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Piece of cake

For an extra pretty finish, try stitching this on pastel coloured aida

So many cakes, so little time! Help everyone’s favourite blue-nosed bear pick his teatime snack when you stitch this sweet scene featuring Tatty Teddy Exclusive to Crazy!

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ith so many delicious baked goods to choose from, Tatty Teddy takes cake selection very seriously! Bring this cutie to life in pastel colours with whole stitches, plenty of backstitch and French knots. Remember, if French knots give you trouble, try stitching a colonial knot instead – some people find these easier to make. Frame this piece to hang in your dining room and get guests ready to indulge in sweet treats, even before you’ve brought

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Stitch Time 35 hours (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch, French knots out the pastries! Or, make this project into your WIP for an afternoon tea stitching session with other sweet-toothed stitchers. You won’t be able to resist this scrummy scene, so get started on yours today! l

ShoppingList... Threads - DMC stranded cotton as listed in the key Fabric - DMC 14-count white aida measuring 33x32cm (13x12½in) available from Sew and So. To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - Frame and mount of your choice with a minimum aperture of 19.5x18.5cm (7½x7¼in)

© Carte Blanche Greetings ® cbg.co.uk

Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle


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50GiftIdeas

50 Gardening

Gift ideas Let the warm summer sun inspire you to create a little garden in stitches, perfect for giving to green-fingered friends! Designed by Cheryl McKinnon

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rom the plant expert with acres of gorgeous greenery to the enthusiastic beginner with a carefully tended window box, every gardener will dig this collection of stylish motifs. These projects, with just whole stitches and backstitch, allow even a novice stitcher to bring fragrant herbs, sweet sayings and beautiful borders to life. Whether you have a knack for tending a plot yourself, or if you prefer to let others do the digging, you’ll find a charming stitch that’s bound to make you smile! l

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Stitch Time 3-7 hours each (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring a maximum of 15x15cm (6x6in) for most designs. To buy, visit www.sewandso. co.uk or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - All items of your choice from local stores or handmade


Fray the edges of your design for a rustic feel

Make your own seed packets as gifts with these motifs

Bring gloves to life with these fab borders


StitchWithEmma

Keep shining Give yourself a boost of encouragement each day when you stitch and hang this dynamic design! Designed by Emma Congdon

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ou’re an unstoppable force, and you deserve to be reminded of that fact every single day! This gorgeous calligraphystyle sampler will do just that – hang it in your bedroom and the vibrant colours will lift your spirits every morning, or give it to a teen as inspiration. This cosmic design is stitched in only whole stitches and a bit of backstitch, so you’ll be able

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Stitch Time 32 hours (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch

to reach your goals of finishing it easily. See? You’re already a stitchy star! Shine on! l

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton and metallic thread as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count navy (589) aida measuring 45x45cm (17¾x17¾in). To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - Stretched canvas of your choice measuring 25x25cm (10x10in) from local stores


Dark blue aida helps the light colours to stand out!


StitchTheSet

Flower friends These baby animals are excited for warmer weather – they’re even wearing floral crowns to celebrate! Designed by Lucie Heaton

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eet your newest summer loves – four precious flower crownwearing pets! Spend a few lazy days relaxing in the sun with these festival-ready animals, each adorned in their favourite flowers of the season. Stitch the set to hang on your wall during the warmer months, or, if one of these sweeties looks like your own pet, stitch it to display on

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Stitch Time 12-14 hours each (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch a little cushion! No matter how you make them up, they’ll add an ‘aww’ factor to your home. l

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 30x30cm (11¾x11¾in) for each design. To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - 6in Round Flexi hoops with woodgrain finish. To buy, visit www.siestaframes.com or call  01202 813 363; white felt for backing available from local stores


Use flexi hoops with a woodgrain finish, as we did, for a classic yet rustic look


WithLove

Bee happy Stitch a bee for your honey – or anyone you like! – with bright spring cards and tags Designed by Cheryl McKinnon

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ow these designs are bound to get people buzzing! Bold springtime florals mix with geometric honeycomb and smiling bees for an effect that’s as sweet as it is modern. Stitch these cards for all occasions and attach the tags to gifts for an extra-special touch. As these sunny projects are completed in just whole stitches with a bit of backstitch, you’ll be able to create your favourite design in just one or two nights

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Stitch Time 2-6 hours each (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch

– excellent news for the stitcher who’s often busy as a bee! Keep these charts on hand for cheerful birthdays, weddings, thank you cards and more. l

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each card and 10x10cm (4x4in) for each tag. To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - Dovecraft Blooming Lovely 8x8 Paper Pack. To buy, visit www.colemans-online.co.uk or call 01989 566 946; cardstock and ribbon of your choice from local stores


Create your own aperture card using a cutting mat, ruler and craft knife


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Spring castle Discover the wonders of this fairytale-worthy scene, based on the real Neuschwanstein castle in Germany! Designed by Lesley Teare

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merging from the purple mountains and lush flowers of Bavaria, a gleaming white castle stands high above the village below, waiting for you to create your own stories in its echoing halls! The entire scene is stitched in just whole stitches and backstitch, making it a wonderful yet manageable challenge for intermediate stitchers. Make it for a fairytaleloving little girl – it’s a beautiful

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Stitch Time 65 hours (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch

piece she can continue to enjoy as she grows older. Or, turn it into a cushion to add a bit of magic to your own front room! l

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 31x36cm (12¼x14¼in). To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - Backing fabric of your choice and cushion pad to fit from local stores


Finish your stitch as a cushion to display all year!

ReaderSays... I love Lesley Teare’s spring castle. Visiting the European castles of Bavaria and Austria is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. This design could sit on my sofa as a constant reminder of my bucket list! Claire Smyth, Eaglescliffe


OneNighters

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Get the party started with a name or message stitched in this fun birthday party alphabet and number set, perfect for welcoming in a new year of you! Designed by Cheryl McKinnon

ext time you throw a celebration for someone special, these bright letters and numbers will be the icing on the cake! Decked out in modern ombré and fresh colours, they’ll delight even the most fashionforward of your friends. Stitch the guest of honour’s initials for a contemporary yet personal birthday card, or create a sign that you can use at all your future parties. We love the idea of framing each letter individually in colourful hoops, but you can

also stitch them all together as one big banner. Make your stitched phrase as long as you like – each letter is done in only whole stitches and backstitch, so you’ll easily be able to stitch one letter in an evening. And remember, you can use the motifs separately – try stitching the cheery balloons for bags of party favours, or turn some fun florals into a thoughtful cake decoration. Or, choose your favourites to create a unique birthday-themed sampler for a friend! l

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Stitch Time 3-4 hours each (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design. To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - 3in wooden embroidery hoops, white felt for backing, ribbon and paint of your choice from local stores

Make a hanging birthday party sign with hoops


Splish splash

Take the height of style top the depths of the sea with fab sequincovered fishy friends! Designed by Durene Jones

Rich seaside colours suit these glamorous fish

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SpecialProject

Eternal flame Blazing a magnificent trail across an expanse of black aida, these fiery phoenixes will brighten up your home Designed by Fiona Baker

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ising from the ashes, the legendary phoenix of Greek mythology is certainly a headturning subject for a project – and this one includes two of them! Fiona’s vibrant design will bring a touch of the Orient into your home with its nod to Chinese and Japanese cultures. A stunning gift for a friend or an impressive centre piece for a display of all things exotic, this stitch looks particularly striking

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Stitch Time 20 hours (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch

when framed in an embroidery hoop. Use whole stitches, fractionals and backstitch to make these phoenixes fly! l

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count black (720) aida measuring 35x35cm (13¾x13¾in). To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - 8in wooden embroidery hoop (EH8). To buy, visit www.siestaframes.com or call  01202 813 363; black felt for backing, gold paint and ribbon of your choice from local stores


Paint your hoop in gold and add black ribbon for a sophisticated look


WithLove

Love letters C

Combine pretty penmanship with sweet stitches for a truly special Valentine’s Day gift Designed by Emma Congdon

alligraphy-style lettering is a huge trend right now, and the perfect way to let your special someone know exactly how you feel! These ornate postcard designs feature romantic sayings surrounded by fanciful flourishes, hearts and arrows that provide the perfect frame. A pretty, feminine colour scheme of pink, red and cream adds a traditional twist to these modern designs, but you could also

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Stitch Time 3-6 hours each (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch

stitch them in your own choice of gradient shades and dedicate them to your best friends and fave family members! l

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 20x15cm (7¾x6in) for cards and 12x10cm (4¾x4in) for tags. To buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk, or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - First Edition 12x12 Paper Pad – Pick ‘n’ Mix (FEPAD122). To buy, visit www.trimcraftdirect.com or call  01159 885 820; cardstock and ribbon of your choice from local stores


Use an A6 size envelope if you want to post these cards!


SpecialFeature

 Happy stitchers at the Knitting and Stitching show

 The ‘Creatition’ features stitched names in support of creative education

Learn about…

 Anthea Godfrey, right, heads the campaign

The Campaign for Creativity And find out how it plans to make creative arts a priority in schools!

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ack in March, visitors to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show would have been met with a very unusual sight indeed – a wall of stitched signatures, creating a completely handmade petition! With plenty of show-goers eagerly stitching nearby in order to add their names, this was a stitchy exhibition with a cause – to give children the chance to be creative, and to think creatively, in the classroom. It was the Campaign for Creativity! We at Crazy were intrigued by this unique petition, so we caught up with Anthea Godfrey, the head of the Campaign for Creativity and artistic director of The Embroiderers’ Guild, to chat about this exciting new initiative.

A nation of creatives

At its core, the Campaign for Creativity wants the UK government to give creative subjects the same amount of attention in a child’s education as it does to core subjects like maths, science and history.

Though creative industries contribute an estimated £84.1 billion to the British economy, the Campaign for Creativity says the creative arts – such as embroidery, crafts, drama, art and music – aren’t getting enough attention in British schools. “The rigid nature of the national curriculum provides little opportunity or time for children to express themselves creatively, artistically or professionally,” says Anthea. In an effort to improve this, the campaign has set up an online petition

The creative arts, such as embroidery, aren’t getting enough attention on Change.org called the Campaign for Creativity in Schools. According to Anthea, the petition needs 100,000 signatures to allow her to speak before parliament. She plans to bring the stitchy petition (called the ‘Creatition’), which has been displayed at three Knitting and Stitching Shows, in front of the government as a visual aid. “We want the people who are directing the national curriculum to start understanding the breadth of education required in primary and secondary education,” explains Anthea. We at Crazy

 You can send in your own stitched signature on calico, a white or unbleached piece of cotton cloth

agree – just think of what an important role stitching has played in so many lives, and how much we owe to the creative designers who make it all possible!

Building a future

“How do you get creative people into a place in the industry without an education?” asks Anthea. She says that the study of creative subjects also benefits children even if they don’t go into the creative industries, helping kids to develop problem solving skills and more strategic thinking. The Campaign for Creativity’s online petition currently has over 7,000 signatures, a number Anthea hopes will grow quickly. “I feel that it’s got to be done now,” Anthea says. “After all, it takes a lifetime to make something beautiful.” l

Get involved!

To sign the online petition, visit Change.org and search for ‘Campaign for Creativity in Schools’. To add your name to the ‘Creatition’, stitch your name onto a piece of calico fabric (plain cotton cloth) and send it to: Creative Petition, Upper Street Events, 58 White Lion Street, Islington, London, N1 9PP www.cross-stitching.com

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