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Welcome… …to this special edition of the very best of Margaret Sherry’s cross stitch patterns. This definitive collection has been selected from designs spanning over a decade, and they are sure to go straight to the top of your stitching list – that’s if you can pick which one to start first!

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ith six oh-so-sweet sections of the most adorable Margaret Sherry patterns, there’s something for all stitching abilities. Margaret’s cutest characters are ready and waiting to share their favourite hobbies with you, and with pretty floral designs and outdoor fun on the agenda too, there’s a whole range of stitchy occasions catered for. Then, of course with the changing seasons come fun winter festivities, and the toocute animal chums are keen to get in on the action, too! If you’re looking for a smaller project, or to build up your stitching skills, there’s also a great selection of quick-stitch patterns – perfect for those all-important cards, and a fun Charlie Bear alphabet, as well. You’ll also find a fabulous collection of cut-out and send papers, beautifully painted by Margaret, to use as card mounts for the specially designed accompanying cross stitch patterns. This collection, showcasing some of Margaret Sherry’s best work, was selected with her family’s continued support. Margaret’s daughter, Helen, has taken over the business so the legacy of the much-loved artist’s wonderful illustrations will continue for many more years to come.

Fiona Baker, Editor


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Contents

Our great beginner’s guide on page 6 will set you up to start cross stitching, then just pick your project to begin...

Sharing a hobby 12 A stitch in time Join in the fun with this trio of sweet mice stitching their first project together 16 Master at work Stitch your very own masterpiece with this artistic kitty as he brings his portrait to life 20 Garden chums Make a fun scene for a green fingered friend with this group of gardening pals 24 Oh sew crafty Dig into your own craft supplies to stitch this super cute scene in no time

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27 Bake up a treat If you’ve got a sweet tooth then this baking design is perfect to get stuck into

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Interview with Margaret 30 Remembering Margaret Sherry Read an exclusive interview with Margaret to learn more about her life and work

Fabulous florals 34 Forever friends This loved up pair are sitting pretty, ready for someone special to take them home

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38 Garden helpers Bring the outside in with these adorable mice exploring the flower garden 42 Spring bouquet Use an array of stitches to bring this design to life for a special someone 46 Smiles all round Celebrate a friendship with this cheery fox and hedgehog scene to brighten your day

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51 Getting meow-ied Stitch a wedding sampler for a happy couple to celebrate their nuptials


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Time to explore 56 Enjoy the ride This detailed scene brings the sights and sounds of the countryside to your home 60 Fun in the sun These energetic cats are hot on the trail of some butterflies in the sunny garden 64 Let’s dance All the animals have come together to celebrate May Day in this colourful scene 68 What a scoop Join these hedgehogs at the beach as they tuck into delicious ice creams to keep cool 73 Egg-cellent fun Practise your stitchy skills with this fun Easter design of a happy pup and mouse

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Cut out & send 76 Make pretty cards Stitch six mini designs to fit perfectly within painted backing paper apertures

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Winter fun 90 Hit the slopes Take up the challenge of this densely worked design to capture seasonal spirit 94 Postbox pals Beginners can stretch your skills with this snowy scene on coloured fabric 98 Paw-fect presents Create a festive cushion to help make your home extra cosy this winter season 102 Joy to the world Open your door to these carolling cats and enjoy some festive tunes as you stitch 107 Driving home Pack up the car and head out into the snow with this Christmassy scene

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110 Selection box A collection of 21 small-scale designs to whip up into all-occasion greeting cards

Alphabet set 128 Charlie Bear ABC Stitch this versatile set of playful letters individually or to make a sweet sampler Margaret Sherry Cross Stitch Collection 5


Sharing a hobby

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Sharing a hobby These clever pals are here to share their favourite hobbies and interests with you – you’ll be itching to join in and try them out for yourself in no time!

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rom a talented artist to some green-fingered friends, Margaret’s animals are here to showcase the very best they have to offer. With a trio of stitching-mad mice – who are finishing up a special birthday gift – as well as some eager chefs showing off their tasty creations, plus more creative designs to choose from, you might even be tempted to try a new hobby out for yourself! You could choose to stitch one of these designs for an avid hobbyist pal or loved one as a celebration of their talents, but this collection of Margaret’s loveable animals, is sure to appeal to many and will stretch imaginations.


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Fabulous florals

Forever friends This cute and cuddly duo are perched on a branch just waiting to be stitched for a loved one – you won’t be able to resist!

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hese feline friends are having lots of fun cuddling up together on the branch of a pretty rose tree, but not as much fun as you’ll have bringing the adorable scene to life in stitches! Whether you have a special someone in mind to stitch for, or you’re looking to gift it to a cat-

loving friend, or even a pair of newlyweds, this stunning design will be the perfect pick! For an even more special touch, try making it into a pretty ruffled cushion with bold backing fabrics to complement the beautiful colours. It’s sure to take pride of place in any setting within your home.

Shopping list Fabric

Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 31x31cm (13x13in)

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key Needle

Size 24 tapestry needle

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Backing fabric and round cushion pad to fit of your choice from local stores

FOR STOCKISTS’ DETAILS turn to page 144

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FACTBOX Stitching Time Approx. 48 hours Type of Stitches Whole cross stitch Fractionals Backstitch French knots


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74 easy-to-follow charts Complete alphabet set Original illustrations Archive interview with Margaret Sherry Cut out and send papers

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Margaret Sherry Cross Stitch Collection Sampler  

Introducing a brand-new treasury of the very best cross stitch charts based on Margaret Sherry's super-sweet illustrations! Don't miss this...

Margaret Sherry Cross Stitch Collection Sampler  

Introducing a brand-new treasury of the very best cross stitch charts based on Margaret Sherry's super-sweet illustrations! Don't miss this...