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Welcome his month, our issue is bursting with ideas, patterns and inspiration that you won’t be able to resist. Fans of cute stitches will love our adorable panda on page 10 and for those who enjoy getting their teeth stuck into a more complex project, we’ve got a charming railway scene that’s packed with an impressive range of techniques (p20). And what about quick-makes? Our undersea Design Library includes gift ideas that are perfect for beach-loving friends, or top-up your card stash with all-occasion blackwork florals. Plus, we’ve got lots more summery inspiration for you, too. Find Emma Congdon’s busy-bee sampler on page 64, or choose a trio of cacti portraits (p38) as lovely reminders of sunny days. And we’ve got Father’s Day sorted for you this year with seven beginner-friendly designs stitched on plastic canvas – create a gift set for Dad with the wow factor! We won’t be letting the royal wedding pass us by without the opportunity to stitch a commemorative piece. Start the elegant sampler designed by Shannon Wasilieff (p76) to mark Meghan and Harry’s nuptials or for a friend marrying their own Prince Charming!

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JENNY BARTON Jenny has designed two fab projects this issue – enjoy her space-themed ABC (p29) and get set for Father’s Day with her motif collection stitched on plastic canvas (p70).

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AMANDA BUTLER Put your stitchy skills to the test with Amanda’s picturesque railway scene (p20). Done in the most lifelike, painterly way, there’s lots of techniques to try.

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Contents YOUR BONUS GIFT!

We bring you all the best projects, advice, news and offers for the month ahead!

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Projects 10 Cute panda A shy little bear to melt hearts 20 Railway scene Nostalgic countryside charm 29 Space ABC Try glow-in-the-dark threads 38 Cacti trio Must-stitch project for summer 47 Design Library Enjoy 40 undersea designs 56 Pet of the Month Stitch a Norwegian Buhund 58 Dreamcatcher hanging Delicate details and rich colours 64 Blackwork cards Intricate monochrome patterns 70 Father’s Day gifts Plastic canvas projects for kids 76 Wedding sampler A gift to be treasured forever 84 Bees sampler An assortment of busy-bee motifs

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Meet our guests Say hello to this month’s panel Your letters Stitchy gossip & photos from you Out & about Stitching events, clubs & classes Best buys The latest products, kits & offers Ask the experts Our pros solve your queries In the spotlight We chat to Emma Congdon Online news Click for the latest from the web Crossword Win exclusive Furry Tales prizes Competitions Cross stitch kits & vouchers to win Reader story An unusual travel memento Stockists Suppliers of everything in the mag Next month What’s coming in issue 270? How to stitch Beginners start here Our stitching world Catch up with our team!

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Get to know this month’s reader panel, and look out for their favourite projects throughout the issue

Jenna Hookey is self-employed from Hastings

What’s been your favourite ever cross stitch project? Under the Sea Sew Along ran by Lakeside Needlecraft and designed by Durene Jones. I loved the shades of blue and green that were used. Favourite recent WOXS design? The mummy and baby koalas in issue 265. Just lovely to see them cuddling and I’ve always liked koalas. Who are your stitching pals? My stitching buddies are mostly online. Through social media I have met some lovely ladies who I chat to about current projects and sometimes offer advice. Best stitching tip? Always start in the middle. You’re less likely to lose where you are on the chart. Proudest cross stitch moment? My proudest cross stitch moment was having two pictures on display in my local museum.

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Favourite cross stitch style? Quick little designs mainly – something that can be done over an evening or two. I sometimes change the colours to suit the person I’m giving it to, they are always appreciated. What was the last thing you stitched as a gift for someone? A ballerina for a ballet-loving little girl – I stitched it on Fabric Flair aida with extra sparkles and added some seed beads to the tutu. What do you love most about cross stitching? Through a series of fine stitches (and patience!), using rich or soft colours, you can create something really special and intricate. Fave recent WOXS design? The hot air balloon sampler in issue 263. I’m expecting our second baby so I’ll be stitching this for the nursery!

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Samantha Elliott

How did you start stitching? My grandmother was extremely talented at all kinds of needlecraft. I became interested through watching her create beautiful masterpieces. After she stopped being able to see so well, she gave me all her magazines and a lot of floss and aida. Favourite project style? I love doing cards for people because I can combine my love of cross stitch with my love of papercraft. Fave WOXS project? Emma Congdon’s thank you cards from issue 263 – perfect for all my post-Christmas thank you notes! My subscriber copy arrived just before Christmas, so I had a head start to post them out before the new year. Best stitching tip? Secure metallic threads with a loop knot through the needle – this stops them getting tangled or fraying and stops them from escaping from the needle!

Gift worth £30! THANKS! This month’s panel members each get a bundle of thread goodies from Madeira. Each bundle includes a Thread Cutter, Thread Tidy, big embroidery hoop, Moulinè threads and Moulinè colour card.

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green blue pink very light pink light pink dark blue light blue yellow Backstitch in one strand ––––– dark pink ––––– dark blue Backstitch in two strands ––––– green ––––– brown ––––– blue ––––– dark pink French knots in one strand black STITCH COUNT 31 high x 33 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 5.5x6cm (2¼x2¼in) This design was stitched using stranded cotton from your coverkit

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Meet the designer Kim Martin Kim has loved drawing and making things since she was a child. Little did she know then that she would become an illustrator of over 7,000 designs in print from greetings cards to children’s books. Kim started her career as a textile designer but became a freelance illustrator in 1987, working with gouache and watercolour and experimenting with acrylics and mixed media. Today, Kim mostly creates her designs digitally.

Sarah READER PANEL This pretty hummingbird greeting card kit will be perfect for my stitchy friend’s summer birthday! She’ll love the bright, colourful stitched birds and the pretty illustrated card when she receives it.

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Project Cute Panda

DESIGN BY MAKIKO

Say it with flowers Bearing a huge bouquet, this super-cute – and super-shy – panda is sure to capture hearts everywhere

hat’s this little chap holding behind his back? It’s a massive bunch of flowers way bigger than he is. He’s all of a quiver and blushing to his roots – they must be for someone very special. The contrast of the bouquet’s bright blowsy blooms and the shy little bear beneath really tugs at the heart strings. But who will you stitch it for? Perhaps your mum deserves a little pick-me-up, or maybe there’s a special birthday coming up for someone close. Whoever it is, they will be over the moon to receive such gorgeous flowers courtesy of this adorable panda, as well as a unique piece of stitching to proudly display in their home. This version is crisply worked on

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Meet the designer Makiko It’s wonderful how cute and characterful cross stitch animals can bring a smile to people’s faces and communicate things that they may be too shy to say. This little panda design is definitely one of my favourites.

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Cute Panda Project

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Giving Panda as a present? Stitch one of the butterfly motifs and patch it onto a gift tag to personalise the wrapping

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Makiko’s designs are so adorable. I love the way she manages to express exactly how the characters she captures so well in cross stitch are feeling. The first time I saw this, I just wanted to give Panda a big hug!

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Your letters We love to see what you’ve been stitching and hear your news, so send in your photos, letters and tips today! HANNAH LEELA

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i there! I’ve only recently got back into cross stitch, having been taught it years ago (when I was eight) by an aunt. This photo is my sister with the Boofle project I did for her 40th birthday in October last year. It was the largest project I’ve ever done and was initially supposed to be for her Christmas present in 2015! I was determined to finish it for her 40th birthday because 2016 was pretty rubbish. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, then had lumpectomies and underwent radiotherapy. She’s fine now and I think she really appreciated all the work that went into it – there were times I wanted to bin it! I had it framed professionally and even I have to admit, it doesn’t look too bad! The best things really do come to those who wait. Thanks for all the inspiration, I just need more time to do everything! Kathleen James, East Kilbride

Hannah: That really sounds like a labour of love Kathleen! Your Boofle design looks great framed though, and your sister clearly thinks so too. Now you’ve finished it, you’ll be able to embark on one of your Star Letter prizes. Will you share the kits with your sister, maybe – or keep them for yourself?!

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ear Hannah, Sue and Leela, the Valentine’s Day cards from issue 264 are so cute and quick to stitch. I managed to make a few over the Christmas holiday. I love them all. I sent one to my husband for Valentine’s Day, and will give him another one for his birthday and the last one for our anniversary! My youngest son adores farm animals, so I’m going to stitch the ‘Hogs and Kisses’ chart from the same collection for his coming birthday. Thanks for the lovely charts. Animal Peggy Thomas, Bristol crackers

Leela: You’re welcome, Peggy – Peggy’s cards are sure to sounds like you made great use of go down a the Christmas break! I’m sure your storm with husband and son are going to love her husband their stitchy cards and these ones and son come right from the heart. All that hard work really shows you care (although these little cards are really fun to stitch). If you wanted, you could mix it up by adding your own phrases to these animal cuties.

Win! Our Star Letter writer wins this fantastic collection of cross stitch kits from Heritage Crafts – ‘The Sewing Room’ by Karen Carter, ‘Dancing in the Rain’ and ‘Safe Haven’ both by Peter Underhill. The kits contain Zweigart fabric, DMC stranded cottons sorted on to numbered cards, a needle, and clear charts and instructions. Enjoy!

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Over to You

Frosty fairytale Dawn’s ‘Snow Queen’ from issue 249 sends shivers down our spines

Box of delights We love Logan’s cute trinket box decorated with motifs from issue 264

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ere is a trinket box I made for my new grandson born in January. The chart is from the Design Library in issue 264. I hope you like it. Welcome baby Logan, from Nanny Sharon! Sharon Carroll, via email Sue: We love it Nanny Sharon – and we bet baby Logan does too! What a great idea patching the design onto a trinket box – perfect for all those nappy pins and tubes of ointment. The Design Library in issue 264 is really versatile with motifs to keep you stitching for Logan as he gets older – from bats and balls for a sports-mad little boy, to cars and guitars.

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ello, I wanted to share my completed ‘Snow Queen’ from issue 249 made into a wall hanging. She was a late Christmas gift for my niece. I love my subscription to The World of Cross Stitching and wait patiently for it to make its way across the pond every month. Dawn Snook, Pennsylvania

Hannah: She looks amazing Dawn – thanks for sending in your picture! We reckon your niece must be over the moon with her gorgeous Snow Queen. This was a complicated design with plenty of fractionals, French knots and seed bead embellishment to test even the hardiest of stitchers. Definitely an heirloom piece to be passed down the line.

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hile in Egypt a number of years ago, I became interested in the hieroglyphics on the walls of tombs, as well as the mysterious figures portrayed. So when I saw this cross stitch kit, I quickly bought it and began sewing. Unfortunately it took longer than I thought it would and so I kept breaking off to do other things such as Christmas cards, an advent calendar and a number of other small projects. Finally I have come back to my Egypt picture and completed it. I am pleased with the results and now just need to get it framed and on the wall. Hope you like it! June Munday, Leeds Leela: What a brilliant and unusual project, June. It looks like it wouldn’t be out of place on the walls of an Egyptian tomb. It’s always satisfying to finish a large project, admire it and then plan what you’re going to stitch next!

Feathered friends Margaret’s project went down well with a fellow owl!

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ello there, I stitched this project for one of my friends when she was retiring. We have been friends for a long time and even ran a Brownie pack together. Hence the significance of the owls in this design, as we were Brown Owl and Tawny Owl. She was really pleased with it and plans to hang it up in her new bungalow. Margaret Farrell, Manchester

Sue: It’s a lovely idea for a gift Margaret. Your friend must have been really happy to receive something so thoughtfully stitched. Owls seem to be a great favourite among cross stitchers – perhaps we’re drawn to the combination of wise and cute. For more owl designs see our Best Buys round-up on page 26. ‘Tottering Tower Owls’ is from Karen Carter’s collection at Heritage Crafts, which includes more owl antics.

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thought you would like to see what I have done with some of the lovely butterflies that were in issues 253, 254 and 255 of your magazine. They made nice Christmas presents stitched as cushions. Veronica Wilson, Norfolk Fluettering beauties Veronica’s sitting pretty with her fab cushions

Leela: Those cushions look fantastic, Veronica. It’s almost as if the butterflies just alighted there for a breather. It’s great you’ve been able to make practical use of your stitchy projects.

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’ve just come across your wonderful magazine and I’m enjoying lots of cross stitch inspiration! I thought you might like to see this project I made for my lovely friends’ baby boy – the beautiful Frankie! I was so touched when they chose to use this gorgeous photo on their thank you cards. Vicky Ambler, via email Sue: It must have been a real honour to see your birth announcement used in this way, Vicky. It’s really great that all your hard work has created something likely to become a keepsake for Frankie and his family. We’re a big fan of birth and wedding announcements – they’re a fantastic way of celebrating a special event for family members or close friends in a personal way that shows how much you care. There are some lovely ideas for contemporary announcements in our Best Buys section – turn to page 26.

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i there! You never know what to expect as the free gift with each issue of The World of Cross Stitching. In early January 2016, I picked up issue 250 and as a big fan of Margaret Sherry I was happy to note that the free gift was a chart of three of her designs. Because I am a knitter, I decided to work the ‘Knitting Pals’ design and to knit a mini sweater to accompany the cross stitch in the frame with the completed design. I am enclosing pictures of the almost finished ‘Knitting Pals’ project and the unassembled knitted small sweater. Kristin Jakobson, Montana

ello. I just wanted to share a picture of the Herbert the Hedgehog cross stitch card I made that was the free gift with issue 258. I don’t normally stitch cards as gifts, as I feel they are not appreciated, but as soon as I saw this I knew the perfect person to give it to. She is a fellow cross stitcher, so I knew she would love this and appreciate the effort that went into it. Charlotte Upshall, via email

Sue: He’s an adorable chap Charlotte – we’re sure he was much appreciated!

Birthday greetings Herbert the Hedgehog would put the ‘happy’ into anyone’s special day

Hannah: What a brilliant idea Kristin – we love it! It’s a great way to add interest to a piece and satisfy two of your crafty passions at the same time. We’re glad we hit the spot for you with this overseas reader gift. Fingers crossed there’ll be many more to keep you smiling.

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Prizes every month! The lucky winners will each be receiving this adorable ‘Ducks Day Out’ cross stitch kit from Past Impressions. Complete with pre-sorted threads, chart and instructions, needle and 14-count light blue aida. A fab stitching project! Immediate Media Co., publishers of World of Cross Stitching, Subs Stars giveaway Terms and Conditions: Prizes were dispatched before the on sale date of this issue. There are no cash alternatives. Winning entries will be chosen at random from all current subscribers. The draw is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Welcome to the world Laura stitched this adorable birth keepsake for her newborn niece in just six weeks

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recently bought a cross stitching book and made this cute design for my Mum. It is called ‘Home Sweet Home’. I hope she likes it. Jacqui Fenn, Australia Hannah: It’s beautiful, Jacqui – we reckon you’re definitely home and dry with that design! We bet your Mum will absolutely adore it too.

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i there, I just wanted to show you the project that I started last summer when I was recovering from an operation on my foot. I made it as a present for my niece and gave it to her for her first Christmas. I think it took me the best part of six weeks to complete, but I’m really proud of it and wanted to show you guys! I love your magazine so much. I have made many lovely

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ello to everyone. There are so many lovely patterns in The World of Cross Stitching, and so little time, but when I saw ‘Prancing Pony’ in issue 250 I had to have a go at stitching it. The beautiful colours and sparkly threads and beads were gorgeous, and all on my favourite animal, the horse. I just loved it, but starting to stitch it was a little bit daunting. I’ve never used beads or metallic threads before. Some of my colours are substitute threads, as are the beads and metallic thread, but it all turned out fine. I used 14-count aida and it took me six months. Because I used aida, I had to make a lot of holes for the fractional stitches. I’ve enclosed a photo of me and my finished pony, I love it and might sew it again in the future. At the moment, I’m working on the owl from issue 256, then I want to do the seahorse from issue 259. That’s me busy for another year! Jackie Claridge, Brigg Hannah: We love your take on the Pranching Pony, Jackie. Let us know how you get on with the other projects!

things from it for friends and family, which they love. One day I might stitch something for myself! Please continue to include such beautiful designs. They keep me amused for hours! Laura Willshire, Southampton Leela: That’s such a cute baby announcement Laura – thank you for sharing it with us! I’m really glad you enjoy the magazine.

If you’re included in the photo holding your stitching, then we’ll boost the size of the prize as it’s always lovely to see your friendly faces!

Close to home Jacqui’s gorgeous design for her Mum

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Riding high Jackie with her completed projects including the Prancing Pony in issue 250

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Project Railway Scene

A GREAT GIFT FOR A RAIL FAN

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Railway Scene Project DESIGN BY AMANDA BUTLER

Full steam ahead Evoke the nostalgic charm of bygone days with this picturesque countryside railway scene

or bystanders, one of the best things about the slow pace of a steam train is that you can hear it before you see it. From the rhythmic clickety-clack of the wheels to the puffing of the steam, there’s plenty of time to scramble to your nearest vantage point. And, if you’re lucky, the driver might even sound the whistle as he passes! This charming scene portrays not just the majestic beauty of the steam train, but also the joy of a family picnicking in the sunshine. Plus, it’s all done in the most lifelike, painterly way, using an impressive range of techniques. The beautiful backdrop is worked in a combination of half cross stitches

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Meet the designer Amanda Butler Designing this piece brought back so many memories for me – from trips to the country as a youngster, to reading The Railway Children. This project isn’t just for trainspotters, it’ll bring a smile to most faces!

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Project Railway Scene

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Railway Scene chart (bottom right)

Jenna READER PANEL My dad is a big fan of old-fashioned rail travel so this would be a perfect picture for him. I would love to stitch this steam train for him one day and have it framed so he can display it in his home.

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Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring 37x43cm (14½x17in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Frame and mount of your choice with a minimum aperture of 22x28cm (8¾x11in)

Thread & fabric cost Approximately £30 *For stockists see page 90

after How to... look your eyes Stitch in good daylight or with a craft lamp to keep your eyes healthy. A magnifier will also help you to see your fabric clearly. Take regular breaks from your stitching – pop the kettle on for a brew or busy yourself with another fiveminute task – to give your eyes a rest. On top of this, every ten minutes or so, focus on a distant object for a few seconds and take several long blinks to keep your eyes hydrated.

Railway Scene key Cross stitch in two strands Anchor DMC Madeira 1 B5200 2401 white 25 3733 606 pink 44 815 601 ruby 47 321 511 dark red 145 799 910 dark blue 234 168 1708 very light grey 253 472 1414 lettuce green 260 369 1604 light green 262 3363 1602 green 266 471 1501 moss green 360 938 1913 dark brown 367 738 1908 tan 369 436 1910 light brown 371 975 2303 brown 373 3045 2202 straw 399 318 1801 grey 400 317 1714 dark grey 401 3799 1713 very dark grey 403 310 2400 black 778 951 306 peach 1098 3801 212 red Cross stitch in one strand of each 44 815 601 ruby 403 310 2400 black 269 936 1507 dark moss green 403 310 2400 black Half cross stitch in two strands 128 3753 909 light blue 129 157 907 blue 214 368 1511 almond green 216 320 1311 dk almond green Backstitch in one strand ––––– 235 414 1707 light grey ––––– 380 938 2003 very dark brown ––––– 403 310 2400 black STITCH COUNT 122 high x 154 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 22x28cm (8¾x11in) SKEINS NEEDED 2x253 (lettuce green), 2x260 (light green), 2x262 (green), 2x266 (moss green), 2x403 (black) This design was stitched using Anchor stranded cotton

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Out About Get involved in the stitching fun this month – we’ve rounded up the most exciting campaigns, clubs and events so that you can join in with them all!

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ou’ve heard of yoga retreats – well now you can recharge your batteries on a Craft Sanctuary Retreat courtesy of SewandSo. There’s a Ribbon Embroidery and Cross Stitch Retreat 17-19 August at the Wychwood Park Hotel, set in the Cheshire countryside. On the course you’ll learn how to create ribbon embroidered flowers, plus tweeding and hoop-framing techniques as you work on two gorgeous projects. Prices start at £350 for a single occupancy room.

MORE For more details and to book your stitchy break, visit www.sewandso.co.uk/craftsanctuary

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went on a tour of a country and this is one of many famous monuments in its capital – although it’s not one of the best known. I also visited a very famous house, that’s white, while I was there! Reida Willman, Merseyside

Send in your travel snaps! Send us a photo of yourself with a copy of your favourite mag to 'Where Am I?' at our usual address, on page 17. If you’re featured, you’ll win a John Clayton kit from the Internationals range by Heritage Crafts*, worth £29.99.

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he Campaign for Creativity, formed by leading figures from the craft world, is calling for more and better opportunities for school children to pursue creative subjects that help them gain valuable life skills – problemsolving, strategic thinking and resilience – and to give these as much weighing as core subjects. To support the campaign, sign its petition calling for more creativity in schools. MORE

Visit www.change.org, search Campaign for Creativity

Dates f your Diary 14 JUNE ON SALE: THE WORLD OF CROSS STITCHING Look out for our August issue 270, bursting with gorgeous summery projects to keep you busy! Dream of the sea with our beach huts exclusive, get to grips with sunny vintage florals, stitch a fresh herb sampler and much more. Plus, you get a FREE cute deer card to make. See page 94. 11 JULY GET TO KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE ARDINGTON SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, OXFORDSHIRE Want to learn some basic machine sewing skills so you can make up your projects like a pro? Head to this independent craft school, for this one-day beginner/refresher course, which costs £85. Go to www.ardingtonschool.com for details. 14-15 JULY GLOUCESTER ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET CITY CENTRE, GLOUCESTER For crafts and gifts galore, come to Gloucester for this two-day event and explore oodles of goodies including needlecrafts, textiles, papercrafts, knitting and crochet and much more! Part of the city’s Summer of Music Arts and Culture, the market is open 10am-5pm both days. 14-15 JULY CRAFTING LIVE DONCASTER RACECOURSE, DONCASTER Stock up on essentials for your stash and be inspired by brand-new finds. There’ll be experts on hand for advice, plus free demos and mini workshops. Tickets are available from www.craftinglive.co.uk/ shows/doncaster/tickets and cost £7.50 for both days, consessions Crafting live! This show is a must for crafters of all levels. Enjoy free £6 and under-16s free. demos, workshops and crafty stalls.

* For stockists see page 90 Answer: Monument to Korean War Veterans, Washington DC

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Our Best Buys All the hottest cross stitch must-haves for your shopping list, plus an exclusive offer to make your pennies go further...

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ire up your imagination and let your creativity run riot with the latest cross stitch collection from Leisure Arts: 50 Cross Stitch Quickies: Flowers & Fun, available to order from Amazon*. This 32-page book would make an invaluable addition to your inspiration library and is a great source of quick-and-easy projects that would be ideal for greetings cards and cute patterns you could frame and give as gifts. If you fancy something a bit more challenging, you could combine several mini motifs from the book to create a larger design. Just dive straight in and enjoy yourself!

Trendwatching... Classic nautical Ensure everything Push the boat out For coastal chic try the Welcome Aboard Life Ring, Live Laugh Love*

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Anchors aweigh! Use Hessian Anchor Fat Quarters from Hobbycraft* for maritime charm

£6.71 Nautical but nice… We’d sail the seven seas for this trio of charts by Axebe* on Etsy

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hatever summer brings, Tilda’s new Sunkiss fabrics, available from SewandSo*, will make things just a little bit sunnier. Jazz up your summertime projects – from sunglasses cases to bags – with these super-cool brights. You’ll be beach-ready and bang on trend.

ans of Karen Carter will be over the moon to hear that her latest design, ‘Tottering Tower’, is now available from Heritage Crafts*. A little bird told us these eight colourful teetering owls are a tweet to stitch. Measuring 12.5x26.5cm (5x10½in) when finished, the kit is available in either 14-count aida or 27-count evenweave and contains Zweigart fabric, DMC stranded cottons sorted on to numbered cards, a needle, and clear charts and instructions.

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ast Impressions* is offering 10% off a pack of three 3D cards by Nutmeg Company, a free copy of the Guide To Stitching On Paper by Meg Evershed worth £11.60, plus free UK delivery. The pack includes everything you need to make the ‘Birthday Fan’, ‘Wedding Cake’ and ‘Blue Clematis’ cards. Usually £9.55 each, you can snap up the bundle for £25.80 when you use the discount code WOXS269 at www.past-impressions. co.uk until 29 July.

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£4.95 Life on the ocean wave This gorgeous Nautical ribbon from Luck and Luck* really floats our boat

Find your sea legs Buy the High Seas biscornu chart from Creative Poppy Patterns*

Cool cards Save 10% off this 3D card bundle at Past Impressions

*For stockists see page 90

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11 Ripley Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 5NQ Tel 01903 501462 cary@cbkdesigns.co.uk

www.cbkdesigns.co.uk This is a lovely design showing Bears designs and this particular one shows Bears on their individual surfboards. The kit contains 14 HPI Aida, pre-sorted DMC threads, including metallic threads, needle, computer generated chart and instructions. The kit uses back stitching, cross stitches and fractional stitches but no French knots and costs ÂŁ19.99. Postage and packing is included in this price.

Surfs up Bears by Michaela Learner Finished size is 21cm by 25cm

I have a license to sell this design and others by Michaela – see my website for details. If you look at my website you will see a range of the Here come the Bears kits and also the large range of other designs that I have for sale. As I market the designs myself I normally have a supply of kits readily available to send out immediately but if I have run low on any particular designs I can normally make up the kit and send this out within a couple of days of receiving your order. As you will also see I have quite a large number of aircraft designs and if you have a particular aircraft that is not shown on my website which you would like to stitch you only have to let me have one of your own photos and I can prepare a kit and let you know what the cost would be. You will see that some of my aircraft designs are more expensive than others and this is because the whole background is stitched. The Lady designs and the dragon designs are also more expensive as the whole background is stitched. If you have any queries please do contact me and I am only too pleased to try and help.

Bothy Threads

The Home of Happy Stitching! Bothy Threads Ltd, Unit2b Lakeland Business Park, Cockermouth, CA13 0QT info@bothythreads.com

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Space ABC Project

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Shopping list Zweigart* 14-count navy (589) aida measuring 15cm (6in) x desired width Stranded cotton and DMC* Light Effects thread as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Zip and backing fabric of your choice from local stores

Thread & fabric cost Approximately £11 *For stockists see page 90

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Stitching Time Approx. 3-4 hours each letter Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch Ease of Stitching Beginner/advanced beginner

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Space ABC Project Space ABC key Cross stitch in three strands DMC Anchor Madeira 310 403 2400 black 415 398 1802 grey 666 46 210 red 743 302 113 yellow 954 203 1207 green 3755 140 1013 blue Cross stitch in three strands DMC Light Effects E940 glow-in-the-dark Backstitch in one strand ––––– 310 403 2400 black Backstitch in two strands DMC Light Effects –––––

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Project Space ABC

glow-in-theHow to... use dark thread For the best results, work with a shorter length of Light Effects thread, no more than 30cm (12in), to prevent fraying. If the thread becomes twisted while stitching, drop your needle and let it unwind. To make your project glow, expose it to light for a few minutes, then turn out the lights and watch it gleam!

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Your Questions Answered

Ask the experts Our panel of professionals are here to help you with your cross stitch dilemmas – however large or small

CONTENTS 32 IN THE SPOTLIGHT DMC Diamant Metallic Thread for added pizzazz 33 WISHES GRANTED Jenny’s designed a magical unicorn for one little girl! 34 FRIENDLY ADVICE Help from fellow stitchers on getting kids involved

Fiona Baker

Heather Nugent

Jenny Barton

Hannah Kelly

Katriel Costello

Fiona is our Technical Editor so she’s ready to answer your problems on all things stitch and chart related

Heather is our Charting Editor and is on hand to answer any technical stitching questions that you have

Design pro Jenny has been creating projects for us for years and is ready to take on your design challenges

All set to hunt down those elusive charts and products, Hannah’s here to find shopping answers that you need

Stitching guru Katriel has worked in the industry for years, so has ample knowledge to answer any queries

Larger than life You can clip the Flexlens on Mini-Clip to your hoop

I’m looking for a magnifier with a lamp I can clip onto an embroidery hoop, ideally under about £10. Does such a thing exist? Joanne Murray, via Facebook

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Katriel says: I’m afraid you may struggle to find a quality product that provides both light and magnifying options within your budget Joanne. Instead, why not try a battery-operated LED Neck Magnifier with Stand from Daylight* (DN91211)? For just £14 RRP, this hands-free magnifier can either be worn

I’m trying to find a cross stitch pattern of a Hereford Bull to stitch for my husband. It can be either just its head or the whole animal. Do you know where I can buy either? Christine Williams, via Facebook

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around your neck with the cord, or set up on a nearby table while stitching. If you prefer a clip-on product, then you may need to look at increasing your budget for something like the MAGniflex Lamp by Daylight*, costing £67 RRP. It’s cabled however, and would need to be clipped onto a table edge, rather than your hoop. Another, cheaper option, is Daylight’s Flexilens on Mini-Clip (DN91101) for £22.50, a magnifier that can be attached to your hoop. You’ll need to use a separate nearby lamp for your light source.

The cows come home This kit really brings these Herefords to life

Hannah says: I found this great Hereford Cows kit (SSN43502) by Permin available at Stitcher* for £40 RRP, which might fit your bill, Christine. I’m afraid it doesn’t include a bull, however this sweet design featuring a line of five curious Hereford breed cows will hopefully be a great substitute. Measuring 29x41cm (11¼x16¼in) when stitched on the supplied 14-count white aida, the kit also comes with stranded cottons, a needle and full instructions. The shading and detail on the cows really brings this breed to life, and they look very content standing on some luscious green grass.

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Your Questions Answered

In the spotlight USING DMC DIAMANT METALLICS

Add a touch of luxury I have a question about Diamant thread. I like to use DMC Diamant Metallic thread with a strand of colour to add a little sparkle or sometimes on its own. I find it tricky to separate into individual threads though, and I’m wondering if I should be using it as it comes off the spool and not separate it? Nina Hudson, via Facebook

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they aren’t designed to be split into individual strands the same way as your stranded cottons or floss. The twisted thread is equivalent to two strands of DMC stranded cotton, making it ideal for stitching as a stand-alone thread or for backstitching. It is perhaps too thick for blending it with another strand of cotton unfortunately, in the same way you would use Kreinik* Blending Filament, for example. DMC Diamante comes in six rich metallic shades: light gold, gold, gold and black, light silver, silver and copper, on 35m spools.

Add a touch of luxury These sparkling threads will add a bit of pizzazz to your stitching projects

A question of scale I have mild difficulty with my eyesight in my older age, and although I can manage 14-count fabric through my magnifying lens, I have not been able to do a few designs that appeal to me lately, as the size of the pattern itself is too small. Since the death of my son Phillip, four years ago, I have found my cross stitch work very relaxing and soothing. Margaret Abraham, via email

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Heather says: I’m glad to hear that cross stitch has been a comfort to you, and it would be such a shame for you to have to give it up. Why not try photocopying the charts and scaling them up to enlarge them? This also means that you can cross off the stitches as you go, without worrying about marking your original charts too.

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Sweet treats for chocoholics Can you point me in the direction of some chocolate-related patterns to stitch for a chocolate-lover in my life? Shannon Lu, via Facebook

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Pretty as a picture Here at WOXS, we use this charting package

Pretty as a picture I’m looking for software to transform my photos into cross stitch patterns. Can you recommend any? I recently used a free online tool for a picture of our pet dog, and while from a distance it looks ok, it’s really poor quality close up. Amanda Bloor, via email

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Hannah says: Easy Cross Stitch Series 3: Food, by Maria Diaz (ISBN: 978-605-5647-51-3) from Tuva Publishing* sounds like just the book for you, Shannon! This 56-page title provides a tasty collection of designs for beginners, including a selection of chocolate designs. And why stop there, when there’s a whole array of sweet treat designs to stitch including ice-cream sundaes, cakes and even some French patisserie!

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Sweet treats for chocoholics Maria Diaz’s yummy book is full of scrumptious cross stitch designs

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Wishes granted Request a design and our resident design expert, Jenny, might just chart it for you… Cute little unicorn ready for action! This adorable fellow will look great stitched on a coloured T-shirt

Unicorn key Hi, I was wondering if it would be possible to design a cute unicorn with a rainbow-coloured mane and tail please? I would like to use soluble canvas to stitch it on to a T-shirt for my one-yearold niece. Lizzie Milner, via email

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STITCH COUNT 29 high x 30 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 5.5x5.5cm (2x2¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton

Please note: Jenny can only fit in fairly small designs and for copyright reasons she is unable to chart logos, or characters from films and TV.

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Tulips set to run and run I have been given Q Hello, lots of lovely stitching threads and items by a very kind friend of mine who has given up stitching. She loves tulips and I’d like to thank her by stitching a tulip design, preferably a repeat with tulips, on a Charles craft guest towel she gave me. The stitching band area is 23.5x6cm in 14-count, so it would have to fit well within that area. I’ve been searching for a pattern with no luck. Can you help? Nikola Greening, via email Hannah says: You’re in luck, Nikola; The World of Cross Stitching actually

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Email us at: experts@cross-stitching.com Write to: Ask the Experts, The World of Cross Stitching, Immediate Media Co Origin, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN Tulips set to run and run Lesley Teare’s border will work well on Nikola’s towel

featured just what you’re looking for back in issue 213, with a design library collection by Lesley Teare. This tulip repeat border was part of the set, and will fit well within the design area for your towel. You can either get this pattern with a digital back issue copy, or a complete set of Spring Flower motifs (LJT257) directly from Lesley Teare’s* website as a digital download for £4.

Send in queries via Facebook too:

We will try and answer your questions as soon as we can, but if you’re working to a specific deadline then do let us know!

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Your Questions Answered

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We asked our Facebook fans for their top tips for getting kids into stitching – here’s what they said… Faye Mulhern: Start kids stitching on plastic canvas and possibly yarn, rather than thread. Also, use a plastic needle with a large eye so they can thread it easily and won’t hurt themselves on a sharp point. Chris Cooper: I used 11count fabric and started the children off with small charts and large-eyed needles. As the charts were small, they just held them in their hands. Judith Harrison: Baker Ross has a range of wooden designs to cross stitch that have a bit larger grid and seem to work well for primary school children.

Joy Monteron: Try a stamped starter kit with a simple design. A plastic canvas and yarn could also be used. Rachel Meredith: I bought little kits for my daughter that were full stitches only and of a design that interested her. The Mouseloft kits are perfect, as they come in so many different designs. Magda Pietrzak: Make stitched outlines of simple shapes like hearts and ask the child to fill it in with colour. Julie Walker: I taught a lunch time club of 9- to

11-yearolds. They started with square paper and drew their own designs. We then stitched these in 14-count aida and put the finished pictures on cards. Dawn Green: Don’t restrict your kids. Let them make mistakes and learn from them! Find us on Facebook and join in with the chat. If you're lucky, your tip might appear here! Just log on to www.facebook.com/The WorldofCrossStitching and hit ‘like’ at the top of the page!

TECHNIQUE FOCUS Confetti conundrum Is there an easier way to do single stitches, like the ones that are used to represent stars or snow? Lauren Corser, via Facebook

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Heannah says: This Red Tractor kit (004-N02stl) is a new addition to the Mouseloft* Stitchlets range, and comes with Zweigart 14-count aida, DMC threads and a needle, as well as full, easy-to-follow instructions. It costs just £2.39 and fits within a 6.5cm circle diameter for framing in an aperture card too, so should be just perfect for your birthday recipient.

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Fiona says: Single stitches – often A called ‘confetti’ stitches – are a tricky technique for a lot of stitchers, but help is at hand as there’s a few different methods you can try for tackling them! If your cross stitches are to be placed no more than about six to eight blocks apart, then you could still use a continuous length between them, but if you need to ‘travel’ the thread further than this, then it could be visible as a ‘ghostly’ line through the holes in the fabric. To avoid this, you could back your fabric with iron-on interfacing before starting your project. This will help to prevent quite so much showing through, although you may still be able to see them, especially with darker thread colours. The neatest method, however, is to thread both ends of your cotton through the needle, just the same as when doing

am looking for a mini tractor cross stitch pattern to fit in a birthday card. Please can you help? Terri Johnson-Goff, via Facebook

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Confetti conundrum If your thread has to travel more than six to eight blocks, it could be visible through the aida as a ghostly line

the loop start method. Then, make the first arm of your stitch, pushing the needle back down through the fabric so that it passes through the loop on the back, securing the thread. Make the second arm of your stitch as normal, and then whipstitch a couple of times at the back of your work to finish off. Try to avoid doing this too many times on each stitch though, otherwise you’ll end up with too much bulk for it to lie flat. You’ll have the technique mastered in no time and will be sprinkling confetti over your projects like a pro!

Farming fun The Red Tractor kit is available from Mouseloft

know you are supposed to use a single thread when backstitching, but can I double the thread for fuller backstitching? Sumer Scoggins, via Facebook

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Design round-up

Floral close-ups

Summer’s here so we’ve hand picked some brilliant blooms to while away those long, lazy days… RICH REDS

SUMMER BRIGHTS

SINGLE ROSE

SUNFLOWERS

glorious close-up of a single rose shows the velvety petals of the nation’s favourite bloom. Naturalistic shading and ruby reds entice you into the centre of the flower in this download from JB Cross Stitch*. Each square of the four chart pages is stitched and whole stitches only are used, making this a great project for advanced beginners. Single Rose (JBDC1263) will make a gorgeous picture to hang in the living room.

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£9.36 his pretty sunflowers portrait from Kustom Krafts is based on an original artwork by Joanne Porter. Available as a chartbook from SewandSo*, Sunflowers (950349) is divided over nine pages of charts and comprises whole stitches only. Twenty-six rich thread colours await, with tangerine, orange spice and canary to tempt you. We can’t think of a more lovely sight to behold all year round than these symbols of summer.

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Stitch count: 112 wide by 112 high, 20.5x20.5cm (8x8in) on 14-count aida

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Stitch count: 154 wide by 216 high, 28x39cm (11x15½in) on 14-count beige aida

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EXOTIC BLOOMS

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know you’ve picked a special design when it is Y ou presented in an attractive box, as with Spring Tulips (SSN42228) from the RIOLIS home and garden collection at Stitcher*. Slide off the cover to reveal the threads mounted neatly on thread cards, a piece of quality grey/green aida fabric and very large charts, showing symbols and in full colour. The design shows pink and white tulips with graceful leaf detail that appear to sway gently in the breeze on a spring day. Work on this stunning design in a frame or hoop for best results.

he scent of a stargazer lily can fill a room, and this close-up of the splendid flower conjures up that wonderful perfume. This beautiful portrait of a floral favourite will look stunning in any space. Stargazer Lily (587577) is a DMC kit available from Hobbycraft* and the eye-catching array of several shades of pink arranged on a thread organiser is just one of the pleasing elements of this design. Enjoy!

Stitch count: 377 wide by 150 high, 70x30cm (27½x11¾in) on 14-count grey/green aida

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Project Cacti Trio

DESIGN BY ANGELA POOLE

A sizzling display… Wonderful textures and intense colours make this cacti trio a must-stitch project for summer

e are fascinated by these prickly but succulent plants that thrive in the desert heat while others shrivel away. The real things may be spiky, but once you start stitching these super-cool cacti designs, you’ll soon develop a soft spot for them. These potted beauties are bang on trend at the moment and will bring a splash of colour to any unloved spot in your (or a friend’s) house. Which one of the three mini succulent scenes will you pick first? Stitch the entire thorny trio – their shared colour pallet of hot reds, terracottas and greens means they’ll make a vibrant, co-ordinated display – or simply pick your favourite of the three to bring it to life in thread.

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Stitching Time Approx. 12-15 hours each Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner/ intermediate Perfect for intermediate stitchers, the designs call for the use of whole cross stitches and fractionals, while the inclusion of backstitch and French knots add some fantastic textures making the cacti almost jump off the aida.

Meet the designer Angela Poole Cacti truly are the plant of the moment. With their bold and structural forms and great textures, these ones create a real impact. It was lovely to be asked to come up with the designs for this attractive set.

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TRENDSETTING DESIGNS

You can almost feel the heat coming off this sizzling set of prickly beauties

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Samantha READER PANEL I’m never one for keeping flowers or plants‌ These pretty cacti are so bright and bold though, perhaps I should stitch one or two for around the house to inject a bit of muchneeded colour!

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backstitch How to... add to your design When you've finished the cross stitches, load your needle with one or two strands of thread (the colour specified in the key). Following the backstitch line on the chart, make your stitches as in this diagram. Bring your needle up at 1, down at 2 then back up at 3, stitching in a two steps forward, one step back motion. Use short lengths to prevent them fuzzing up with wear.

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Time to chat

In the spotlight

Emma Congdon

Cross stitch designer Emma tells us about her inspiration and love of heart-warming quotes ow did you start cross stitching? As a child, I was fascinated by the samplers in my grandmother’s house and she taught me to stitch. I did a few little kits when I was about nine or 10, but stopped as a grumpy teen. Years later, I wanted to create a sampler for my own home. I searched for something I liked with no joy and realised I’d have to design my own. I’d been working as a graphic designer for a couple of years, so had some ideas. I designed one, and another, then another – then I was hooked.

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to work as a freelance designer, so now I have more time for all things stitchy. My friends suggested I send some of my work to magazines and bloggers. That was how I got my first commission – and it grew from there. I set up Stitchrovia, my little online shop, when I quit my day job. It’s where I sell my own patterns, as well as discontinued magazine commissions I’ve done in the past. How would you describe your design style? My style is retro and typographic with a colourful vibe. I literally can’t get enough of quotes! Who or what inspires you creatively? Inspiration comes from everywhere – clichéd as that sounds. But I follow a lot of typographers and also have many books on 1960s and 1970s design. I tend to photograph anything I’m drawn to and keep a little bank of colours and ideas on my phone. My advice for others would be design what you love and what appeals to you. After a while, you’ll develop your

own style naturally. Start small and build from there. What have been your favourite commissions? I designed a wedding sampler years back that I’ve seen many versions of in terms of colour ways. It makes me so happy to know that these will be cherished for years to come. I also designed a quote sampler for The World of Cross Stitching, which I adore to this day: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Other than cross stitch, what are you most passionate about in life? My garden. When I bought my first home, the garden and flat were a wreck. It’s been great to gradually fix it up as I like DIY too, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy sorting out the garden as much as I have. I’ve become quite the addict and am out weeding and planting most weekends. MORE: Find Emma’s ‘Sweet Bee’ chart on page 84. To learn more about Stitchrovia, and to keep on top of Emma’s latest news, visit www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Stitchrovia

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DESIGN LIBRARY

Under the sea IMMERSE YOURSELF IN OUR UNDERWATER CHART COLLECTION

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UNDERSEA IDEAS

Sink your needle and thread into these aquatic designs by Fiona Baker to make fab cards and gifts 40 quick-and-easy motifs Fiona Baker's design inspiration Stitches for every skill level Helpful tips and advice Unique present ideas for your special someone

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SEASHORE STITCHES

MAKING A SPLASH

Take a peek at the colourful plantlife living under the sea in this motif (3). Stitch on pale blue aida and secure to a mini canvas, ready to display in your bathroom.

Dive into an underwater fantasy world with this magical mermaid (21). Her long flowing hair and shimmering tail will look perfect patched onto a colourful pencil case.

YOU’RE A STAR!

TURTLEY AWESOME

Any beach-loving friend will appreciate receiving a gift with this starfish (1) tag attached! Simply patch your stitching onto a ready-made tag or make your own.

Show someone just how great they are with this pun-tastic card (32). We used a white Craft Creations* square aperture card (AP10U-30), with a ribbon trim.

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A SPEEDY RECOVERY

EIGHT-ARMED FRIEND

Stitch this thoughtful design (22) on pale blue aida and patch onto a white Craft Creations* card (DEC4U-30) to wish a friend or loved one a speedy recovery.

Mount this friendly octopus motif (11) in a 3in (8cm) hoop painted purple and create a hanging with colourful ribbon. Perfect displayed in a child’s bedroom.

DON’T FORGET YOUR KEYS!

A FIN-TASTIC DESIGN

This simple seashell motif (10) would make a wonderful keyring. Stitch it onto plastic canvas and attach it to your keys – you’ll never lose them again!

This bookmark (25), stitched in one colour, is easy to make and will be the perfect gift for a book-loving friend. Stitch on a 2in wide aida band with light blue trim. *For stockists, see page 90

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My inspiration Though we don’t always see it, life is teeming under the fresh, salty waves at the seaside. My easy-to-stitch undersea designs are really versatile – they’ll bring freshness and colour to your bathroom or make perfect gifts for beach-loving friends.

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• The Norwegian Buhund has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements. • Buhunds can handle jobs like a hearing and police dog, and compete in agility and obedience trials.

Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Wooden box of your choice from local stores

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We all know that cats love to hide in boxes – and these ones are no exception! ‘One more?’ is the latest cute and cuddly design from Peter Underhill at Heritage Crafts*. Available as 14-count aida or 28-count evenweave, the kit costs £11.65 and contains fabric, DMC stranded cottons, needle, chart and instructions.

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STITCH COUNT 43 high x 43 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 8x8cm (3x3in)

The ‘Dog Stack’ kit from Past Impressions* is wonderfully tactile in that you can actually stroke some of the dogs’ fur, thanks to the inclusion of Lana, a woolly thread. It costs £21.76 and includes presorted cottons, Zweigart fabric, needle, chart and instructions.

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Project Dreamcatcher Hanging

DESIGN BY CLAIRE MCELFATRICK

Dreams can come true Give the gift of positive thinking to someone special with this charming dreamcatcher sampler

raditionally hung over beds, the protective charms of dreamcatchers have long been used as a talisman to keep little ones safe. The precious hangings are not only said to prevent bad dreams, they also act as beautifully decorative wall art, especially in the case of this stitched version. Delicate white detailing with pops of rich colour are set against the prettiest sky blue fabric which has been specially created for this project by Sew It All. From the heartfelt sentiment to the simple border brought to life with variegated thread, each element has been put together with care and thought to create a wonderfully unique piece.

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Stitching Time Approx. 40 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, longstitch Ease of Stitching Intermediate If you’ve never worked on evenweave before, this project is an ideal place to start. Using simple techniques such as whole cross stitches and longstitch, it’ll come together quicker than you might think – even fiddly fractionals become a dream on this open weave fabric!

Meet the designer Claire McElfatrick Illustrator Claire always dreamt of becoming an artist growing up. She’s achieved her goal, with her bold and beautiful illustrations being used across stationery, greeting cards, and now cross stitch!

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Stitch your way to happiness and sweet dreams with Claire’s enchanting wall hanging

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Shopping list Fabric Flair 28-count cloud turquoise dreams evenweave measuring 55x42cm (21½x16½in) from Sew it All*, also available as 14-count aida Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle Backing fabric, wooden dowel rod, feather and leather cord of your choice from local stores

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The lovely thing about this design is that it works for all ages. It would go perfectly in my bedroom, but I can equally see it on a teenage girl’s wall, too.

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STITCH COUNT 200 high x 143 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 36.5x26cm (14¼x10¼in) SKEINS NEEDED 2xblanc (white), 2x4060 (weeping willow) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton and DMC Color Variations on 28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric

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Project Blackwork Cards

DESIGN BY AMANDA GREGORY

Modern florals Contrast lifelike blooms with traditional blackwork techniques to create a contemporary set of cards

eaturing intricate repeat patterns worked in a single thread shade, blackwork has been around since the 15th century. From geometric shapes to floral-inspired motifs, this style has adorned the garments of royalty such as Katherine of Aragon and Elizabeth I, so we thought it was time to give it a fresh new look! Providing a striking backdrop to Amanda’s bold, beautifully shaded blooms, each card has its own unique blackwork design, specifically created to complement each flower perfectly. Be it a delicate rose in soft shades of pink, a blousy poppy in vibrant red or a cheery yellow sunflower, there’s something for everyone in this set – especially for those stitching them!

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Stitching Time Approx. 6-7 hours each Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner/ intermediate Combining the challenge of blackwork with techniques such as fractionals and French knots, these cards might be small, but they’re packed with interest. Get started today, and you’ll have all six finished before you know it!

Meet the designer Amanda Gregory I enjoy creating something original with cross stitch, so I love how these two traditional concepts – a floral design and blackwork style – come together to make something that feels new and different.

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STITCH THE SET TO DISPLAY

Add a vibrant pop of colour to a monochrome motif with these statement cards, ideal for any occasion

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Shopping list Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Craft Creations* circle aperture cards (AP09U) in Creative Smooth white (30)

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These cards are so eyecatching. I’ll definitely be adding them to my must-stitch list; I’m even thinking of making them into coasters for my home!

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Project Father’s Day Gifts

DESIGN BY JENNY BARTON

Love you, dad! Make this year’s Father’s Day the most memorable ever with a colourful photo frame and keyring set

orget boring ties and the same old socks – if you really want to show dad he’s the greatest, get out your needle and threads! With seven fantastic charts to choose from, you can stitch for your own dad, for your partner on behalf of the kids, or, if you’ve got older children, use these projects as the perfect opportunity to pass on the stitchy bug. Worked on plastic canvas – ideal for little fingers getting to grips with stitching – this impressive collection of charts uses whole cross stitches and backstitch only to create a gift set with the wow factor. Whether he’s the sporting type (be it a player, or more of an armchair observer!), a fishing fanatic, or just

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Stitching Time Approx. 60 hours for the set Type of Stitches Cross stitch, backstitch Ease of Stitching Beginner/advanced beginner an all-round champion, there’s something to suit everyone. Once you’ve completed your chosen designs, follow our easy stepby-step guide on page 75 to turn them into picture frames. Then, all that’s left to do is choose a picture you know will make dad feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Meet the designer Jenny Barton Trying to think of an original present for dad can be a pain, but this year, I’ve got it sorted for you! Whether it’s Father’s Day, a birthday, or just to show how much you care, this collection is sure to impress.

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Cut around the outside of the design and then using scissors or a craft knife cut out the aperture following the shape of the stitching. You will need to leave a one square border of plastic canvas to keep the stitching securely in place.

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Turn your stitching over, place double-sided tape around the aperture and stick your chosen image in place. Back the whole design with white card to create a tidy back and to add stability.

To make a stand, fold a piece of card in half to make a vertical crease. Trim the right hand bottom edge on a slight diagonal (increase the diagonal cut to make it more reclined). Finish by shaping the righthand side.

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Project Wedding Sampler

DESIGN BY SHANNON WASILIEFF

Fairytale wedding Celebrate this year’s royal nuptials, or stitch this elegant sampler for a friend marrying their Prince Charming

here’s nothing more magical than the romance of a royal wedding, so make sure to mark the day in an equally special way – with a celebratory cross stitched piece that can be treasured forever. Shannon’s elaborate work of art features the perfect storybook phrase for the bride and groom, spelt out in an array of beautiful typography using regal shades of gold and purple, and topped with the tiniest crown. Surrounded by an intricate floral border, intertwined with a swirling strand of beads, this breathtaking design is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your stitching skills. From French knots to fractionals, its delicate flourishes will impress anyone who

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Stitching Time Approx. 38 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots, beads Ease of Stitching Intermediate lays eyes on it – just like Meghan’s dress is guaranteed to! Start it today to mark her vows with Harry, make it to gift to newlywed pals, or even stitch it to remember your own wedding. After all, every girl deserves to feel like a princess on her special day!

Meet the designer Shannon Wasilieff I loved Kate and Will’s wedding and am super excited at the thought of another royal celebration. I feel honoured to have designed this chart, and am secretly holding out hope that Meghan and Harry will see it one day!

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your wedding How to... mount sampler in a hoop 1 To wrap your 12in hoop in ribbon, place a small amount of strong craft glue on the inside edge of your outer hoop. Wrap ribbon around the hoop making sure the tension and spacing is consistent. Allow to dry. 2 Using your inner hoop as a template, cut out your stitching approx. 4cm (1½in) larger than your hoop. Cut out a piece of white felt slightly smaller than your inner hoop.

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3 Insert your stitching into the hoop, making sure the design is straight and central, with the screw at the top. Make the screw really tight, keeping the stitching taut like a drum. 4 Stitch a row of running stitch around the outside and gather the edge to secure the stitching at the back. Position the felt over the back of the hoop and tack in place to protect the back of the stitching.

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Samantha READER PANEL This is such a beautiful wedding keepsake! My husband and I never had anything like this made for us when we got married. It’s eight years a little late, but I might just stitch it for us now!

Wedding Sampler key Cross stitch in two strands DMC Anchor Madeira B5200 1 2401 316 1017 809 367 217 1312 368 214 1310 434 310 2009 435 1046 2010 436 1045 2011 778 969 808 890 683 1314 3041 871 806 3042 870 2612 3726 1018 810 3740 873 2614 3743 869 2611 3802 1019 2608 Backstitch in two strands ––––– 434 310 2009 ––––– 839 1050 1913 French knots in one strand 434 310 2009 Mill Hill seed beads 00479 02010 02011

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STITCH COUNT 157 high x 157 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 28.5x28.5cm (11¼x11¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton and Mill Hill seed beads on 28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric

Shopping list Zweigart* 28-count fayence grey evenweave (7095) measuring 45x45cm (17¾x17¾in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Mill Hill* seed beads as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle; beading needle 12in wooden embroidery hoop (EH12) from Siesta Frames* Felt or fabric for backing and gold ribbon of your choice from local stores

Thread & fabric cost Approximately £26 One of my best friends is getting married this year and she’s chosen a similar antiquestyle colour palette, so I just have to adapt this for her. Luckily it’s not the same day as the royal wedding, so I still get to see both!

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Project Bees Sampler

DESIGN BY EMMA CONGDON

Creating a buzz Stitch this dedication to the humble honey bee – without which life would not taste as sweet

hile we’re enjoying lazy sunsoaked summer days, the garden is a hive of activity with bees hopping from flower to flower. From daisy to honeycomb to jar, this sampler celebrates these industrious little creatures and the moreish product of their labours. An assortment of busy-as-a-bee motifs combine to form the luscious design; and the warm orange and yellow honeyed hues it’s drizzled with recreate the glow of summer all year round. Hang it in your kitchen as a reminder of the delicious rewards of hard work. And if you don’t want to make the whole sampler, see page 88 for a fun making up idea using just one part of the design on spare aida.

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Meet the designer Emma Congdon You know that summer is just around the corner when the first bees visit your garden. I loved creating this sampler: it made me think of all the joys of the warmer months and gorgeous blooms to come.

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We’ve framed this lovely Bees Sampler in its entirety, but you could choose different elements of the design to create other items. For instance, make a gift tag – or even a label for your home-produced jars of honey – using left-over aida. Stitch an individual motif then carefully trim round it, being careful to leave at least one full square around the design. Then patch it onto card to make your tag or label. Gorgeous!

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Paris in stitches A passion for cross stitch led to a travel memento like no other iona Sinclair and her sister Sally-Anne are from Melbourne, Australia and have been stitching since they were in high school. Fiona tells us, “I’ve always been a maker – painter, designer and art teacher. Sally produced a beautiful cross stitch at high school that has hung proudly on our mother’s lounge wall since the 1970s.” A regular visitor to Paris over the years, Sally kept a daily blog with each visit – a photo and a story to share with family and friends. Fiona says, “I followed Sally’s blog and felt as if I was included in her journey. Her photos inspired me to reinterpret them as illustrations and remembering Sally’s love of cross stitch as a child, I decided to draw the images in crosses, as illustrations with the potential of being cross stitched and kept as a memento of Sally’s trip.” The sisters decided to pitch the concept of a cross stitch book celebrating Paris in photos and illustrations to publishers. They were encouraged by an American publisher to stitch all of the images, so they did!

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Pick up your threads Sadly, the American publisher pulled out of the book but Fiona still believed in their project and wanted to continue stitching the images. She says, “we contacted our creative friends and invited them to pick up their threads and come on our journey – mainly to see how they interpreted the designs and also because there were 20 images and stitching can be slow!” The sisters had eight friends

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Learning curve: Fiona (above left) and Sally-Anne (above right) have learnt so much about cross stitch through making their book

help with the stitching. “Every cross stitch in the book has a story now, and a face. There were lots of emails and visits between the stitchers and us. Some of our stitchers had not stitched for years, but I knew they were creative and could take on a design challenge,” Fiona says. Fil Rouge Press in London finally took up the opportunity to publish the sisters’ book. Fiona made all of the cross stitch charts herself using small digital cross motifs on a grid, overlaid on Sally’s photographs, using Adobe illustrator. “It was like drawing with crosses,” Fiona remembers. Fiona and Sally-Anne are now addicted to cross stitch and embroidery. “We have learnt so much through the wonderful experience of stitching the images in our book. We don’t go anywhere without our bags of stitching now!” MORE: You can buy Criss Crossing Paris from Search Press (www.searchpress.com)

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Where to Buy

Stockists Buy your basic stitching stash and products we’ve featured

Getting started ANCHOR www.makeitcoats.com Kits, fabrics & threads available in the UK from SewandSo www.sewandso.co.uk ☎ 0800 013 0150 CRAFT CREATIONS www.craftcreations.com ☎ 01992 781900 For blank & aperture cards DMC CREATIVE WORLD www.dmccreative.co.uk

Your ojects AMAZON www.Amazon.co.uk AWESOMEPATTERNSTUDIO www.etsy.com/shop/ AwesomePatternStudio AXEBE www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Axebe

Where to buy your cross stitch essentials. Turn to page 96 to see what you’ll need! ☎ 01924 371501 For kits, fabrics, threads & more JOHN JAMES NEEDLES www.jjneedles.com ☎ 01527 830941 For needles & sewing essentials MADEIRA www.madeira.co.uk For fabrics, threads & accessories, buy in the UK from Barnyarns www.barnyarns.co.uk ☎ 01765 690069

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Find all the charts, kits, threads & accessories featured in this issue HISTORICAL SAMPLER CO. www.historicalsampler company.co.uk ☎ 01268 711 918 HOBBYCRAFT www.hobbycraft.co.uk ☎ 0330 026 1400

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Beginners' Guide

How to... Beginner? Follow Fiona’s guide to instant stitching success!

Stitching’s a breeze! Let Technical Editor Fiona show you how it’s done, in this reference guide

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1. FABRICS Begin with either aida or evenweave. Aida is best for beginners, with regular woven blocks and obvious holes. It’s stiffer than evenweave, but will soften slightly as you work. 14-count aida is the most common. It’s harder to work fractional stitches on aida, as you’ll need to make an extra hole in the fabric, in the centre of the aida block. Evenweave is a lovely fabric to work on when you have a little more experience. The fibres aren’t woven in blocks as with aida, so it’s softer and the fine weave has more threads-per-inch – the most commonly used is 28-count. One stitch is usually worked over two threads of the fabric so it has an equivalent design size of 14-count aida. Cross stitching fractional stitches is easier on evenweave, as there’s a central hole spare so you don’t need to split a block as for aida.

Fabric choices: Aida (left) with obvious holes is better for beginners. Evenweave (right) has a finer weave: see our video at www.cross-stitching.com

START CROSS STITCHING… Make sure you hit the mark first time, every time with our top tips! to stitch with, and are colourfast to 95°C. Cheaper brands are available, but they’re less durable and may not be colourfast.

3. NEEDLES To cross stitch, use a tapestry needle, which has a blunt tip and larger eye than a regular sewing needle. It easily passes through the fibres of aida and evenweave. Different needle sizes are available, with varying lengths and widths, so choose the best for your fabric – see our handy guide. Other needles are useful too… try a fine beading needle for adding bead accents. You may also prefer a sharp-tipped embroidery (or crewel) needle to split aida blocks when stitching fractional stitches. Tapestry needle

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Evenweave

8-count

2. THREADS You’ll need stranded cotton – this coloured thread comes in 8m skeins and is made up of six strands. The count of your fabric will determine the number of strands you use in your needle. Typically for 14-count aida you’ll use two strands for cross stitch and just one strand for backstitch. This is indicated in the key or instructions for your project. There are three main brands – DMC, Anchor and Madeira – which are all smooth and easy

Aida 6-count 11-count

22, 25 & 27-count

14-count

28-count

16-count

32-count*

18-count

36 & 55-count

Choose your project… With our Factbox guide in every one of our projects, you can make sure you choose the right level for you. Absolute beginners should aim for a design without fractional stitches. Buy your materials… To make sure your design looks great, use our Shopping List for each project, which specifies everything needed, like size of fabric and finishing materials. Using another fabric with different HPI, will give a different finished size of design. Calculate your fabric requirements like this: Stitch count divided by HPI of ‘new’ fabric choice = new size in inches. Add at least 10cm (4in) on each dimension to allow for mounting, or less for cards. Get ready… We always recommend starting in the centre of a design and working outwards. Our charts are marked with two centre arrows so find a symbol close to the centre and begin there. Get set… Find the corresponding centre of your fabric by folding in half and half again. The point where the folds cross corresponds to the centre so this is where your central stitch should go. Get stitching… Begin your stitches in two strands of thread with a loop start for the neatest way to get going. It uses one double-length (80cm) strand with both ends threaded together. See our diagrams for how to stitch. Finish threads by weaving the leftover ‘tail’ under a few stitches at the back.

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How to stitch

Tackle the basic stitches in our charts…

Loop start With both ends of a strand threaded, bring your needle up (1), leaving a loop at the back. Work the first arm of your stitch (2) & secure it by passing your needle through the loop.

2 1

3

Backstitch Add detail and definition. Bring your needle up at (1) & down at (2), come up again at (3), then back down at (1) & so on, to direct each stitch ‘back’ towards the line of the growing backstitch.

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Cross stitch Bring your needle up at the bottom left corner (1) & down in the top right (2) for the first ‘arm’ of your stitch. Work the second arm, coming up in the bottom right (3) & going down in the top left (4). French knots Easy with practice – come up in the fabric (1), keep the thread taut & wrap twice around the needle. Push the needle down, close by, but not in the same hole (2). Split the aida block for a neat knot.

2 1

How to read our keys Sunflower key

Cross stitch in two strands

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Symbols Look for a symbol close to the chart centre – the arrows on our charts easily show the centre so you won’t need to count! Find this symbol in the key. The codes in that row show which thread shades to use for cross stitching blocks with this symbol.

Thread brands The thread shades are listed in separate columns for the different manufacturer brands of thread. For best results, you should stick to one manufacturer for the whole of a design. Backstitch & French knot shades The shades used for these are listed under the cross stitch symbols. The number of strands needed for these can vary, so make sure you check how many to use, as specified in the key.

DMC Anchor Madeira 166 280 1611 307 289 104 444 291 106 702 226 1306 972 298 107 Backstitch in one strand ––––– 3031 360 2003 French knots in one strand 3031 360 2003

lime green light yellow yellow green tangerine brown

FRACTIONAL STITCHES Fractionals let you create rounded edges Quarter The chart shows which corner has the fractional. Bring the needle up in that corner and down in the centre of the square, halfway across the diagonal (diagram 1).

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Threequarters Work a quarter stitch, then, a half stitch across the other diagonal arm of the square as in diagram 2. Like quarters, three-quarter stitches can face any direction. Two symbols When two symbols share a square, work a fractional in each colour. Decide on the quarter stitch for the background colour, then a three-quarters stitch for the main one (diagram 3).

3

brown

STITCH COUNT 15 high x 20 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 2.5x3.5cm (1x1¼in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton

Stitch count & Design area The finished size of your design – in stitches and on a particular fabric. HPI stands for ‘holes per inch’.

2

4

Back-to-back For a stronger outline, work a three-quarter stitch in each colour, stitching them back-to-back (diagram 4). Make sure that the two half stitch arms lie neatly parallel to each other.

Jargon buster! Use our A-Z of cross stitch to know what’s what… Afghan – a woollen blanket with areas inset for cross stitching, often used for baby designs Aida band – a narrow strip of aida, available in varying widths, and finished with a decorative edge Aperture – a hole through which a design is seen in cards & frames Backstitch – used to add detail & definition. See how to stitch it in our diagram above!

Beading needle – a longer, finer needle than a tapestry needle, used for adding seed beads to a design Counted stitches – embroidery stitches worked on counted, or evenly woven, fabrics like aida & evenweave. Cross stitch is the most basic counted stitch Floss – USA term for stranded cotton Fractional stitches – made from either a

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quarter or three-quarters of a cross stitch, these allow you to create ‘rounded’ edges. See how to make these in our diagrams above! Half stitch – made up of only one half (one ‘arm’) of a cross stitch, it gives less dense coverage so an overall lighter effect in the design Hoop – a wooden or spring-mounted plastic circular frame that holds your fabric taut while

working a design Longstitch – long backstitches, crossing larger fabric distances Metallic threads – similar to stranded cottons, these have a metallic finish for shine and sparkle Perforated paper – toughened paper with a tiny grid of holes, which can be used for stitching instead of fabric Plastic canvas – plastic alternative to

fabric which won’t fray when cut Skein – an 8m length of stranded cotton, divisible into six separate strands Soluble aida – temporary fabric which, like waste canvas, is used to add cross stitching to non-counted fabrics, & then dissolved away in water afterwards Stitching over two – term used to describe stitching over two threads of the weave of

an evenweave fabric Variegated thread – specific type of stranded cotton, in which the colour changes along the length of the thread for a shaded effect Waste canvas – loosely woven fabric, held together with soluble glue. Used to add designs to clothing & other non-counted fabrics before being moistened & the fibres withdrawn with tweezers

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ith wedding season and royal nuptials almost here, WOXS HQ is abuzz with plans for wedding outfits, as well as what stitchy cards and gifts to make as the perfect memento of the special day. It’s so nice to be able to give newlyweds a special handmade present that’ll mean more than any gift money can buy – something that can be treasured and looked back on in years to come. With so many charts and kits out there, it’s easy to stitch a design that will represent the couple, and a backstitch alphabet will help you to personalise it to create something truly unique. We’ve got seven weddings to attend this year between the three of us on WOXS! So, we probably should have started our stitching months ago! We hope your handmade wedding gifts are under way.

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WHAT’S HOT Sneakily finding out the wedding colour scheme so you can match the shades in your gift

Calendar keepsake: Mark the special day with a hand-stitched countdown

Wedding decorations: Whether you’re the bride or bridesmaid, add a personal touch to the wedding day

DIY wedding – get your crafty friends and family involved or offer your services Stitching a commemorative royal wedding piece – see page 76

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