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Welcome

53 Welcome someone to a new home with this gorgeous sampler

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34 Spring gifts

Welcome Marie Parry

There's nothing better than getting stuck into stitching a really good sampler! As well as being a truly satisfying project to complete, they're a great way to add an instant update to any room in your house and they make beautiful gifts for friends and family members, too.

With that in mind, we've brought together a wonderful collection of sampler designs that are sure to get you reaching for your stitching bag. Inspired by the start of the new season, we've packed this issue with spring and summer-themed projects, including gorgeous mini garden designs on page 48, Easter gifts on page 39, an heirloom wedding sampler on page 24 and new baby congratulations on page 29. We've got all the occasions covered too, with designs for birthdays, thank yous, back to school, graduation, engagement new job, new home and so much more.

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One of the great things about samplers is that they're really versatile – you can stitch the whole thing or just your favourite elements. So, if you're new to stitching and not yet confident enough to tackle a whole sampler, then stitch some of the smaller motifs from your favourite design and turn them into cards, tags and gifts. You'll find plenty of stitching tips dotted throughout the projects to help you master some of the tricker techniques, and lots of clever ideas on what to do with your stitching. There really is something for everyone's taste and stitching level inside this issue of Cross Stitch Favourites.

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48 Garden sampler

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Contents Be inspired to stitch beautiful samplers and gift ideas with this fantastic collection of designs and motifs

Find the perfect project for every stitcher Home and garden

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Country charm

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Celebrate the start of a new season with our glorious garden sampler

Happy birthday

Happy Easter

Stitched with love

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Spring garden

Brighten up your kitchen with this colourful set of patchwork-style mini samplers

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Stitch to celebrate special birthdays

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New baby cards

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Inspired by cot blankets in pastel shades, these designs are ideal for baby greetings

Take your pick from two delightful homespun samplers with a modern twist

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Six fun seasonal projects to stitch

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Happy home

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Let people know their gifts have been lovingly handmade with our super gift tags

Customise this heartwarming house picture with faces from your own family

To have and to hold

Gardener's delight

Make a gorgeous wedding sampler

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Choose from six country garden samplers


Contents

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favourites MEET THE TEAM Publishing Editor Anna Davenport Editor Marie Parry Technical Editor Fiona Baker Charting Editors Sarah Heys, Abi Barker Art Editor Scott Purnell Cross Stitch Designers Fiona Baker, Gail Bussi, Joan Elliott, Lucie Heaton, Jane Henderson, Durene Jones, Helen Phillips, Rhona Norrie, Debra Page, Nia Rhind, Lesley Teare Publishing Director Cath Potter Managing Director Andy Marshall Group Advertisement Manager Laura Gibbs Brand Sales Executive Anna Summerson Head of Direct Marketing Jacky Perales-Morris Direct Sales Manager Kevin Slaughter Production Director Sarah Powell Production Manager Rose Griffiths Ad Designer Catherine Howlett Distribution Frontline

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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.

Home sweet home sampler

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A beautiful gift to stitch for new neighbours or friends who are moving house

Special occasions

Gorgeous gifts for Easter!

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Stitch a record of your family's achievements

Birthday bands

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We love these sweet celebration designs

Heart to heart

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A heart sampler that will appeal to crafters

Send with love

www.cross-stitching.com www.cross-stitching.com is lively, entertaining, informative and packed with stitching gossip, know-how and tips to help make you a better stitcher.

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Try these quick and easy heart cards

Back to nature Stitch standout cards for all occasions

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Modern samplers

Modern stylish designs

Home and garden Take your pick from two delightful samplers – with homespun motifs stitched in pastel shades, they’ll make a delightful addition to any room in your home Designed by Helen Phillips

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 33x25cm (13x10in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Frame Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 26x19cm (10¼x7½in)

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Stitcher’s guide These pretty samplers are stitched on 14-count aida and contain whole cross stitches, fractionals, backstitch and French knots so are best suited to advanced beginners and intermediate stitchers.

How to stitch the sampler

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Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half horizontally and vertically. Follow the arrows on the chart to find its centre and start stitching from here, in the middle of the fabric. Work the cross stitches across one block of aida fabric using two strands of thread.

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For each tiny symbol that you see on the chart, you should work a fractional stitch. Add the backstitch detail using one strand of thread, then work the French knots in one strand. Check your finished stitching and prepare it for making up.

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Modern samplers

StitchTip If you’re choosing a coloured fabric, lay the stranded cotton skeins onto it to make sure you’re happy with how they coordinate before you stitch

Stitch our beautiful samplers, or use the individual motifs to make cards and gifts

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Modern samplers

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HELEN PHILLIPS Designer I was originally influenced by antique English samplers and American folk samplers, and recently I’ve been looking at French and Scandinavian needlecrafts. Old embroideries really inspire me to give them a fresh modern twist in my projects, and that was what I wanted to achieve with these.

“This sweet sampler has lots of classic elements with its alphabet and numbers, but the modern colours and adorable birds in their birdhouses bring it right up to date StitchTip for my Use the holes in the home.” aida to help you Abi Barker, charting editor

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MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 116 high x 76 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 21x14cm (8¼x5½in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

How to cross stitch on different fabric Working these pretty samplers on different fabric is a quick way to ring the changes. A different fabric count to the 14-count used here will give a different size, so you’ll need to calculate the new size of fabric required. Another idea would be to use an evenweave fabric (28-count for the same finished size) or even choose a pastel-coloured fabric to show off the design in style!

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Modern samplers

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Kitchen pictures These designs look great as a set, but will look equally good stitched on their own

StitchTip Sort your threads onto an organiser before you start so your stitching goes smoothly, and make sure all the top arms of your stitches lie in the same direction

A perfect weekend project

Country samplers Bring colour and beauty into your home with this set of patchwork-style mini samplers. Bursting with bold colours and wholesome motifs, they’re the perfect ingredients for a busy kitchen! Designed by Lesley Teare

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Kitchen pictures SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Frame Frames of your choice with a minimum aperture of 11.5x11.5cm (4½x4½in)

Stitcher’s guide These rustic country samplers are stitched on 14-count white aida in a range of bold colours and pastel shades. The Angel, herb garden and house designs all contain whole stitches only with a little backstitch, making them ideal for stitchers of all abilities. The Birdhouse design contains fractionals, so is better suited to those with some experience.

Stitching idea The house sampler design worked without the border would make a lovely card for someone just moving into a new home. Or, stitch all four designs together on the same piece of fabric and you’ll have your own patchwork quilt-style square.

How to stitch the kitchen samplers

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LESLEY TEARE Designer Designing samplers is one of my favourite things to do. I love how you can keep the motifs simple so they are achievable for anyone, yet when you put them together they can make a super design. I’ve created a different look for each of these samplers, but they’re linked with the same colours so work together, too. I think once you have stitched one, then you’ll want to complete the set!

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MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 56 high x 56 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 10x10cm (4x4in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

“You can easily stitch one of these designs in a weekend, or if you’re looking for a quicker project, then pick out a few of the smaller motifs, such as the butterflies or hearts, to make keyrings, coasters and fridge magnets.” Fiona Baker, technical editor

Stitch tip Choose one of the smaller motifs to stitch in a row along an aida band, and make a matching set of tea towels or napkins for your kitchen.

Bright idea Any of these designs would also look great mounted in the top of a box. When you have finished stitching, wash and press your work. Place a square of wadding onto the card insert for the lid and fold your stitching over the top. Pin the fabric to the board and lace together on the back of your work. When the fabric is gathered together it is ready to attach to the top of the box with glue or double-sided tape.

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Birthday cards

Stitch in one evening

It’s your birthday! Make someone feel special with a mini sampler celebrating their birthday, complete with name and age, too! Designed by Nia Rhind

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 20x15cm (8x6in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

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Stitcher’s guide These mini birthday samplers are all stitched on 14-count aida and are worked in whole cross stitches, backstitch and French knots. They’re easy for intermediate stitchers to tackle, and new stitchers will enjoy learning how to work the French knots, too.

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Oblong aperture cards (AP48U) from www. craftcreations.co.uk

Don’t be restricted to the ages shown here. You can easily change the numbers – just mark a square the size of the chart square on graph paper and plot out the number before you start stitching.

“Mix and match the motifs between these designs to make your own unique birthday greetings.” Marie Parry, Editor 14 Cross Stitch Favourites


Birthday cards

StitchTip Try replacing some of the mini motifs with shaped buttons and charms

Mini motifs make these petite samplers extra-special

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Birthday cards NIA RHIND Designer Landmark birthdays are worthy of a special card, and I’ve designed tributes here for all ages. Whether you’re stitching for boys who love dinosaurs or ladies who adore shoes, you’ll find a good fit in this collection.

How to stitch the birthday samplers

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Work the backstitch in one strand after you have completed the cross stitches. There are nine different shades used in these designs, so check the key carefully to make sure you are using the right colour. Work the French knots in one strand, again check the key for colour.

StitchTip Choose a brightly coloured card mount to add to the celebratory feel

“It’s the fun touches, such as the tiny candles in place of the ‘i’ on this design, that make these cards really enjoyable to stitch.” Fiona Baker, technical editor 16 Cross Stitch Favourites


Birthday cards

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Gift tags Perfect for gift tags or quick-stitch cards, you’ll fall in love with these miniature heart designs

Quick and easy to stitch

From me to you Let friends and family members know that their presents have been lovingly handmade with these super-sweet gift tags Designed by Debra Page and Ursula Michael SHOPPING LIST

Stitcher’s guide

How to make up the gift tag

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These fun gift tag designs are all stitched on 14-count white aida. They contain whole cross stitches and fractionals in two strands of thread and backstitch and French knots in one strand of thread. Some of the designs contain whole cross stitches and backstitch only, so there are motifs suitable for stitchers of all abilities in this set.

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

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Die-cut a tag shape from coloured card. If you don’t have a die-cutter draw around an old luggage label instead, then cut out. Trim your stitched motif to leave a border of a few aida squares. Using a pair of tweezers, gently pull away a thread from around the edges of the aida to create a frayed effect. Stick

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Wedding sampler

To have and to hold Send the happy couple down the aisle in style with this gorgeous celebration sampler – a wonderful keepsake to remind them of their day Designed by Joan Elliott

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Stitcher’s guide Our wedding sampler is stitched on 14-count aida in 26 different shades of cotton and metallic thread. Joan has used whole cross stitches, fractionals, backstitch, French knots and beading in her design, so it is best for confident stitchers who are looking for a large project to work on.

Our pretty pastels are classic wedding colours, but you could change the shades to match the colour scheme on the wedding day for a coordinated gift

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 28x15cm (11x10in) for the main design; 15x15cm (6x6in) for the card and 10x10cm (4x4in) for the ring cushion

Threads Stranded cotton and metallic threads as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle, beading needle

Frame Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 19x17cm (7½x6½in)

Extras Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key, pink card (AP1OU) from www.craftcreations.com; fabric, wadding, bow

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Wedding sampler

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Wedding sampler

How to stitch the wedding sampler

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strand of cotton – three shades are used, so check the key to see which you need. Add the French knots in one strand of cotton. Again, three shades are used, so check which you need.

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JOAN ELLIOTT Designer Every stitcher knows the feeling – a wedding invitation drops through the door and the feeling of excitement is soon taken over by a far more pressing concern... what on earth shall I stitch for the happy couple? That’s what I had in mind when I designed this sampler! You can stitch it as a truly special gift that will be treasured for a lifetime.

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MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 98 high x 84 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 18x15.5cm (7x6in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik #4 braid and Mill Hill seed beads

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New baby cards These soothing cards are sure to help baby have sweet dreams

Stitch Tip

Work the bord ers that frame each de sign onto plastic ca nvas to make adorable baby photo frames

Patchwork cot quilts With their palette of candy-cotton colours, these sweet baby cards will look perfect in a newborn’s nursery, and will be treasured by proud parents By Gail Bussi Cross Stitch Favourites 29


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SHOPPING LIST 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

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Card Coloured aperture cards of your choice

Stitcher’s guide These adorable new baby cards are stitched on 14-count white aida and contain whole cross stitches, fractionals, backstitch and French knots, so are ideal for stitchers who already have a little experience.

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“These designs will also look lovely mounted in individual picture frames. Stitch three or four of them to hang in a row on the nursery wall.”

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In the detail Give the card a bit of texture appeal by working the little sheep on the ‘Blessings’ card in white Madeira Lana thread. This can be fluffed up after stitching for a furry finish.

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MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 49 high x 49 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 9x9cm (3½x3½in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

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GAIL BUSSI Designer I love the look of patchwork quilts, so wanted to get that feel into these designs. The miniature motifs and pastel colours combine beautifully to make baby-themed squares, and the simple borders make each one look like one perfect patch! Quilts are often handed down the generations as family heirlooms, so incorporating the style into a baby gift that is likely to be kept is ideal.

“These adorable designs are suitable for both boys and girls, so you can stitch them in advance ready for when baby decides to make his or her debut. If you want to theme them for a boy or girl, then simply mount your design in a blue or pink cardblank once baby arrives.” 20

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Bright idea You can make the ‘A star is born’ card extra special by adding a star charm rather than the stitched star. You can buy a 24-carat goldplated star charm (CG2281), complete with a sparkly crystal embellishment, from www.craftdepartment.com for £1.50.

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Spring sampler

Spring garden Flowers are blooming and the sun is beaming, so celebrate spring with this glorious garden sampler Designed by Rhona Norrie

Stitcher’s guide Our cheerful spring sampler is stitched on 14-count white aida in 19 different colours of stranded cotton. It is worked in whole cross stitches and backstitch only, so is ideal for beginners as well as more experienced stitchers.

RHONA NORRIE Designer “Designing this sampler was a reminder of just how wonderful it is when we spot those first signs of spring. I included motifs of the things that make my heart sing – birdhouses, butterflies, bees and gardening tools!”

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 30x25cm (12x10in) for the frame, 25x10cm (10x4in) for the bookmark, and 15x15 (6x6in) for the other designs

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Extras Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 25x20cm (10x8in), single-fold card and gift bag of your choice

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Get into the spirit of the season with this lovely spring stitch

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Spring sampler Spring has sprung key Cross stitch in two strands DMC Anchor Madeira Z j U

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MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 114 high x 85 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 20.5x15.5cm (8¼x6in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

How to stitch the spring sampler

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Stitching idea 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.

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“I have to admit, I’m not really much of a gardener myself, but I still love this colourful sampler. My gran enjoys a spot of gardening, so I’ve already got my eye on a few of the smaller designs for her. I think I’ll stitch her a series of garden-themed tea towels over the next few weeks. They’ll look great and be practical, too!” Sarah Heys, charting editor

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Easter set Stitch these simple Easter motifs for your home – their fresh colours will never go out of fashion

StitchTip Mix up the colours of your Easter eggs – use up leftover lengths from your stash for a unique finish

Sweet Easter treats SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 20x15cm (8x6in) and 10x10cm (4x4in) for the smaller designs

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Extras 7 Gypsies Solo White Shadow Box Tray 6x6in; 4in wire hanger; singlefold deckle-edge card (DEC6U) from www.craftcreations.co.uk

There’s nothing but lashings of springtime fun in this project, so try your hand at one or even all six of our delightful Easter stitches Designed by Jane Henderson

Stitcher’s guide

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These Easter treats are stitched on 14-count white aida and are worked in whole cross stitches, fractionals, backstitch and French knots. They are great stitches for confident beginners who are looking to take the next step.

Designer “Spring is one of my favourite design themes because I can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive! The pretty colours and cute Easter characters are always fun to stitch, and I find lots of inspiration in my own little garden.”

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Easter set Easter set key Cross stitch in two strands DMC Anchor Madeira Z B5200 1 2401 y 444 291 106 e 445 288 103 A 646 8581 1812 { 703 238 1307 P 704 255 1308 t 761 1021 404 p 964 185 1112 ; 3325 129 907 b 3713 1020 502 G 3832 38 604 9 3845 1089 1102 Backstitch in one strand

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MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 69 high x 43 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 12.5x8cm (5x3in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

“These Easter ideas are perfect for sending to say a little ‘hello’. I have some friends I don’t see very often so I’m going to stitch them one of these as a card to let them know that I am thinking of them.” Abi Barker, charting editor 10

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StitchTip Stitch the bunting onto an aida band to wrap around an Easter plant pot or even a chocolate egg!

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“The Easter card is an easy stitch, so a great one for new stitchers to start with.” Sarah Heys, charting editor Cross Stitch Favourites 41


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Family sampler

Stitch your family at home!

Where the heart is This heartwarming house design has friendly faces at every window! Customise it for your own family for a really special stitch

Stitch your own family to create a personalised wall hanging for your home

Designed by Lucie Heaton

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 45x30cm (17¾x12in)

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

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Stitcher’s guide This fab family home picture is stitched on 14-count aida and is worked in whole cross stitches, backstitch and French knots, so can easily be tackled by stitchers of all abilities.

How to stitch the family sampler

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Frame Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 37x26cm (14½x10½in)

“I love the idea of mixing up people, pets and decorations at the windows of the house. The finished design will be unique to each person who stitches it.” Marie Parry, editor Cross Stitch Favourites 43


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Mini garden samplers

Stitch in a week!

Gardener’s delight What kind of gardener are you? Whether you grow fruit, flowers or veg, you’ll find the perfect plot here! Designed by Debra Page

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 20x15cm (8x6in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Frame Frames of your choice with an aperture of 14x9cm (5½x3½in)

Stitcher’s guide These country garden mini samplers are all stitched on 14-count aida and are worked in whole cross stitches, fractionals and backstitch. They’re easy for intermediate stitchers to tackle and a great option for new stitchers looking for the next step.

Bright idea If you love these samplers but are short of time, then there’s an abundance of single motifs to stitch quickly and turn into cards, tags, coasters, keyrings and fridge magnets!

“My mum has just got an allotment, so I’m going to stitch the vegetable patch sampler to hang in her shed.” Marie Parry, editor 48 Cross Stitch Favourites


Mini garden samplers

StitchTip These mini designs are just the right size for greeting cards too!

Add a little TLC and there won’t be any weeds in these perfectly worked plots of cross stitch

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STITCH COUNT 72 high x 45 wide DESIGN AREA 14HPI (28-count evenweave) – 13x8cm (5¼x3¼in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

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Mini garden samplers

“One of the reasons we moved from the city to Devon was so we could have a bigger garden. I love gardening; next to stitching it’s the most relaxing thing. Combining the two StitchTip for this project was Sew your favourite motif onto a heaven.” gardening apron or Debra Page, designer

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New home gifts There’s no place like home... especially if it’s adorned with these jolly designs

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Home sweet home

Brimming with homely charm, our welcoming sampler, keyring and card will make beautiful gifts for someone moving into a new abode Designed by Joan Elliot SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 28x25cm (11x10in) for the main design and 10x10cm (4x4in) each for the card and keyring

Stitcher’s guide

How to stitch the sampler

Our new home sampler is stitched on 14-count aida and is worked in whole cross stitches, fractionals, backstitch and French knots, so is best suited to stitchers with a little experience.

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Stitching advice

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We mounted the card design in a Craft Creations square aperture card (AP1OU) in bright red (www.craftcreations.co.uk). You can pick up a keyring aperture in your local general craft shop..

Size 24 tapestry needle

Frame Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 20x17cm (8x6½in)

Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half horizontally and vertically. Follow the arrows on the chart to find its centre and start stitching from here, in the middle of the fabric. Work all the cross stitch in one block of aida using two strands of thread. Where you see a tiny symbol on the chart, make a fractional stitch. Work the backstitch last using one strand of cotton. There are two colours used in this design, so refer to the key to identify the correct shade to use.

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StitchTip Pick a neutral colour for your picture frame, or match it to a shade in the design, like we have

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JOAN ELLIOT Designer I wanted my sampler to feel warm and welcoming, so opted for motifs like the charming cottage, merry birds and gleaming gold keys to remind the recipient that there’s nothing more lovely than building a new nest!

This delightful Home Sweet Home sampler is a must-stitch for someone moving into a new home. Don’t be tempted to carry your thread across the back of your stitching when working the lettering as it could show through to the front and spoil the look of your work.

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Stitching idea Use the alphabet chart below to add your own wording. You could personalise the sampler with a family name, moving date or the name of the recipient’s new house.

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Family occasions

Lasting memories Create a special record of your family’s most memorable events with these designs – start an ongoing wall hanging, or work one-off announcements Designed by Durene Jones

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each card design and 23x20cm (9x8in) for each picture. White aida band 10cm (4in) wide for the hanging

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Extras Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 18x11cm (7x4½in); singlefold deckle edge cards (DEC6U) from www.craftcreations.co.uk; double scroll wire hanger (AW88950) from www.craftdepartment.com

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Stitcher’s guide Our family occasion designs are stitched on 14-count aida or aida band and are worked in whole cross stitch, backstitch and French knots, so any stitcher can enjoy creating them.

“You’ll find something to stitch for every family member with these celebratory designs. From new babies, first homes and starting school to graduations, engagements and wedding day!” Abi Barker, charting editor


Family occasions

We’ve got the perfect stitchy way to celebrate all your special family occasions

StitchTip Designs with lots of wording look best in simple frames and mounts

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Family occasions

DURENE JONES Designer “I’ve always enjoyed stitching about my beloved relatives and I have designed a family tree in the past, so this hanging idea really appeals to me. I particularly like that you can easily get all the important details on it – it feels like a proper heirloom that you can be proud to hand down through the generations of your family.”

How to stitch these designs

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StitchTip Try working these designs on different coloured fabrics to stitch together for a patchworkstyle picture. Stick to pale shades so that the details stay nice and clear


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“These designs are fantastic to stash for future use. I think they are much nicer than shop-bought announcement cards or presents and they give such a lovely, personal touch.” Sarah Heys, charting editor

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In the detail Use simple backstitch lines that cross over each other, to create the spokes on the wheels of the pram.

How to make your family record hanging

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Turn a double hem of 1cm (½in) at both the top and bottom of the band and stitch in place. Turn another hem of 3cm (1Ÿin) onto the wrong side of the aida band, top and bottom, and stitch in place 2cm (žin) down from the edge. Insert the dowel rods to finish.


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StitchTip Always use good quality threads and fabric when stitching items that will be kept a long time to ensure they stay in top condition

Finishing touches For an easy way to add texture and interest to your card designs, attach a simple length of ribbon down the edge of the front of the card, near the spine. Finish it off with a pretty bow in matching ribbon at the top or bottom of the ribbon strip. Cross Stitch Favourites 63


Birthday bands

StitchTip Stitch some of these motifs onto aida band to make a matching bookmark

Happy days When you find a really great chart you just want to stitch it again and again. Just as well these pretty band designs are perfect for birthdays! Designed by Fiona Baker

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Stitcher’s guide These designs are all stitched on 14-count aida in whole cross stitches, fractionals, backstitch and French knots. As they’re a simple pattern repeat we encourage all stitchers to try them.

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If you’ve only ever worked whole cross stitch before, then these cards are a great way of trying fractionals for the first time. As the fractionals are repeated multiple times across the designs, you’ll get to put in valuable practise – and you’ll soon become an expert before you know it!

Cards 13cm (5in) square white, scalloped edge cards from your local craft shop

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Birthday bands

These bright and beautiful sampler bands make ideal birthday greetings

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FIONA BAKER “Birthday cards should be full of fun, and I wanted these designs to be a joy to stitch as well as to receive. The patterns are made up of simple strips and repeated motifs, making them quick, easy and enjoyable to stitch. You’ll only need a handful of thread shades to complete all of the cards and you’ll get to brush up on your stitching skills as they contain fractionals and French knots.“


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This adorable heart design uses only a few shades of thread, so it will be really easy to substitute them for other colours if you have some in mind that you’d like to use, or would like to use up your stash. You can also replace some of the other colours with white thread if you decide to stitch this onto a coloured fabric.

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Stitching idea If you’re feeling creative and up for a challenge, then it’s easy to mix and match elements from these designs to make your own personalised samplers. You can even add in small motifs and wording from other projects in Cross Stitch Favourites. A good place to start is to look for a border pattern that you like, then use graph paper to plot where your motifs will sit inside of the frame.

“I love giving pots of jam and chutneys as presents, so am going to stitch one of these bees and hives to mount onto a gift tag to tie around the lid of a pot of honey!” Abi Barker, charting editor 68 Cross Stitch Favourites

Practise your French knots on scrap fabric first until you get the hang of them

In the detail Keep the back of your work neat and tidy by starting and finishing off threads properly, without using knots. This is particularly important when stitching card designs as you will need your stitching to sit neatly inside the aperture of the base card for a professional finish. It’s worth spending a little time getting this right.


Heart sampler

This charming sampler sums up stitchers’ love of their hobby: it’s a work of art and a work from the heart

StitchTip Instead of stitching the buttons, you could attach real buttons to the design

Stitched with love Celebrate your passion for needlework with this heart-shaped design which reflects the love that goes into each and every stitch SHOPPING LIST Fabric 28-count antique white evenweave measuring 33x31cm (13x12in)

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 26 tapestry needle

Frame Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 28x25cm (11x10in)

Designed by Gail Bussi

GAIL BUSSI Designer

Stitcher’s guide This pretty project is stitched on 28-count white evenweave across two threads of the fabric. It uses whole cross stitch and fractional stitches in two strands of thread and backstitch in one strand in 13 different shades, as well as French knots worked in one strand of thread. This design is quite complex with a lot of colour changes, so is recommended for experienced stitchers.

“I wanted this design to reflect the love that goes into the wonderful hobby of stitching. I used soft, feminine colours to create a country-style finish. I know many stitchers out there will agree with the sentiment, ‘cross stitching is a work of heart’, which shows that as well as a beautiful piece of art, stitching is a work of love too.”

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How to stitch the heart sampler

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“I love this sampler and am going to stitch it for my craft room. I don’t have any space left on the wall, so will turn it into a cushion for my comfy chair, instead!” Sarah Heys, charting editor

Bright idea Stitch some of the motifs to make cards and gifts for fellow crafters. How about making a needle case and stitching one of the cotton reels to decorate the front? Or, a few of the buttons would look fab on the lid of a button box.

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Heart cards

Birthday wishes Try variegated threads with these mini heart samplers – their backstitch-rich design makes them so quick to stitch! Designed by Fiona Baker

Stitcher’s guide SHOPPING LIST Fabric 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each card and 10x10cm (4x4in) for each tag

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Cards Heart aperture cards (AP11U) from www. craftcreations.co.uk

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These sweet designs are all stitched on 14-count aida in whole cross stitches and backstitch only, so they’re super-quick to stitch and easy for any stitcher to tackle!

Bright idea If you prefer, it’s easy to fit these designs in square apertures instead. Simply repeat the bands to make each line longer or shorter, or add extra rows above and below the ones charted. These designs are so versatile – you can make them any shape and size you like.


Heart cards

Sweets, cake, presents, balloons or blooms – which celebration do you like best?

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How to stitch the heart cards

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FIONA BAKER Designer “Band samplers have an age old tradition in cross stitch, as they were the way that needlewomen of old practised their stitches. I wanted to bring them up-to-date with these designs. Each heart-shaped aperture is filled with rows of birthday motifs for a standout design. And, as they’re stitched in variegated thread, you won’t have to change colours, making them speedy stitches, too! “

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“You could easily adapt these designs to make wedding anniversary greetings or Valentine’s Day cards. Just change the words on the greeting.” Fiona Baker, technical editor Cross Stitch Favourites 75


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“These samplers are designed to fit Craft Creations heart aperture cards; stitch them on 14-count aida and your stitching will be perfectly framed by the edge of the card mount. We picked cream and white for our card blanks, but there are 20 colours to choose from.� Sarah Heys, charting editor

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Garden cards

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For nature lovers Symmetrical knot gardens, pretty flowers and perfect sentiments, these cards are great for birthdays and welcoming warmer spring days Designed by Lesley Teare

SHOPPING LIST Fabric 28-count white evenweave measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 26 tapestry needle

Cards Single-fold 15cm (6in) square, scalloped edge cards

Stitcher’s guide These cards are stitched on 28-count white evenweave over two threads of the fabric, using 16 shades of stranded cotton. The designs use whole cross stitch in two strands of thread, and lazy daisy stitch, diamond eyelet stitch, fly stitch and ermine stitch, all in two strands. Backstitch in one strand in five different colours defines the designs, while French knots in two strands, in four shades, add detail.

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Green-fingered enthusiasts will adore these colourful garden greetings

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How to stitch the garden cards

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For a lovely gift for a friend, stitch these designs without the wording and mount them in distressed wood frames for a shabby chic effect.

LESLEY TEARE Designer There’s something about the garden that is just right for romantic sentiments. Maybe it’s the glorious colours of petals in bloom, or the sweet sent of herbs after a rain shower that just gets the senses going. That’s what I had in mind when I designed these – and I think they’ll work just as well for birthdays as they do for Valentine’s and wedding cards.

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How to mount your stitching on a single-fold card

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