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in prizes to 3-in-1 butterfy card kit be won!* – stitch all three designs! *UK ONLY For cross stitch addicts just like YOU!


Stitch a fairytale It’s Jack and the Beanstalk!

Make it your own

Add style with a pretty abc

Fun in the sun!

erry’s pals Say hello to summer with Margaret Sh July 2016 / Issue 217 £4.99

Wow with a dino mobile

Decorate your home

Mini beach hut cards!

Quick-finish foral gifts


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Pretty butterfy card kit with three to stitch! This trio of gorgeous butterflies by Lucie Heaton will make sending heartfelt greetings a breeze!


hatever message you wish to send, we can’t think of a lovelier way to do it than with one of Lucie Heaton’s pretty butterfies, especially when these beauties are paired with the three illustrated cards in your kit! With each one slightly different, in a painterly style by talented Australian artist Chris Chun, we think you’ll love the result. Inside your kit you’ll fnd all the threads, fabric, cards and envelopes 10








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you need to complete the three designs, along with a needle. And, each butterfy is worked in whole stitches only, making this an easy project for anyone looking for a gentle stitch to get them in the mood for summer! Once you’ve stitched your chosen butterfy, pop it centrally on the front of your card using double-sided sticky tape, then all you have to decide is who to send your pretty card to! l To see more of Chris Chun’s work, visit his website at 10

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Maximum stitch count 21 (h) x 27 (w) Design area on 14-count fabric 4x5cm (1½x2in) Stitched by Fiona McIvor


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Butterfy card kit

ReaderSays... The butterflies in this kit are just beautiful and this is definitely my favourite project in this issue of Crazy. I’ve been looking for a really nice butterfly design for a while so these charts are just perfect! Suzanne Walker, Derbyshire



What a scoop! Keep cool as you stitch yourself a sweet treat in the shape of this divine ice cream stall by Margaret Sherry Exclusive to Crazy!


ow happy do these hedgehog cuties look, as they dive into their delicious ice creams? Margaret Sherry’s delightful scene is packed with satisfying challenges you’ll enjoy tucking into, with fractionals for detail, half cross stitches to depict the hazy blue sky and a scattering of French knots that make the hedgehogs’ noses so perky and round! The choice of soft thread colours with plenty of careful shading lends the piece a nostalgic feel, conjuring up

Need to know Stitch Time 45 hours (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, fractionals, half cross stitch, backstitch, French knots happy memories of holidays beside the sea. So make a start on this sweet stitch and keep summer alive all year round! ●

ShoppingList... Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 30x30cm (12x12in). To buy, call  0800 013 0150 or visit Extras - Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 22x21cm (8½x8¼in) 10

© The Margaret Sherry Collection 2016

Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Kickstart your sum mer stitching with this adorable sunny pro ject!


ShoppingHeaven Rural bliss If you enjoy a challenge, why not stitch a tiny country cottage, complete with hanging baskets and French knot flowers? Designed by Yoh Nye, Buttercup Cottage (left) costs £18, is simple to stitch, and comes with threads, fabric, a needle, the chart and instructions. There are also two other cottages, two cute hills and some Teeny Cushions (right) to choose from! Prices start from £6 for a Teeny Cushion kit. Visit to buy

Bright idea

Crazy loves!

This month's Must-haves This month, Rachel’s been searching out sunshiney treats just for you – here’s what she’s found! Oh-sew appealing

Blooming lovely Bring summer brights into your home with Anette Eriksson’s gorgeous Flora design, part of her Full Bloom collection. Download the chart for approximately £2.50, or if you’re interested in buying a kit, send Anette a message on Etsy. With nine different flower motifs in this design alone, this is a wonderfully satisfying stitch! Visit to buy


Make the household jobs a little bit more glamorous with a retro-themed Pintuck Tea Towel by Mary Fellows. We love this Make Do and Mend design both for its fun sentiment, and its on-trend lettering. All you need is a matching pinny, some pearls and a suitably stunning 1940s hairdo, and drying up will seem just a little bit less of a chore! We also love the Waste Not Want Not and Happy Go Lucky versions, which cost £12.50 each. To buy, visit www. notonthehighstreet. com/maryfellows

How’s this for a clever idea – an actual lamp featuring a cross stitched bulb! Designer Holly Palmer came up with the idea after looking at antique, embroidered fire screens. The heatresistant aida allows a soft diffused glow, illuminating whatever design you decide to stitch before assembly. Full instructions are included and the Cross Stitch Lamp kit costs £129. Visit to buy



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Armchair travels Daydreaming about where to escape to this summer? Jody Rice is ensuring Barcelona is top of our list with her Pretty Little Barcelona cityscape! As you stitch, you’ll have fun picking out iconic buildings such as the famous Palau Nacional, the Olympic Tower, and the Columbus Monument. We also love how Jody’s made the whole place look like a theme park! The PDF chart costs approximately £5. Visit

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Celebrate a birthday in style with these cute CupCake and Triple Balloons aperture cards, ready for you to cook up your own heavenly stitched creations. Keep them simple or jazz them up, the choice is yours! A pack of four cards costs £2.99 and £3.79 respectively. To buy, visit


Motif mayhem! You’ll find an abundance of modern motifs in soon-to-bepublished Mega Mini Cross Stitch by Makoto Oozu – in fact, there are 900 in all! Makoto Oozu is something of a legend in Japan, and has designed these fun motifs to embellish everything from schoolbags to T-shirts. The designs are organised by theme, making it super simple to find what you’re after. It’s also ideal for getting kids interested in cross stitch – just in time for the hols! On sale from 6 June 2016, preorder your copy now for £9.99. Visit to buy

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Crazy lov es!

Just a hug… This bear looks a little blue, but a hug is all he needs! Designed by Peter Underhill, Just a Hug is part of a collection of four adorable card kits ready to stitch and send. Each kit costs £7.15 and comes with a card blank as well as threads and 14-count fabric. To buy, visit or call  01889 575 256

Make a card to trounce all others on the recipient’s mantelpiece with a Pop-Up Box Card! The plain white card costs 49p and comes pre-cut so just needs folding and gluing in place, then add your stitched motifs and messages for a 3D card with style! Visit or call  01992 781 900 to buy

WINDOW WONDER Stitch four mini pictures, or fashion your card like a tower with four windows, each with its own view! Double Fold Card Pack with Multiple Apertures come in a variety of colours, and costs £1.95 for five cards and envelopes. To buy, visit www. or call  01539 823 199




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Give your stitched gifts a fabulously sunny feel with this vibrant collection of beautifully designed blooms! Designed by Lesley Teare

egardless of what the weather’s up to, Lesley’s bright, bold series of motifs is bound to put a spring in your step! From bougainvillea to hibiscus fowers, hummingbirds to butterfies, they’re ideal for embellishing presents for loved ones, as well as bringing some welcome sunshine into your own home. They’d make a fabulous addition to a barbecue or cocktail party too, so you can get into the spirit of summer whatever your holiday plans! l

Need to know Stitch Time 2-8 hours (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch, French knots

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. 14-count plastic canvas measuring 10x5cm (4x2in) for the necklace. To buy, visit or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - Single Fold Card – Straight Edge (SF09U) in Creative Smooth White (30) – to buy, visit or call  01992 781 900. Square single fold card in white, 4in embroidery hoop, white paint, cord of your choice, lollipop stick, white card, backing fabric and ribbon from craft stores 16

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Add zing to your outfit with this pretty necklace!

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Stitch posies onto a plain cushion cover for a present that’s both pretty and useful!





Make earrings by stitching fowers on plastic canvas then adding a hook fnding




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Blooms stitched in the corners of a beach towel using waste canvas make a great going-away gift!


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Make a sweet headband by attaching felt and ribbons to the back of your stitching


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Holly Willoughby 30

Stitch yourself some sunshine with our portrait of Holly, This Morning’s golden girl!


resenter and model Holly Willoughby has won the hearts of the nation thanks to her down-to-earth nature, boundless energy and wry sense of humour. Whatever television throws at her, the Dancing on Ice presenter handles it with unruffed charm and effortless elegance! This portrait uses simple whole stitches only, so start stitching it for a fan of Holly today. ●





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✖ Whole stitches only Max. stitch count 38 (h) x 39 (w) Design area on 14-count fabric 7x7cm (2¾x2¾in)

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What are you crazy for?✃ Tell us what you’re mad about stitching! We’ll gather together the most popular requests and ask one of our top designers to create a whole spread of designs – just for you! Name and address..................................................................................... .................................................................................................................... .........................................................................Postcode........................... Tel no .......................................................................................................... I’m crazy for................................................................................................ Because ..................................................................................................... .................................................................................................................... Fill in and cut out this coupon (or photocopy it) and send it to: Crazy for… Cross Stitch Crazy, Immediate Media Company Bristol Ltd, 2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN or email your requests to:


Take a break! Say hello to our set of four nostalgic postcard designs, each depicting an iconic European city! Designed by Emma Congdon


hat better way to brush up on your foreign languages than by stitching one of Emma’s stylised urban icons? From Barcelona’s striking Sagrada Familia to Paris’s Eiffel Tower, and Amsterdam’s narrow townhouses, windmill and tulips to Pisa’s famous leaning tower, there’s bound to be a postcard for you! While the stitches themselves are simple, the range of different shades, number of colour changes and level of detail

Need to know Stitch Time 10 hours each (approx) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch mean these gorgeous designs are so satisfying to settle down with. Why not daydream about escaping on your own city break while you’re stitching one? ●

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 20x15cm (7¾x6in) for each design. To buy, visit or call  0800 013 0150 Extras - White card from local craft stores


Stitch these boldyou designs to remind of happy holidays!



Add some colour Stitching designs on a colourful fabric is an easy way to add a summery vibe to your projects. If you’re feeling bold, why not try brightly coloured aida, like Emma Congdon’s used for her Happy Words charts (left)? Visit to download the designs for £4.79 and you’ll find details of the fabric used, and where to buy it, too. If you’re looking for a more subtle finish, we love Polstitches’ hand-dyed fabrics. Dawn Chorus, Sky High, Marbelled Rose and Daybreak (above, from L-R) are available in 14- and 16-count aida, and would make a pretty sky background for your design. To buy, visit or call  0800 772 3615 – prices start from £16.99.

The summer of It’s the perfect time of year to indulge your hobby, so here’s some fab new ideas to make it the season of cross stitch! Ways to display Run out of space on your walls to hang your stitching? Then try something new with these two fun tutorials! We love the My Poppet Makes blog at as its packed with creative ideas, but this funky Cross Stitch Chair How To (left) has to be our favourite! We also adore this pretty holdall (right) from Craft and Creativity – the perfect way to store your stash! For a step-by-step making up guide, visit www.craftand blog and search ‘Embroidered Suitcase’.


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Take a break Fancy a getaway where you can stitch for two days solid? Then book into a Craft Sanctuary residential! Held at Hawkwood College in Stroud, a stunning Grade II listed country house, you’ll attend workshops run by stitching experts such as Hannah Sturrock from Bobo Stitch, learn how to design your own charts, stitch beautiful pieces (top left) and more. Running from 20th-22nd June and 2nd-4th August, visit or call  0870 220 0200 for more information. Or, if a day out with your stitchy pals is more your thing, pay a visit to this year’s Handmade Fair (bottom left). Held at Hampton Court Palace, you’ll get to learn or perfect a new technique, plus shop ’till you drop at the Shopping Village! Turn to page 77 for more information.

stitching! Stitch on the go Take your stitching wherever you travel with these fab buys! The Crimson Rabbit’s Sewing Case (top left) not only looks gorgeous, but comes with a mini scissors, needles and a needle threader – perfect for travelling. Buy for £12.50 at Jetting off to sunnier climes? Then Cath Kidston’s Billie Goes on Holiday Essential Travel Gift Set (top right) is a must. With an inflatable travel pillow, eye mask, two 100ml travel bottles and a passport holder, all in a clear wallet, you could also pop a mini WIP inside for the ideal flying companion! Visit to buy for £32. And, this Spotted Weekender Bag (right) is the perfect size and shape to pack your stitchy stash in. It’s got inner pockets to keep any accessories safe, and costs just £15. Visit to order yours!


SHINE BRIGHT Metallics aren’t just for Christmas – add sparkle to your stitching all year round with DMC’s Light Effects threads! With pretty Pearlescent Effects threads (top) in iridescent pastel shades and brighter Jewel Effects threads (right) in shades of sapphire, emerald and more, they’ll add a touch of luxe to summer projects. Skiens start from £1.39. Visit or call  0116 275 4000 for stockists

IN COLOUR We love Sublime Stitching’s threads for their gorgeous colour palettes, and these two sets are perfect for summer. Frosting (top) has a selection of mouthwatering pastel shades, while Flowerbox (right) is inspired by sunny summer florals. Both sets contain seven different shades and cost £5.95 each. Visit to buy



Pretty petals Woven with trails of dainty blooms in shades of powder blue, this lovely alphabet will look enchanting turned into all manner of darling gifts Designed by Susan Bates


lphabets are so wonderfully versatile, our go-to for a simple yet special card or present. And, this collection of initials worked in whole stitches and backstitch, in fresh shades of blue, has hints of French country chic that will look divine in most settings. The ornate loops and curls of the serif lettering is pleasingly vintage, and we love the way they seem so entwined

with vines and fowers that it isn’t always obvious where the letters end and the fowers begin. Make a deserving friend a gorgeous gift by stitching their name and attaching it to a readymade or handmade wash bag as we’ve done here, then fll it with luxurious bathtime treats. Or, stitch a sweet phrase and turn it into a picture or hanging for a guest bedroom, bathroom or even a sunny conservatory. l

Need to know Stitch Time 3-4 hours (each) Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch

ShoppingList... Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle Fabric - 14-count white aida measuring 10cm x the desired length (4in). To buy, call  0800 013 0150 or visit Extras - Backing fabric, crochet ribbon and 8in zip from local craft stores





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TERRIFIC T REX Mouseloft’s mini kits are perfect for quick stitches, making them a fab choice for kids. This friendly Dinosaur kit is new to the Stitchlets range and costs £2.29 for a complete kit. Stitch and send it as a card or pop it in an embroidery hoop or square frame to brighten up a child’s room. To buy, visit





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Crazy tip Get a grown-up to cut round the pterosaurs as the shapes are quite fiddly

SarahSays... FABRIC FANTASTIC Pep up a stitched cushion by using this super-cute fabric featuring a clutch of colourful dinos, butterflies, hearts and flowers to back it! Pink Dinosaurs on Grey – Cotton by Marcus Fabrics costs £3.50 for a fat quarter. Visit

ON THE BUTTON Create the most perfect prehistoric cards and gifts with the addition of these fun Dinomite buttons, just £2.30 per pack! To buy, visit www. craftdepartment. com or call  01539 823 199


These winged reptiles continue to fascinate young and old alike! And, these charts are so versatile too – they’d make brilliant cards! Sarah Heys, Charting Editor, Cross Stitch Crazy

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