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Leaping dolphins – Capture the jumping joy of these charming sea creatures Roses in bloom – Stitch our dinky picture to add a little sweetness to any room Seashell wreath – Bring the beach into your home with our bright garland by Susan Bates Exam success – Our graduate bear is ready to celebrate exam success this results season Wild rose – Create a flower that will last into autumn with our pretty mountain rose design

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August Collection – Exciting news, gorgeous kits, inspiration, real stitching stories and more 32 Painting in thread – Textile artist Rachel Wright told us about her stitched seascapes 63 Next month – Get a peek at our stitching projects for September, including a wildlife fox picture and a crazy patchwork cushion

30 Best in show – Top your prize jam with our lovely cover 32 Summer blooms – Capture the bounty of an English country garden with our pretty picture 42 Hoppy Birthday – Stitch our cute bunnies to send as a sweet gift for a birthday 46 Be yourself – Spread a little joy with our inspirational sheep trio 52 Sugar mice – Keep your twine in control with this sweet design 64 A day in Venice – The first half of our super-sized Edwardian Venice design by Deb Lester

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Competition time – We’ve got prizes worth over £90 to give away to readers 21 Your letters – Win a prize by sharing your cross stitch stories and pictures 44 Subscribe – Save 25% on the shop price with our fantastic offer and never miss an issue! 62 Break time! – Relax and enjoy our crossword. You could win a lovely kit from Heritage Crafts

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58 Shopping Collection – Seen something that’s inspired you? Find out where you can buy it 59 Back issues and binders – What do you need to complete your collection? 60 Stitch basics – our guide will show you how to get started on this month’s projects

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Welcome… When the school holidays are nearly over, we’ll be surveying

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the local lanes for a good blackberry hedgerow. The children love to pick them just as we did, and you still can’t get the stains out! It’s a bit early to be thinking about making that rich coloured bramble jelly, but if you are looking for an easy stitch to fill those holiday moments, then we have just the thing to pretty up a jam pot on page 30. Jars feature again in our big project on page 32. Kilners have been a British staple since 1842, and the art of preserving was all the rage in post war Britain. Sadly, the home freezer soon changed our seasonal habits, but the lovely jars still have a place in our hearts. Our giant chart is just half of a real epic design from Deb Lester, a name many of you will know from her wonderful Edwardian scenes. We are thrilled to have her back in Collection, don’t forget part two is in the next issue.

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Don’t miss… August 2016

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August Collection

August Collection

Be inspired by new kits, great ideas and more from the vibrant stitching world

Zandra designs clothes for royalty and celebrities

Zandra Rhodes may be best known

Among the motifs

for her bold fashion designs and for

in the new

sporting pink hair well into her 70s,

collection, look

but did you know she also designs

out for designs that pair feathered

textiles? Since 2014, Zandra has

prints together with cross stitch

been working with the FreeSpirit

patterns in a design called

fabric brand, owned by Coats Crafts,

Feathered Scallops. We love the

bringing out three collections in

idea of making this beautiful fabric

her trademark vibrant colourways.

into a bright tote bag or cushion

Zandra’s latest stunning collection,

and embellishing with some real

called Feathered, is available now

cross stitches on top! Other prints

in UK shops.

in the collection include Zigzag and

“This collection was inspired when

Kaleidoscope, the first of which also

Zandra stayed in New York and

draws inspiration from cross stitch

visited the Museum of the American

techniques. We think they’re

Indian back in the 1970s,” explains

gorgeous, and ideal for adding

Becky Clarke of Coats Crafts UK.

some extra flourish to your finished

“She was influenced by the amazing

stitching projects!

way that the Native Americans used feathers in their clothing.” 4

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Find stockists and free patterns at www.makeitcoats.com.

© Coats Crafts UK

Kaleidoscopes of colour

Native American clothing inspired the new collection


August Collection

Take a breath

We’ve long known that cross stitch helps us to relax, and now author Leah Lintz has produced a book to help us make the most of quality time with needle and thread! Most of the patterns in the book can be completed in a single weekend, and are inspired by nature, modern motifs such as guitars and ice cream cones, plus a few carefully chosen words. There are plenty of clear instructions to prevent tensions arising, as well as simple finishing methods, and some truly beautiful, unfussy designs you’ll love to hang on your wall to add some serenity to your home. Here’s hoping, anyway! Cross Stitch to Calm is available from www.stitchcraftcreate.co.uk.

Exotic adornments Add a dash of drama to your outfit with this pair of earrings and elegant bracelet designed and stitched by Carmel Dray of Palestinian Stitches, based in Bracknell, UK. You’re bound to get lots of envious comments! The deep red of the DMC thread is stunning set against the silver-coloured metal of the jewellery bases, while the full cross stitches offer an opulent textured finish. The pieces are available separately, and you can also buy a matching necklace to complete the look, but we like the idea of getting this set, for yourself or as a gift. You can buy the earrings and bracelet for £20 from www.PalestinianStitches.etsy.com.

Feeling fruity

How refreshing does this slice of watermelon look? Designed by Pam Millershaski, August Watermelon is the tastiest possible picnic treat, and would make a great gift for a summer birthday. Using only full cross stitches, it’s a relatively speedy project. There are five thread colours stitched in three strands each, to make sure it looks utterly delicious. We think it is perfect as it is, but for a special gift, why not sew on a few beads to represent the seeds? Pam also offers charts dedicated to the other eleven months of the year. You can download the chart and see the whole range at www.wiredstitches.etsy.com. 6

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Competition time We’ve got prices worth over £90 to give away to readers of Cross Stitch Collection

Over

£90

of prizes to be won!

Romantic Moments

Foxgloves

Would you like to try another skill? This collection of 64 romantic motifs and accompanying embroidery transfers provides a great source of design ideas for anyone who enjoys stitching. The designs include hearts, flowers, swallows, wedding rings and butterflies and covers a range of sizes and styles. With just eleven simple embroidery stitches to choose from, all with clear, step-by-step diagrams, even those new to embroidery will be able to tackle any of the designs provided. Published by Apple Press, it’s available from good book shops everywhere (RRP £12.99). We have one copy to give away. Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry Romantic Moments giveaway CSC265.

This lovely floral design by John Clayton for Heritage Stitchcraft is the first addition to John’s flower panels for many years – we think the contrast between the vibrant colour of the flower and the greens of the background is truly striking. We have one Foxgloves kit to give away, which has a design size of 31x11cm, and has either 27 count evenweave or 14 count aida, DMC stranded cotton and a numbered thread organiser. Foxgloves (JCFG1330) is available from www.hcrafts.com (RRP £34.95). Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry Foxgloves giveaway CSC265.

Cross Stitch Mini Motifs

Geometric Patterns

WORTH £12.99

Susan Bates has packed this book with 54 cross-stitch motifs all on the theme of flowers. The floral motifs, such as viola, pansies, poppies and roses are used to create traditional samplers, as well as keepsakes. You can try one out on page 14 of this issue. A lovely book for the gardening fanatic or anyone with a love of flowers. We have three books to give away. The book is published by Tuva and available from booksellers (RRP £9.95). Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry Cross Stitch Mini Motifs giveaway CSC265.

WORTH £29.85

WORTH £34.95

If you love other hand crafts as well as cross stitch, this book of geometric designs could be a useful resource, but wait – you could use the charts to create your own cross stitch designs too! Tina Barrett has written six books and her latest will guide you to create your own patterns using repeats of both traditional and contemporary knitting styles. It’s published by Apple Press and in bookshops now (RRP £14.99). We have one book to give away. Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry Tina Barrett giveaway CSC265.

WORTH £14.99

How To Enter Write your name and address on the back of a postcard or stuck-down envelope and send to: Cross Stitch Collection Magazine, PO Box 172, Northam, EX399DY. Competition open 22 July – 18 August 2016. For competition terms and conditions go to page 59. Please feel free to enter multiple draws on one postcard.

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Leaping dolphins

Leaping Meet the designer...

Jayne Netley Mayhew Dolphins are a delight, and it was not hard for me to come up with a design when I was asked for one.

dolphins Capture the jumping joy of these charming sea creatures with our gorgeous picture designed by Jayne Netley Mayhew

I have tried to convey the fun they seem to show as they race the breaking waves, leaping and rushing along with the breakers. We were lucky enough to watch some while we were on a boat off the coast of Africa. We laid along the bow watching them rush up from under the boat

work of art that you can take pride in once finished

and will look wonderful hanging in any room. This is not a difficult design to stitch, as it is worked in whole cross stitch, so you just need to keep an eye out for the colour changes. All the blues are quite close in shade so you should sort your threads onto a strand organiser before you start.

and race ahead, leaping

You could add a sparkle to the waves by replacing the white

beside us – for no other

thread with one that has a metallic finish, like DMC’s Light Effects

reason than the joy of it.

Pearlescent E5200. You could even add pearlescent beads to the

My number one rule for

white tips of the waves to add dimension.

stitching is always work from the centre outwards to give yourself space for the design. My second rule is check and check again the fabric size. Third rule, enjoy it! You are making something beautiful, which will hopefully outlast us all.

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Leaping dolphins

Find more of Jayne's lovely animal designs at

www.jaynenetley mayhew.com

Stitch our

design on a larger piece of Murano and back with blue fabric to make a cushion

Make it yours You will need... Zweigart 32 count Murano pale blue, ref: 3984/0503, 35.5x43cm (14x17in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle Frame with a 21.5x26.5cm (8½x10½in) aperture For stockist details see page 58.

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and start stitching here. Use two strands of stranded cotton for the cross stitch.

Leaping dolphins DMC

Anchor Madeira Colour

Cross stitch in two strands

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1714 pewter grey

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1802 lt steel grey

369

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1309 lt green

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1713 dark pewter grey

414

235

1801 dk grey

415

398

1803 pearl grey

597

1064

1110 turquoise

598

1062

1111

762

234

1804 v lt pearl grey

939

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1009 dk navy blue

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1202 m aquamarine

993

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1201 lt aquamarine

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1713 dk pewter grey

236

lt baby blue

3808 1068

2507 dk turquoise

3810

168

1108 m turquoise

3811 1060

1101 lt turquoise

3814 1074

1203 aquamarine

blanc 001

white white

Stitched using DMC threads on 32 count evenweave over two threads of fabric Stitch count: 90hx140w Design size: 16x24cm (6¼x9½in) Stitch time: 40hrs

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DAINTY MAKES

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e love this sweet floral design – it's just the thing to stitch now to keep

the memory of summer blooms alive all year.

Anchor Madeira Colour

340

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blue violet

why not paint one in a rosy pink to match?

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coral

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lt coral

You will need…

648

900

1814 beaver grey

702

239

1306 kelly green

704

256

1308 bright lime

Zweigart 28 count Cashel white, ref: 3281/100,

712

926

2101 cream

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259

1604 lt yellow green

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Wooden hoop 5.5cm (6in)

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For stockist details see page 58

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Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle

packs lots of fun stitchy details into a small project

DMC

Cross stitch in two strands

As it's just the right size to be framed in a hoop,

20x20cm (8x8in)

Our design

Roses in bloom

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and start stitching here. Use two strands of stranded

blanc 001

cotton for the cross stitch.

flesh pink

lt lav blue

white white

Backstitch in one strand

Adding the detail USE backstitch to add detail to the flowers and jug in one strand of stranded cotton.

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xmas red

273

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flowers

jug

Buy a blank trivet kit from www.sewandsew.co.uk and use it to mount this project for a unique kitchen tool.

699 foliage

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If you enjoyed stitching this jug of flowers, you can find more than 50 floral cross stitch motifs designed by Susan Bates in her lovely new book, Cross Stitch Mini Motifs: Flowers, which is published by Tuva Publishing. It's available in book shops now (RRP £9.95), or turn to page 7 for your chance to win a copy in our giveaway.


Roses in bloom Stitch our dinky picture designed by Susan Bates to add a little sweetness to any room in the house

August 2016

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Seashell wreath

Meet the designer...

Susan Bates I live by the sea and I love

Seashell wreath Bring the joy of a summer stroll on the beach into your home with our seaside garland designed by Susan Bates

walking along the beach. Although the beaches near me are mostly pebbles, there are often shells washed up along the shore. I love collecting any pretty shells and colourfully patterned pebbles. My collection inspired this design, but I also drew inspiration from old scientific prints of shells. For my design, having the shells arranged in a wreath gives a contemporary feel to a usually more ‘classic’ design layout. I wanted there to be some strong focal points to my design, which I why I’ve included

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ur summery wreath is packed full of bright colours and stunning shell shapes. We hope it will remind

you of long childhood afternoons poking about in rockpools in

the three large orange

a craggy cove, although the bright starfish and coral conch shells

starfishes. I also added

suggest this treasure trove was gathered somewhere exotic!

a couple of large conch

Our design mixes bright corals and oranges with softer

shells, in pretty shades of

shades of taupe, grey, cream and powder blue for a palette

coral and some spiralling

of rich summer colours, that also feels light and airy. We love

and spotted shells, in blues and taupes.

how Susan has used lots of different colours for the outlines. Check the chart and key to make sure you've got the right cotton in your needle before working each area of backstitch.

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This design will appeal to anyone who loves collecting shells


Seashell wreath

Seashell wreath DMC

Anchor Madeira Colour

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648

900

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324

308

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722

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307

spice orange

758

868

403

lt terracotta

775

1031

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271

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841

1082

1911 lt beige brown

842

1080

1910 v lt beige brown

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052

505

med rose

967

1012

305

flesh pink

3072

847

1805 light grey

3687

076

604

mauve

3713 1021

501

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3716

025

606

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3756 1037

886

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3760

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169

213

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3778 1013

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3855

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358

1913 dk mocha beige

ecru

387

ecru ecru

blanc 001

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148

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shells

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513

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starfish, coral

3031

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80

shells

3721

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shells

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Seashell wreath

Paint

a hoop in a seaside shade to display your finished wreath

Make your seashell wreath You will need... Zweigart 14 count aida vintage blue, ref:

Adding the detail

3706/5139, 35.5x35.5cm (14x14in)

COMPLETE all the cross stitch in two strands, before

Stranded cotton as listed in the key

adding the backstitch in one strand.

Size 24 tapestry needle Wooden embroidery hoop 25.5cm (10in) diameter For stockist details see page 58

Tipâ&#x20AC;Ś Bright beach bag

Stitching the design

Stitch our design on evenweave and sew it into a summery bag to use on the beach, or a cushion for a summer house.

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Write to us

Write to Cross Stitch Collection Letters, PO Box 172, Northam, EX39 9DY. Or email us at CSC@dennis.co.uk with your stitching stories

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Singing birds

Win!

The winner of our star letter will receive a St Hydroc Church kit from Sybilla Davis Designs. This lovely design features the imposing church at Lanhydrock looking over the formal gardens. The church is built of granite, and stands in the shadow of the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House. The kit contains ivory aida, stranded cotton, needle, chart and instructions. This design and more of your favourite National Trust properties are available from www. sybilladavisdesigns.co.uk (RRP £15.99). Well done Linda, who will receive her prize very soon!

Here is my latest finished project, called Singing Birds. It’s by Durene Jones. I really enjoyed sewing this one as it’s so colourful. I especially liked how the backstitch made it come alive. I sewed it on 14 count light blue aida. I decided to frame it on a canvas and I think it looks great. It’s one of my favourite projects. Emma Wright, Devon Collection says: What a lovely project, Emma. The light blue aida was a great choice. Thanks for sharing!

Dresser dreams

DIY china on show

Stitching lion

Doing this lion cub design from Jayne Netley Mayhew in the February 2016 issue was a pleasure. I have been cross stitching for many years – a neighbour got me hooked after my divorce and I find it helps me with my stress. I’m always a fan of any animal-themed designs – my daughter and I love horses and other animals. I’m a slow stitcher but this cute cub worked out quicker than others I’ve done in the past. Tracey Fox, United Kingdom

When I saw Maria Diaz’s Vintage Dresser design featured in an issue of Cross Stitch Collection from January 2015, I just knew I had to sew it straight away. As I live in a small house, I don’t have the room for a real dresser, so this is the next best thing. It is framed on the wall of my dining room. Linda West, Isle of Man Collection says: Dear Linda, thank you so much for sharing your lovely project. We’re sure you’re not the only one dreaming of a dresser without the space to put one!

Collection says: What a handsome chap! Turn to page 8 for Jayne’s latest design.

We love Durene’s designs

Send us your news… We love to get your letters and photos, so put pen to paper and get writing today.

Email us at:

csc@dennis.co.uk

marking your email Letters Page.

or write to: Cross Stitch Collection Letters, PO Box 172, Northam, EX39 9DY Happy stitching! Find our cub in CSC 258

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Exam success Our graduate bear designed by Jenny Barton is ready to celebrate good news this results season

Show

your confidence by starting to stitch before the results are out

You will need…

Adding the detail

Zweigart 14 count aida white, ref: 3706/100,

stranded cotton, before adding the backstitch in one

20x15cm (8x6in)

strand of stranded cotton.

Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Card blank cream, with a 11x11cm (4¼x4¼in) aperture For stockist details see page 58

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric in half both ways to find the centre and start stitching at this point.

COMPLETE all the cross stitch in two strands of

How to mount a card

1 2

TRIM the stitched aida to fit inside your card, with the design placed centrally behind the

card's aperture. ATTACH double-sided tape to the inside of the card around the edge of the aperture. Place the

stitching on the table right-side up, and then place the card on top, pressing down firmly. Check which flap will fold over on to the back of the stitching, then add double-sided tape and press firmly in place.

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Our fun graduate bear would make a lovely card to give someone on the day of their graduation – you could check what colour the tassel will be on their cap and change the thread colour you use so it matches.

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Wild roses

Wild

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Create a flower display that will last into autumn with our pretty design by Kazuko Aoki

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the whole sampler, this pretty Rose Glauca is a quick stitch with stunning results. There's a very small amount of backstitch in this design and some lovely French knots. You can replace the knots with bright yellow beads if you prefer. 24

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Wild roses

Frame your

rose in a simple wooden hoop for a rustic feel

Make a rose You will need... Zweigart 28 count Brittney antique white, ref: 3270/101, 25.5x25.5cm (10x10in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle Wooden hoop; 15cm (6in) diameter For stockist details see page 58

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and start stitching here. Use two strands of stranded cotton for the cross stitch.

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More designs from Kazuko This pretty flower design is taken from the Wild Rose Sampler, which you can find in Kazuko Aoki's beautiful book, The Cross Stitch Garden, published by Search Press. The book combines 70 motifs with 20 projects and you can buy a copy for RRP ÂŁ16.99 in bookshops.


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Zweigart 28 count Brittney white, ref: 3270/0100,

around the edge of the evenweave on the right

23x23cm (9x9in)

side. Machine stitch around the circle, in the

Stranded cotton as listed in the key

centre of the ric-rac, and through all your layers

Size 26 tapestry needle

of fabric.

Backing fabric 23x23cm (9x9in) Vilene iron-on 23x23cm (9x9in) Ric-rac braid, white 10mm (⅜in) x 60cm (24in) Fray check For stockist details see page 58

Stitching the design

Tip… Say it in stitches If you are not a jam maker, you can still use this cover on a jar of bought jam as a hostess gift – just change the message to say Thank You.

FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and

Our jar cover is

sized to fit on top of a Bonne Maman jam lid but should fit most jars of a similar size

start stitching here. Use two strands of stranded cotton for the cross stitch and half cross stitch, and one strand for the backstitch and French knots.

Make a jam pot cover

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Stitched using DMC threads on 28 count evenweave over two threads of fabric. Stitch count: 40hx40w Design size: 7x7cm (2¾x2¾in) Stitch time: 10hrs


Best in show

This beautiful jam jar cover designed by Maria Diaz is just the thing to help your prize recipe stand out from the rest

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Summer blooms

Summer blooms

Capture the bounty of an English country garden with our beautiful picture designed by Amanda Butler

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e think this gorgeous trio of

guide on page 60 to master this breezy

Kilner jars overflowing with

stitch. There's also backstitch and French

flowers perfectly captures that moment in

knots to finish off the flowers, so there's

summer when the garden is in full bloom

something for everyone in our design.

and it seems like there aren't enough vases inside to hold all the pretty cuttings! Our clever design by Amanda Butler uses

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This casual style of flower arrangement is very popular with today's brides, so you may find yourself inspired to stitch this

half cross stitches for the shadows around

picture as a gift to remember a happy

the base of the jars. You can turn to our

summer wedding day.

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Make it yours You will need... Zweigart 32 count Belfast linen grey, ref: 3609/786, 51x46cm (20x18in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle Frame with a 28.5x27cm (11¼x10½in) aperture For stockist details see page 58

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and start stitching here. Use two strands of stranded cotton to cross stitch the flower vase, and two strands for the half cross stitch shadows under

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the vases.

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Our stitcher says…This design

is full of bright colours and engaging stitching details – I loved it!


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Behind the scenes

Rachel started creating art with textiles at school

Painting in thread Embroidered textile artist Rachel Wright chatted to Judy Darley about about how she depicts the seascapes she loves using stitches the embroidered fine

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father’s paintings, etchings and

at a time when being able to draw

art of Rachel Wright,

hen we discovered

“I grew up surrounded by my

work for me. I was at university

engravings, and knew I wanted to

really wasn’t considered an asset,

we couldn’t resist finding out more.

do something with my own artistic

so most of the work I did there

Swirls of colour spill across her

abilities,” she says. “By the time I was

is nothing like the work I do now.

pictures, conjuring up coastlines,

in sixth form I was already looking

The fabrics lend themselves to the

lighthouses, oceans and more.

for a university course in textile

fluid restless motion that I try to

design and my Grandma had bought

portray in my skies and seas, and

her love of embroidery while she

me my first sewing machine – it’s

it’s in these things that I think people

was at Birmingham City University,

30 years old now and still the one

can recognise a kind of signature

studying for a degree in fashion and

I use everyday!”

style to my work.”

She tells us that she discovered

It was, she says, several years after

textiles. The passion for textiles

While at university, Rachel “learnt

came far earlier, however, when

what a sewing machine is capable of

graduating that she began to really

she was still at school.

and how to control one and make it

make use of the skills she had picked

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Behind the scenes

up in machine embroidery. “My first

Developing her beautiful stitched

able to fit my embroidery around my

love is hand stitching but it was

landscapes came about gradually.

home life,” she says. “When my

taking me far too long to complete

“My very early work was often quite

children were young I could work

each piece and once out in the real

abstract but I think that period of

around their schedule but it meant

world I needed to start earning

time was when I learnt a lot about

I was always here for them when

some money from my work.”

using colour and composition, all

they came home from school and

of which stood me in good stead for

that is something I have appreciated.

the landscape pieces which came

Now that the family is much less

later. My dad painted a lot of landscapes so maybe it was in my genes!” Rachel has

“I use fabrics as my palette and threads as my paintbrush”

dependent on me, I have more time to devote to my work and this has enabled me to take on more

always regarded her work as being

commission work and supply

like that of a fine artist, “using fabrics,

a couple of galleries.”

with all their wonderful colours,

© Rachel Wright

Rachel uses machine embroidery for her pieces, mainly using straight stitches, rayon threads, and a darning foot

Rachel works on her embroidery

textures and patterns, as my palette

in a small box room in her home.

and using threads as my paintbrush

“I don’t take up much space,” she

to add in the details.”

says. “I have my trusty old Bernina

One of the joys of turning her

and lots of baskets of fabric around

talent for embroidery into a career

me. I like to think I can always lay my

has been the flexibility this has

hand on the exact piece I need.”

allowed. “In some ways I have been very fortunate because I have been

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Behind the scenes “I have a corkboard on the wall with

away from the sea as it’s possible to

images, photographs and possible

be for someone in England so I love

future projects pinned on it,” she

to spend holidays on the coast and

says. “I have a real soft spot for old

my favourite subject matter is sea

vintage haberdashery treasures like

and sky. I love boats and lighthouses

pearl buttons on beautifully printed

too. They have all featured heavily in

cards, old reels of threads in glass

my work. I think the things you love

jars, tiny packets of sharps needles,

and have a passion for inevitably

belt buckles, thimbles, scissors and

inspire you.”

pins. I keep them in miniature chest

Her expressive skies are equally

of drawers, or display them on old

entrancing. “When I was younger

painted shelves on the wall next to

I used to love to doodle and I think

little bottles and tiny china teacups.

I’ve always loved pattern,” she says.

They have little to do with what I

“I would doodle fluid lines and

make but they are beautiful things,

shapes dancing across the paper.

which have their own history and

I don’t really remember the first time

secret story.”

I created a sky and quite how it

We adore Rachel’s coastal works –

happened but I think it was about

they seem to be full of movement Below: Ready for Adventure, one of Rachel’s pieces made in fabric and thread

conveying that constant energy.”

and moods, just as the sea itself is.

Colour is also a vital ingredient to

“I love the sea – I always have!” she

her work, she says. “That’s why

says. “I live in Buckinghamshire as far

fabrics are such a wonderful paintbox. They are a ready-made treasure trove of every kind of colour and in many different forms – shiny or matt, opaque or semi-transparent, textured, pattered or plain!” Rachel opts to use rayon threads made from viscose filaments in her

says, is always the struggle to start

sheen which makes them easy to

something new. “I call it ‘blank

work with on the machine and they

canvas syndrome’! Sometimes even

catch the light beautifully. I use them

the housework can suddenly seem

to sew down the pieced and cut

like an attractive proposition when

fabrics which I’m using from my

I should be starting a new piece.

‘palette’, and to add in detail where it would be too fiddly to do in fabric. The threads for

“Fabrics are a ready-made treasure trove of colour”

me are the brush strokes on my fabric ‘painting.’”

© Rachel Wright

Stitches are kept simple. “I mostly

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Rachel’s biggest challenge, she

needle “because of their soft silky

I really don’t like the beginning but inevitably, once I dive in and get going, it’s usually only a matter

of an hour or so before I’m hooked.” Rachel often works from photos from her travels to the sea, which

just use straight running stitch with

are “usually taken by my husband or

the occasional bit of zigzag to spice

eldest son. I learnt very quickly that

things up. I sew onto a calico base,

I’m not at all gifted when it comes to

with no stabiliser and no hoop, using

photography. So I point out things

free motion and a darning foot on

I like the look of on walks or family

the machine,” she smiles.

holidays and someone duly points

“The technique is very simple but it

a camera at it for me. Later, when

allows the fabrics to tell the story.”

I start to plan a piece, I will sketch


Behind the scenes

© Rachel Wright

Bow Fiddle Rock lit by the Northern Lights

© Rachel Wright

Rachel takes commissions for art pieces

“Spend twice as long looking as doing... When you know your subject really well, that’s when you can best recreate it for someone else” directly onto the calico before starting to work in the fabrics.”

Left: The Deep by Rachel Wright

When it comes to guidance to other stitchers considering venturing into the genre of fine art embroidery, Rachel has a golden tip. “I would offer the same advice as my dad gave to me – to spend twice as long looking as doing! Really look, see it all, take it all in because when you know your subject really well, that’s when you can best recreate it for someone else.” You can find a gallery featuring embroidered artwork, as well as contact details, a blog and details of her upcoming exhibitions and shows at www.rachelwright.com.

© Rachel Wright

more of Rachel Wright’s beautiful

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Hoppy birthday! Stitch our bunny friends designed by Jenny Barton to send in the post as a sweet gift for a child's birthday

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pastel palette for a card that's perfect to send someone adorably sweet! We love that the design uses the light blue aida as the sky to make this a nice quick stitch.

You will need… Zweigart 14 count aida light blue, ref: 3706/0503, 23x23cm (9x9in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Frame with a 11.5x11.5cm (4½x4½in) aperture For stockist details see page 58

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the rabbits on brown perforated paper stuck to a card using foam pads

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the sketchy look on the rabbits' fluff right. Most of

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backstitch. Follow the chart placement exactly to get

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Be yourself

Be

yourself Spread a little joy with our inspirational sheep trio designed by Gail Bussi

T

hese three pretty sheep with colourful coats are sure to lift your spirits as you

stitch our jolly motto. Send them in the post to someone who needs a confidence boost or hang them in your home as a reminder to embrace all the things that make you unique. This sweet stitch is full of fun details like rambling flowers, dawdling butterflies and simple border stitches that would make lovely embellishments for other projects. As this design is all about embracing individuality, you should feel free to swap the stranded cotton colours to your favourite shades or change the fabric to a different colour of Belfast linen. Either way, we'd love to see your completed projects! 46

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These pretty sheep with colourful coats will lift your spirits


Be yourself

Stitch our

design as a gift for someone special

Make it yours You will need... Zweigart 32 count Belfast duck egg, ref: 3609/5053, 28x35.5cm (11x14in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle Frame with a 16.5x21.5cm (6½x8½in) aperture For stockist details see page 58

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and start stitching here. Use two strands of stranded cotton for the cross stitch.

Adding the detail USE backstitch to add the bee trails and flower detail in one strand of stranded cotton.

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Collection makes...

GREETINGS CARD

Any of the sheep would make a lovely greetings card. We particurly like the sheep with the heart in his coat.

HAPPY HANKIE

Decorate a set of napkins using the floral corner designs from the picture.

COIN KEEPER

Make a small change purse out of linen with a sheep stitched on each side.

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Sugar mice

Sugar mice Store ribbon or twine in our cute but clever eyelet storage bag designed by Diane Machin

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hese three sweet mice have a secret super power to help you wrap gifts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the yellow mouse's tail is actually

a ball of twine! An eyelet stitched around his tail keeps your twine neat and tidy inside the bag so you can just pull on the end whenever you need a piece of string. It's up to you whether to put a different colour of twine or skinny ribbon through each tail, or to make short string tails for two like we have here.

Make it yours You will needâ&#x20AC;Ś Zweigart 28 count Brittney white, ref: 3706/100, 22.5x30.5cm (9x12in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 26 tapestry needle Ribbon for top of bag 5mm (Âźin) x 25.5cm (10in) For stockist details see page 58

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and start stitching here. Use two strands of stranded cotton for the cross stitch, one for the backstitch and French knots.

Adding the detail WORK the eyelets in the position shown on the chart, in two strands of stranded cotton, and in a colour that tones with each mouse body. Use the illustration on page 51 for guidance, and make sure you pull up the eyelet as you work, to form a hole large enough for string to thread through.

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THREAD a length of ribbon through the channel at the top of the bag with a large needle.

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Stitched using DMC threads on 28 count evenweave over two threads of fabric Stitch count: 43hx33w Design size: 7.5x5.5cm (3x2¼in) Stitch time: 3hrs

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Weekend workbox

Stitch a small

section of one of these designs to make opulent Art Deco gift tags

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Mark your place in style with with our Art Deco bookmarks designed by Anniina Wallius

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ur four stunning bookmarks feature the rich colours, bold geometric

patterns and lavish natural motifs that are the hallmarks of the Art Deco style. They're an eye-catching way to save your place, whether

Our bookmarks use bold motifs and rich colour you're reading a weighty classic or a gripping page-turner! Each design uses less than six colours, which means these are excellent projects to pop in your suitcase this summer. 52

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Collection makesâ&#x20AC;Ś FINISHING TOUCH Work your favourite design onto a hand towel with an aida panel to complement an Art Deco style bathroom.

FRAMED PICTURE Stitch all four designs horizontally on top of each other for a bold picture to frame.

READING GIFT Stitch a bookmark as a present for each member of your book group.

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Stockists ANN’S ORCHARD www.annsorchard.co.uk 01342 311545 For contemporary and traditional bead and needlework kits, plus frames to display them in BARNYARNS www.barnyarns.co.uk 0176 569 0069 For Anchor, DMC and Madeira threads and all kinds of haberdashery supplies COTTON PATCH www.cottonpatch.co.uk 0121 702 2840 For fabrics, books, wadding, notions, and accessories and haberdashery CRAFT LAMPS www.craftlamps.co.uk 01373 454448 Stocking a fantastic array of craft lamps including desk, floor and magnifying lamps, including DaylightTM lamps CROSS STITCH GUILD www.thecrossstitchguild. com 01285 713678 Online shop selling books, kits, supplies, tools and chart design software. DKH CREATIONS www.dkhcreations.co.uk For cross stitch kits, threads, aida and essential accessories

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DP SOFTWARE www.dpsoftware.com 01454 612598 Software for creating charts for cross stitch and tapestry from drawings or photos E-FRAME www.eframe.co.uk Bespoke and ready-made picture frames and mounts for displaying your stitching HERITAGE CRAFTS www.hcrafts.com 01889 575 256 Cross stitch designs and kits from artists including John Clayton, Peter Underhill and Valerie Pfeiffer HOBBYCRAFT www.hobbycraft.co.uk 0845 051 6599 For cardstock, paper, paint, glue and other general crafting supplies JOHN JAMES NEEDLES www.jjneedles.com 0152 783 0941 All kinds of needles and needle packs for all your stitching requirements JOSY ROSE www.josyrose.com For buttons, sequins, beads, ribbons and all kinds of embellishments, plus adhesives, papers, scissors and more

PERMIN www.permin.dk/uk Permin produces a wide range of needlework designs, kits, tools and supplies PHOTOS 2 STITCH www.photos2stitch.co.uk For personalised counted cross stitch kits and charts made from any photograph SEAMSTAR www.seamstar.co.uk 0182 977 1529 For plain and patterned fabrics and all kinds of trims SEW AND SO www.sewandso.co.uk For cross stitch threads, fabric, patterns and kits, as well as other needlecraft supplies. Stocks 14 count perforated paper STITCHER LIMITED www.stitcher.co.uk 0161 464 7310 For cross stitch, tapestry, embroidery, longstitch, crochet, knitting and general crafting products WILLOW FABRICS www.willowfabrics.co.uk For evenweave, aida and all kinds of stitching fabrics, plus threads, accessories and towels with aida panels

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✦ Stitch our wedding hands keepsake by Maria Diaz ✦ Exclusive giant chart fun fair carousel design ✦ Create the cutest mouse case for your scissors ✦ Make a glorious floral butterfly knitting bag ✦ Sail away with our pair of seascape pictures ✦ Stitch a forget-me-not alphabet sampler ✦ Cards for new homes, dog lovers and wine drinkers

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✦ Celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with a regal Corgi in a crown cushion ✦ Stitch a vintage tea cup sampler by Lesley Teare ✦ Make your dad a fun 3D father’s day card ✦ Grow your own allotment wallhanging designed by Jenny Barton ✦ Stitch an Ascot lady with our giant fold-out chart ✦ Escape to the country with two beautiful rural scenes

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✦ Celebrate shoes with our giant modern sampler ✦ Stitch your own craft shop drawn by Peter Underhill ✦ Make a summer picnic set ✦ Send a pretty floral wreath with a birthday message ✦ Create Jane Greenoff’s Watbo scissor keeper ✦ Give a beautiful wedding keepsake designed by Lesley Teare

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Collection essentials

Stitch basics Discover all you need to know to start cross stitching and lots of helpful hints to make you an expert. We will help you make those first stitches…

Getting started

Try these three ways to get going, then choose the one that suits you best

Select your needle Fabric

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Tapestry 26

Evenweave 22-32

Tapestry 26

Evenweave 36 and over Tapestry 28 TIP To attach beads, use a beading needle or a size 28 tapestry needle.

Loop start When stitching with two threads Cut a single thread that’s twice as long as you need, and thread both ends through your needle. Come up through the fabric and make a half stitch, then pass the needle through the loop that’s formed at the back to secure it.

Cross stitch made easy

Loose end start When stitching with any number of threads Bring your needle up through the fabric, and be sure to leave a little piece of thread at the back. Hold this thread underneath the area to be stitched so that you will secure it with your first few cross stitches.

Learn the basic techniques and you’re ready for the projects!

Waste knot start When stitching with any number of threads Knot the end of the thread and take the needle down through the fabric on the right side, a little away from your first stitch. As you stitch towards the knot, you will secure the thread at the back, then you can cut off the knot.

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Half cross stitch This is simply half of an ordinary cross stitch. Bring the needle up at 1, down at 2, up at 3 and so on. Half cross stitches are often used to create a paler area of stitching, for example for the sky or a background, which can give the impression of distance in a design.

Cross stitch on evenweave Evenweave and linen fabrics are woven in single threads. Usually you will stitch over two threads, as you can see in the example shown above. As a result of this, a design stitched on 28 count evenweave will be the same size as one stitched on 14 count aida.

Backstitch, used for outlines or details, is shown as coloured lines on the chart and is done after the cross stitch. Bring the needle up at 1, down at 2, up at 3, down at 2, up at 4 and so on, working over one block of aida or two threads of evenweave. Long stitch is worked the same way, but over more than one block of aida or more than two threads of evenweave.


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A Fractional stitches A small symbol in the corner of a square (A) indicates a three-quarter stitch (B). If two different symbols occupy the

B same square, make the less prominent colour a tiny quarter stitch (C) then work a three-quarter stitch in the other colour (D). The examples

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D TIP Fractionals are easier to work on evenweave as there is no block to be pierced.

shown are on aida where the centre block has to be pierced to make the quarter stitch (you may want to use a sharper needle for this).

The final details

Reading charts and keys

Many designs feature beads or French knots. These are easy to do, but practise on scrap fabric first

The charts are easy to follow when you know how

Beads Attach each bead with a half cross stitch. Bring the needle up at one bottom corner of the square, thread the bead on to the needle and complete the stitch. Use a beading needle or a needle with a small eye, and sewing cotton that matches the fabric or stitching. Attach more firmly with a whole cross stitch. French knots 1 Bring the needle up through the fabric. With thumb and forefinger, hold the thread a few inches away from where it came up. Keeping the thread taut, twist the needle twice around the thread.

Daisy key

■ Each chart symbol represents one stitch on the fabric.

DMC

■ The thread codes in the key are for DMC, Anchor and Madeira colours. We list the threads used to stitch our model first (therefore the design may look slightly different if stitched using another brand).

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Cross stitch in one strand of each colour 211

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DMC Light Effects E5200

Backstitch in one strand 550

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all outlines and details

French knots in two strands 743

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daisy centre details

Mill Hill seed beads 02002

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Stitched using DMC threads on 14 count aida Stitch count 44x42 Design area 8x8cm (3¼x3in)

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■ The arrows on the chart point to the centre of the chart. On most designs, you start stitching here to ensure the design is central. To find the centre of your fabric, fold it in half both ways; the crease in the middle corresponds to the chart centre where you’ll make your first stitch. 2 Still holding the thread, push the needle down into the fabric close to where it came out, then pull the needle through gently to form a knot. Don’t pull too hard. TIP Vary the number of twists or strands to make larger or smaller French knots.

Anchor Madeira Colour

Cross stitch in two strands

■ The key shows the thread colour that the symbols represent, for all stitches. Check how many strands of thread you need for each.

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When finished… Taking care of your stitching Wash your work to refresh the fabric and threads – good quality threads won’t run. Use warm water and rinse until the water runs clear. To iron, place your damp stitching on fluffy towels, with a clean white cloth over the top, and press with a warm iron until it is almost dry.

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Break time! Relax and take a break with this month’s prize crossword for a chance to win a cross stitch kit Across 7 Large-billed, fish-eating bird (7) 8 Large wardrobe or cupboard (7) 10 Thin sheet covering of a cell (8) 11 See these in the project on page 16 (6) 12 Make this for a jam jar on page 30 (5) 13 Carrying device for injured people (9) 16 Re-evaluation (11) 19 Daily publication of topical information (9) 20 See these flowers on page 26 (5) 22 Stitch this circular object on page 16 (6) 24 Throwaways (8) 25 Making knotted lace (7) 26 Mythical being that lives under water (7) Down 1 Enhance or produce (7) 2 Suppleness or flexibleness (10) 3 Waterway type found on page 64 (5) 4 French name for a simple restaurant (9) 5 Small mammal that lives underground (4) 6 Wheeled cart at a supermarket (7) 9 Stationeries with name and address printed on (11) 14 Heraldic image for a person or family (4,2,4) 15 Vigorously agitating liquid surface (9) 17 Go backwards (7) 18 Threadlike plant offshoot (7) 21 Male attendant to a bridegroom (5) 23 US name for a car (4)

Your prize One lucky winner will receive this lovely cross stitch kit designed by Peter Underhill for the Heritage Stitchcraft Cat’s Rule range. Crazy Cat Lady (£34.95p) is enjoying her breakfast in bed surrounded by her cats, some naughty, some good! The kit has a design area of 22x30cm, and comes with 27 count evenweave or 14 count aida, DMC stranded cotton, needle and instructions. More details from www.hcrafts.com.

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Across: 1 occasional; 6 aged; 10 history; 11 diagram; 12 ruin; 13 fewer; 14 yawn; 17 snore; 18 bridge; 20oldest; 22 ideal; 27 lock; 28 party; 29 lake; 32 wedding; 33 extinct; 34 dust; 35 perforated Down: 1 others; 2 cushion; 3 shop; 4 oxygen; 5 Audrey; 7 garland; 8 demanded; 9 cat; 15 frost; 16 bride; 19 followed; 21 decades; 23 against; 24 tangle; 25 itself; 26 belted; 30 kid; 31 star Winning word: BEADING

How to enter

Once you’ve completed the crossword, the shaded boxes will form an anagram of a special type of stranded cotton. Write your winning word and Crossword 265 on the back of a postcard or stuck-down envelope, adding your name and address, and post it to: Cross Stitch Collection Magazine, PO Box 172, Northam, EX39 9DY. Competition open 22 July – 18 August 2016. For competition terms and conditions go to page 59.

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SUPER-SIZED VENICE CHART BY DEB LESTER – A MASSIVE 50,000 STITCHES!!

✽ Make our mock crazy patchwork cushion by Lesley Teare ✽ Stitch our cosy autumnal foxes picture by Jayne Netley Mayhew ✽ Get ready for Strictly Come Dancing with our romantic tango couple PLUS Cake sampler, harvest apples, hummingbird pendant and more!

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A day in Venice

in Venice

Stitch the first part of our stunning Gondola scene capturing the splendour of Edwardian Venice, designed by Deb Lester

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ur giant fold out chart this month is the first half of a really special project. The final stitch count

for our picture is 50,000 stitches, so this is one for someone looking for a long project to get stuck into as you'll be stitching for around 230 hours. There's lots of fun details to keep you interested though. In fact, we're sure reading through our step-by-step guide on the next few pages will whet your appetite and having you reaching for your needle in no time! We've been so excited to share this stunning project with you. So many of you loved stitching Deb's past designs for Cross Stitch Collection – Summer Ball, Ladies Day and The Railway Station – and we think you'll really enjoy this Venetian scene.

Make it yours You will need... Zweigart 14 count aida white, ref: 3706/100, 66x92cm (26x36in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 24 tapestry needle Frame with a 38x59cm (15x23in) aperture For stockist details see page 58

Before you begin THIS is a very large design that we are publishing over two issues, with the second appearing in the next issue. The measurements, stitch count, design size and time are for the complete design. Stranded cotton is used for both the cross stitch and backstitch. You can either wait for the second part to be published and then start in the centre of the design, or you can complete the left hand side before moving on to the right. This design should be an easy stitch, but it does contain fractionals, and the sheer size could prove to be a challenge! Even where there are blocks of colour there are subtle colour changes, so threading up several needles at one time might help speed up stitching these areas. There are five backstitch colours and one French knot. The backstitch is spread around

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A day in Venice the design, with the people in the foreground more heavily backstitched than those in the background. This design can be worked on evenweave or aida, on almost any colour of fabric, as most of it will be covered with stitching.

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre and start stitching at this point. The cross stitch is worked in two strands of stranded cotton.

All in the detail

Elegant

1900s fashion and rich architecture make this scene a joy to stitch

dark brown used on the rectangular panes on the far window. The windows on this building are mostly

FOR best results, use a frame when working this

outlined in grey blue, which is also used for the

design, as a hoop may rest on the stitches and distort

balcony. The main door is partially backstitched in

them. Use a sharp needle for the backstitch, as this

black and grey blue, whilst the smaller loading door

will help you position the stitches correctly.

also uses grey blue. The lamps on the wall, either

PEOPLE

side of the door, are both backstitched in black.

The skin tones are outlined in one strand of dark

WINDOWS AND BUILDING IN BACKGROUND

brown stranded cotton, although not everything has

The window panes are backstitched in pale blue, with

backstitch and so it is important to refer to the chart

the window outlines and building detail in one strand

often as you work. Likewise, some of the clothes are

of pale blue and also grey blue stranded cotton.

just partially backstitched, in dark brown, grey blue or

WINDOWS AND BUILDINGS ON RIGHT

black. A single French knot in dark yellow is used for

The window panes on the side windows, and front

the earring on the lady dressed in mauve.

downstairs windows are all backstitched in pale

GONDOLA AND WATER

blue and partially outlined in grey blue. The upstairs

The gondola and pole are backstitched in one strand

panes on the French doors are backstitched in dark

of black, as is the gondola coming under the bridge.

brown, with the lower blue door in black. The detail

The swans are backstitched in grey blue, and the

on the balcony is in grey blue, and the clock in black.

barber's pole in black with dark brown at the top.

BRIDGES AND WALKWAYS

WINDOWS AND BUILDINGS ON LEFT

Dark brown, grey blue and black are all used to

One strand of white stranded cotton is used for the

shade the steps, walls and detail on the bridges.

diamond window panes on the left building, with

The lamp at the top of the steps is backstitched in pale blue and black, whilst the lamp on the bridge is backstitched in just grey blue.

YOUR FREE FOLD-OUT CHART NEXT ISSUE

Next month we have part two of A Day in Venice. This lovely Edwardian scene captures a moment in time, with people waiting for the gondola whilst strolling by the water. Don't miss the giant chart next issue, when we complete this lovely scene.

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Stitch your Venice scene You will need... Zweigart 14 count aida white, ref: 3706/100,

and start stitching at this point. The cross stitch

66x92cm (26x36in)

is worked in two strands of stranded cotton,

Stranded cotton as listed in the key

the backstitch in one strand and the French knots

Size 24 tapestry needle

in one strand. It will be best to use a frame when

Frame with a 38x59cm (15x23in) aperture

working this design, as a hoop may rest on the

For stockist details see page 58

stitches and distort them. There are five colours

Stitching the design FOLD the fabric both ways to find the centre

of backstitch used, plus French knots in one colour, please refer to the chart for placement. Designed by: Deb Lester

© Deb Lester

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Venice scene - part one DMC

Anchor Madeira Colour

Cross stitch in two strands

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Anchor Madeira Colour

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301

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2306 mahogany

310

403

black black (2)

317

400

1714 pewter grey

318

399

1802 lt steel grey

321

019

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xmas red

353

006

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peach

370

856

2112 m mustard

372

853

2110 lt mustard (2)

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2307 lt russet (2)

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2310 dk desert sand

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1713 dark pewter grey

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1803 pearl grey (2)

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2010 med brown

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1501 lt avacado (2)

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1414 avacado green

517

162

1107 med wedgewood

543

933

1909 pink beige

666

046

210

712

926

2101 cream

718

089

707

730

845

1614 dk olive green

738

361

2013 v lt tan (3)

745

300

111

v pale yellow

outlines and details

746

275

101

off white

3021

bright red plum

754

336

305

lt peach

783

306

2211 med topaz

799

136

910

med delft

800

159

908

pale delft

809

130

909

delft blue

815

043

513

m garnet

824

143

1010 v dk blue

827

160

1014 v lt blue

832

907

2202 golden olive

930

1035

1712 grey blue (2)

936

846

1507 avacado green (2)

937

268

1504 m avacado green

939

152

1009 dk navy blue

951

1010

2308 lt tawny

973

290

977

1002

105

lt canary

2301 golden brown

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991

1076

1204 dk aquamarine

992

1072

1202 m aquamarine

993

1070

1201 lt aquamarine

3021

905

1904 dk brown

3032

903

2002 dk khaki

3033

391

2001 lt mocha

3072

847

1805 light grey (2)

3348

264

1409 yellow green

3607

087

708

lt plum

3608

060

709

v lt plum

3756 1037

886

pale blue (2)

3779

868

2605 lt terracotta

3823

386

2512 pale yellow

3824

008

2605 lt apricot

ecru

387

ecru ecru

blanc 001

white white (2)

Backstitch in one strand 310

403

black black

outlines and details

Backstitch in one strand 930

1035 905

1712 grey blue 1904 dk brown

outlines and details

3756 1037

886

pale blue

outlines and details

blanc 001

white white

outlines and details

French knot in one strand 783

306

2211 med topaz

earring

Stitched using DMC threads on 14 count aida fabric. Stitch count: 180hx280w complete design Design size: 33x52cm (13x20½in) complete design Stitch time: 230hrs complete design Please note: due to the number of shades, this chart uses some symbols twice, but on completely different colours (2/3) indicates more than 1 skein is needed

your threads and needles carefully, this project could take a while!


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