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The world?s most beautiful cross stitch designs in one unique collection
ISSUE 12
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Garden friends
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BRAND NEW
DESIGNS FOR
SPRING
Sweet birth sampler
Wild African sunset
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Dancing beauty
Contents
I couldn?t think of a better
way to kick off the new
season than with a beautiful
sampler to welcome a new
baby (p28). This is just one
of many fantastic designs
we have for you this issue. If
you?re a bird lover, then you?ll adore our spring
garden scene (p4) and Maria Diaz?s striking
cherry blossom triptych (p50). For something
a bit more exotic, I?d recommend our exclusive
design from Anchor (p20), featuring a lion and
his cub against a dramatic sunset ? just look at
those amazing colours! You can try speciality
stitches in our Celtic knotwork cushion (p42)
and floral cards (p58), and Lucie Heaton?s
ballerina (p36) will pose a challenge, too, as it?s
stitched on black fabric, but it?ll be worth it to
watch her gracefully appear before your eyes.
In between projects, find out how to join us
online (p34), enter our giveaways (p49), and
turn to the back of your mag for a chat with
Faye Whittaker, the designer of our project on
page
g 12. It?s great to welcome her back to Gold!
4
Home
sweet home
Projects
4 Spring birdhouse
Welcome the new season with a bright
and colourful garden hanging
Sarah Trevor, Editor
Sarah?s choice
12 Edwardian ladies
We step back in time to enjoy a spot of
afternoon tea on the veranda
20 African lion
A mesmerising wildlife scene, captured
at sunset on the African savanna
28 Birth sampler
Stitch this cute toyshelf sampler for baby
36 Beautiful ballerina
A dancer showcases her moves in this
exquisite piece on black evenweave
42 Knotwork cushion
Lose yourself in intricate Celtic patterns
50 Blossom triptych
Inspired by a serene Japanese garden, this
pretty project is perfect for spring
28
Welcome
little one
2 Cross Stitch Gold
58 Floral cards
Practice beading and speciality stitches
with our gorgeous all-occasion greetings
36
Dance of
distinction
50
Eastern
beauty
20
The lion?s
share
12
42
Celtic
chic
Features
& regulars
Reviews
& advice
11 Your letters
18 New products
You share pictures of your latest work
26 Subscribe today
Subscribe and get a free Madeira gift worth �!
34 Join us online
Keep up to date with your favourite stitching mag
49 Giveaways
Loads of fantastic stitchy prizes up for grabs
56 Next issue
A sneak peek at issue 128, on sale 29th March (UK)
63 Sudoku
Complete the crossword and enter to win a kit!
Tea on the
terrace
Find out what?s new on
the stitching market
40 Ask
the experts
Our panel is here to
help with your cross
stitch questions and
conundrums
57 Stockists
Find the supplies you?ll need to stitch all
the projects in the issue
64 Stitching guidelines
Handy instructions and step-by-steps
for beginners to cross stitch
66 My favourite things
We have a chat with artist Faye Whittaker
Win
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Cross Stitch Gold 3
Birdhouse hanging
Home
tweet home
Wave a firm hello to spring with this delightful hanging,
worked on sky blue linen, in a range of stitches
Stitcher?s guide
This birdhouse hanging is worked on
28-count pale blue linen over two threads
of the fabric, using 32 different shades of
stranded cotton. The design uses whole
cross stitches and fractionals in two strands
of thread. Half cross stitches in one strand of
thread are used for the shadow cast by the
flowers. Backstitch in one strand is used for
definition, and French knots in one strand
add detail. This design is recommended for
advanced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Durene Jones
Durene lives in Durham and
is a regular contributor to
Cross Stitch Gold and our sister
magazines. She loves to design
in shades of green and purple
There?s nothing like a cheery
springtime project to put you in
a happy mood. This season is
a time of renewal and optimism,
and has inspired many
a poem or work of art. This lively
springtime hanging is just the
way to lift your mood and give
your home a new lease of life.
I?ve chosen a canvas of sky blue
linen, which provides an instant
background. It?s also easier to
work neat fractional stitches on
evenweave, and these are found
on the bird and butterflies. The
rest of the design is worked in
whole cross stitches, half cross
stitch, backstitch and French
knots, so there?s plenty
to keep your needle busy!
4 Cross Stitch Gold
stitch tip
Bird lovers will like our
bluebird design in issue
126. Turn to page 26 to
find out how to order
a back issue
How to stitch the spring
birdhouse
1
Find the centre of your fabric by folding
it in half both horizontally and vertically.
Follow the arrows on the chart to find
its centre and start stitching from here,
working your way outwards.
Work the cross stitch on the design
over two threads of the fabric, using
two strands of cotton. For every tiny
symbol you see, work a fractional stitch.
Work the half cross stitches in one
strand of thread.
Add the backstitch detail using one
strand of cotton.
Work the French knots on the design in
one strand of cotton.
Check over your finished stitching and
prepare for making up.
2
3
4
5
6
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count ice blue cashel linen,
measuring 36x30cm (14紉12in)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS G黷ermann Ring a Roses backing
fabric available from My Fabrics, to buy visit
www.myfabrics.co.uk. 30cm (12in) dowel rod
and ribbon of choice from local craft shops
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 57
?This will be a lovely
design to hang in the
bedroom and wake
up to each morning,
bringing a welcome
burst of sunshine!?
Sarah Trevor, Editor
Birdhouse hanging
Display this in your kitchen, or
anywhere that could do with
a sprinkling of springtime
Cross Stitch Gold 5
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STITCH COUNT 147 high x 115 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave)
? 26.5x21cm (10.5x8糹n)
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28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
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Perfect match
The backing fabric complements the green border in the
design beautifully. If you have a fabric you?d particularly
like to use, you could adapt the border colour to match.
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Letters
Have your say
Send your letters and photos to Cross Stitch Gold,
2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN
or email sarah@cross-stitching.com
Write in and share your stitching stories
and photos ? every published letter writer
will win a fantastic cross stitch gift!
Photo stitch
I started cross stitching over 22 years
ago and at the time, I really couldn?t
tell one end of a needle from the
other! Since then I have made many
pictures and cards, and developed
Sarah: You?ve been able
to combine your hobbies
beautifully here, Rachel. What
a stunning way to capture the
English countryside in winter.
Feathered friend
I thought I would share my recently
completed robin scene, which is
a design by Durene Jones from
issue 115. I wanted to complete
a festive piece before Christmas, but
I hadn?t seen anything that really
inspired me until I came across this
robin as I was flicking through old
magazines. The project took me
Rachel?s cross stitch design captures
a photograph she took in the snow
my amateur love of photography to
create my own large projects. I love
cross stitching ? I don?t know what
I?d do without it! Here is a piece
I finished recently. The image was
taken at Crowhurst in East Sussex,
when surprisingly it snowed one
April and, as the sun set, the snow
turned a gorgeous warm pink.
Rachel Gallehawk, Basildon S
The star letter writer
in the next issue will
receive a lovely pair
of chart books from
Rico Design, worth
�. All other letter
writers will receive
a mystery prize,
so what are you
waiting for?
GOLD
Christmas
countdown
I really enjoyed stitching this
advent calendar from issue 123.
The colours are so lovely and
bright. I didn?t think I was going
to get it finished in time for 1st
December, but with a bit of help
from a friend, I did it! My other
friend?s children loved being able
to count down to the big day.
Marie McAnulty, Gosport
Sarah: What a wonderful
job you?ve done of stitching
and making up this advent
calendar, Marie! It?s one
that?s sure to be enjoyed
year after year.
work. I hope you enjoy it!
Harvey Thorkildsen, by email
Sarah: Your hard work has
certainly paid off, Harvey
? well done!
Feeling inspired
Our sweet robin proved the perfect
pro
oject for Mel at Christmas time
a ccouple of months to complete,
and I?m so thrilled with the final
ressult. I absolutely love your
maagazine, particularly Durene?s and
Lessley Teare?s designs. Thank you for
insspiring me with every issue!
Mel Pachter, Milton Keyynes
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elp with your search
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hope this magnificent piece
to
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home over the festiv
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I would like to share this project
I have started, using the chart
from issue 123 of Cross Stitch
STAR
LETTER
Marie made sure her calendar was
ready in time for 1st December!
Gold. I generally give away my
embroidery as gifts and sometimes
sell them, but this one is for me!
Please continue to inspire me with
beautiful designs
g like this.
Monica Alzamora, by email
Sarah: It?s looking great Monica
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surprised you want to keep
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Cross Stitch Gold 11
Edwardian seaside scene
Tea on the
terrace
Faye Whittaker transports us to a bygone era
to indulge in one of life?s greatest pleasures
? afternoon tea on a beachfront balcony...
Stitcher?s guide
The Edwardian scene is worked
on 14-count white aida, using 39
different shades of stranded cotton.
The design uses whole cross stitches
in both one and two strands of
cotton. Half cross stitch in two
strands is used for the sky, and
backstitch in one or two strands of
cotton is used to define the design.
This charming project is suitable for
experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Faye Whittaker
Faye was brought up in the
coastal town of Southport,
whose Edwardian character was
to prove a lasting influence on
her work as an artist
I love to let my mind wander as
I?m painting, and I certainly did
with this piece of two Edwardian
ladies enjoying afternoon tea
? imagining myself nibbling
away on miniature sandwiches
and artisan cakes, and delighting
in chit chat! My design is quite
complex, with a large palette,
a range of stitches and different
numbers of strands, so even
experienced stitchers will need
to keep their wits about them.
The fabric is completely covered,
too, so try to keep your work
neat at the back, to avoid the
tangles that can often occur with
densely stitched designs.
Find out more about me and
my favourite things on page 66!
12 Cross Stitch Gold
How to stitch the
Edwardian scene
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half both
horizontally and vertically. Follow
the arrows on the chart to find
its centre and start stitching from
here, working your way outwards.
Work the cross stitch using
one or two strands of cotton
? check the key to see how many
strands to thread your needle with.
Work that half cross stitch
using two strands of cotton.
Add the backstitch detail in
one or two strands of cotton.
Check over your finished
stitching and prepare for
framing.
2
3
4
5
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 14-count white aida
measuring 35x40cm (13緓15緄n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed
in the key
NEEDLE Size 24 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with
a minimum aperture of 25x31cm
(10x12in)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to
page 57
Edwardian seaside scene
The fabric is completely covered
in stitches here, making this
a captivating project
Cross Stitch Gold 13
Edwardian seaside scene
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Coming soon in Cross Stitch Gold
Enjoy a rather different view out to sea in our next issue, with Carol Thornton?s bright and
sunny harbourside scene. It?s another densely stitched design, capturing colourful houses
leading down to the water?s edge, where boats bob happily on the swell. Issue 128 of Cross
Stitch Gold is on sale 29th March (UK), or turn to page 26 for details of how to subscribe.
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To reduce your stitching
time slightly, work this
design on pale blue
fabric and omit the half
cross stitch in very
light blue
dark grey
dark brown
dark grey
dark brown
STITCH COUNT 139 high x 170 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave)
? 25x31cm (10x12in)
SKEINS NEEDED 2xblanc (white), 2x775 (very
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light blue)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton
Cross Stitch Gold 17
New products
Shopper?s guide
Spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner, so hop
to it with Sarah?s pick of fabulous new kits and accessories!
Mum in
a million
Show how much you
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each measuring 1.5cm
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try adding a personal touch
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Perfect
Motherfor
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Day!
Just for you
Gift this sweet and simple design to a special friend, and they?ll
always thank you for it! The warm thread colours are a perfect
match for the kind sentiment, while three little hummingbirds
symbolise the joy of friendship. Measuring just 12.5x18cm
(5x7in), this is a fairly small design that you?ll be able to finish in
just a few weeks, but the beading adds extra time and difficulty,
so remember to factor this in if you?re working to a deadline.
The kit, by Design Works, comes with 14-count aida and presorted stranded cottons for �99.
Visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800 0130150 to buy
Birds of
a feather
These two designs kick off
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and Happy Hens (bottom) are
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Why not work on the delightful
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Buy from www.hcrafts.com
or call 01889 575256
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Swedish style
Anette Eriksson has been producing kits for many
years, and now you can buy 20 of her bestselling designs from John Lewis. This beautiful
range includes cushion and picture kits featuring
everything from Scandi-style trees to elegant French
lettering. Prices start at �.99, and when you
purchase a kit from John Lewis, you can also receive
a free pattern of your choice ? just email a copy of
the receipt to anette@anetteeriksson.com
Order from www.johnlewis.com or call
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Love
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Add a floral flourish or a sprinkling
of love hearts to your stitched cards
using these pretty papers from
Stampin? Up. There are 48 sheets
in the Love Blossoms Paper Stack
(�25), each measuring 30x30cm
(12x12in), with designs in subtle
shades of pink and green. They're the
perfect way to accentuate a bunch
of birthday blooms, a picturesque
landscape or an Easter greeting.
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Happy memories
If you've fallen for the charms of Faye Whittaker's Edwardian afternoon
tea design on page 12 then it will be well worth your while browsing
her full range of All Our Yesterdays traditional cross stitch kits and
charts. Ladies Bathing Huts is Faye's newest design, which is converted
from a painting she did back in 1990 after feeling inspired at the
bottom of cliffs on the south coast. The challenging chart measures
33x40.5cm (13x16in) and is worked on 14-count white aida. Go online
to buy a complete kit for �.95 or a chart for �.95.
Visit www.fayewhittakerarts.com to buy
Helps
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rain
The Tri Spectrum R chargeable
Magnifying Lamp a clever light that
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hi -quality lens ov r intricate rojects,
and let the 2x mag fication make light
work of every stit ! This brilliant lam
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For stockist infor ation, email
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Easter pals
If you can?t resist cute little
bunnies and chicks at Easter
time, don?t miss this adorable
pair from Red Bear Design,
guaranteed to create a pretty
display for your home this
season. The charts are designed
to be worked on 14-count aida,
and you can download them
for �07 each. They?re ready to
stitch straightaway - and simply
frame your Easter cuties in 15cm
(6in) wooden embroidery hoops
for a fresh finish!
Buy or find out more at
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African savanna
The lion?s
share
Imagine the pride you?ll feel at completing this
magnificent design ? how can you resist it?
Stitcher?s guide
About the design
What a sight to behold ? a
lion and his cub resting on the
rolling sub-Saharan grasslands,
conserving energy for their
nighttime prowl. The sky is alive
with colour as the hot African
sun sinks towards the horizon,
striking a sharp contrast against
the shaded mane of the lion.
Meanwhile, the giraffes in the
background are feasting on the
uppermost leaves of the trees,
a safe enough distance from
the lions who will soon venture
further afield, looking for food.
This striking design is brought
to you exclusively by Anchor,
and is heavily stitched in a vast
palette ? burnt oranges and rust
reds for the sky, grey and stone
for the shadowy lions, chestnut
browns and straw for the grassy
foreground. You?ll use a variety
of stitches to bring depth and
detail to the scene, making this
an engrossing and rewarding
project for experienced stitchers.
This African scene is worked on 14-count
white aida using 42 shades of stranded
cotton. The design uses whole cross
stitches and fractionals in two strands of
thread. Half cross stitch in both two and
three strands is used for the background.
Backstitch in one and two strands of
cotton add definition to the animals,
while French knots in two strands add
detail to the lions? features. This design is
recommended for experienced stitchers.
How to stitch the
African savanna
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half both horizontally
and vertically. Follow the arrows on
the chart to find its centre and start
stitching from here, working outwards.
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric, using two
strands of cotton. For every tiny symbol
you see, work a fractional stitch.
Work the half cross stitch on the
design. Both two and three strands
are used, so check the key carefully.
Add the backstitch to the design.
Both one and two strands are used,
so check the key carefully.
Work the French knots in two
strands of thread.
Check over your finished stitching
and prepare for framing.
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stitch tip
A stitching frame is
essential for large
cross stitch projects
like this
FABRIC Zweigart 14-count white aida
measuring 40x55cm (15緓21絠n)
THREADS Anchor stranded cotton as
listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 24 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame of choice with a minimum
aperture of 32x46cm (12緓18in)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 57
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To work a French knot (used in this design for the
lions? eyes and muzzle), thread your needle with two
strands of thread and bring it up through the fabric
where you want the knot to form. Hold the thread
taut in your left hand and wrap the needle around it
twice. Push the needle back into the fabric, close to
where it came up. Keeping the thread taut, pull the
needle and thread through to the back of the fabric,
leaving a neat French knot sitting on top.
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DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count
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SKEINS NEEDED 2x233 (shell grey),
2x399 (light grey), 2x400 (dark grey), 2x303
(light tangerine), 2x314 (tangerine), 2x329
(light orange), 2x332 (orange), 2x335 (dark
orange), 3x379 (brown)
This design was stitched using Anchor stranded
cotton
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Lesley Teare
Lesley lives and works in rural
Suffolk. She des gns for many of
the best cross st tch magazines,
as we l as for cross stitch books
Teddy bears a e so important
to children and hey? l usually
have a favourite that they take
everywhere with them When
I have my young grandch ldren
to stay we sometimes use the
toys hey?ve brought with them
to make a teddy bears? picnic like
the one in this scene This make
bel eve play is so wonderful for
the kids and fun for the g own
ups too! That?s why I know most
ch ldren would love to rece ve
this ado able pictu e as a gift to
hang on the r wa l as they live
out the enjoyable scene over
and over aga n n he r head My
design s fu l of bright colours
and fun l ttle details too which
wi l make it a joy to stitch
Get advice on
working French
knots on page 65, or
visit www.cross
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How to stitch the
teddy bear family
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or zonta an ve tica Fo ow
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Abby White
Art st, Abby, graduated w th
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I love to travel and my favour te
cit es are London Rome and of
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design s no exception with its
elegant lettering and all the style
of a Par sian shop s gn t does
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could also be a new one so I?ll
leave t open to interpretation!
Signage and lettering are
popular in cross st tch at the
moment so I hope th s design
wi l appeal to many of you
espec a ly those w th a love
of anyth ng cont nental and
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How to stitch the
Parisian sign
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Birth sampler
This adorable birth sampler
makes a very special gift
for new parents
28 Cross Stitch Gold
Birth sampler
Welcome
little one
Is a friend or family member expecting a bundle
of joy? Stitch up this adorable sampler featuring
a nursery toyshelf in time for the new arrival
Stitcher?s guide
This lovely birth sampler is worked on
28-count white evenweave over two
threads of the fabric, using 23 shades
of stranded cotton. The design uses
whole cross stitches and fractionals in
two strands of thread. Backstitch in
both one and two strands of cotton
is used to add definition, while French
knots in one strand add detail. This
adorable design is recommended for
intermediate stitchers.
stitch ip
Gift wrap your sampler
and stitch one of the
hearts to make
a coordinating tag
Meet the designer
Durene Jones
Durene is a popular cross stitch
freelance designer who creates
designs for DMC Creative
World, as well as for magazines
This beautiful baby sampler will
make a unique gift to hang in
pride of place in a nursery. It?s
a sweet picture, featuring all
of baby?s soon-to-be favourite
toys, including bunny and teddy,
with plenty of space at the
bottom of the design to stitch
the baby?s name, birth date and
weight. Birth samplers are such
lovely projects to work on, as
you know the baby?s parents
will treasure them. This one is
a decent size to make a lovely
display on the nursery wall, but
it doesn?t take too long to stitch
as there aren?t many fractionals
to work. I?ve used fresh, neutral
colours, too, making it suitable
for either a new baby girl or
a bouncing baby boy!
How to stitch the birth
sampler
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half both horizontally
and vertically. Follow the arrows on
the chart to find its centre and start
stitching from here, working outwards.
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric, using two
strands of cotton. For every tiny symbol
you see, work a fractional stitch.
Add the backstitch to the design
using one or two strands of cotton
? check the key to see how many to
thread your needle with.
Work the French knots in one
strand of cotton.
Check over your finished stitching
and follow the instructions to turn it
into a fabric hanging on page 32.
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You will need
FABRIC 28-count white evenweave,
measuring 40x45cm (15緓17緄n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in
the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Backing fabric, dowel rod and
ribbon of your choice
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS Turn to
page 57
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yellow
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dark green
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light green
light pink
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STITCH COUNT 120 high x 160 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave)
? 25.5x29cm (10x11絠n)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
?This neutral sampler is
ideal if you don?t know
the sex of a loved one?s
impending arrival. If you
do know, it will be easy to
change the border and
lettering to pink or blue?
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Parisian sign
Parisian sign
GOLD
EXCELLENCE
AWARD
Paris
fleuriste
Bring the romance of Paris into your home when
you stitch this charismatic advertising sign, on
a striking background of black fabric
stitch tip
Roll your project up
when storing it, to
prevent making creases
that could be difficult
to iron out
Stitcher?s guide
The Par sian s gn is worked on 28 count
black evenweave over two th eads of
the abric using 14 different shades
of stranded cotton The des gn uses
whole cross st tches and fract ona s
in two strands of co ton or meta l c
thread Backst tch n one or two st ands
of cotton or metal ic thread is used to
def ne the des gn Th s chic project s
recommended for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Abby White
Artist, Abby, graduated with
a degree in Fine Art. She l ves
with her husband and son in
New Jersey
I love to travel and my favourite
cities are London, Rome and, of
course, Paris. Translate anything
into French and it adds an
instant air of glamour! This
design is no exception, with its
elegant lettering and all the style
of a Parisian shop sign. It does
feel somewhat like an antique
sign, but luckily France still has
such a passion for art that it
could also be a new one, so I?ll
leave it open to interpretation!
Signage and lettering are
popular in cross stitch at the
moment, so I hope this design
will appeal to many of you,
especially those with a love
of anything continental and
fashionably chic.
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choose from hundreds of free downloadable
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How to stitch the
Parisian sign
1
Find the cent e of your fabr c
by folding t in half both
horizontal y and vertical y Fo low
the arrows on the chart to f nd its
centre and start stitching from here
working your way outwards
Work he cross st tch over wo
threads of the fabric using two
strands of cotton or metal ic thread
For every tiny symbol you see work
a frac ional st tch
Add the backstitch detail in
one or two strands of co ton or
metal ic thread
Check over your f n shed s itch ng
and prepare for making up.
2
3
4
You will need
FABRIC Zwe gart 28
8 count black
evenweave measur ng 40x35cm
(1 緓14 n)
THREADS Stranded cotton and
metallic threads as listed in the keyy
NEEDLE Size 26 tapest
p y needle
EXTRAS Canvas from local stores
measur ng
g 30x24cm (12x9� n)
FOR STOCK STS? DETA LS turn to
page 57
Stitch ng on b ack fabric is a challenge but
this finished design is worth every second
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Ballerina
Dance of
distinction
This awe-inspiring picture would
make a special gift for young and old
Take in the breathtaking beauty of ballet
with this striking project, stitched on black
evenweave for added impact
Stitcher?s guide
This beautiful ballerina is worked on
28-count black evenweave over two
threads of the fabric, using 17 different
shades of stranded cotton. The design
uses whole cross stitches in two strands
of cotton. This captivating design is
recommended for intermediate stitchers.
How to stitch the
ballerina
Meet the designer
Lucie Heaton
Lucie has a passion for
needlework and crafts, and
has been creating cross stitch
designs for over 20 years
Nothing beats the beauty and
grace of a ballerina ? their
elaborate movements are
mesmerising to watch. But
ballet is so much more than
dance alone, as the movements
convey a complete range of
thoughts and emotions. The
moves can takes many years of
training to perfect, yet look so
natural and fluid. That?s what I?ve
tried to capture in this design;
a difficult and highly technical
pose, performed beautifully.
My design is made even more
dramatic by the dark fabric it?s
stitched on. And because it?s
so dazzling, there?s no need
for fractionals or backstitch to
make it come to life ? it?s worked
entirely in whole cross stitches.
36 Cross Stitch Gold
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half both horizontally
and vertically. Follow the arrows on
the chart to find its centre and start
stitching from here, working outwards.
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric, using two
strands of cotton.
Check over your finished stitching
and prepare for framing.
2
3
How to stitch on dark fabric
If you?ve never stitched on dark fabric
before, you might find it tricky to begin with,
as it?s often difficult to see the holes in the
fabric. You can make them easier to see by
placing a lightbox under your stitching to
illuminate the holes. Alternatively, place
a white pillowcase on your lap or under your
frame. It?s advisable to stitch in natural light
or under the light of a craft lamp, and using
a magnifier may also help.
You will need
FABRIC 28-count black Joblean evenweave,
measuring 40x25cm (15緓10in)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a
minimum aperture of 32x17cm (12絰6絠n)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 57
stitch tip
Take regular breaks
from your stitching
to prevent eye strain,
and to relieve your
posture after sitting
Ballerina
Cross Stitch Gold 37
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shell pink
light shell pink
very lt shell pink
light grey
beige
grey
very light grey
brick red
chesnut brown
peach
dark shell pink
light brick red
light peach
dark grey
cocoa
light cocoa
STITCH COUNT 165 high x 83 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave)
? 30x15cm (11緓6in)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
Lucie
Heaton?s
Designer
Secrets
Simple stitches
It?s unusual for a cross stitch design to
be made up of only whole cross stitches,
with no backstitch for definition. However,
with a design like this, where much of the
attraction is in the silhouette rather than
the detail, it really isn?t required.
Star attraction
I took inspiration for this project from
silver screen icon, Audrey Hepburn,
who was a proficient ballet dancer.
She started learning the art form at
five years old and wanted to be
a ballet dancer, but was considered too
tall to become a professional dancer.
However, the great poise she learned is
still evident in her acting roles.
Cross Stitch Gold 39
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Q
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THE EXPERTS
JO BENNER
Jo is an experienced
stitcher and crafter,
who writes for several
cross stitch magazines.
She can help with chart
queries and stitching
know-how, as well as
product questions.
These tiny hoops can be
used for stitching mini
cross stitch items
FIONA BAKER
Fiona is the Technical
Editor for Cross Stitch
Gold and our sister
magazines. She is
a talented cross stitch
designer, too, and can
answer any of your
stitching queries.
SARAH TREVOR
Sarah has worked on
cross stitching and craft
magazines for over six
years. She?s an avid
stitcher, and is ready and
raring to help you with
any of your craft or cross
stitch dilemmas.
MINI STITCHING!
CUSTOMISED CLOTHES
I usually knit for my twoyear-old granddaughter,
but with summer on the
way I thought it would be nice to
sew some clothes for her. As I?m
a passionate cross stitcher, too, it
would be nice to decorate them or
even buy ?stitchable? clothes, ready
made. Is there any such thing?
Vivienne Chalk, West Bromwich
Jo: Most ?stitchables?
only have a small area to
stitch on ? for example,
the bib on a teddy or the front
of a shopping bag. As you can
Q
A
Make children?s clothes that
stand out from the crowd with
personalised cross stitch
make clothes already, I think
this book, Made in France:
Cross-Stitch and Embroidery for
Babies, Toddlers and Children
by Isabelle Leloup, would be
ideal for you. It contains a range
of designs that can be stitched
onto ready-made clothes using
waste canvas or soluble canvas
to create a unique gift. This is
a great way to upcycle clothes,
too, and you will find clear stepby-step instructions and photos
with each project. Buy it for
�.99 at www.amazon.co.uk
Q
A
I belong to a stitch-a-long
cross stitch group and we
give presents at Christmas
and Easter. My problem is that I?ve
been drawn to give a present to
somebody who lives in America,
and I?m worried about the postage
on top of the gift. Could you
find me something that is fairly
reasonable, a little different, and
won?t cost too much to post?
Sandy Naylor, Folkestone
Fiona: This little bunny
needle minder is just
right for Easter and
a perfect gift for any stitcher.
The beauty of it is that it?s
They are perfect for making
pendants, keyrings, or indeed
for hanging on your Easter
tree! Christmas is a long
way off but think of the
possibilities ? cross stitch
a gift tag that can be put on
the tree as an ornament after
the present has been opened!
This is only one example of
the mini hoops they sell
? there are 10cm (4in) hoops
and oval shapes, too.
so it?s a unique and affordable
present. To buy it, go to www.
etsy.com/shop/thecottageneedle
STITCH-A-LONG GIFT
Q
A
40 Cross Stitch Gold
I saw some very small
embroidery hoops when
I was on holiday, and
I thought they would be great to
hang on my Easter tree with little
pictures in. Do you know where
I can buy these in the UK?
Charlotte Green, Bedford
Sarah: You can buy
six hoops measuring
7.5cm (3in) for �55
(plus P&P) from www.etsy.
com/shop/craftywoolfelt
RIBBON STORAGE
I use very thin ribbons
a lot for decorating my
cross stitch and crafts, and
they do get in a terrible muddle.
What is the best way to store them
to stop them getting tangled?
Lesley Delaney, by email
Sarah: The first thing to
do is put them onto
a spool. As they are thin,
you can use old sewing spools
that have a notch to hold the
ribbon. Then you need some
storage for the reels! I love this
Q
This little bunny will look after your
needle when you?re not stitching
made in the USA and can be
shipped from there to the
lucky recipient. The bunny
measures 3.2x3.8cm (1紉1絠n),
and is made of wood with a
magnetized back. It only costs
$4.75 (approximately �30),
A
Your questions answered
The Ribbon House can be
used to store thread and
twine as well as ribbon
HOUSEWIFE FAVE
My peg bag has bitten
the dust, so I need to
make a new one. I tend
to bring mine in from the line
and hang it in the house, so I?d
like to make something that?s
attractive as well as practical.
Where can I find a pattern for
a cross stitch peg bag?
Janine Young, by email
Sarah: You would be
better off making the
bag out of a sturdy
cotton fabric (rather than
aida or evenweave) and then
patching the design on after.
There are lots of free patterns
for peg bags online ? just
search for ?peg bag tutorial?.
How about this Laundry
design for the front from
www.jacquip.com? It?s only �to download (please read the
Q
A
little Ribbon House, which can
hold a lot of spools ? and it's
ideal if you like to wind your
stranded cottons onto spools,
too. The house has four shelves,
but the bottom one has an
extra bar so that you can lay
a spool on the shelf and pull the
ribbon without the spool rolling
away. The house is made from
natural, unvarnished wood, so
you can easily paint or decorate
it if you want to. It measures
36.5cm (14in) high, 29cm
(11絠n) wide and 7.5cm (3in)
deep. You can buy it for �
from www.tch.net or call
0845 1308229.
harder for a cross stitch one!
You can buy this Chelsworth
cross stitch kit for �.40 from
www.thehappycross-stitcher.
com, or call 01325 240192.
The kit contains a printed 7.5count canvas and is worked in
wool, so it?s going to be much
quicker then counted cross
stitch from a chart. The finished
piece measures 10x21x6.5cm
(4x8x2絠n) and will fit around
a standard metric brick, but
you can fill it with stuffing and
a weight in the middle if you
prefer. Everything you need to
make it (except the brick!) is
included in the kit.
DOORSTOP DILEMMA
SPECIMEN FRAMING
Can you tell me where
I can get a kit for a cross
stitch doorstop ? a brick
shaped one, please?
Kim Galloway, Dorset
Fiona: There are quite
a few kits for tapestry
brick door stops,
but I needed to search a bit
I?ve been given a chart of
some butterfly motifs but
before I start stitching,
could you give me some framing
advice? I want the finished project
to look like specimen butterflies.
Jeanne Goldsworthy, Bucks
Jo: What a great
idea, Jeanne. Try
stitching each butterfly
motif individually onto aida
(reinforced with interfacing),
plastic canvas, or perforated
paper. You can then cut
each one out carefully,
and mount all of the
butterflies onto a larger
piece of fabric or a piece
of card. How about
stitching their names
Q
A
Stitch a spring-themed
cross stitch doorstop
Q
A
Attach your cross stitch using
a sewing machine for durability
download instructions before
buying) and is recommended
for 20-count Bellana or
25-count Lugana, but any
cross stitch fabric will work.
You can always adjust the size
of the design to fit your peg
bag by stitching on a higher
or lower count fabric.
? which brand do you recommend?
Lisa Frean, Totnes
Fiona: John James
needles are fantastic and
they?ve just launched
a new range called The Crafter?s
Companion, which is suitable for
all your sewing needs. There are
24 needle collections, including
one for children. The needles
come in a little blue wallet
for a vintage look, and each
wallet has two blue envelopes
containing your needles. You?ll
find a wallet for Cross Stitch &
Embroidery; Embroidery & Bead
Embroidery; Quilting & Basting;
and Cross Stitch & Beading to
name a few! Prices range from
�49 to �99, so they?re great
value as well as being good
quality and long lasting. To buy
visit www.jjneedles.com, or call
01527 830941.
A
Box frames are a great way to
mount any 3D cross stitch project
underneath as well? This 3D
finish will make them look
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if you mount them in a box
frame, like this 10x10cm (4x4in)
frame, which costs �50 from
Wilko stores or www.wilko.
com. Smaller sizes are available
but this will probably be most
suitable. The pine frame is
easy to stain a traditional rich
mahogany, or paint a bright
colour for a contemporary look.
NEW NEEDLES
I?m an experienced cross
stitcher and all-round
crafter and I?m trying to
get my sewing box in order. I?ve
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Good-quality needles are an
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Cross Stitch Gold 41
Knotwork cushion
Celtic chic
Learn some beautiful new stitches when you
recreate this spellbinding cushion for your
home. Your guests will find it hypnotic...
Stitcher?s guide
The Celtic cushion is worked on 28-count
white evenweave using nine different
shades of stranded cotton. This design
uses whole cross stitches and fractionals
in two strands of thread. Backstitch in
one strand of cotton is used to outline
the design. For extra detail, Madeira Star
stitch and French knots are worked in one
strand of thread, and couching stitch is
added in three strands. This stylish project
is recommended for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Durene Jones
Durene is a popular designer
who loves to create bright and
colourful designs for Cross
Stitch Gold readers
Accent your home with my
newest design, a circular
cushion emblazoned with
an eye-catching Celtic-style
motif, inspired by traditional
Irish artwork. The stitching
techniques in this mesmerising
knotwork pattern are almost as
complex as the design itself, with
not only all the usual stitches
employed, but also Madeira
Star stitch, and couching stitch.
Experienced stitchers will enjoy
the challenge of these new
stitches, and we?ll help you
along the way with some handy
instructions on page 47. I hope
you?ll love the colours, too ? I?ve
chosen shades of lilac, magenta,
emerald and violet, for a vibrant
and beautiful finish.
How to stitch the
knotwork cushion
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half both horizontally and
vertically. Follow the arrows on the chart
to find its centre and start stitching from
here, working your way outwards.
Work the cross stitch over two threads
of the fabric, using two strands of
cotton. For every tiny symbol you see,
work a fractional stitch.
Add the backstitch detail using one
strand of cotton.
Work the Madeira Star stitch in one
strand of cotton.
Add the couching stitch in three
strands of cotton.
Add the French knots to the design in
one strand of cotton.
Check over your finished stitching and
prepare for making up.
2
3
4
5
6
7
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 42x42cm (16絰16絠n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS White backing fabric and purple bias
binding from local craft stores. Cushion pad to fit
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 57
42 Cross Stitch Gold
stitch tip
Make the most of
your stitching by
using a high-quality
fabric for the cushion
backing
Knotwork cushion
Our circular cushion would make
a special gift for someone with Irish
ancestry, or a lover of Celtic art
Cross Stitch Gold 43
Knotwork cushion
Knotwork cushion key
Cross stitch in two strands
Durene Jones?s
Designer Secrets
Manly gifts
The smaller, individual motifs that make up
this knotwork design would work well for
greeting cards and small gifts. In different
colours, they?re especially good for men,
who can be more difficult to find ideas for.
A break from the norm
With many cross stitch designs, it?s easier
to work from left to right and back
again, across the horizontal rows on the
fabric. However, with this design, you?ll
probably find it easier to concentrate on
one individual motif at a time.
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STITCH COUNT 168 high x 168 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave)
? 30.5x30.5cm (12x12in)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x209 (light lilac), 2x310 (blackk),
4x959 (emerald), 2x2607 (light magenta)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
How to make up the cushion
1
Cut your stitched piece
into a circular shape,
measuring 37cm (14絠n) in
diameter.
Cut two semi-circular
pieces of your backing
fabric, each matching the
curve of your stitched
piece and measuring
20cm (7緄n) high, for the
envelope-opening back
panel of the cushion.
On the straight edge
of each backing panel,
pin and stitch a 1cm (絠n)
double hem, and press.
You can buy readymade piping or, to
2
3
4
make your own, tack cord
into a piece of bias binding.
Using a chalk marker,
draw a 1cm (絠n)
line around your stitched
piece and tack your piping
along the inside of the line.
Snipping into the edge of
the bias binding at regular
intervals will help give
you a smooth curve on
your piping.
Stitch all the way
around the edge of the
cushion using a 1cm (絠n)
seam. Turn through and
press, then insert a circular
cushion pad to fit.
5
Coming soon in CrossStitchGold
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for mum. Find the charts in issue 128 of Cross Stitch Gold, on sale 29th March (UK).
6
How to work couching stitch
Each line of couching stitch uses three strands of light magenta
cotton, and is worked as a single long stitch. To hold down the
thread, use backstitch in one strand of dark violet, and make
crosses at regular intervals, as indicated on the chart.
How to work Madeira Star stitch
This stitch is a version of the eyelet stitch, where each arm is
worked by bringing the needle up at the outside edge and
taking it down at the centre, creating a slightly enlarged hole.
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Cross Stitch Gold 49
Cherry blossom triptych
Eastern
beauty
Create a relaxing Zen interior for your home
with this pleasing trio of canvases, featuring
pretty sakura blossoms and tropical birds
Stitcher?s guide
The sakura blossom trio is worked on
28-count white evenweave over two
threads of the fabric, using 21 different
shades of stranded cotton. This design uses
whole cross stitches and fractionals in two
strands of thread. Half cross stitch in two
strands is used for the background foliage.
Backstitch in one strand adds definition, and
French knots in one strand of cotton are
used to add detail. This beautiful project is
recommended for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Maria Diaz
Maria became the first in-house
designer for DMC Creative
World in 1989, and is now a
successful freelance designer
The sakura, or cherry blossom, is
the national flower of Japan, and
a symbol of hope and renewal.
Thus it?s the perfect subject for
a springtime project, when these
sentiments are at the forefront
of our minds. Aside from the
flower?s deep meaning, it also
has great beauty, and these three
designs make a stunning display
when presented as a triptych.
We?ve finished them as canvases,
which gives a really fresh and
contemporary look that would
work well in any modern home.
There are some fractionals and
French knots in this project, so
it?s slightly trickier than it might
appear, but because it is divided
into three distinct pieces, it feels
very manageable to stitch.
50 Cross Stitch Gold
How to stitch the sakura
blossom trio
1
Cut evenweave into three pieces
(see below). Choose a design to start
with and find the centre of the fabric by
folding it in half both horizontally and
vertically. Follow the arrows on the chart
to find its centre and start stitching from
here, working your way outwards.
Work the cross stitch over two threads
of the fabric, using two strands of
cotton. For every tiny symbol you see on
the chart, work a fractional stitch.
Work the half cross in the background
using two strands of thread.
Add the backstitch detail in one strand
of grey thread.
Add the French knots to the design
using one strand of cotton.
Check over your finished stitching and
prepare for making up.
2
3
4
5
6
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 25x20cm (10x7緄n) for each
design section
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the
key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Canvases from local stores, each
measuring 18x13cm (7x5in)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 57
stitch tip
Match up the three
designs and stitch them
as one piece if you
prefer a more
traditional
finish
Cherry blossom triptych
Maria?s tranquil trio will help make
your home a peaceful haven
Cross Stitch Gold 51
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keeping the direction
consistent across the
three designs
54 Cross Stitch Gold
?There?s nothing like pretty pink blossoms to
celebrate the start of spring! I love the Eastern
influence in this project, and I?m transported to
a peaceful Japanese garden with every stitch?
Sarah Trevor, Editor
Cherry blossom triptych
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Serenity
For me, Japanese artwork ? whatever
the subject might be ? always has
a beautiful tranquility about it. So
whenever I receive a commission that is
Eastern-themed, I?m always delighted, as
I find the design process a peaceful one.
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for cross stitch designs, and spent a lot of
time looking at Japanese pottery to get
ideas for this design. I love how it?s turned
out. The fact it?s split into three pieces
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DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave)
? 16.5x12.5cm (6絰5in)
These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
Coming soon in Cross Stitch Gold
For more beautiful florals, don?t miss issue 128 and this stunning honeysuckle bird cushion
from Anne Mortimer. On a background of blue evenweave, the colours come alive and will
add a sophisticated touch to your home. This issue hits the shops on 29th March (UK), or
find out how to subscribe and get it delivered direct to your door on page 26.
How to turn your stitching
into a canvas
1
Back your stitching
with interfacing and
press. Mark the halfway
points along each edge
of your canvas. Join up
these points in pencil to
make a cross. Push a pin
through the central stitch
of your cross stitch piece
and through the centre
of the cross on the frame.
Turn the stitching and
frame over. Trim fabric,
leaving 5cm (2in) around
the edge of the frame.
Staple the fabric to
the centre of the
top bar. Repeat at the
bottom, then at the
sides, pulling the fabric
2
3
taut at each stage.
Return to the top bar
and place staples on
either side of the original,
leaving about 2cm (緄n)
between them. Repeat
on each edge.
To finish the edges
neatly, grip one corner
of your stitching and pull
it towards the opposite
corner. This will create
a flap of fabric on either
side. Fold each of these
in towards the point
that you are pulling and
secure them with a single
staple. Repeat with the
other three corners and
trim any excess fabric.
4
Cross Stitch Gold 55
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Issue 128
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Capture the cuteness of a snoozing kitty
peacefully soaking up the sunshine, in
this oh-so-sweet springtime design
Harbour view
56 Cross Stitch Gold
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Cross Stitch Gold 57
Floral cards
Say it with
f lowers
Choose a sentiment that?s personal to the recipient
when you stitch these pretty all-occasion cards
Stitcher?s guide
These floral cards are worked on 28-count white
evenweave over two threads of the fabric, using
26 shades of stranded cotton, plus one shade
of metallic. The designs use whole cross stitches
in two strands of cotton or metallic thread.
Backstitch in one strand of cotton defines the
designs, and eyelet stitches worked in one
strand are used to add decoration to the edges
of the designs. French knots in one strand add
detail, and seed beads in two different colours
add the final flourish. These beautiful cards are
recommended for advanced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Faby Reilly
Faby has always loved drawing,
sewing and embroidering.
She started designing cross
stitch charts in 2008 and enjoys
sharing her passion with others
You can say anything with
flowers ? I love you, I?m sorry?
and everything in between!
My all-occasion cards feature
a pretty floral border, worked in
whole stitches and embellished
with crystal and golden seed
beads. I?ve also used eyelet
stitches here and there, for
which you?ll find instructions
on page 62. And there?s space
on each chart for you to add
your own sentiment, using the
alphabet and number charts
provided (p62), so you really
can say whatever you need to.
The wording on my cards is
important, so I?ve framed each
greeting with golden stitches, to
give the emphasis they deserve.
How to stitch the floral cards
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Find the centre of your fabric by folding
it in half both horizontally and vertically.
Follow the arrows on the chart to find its
centre and start stitching from here, working
your way outwards.
Work the cross stitch on the design, using
two strands of cotton or metallic thread.
Add the backstitch detail in one strand of
cotton. Six different shades are used, so
check the key carefully.
Work the eyelet stitches using one strand
of cotton, using instructions on page 62.
Work the French knots on the design in
one strand of cotton.
Attach the seed beads using two strands
of thread in a similar shade to the bead.
Check over your finished stitching and
follow the making up guidelines (p61).
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You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 20x15cm (7緓6in) for each design
THREADS Stranded cotton and metallic thread
as listed in the key
BEADS Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle; beading needle
EXTRAS Plain card and Craft Creations single-fold
oblong cards with straight edge (SF03U) in white (30)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 57
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stitch tip
Stitch the cards without
greetings first, so that
when you need a card
in a hurry, you just need
to add the appropriate
greeting
Floral cards
Choose from delicate forget-menots, pretty roses, purple violets or
beautiful frangipani flowers
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?Use these pretty designs to
make inspirational quotes to
hang in your home?
Sarah Trevor, Editor
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Faby Reilly?s
Designer Secrets
How to mount
Once you?ve finished your stitching, iron some
interfacing to the back of the design. Cut a single
piece of base card, slightly smaller than your main
single-fold card. Stick your fabric onto the base
card, folding the edges to the back. Mitre the
corners and stick the fabric down at the back. Then
stick your base card to the front of the single-fold
card. Alternatively, you can present your stitching
inside an aperture card ? the choice is yours.
Better backstitch
If you?re a real stickler for detail, you could back the fabric with interfacing before you work
the backstitch, so that any trailing threads on the reverse don?t show through to the front.
Floral cards key
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light salmon pink
blue
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rose pink
peach
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Mill Hill seed beads
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MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 84 high x 57 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave)
? 15.5x10.5cm (6x4in)
These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton, DMC
Diamant and Mill Hill seed beads on 28-count evenweave over
two threads of the fabric
Stitching these designs on aida
These beautiful designs do not contain any fractional
stitches, so you can easily work them on aida if you
prefer. Just make sure that you back your fabric with
a piece of interfacing or paper before you mount it on
your card ? this will prevent the holes in the aida being
too visible and spoiling the look of the delicate stitching.
Cross Stitch Gold 61
Puzzles
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Solve the clues, then rearrange the letters in the
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Cross Stitch Gold 63
Technical know-how
Stitching guide
FIONA BAKER
Technical Editor
Use the handy diagrams and basic cross stitch advice on these pages
to help you get the most out of the designs in Cross Stitch Gold
Where to start stitching
How to read
our charts
All our charts are printed in both
colour and symbols. Each square
on a cross stitch chart contains
a symbol, and each symbol
corresponds with one stitch.
The key that accompanies the
chart tells you what thread colour
each symbol corresponds to, and
how many strands to use for
each cross stitch, backstitch or
French knot. It also gives you the
design's dimensions ? you'll need
these to cut your fabric to size.
The thread numbers listed in
the first column of the key refer
to the brand that we've used
to stitch the design. Conversion
numbers for two other brands
are given, but they're not always
exact equivalents. Avoid mixing
more than one brand in the same
design. Sometimes you'll need
more than one skein of a colour
for a design, but there shouldn't
be a problem with dye lots if you
use the brands quoted in the key.
Each project also includes a
shopping list telling you what
type and size of fabric to use,
what size frame you'll need, and
if extra materials are required.
Start stitching a chart in the centre of the design ? this
is the point on the chart where the two black centre
lines marked with arrows cross ? and work outwards.
Refer to the key for the colours to use. To find the
centre of your fabric, fold it in half both horizontally
and vertically. The centre point will be where these folds
intersect. Mark this point with a pin, or run a line of
tacking thread along each fold using one strand of a
pale colour thread. Bind the raw edges of your fabric
to prevent them from fraying while you're stitching by
hemming them using a zigzag stitch on your sewing
machine, or by folding masking tape over the edges.
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DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
2.5x3.5cm (1x1絠n)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton
How to
cross stitch
Thread your needle with the
correct number of strands.
Find the centre points on the
chart and your fabric to work
out where to start. Bring the
needle up through the fabric
at the bottom left corner of
the square, leaving the end of
the thread on the back. Take it
down at the top right to make
a half cross; bring it up again
at the bottom right corner,
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securing the end of thread on
the back; take it down at the
top left corner to form a cross.
Work each cross stitch so that
the top halves lie in the same
direction. This will make your
finished stitching look neat and
tidy. If you're working a block
of stitches in the same colour,
stitch a row of half crosses
first, before completing each
cross on the return journey.
Fractional stitches
A tiny symbol
in the corner
of a square
on a chart is a
fractional stitch;
it's worked
in the same
colour as the
large version
of the symbol.
If there's only
one tiny symbol,
work a three-quarter stitch (a half cross stitch
and a quarter stitch). Bring your needle up at
the corner of the square, then take it down at
the centre of the square. You'll have to pierce
aida fabric (but not if you're stitching over two
threads on evenweave). Add a half cross stitch
(see top diagram). When two different symbols
share a square, make a quarter stitch in one
colour and a
three-quarter
stitch in the other.
Use the threequarter stitch
for the object
that?s meant to
be in front in the
picture, and the
quarter stitch for
the background
colour.
Backstitch
Changing
thread colour
Backstitch outlines are added on top
of the cross stitches to create extra
detail. They can run in any direction.
Bring your needle up to start, then
take it down one square behind.
Bring it up again two squares in front
and take it down one square behind
again. Continue working in this way
along the outline, following the chart.
French knots
French knots, which are used to
show tiny details, such as eyes or
flower heads, are represented
by dots on the chart. Bring your
needle up through the fabric, hold
the thread taut in your left hand
and wrap the needle around it
twice. Push the needle back into
the fabric, close to where it came
up, keeping the thread taut. Pull
the thread through until a neat
knot is formed on the front.
Washing and lacing
To wash your stitching, immerse it in
warm water with a little detergent,
and rinse it well in cold water.
Press it on the back while still
damp using an iron on a medium
setting. Pad your ironing board with
a fluffy towel and push the point of
the iron into the back of your stitches,
to give them a raised appearance on the
front. The best way to stretch your work
out over a mount board before framing
is to lace it with crochet cotton:
Cut your mount board to the size
of the frame aperture. Lay the
stitching right side up on
the white side of the board.
Once you?re happy with the
positioning of the fabric, push a
line of pins down each side into the
board, as shown (above right).
Check your stitching is lined up,
then trim the fabric, leaving a 5cm
(2in) border. Fold the excess over the
back of the board. Thread your needle
with a long length of crochet cotton,
knot the end and lace two opposite sides
together on the back. Start at one end
and work in an ?under-and-over? motion.
When you reach the other end,
adjust the laced threads one by
one, before finishing off.
Repeat this process on the
two remaining edges. Fold
down the corners and stitch in place,
then remove the pins and put your
work in its frame.
1
2
3
Finish off the colour you're
working with by weaving your
needle through a line of four or
five stitches on the back of the
fabric and pulling the thread
through. Cut the thread close to
where it emerges and rethread
your needle with the new colour.
When restarting, leave a short
tail of thread at the back of the
fabric and cover this with your
first few stitches to secure it.
Adding beads
Some designs use seed beads
to add detail. These appear as
filled dots
on the
chart and
are listed
in the key.
Add each
bead with
a half cross
stitch. Bring
your needle
up at the
bottom
left corner, thread a bead on
your needle and take it down at
the top right. For extra security,
work the top half of the cross
as well, making each strand sit
either side of the bead. You'll
need a beading needle or size 28
tapestry needle for adding beads.
Aida or
evenweave?
Most stitchers start off using aida.
This block-weave fabric is divided
into squares by a grid of holes.
Each cross stitch is worked over
one square. Some experienced
stitchers prefer the look of
evenweaves such as jobelan or
linen. They're also woven in a
grid but come in a finer count, eg
28- or 32-count. Each cross stitch
is worked over two threads of the
fabric. Bring the needle up at the
bottom left corner of the square
and take
it down
two holes
across
and two
holes up.
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Cross Stitch Gold 65
Meet the designer
The stor of love
Creative corner
My favourite
programmes
are Dinner
Datee on
ITV2 and
First Dates
on Channel
4. I just
love watching people participating in
this kind of thing and it?s good light
entertainment after a long day!
Nothing makes me happier than
painting. I have always got a commission
to do on my easel and you?ll never find
me without a small set of watercolours
and a pad in my handbag, just in case!
Happy memories
Beau la France
My favourite place in the
world is the south of France.
I lived and painted in Cannes
for years, enjoying the light
and the scenery. No wonder
impressionists flocked to that
coast. I often wonder if I should
retire there one day!
A few of my
favourite things
I love to cook! Nothing too
fancy ? I go for quantity over
quality! Our family had a big
hotel up north so helping in the
kitchen was natural for me from
an early age. Now when the
family visit me, I make lashings
of wholesome food, usually
stews or an enormous cottage
pie. I have a large kitchen with
an AGA cooker, so it feels a bit
like the old days when they?re
all here.
All Our Yesterdays artist Faye Whittaker
reveals what makes her smile
Join us online
The All Our Yesterdays ? Cross Stitch
Facebook page has nearly 5,000 members
and I read all the lovely comments every
day. Often it encourages me to paint
another design for the collection!
My special girl
My daughter, Jessica,
is the apple of my eye.
She?s 20 now but when
she was born, she was
my main inspiration for
the All Our Yesterdays
collection. For the first
eight years of her life,
I painted her in various
poses and costumes, even dressed as
a boy! The best example of this is the
Mummy?s Here painting (right).
66 Cross Stitch Gold
Dream job
Making a living through my
passion is certainly not what I
call work! I knew as far back
as school days that I would
be an artist and have
a business doing it. I love
seeing collectors? faces light
up as they choose their
favourite picture. See the full
range of kits and charts at
www.fayewhittaker.com
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issues and events you?ll find the team at, plus it will be
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experienced stitchers, we understand you?ll be working
on complex designs and we?d love to see the progress of
your WIPs and your latest finished makes, of course! Each
Friday we?ll give you the chance to win a fabulous crafty
prize, so make sure you like the page and keep your eyes
peeled for your chance to be a winner!
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Parisian sign
Parisian sign
GOLD
EXCELLENCE
AWARD
Paris
fleuriste
Bring the romance of Paris into your home when
you stitch this charismatic advertising sign, on
a striking background of black fabric
stitch tip
Roll your project up
when storing it, to
prevent making creases
that could be difficult
to iron out
Stitcher?s guide
The Par sian s gn is worked on 28 count
black evenweave over two th eads of
the abric using 14 different shades
of stranded cotton The des gn uses
whole cross st tches and fract ona s
in two strands of co ton or meta l c
thread Backst tch n one or two st ands
of cotton or metal ic thread is used to
def ne the des gn Th s chic project s
recommended for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Abby White
Artist, Abby, graduated with
a degree in Fine Art. She l ves
with her husband and son in
New Jersey
I love to travel and my favourite
cities are London, Rome and, of
course, Paris. Translate anything
into French and it adds an
instant air of glamour! This
design is no exception, with its
elegant lettering and all the style
of a Parisian shop sign. It does
feel somewhat like an antique
sign, but luckily France still has
such a passion for art that it
could also be a new one, so I?ll
leave it open to interpretation!
Signage and lettering are
popular in cross stitch at the
moment, so I hope this design
will appeal to many of you,
especially those with a love
of anything continental and
fashionably chic.
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Cross-stitching.com yet, then put down whatt
you?re doing and head there straight away! Find
handy tutorials on how to turn your stitching
into hangings, cushions, bookmarks and more;
choose from hundreds of free downloadable
charts, templates and papers; and read interviews
with all your favourite designers. The forum iss
a great place to chat with other crafters, share
requests and tips, and take part in friendly stittching
exchanges, too. It?s also a free and easy way to
t
enter our competitions (see page 49), but you
u?ll
also find prizes up for grabs from The World of
Cross Stitching and Cross Stitch Crazy. From kits
k
to sewing boxes, and books to craft show tickets,
there's something to tempt every stitcher!
Visit our website at
www.cross-stitching.com
How to stitch the
Parisian sign
1
Find the cent e of your fabr c
by folding t in half both
horizontal y and vertical y Fo low
the arrows on the chart to f nd its
centre and start stitching from here
working your way outwards
Work he cross st tch over wo
threads of the fabric using two
strands of cotton or metal ic thread
For every tiny symbol you see work
a frac ional st tch
Add the backstitch detail in
one or two strands of co ton or
metal ic thread
Check over your f n shed s itch ng
and prepare for making up.
2
3
4
You will need
FABRIC Zwe gart 28
8 count black
evenweave measur ng 40x35cm
(1 緓14 n)
THREADS Stranded cotton and
metallic threads as listed in the keyy
NEEDLE Size 26 tapest
p y needle
EXTRAS Canvas from local stores
measur ng
g 30x24cm (12x9� n)
FOR STOCK STS? DETA LS turn to
page 57
Stitch ng on b ack fabric is a challenge but
this finished design is worth every second
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Ballerina
Dance of
distinction
This awe-inspiring picture would
make a special gift for young and old
Take in the breathtaking beauty of ballet
with this striking project, stitched on black
evenweave for added impact
Stitcher?s guide
This beautiful ballerina is worked on
28-count black evenweave over two
threads of the fabric, using 17 different
shades of stranded cotton. The design
uses whole cross stitches in two strands
of cotton. This captivating design is
recommended for intermediate stitchers.
How to stitch the
ballerina
Meet the designer
Lucie Heaton
Lucie has a passion for
needlework and crafts, and
has been creating cross stitch
designs for over 20 years
Nothing beats the beauty and
grace of a ballerina ? their
elaborate movements are
mesmerising to watch. But
ballet is so much more than
dance alone, as the movements
convey a complete range of
thoughts and emotions. The
moves can takes many years of
training to perfect, 
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