stitch in two strands Z t Q s W p 8 ; T m [ H h b L 9

At the Beach BL1037-51, £16.99

Daisy Chain BL1038-51, £20.99

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Eskimo Kiss BL024 51, £14.99

STITCH COUNT 100 high x 98 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 18x17.5cm (7¼x7in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton, DMC Satin thread*, DMC Color Variations** and DMC Light Effects***

Feeding the Robins BL1090-51, £20.99

Somebunny to Love Spring Bouquet BL586-51, £14.99

Flower Girl BL1093-51, £20.99

Somebunny is one of those characters that can appeal to both little boys and girls, depending on the colours that are used. With lots of pink shades in Somebunny’s winter clothes and in the crocuses, this design is quite girly and will suit a pink bedroom! Cross Stitch Favourites 11


Festive Furry Tales

Oh Christmas tree! We’re thrilled to bring you this lovely Furry Tales design, which shows the mouse trio choosing the biggest, best Christmas tree they can find! Designed by Lucie Heaton

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 28-count white evenweave, 33x38cm (13x15in)

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 26 tapestry needle

Card Backing fabric, hanging rod and ribbon of your choice

Stitcher’s guide This playful scene is stitched on 28-count evenweave using 23 shades of stranded cotton. Cross stitch in two strands of thread is used throughout the design, with one strand for the backstitch in grey and mint green, bringing definition to the fairy lights, fir tree, lantern holder and sign, as well as to the mice. The background of this picture is made up of whole stitches only so this design does not require any fractionals or French knots.

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Festive Furry Tales This sweet picture is packed full of seasonal charm

Fractional and French knot free!

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How to make a wall hanging

Furry Tales key Cross stitch in two strands

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Gently wash, press and dry your finished stitching if needed, then trim to measure 28x31cm (11x12¼in). Cut a piece of backing fabric the same size as the stitched piece. Place the backing fabric and stitched piece together with the right sides facing, pin and stitch all the way around using a 2cm (¾in) seam allowance but leaving an 8cm, (3in) gap along the top edge to turn through. Trim the corners to reduce bulk, turn through and neatly slip stitch the gap closed. Top stitch on all sides, this helps the seams lie flat and adds to a neat finish. Turn over a hem of 4cm (1½cm) at the top, pin and machine stitch in place 2cm (1in) from the fold at the top, to make a channel. Carefully insert a hanging rod through the channel and attach a ribbon to the rod with bows – ours is a festive red gingham ribbon.

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In the detail We love how Lucie has ensured perspective in her design with clever use of backstitch. The fir trees in both the background and the foreground are backstitch-free, creating the sense of a busy forest scene.

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FIONA BAKER Technical Editor Busy stitchers will welcome the news that this design is fractional and French knot free because it means you’ll stitch it in no time. It’ll take around 40 hours to stitch, which means that in a few weekends you’ll have completed a gift that’ll make someone’s Christmas extra special.

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Pet stockings

Gifts for pets Designed by Rhona Norrie

Spoil your furry friends this Christmas with personalised stockings you can fill with gifts to keep them happy SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida, 15x13cm (6x5in) each for main designs and 3cm (1Âźin) x required length for each name

Add a personal touch

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Extras Green and red felt, and ribbon of choice

For the new kitten, bunny or puppy in the family

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KATRIEL COSTELLO Editor When you’ve finished making these cute little stockings, you can fill them with pet treats, squeaky toys and balls ready to present to your pets on Christmas day!

Stitcher’s guide These cute little stockings are stitched on 14-count aida and the three designs share the same key and some of the same thread colours – 20 in total. Work the whole stitches in two strands of thread and create fractional stitches for areas of the design that need better definition, such as the edges of the holly leaves, for example. The robin’s eye is created with a French knot and lots of backstitch is needed throughout. And don’t forget the paw prints etc, there are separate charts for these.

StitchTip Create the impression of fur on animals by using single backstitches over the area to give a random fluffy effect to the picture

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Pet stockings

How to stitch the pet stockings

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Finishing touches We love the red and green felt used to make these stockings, but if you want less traditional colours feel free to use any spare offcuts leftover

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How to make the pet stockings Before you start on the stocking, trim your finished stitching, leaving two to three squares of aida around the edge. Carefully fray one row of aida blocks at each of the edges, using your fingers or a pair of tweezers to pull the threads out, one by one. A delicate fringe like this is the perfect way to show off your work as a patch. Cute two pieces of felt using your template for sizing. Find the free downloadable template on www.crossstitching.com – just click on the ‘Charts and Patterns’ section and print your copy out. Cut another two pieces of felt in a contrasting colour 8x10cm (3x4in) for the cuffs. For each pair of stocking – plus cuff – fold the cuff in half over the top of the stocking piece, and pin in position. Pin the front and back pieces together, with right sides facing. Machine or hand stitch around the edges, using a 1cm (¼in) seam allowance, leaving the top open. Turn through. Place your stitched design in the centre of the stocking and patch in position using a running stitch, either in white or in a contrasting colour of thread. Do the same for the name tag on the cuff, making sure it is centre before stitching in place.

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Vintage gift ideas Celebrating the timeless appeal of the season, these retro charts will impress all with their traditional stitchy style Designed by Maria Diaz

Stitcher’s guide These gorgeous motifs and characters are stitched on a fabric of your choice, 14-count aida if you’re a beginner. The designs are worked in a variety of stitches including whole cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch and French knots in a variety of thread colours. There’s a key for each set of charts.

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14-count white aida measuring a maximum of 10x10cm (4x4in) for most designs. 5cm (2in) wide 16-count white aida band cut to the desired length. Available from Willow Fabrics, call 0800 056 7811 or visit www.willowfabrics. com to buy

Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24/26 tapestry needle

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Extras Craft Creations Single Fold card blanks (DEC3U) in dark blue, call 01992 781 900 or visit www.craftcreations. com to buy. Bauble available from www. harrisoncameras.co.uk Embellishments and cards available from local craft stores. All other items can be bought at high street stores or online


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Choose a handful of your favourite motifs and create your own samplerstyle design

Stitch a motif onto a pair of plain socks using waste canvas to make a fun gift for dad

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Gift ideas key Cross stitch in two strands

Make a scented sachet by patching your motif onto a fabric or felt bag and filling with dried rosebuds

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How to stitch the Christmas gifts

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Stitch repeating m otifs onto an aida band to make reusable stitc hed ribbon to decorate your gifts

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Stitching ideas Use soluble aida to stitch a motif onto a plain stocking and hang it out for Father Christmas

4 yy bbbb bbbbbb 4 x4bbb4bb bbx4b4bbbb bbbx4bbbbb bbb4b4bbbb bx4bbb4bbbyy bbbbbbbb EEEE bbbbb EEEEEEE bbbb E44 EEEEE E4994 EE99 E E49 E9 E9 E9 E EE9 EE9 EE9 E 4 yy E49 EEEEE9 E PPPP EEEEEEEE PPPPPP EEEEEE 4 PPPbbPPP EEEE PPPbPPbPPP PPPbbbbPPP PPPbPPbPPP PPPbPPbPPP 4 PPPPPPPP yy PPPPPP EEEE PPPP E444 EE EE9999 EE 4 EE49 EEEEEE EE49999 EEE EEEEEE9 EEE EEE9999 EEE EEEEEEEE EEEEEE EEEE 4 4 4

These vintage treats are small enough to help you get through your Christmas stitch list without any all-night sessions and they’re packed with enough charm to satisfy the friend or family member who has everything!

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Scandinavian cushion

A Christmas classic Traditional sampler motifs in vivid red thread give this heart cushion a classic look, making it perfect for any home Designed by Karen Brittan

SHOPPING LIST Fabric DMC 16-count white aida measuring 36x36cm (14x14in)

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 26 tapestry needle

Fabric Backing fabric, buttons of choice; cushion pad to fit

Stitcher’s guide This decorative Christmas heart design is stitched on 16-count white aida using just one shade of stranded cotton. The design is worked using easy whole cross stitch in two strands of thread. A small amount of backstitch and a handful of French knots, both worked in one strand, add extra detail to the design, which is recommended for intermediate stitchers.

How to stitch the cushion

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Add the backstitch to the heart design using one strand of red cotton. Work the French knots using one strand of red cotton. Check over your finished stitching for any missing stitches and prepare for making up into a cushion (see p32).

StitchTip Create the impression of fur on animals by using single backstitches over the area to give a random fluffy effect to the picture


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The individua l motifs in this des would make ign gre gift tags or q at uickstitch greetin gs cards

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Stitching ideas

How to make the cushion

To stitch on evenweave, simply work your stitches over two threads of the fabric instead of over one block, as you would do with aida. If you use 32-count, the size will be the same as it would on 16-count aida.

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Christmas in style Spread some cheer at Christmas with these four funky designs worked in traditional festive colours Designed by Durene Jones

Stitcher’s guide

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This stylish trio of hoops is worked on 14-count white aida using two strands of cotton in just four shades, the traditional reds and greens we love for this season. Whole stitches only are used in these circular designs, and they are worked in two strands. Backstitch is also worked in two strands, bringing eyecatching detail to each of the decorative hoops. The designs are small and simple enough to be tackled by people who are new to cross stitch.

Fabric 14-count white aida cut to 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Fabric 10cm (4in) wooden hoops (JCEH4) from Craft Department – visit www. craftdepartment.com or call 01373 454448 to buy. Ribbon of choice

How to stitch the decorations

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Work the cross stitches on the design using two strands of cotton. Add the backstitch to the piece using two strands of cotton in green and red. Check over your finished stitching and fix them into their hoops.

StitchTip These hoops make great stocking fillers for friends and family


Christmas decorations

Best for beginners

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KATRIEL COSTELLO Editor These modern motifs are the perfect way to brighten up your tree, or you can turn them into a fun set of coasters. To make your stitching really sparkle and shine, add some seed beads or metallic thread.

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Stitching ideas If you have threads in your stash that you want to use up, substitute the red and green for different colours. Look at the new colours in a good light to ensure they match.

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Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations key Cross stitch in two strands Z q

DMC Anchor Madeira B5200 1 2402 white 349 1098 212 red

{ 701 227 1305 p 704 255 1308 T 816 1006 513 Backstitch in one strand –––––

701

227

1305

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816

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STITCH COUNT 57 high x 57 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 10.5x10.5cm (4x4in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

In the detail For such stylised designs with eyecatching patterns, there’s surprisingly little backstitch used. Instead, it’s the patterns themselves and the white space that is left around the cross stitch that elevates each of these decos.

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Carol singers

Great for beginners

Christmas chorus Stitch these fun joyous characters as they fill the air with their sweet voices and sing Christmas carols Designed by Durene Jones SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in)

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Card Craft Creations square aperture cards (AP04U) in bright green, violet and raspberry

Extras Ribbon of your choice

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Stitcher’s guide These delightful cards are worked on 14-count white aida using cross stitch in two strands and a palette of 20 different colours. Backstitch in one strand of black thread is used to outline the figures and to highlight detail such as the stars and to form the musical notes. This design is whole stitches only and French knots-free so is suitable for beginners.


Carol singers

StitchTip Use tweezers to apply delicate peel-off stickers to the apertures

Join in the festive fun with our Christmas crooners!

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Carol singers

How to stitch the cards

1

Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half both horizontally and vertically. Follow the arrows on the chart to find its centre and start stitching from here, working your way outwards. Work the cross stitch on the design using two strands of thread. Add the backstitch to the piece using one strand of black thread. Check over your finished stitching and prepare for making up into cards.

2 3 4

Finishing touches In the detail Durene’s designs use black cross stitch and backstitch for the musical notes. Be careful not to trail the threads at the back, otherwise they could show through the white aida. To be extra safe, iron interfacing to the back of the aida before you begin stitching the design.

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Add a sequin border to your card, or glue some tiny feathers or a mini pom-pom braid as fun extras.


Carol singers Carol singers key Cross stitch in two strands Z S 2 W t j H g P l ; y

DMC Anchor Madeira B5200 1 2401 white 208 99 804 dark lilac 209 98 803 lilac 310 403 2400 black 349 13 212 dark red 415 398 1802 grey 434 310 2009 dark tan 436 1045 2011 tan 470 267 1502 moss green 676 891 2208 sand 677 886 2207 light sand 726 295 109 yellow

9 c b Q q

907 948 963 3607 3608

255 892 73 87 86

1308 306 502 708 709

green peach pink magenta light magenta

m E 6

3770 3839 3840

1009 175 130

2314 902 907

light peach blue light blue

Backstitch in one strand ––––– 310 403 2400

black

MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 54 high x 54 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 10x10cm (3¾x3¾in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

KATRIEL COSTELLO Editor Singing songs is the best way to get into the festive spirit and, despite the cold and snow, these vocalists are taking their talents to the streets and houses to share the joy of Christmas with everyone. If you know a keen caroler, Durene’s cards are the perfect stitch for them.

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Carol singers

Stitching ideas If you prefer to stitch from left to right and top to bottom instead of from the centre, measure the width of the fabric and sew running stitches down it, halfway across. Halfway down the fabric, sew running stitches across the width. From this centre point, count up and left to find your starting point.

Finishing touches Add red buttons or beads to the Christmas tree or wreath.

DURENE JONES Designer My singers are wrapped up warm in colourful scarves and hats and the cards have been chosen to match their woollies, with bright colours that complement these vibrant shades. I love the metallic snowflake peel-off that embellishes the bottom of each card too!

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Polar Bear ABC

Stitch gift tags and place name cards too

Winter bears Designed by Lesley Teare

These happy bears come from the North Pole – just like Santa Claus – and it looks like St Nick has given them some gifts to deliver Stitch a personalised polar bear card for a loved one

How to stitch the winter abc

1

Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half both horizontally and vertically. Identify the centre point of the chart you want to follow and start stitching from the centre of your fabric, working your way from this point outwards. Work the cross stitch on the design using two strands of thread. Add the backstitch to the piece using one strand of black thread. Check over your finished stitching and prepare for making up into cards.

2 3 4 SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 10x10cm (4x4in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Card Craft Creations square aperture cards (AP16U) in bright green

Polar bear abc key Cross stitch in two strands Z W

DMC Anchor Madeira B5200 1 2401 white 310 403 2400 black

T j h

321 415 434

9046 398 310

510 1802 2009

red grey tan

t P

666 701

46 227

210 1305

red dark green

p y

703 725

238 305

1307 113

green yellow

5 Y b

762 972 3713

234 298 1020

1804 107 502

light grey tangerine pink

Cross stitch in two strands Anchor Reflecta i 300 gold Backstitch in one strand ––––– 310 403 2400 ––––– 317 400 1714

STITCH COUNT 30 high x30 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 5.5x5.5cm (2¼x2¼in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton and Anchor Reflecta metallic thread

StitchTip

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Margaret Sherry

Festive frivolities Margaret Sherry’s fun-filled picture is packed with humour and is just the design to stitch in the run up to Christmas 50

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Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 30x35cm (12x14in) 30

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

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Frame Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 17x22cm (7x9in) 10

Stitcher’s guide This brilliant picture is worked on 14-count white aida using two strands of cotton in 28 shades. The design uses whole cross stitch in two strands of thread, plus half cross stitch, backstitch and French knots.

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How to stitch the design

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To find the centre of your fabric, simply fold the material in half both horizontally and vertically. Follow the arrows on the chart to find its centre and start stitching from here, working your way outwards.

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Work the cross stitches on the design using two strands of cotton. Add the half stitches, and then the backstitch. Check over your finished stitching and prepare your design for framing.

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Margaret Sherry Christmas key Cross stitch in two strands DMC Anchor Madeira Z

B5200

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white

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lilac

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dark red

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grey

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light red light grey

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dark tan

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tan

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light tan

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light pink very light grey peach

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304

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STITCH COUNT 85 high x 109 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 15.5x20cm (6½x7¾in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton

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Robin & holly abc

Rosy robins

StitchTip Outline your letters with metallic gold or silver backstitch, to give your designs a touch of festive shimmer

Welcome winter with open arms and celebrate the joys of the season with our charming, nature-inspired ABC Designed by Susan Bates

Stitcher’s guide These festive letters are worked on 14-count white aida, using 16 different shades of stranded cotton. They use whole cross stitches in two strands of thread, with backstitch definition worked in one strand. Stitchers of all levels, from beginners to experienced, will enjoy these mini alphabet motifs.

These plump little robins will make cute cards too

How to stitch the robins abc

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Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half both horizontally and vertically. Identify the centre point of the chart you want to follow and start stitching from the centre of your fabric, working from this point outwards.

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Work the cross stitch on the design using two strands of thread. Add the backstitch to the piece using one strand of thread. Check over your finished stitching for any missed stitches or errors and prepare for making up.

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SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 10cm high by the required width

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Extras Ribbon of your choice for the trim

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Stitching ideas Why not use these designs to stitch a winter sampler for your family? Stitch a letter for each family member and frame the motifs together, either in a four-way aperture or in a row, depending on the number of letters.

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SUSAN BATES Designer Nothing signals the arrival of winter quite like the robin. Stitch one to bring some warmth and cheer to your dinner table, they’ll look great on a Christmas cake band, or try making some personalised place settings to welcome your guests to the festive feast.

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UNMISSABLE COLLECTION OF QUICK MOTIFS FOR XMAS

Selection Box Designed by Jenny Barton, Durene Jones, Lucie Heaton, Maria Diaz

Welcome to a winter wonderland of gift ideas, and a bumper crop of cards to stitch for family and friends. From traditional and cute to stylish and chic there’s something for everyone Stitcher’s guide

StitchTip Now that the days are

These gorgeous motifs and characters drawing in, invest in are stitched on a fabric of your choice, a quality lamp so you can stitch all evening 14-count aida if you’re a beginner. The long designs are worked in a variety of stitches including whole cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch and French knots in a variety of thread colours. There’s a key for each set of charts.

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StitchTip Backstitch your own festive greeting into the space provided, plot the words out onto graph paper first

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In the detail Make baubles for the tree by backing a stitched one with iron-on interfacing before cutting out the shape. Add a piece of satiny ribbon as a hanger and add it to your Christmas tree

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StitchTip Create extra glow for your baubles by adding a strand of metallic or satin thread to your needle for a shiny finish

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StitchTip Use a sharp needle to add your backstitch, as it will make it easier to pierce through the other stitches

Ice skaters key ◆ Cross stitch in two strands Z

In the detail Why not add eye-catching embellishments to your stitched piece? Tiny gold seed beads, a Christmas button, gemstones and even sequins will all add festive glamour to these seasonal characters

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In the detail Patch your stitched Santas onto gift bags, a Christmas stocking and even a table runner to spread the festive feeling this year. Fray the edges of your patch or edge it with blanket stitch using Christmas red thread or metallics

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In the detail You could use the motifs shown on these pages to put together your own Scandinavian-style sampler. To design your own, use the larger designs for the centre and the smaller for the border, you could repeat stitch your favourite motifs and play with colour too

StitchTip For more hints, tips and stitching know-how visit crossstitching.com where you’ll find heaps more advice

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Bauble cards

Brilliant baubles These baubles are sure to brighten up any Christmas tree, and put smiles on the faces of your loved ones Designed by Rhona Norrie SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in)

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Card Craft Creations circle aperture cards (AP52U) in bright blue, bright green, bright red, pale blue, purple and raspberry

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Stitcher’s guide

Whole stitches only

These delightful cards are worked on 14-count white aida using cross stitch in two strands and a palette of 27 different colours. Backstitch in one strand of black thread is used to outline the figures and to highlight the pattern detail on each bauble. This design is whole stitches only and French knots-free so is suitable for beginners.


Bauble cards

StitchTip Stick small pieces of double-sided tape around your circular aperture

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How to stitch the cards

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Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half both horizontally and vertically. Follow the arrows on the chart to find its centre and start stitching from here, working your way outwards. Work the cross stitch on the design using two strands of thread. Add the backstitch to the piece using one strand of black thread. Check over your finished stitching and prepare for making up into cards.

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Finishing touches Embellish your cards even further with charms, beads and peel-off stickers.

Stitching know-how Rhona’s cards are worked in easy whole stitches and backstitch only, so they’re perfect for beginners. You could use them to teach a child to stitch, by getting them to fill in the background colours once you’ve worked the main motifs.

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Bauble cards

In the detail Black backstitch defines the designs, and adds extra details, such as the swirls on the present bauble. In some places, the backstitch pierces the aida, so use a sharp needle, rather than a blunt tapestry needle, to work these areas.

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Bauble cards

Stitching ideas Stitch two versions of the same design, then whip stitch the backstitch edges together to create a double-sided hanging. Once you’ve filled it with stuffing and added a pretty ribbon, StitchTip Make sure you leave you can hang plenty of time to your 3D complete all of the decoration backstitch before on the tree. Christmas!

RHONA NORRIE Designer Each of my decorations features a colourful festive pattern, and there’s a design for all ages and tastes. Stitch the jolly snowmen for little ones, the holly for a keen gardener, or the tasty Christmas puds for the cook of the house. Finish them off with festive ribbon bows.

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Advent calendar

Christmas is coming Designed by Gail Bussi

Capture all the joy and hope of the festive season, as you stitch this oh-so sweet Advent calendar Start the countdown to 25 Dec!

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14-count pearl flecked white aida measuring 46x41cm (18x16in)

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STITCH COUNT 188 high x 157 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 34x28.5cm (13½x11¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton and Mill Hill seed beads

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Stitcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide

How to stitch the calendar

This advent calendar is worked on 14-count aida using two strands of cotton in a palette of 23 thread colours. Whole stitches and fractionals are used in this design, and they are worked in two strands. French knots are worked in red and backstitch is worked in one strand using several different colours. This advent calendar is suitable for intermediate and advanced stitchers.

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Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half both horizontally and vertically. Follow the arrows on the chart to find its centre and start stitching from here, working your way outwards. Work the cross stitches on the design using two strands of cotton. Where you see a tiny symbol on the chart, work a fractional stitch. Add the backstitch to the piece using one strand

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of cotton in the shades as indicated on the key. Check over your finished stitching and attach the red hoops with red sewing thread.

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Stitching idea If you already have a calendar or you simply feel like stitching something a bit smaller, you could create the top panel on its own as a festive picture. Or use each of the three motifs for cute cards.

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GAIL BUSSI Designer For me, the countdown to Christmas during the month of December is just as exciting as the day itself – though I do sometimes wonder if I’ll get everything done in time. This cross stitch Advent calendar will keep me on track – I’ll only reward myself with a treat if I’ve done enough stitching!

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Back your stitching with interfacing and press. Sew a ring under each number and tie a piece of ribbon onto each. Take your canvas and mark the halfway points of each edge. Draw lines between them to make a cross. Push a pin through the centre of your stitching, and then push

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the pin through the cross on your canvas. Straighten the stitching, and turn the canvas over. With staples or double-sided tape, fix the centres of each edge to the canvas – first the top, then the bottom and sides, then secure the gaps in between. Or you could lace the stitching to

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StitchTip Before you attach the red rings to the advent calendar, it’s a good idea to wash your stitched piece when it’s complete

the canvas. Remove the pin from your stitching. Finish by tying your sweeties one by one onto the rings with lengths of the ribbon.

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Stained glass cards

Wondrous windows Light up your stitching with Carol Thornton’s beautiful set of stained glass windows – they make perfect lastminute Christmas cards Designed by Carol Thornton

Stitcher’s guide

SHOPPING LIST Fabric

These festive cards are stitched on 16-count white aida, using 16 different shades of stranded cotton. The designs use cross stitch worked in two strands of thread and are recommended for stitchers of all abilities.

16-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 26 tapestry needle

Card Craft Creations circle aperture (AP03U) in bright red and (AP03M) in pearly gold

How to stitch the cards

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outwards. Work the cross stitch on the design using two strands of thread. Check over your finished stitching and prepare for making up into cards.

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StitchTip If you don’t have 16-count aida, stitch these cards on 14-count instead. Just remember, you’ll need cards with larger apertures to mount them inside


Stained glass cards

Whole cross stitches only â&#x20AC;&#x201C; great for beginners!

These circular designs create the look of stained glass

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Stained glass cards

How to cross stitch neatly It’s worth thinking about your technique because it will result in neater stitching, ie work each stitch in the same order so the top arms of your stitches lie in the same direction. If you’re working a long row of stitches, make a row of half crosses first, then complete the top of the stitches on the return journey. This will neaten the appearance of your work and speed up stitching.

How to mount your cross stitching into a card

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Trim the fabric 1.5cm (½in) away from the edge of your stitching, or leaving enough fabric to stick the design inside the card. Stick double-sided tape around aperture on reverse side of card. Pull off the backing tape and position the aperture over the stitched piece. Press it firmly in place. Lay the card face down and place wadding over the back of stitching. Place double-sided tape on the lefthand flap of the card and fold over the back of the stitching. Fold the right hand flap over, to finish.

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STITCH COUNT 64 high x 64 wide DESIGN AREA 16HPI (32-count evenweave) – 10x10cm (4x4in) These designs were stitched using Anchor stranded cotton

StitchTip

How to stitch these cards as a set

Mark out gridlines on the fabric by tacking red thread in a cross to make counting easier

Measure and cut out one piece of fabric, then cut around it to make the three others. Mark out the gridlines on each piece of fabric in red thread, they can be pulled out after you’ve finished stitching. Thread a few needles with the colours used most in these designs, and store them on a piece of waste fabric. This means you won’t have to interrupt your stitching flow as often, to rethread your needle. You can now stitch the cards all together, one thread colour at a time.

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Gift tags

Stitch a gift tag in an evening

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wrap! Ensure your presents stand out under the Christmas tree by using these beautiful tags as stylish finishing touches for your gifts Designed by Lisa Reakes

Stitcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide

SHOPPING LIST Fabric

These lovely tags are worked on 14-count white aida using cross stitch in two strands. Backstitch in 7 different colours and the motifs are worked in whole stitches, fractionals and backstitch for definition. Suitable for stitchers of all abilities.

14-count white aida measuring 10x10cm (4x4in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Extras Backing papers and ribbons of your choice available from high street stores

How to stitch the tags

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strands of thread. Where you see a tiny symbol on the chart, work a fractional stitch. Neatly add the backstitch to the piece using one strand of thread. Check over your finished stitching and prepare for making up into tags.

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Gift tags

These handmade tags will make a gift extra-special

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Gift tags

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These designs have a stitch count of just 30 stitches high by 15 wide and should take just an hour or two to complete. They are small enough to carry around in your handbag too so you can stitch while you’re on the go.

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Immerse your stitching in warm water mixed with a little mild detergent and rinse well in fresh cold water several times. Leave your fabric to dry slightly but not completely. Place a fluffy white towel on an ironing board and lay your stitching face down on top. To ensure that your stitching doesn’t distort before you put it in a frame, make sure the edges are straight before ironing. Press the fabric using an iron on a mediumsetting. Push point into the back to plump up stitches.

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Use pretty grosgrain ribbon to tie your tag to the gift

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STITCH COUNT 30 high x 15 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 5.5x3cm (2¼x1in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

Stitching ideas

StitchTip Pre-thread several needles with the colours you need to speed up your stitching

Once you’ve finished stitching in one thread colour, run your needle through the back of several stitches that you’ve already completed. Snip off the ends neatly with a sharp pair of scissors, as close to the fabric as possible.

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Gingerbread house

Gingerbread cottage This gorgeous gingerbread chart is a fairytale scene full of delicious details youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love to bring to life Designed by Lesley Teare

StitchTip Insert your fabric into a hoop or frame to keep it taut and your stitches neat and tidy

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Stitch a cross stitch Christmas classic


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SHOPPING LIST Fabric

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14-count white aida, 40x35cm (16x14in)

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Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

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STITCH COUNT 132 high x 104 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 24x19cm (9½x7½in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton


Stitch Lucie Heatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Furry Tales design on page 12

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