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Welcome Settle down and get snuggly for autumn

autumn is officially here

and we’re getting comfy on the sofa, cocoa in hand and fire blazing in front of us, ready to start on some fabulous seasonal stitching. Right now it’s all about projects that will look cute and cosy in our homes, as well as getting started on that all-important festive prep nice and early! We know how much you loved our Belle & Boo series last winter, and we’re so excited to have the friends back in our pages with this beautiful snowy scene (1). It’s just such a delightful Christmas stitch! Your home is your haven once the cold nights set in, so make it as warm and inviting as possible with Emma Congdon’s gorgeous cushion duo (2).They’ll look just as great together or alone. We’ve also got a funky tea cosy and coaster set from Felicity Hall (3) for those nights in, and plenty of handmade Christmas ideas such as these luxury felt gift tags (4). Perfect for early preparations!

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Paper dreams Get started on your festive dĂŠcor making with these pretty patterned bird baubles on perforated paper

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Every month we showcase the latest high street trends, new ideas and inspiring personalities for today’s stylish cross stitcher

Fall Friends If you’re planning on stitching Felicity Hall’s stunning tea set on page 37, you’ll undoubtedly want some equally stylish china ware to go with it. This playful set with its cute characters is just perfect for cosy autumnal tea parties. www.magpieline.com

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Leaf it Out We’re focusing on creating inviting spaces at home now autumn has well and truly set in. This geometric lampshade pays a cute nod to the season’s falling leaves, while the bright pattern and palette are bang on trend. www.hunkydoryhome.co.uk

Golden Brown

Pumpkin Patch The incredibly talented Katie of Made by Mother Eagle has a fantastic range of suitably spooky stitched necklaces for Halloween. Choose from a skull, zombie, anatomical heart or – our favourite – a midwinter pumpkin, and be blown away by the intricacy and detail of her embroidery. www.madebymothereagle.com

Autumn is almost unrivalled in its beauty – the colours of the season and the changing landscapes are some of our favourite natural spectacles. Capture its magic with this gorgeous illustrated cushion, worked in a simple yet striking palette. www.notonthehighstreet.com/oldthreads

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If you’re into plush making, check out Etsy shop DIYFluffies. It sells PDF patterns for every kind of creature imaginable, from penguins to elephants, including this creepy zombie bear. Perfect for the 31st! www.diyfluffies.etsy.com

Good deed designs Get your hands on prints by top designers while helping a good cause with new initiative Help Ink. Browse artworks by names such as Gemma Correll and Jessica Hische and, once you’ve decided on a purchase, choose from five different charities to donate some of the price to. Beautiful and thoughtful – a great combination! www.helpink.org

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Stamp on it We’re so excited to learn that Maria Diaz has been turning her fab designs into digital stamps. Use them for papercrafting, card making and more – we particularly like this funky retro campervan. www.craftsundae. co.uk


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Time for Tea

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with CrossStitcher production editor

Jessica Bateman

We all know the essential accompaniment to an afternoon on the sewing machine is endless cups of tea. This hand painted mug by illustrator Laura Lee is perfect for sipping on as you rustle up your latest project! www.lauraleedesigns.co.uk

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Box of Treats We’re noticing some great craft boxes popping up recently – they’re a fun and inexpensive way to try out new techniques and supplies. This washi tape starter kit by Dolly Mix Design is filled with card, tape, twine, pegs and more, and is packed with ideas on how to get started with washi. It also costs far less than it would to buy all the supplies individually. A real bargain! www.dollymixdesign. etsy.com

the mysteries of the night sky have long been a source of wonder for humans. And now they’re having something of a design moment too... WHO This poster is just so romantic. Now, to check our horoscope and see if we’re destined to meet anyone we can give it to… www.notonthe highstreet.com/ thelittlepeach

WHAT Designer Sally Boyle adapted this fabric print from an antique children’s encyclopedia. www.sallyboyle.co.uk

THREE OF THE BEST Dia de los Muertos Get Latin spirit this Halloween by taking inspiration from Mexico’s traditional Day of the Dead festivities

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We love these lino printed greeting cards featuring the traditional sugar skull in a bold red and blue palette.

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These colourful cushions feature designs scanned and adapted from popular Mexican bingo game cards.

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These super cute Boston Terrier Sugar Skull earrings combine two trends in one – doggie motifs and all things Mexicana.

Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino fame always has the sweetest embroidery kits in her online shop. This Orion design comes with fabric, thread, hoop and pattern. www.miniaturerhino.com

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f l e h s k o o b y t f Cra Explore the weird, the wonderful and the downright spooky with our pick of October’s best crafty titles

animal Magic

…handpick ed for you by th e CrossStitcher editorial team

The recent trend for taxidermy has been unavoidable, with stuffed critters popping up in bars, restaurants and boutiques everywhere. If you like the look but aren’t keen on the creepy factor, this book is full of great DIY ideas. Circada, £12.99

caring craft we’ve long been admirers of the craftivist collective and how they blend craft and activism, challenging perceptions of both. This book explains the movement and is packed with suggestions on how to give it a go yourself. You’ll love it because…

it’s a secret

it’s dinky enough in size to be kept in your bag, ready to turn to for mini doses of inspiration. Circada, £5.99

Trick or Treat

explore your creativity with this beautiful colouring book for grown ups by top illustrator Johanna Basford. It’s filled with drawing prompts and ideas to bring out your inner artist. You’ll love it because… there’s also a magical treasure hunt hidden between the pages. Laurence King, £9.95

sew all year A BEAUTIFUL reminder of how crafting can enrich our lives all year round, this book takes inspiration from the changes of the seasons – from cosy winter slippers to bright and bold beach bags. The design and photography are inspiring too. You’ll love it because… it’s accessible, yet there’s still plenty to challenge seasoned sewers. Chronicle, £15.99

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throw yourself into the scariest of all celebrations with this spooktastic book packed with costume, decor and food ideas. If you’re planning a child’s Halloween party then it’s an absolute must, and also has plenty of project ideas that the kids can get stuck into as well. Just the thing for livening up autumn’s longer, darker nights!

just for you! Halloween Crafts is published by CICO books and is available from all good bookshops. Alternatively, readers can buy a copy for the special price of £9.99 (RRP: £12.99) including free UK p&p by calling 01256 302699 quoting reference GLR 8UD. For more information visit www.cicobooks.co.uk


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Capture the excitement of winter’s first snowflakes with this enchanting scene from Belle & Boo MaterialS packs GET YOURS ON PAGE 74

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How to… frame a picture Step 3

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Once you’ve finished pinning around the entire perimeter and you’re happy with the positioning of your design, turn over to the reverse. Use doublesided tape to secure the fabric excess around all four sides.

Secure the fabric edges with masking tape and remove the pins. Position your stitching in the frame and back with a second piece of mount board. Seal the edges with more masking tape to finish off.

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Issue 259 Find this beautiful festive dove picture, which will make a perfect Christmas gift, in our November 2012 issue.

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We’ve previously featured four different seasonal designs featuring the adorable Belle & Boo. Get your hands on the charts by downloading a digital back issue – find out how on page 43.

ISSUE 261 Splish, splash, splosh! Celebrate all the unexpected fun of a downpour with this scene from our January 2013 issue.


Left: Monogrammed animals make a wonderfully simple beginners’ stitch kit Below: Decorative fonts and typography are some of Sophie’s key inspirations

An interview with...

What Delilah Did

Enter the magical world of Sophie Simpson, aka What Delilah Did, filled with enchanting characters and stunning vintage-inspired delights Interview by Jessica Bateman

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ophie Simpson has been one of CrossStitcher’s favourite designers ever since she first started selling her stunning neo-vintage designs under her What Delilah Did label. Her kits are perfect for beginners – particularly her pre-printed designs – and her style is elegant, feminine and understated. Now, with her first book just released, we caught up with the full-time designer-maker for a peek into her creative world….

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have always been creative, I spent the years following school doing a rather random collection of unrelated jobs and courses. When it comes to cross stitch I am entirely self-taught, and I think that’s why my designs are so distinctive. I came at it from a different direction than most designers – more experimental and not bound by convention or how things ‘should’ be. How did you first discover cross stitching and what’s its appeal?

I remember stitching a really ugly worm bookmark at Brownies, but I never gave it another thought until my mid-20s when I saw some antique linen stitched with monograms. It made me think completely differently

about cross stitch – up until then I’d thought it was all teddy bears and Disney characters. It made me realise it could be much more stylish, and focused on beautiful materials and textures. I also love how controlled it is, and find it incredibly relaxing. What made you decide to start up your own crafty business?

I always knew I wanted to work for myself as a designer-maker, but I needed to find my niche – I originally tried making jewellery. When I started stitching I knew I’d hit the nail on the head. It has been the most challenging and exhausting thing I’ve ever done, but the most rewarding too – nothing beats knowing that you


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I always wanted to work for myself but needed to find my niche – with stitching I hit the nail on the head have built something from scratch that is entirely your own. Who or what inspires you?

I am obsessed with period dramas, old houses and antique design, and I have a thing for fonts too. My favourite way of working is to take something old and bring it up to date, creating something that is relatively timeless. I also like the concept of heirloom embroidery – in recent years there has been such a deluge of fast-fashion, and I think people seem to have lost all sense of the true value of things. Can you describe how your creative process works?

My designs almost always stem from how I want the end product to look, so I often begin with a particular kind of linen or style of cushion in mind and then design something to fit it. For

larger patterns I sketch out different versions of an image before transferring them to the computer, but if I’m making a very small pattern I prefer to just play around with a pencil and some graph paper. I also never release a pattern until I have stitched it myself.

my website, answering emails, putting orders together, working on a commission, or designing new patterns and kits. Actually getting time to stitch in the day is a rare luxury!

What has been your most popular product?

To be honest I’m not very good at the whole work-life balance thing! However, on the rare occasion that I take a day off you will probably find me at a National Trust property, the cinema, or plying my large and rambling family with baked goods.

My best-selling pattern of all time is The Bee – that design will always hold a special place in my heart. My new printed cushion kits have also been flying out of the shop – I think people like them so much because they are spectacularly easy to make and have a definite end use. Can you describe a typical day in your life?

Every day is so different. I could be photographing new products, updating

How do you spend your time when not working?

What are your favourite blogs and magazines?

I really enjoy Oh Comely (www. ohcomely.co.uk), Kinfolk (www. kinfolk.com) and The Simple Things (www.thesimplethings.com). I also recently stumbled across knitwear

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designer Kate Davies’ blog (www. katedaviesdesigns.com) which combines two of my current obsessions: knitting and Scotland. Who are your creative heros?

I have a soft spot for Beatrix Potter. I find it inspiring that a woman of her time was able to have such success in a male dominated world and hold firm to her beliefs. In a similar ilk my ultimate heroine is Elizabeth I – not creative, but as visionary and determined a woman as ever lived.

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inspired by the settings of traditional fairytales – not so much the stories themselves, but the wild, ancient, magical lands in which they take place. As lovely as that was though, the book itself was really hard work to put together – I wildly underestimated how much work would be involved, especially after the actual making and writing part is over. The deadlines can be insane, especially when they get moved forward. What’s your favourite fairy tale?

Where did the idea for Storyland Cross Stitch come from?

I have always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast. All too often people are judged on appearance.

I knew I wanted my book to be more than just a straightforward craft book, so I decided to approach it in a different way and add little stories. I was really

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What’s next for your business?

have recently started running workshops. I’m also working on my second book and creating some new designs for the shop. www.whatdelilahdid.com


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Step 2 Open both pieces out and press. Pin right sides out, lining up the seams at the middle. Sew a 0.5cm seam on the sides and bottom, leaving the lining open. Turn right sides in and press. Sew 1.25cm in from your previous seam.

Step 3 Turn right sides out. Press under remaining opening in lining and topstitch. Push the lining to the inside. Press, paying particular attention to the top seam. Topstitch along the upper edge, 0.5cm and 1.5cm from the edge.

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Season’s GreetingS Make your presents super-luxurious by adorning them with these gorgeous felt floral gift tags – we’ve got nine different designs to choose from!


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Use your tags again and again. Simply glue a new piece of card to the back and write the recipient’s name

Designed by: Angela Poole Design size: 6x9cm each Stitch time: 4 hours each

Make a… gift tag Step 1 Trim around your stitching, as indicated by the cutting guide from the chart, being careful not to cut any of your stitches.

Step 2 Glue a piece of brown card to the back of your stitching using fabric glue. Trim away any excess.

Step 3 Punch a hole and insert your eyelet according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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• Brown, cream or pink felt , 15x20cm each • 14 count waste canvas, 12x 15cm each • Brown card, 8x14cm eac h • Fabric glue • 1/8 in (3.2mm) eyelets For stockist details see pag e 92


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Electric tea time Jazz up your coffee table with Felicity Hall’s stylish tea set, featuring Scandi and Aztec-inspired patterns

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Lay your two sewn pieces right sides together, matching seams. Sandwich your tab between the two linen pieces. Sew around the outside edge leaving an opening for turning in the lining. Turn right side out and topstitch the opening closed. Push the lining inside.


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from the I took this sunflower chart ed it to ach att and August 2013 issue a bag as a patch. Claire Head, Devon

I took this Love motif from the August 2013 issue’s Let’s Get Inspire d and stitched it on to a T-shirt. Veronica Paratico, Italy

My first big cross stitch pro ject. It took 72 hours to complete and I had it professionally framed. I love it! Melissa Thompson, via email

my first I’m so proud to have finished h 2013 arc M major project, from the ! ked issue. It’s got me hoo s Kelly Edwards, Higham Ferrer

y 2013 issue, Brighton Rock, from the Jul project for ch stit ss was my first ever cro . om hro bat ed my seasisde-them il ema via er, Jennifer Low

As soon as I saw this Around the World design in the July 2013 issu e I knew I wanted to stitch it for my son ’s room. Emma, Inverness

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The Creepy Critters from the August 2013 issue will be one square on the patchwork quilt I’m making my son. Ginny Pledger, Earls Barton

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Things That Go Boo

Spooky season is upon us! Celebrate Halloween with these 40 different monstrous mini motifs Designed by: Sarah Cookland

MATERIALS Card • 14 count plastic canvas, 20x20cm • A4 orange card • Baker’s twine, 25cm • Tapestry needle, size 18 Treat bags • Felt, 20x20cm each • 14 count waste canvas, 10x10cm each • Fabric, two 19x28cm pieces each • Grosgrain ribbon, 50cm each For stockist details see page 92

Make a… card Step 1 Trim around your stitching, leaving at least one unstitched square all the way around. Thread the twine through your stitching using a tapestry needle.

Step 2 Fold your card in half. Punch two holes in the front of your card near the top. Thread the ends of your twine through the holes and secure with tape on the back.

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Fill your bags with yummy treats for your favourite little goblin or ghoul

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Trim your felt into a rectangular patch and round the corners. Attach to one piece of fabric using running stitch and a contrasting thread.

Hem the top edge of both pieces of fabric. Right sides together, sew along the sides and bottom. Turn right sides out and secure with ribbon.


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Domestic Bliss Create a warm, inviting space in your home this Autumn with our stencil-style cushion duo – they’ll work equally well on their own or displayed as a pair

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DOMESTIC BLISS

The vibrant colour palette on the Home cushion really pops against the rustic fabric, while the more subdued tones of the Love motif stay clean and crisp against white

Cushion pads To make a lovely plump cushion, order your cushion pad 3cm (1in) larger than your finished cushion size. For example, if you have a 30cm (12in) square cushion, order a 33cm (13in) cushion pad.

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Lay your second hemmed piece on top, so the two pieces overlap each other in the centre. Pin along the hem to hold in place. Pin around the edges of your cushion.

Stitch all the way around the outside edge of your cushion. Trim excess fabric at the corners. Turn your cushion right sides out, press and pop on your cushion pad.

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Leave at least 10cm of unstitched fabric around each edge before framing

• 25 count w hite evenwea ve, 40x40cm • Wood fram e with outsid e measuremen t of 26x26cm • White mou nt board, 26x2 6cm • Staple gun • Double side d tape For stockist d etails see pag e 92

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Place double sided tape on the back of the frame. Mark and match up the centre points on the frame and fabric edges.

Stretch the fabric to the reverse, folding neatly at each corner. Staple the fabric to the back of the frame. Secure the raw edges with tape.

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Counting Down the Days Start prepping for the Christmas festivities with this gorgeous candy-toned advent calendar and stocking set


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Stitch your numbers on various pieces of coloured felt. Once you’ve finished stitching, trim each felt piece to 6.5x6.5cm. Pin in place and hand stitch each patch using small straight stitches in one strand of a matching colour.

Fold the top and bottom edges of your hanger to the reverse, creating generous channels for the dowels. Hand sew in place to secure. Slide in your dowels, tie cord around the top dowel and tuck the cord ends inside.

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lf you’re on the hunt for some gorgeous handmade wrapping ideas, check out our felt floral gift tags on page 30

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Woodland Friends This super-cute owl and toadstool sampler will look just charming in a nursery or playroom

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Too whit Too whoo

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s much as we love working on super-contemporary, trend-led projects, sometimes all we want is to get back to basics and stitch up a pretty traditional sampler. This sweet pastel-toned design features a collection of cute toadstool and owl buddies, and a playful ‘too whit, too whoo’ border. A plain white frame will really make the colours pop, and it’s the perfect decoration for any little girl’s room.

Designed by: Helen Philipps Design size: 15x15cm Stitch time: 13 hours

With such a simple palette, it’s easy to choose your own favourite colours for these owls

• 14 count white aida, 35x 35cm • Wooden frame • Mount board to fit inside your frame For stockist details see pag e 92

Turn to page 22 to learn how to frame a picture

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Rockin’

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ROCKIN’ ROBBINS

Designed by: Durene Jones Design size: 8x8cm each Stitch time: 6 hours each

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Step 2 Fold your card in half and attach your stitching to the front of your card using double-sided tape or 3D foam pads for a raised finish.

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Every issue we bring you a new stitching technique. This month, stitch up Kirsty Neale’s fun hoop-framed zoo

Turn over... New technique: Hoop-la Zoo

ry Use multiple embroide l split hoops to create playfu designs. From the book ale Hoop-La by Kirsty Ne

Plus... Neale • Q&A with Kirsty


Yes you can !

Hoop-la Zoo

Use multiple embroidery hoop frames to create playful split animal portraits

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raming stitching can be very expensive, especially when your finished pieces are not standard sizes, so we’re thrilled at how the humble embroidery hoop has risen from handy stitching tool to the most common way of displaying fabric art in recent years. This fun project duo uses multiple hoops with playful, unexpected results, and would look great hung in a nursery or playroom.

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To stretch the dog across three hoops, just add an extra straight section in the middle. Or, add two extra sections and hang them so the dog wraps around a corner on a wall

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How to… make the giraffe Step 1

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Use the template provided and trace the giraffe head, neck and body sections onto Bondaweb. Iron onto patterned fabric, cut out and then iron each one onto a separate piece of background fabric.

Stitch around the edges of the giraffe by hand, machine, or a combination. Thread yellow wool down near the top of the head and back up nearby, leaving two short tails. Secure flat using couching stitches.

Snip off the yarn, leaving a short end to splay out at the top of each one. Sew loops of orange thread or wool down the back of the head and neck. Stitch the eye and eyelashes into place.

create the tail by threading two pieces of yellow wool through the fabric and back up close by. Even up the four lengths and plait together. Secure with thread and unravel the rest to give a fluffy tip.

Top hoop (ears) Top hoop (head)

Front body

Bottom hoop (body + legs) Top hoop (neck)

Back body Centre hoop (neck)

Templates - photocopy at 200%

How to… make the dog

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Use the template provided and trace the front and back body sections of the dog onto fusible web. Iron onto plain fabric, cut out and then iron onto separate pieces of background fabric.

Stretch each fabric piece into an embroidery hoop, and stitch around the edges by hand or machine. Copy the ear template onto contrasting fabric and cut out twice.

place right sides facing and sew the pieces together around the edges, leaving a small gap at one edge. Turn the fabric right way out through the gap and then sew it up.

Sew the top of the ear to the head, catching the stitches around the seam so they appear invisible. Finish off by stitching an eye and sticking on a circle of black felt as a nose.

• Bondaweb • Plain and patterned fab ric • Embroidery threads Sausage dog • Two 18cm embroidery hoo ps • Black felt Giraffe • Three 15cm embroidery hoops • Wool or yarn (yellow and orange) For stockist details see pag e 92 OCTOBER 2013


We speak to DESIGNER...

Kirsty Neale could do it for a living. My first job was as a tour guide at the national theatre, then I worked in HR at the BBC before moving into children’s magazines, so not the most predictable of career paths! What inspired you to write a book all about embroidery hoops?

I’ve always had a real problem getting embroidery pieces framed, so when I saw people using hoops as frames it made perfect sense. However, I mostly just saw naked wooden hoops being used. I liked the thought of giving ideas on how to decorate the actual hoop. What is your career history?

I’m a full time writer, designer and illustrator. Although I’ve always made things, it took me a while to realise I

What’s your favourite-ever make?

Probably the soctopus toys I designed a couple of years ago. I gave my nephews

one each as a Christmas stocking filler and they carried them everywhere, including school, and included them in all kinds of weird and wonderful games. They now have about six or seven each – it’s like my very own micro industry! If you could only practice one craft for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I love variety, so that would be a really hard choice, but I’d probably pick illustration. It would have to include collage though, so I could include random stitched details and little pieces of paper or fabric to add texture.

Left: See more of Kirsty’s wonderfully varied work at her website, www. kirstyneale.typepad.com

reader offer Hoop-la By Kirsty Neale (DAVID & CHARLES)

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basics Tools of the trade Needles

Stranded cotton

Aida

For basic stitching you’ll need a tapestry needle that has a blunt tip and large eye. Use a size 24 needle for most aidas, and a size 26 for evenweaves and linens. Use a sharp embroidery needle for finer details such as backstitch and French knots.

Embroidery thread is also commonly referred to as stranded cotton. Each thread length is made up of six strands of cotton twisted together. The chart key will indicate how many strands you’ll need to stitch your design with.

Aida is an ideal choice for cross stitch beginners. 14 count is the most common, although it’s available in a huge variety of colours and counts. Each cross stitch is worked over a single aida block, making counting and keeping your place a cinch.

Embroidery scissors

Hoops and frames

Evenweave

Embroidery scissors are an absolute must-have for stitchers and can be picked up for just a few pounds. Keep yours sharp by only using them to cut threads – that way a decent pair should last you a lifetime.

Though not absolutely essential, we do recommend using an embroidery hoop or frame to keep an even stitching tension. Just make sure it’s big enough to fit your entire design.

Evenweave is much simpler to work with than you might think. Start with a 25 or 28 count evenweave, such as Zweigart Lugana. Once you’re confident, try your hand at a linen version.


the chart Start stitching from the centre of the design and your fabric. The centre of our charts are indicated by dotted lines. To find the centre of your fabric, fold it in half and then into quarters.

the key

DMC

Anchor Madeira

Cross stitch in two strands

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butterfly antennae all other details

French knots in two strands

Reading the chart

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Each square on the chart represents a single cross stitch. Fractionals are half filled squares or squares filled with two different colours.

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All the symbols that appear on the chart are listed in the key with their corresponding thread codes beside them. The key also tells you the different stitches used in the design.

Colour match In the key, the closest column of thread codes listed next to the chart symbols is the thread brand that’s used in the design. Similar colour matches are listed alongside it.

Start stitching… on aida Step 1

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Cut a 40cm thread length, and thread your needle with two of the six strands. Knot one end and start with a waste knot (opposite). Make a diagonal half cross stitch across a single aida block.

Make a second diagonal stitch to complete your first cross. Alternatively, you can work a row of half cross stitches first, then work back on yourself to complete the stitches.

The direction of your diagonals is up to you, just be sure all your stitches cross in the same direction. Otherwise, your design will look uneven. Continue working from the centre outward.

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Instead of taking your needle diagonally across a single aida block, take your needle diagonally across two evenweave threads, creating a half cross stitch as before.

Make a second diagonal stitch to complete your first cross stitch. Work each stitch individually or work a row of half cross stitches, then work back on yourself to complete the stitches.

COntinue working from the centre of your design outward. If you find the extra counting a bit daunting at first, don’t give up. We promise it’ll become second nature in no time.

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BackStitch Use this easy stitch to give a neat outline and add details Step 1 Step 2

Step 3

Work your backstitch using a sharp needle, once you’ve finished the cross stitch. To secure your thread, weave it through the back of your stitches, then bring your needle up to the surface.

For each additional stitch, bring your needle up 1-3 chart squares away from your previous stitch. Then pass it back through the fabric at the same point as your previous stitch.

Work your backstitch over about 1-3 chart squares at a time, making sure to closely follow the chart. Any longer and your stitches could end up becoming loose and pulling out.

Waste Knot A simple way to get started stitching Step 1 Step 2

Step 3

Reverse of fabric

Knot one end of your thread and take it down through the front of your fabric, about 2cm from your starting point. Then bring it back up to the front of your fabric to make your first stitch.

begin stitching your design, making sure you’re stitching over your starting thread with each stitch. You can work whole stitches or work half stitches then come back on yourself.

Once you’re happy that your starting thread is secure, snip off the knot. To secure your thread when you’ve finished stitching, weave it through the back of your stitches as shown here.

Loop knot This easy start to your cross stitch is brilliantly neat Step 1 Step 2

Reverse of fabric

If you’re working in two strands, a loop knot is the easiest and neatest method. Cut a single length of thread, twice as long as normal. Fold it in half to create a loop at one end.

Thread your needle with the two tail ends, just as you normally would. Bring your needle up to the front of your fabric, leaving a small loop of thread on the reverse.

Step 3

Reverse of fabric

make a half cross stitch, passing your needle through the loop on the reverse as shown here. Pull all the way to secure the thread. Now continue with your stitching as normal.

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French knots Go dotty with this simple way to add neat knots to your designs Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Use a sharp embroidery needle to help pierce the fabric. Bring your needle up at your starting point and wrap your thread once or twice around the needle. Use one strand for a small knot and two for a slightly chunkier knot.

Hold your thread end firmly and take your needle down, ever so slightly over from where you came up. Slide the twisted thread down the needle, so it rests on the fabric’s surface, and gently feed the needle through the fabric.

keep your thread as taut as possible to prevent the knot becoming loose. Gently pull your thread through to tighten the knot, so that it sits neatly on the surface. And remember, if you don’t get it right away, keep practising!

fractionals These little stitches are great for adding a bit more detail to your work Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

start with a quarter stitch, working from one corner into the centre. For evenweave, there is already a hole in the centre to stitch into. With aida, you’ll need to pierce the centre of the block.

Make your next quarter stitch in your second colour, coming up from the opposite corner and back down through the centre. You’ve now created a half cross stitch.

finish your stitch by making a half cross stitch. Fractionals are shown in the chart either as two symbols opposite one another in a chart square, or by a symbol opposite an empty space.

beading

half cross stitch

waste AND soluble canvas

Half cross stitches are exactly what they sound like – half of a cross stitch. Each diagonal stitch is worked across two evenweave threads or one aida block. They’re most often used to create a subtle background in a design.

Waste and soluble canvases are used when stitching on plain fabrics and felts. Tack onto your fabric and stitch as normal. Soluble canvas dissolves in water. For waste canvas, soak in water then remove each thread individually.

To attach beads, you’ll need a thin, flexible beading needle. Thread with one strand of cotton. Bring your needle to the front of your design, thread on a bead and make a diagonal stitch to secure the bead. If you like, stitch through again for added security.

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WASTE CANVAS

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How to enter Complete the crossword and rearrange the letters in the shaded boxes to make up a winning word. You can enter online at www.futurecomps.co.uk/ pcw271 or text the code CSX271 followed by the winning word and your name and address to 87474*. Postal entries will not be accepted. Competition open 20 Sept – 17 Oct 2013

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Issue 269’s winning word Harvest

Winners: Sheena Morrison, Scotland; Claire Boston, Merseyside; Pat Sharp, Prestwood; Fiona Campbell, Edinburgh; Coleen Allison, Leeds

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For stitching fabric, threads and all the basic supplies you need, try one of these top stockists… Willow Fabrics www.willowfabrics.co.uk 0800 056 7811 For evenweave, aida and all kinds of stitching fabrics 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 stuffing, wadding, interfacing, Bondaweb, scissors and all kinds of haberdashery supplies

John James Needles www.jjneedles.com 0152 783 0941 For all kinds of needles and needle packs Siesta Frames www.siestaframes.com 0120 281 3363 For stitching frames, hoops and lamps Wool felt company www.woolfeltcompany.co.uk For 100% wool felt in lots of colours JOSY ROSE www.josyrose.com For buttons, beads and all kinds of embellishments

SeamStar www.seamstar.co.uk 0182 977 1529 For plain and patterned fabrics and all kinds of trims E-Frame www.eframe.co.uk For picture frames for displaying your stitching HobbyCraft www.hobbycraft.co.uk 0845 051 6599 For cardstock, paper, paint, glue and general crafting supplies

Your projects You can make our projects using any materials you like, but if you need help tracking down specific items here are a few hints. Contact details for the suppliers are above or on the opposite page. Paper Dreams 14 count ecru perforated paper: Willow Fabrics Papermania capsule festive baker’s twine: HobbyCraft Mini clothes pegs: HobbyCraft Snow is Falling 28 count Zweigart Cashel pale blue linen, ref 3281/562: Willow Fabrics Wooden frame: eFrame White mount board: eFrame Season’s Greetings Felt in Natural Ecru, Stone and Baby Pink: Wool Felt Company 14 count waste canvas: Willow Fabrics Brown card, colourbase pastel card: HobbyCraft Hi Tac fabric glue: HobbyCraft 1/8in (3.2mm) eyelets and eyelet setter: Fiskars Domestic Bliss 28 count Zweigart Cashel light rustic linen, ref 3281/52: Willow Fabrics Natural backing fabric, Better Value Cotton, ref F/1513: Seamstar White backing fabric, Better Value Cotton, ref F/plainwhite: Seamstar Cushion pad: Design-a-cushions

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