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Welcome hat do you love most about Christmas? Whether it’s the giving or receiving, the carol singing, maybe leaving a traditional mince pie and sherry (or other variation!) for Father Christmas, we’ve designs to stitch this issue to make everyone’s day even more special! For those of us who love a Santa Claus scene, then I know you’ll be thrilled with this fab new design on our cover – see page 10 to make a start on this jolly project! Sharing the holiday period with loved ones is so important… decorating the house ready for everyone (try baubles on page 85), and making pressies, too. The wintry cuties pic, p58, is a must-stitch for me! Not forgetting another big celebration at this time of year... did you know this issue is The World of Cross Stitching’s 20th birthday?! WOW – we have some fab treats to mark the event on pages 44 and 65. Have a wonderful time, and here’s to many more!

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LESLEY TEARE Look out for a Nativityinspired ABC, super for making monogram cards, gifts and décor items. Head to page 71 to reflect on the true essence of Christmas.

NICOLA MASON We’re so excited to showcase Nicola’s gorgeous Santa Claus project – his rosy cheeks and robin friend are just what we love! Turn to page 10 now…

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LISA REAKES Lisa has a clever set of motifs up her creative sleeves this month, on page 47. So many fab festive ideas in this bumper Design Library of last-minute makes!

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P�ojects 10 The season of giving Stitch Santa in this sweet scene! 18 Winter brights Bring these uplifting florals alive 26 Travelling home… …for Christmas in a cool camper! 36 Sparkle and shine Make & send these luxe greetings 42 Pet of the month Cross stitch an African grey parrot 47 Design Library: Festive cheer Be merry with last-minute motifs 58 Get your skates on! Join Durene’s cute pals, on the ice 66 Picture perfect Capture a beautiful cottage view 71 Goodwill to all Celebrate with this nativity ABC 76 Ethereal elegance Sparkle with our angelic stocking 85 Let’s sail away Decorate your tree, nautical style!

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Meet our guests Say hello to this month’s panel Your letters Stitchy gossip & photos from you Best buys The latest products, kits & offers Ask the experts Our pros solve your queries Special offer! Treats for you, by Sewing Quarter British Craft Awards 2018 Get voting for your favourites Back issues Missed a copy? Order it today! Happy birthday to us! Party time – win Zweigart prizes Out & about Stitching events, clubs & classes Crossword Win exclusive Furry Tales prizes Stockists Suppliers of everything in the mag Next month What’s coming up in issue 263? How to stitch Beginners start here Ruth’s stitching world Catch up with our Editor!

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Reader Panel

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

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is a student from Cheshire

lives in Talbot Green in south Wales

Your favourite design? The koi from issue 258. It’s a really unusual design with bold colours and lifelike details. Latest project finish? I’ve just finished Shannon Wasilieff’s 'Cinderella' from issue 248, it’s been over nine months in the making. This was my largest and most advanced project to date, and I learnt so much. What’s your best tip for a fellow stitcher? Be patient with metallic threads! I pull the thread slowly, and use the fingers of my other hand as a guide… now I get hardly any knots any more, and the stitches are much neater!

“Cross stitching gives me a sense of accomplishment”

“I love seeing the picture develop and come to life”

We need you! To be on the panel, email readerpanel@cross-stitching. com – tell us your name, where you’re from and include a good-quality photo of yourself. Every panellist gets a preview of the magazine and a gift worth at least £30!

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How did you start stitching? I started cross stitching when I was staying at home with my parents for Christmas, a couple of years back. My mum gave me a little project, I finished it quickly and was instantly hooked! Fave project style and why? I don’t really have a favourite style, but if I had to pick one, I like holidays so that I can keep changing the display through the year. Fave recent design? I really liked the Halloween motifs from issue 259. Who are your stitching buddies? Unfortunately I don’t have friends that stitch, but they do appreciate the gifts! Any stitchy aims or ambitions? I’d love to be able to do French knots!

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Last thing you made as a gift? I stitched a 25th wedding anniversary gift for a couple who are very dear to us, last year. Although it was late for the anniversary date, they loved it. Do you have pals who stitch? Mostly I stitch alone as part of my ‘me’ time, but I do belong to a stitching group. What do your family think of your hobby? My daughter stitches too, my husband encourages me and my son keeps suggesting new projects for me to make from the magazine! Any fave designs recently? The elegant rose cushion in issue 256.


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What an adorable Christmas card! This pup in his Santa hat, glimmering with metallic thread, is fab… Christmas puppy key Cross stitch in two strands Z white W black Q dark red t light red J mid grey 4 light grey 3 very light grey k dark grey Cross stitch in one strand of each white i silver metallic Backstitch in one strand ––––– black STITCH COUNT 30 high x 40 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 5.5x7.5cm (2 x2 in) This design was stitched using stranded cotton and metallic thread from your coverkit

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1 After you have gently washed and pressed your finished stitching, carefully trim away excess aida using sharp fabric scissors. Aim for a border of at least four or five squares of aida around your puppy, but closer than this by the bobble of his hat, so it’ll fit inside the fold of the card. 2 Next, turn the card over and stick strong double-sided tape all around the edges of the aperture. We use this strong tape, sometimes called ‘redline’ tape, due to the red plastic backing film. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of it, as it’s important to make sure your stitching is secure.

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3 Place the card over your stitched piece – before removing the backing from the tape, check the stitching will fit nicely, with neat and even spacing in the aperture, and there’s not too much excess aida bulking out the inside of the card fold. When you’re happy, stick the puppy motif in place.

“Who can resist a cutie-pie at Christmas? Not me! This adorable puppy is all set to show Santa how good he’s been, and I know he’ll be fun to stitch, too. Create him in no time, with a hint of special shimmer blended into his hat – because a shiny touch is just what’s needed!”

4 Finish by adding more of the strong doublesided tape to the extra card flap and then carefully fix this to the back of the card aperture, to secure your stitching inside. Glue is best avoided as it can cause the card to pucker. Now, send your cutie with love to someone special, this Christmas! 20

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Inge READER PANEL I am not usually into cute designs, but this puppy is just drop-dead gorgeous! I would frame the whole card and put it on display in December to bring even more Christmas feeling to the house.

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Project Santa and Robin

DESIGN BY NICOLA MASON

The season of giving Capture the spirit of Christmas in this heart-warming scene featuring jolly old St Nick and his feathered friend

hether you’re young or old, big or small, as long as you’ve been good this year, you’ll make it onto Santa’s gift list. So, with a present as magnificent as this birdhouse, Mr Robin Red-Breast must have been on his very best behaviour! We think this vintage-inspired project is the greatest gift of all. Not only do you get the most charming chart, featuring a beautifully illustrated Father Christmas in all his finery, but we’ve found the most innovative fabric for you to stitch it on for an instant winter wonderland. With a subtle printed background that fades from a bright blue sky down to the snow-covered ground, this clever aida means you can focus

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Stitching Time Approx. 40 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, half cross stitch, backstitch, French knots Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner/ intermediate on stitching the vibrant colours and all the detail of the main design. You’ll still use various techniques, but it’s not densely stitched, so you’ll have more time to enjoy your festive makes, and family time this year!

Meet the designer Nicola Mason Nicola has loved drawing from a young age, and joined Hallmark at 16 years old as a greetings card illustrator. After 15 years, she’s expanded her artistic flair, but still loves creating memorable moments.

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Combine new and old with this classic Christmas scene worked on an original new fabric!

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STITCH COUNT 131 high x 95 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 24x17.5cm (9 x6 in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton

Shopping list Fabric Flair* 14-count Gradient Snowy Days aida measuring 40x34cm (15 x13 in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 25.5x19cm (10x7 in)

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Your letters

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

Star Letter

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MOVING MOUNTAINS

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i, I was inspired when I saw a newspaper photo of the oil painting Mountain Forms by Lawren Harris when the painting came up for auction last year (it sold for over CAN$11 million!). I loved the snow-capped mountains and the colour palette the artist used. Knowing that a cross Moving mountains stitch pattern did not exist, Carol is justly proud of her work I decided to make my own. of art – we think it’s fab too! I found a free cross stitch pattern maker online and, after much trial and error, decided to make the picture around 15x18cm (6x7in) with 15 colours. Two months later, here is the framed result. From a distance, I think, it seems to have retained its unique oil painting style. Carol Benell, Canada

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ello, I always enjoy The World of Cross Stitching and I’ve just finished the free gift from issue 252 – it was the Scentless Mayweed Flower Fairy. It has taken me time and patience to complete her, and I am now going to send the design to my friend in Croatia, as a birthday gift. Colette Marchant, Bedfordshire Leela: I’m glad you enjoy the mag, Colette, and your perseverance with this Flower Fairies project has certainly paid off – she’s such a sweetie! I’m a big fan of Cicely Mary Barker’s art, and would be over the moon to receive a stitched sprite as a gift. I’m sure your pal will be, too.

Lynne: What a beautiful picture, Carol! I’m really impressed how you’ve created a fab tribute to the original masterpiece.

Win! Our Star Letter writer wins these three fab kits – ‘The Owl’, ‘I Love Little Pussy’ and ‘Floral Blackwork’ – all by Goldleaf Needlework! MORE: To order these designs and see the full range, visit www. goldleafneedlework.co.uk

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Prize worth £52! Flower Fairies friend What a treat to receive this as a present

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A stitchy challenge

AFRICAN SUNSET

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ome antique African statues my mother inherited from her parents fascinated me as a child, particularly when she wove imaginative stories around them being my auntie and uncle! Originating from Tanganyika (currently Tanzania) where my grandfather, a doctor, undertook relief work, they were given to me when I got married. I just had to stitch your savannah sky motif to set off my treasured possessions. Now, these unique reminders of my adventurous grandfather finally have the perfect backdrop! Charmaine Fletcher, Essex

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Ruth: What an interesting story, Charmaine. I’m so glad you found just the thing to inspire you in the magazine.

Stitch a rainbow These cheerful rainbow lorikeets make a lovely gift

A stitchy challenge This cheeky elf chap stitched by Lorraine has a fab fantasy vibe!

STITCH A RAINBOW!

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ello, I wanted to share with you a cross stitch kit by MP Studio that I found on eBay. I fell in love with the design and liked how the colours stood out on the black fabric, but I thought it needed a bit of sparkle. So, I decided to change the aida to black with silver sprinkles from Fabric Flair*. Stitching with the silver sprinkles did add to the challenge of stitching on black fabric because the light reflected on the sparkles, but I persevered with it. Lorraine Clarke, via email Katie: You certainly do like a challenge, Lorraine! I can see you must have spent many long hours stitching this great little character, especially with the added difficulty of stitching on that iridescent fabric. This is a super design by Russian kit company, MP Studio. That cheeky chap has a fab friendly-yet-mischievous expression, and because of his bright green and red costume he looks quite festive. I think he’d make a great Christmas present for a loved one. Thanks for sending in your photo, Lorraine – the end result looks well worth it.

J African sunset This design featured in issue 252’s (March 2017) Design Library

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’m so happy with my subscription to The World of Cross Stitching, I couldn’t imagine my life without reading it! I also enjoy the letters by other stitchers from around the world. I am so proud of the project I’ve recently finished that I have to show it to you! It took me a year-and-a-half to complete. It is a Heaven And Earth Designs* piece called 'Mini Dragon Dancer' by Anne Stokes. Now I just have to wash the finished piece and find a beautiful frame that fits it perfectly. After that, it will decorate our kitchen. Johanna Hauptmann, Germany

Fantasy stitch Johanna is thrilled with her 'Mini Dragon Dancer'

Leela: Thank you for your letter and sharing your finished stitching with us, Johanna. It’s an eyecatching design and looks very intricate – a real labour of love!

ust thought I’d send you a recent project that I’ve completed as a gift for my parents. These birds are called rainbow lorikeets. I live in New South Wales and they come into our garden and we feed them every morning. They are also my parents’ favourite bird. This design was from a knitting pattern, but because I don’t knit I turned it into a cross stitching project. I hope it brightens up their day! Jacqueline Fenn, Australia Lynne: Your picture would definitely brighten up my day, Jacqueline! I’m sure your parents love it. What striking birds these lorikeets are! I must admit to feeling just a teensy bit envious – the most colourful birds that frequent my garden are blue tits and chaffinches, but they are endearing. For another colourful project, do have a look at Durene’s Christmas campervan (p26).

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his is a cross stitch that I couldn’t resist doing for my daughter when she joined a slimming club. My grandson nicknamed it ‘Fat Club’ hence the ‘Fat Club Says NO!!’ that I stitched in the top right-hand corner. I hope you like my effort. Susan Reed, via email Ruth: I do like it – you have a wicked sense of humour, Susan! The cupcakes in this ‘Me to You’ kit featuring Tatty Teddy, by DMC*, look rather tempting… We think this kit is discontinued, but it might be available online.

Stitchy Elvis What Elvis fan could resist this moody make?

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Katie: Thank you so much for getting in touch, Narelle, and it's so nice to hear that you get so much enjoyment from the magazine. I’m very impressed by your project – well done for sticking with it! For other stitchers who are fans of ‘the King’, this is an instant download called 'Elvis Presley pattern No.411' by OlgaArtStitch* on Etsy. To see more celebrity photo-conversion projects, take a look at our sister mag Cross Stitch Crazy, which features a celeb stitch project every month. Happy stitching!

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nclosed is a photo of my latest cross stitch project, which I’ve finally finished. It’s the one I wrote to you about, asking your advice on changing the DMC Light Effects thread included in the kit for a normal DMC colour. I used the DMC thread you suggested (3820). I am not a fan of using Light Effects thread, but I did use it on the figures in the picture and used normal threads for the rest. I think it looks just as good, if not as sparkly. Sue Judd, Peterborough

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i, I was lucky enough to win a Creative Poppy* voucher from your giveaway in issue 258 and chose a 'Christmas wreaths' chart, by Lesley Teare. I’ve already made three cards for my Christmas collection – I think they are so cute. It’s nice to have some smaller items to work on, although I did love making Shannon Wasilieff’s beaded owl (issue 256, July 2017), too. Khurshid Russell, via email Leela: Such sweet cards, Khurshid! Good to see you’ve been enjoying your prize.

Lynne: It looks lovely, Sue, and I’m glad you found our ’Ask the Experts’ advice helpful. This 'Family Visit' kit (BK1583) by DMC* is a fab finish, just in time for Christmas.

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he World of Cross Stitching is very much a favourite magazine of mine and I really look forward to it arriving every month. Here’s a picture of the Elvis cross stitch I completed for one of my work colleagues to give to his mum. In between being sick, taking holidays and, at times, not even wanting to touch it, I completed it in just over a year. However, despite all the setbacks, I am very pleased with the result and I am sure the recipient will be as well. Narelle Clarke, Brisbane, Australia

Festive fun

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Snowy scene Sue enjoyed stitching this seasonal picture

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i, I am fairly new to cross stitch and decided to try one of the cards from the chart book that came free with issue 255. I was hooked instantly, and had fun changing the colours. It may not be perfect, but it’s mine and I love it. Sara Bustamante, Texas Katie: It’s great to hear that, Sara. Now you can look forward to many happy years of stitching to come!

Birthday surprise These cheery pansies would brighten any room

SUPER STITCHY BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

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ome years ago, my son and daughterin-law asked me what I would like for my birthday. I had seen pansy cross stitch cushion fronts so I asked for five kits to make the cushions. I was delighted when they presented me with five beautifully stitched pansy cushion fronts that they had

made me. So I would like to say thank you, Alex and Jenn, for my gorgeous cushions! Lorraine McKenna, via email Ruth: What a wonderful birthday present to receive, Lorraine. I recognise this cushion kit – it’s 'Pansy Posy' by Vervaco*. What will Alex and Jenn stitch next, I wonder?

BLACKWORK CHALLENGE

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ello, I’ve always liked the look of blackwork but steered away as the designs looked quite complicated. With my father-in-law’s birthday coming up, I was looking for a design that was a little different. Looking back through some of my old magazines, I found these blackwork charts and thought it was time to give it a go. It does require a fair bit of concentration to keep track of where the stitches are going, but the results are amazing, and all done with backstitch and very few colours. I’m now hooked and stitched up a couple more designs as well. My first blackwork creations will now be heading over to Australia, in time for my fatherin-law’s birthday. Jainie Jolliffe, Surrey Leela: Wow, your blackwork cards are amazing, Janie. Your father-in-law will be thrilled! It’s a wonderful technique to master, I agree. Blackwork challenge Jainie has fallen in love with blackwork designs since creating these lovely cards

Stitchy dreams Find this and more in issue 255’s chart book

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Project Winter Flowers

DESIGNS BY AMANDA GREGORY

Winter brights Brighten up your home with this gorgeous collection of winter flowers framed in cheerful gingham borders

t’s always so cheering to see those brave little flowers and berries that come out in the winter months, brightening up our homes and gardens, reminding us that spring is just around the corner. In punchy reds and greens, these floral designs are similarly uplifting. These winter flowers are lovely and quick to stitch up, mainly using whole stitches and backstitch, although the hellebore design includes just a smattering of French knots. Don’t worry if French knots aren’t your thing – you can easily substitute orange beads. If you’re looking for some lastminute Christmas gifts to stitch, these would be perfect for garden-loving

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Stitching Time Approx.10-12 hours each Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner/ intermediate friends and family. They make fab little needlecases, pincushions or coasters, and the great thing about these designs is, even though they’re seasonal, they’re not too Christmassy so they’ll be enjoyed long after any festive decorations are put away.

Meet the designer Amanda Gregory “I love winter flora, whether it’s an indoor poinsettia pot plant, in my garden, or out in nature like the mistletoe and holly. I hope you enjoy stitching these four favourites of mine, in their bright gingham borders.”

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Winter Flowers Project

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Banish the winter blues by stitching Amanda’s bright and beautiful seasonal flowers!

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white cream ruby coral light coral dark moss green moss green light moss green dark green green light green yellow tangerine grey orange

STITCH COUNT 58 high x 58 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 10.5x10.5cm (4 x4 in) These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton

1 Cut your finished design out using a pair of

sharp fabric scissors, with a 1cm ( in) border. Cut out a piece of backing fabric to match. 2 Pin your stitching to your backing fabric, right sides facing. Make sure that your stitching is facing downwards and sew the two together along the right-hand edge, using a 1cm ( in) seam. Now open it out to create a larger rectangular panel, and press the seam open. 3 Cut out a piece of felt the same size as your front panel and pin both together with rightsides facing. Sew a 1cm ( in) border on all four sides, leaving a 3cm (1 in) gap for turning. 4 Turn through and sew up the gap, with slip stitch. Finish by hand-stitching two pieces of white ribbon, each on the inside edges of your needlecase covers, so that you can tie it closed.

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Project Cool Campervan

DESIGN BY DURENE JONES

Travelling home Cross stitch this funky retro campervan, fully loaded with festive goodies, for a very cool Yule!

ove over Santa’s sleigh – this year it’s all about having your gifts delivered, vintage style! Piled high with presents in all shapes and sizes, this trendy mode of transport even has a pre-decorated Christmas tree squeezed into the passenger seat, ready to spread seasonal cheer on arrival. We think it’s sure to bring a real sense of fun to any home, this year (and for Christsmases to come!) Stitch it for yourself, or for a fabulous gift… any lucky recipient would be sure to love the clever details. From the fairy lights strung from the wing mirrors to the ‘personalised’ number plate, this jolly and colourful design will entertain both you as you stitch it and

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Stitching Time Approx. 70 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots Ease of Stitching Intermediate anyone who sees the finished piece, when it’s up on display. Combining blocks of colour with more intricately shaded detail, it’s sure to keep up your interest as you work, right from the first stitch to the last. So, cosy up with your needle and threads, and get started today!

Meet the designer Durene Jones “I like to think of this campervan as Christmas on wheels! With candy stripes, snowflakes, a holly wreath and more, it’s bright and cheery, and celebrates the festive season in a cool, contemporary way. What’s not to love?”

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“Driving home for Christmas…” as the song goes – imagine the campervan stereo, and sing along as you stitch!

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Nia READER PANEL I really love Durene’s fun campervan design. I think it would make a fantastic Christmas present to stitch for my sister and her partner because they have a VW campervan themselves.

Shopping list Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring 43x43cm (17x17in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Box canvas of your choice measuring 30.5x30.5cm (12x12in)

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Cool Campervan key Cross stitch in two strands DMC Anchor Madeira Z B5200 1 2401 W 310 403 2400 q 349 1098 212 J 413 401 1714 4 415 398 1802 y 725 305 113 U 741 304 202 3 762 234 1804 T 816 1006 513 P 910 228 1302 9 912 209 1213 [ 954 203 1207 b 963 73 502 m 3770 1009 2314 f 3844 1089 1102 e 3846 1090 1103 Backstitch in one strand ––––– 3799 236 1713 ––––– 3846 1090 1103 Backstitch in two strands ––––– B5200 1 2401 French knots in two strands O B5200 1 2401

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32 IN THE SPOTLIGHT Nikki Morgan from Simply Sewing talks fat quarters 33 WISHES GRANTED Jenny’s designed an adorable red panda chart! 34 FRIENDLY ADVICE Help from fellow stitchers on adding embellishments

Ruth Southorn

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

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, Katie’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

Seven for a secret Bring these birds to life in a pretty sampler design

Seven for a secret I’ve been struggling to find a nice magpie design that isn’t too complicated. I’ve searched through all the mags I’ve got, and my books. I’ve also looked online and only found one design, which I’m not particularly keen on. Do you have any patterns or designer suggestions for places I can look? Many thanks! Gemma Feltham, via Facebook

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Adoption announcement question is regarding adoption notices. There are birth Q My samplers aplenty, but there appears to be none for the proud adoptive parents, and the child who has found a happy ‘forever family’. I have two adopted grandchildren and have searched far and wide for a chart to stitch an announcement for them. Are there any talented cross stitch designers out there who may be able to help? Beth French, Massachusetts, USA

34 TECHNIQUE FOCUS How to wash and freshen up a piece of cross stitch 35 DESIGN ROUND-UP Beautiful kits and charts depicting winter wildlife

could adapt it to just stitch the magpies individually if you prefer. It is available as a kit costing £12.95, with a stitched size of 27x27cm (10 x10 in) and contains Zweigart 14-count aida, Anchor stranded cottons, a gold-plated needle and a black-and-white symbols chart. Another option is the striking 'Mr Magpie' design by What Delilah Did*, which is shown as a cushion on the website but could be stitched as a picture and framed for a living room. This design measures 199x117 stitches and uses just one colour, so although its quite large, it’s super-simple and very effective. Buy a PDF for just £5, and start stitching straightaway!

Adoption announcement Mark this very special event with Ursula Michael’s design

Ruth says: What an excellent question – thanks for bringing this to our attention, Beth. I’ve been looking online for you, and have found this adoption announcement, which I hope you might like. Ursula Michael’s 'Let’s Adopt' is a modern collage-style piece that brings together warm words and imagery in a heart shape. There’s also space for the child’s name and date of birth or adoption at the bottom of this beautiful design, which is available as a chart (3109) by Imaginating, from Arts and Designs* for £5.13. When finished, on 14-count aida, it would measure 23x23.5cm (9x9 in).

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Your Questions Answered

In the spotlight NIKKI MORGAN, EDITOR, SIMPLY SEWING

Fat quarter query Hi, I want to make my stitching into things other than pictures and my local sewing shop suggested I buy some fat quarters. What is this? Is it a kit? Can you help with some ideas for what I can make? Marietta Cammiala, via email

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fabrics it’s 50x57.5cm (19 x22 in) as the typical width of fabrics is 115cm (45in). Fat quarters are inexpensive and a great way to buy some fabulous print designs for finishing your stitching. Use them to back cushions and hangings, and also for mini makes like ornaments and pincushions. You could even try sewing an apron or tote bag with a couple of fat quarters, and patching your cross stitch on the front! Look for our special edition, Fat Quarter Collection for fun ideas that are easy to adapt, to add your cross stitching.

Counting conundrum Another tip for counting – it helps to see more easily if you place your white fabric on a dark surface that’ll show through the holes more easily!

Fat quarter query Enjoy Fat Quarter Collection, £7.99, with 52 projects: www. buysubscriptions.com/craftspecial

Cartoon fun? I love The World of Cross Stitching, but is there any chance that we can get some Peppa Pig cross stitch designs in the magazine? Thank you! Lisa Crawford, Australia

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Ruth says: I’m afraid it’s very difficult for us to feature motifs of Peppa and friends, since characters like this are protected by copyright. It’s the same for any kind of character, brand logos etc, and cross stitch patterns are only legally licensed as such by permission of the copyright holder. Unfortunately, we’re not aware that any such permissions are being granted by Peppa’s copyright holders, to any designers or cross stitch companies, and previous attempts by us to obtain a license for the mag haven’t worked out. Sorry we can’t help, Lisa!

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Searching for stockings Counting conundrum am very new to cross stitching and my sister has very Q Ikindly given me some aida. She can’t remember which size they are, though, and I’m struggling to identify which is which. I think I’ve found the 14-count aida, but I don’t know how I can get samples to compare the other sizes. Thank you. Helen Adams, via email Fiona says: In fact, it’s really easy to find out the count of any fabric, without having to compare with other samples. The ‘count’ is measured by the number of aida blocks in an inch. So all you need to do is get a ruler (or tape measure) and it’s helpful to have two pins, as well. Place one pin in your fabric along a line of holes, then just line up the ruler alongside this pin. Now count the number of aida blocks in one inch of fabric, using the tip of your other pin as a guide. For 14-count aida there are 14 blocks in one inch, for 16-count aida there are 16 blocks and so on. Similarly, there are 28 threads per inch in a 28-count evenweave.

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Hi, just wondering if you could help? I’m after 'Snow Happy' stocking and 'A Happy Hello' stocking kits by Needle Treasures. Can’t seem to find them anywhere! Laura Boz Brown, via Facebook

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Ruth says: I’m afraid these designs are discontinued by the manufacturer, however you might still find them from third-party sellers, such as on eBay. Or we found this alternative 'Winter Friends Stocking' kit (SSN43051) by Dimensions, available at Stitcher*. It features a similar style of design and cute winter

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Searching for stockings Love this personalised stocking kit from Stitcher*… ‘snow’ much fun!

theme. The kit contains 14-count white aida, Dimensions stranded cottons, felt backing and an alphabet to personalise. Hope you’ll enjoy this festive make, Laura!

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Wishes granted Request a design and our resident design expert, Jenny, might just chart it for you… Animal magic! A cutie stitch in just nine shades – but full of character

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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.

Fabric overload

Gridded fabric Gridding your fabric is a great way to keep count, for larger projects

I’ve just embarked on a kit and am finding it difficult to handle the fabric as it is too large for any of my frames. I’ve rolled up the fabric on three sides, securing with safety pins, and am using a 25cm (10in) hoop. Is this the best way to tackle it? Margaret Ashley, via email

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Fabric overload Manage your large projects with a floor-standing frame

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Gridded fabric I’ve seen projects where the aida has a grid drawn onto it. What is this for? Michelle Lucas, via Facebook

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from one to the other without losing count of your stitches – brilliant for large designs. To grid your own fabric, add long tacking stitches in a contrasting sewing thread every 10 squares, both vertically and horizontally, to make a grid, then remove them after the cross stitch is done. You can also buy Easy Count aida (Zweigart*) or Magic Guide aida (DMC*), where the gridlines disappear when rinsed in water!

Write to: Ask the Experts, The World of Cross Stitching, Immediate Media Co Origin, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN 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 how they like to embellish their cross stitch designs – here’s what they said…

o you have a dartsor dartboard-theme design at all, please? Tina Bailey, via Facebook Fiona says: How’s this for an idea, Tina? This 'Dartboard' pattern by Gotttwo* on Etsy has a finished size of 21.5x21.5cm (8 x8 in) on 14-count fabric, and costs just £3.20 for an instant PDF download. You can also buy it as a printed chart for £2.67, plus shipping, if you prefer. Perfect for your darts practice!

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Judith Harrison: I have a die-cutting and embossing machine and like to make my own mounts and trimmings for my cards. I also love to personalise my cards by adding names with letters in foiled card, cut using dies. Jane Aiken: I like to use seed beads for French knots, as I can’t do them! I have lots of little embellishments that I buy in the sale from Hobbycraft – just to give a little extra to a card or gift! Robin Beket Arnhold: I usually don’t go in for much embellishments, but I have made ornaments which I’ve finished with lace around the

edge, and narrow ribbon at the top to facilitate hanging. Janine Findlay: Washi tape is good for adding a border. Lorna Smith: I often use iridescent or patterned aida and sometimes add sparkly threads, depending on who I’m stitching for. I have also used beads and sequins in the past. Hannah Johnson: For cards, I always have a stash of adhesive gems, pearls, buttons and ribbons to dip into. A few well-placed gems can transform a card into something special!

Lauren Corser: I like to use metallic threads. They add a really nice touch when used to accent. Tracey McRobbie: I usually use beads where I can, especially for eyes and noses. And I love to use a coloured ribbon to coordinate with my stitching. 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!

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Time to freshen up I hope you can help me… I found a cross stitch piece I had been working on a while ago, when I wasn’t very experienced. I moved the hoop over stitches without ribbon protection for my hoop, and I used to eat while stitching (I washed my hands, but still…). How can I bring it back to life, once it’s finished? Ingrid Marie, via Facebook

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y grandson got married recently, and there’s a photo that I think will make a wonderful reminder for them, when stitched. Please can you recommend a company who will chart it for me? Marion Bartlett, via email

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Bullseye! This simple design is the perfect stitch for any darts fan – it uses just six colours

Time to freshen up Keep your fabric clean with our handy tips, like binding your hoop with clean ribbon

Katie says: There are quite a few services available online and by mail order. Simply send your photo and in return you will receive a charted design of it – just be sure you have copyright of the original image! Try Elite Designs*, Stitch-a-Photo by DMC*, Photos2Stitch*, The Stitching Studio*, Box Tree Cottage Designs* and Picture Craftwork*.

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Your Questions Answered

Design round-up

Winter wildlife ideas

We’ve hand-picked a selection of kits and charts depicting the frost-touched beauty of winter wildlife… METALLIC HIGHLIGHTS

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tunning swans strike an almost romantic pose in this PDF chart download (LJT040), by WOXS designer Lesley Teare*. Use a suggested pale blue fabric as a sky backdrop to contrast with the falling snow. Intermediate stitchers will love the shading, using 23 beautiful colours including one metallic. The colour-plus-symbols chart spans six pages.

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kit (PPCS06) from Creative World of Crafts* T his makes an absorbing stitch as you work to get the detail of the frosty foliage and the hedgehog’s prickles. Designed by wildlife favourite, Pollyanna Pickering, it’s a kit with lots of interest. Coloured aida adds to the challenge, but there are very few fractionals and no French knots, so the design should come to life quickly!

his quality kit (MM5), available from Stitch Kits*, is part of the Misty Mornings collection by Derwentwater Designs. It’s a classic countryside scene of two deer in silhouette, finished with a subtle treescape border. Plenty of techniques will stretch your stitchy skills here, including creating a delicate variegated background effect by working the top half of your crosses in one colour and the bottom half in another. Clever!

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Project Chic Bauble Cards

DESIGNS BY FABY REILLY

Sparkle and shine Send luxury Christmas greetings to friends and family – our classy bauble cards are sure to dazzle and delight!

himmering like a shop window on Christmas Eve, these gorgeous coordinated greeting cards will add a sophisticated touch to any mantelpiece. Ribbons, bows and filigree swirls bring the baubles to life – you could almost reach out and pluck them from the tree! Making your Christmas cards stand out from the crowd has never been easier, thanks to a contemporary palette of magenta pink and lime green, with golden accents and shimmery gold beads. Adding seed beads is a breeze, too, if you’ve never tried it before (see page 40 for our tips!), and they’ll add a touch of glitz that’s so welcome at this time of year. Three of Faby’s lovely bauble

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charts feature a fun festive greeting, while the others make an impact on their own, but they all make a perfect card for anyone who brings a bit of sparkle to your life. Patch them onto gold card blanks for an extra-festive finish that’s sure to impress.

Meet the designer Faby Reilly “I couldn’t wait to get started on these sophisticated cards, and my aim was for them to look unique and ornate. I love the effect of the modern colours, highlighted with gold sparkle – I’m a big fan of seed beads!”

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ORNATE AND STYLISH

Make a style statement with contemporary colours when you stitch these glittery bauble cards!

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Durene says: Thank you for your great request Megs, I’ve always been fascinated by parrots and their incredible ability to talk and mimic human speech. I’ve often wondered about getting one myself, but they’re such a big commitment. They’re not a bird anyone should take on without thorough research and planning, especially as they live so long, too. They’re such beautiful and intelligent creatures, and I’ve tried to make my design as sleek and eagle-eyed as possible. With his bright red tail and pointy beak, he’s definitely not a bird to mess with, but I’m sure he’ll come around for the right piece of fruit on offer! Worked in mostly whole stitches with just a couple of fractionals for the detailed shaping around his beak, you should be able to stitch this magnificent bird in no time. We made him up into a card, but he’d be equally at home in a little frame or even on the lid of your parrot’s favourite treat box!

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• They are monogamous and lay between three and five eggs at a time, which the female incubates in a nest • They are able to mimic speech – a lost parrot in Japan was returned home after reciting his owner’s address!

Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Craft Creations* single-fold card (SCF06U) in bright yellow (03) Patterned paper of your choice

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More pet ideas Winter cat This cosy cat is all wrapped up warm for winter! 'Cat in Blue Scarf' is available from ComfortYourLife* on Etsy, as an instant download PDF pattern for $7.20 (approx. £5.45), which lists 35 DMC thread shades. When stitched on the recommended 14-count aida, he’ll measure 23.5x23.5cm (9 x9 in).

Christmas Serpent Perfect for reptile lovers, this 'Christmas Serpent' kit (SSN40523) by RIOLIS is available to buy at Stitcher* for just £6.99. The finished piece will measure 16x13cm (6 x5in) on the supplied 14-count Zweigart fabric, with stranded cottons and needle included too.

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This sweet little guy is available from Fido.Stitch.Studio* on eBay, as a kit containing 14-count Zweigart aida, pre-sorted Anchor threads and a needle, for £7.95. 'Ferret Portrait' has a stitched design size of 7x7cm (2 x2 in), and will liven up any home with his cute personality!

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Festive cheer FIND SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, WITH THESE LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS MOTIFS

CHRISTMAS IDEAS

Stitch these speedy designs by Lisa Reakes for those ‘nick of time’ cards, tags, gifts & more! 60 quick-and-easy motifs Lisa Reakes' design inspiration Stitches for every skill level Helpful tips and advice Unique present ideas for your special someone

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AWAY IN A MANGER

CHIRPY CHAPPY

This simple scene (48) of the Holy Family in the stable makes a lovely card. Patch it onto a square card blank, covered in starry patterned paper from craft shops.

Who can resist this friendly robin (20), perched on a snow-topped post? Mount in a creative hammer red oblong aperture card (AP18U, 49) from Craft Creations*.

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STAR OF BETHLEHEM

Homemade tags are so much nicer! Patch this pressie (5) onto a tag for a custom look â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fray and back with white paper before fixing to your tag with double-sided tape.

This monochrome townscape (2) makes for a classy Christmas card. Fray the edges and patch onto a marine blue single-fold card (DEC4U, 73) from Craft Creations*.

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CUTE RUDOLPH

Patch your stitched motif (19) onto holly-patterned paper to complement the design. Then layer onto red card for a perfect gift tag, finishing off with red ribbon.

We adore this reindeer (34) with fairy lights in his antlers! Mount in a bright red aperture card (AP16U, 17) from Craft Creations*, adding a peel-off sticker to finish.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

Stitch the dove of peace (42) and sew around three sides onto blue felt, right-sides facing. Turn through, stuff and slip stitch the gap closed. Add a tassel and cord to hang.

Fray the edges of this sweet lantern motif (14) and patch onto a red spotty gift tag, bought from local stores or handmade. Finished with red ribbon, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to wow! *For stockists, see page 90

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Project Ice-Skating Animals

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Give the gift of cuteness this Christmas with Dureneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oh-so-sweet skating friends!

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Ice-Skating Animals Project DESIGN BY DURENE JONES

Get your skates on! It’s a snow day, so join these woodland pals and bring your needle and thread out to play

wirling and gliding across the ice with glee, each of these adorable characters has the biggest smile across their face as they make the most of the snowy weather. Wrapped up warm in woolly hats and scarves, cheeks glowing from the brisk winter wind, they’re having a whale of a time, and you will too when you stitch them! Created on sparkling iridescent aida for a lovely frosty finish, the background blue fabric adds a wintry sky effect – a super way to set off these playful pals. And you’ll only use whole cross stitches and backstitch to bring this scene to life, so there are no fiddly fractionals or French knots to contend with. Using a lively

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Stitching Time Approx. 65 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, backstitch Ease of Stitching Intermediate palette of 19 thread shades, the easy counting will make it a treat to stitch, and you could even use individual cuties from the design to create quick-finish cards too. So, forget selection boxes and biscuit tins – we can’t think of a sweeter gift to give a loved one than this cute, cheery animal troupe!

Meet the designer Durene Jones “I loved creating these cheerful little furry fellows, having a ball ice skating in their coordinating hats and scarves. I hope you’ll have just as much enjoyment stitching them as I did designing them!“

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Project Ice-Skating Animals

Ice-Skating Animals key Cross stitch in two strands DMC Anchor Madeira Z B5200 1 2401 q 351 10 214 H 434 310 2009 n 435 1046 2010 v 437 362 2012 F 519 1038 1105 P 701 227 1305 9 703 238 1307 ; 712 926 2101 u 725 305 113 y 726 295 109 h 739 366 2014 T 817 13 210 e 828 975 1101 C 907 255 1308 b 963 73 502 8 3761 928 1001 [ 3819 279 1610 Backstitch in one strand ––––– 3799 236 1713 Backstitch in two strands ––––– B5200 1 2401

white coral dark brown brown light brown blue green light green light cream yellow light yellow cream red baby blue parrot green pink light blue lime green grey white

STITCH COUNT 124 high x 150 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 22.5x27.5cm (8 x10 in) SKEINS NEEDED 5xB5200 (white), 2x828 (baby blue), 2x3761 (light blue)

Laura READER PANEL These ice-skating buddies are so cute! They remind me of happy memories ice skating with friends, when I was little. As well as stitching the whole design, I’d love to use the characters individually for Christmas cards.

TOP TIP

Check the ke y carefully when buyin g skeins as you’ll need multiples o fa few shades – we’ve list ed these at the bottom of the key!

Shopping list DMC* 14-count delft blue (800) iridescent aida measuring 38x43cm (15x17in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 26x31cm (10 x12 in)

Thread & fabric cost Approximately £28 *For stockists see page 90

This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton

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Join In!

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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his group meets every Wednesday at Uxbridge library, from 1-4pm. Hazel Farrah set it up over two years ago and now has 25-30 ladies on her list! Hazel loves helping others get started stitching and will set you up with a kit if it’s your first time. It’s free, plus there are soft drinks provided. If you’d like to join them, over 16s only, do please get in touch with Hazel, email to snookernut@ mypostoffice.co.uk.

APPLY: Tell us about your club and you could win a goodie bag to share at your next meeting! Write to us (see p17) or send an email: letters@crossstitching.com

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his is a photo of me with my copy of The World of Cross Stitching in Grasse in the south of France. I am standing in front of a grand building designed by Frederic Jung. Inside, the guide told us about the fabrication and creation of fragrance. My magazine still smells of bergamot! Hélène McCann, via email

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.

Stitching in fashion

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he Royal School of Needlework, based at historic Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, has a fab new exhibition called ‘Embellishments in Fashion’. It includes a wide range of garments and accessories, from blouses to shoes to gloves, spanning the 18th to 20th centuries, all embellished with embroidery and beading. We’re sure you’ll be wowed! MORE Exhibition runs until March 2018. Booking essential: tours start from £16 per person, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only. Book online or call % 0203 166 6939. For more details, visit www.royal-needlework.org.uk

Dates f� December 2 DECEMBER EMBROIDERY FOR BEGINNERS THE VILLAGE HABERDASHERY, WEST HAMPSTEAD, LONDON The workshop is a fun introduction to hand embroidery – with a Christmas spin. Ideal for newbies or those who want a refresher, all materials are provided. From 11am-2pm, costing £40, visit www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk for a place! 2-3 DECEMBER OXFORD CHRISTMAS ARTS MARKET BROAD STREET, OXFORD Enjoy this colourful feast of creativity from highly skilled designer-makers. With heaps of local artists showing their beautiful work, it’ll be so inspiring – and great for Christmas shopping, too! Open 9am-5.30pm (Sat), 10am-4.30pm (Sun). See www.boffyartsandevents.com/events for details. 5 DECEMBER ON SALE: THE WORLD OF CROSS STITCHING Our January issue 263 is filled with fab new projects for you to start of the new season, including pretty snowdrops, a beautiful fairy, teacup bookmarks, a fun hot water bottle cover and FREE Tatty Teddy Stitcher’s Diary. See page 94! 9 DECEMBER INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE SEWING MAKE A CUSHION ISLINGTON, LONDON Join this three-hour class for beginners, at the Ray-Stitch shop, learning your way around a sewing machine – an envelope-style cushion is a great place to start! Materials & refreshments included, price £50. Visit www.ray-stitch.co.uk Try something new! Learn hand embroidery at this class at The Village Haberdashery in London

* For stockists see page 90 Answer: International Perfume Museum

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The Nimble Thimble Cross Stitch, Needlework & Framing Workshop

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All items shown £6 with free postage

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MH16-1736 Traditional Sleigh

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DMC and Anchor stranded cottons, Perle etc. Madeira stranded cottons, metallics and machine threads Kreinik metallics (#4, #8, #12 etc.) Caron wildflowers, waterlilies, watercolours etc. Gentle arts, weeks dye works, rainbow gallery Paternayan and Appletons Crewel wools & many other threads Mill Hill and Delica beads Zweigart fabrics: aidas, linens and evenweaves Wichelt: aidas and linens Jobelan evenweaves

Full phone/mail order service available Please contact us for current prices. All major credit/debit cards accepted. If travelling any distance, please call first to confirm we will be open Personal helpline open 10am - 9pm 7 days a week

Tel: 01271 863457

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Celebrate 20 years of The World of Cross Stitching with us, PLUS don’t miss our super competition!

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’m thrilled to see The World of Cross Stitching mag reach its 20th birthday, what an incredible milestone for our team, and everyone who’s been a part of the magazine over those years. From designers, to stitchers… team members, those who’ve worked ‘behind the scenes’ and of course YOU – all our fans, for getting us here. We’re celebrating with birthday cake and a brilliant competition from Zweigart – check it out. And here’s to lots more wonderful years of stitching fun!”

Ruth, Editor

BASTIAN WOLLMANN Export Manager, Zweigart t is incredible to see The World of Cross Stitching celebrate 20 years. You have a true and loyal fan base, thanks to the hard work of Ruth and her whole team to bring quality designs and ideas, month after month. Wishing you big congratulations!”

“I Editors, past and present, are joining the party, flicking through some old mags – Katriel Costello, Amanda Robinson & Hannah Bellis, along with Ruth

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e’re so excited to bring you this amazing birthday competition from our friends at Zweigart*! No less than FIVE lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these fabrics, from the company that has been manufacturing high-quality aidas, evenweaves and canvases for over a century. Each prize parcel, worth over £103, contains the following goodies, specially chosen for you…

PRIZES worth

n 14-count aida, white (3706/101, 53x198cm (21x78in)), worth £22 n 14-count aida, rustico (3279/154, 48x53cm (19x21in)), worth £6.83 n 14-count aida, cream and gold sparkle (3706/118, 53x99cm (21x39in)), worth £18.85 n 14-count aida, lemon yellow (3706/2030, 53x99cm (21x39in)), worth £12.08 n 14-count aida, pale blue (3706/503, 53x99cm (21x39in)), worth £12.08 n 28-count Brittney evenweave, ice blue (3270/550, 30x68cm (12x27in)), worth £7.30 n 28-count Brittney evenweave, pearl-flecked white (3270/11, 48x68cm (19x27in)), worth £18.35 n Zweigart Chart book ‘Christmas’ (104/295), worth £6.50 *For stockists see page 90

HOW TO ENTER To enter by text message use the keyword ‘WOXS262FABRIC’ followed by your name and postal address to 87474. Texts will be charged at 50p plus your standard network tariff rate. Alternatively, you can enter by post – simply label your postcard entry ‘Zweigart fabric giveaway (WOXS262)’ and follow the guidelines on page 83. Full terms & conditions also on page 83. Closing date is 12 December 2017.

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Project Snowy Cottage

DESIGN BY SUSAN BATES

Picture perfect Create your very own winter wonderland with this charming country cottage, all while snuggled up on the sofa!

ot since Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread abode has a home looked more inviting. Set back from a winding countryside lane, this cottage might have its thatch covered in snow, but the cosy glow coming from those windows makes it oh-soinviting. And, what could be more welcoming than a jolly snowman standing at the gate, greeting visitors with that friendly smile? If you’ve a bit of cross stitching experience, then this densely worked design will be one to relish. Using techniques such as thread blending, and with a colour palette of over 30 shades, you’ll create a sense of depth that makes it feel as if you really are peeking down a garden path. All

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Meet the designer Susan Bates “It’s such a joy designing classic chocolatebox cottages, but you don’t often see wintry versions. This scene replaces summer roses with evergreens and sunny skies with snow, and to me looks just as beautiful.”

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Snowy Cottage Project

TRANQUIL COUNTRY SCENE

Cross stitch this gorgeous snowy scenic view for your home, whatever the weather outside!

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Shopping list Zweigart* 14-count antique white (101) aida measuring 38x38cm (15x15in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Frame and mount of your choice with a minimum aperture of 23x23cm (9x9in)

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I really like this homely winter scene by Susan. The cosy cottage looks lovely – I’d like to stitch it for a friend to place in their hallway. I think it would make a great design there to invite guests into your home, especially with the smiley snowman by the gate welcoming visitors in.

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Shopping list Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring 10cm (4in) x desired width Stranded cotton and DMC* Light Effects metallic threads as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Wooden plaque and cord to hang, of your choice from local stores

Goodwill to all

Thread & fabric cost Approximately ÂŁ18 *For stockists see page 90

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Meet the designer Lesley Teare “It’s lovely to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in cross stitches – I hope you’ll enjoy this chance, too! My nativity motifs will be quick-to-stitch and perfect to spell names and more, or just use them for monograms.”

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I love these designs – especially the dove! They’re so evocative and bring back happy memories of school carol concerts and nativity plays.

KATIE, PRODUCTION EDITOR

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How to... use metallics When threading metallic thread, if you are using two strands, cut a single length of thread and fold it in half. Feed the looped end through the eye of the needle and then pass over the point to secure the thread in place. This will keep the thread attached to the needle and prevent slipping. Also, use a larger needle than you normally would. The hole in the fabric will be made bigger by the needle and the thread will pass through more easily.

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Project Angel Stocking

STITCHER S CHALLENGE

Welcome this Christmas angel into your home for a festive stocking with a grown-up feel

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Angel Stocking Project DESIGN BY SHANNON WASILIEFF

Ethereal elegance Show off your stitching and sewing skills with this breath-taking Christmas stocking, embellished with beads

very now and then, there’s a project that makes you stop flicking through the pages of your mag, pausing to look at every little detail within the piece, and Shannon’s stunning angel is one of them. Even the most inexperienced stitcher couldn’t fail to notice the incredible amount of work within it, from the individual feathers that make up each wing, to the clever shading giving the angel’s cloak and dress that lifelike drape and movement. And, those of you with a keen eye will already have a feel for the techniques used, itching to stitch in all that depth and texture with metallics, intricate beadwork, French knots and more. Worked on the softest powder blue

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Stitching Time Approx. 80 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots, seed beads Ease of Stitching Advanced evenweave, if you love a challenge, then spoil yourself and indulge your needle and thread in this dream of a design. Hang it from your mantelpiece with pride once you’re done and, if you’re lucky, Santa might even fill it with stitching goodies for you!

Meet the designer Shannon Wasilie� “I adore creating charts inspired by beautiful images that are as delightful to stitch as they are to look at. I also have a soft spot for all things sparkly, and can’t resist a good scattering of beads and metallic threads!”

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How to thread a sewing machine Head over to Cross Stitch TV and follow our step-by-step video tutorial to getting going with your sewing machine Using a sewing machine isn’t as hard as it may first appear, and will give you a professional finish to your stocking. To help you get started we’ve put together a handy video guide to show you how to wind a bobbin and thread up your sewing machine. Head over to see Editor Ruth at www.cross-stitching.com/how-to/tv/howget-started-and-thread-sewing-machine where she talks you through the process.

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stitching using the stocking outline guide on the chart, adding a 1cm ( in) border around the main area of the stocking, and a 9cm (3 in) border along the top edge. Cut out a symmetrical piece of your backing fabric to match, and two pieces of your lining fabric, making sure these are symmetrical to each other too. 2 Cut out two panels of felt measuring 10x21cm (4x8 in), and sew a 1cm ( in) hem along the bottom edge of both panels. Pin your felt to the top of both your stocking panels, with the right sides of the stocking to the wrong side of the felt, and sew a 1cm ( in) seam along the top edge. 3 Make the front of your stocking by pinning your stitched piece together with your corresponding lining fabric panel, with rightsides facing, and the felt sandwiched in between. Stitch a 1cm ( in) seam along the very top edge, only. Open out and lay flat, then trim the felt to remove unwanted bulk and press the seam open. Repeat this process with the other lining piece and the backing fabric panel, to create the back of your stocking. 4 Pin the front and back layers together with right-sides facing. Machine- or hand-sew around the stocking, following the stocking outline guide on the chart. Leave a 10cm (4in) gap for turning along the long straight edge of the shape. Before you turn it through, trim some of the bulk of the layers away by snipping towards the seam of the inward-facing curve to make ‘v’ notches. 5 Turn through and stitch the gap closed. Use small stitches for neatness in a matching thread for a tidy finish – slip stitch is particularly good for a concealed stitch. Finish your stocking off with a hanging loop of ribbon, sewn in the corner – just secure it with a few small stitches on top of the seam.

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Angel Stocking Project Angel Stocking key Cross stitch in two strands Z T J 3 b 8 ; H v P 9 } 1 V q e

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m 3770 1009 2314 light peach n 3790 393 1906 mocha brown F 3808 1068 2507 dark turquoise [ 3819 279 1610 light green Cross stitch in two strands Kreinik #4 braid h 002 gold 4 094 star blue Backstitch in one strand ––––– 938 380 2005 dark brown Backstitch in one strand Kreinik #4 braid ––––– 002 gold French knots in one strand O blanc 2 2402 white Mill Hill seed beads gold O 00557 crayon white O 02058 grenadine O 02075 03062 blue velvet O Stocking outline guide – not stitched –––––

Shopping list Fabric Flair* 28-count Powder Blue evenweave measuring 48x40cm (18 x15 in) Stranded cotton and Kreinik* metallic threads as listed in the key Mill Hill* seed beads as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle; beading needle Backing fabric, felt and ribbon of your choice from local stores

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STITCH COUNT 183 high x 134 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 33x24.5cm (13x9 in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik #4 Braid and Mill Hill seed beads on 28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric

Inge READER PANEL Shannon’s designs are so elegant and glamorous. Stitching this Christmas angel on a glittery, darkcoloured fabric would bring out her beauty. I would like to turn her into a wall hanging or a framed piece for a stunning Christmas decoration centrepiece.

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. 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.

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.

. NEEDLES

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

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

. 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.

18 20 22 24 26 28

*Also includes 22-count Hardanger

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Beginners’ Guide

How to stitch

Tackle the basic stitches in our charts…

Loop start With

2

1

3

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.

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.

1 2

4 1

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

Robin key

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). W

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.

2

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. W

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). ;

DMC Anchor Madeira u 721 324 308 H 839 1050 1913 7 840 1084 1912 ; 842 1080 1910 Backstitch in one strand ––––– 844 1041 1809 ––––– 3371 382 2004

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1

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Cross stitch in two strands

Clear symbols, colours, & all the info you need!

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.

3

Fractionals let you create rounded edges

French knots Easy with

How to read our keys 7 777 7 7 u uuu 7;u uuu 7 77 H H; uuu 7 H 7 7 H H ; uuu 7 7 7 H HH;uuu 7 H H H u u 7 H 7 7 H ; ;; u 7 7 77HH7 ; ;;;; 7 HHH;;;;7 7 77 77 H ; 7 777 H H H7 H H 7HH77H H HHH7777HH H H HH777HHHH77 H H H HH77HHH H 7H H H H77HH H HH HHHH ;H H HH

2

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).

FRACTIONAL STITCHES

French knots in one strand O 310 403 2400

orange dark brown brown light brown grey very dk brown

3

black

STITCH COUNT 17 high x 18 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 3x3.5cm (1¼x1¼in)

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. ;

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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’.

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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hank goodness, I’m entering the home-straight now for my Christmas stitching preps... all my cards are done and almost finished writing them, as well. (Hubby is the Chief Envelope Addresser in our house!). I just have to assemble my gift tags, then they’re ready, too. Speaking of gifts, have you made any Christmas pressies this year, for Santa to deliver to your loved ones? I try to make one or two, and even Christmas giving: though I chatted here last issue that The handmade touch is what counts it can be a bit stressful, I can’t resist making a couple of stocking fillers. Even if you don’t manage to get any Christmas gifts stitched – well, there’s such a lot to think about at this time of year, isn’t there?! – then we’ve lots to see on our Pinterest boards, for fast ideas that can be given with love. Things that’d only take a few hours, maybe a baked gift of fudge or cookies, or something rustled up from my stash, like a little treasure box of memories, to celebrate a special outing with a pal… I’ll be bookmarking a few of these, for sure. Check out our boards for some creative highlights, Ideas that only take an at www.pinterest.com/worldofxs and evening or a weekend are until then, I hope you enjoy the spirit so welcome right now! of giving, this Christmas!

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Fill the grid so each row, column & 3x3 box has numbers one to nine

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Have you got the Pinterest bug yet? Here are three hot ideas I’ve spotted and pinned to our boards… Find these and lots more, when you visit us: www.pinterest.com/worldofxs Patchwork pal: Who wouldn’t love to receive a special patchwork gift?

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Fudgey delights: These sweet treats are quick and easy to make. Yum!

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