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Cross Stitch Gold — January 2018

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The world?s most beautiful cross stitch designs in one unique collection
ISSUE 144 �99
Medieval beauty
OVER
700
HOURS
OF STITCHING
FOR THE NEW
YEAR
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Spring
lambs
Mountain view
Butterfly card set
Floral bouquet
Birdhouse cushion
DON?T MISS: Wedding sampler, prizes, puzzles & so much more!
Contents
Zeena?s choice
Welcome to the latest issue of
Gold
d, packed full of beautiful,
spring-inspired projects to take
the edge off the dregs of these
wintry days! And nothing puts
us in the mood for sunshine
and warmer weather than stitching stunning
designs, with gorgeous ?oral detail?
For some ?ower-power inspiration, take a
look at Carol Thornton?s beautiful bouquet in a
vase (p20), Clare Buswell?s adorable lambs-amida-meadow scene (p11), and Maria Diaz?s breathtaking mountain view (p52).
My personal favourite this issue, is Shannon
Wasilieff?s medieval beauty on horseback (p4). I
love Shannon?s characteristic, clever use of tonal
colour and exquisite detail to depict a scene that
conjures all sorts of stories in my mind!
Elsewhere, we have a pretty wedding sampler
by Durene Jones (p28), a sweet birdhouse
cushion from Lucie Heaton (p36) and on page
44, Fiona Baker?s fantastic dreamcatcher. Enjoy!
Zeena Moolla, Editor
4
Medieval
maiden
4 Lady and horse
Features
& regulars
Beautiful beading adds a luxurious finish to
this medieval portrait ? it?s a joy to stitch!
11 Your letters
Projects
12 Spring lambs
Celebrate springtime with our adorable
little lambs, worked in fluffy Lana thread
20 Beautiful blooms
Stitch these vibrant flowers for your kitchen
Find out what fellow stitchers have been up to
26 Subscribe to Gold today...
and save 50% on the subscription price!
49 Giveaways
Text, write or go online fo
or
your chance to win!
28 Wedding sampler
A simply stunning design and gorgeous
gift for any soon-to-be married couple
36 Birdhouse cushion
Nine little birdies feather their nests in this
wonderful spring project for the home
Win
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44 Dreamcatcher
Create a mystical hanging in pretty
pastel shades and variegated thread
rizes!
52 Mountain view
44
Dream a
little dream
2 Cross Stitch Gold
Know someone with a sense of ambition or
adventure? They?ll love this inspiring scene
58 Next issue
60 Butterfly cards
66 Go for Gold!
All-occasion greetings with a floral flourish
Solve our Sudoku puzzle and enter to win!
See what?s coming up in issue 145
Contents
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Bright
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Home
sweet home
Petals
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52
Adventure
awaits
Reviews & advice
18 New products
The latest stitching goodies to buy today
41 Ask the experts
Whatever your stitching dilemma, we?ll try to help
50 Kit reviews
Find the perfect kit to stitch for your Valentine...
59 Stockists
Find the supplies that you?ll need to make all the
projects in the issue
64 Stitching guidelines
26
Helpful hints, advice and step-by-step guides
to set you on your way
12
Step into
spring
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Lady and horse
Medieval
maiden
With her flowing auburn hair and splendid white horse,
dripping with golden beads, this fair maiden makes an
enchanting project for experienced stitchers
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count white
evenweave over two threads of the fabric
in 35 shades of cotton and one of metallic
thread. Cross stitch is in two strands, and
backstitch is in one. With seed beads, French
knots, fractionals and petit point, this is an
intricate project for experienced stitchers.
How to stitch the design
Meet the designer
Shannon Wasilieff
Canadian designer
Shannon has always been
passionate about creative
pursuits, but it was when
she started designing
cross stitch that she truly
found her calling. Her
talent is evident in her
beautiful designs, and her
great eye for colour and
detail helps to make her
unique creations into true
masterpieces like this one.
?I love to look at the
history books to find
inspiration with designs
like this one. I wanted to
create an opulent scene,
and this lady is certainly
majestic with her golden
tresses and jewels?
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Find the centre of your fabric. Find
the centre of the chart and start
stitching here, working outwards.
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric in two strands
of cotton or metallic thread. For every
tiny symbol, work a fractional stitch.
Work the petit point over one
thread of the fabric in two
strands of cotton.
Add the backstitch in one strand of
cotton or metallic thread.
Work the French knots in one
strand of white thread.
Attach the beads using two strands
of thread and a whole cross stitch.
Check over your finished stitching
and prepare for framing.
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You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 40x40cm (15緓15緄n)
THREADS Stranded cotton and metallic threads
as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle; beading needle
BEADS Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a minimum
aperture of 28x29cm (11x11絠n)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
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Lady and horse
stitch tip
Each bead takes
up a square of fabric,
so use a whole cross
stitch to attach each
one securely
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Choose a simple
green and pink
gold-coloured frame
to complement the
shades that
gold cross stitch
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border that is part
of the design
chosen. They
go perfectly with
the gorgeous golden
den
embellishments.?
Heather Nugent,
Charting Assistant
8 Cross Stitch Gold
Lady and horse
How to keep your
work clean
Medieval lady key
Cross stitch in two strands
It?s easy for the white
areas of your work
to become grubby by
the time you finish a
design ? this is true for
both the fabric and the
threads. Grease from
your hands can rub off
on the stitching, so we
recommend leaving the
white stitches until last, or
at least until near the end.
If you feel your stitched
piece needs freshening up,
you can give it a gentle
wash (see page 65).
Shannon Wasilieff
Designer Secrets
Auburn beauty
For the lady?s beautiful
auburn hair, I?ve chosen
four shades of gingery
brown thread ? the four
shades work together to
create natural light and
shade, so there was no
need to add any backstitch
as there?s plenty of detail
here already. I?ve always
dreamed of having flaming
red hair. It?s such a bold
colour, and represents
bravery to me ? perfect for
my medieval maiden!
Beads aplenty!
This is a great project for anyone
who loves beading! Used in little
clusters in the hair, as accents for
the flowers, as a headdress for the
horse, and all along the hem of
the lady?s dress, there are plenty
of areas of beaded beauty. For the
best results use a long thin beading
needle, and don?t be tempted to
use metallic thread to attach the
beads ? it isn?t as strong as stranded
cotton and will be fiddly to use, too.
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Time to stitch
I hope you like this picture of
my latest project. It?s the owl
clock by Lucie Heaton which
was published in issue 139 of
Cross Stitch Gold. Like a lot of
people I love owls, and these
are so cute I just had to stitch
them. I needed a new clock for
my craft room and this now
hangs on the wall ? I am so
happy with the finished result.
Mrs Linda West, Isle of Man
Zeena: This is such a cute
design, I agree. What a fun
way to keep track of your
stitching sessions!
FFestive
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?nish
Grace has brought
Fernando Amorsolo?s
work to life in stitche
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Special stocking
Here is a picture of my five-year-old
daughter Kaytlin and her stocking
that I stitched her for Christmas!
I found this pattern in a book
Lucie Heaton?s owl clock was a
perfect fit for Linda?s craft room
by Donna Kooler. I will be
doing another Donna Kooler
stocking for myself, which has
a nutcracker with candy all over
it. I?m having so much fun right
now, with so many wonderful
patterns to cho
choose from!
Sumer Scog
ggins, Texas
I wanted to show you my
recent project ? Nora Corbett?s
Christmas Tree 2008, which is
finished just in time for Christmas
2017! The photo doesn?t do
justice to her wonderful design,
full of embellishments and beads.
I?m now working on Arnott?s
Parrot from the iconic Australian
biscuit brand, for my sister who
lives in Switzerland. The chart is
designed by Fiona Jude for her
Country Threads Collection. Then
I?m looking forward to tackling
the peacock from issue 139.
I love Cross Stitch Gold
d and
can?t wait for each issue to arrive.
Thanks for an inspiring magazine!
Jocelyn Furlan, Australia
Zeena: There?s nothing more
special to a little one at
Christmas than their stocking!
Kaytlin looks thrilled with your
work, Sumer ? it?s delightful.
I saw three ships
Kay
ytlin?s stocking was
such a hit, Sumer is
planning to make one
for herself (above)
This piece uses designs from issue
96 of Cross Stitch Gold
d back in
n
2012. When the issue arrived
and I saw the Three Ships
by Karen Brittan, I knew I
wanted to stitch them as a
group. Three Shipss is one
of my favourite carols, and
the colours were so bright
and appealing. I considered
several arrangements before
I settled on three ships in a
row, with the line from the song
ng
underneath ? I also added a border.
This festive design is dripping
with beads and embellishments
Zeena: I can see the beautiful
detail in this piece, Jocelyn ?
what a stunning ?nish in time
for Christmas! We?d love to
see your parrot and peacock
when they?re complete, too!
I had this piece professionally
framed and am so happy with it.
Carol Verble, Missouri
Zeena: I love seeing how
readers adapt our designs.
These ships started off as cards,
but they look wonderful as a
picture. Well done, Carol!
Carol?ss favourite carol ?
Carol
brought to life in stitches!
Cross Stitch Gold 11
Spring lambs
Step into
spring
There?s no better way to welcome the new season
than with this adorable pair of lambs, stitched with
fluffy Madeira Lana thread for a soft, tactile finish!
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 14-count
white aida in 28 shades of stranded
cotton and one shade of Madeira
Lana. Cross stitch is in both one and
two strands, and backstitch is in one
strand. This is a densely stitched design
with lots of fractional stitches, too, so
it?s best suited to experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Clare Buswell
Clare studied graphic
design in art college
and is a talented crafter
and artist. She lives in a
small village in Ireland,
surrounded by nature.
When she?s not creating in
her studio you?ll find her
in the garden, where she
finds endless inspiration
for her creations.
How to stitch the scene
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Follow the arrows on
the chart to find its centre and start
stitching here, working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch in one or
two strands of cotton, or two
strands of Madeira Lana. For every
tiny symbol, work a fractional stitch.
3
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Fluff up the Lana thread after
stitching, using a suede brush
or hard toothbrush.
Add the backstitch in one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for framing.
?There are lots of spring
lambs in the fields where
I live, and they are so
sweet and full of the joys
of life. They always
make me smile as I pass
by ? I hope my design
will have the same effect!?
12 Cross Stitch Gold
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 14-count white aida
measuring 35x43cm (13緓17in)
THREADS Stranded cotton and Madeira Lana
thread as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 24 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame and mount of your choice
with a minimum aperture of 20x27.5cm
(7緓10緄n)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
Spring lambs
stitch tip
Fluff up the Lana thread
before you work the
rest of the design, to
prevent the stranded
cotton being
damaged
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Cross Stitch Gold 15
Spring lambs
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?You can always work the lambs? white coats
ou
in normal stranded cotton if you
prefer, but spring is the perfectt
stitch tip
time for trying something
Keep the back of
new! Lana thread adds
your work neat on
this
densely stitched
another dimension to this
design, to avoid
piece ? what a great idea!?
tangles and
Fiona Baker, Technical Editor
knots
Clare Buswell?s
Designer Secrets
Subtle shades
In the foreground and the background,
you?ll see that the cross stitch is worked in
one strand rather than two. Some people
use half cross stitch to create a slightly less
dense coverage and a sense of perspective,
but I prefer the effect of cross stitch in one
strand ? even though it takes longer to do!
These areas are all worked in fresh green
shades to depict the lush grassy meadows
where the spring lambs love to frolic.
Furry finish
Do you ever run your hand over the
surface of a piece of stitching to feel the
wonderful texture? It?s one of the things
I love most about a finished piece. And
with the Lana thread used for the lambs?
coats, it?s even more tempting to do! As
well as the lovely soft feel of the thread
once it?s been brushed and fluffed up,
the fuzzy appearance is fantastic, too.
16 Cross Stitch Gold
Spring lambs key
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
S
315
1019
810
dark mauve
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316
1017
809
mauve
P
319
224
1313
dark green
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217
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green
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214
1310
light green
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1047
2307
light ginger
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233
1808
dark shell grey
4
452
232
1807
shell grey
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231
1806
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524
858
1511
fern green
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676
891
2208
light sand
g
677
886
2207
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v
729
890
2209
sand
b
754
1012
305
peach
c
758
868
2313
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2
778
969
808
light mauve
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779
360
1914
brown
z
3078
292
102
yellow
9
3363
262
1602
pine green
n
3364
260
1603
light pine green
l
3776
1048
2306
ginger
k
3799
236
1713
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;
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926
2101
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s stitch iin two strands
a
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ei Lana
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white
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s stitch iin one strand
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217
1312
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214
1310
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1309
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374
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233
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513
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862
1506
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STITCH COUNT 110 high x 150 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
20x27.5cm (7緓10緄n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x367 (green), 2x368 (light green)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton and
Madeira Lana
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18 Cross Stitch Gold
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Cross Stitch Gold 19
Beautiful blooms
Bright
bouquet
Warm hues and china blues combine in this stunning
display of flowers from Carol Thornton. It?ll make a
gorgeous focal point to brighten up any room
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count
trento sky evenweave over two
threads of the fabric in 26 shades of
cotton. Cross stitch is worked in two
strands of cotton, and the backstitch
is worked in one strand. There are alsso
fractionals in two strands and French
h
knots in one strand. This project is
suitable for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Carol Thornton
sketches and paints her
gorgeous works of art
before turning them into
cross stitch designs. She
creates charts for various
magazines and has
attracted legions of fans
who love her distinctive
style of artwork, which
translates beautifully into
cross stitch.
How to stitch the flowers
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of
the chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
o
threads of the evenweave fabric
using two strands of cotton. For
every tiny symbol you see on the
chart, work a fractional stitch.
3
4
5
Add the backstitch in one
strand of thread.
Work the French knots in one
strand of thread.
Check over your stitching and
d
prepare for making up.
?I hope you?ll enjoy
stitching these bright
and colourful blooms.
Arranged loosely in a
pretty blue and white
vase, they have a warm,
homely feel, just right
for a cosy kitchen?
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28
28-count trento sky evenweave
(3453/5072) measuring
g 43x38cm (17x15in)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the keyy
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry
p
y needle
EXTRAS Cotton Ornament Tiles 1
(25_647098_075) backing fabric from
www.myfabrics.co.uk; Large wooden hanging
shelf of yyour choice from local stores
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
20 Cross Stitch Gold
stitch tip
For a bit of texture,
try adding some
glass seed beads
to the centres of
the flowers
Beautiful blooms
Cross Stitch Gold 21
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Carol Thornton?s
Designer Secrets
Vibrant hues
I loved choosing the colours
for this project ? I sat down
with a cup of tea and all my
threads around me, and
compared them to my original
watercolour painting with
its palette of rosy pinks, bold
coppers and fresh blue hues.
Because of the light-reflecting
sheen on the stranded cotton,
the finished piece almost
glows ? I?m so pleased with it.
Fabric flair
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?I have to stitch these for my mum,
who just loves Carol?s designs ?
especially the ?oral ones. It will look
really nice in her kitchen, alongside
her collection of blue and white china.?
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Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count
white evenweave over two threads
of the fabric in 33 shades of
cotton. Cross stitch and half cross
stitch are in two strands of cotton,
and backstitch is in one strand.
There are a few fractional stitches,
too. This is a design that can be
tackled by intermediate stitchers.
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Meet the designer
Maria Diaz
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your
fabric by folding it in half
horizontally and vertically. Find
the centre of the chart and start
stitching here, working outwards.
a passion for needlecraft,
since learning to sew
as a child on her greatgrandmother?s ancient
foot-treadled Singer
machine. After art college
she landed a job as
a printer that led to her
becoming DMC?s first
in-house designer, where
she worked for eight years.
She is now an independent
designer and lives in the
Midlands with her two
sons, Lincoln and Hudson.
2
Work the cross stitch and half
stitches over two threads of
the evenweave in two strands of
cotton. For every tiny symbol on
the chart, work a fractional stitch.
3
4
Add the backstitch in one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for framing.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28
28-count white
evenweave measuring 43x37cm
(17x14�
(17x14
絠n)
?My flower girl in
a wildflower meadow is
full of the joys of spring!
I hope the fresh colours
of the design will bring
cheer into your home?
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THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in
the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame and mount of your
choice with a minimum aperture of
27 5x22cm (10
27.5x22cm
(10�
緓8
x8�
絠n)
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date to sign it?
Maria Diaz?s design captures a sweet girl clutching
a basket of spring flowers under a sunny sky ?
start stitching this spectacular scene today!
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If you don?t want
to make this into a
hanging, a bright
frame will look
fantastic
With a serene smile and glorious rainbow palette,
Lucie?s unicorn demonstrates why everyone
loves this magical, mythical creature!
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Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 25-count
pale rose lugana over two threads of
the fabric in 16 shades of cotton and
six of metallic thread. Cross stitch is in
three strands of cotton or metallic and
backstitch is in one or two strands of
cotton or metallic thread. The design
can be attempted by all stitchers.
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Meet the designer
Lucie Heaton
How to stitch the design
designer Lucie has always
been a keen crafter
with a particular passion
for needlecraft. She
contributes to a variety of
stitching magazines and
her work has appeared in
various books, too. When
she?s not busy designing,
Lucie likes walking and
exploring new places,
finding new inspiration
everywhere she goes.
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?I had fun designing
this project ? from the
cute unicorn to the pretty
rainbow colours, it?s
put a smile on my face
throughout the process
and I hope you?ll feel the
same when you stitch it!?
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half horizontally and
vertically. Find the centre of the chart
and start stitching here, working
outwards.
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric in three
strands of cotton or metallic thread.
Add the backstitch in one or
two strands of cotton or metallic
thread.
Check over your finished
stitching and prepare for making
up (see p56).
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 25
25-count pale rose lugana
evenweave (3835/0043) measuring 45x40cm
(17�
(17
緓15
x15�
緄n)
THREADS Stranded cotton and metallic
threads as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Stiff white backing card and doublesided tape of choice from local craft shops,
tassel and cord (bought or handmade)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to p59
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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.
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Fiona is the Technical
Editor for Cross Stitch
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d and our sister
magazines. She is
a talented cross stitch
designer, too, and can
answer any of your
stitching queries.
TRAVELLING LIGHT
I stitch when I?m away
on business but I find
hotel lights are not to be
relied on for accuracy! I?ve come to
the conclusion that I need a small,
lightweight lamp so my stitching is
consistent. What sort should I buy?
Lisa Whitehead, Shrewsbury
Jo: Working in natural
and then electric light
can throw up all sorts
of problems ? usually a slight
difference in shading that shows
up in daylight. The Mighty Bright
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I started to stitch a
geometric design that
uses just three colours
and it?s so boring to stitch! I do
plan to finish it but if I do another
one (it?s a nice pattern!), what can
I do to alleviate the boredom?
Millie Dawson, by email
Sarah: You?re probably
using dark colours,
which can be a bit of
a mood dampener. For your
next geometric design, opt
for brightly coloured threads,
which are more stimulating
to the senses. If possible,
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Batteries are
included!
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.
Vusion Craft Light is just what
you need. It is small, lightweight
and features a magnifier
along with the light; both on
goosenecks so you can aim them
where you want to. There are
rubber stoppers and a magnet
on the bottom of the stand to
hold it firmly. Plus it has the
advantage of being removable
from the base. You can then clip
the light to your hoop or a table.
You can buy one for �.99
at www.amazon.co.uk
My friend is Scrabble and
stitching mad and I had a
thought that there might
be
e something that would combine
the
e two ? but as I?m not a stitcher,
I don?t
d
know where to look. I?d love
to buy her a present that would
combine these hobbies.
Alyson Stephenson, Salisbury
Sarah: You?re
in luck, Alyson!
Bothy Threads has
prroduced a kit that combines
th
he two. The Love Letters
kitt measures 26x26cm and is
wo
orked on 14-count Zweigart
aid
da. Pre-sorted Madeira
strranded cottons are included,
an
nd the design uses full cross
I make cross stitch cards to
sell for charity and I find
that my cards sell better if
they have a verse inside. So far
I have been getting my inspiration
from old cards that I?ve kept, but I
think I need more verses. Where can
I find a new source?
Amanda, by email
Fiona: An old favourite
for card makers is Just
the Right Wordss by
Judith Wibberley. The bad news
is it?s out of print, but you can
get hold of the Kindle version
for free if you have a Kindle
Unlimited account. If you do
want a hard copy you could try
www.abebooks.com or put an
alert on ebay. Not only does this
Check out Sheena?s website
for unique cross stitch kits
Q
A
The Prym iron shoe is perfect
to help iron your stitching
use a Prym iron shoe. It is made
of white silicone and will attach
to any household iron. Not only
will it stop scorching, but it also
eliminates shininess, so it?s handy
for your normal ironing too. It
costs �91 from www.fabricdreams.co.uk
STICKY SITUATION
Each design is unique when
using DMC Variations
There is a verse to suit every
occasion in Just the Right Words
book have verses and sayings, it
also has little motifs that can be
copied onto the inside of your
cards. Each chapter is divided by
occasion, so it?s easy to find the
type of verse you need ? and
there are 400 to choose from!
STITCHING SCRABBLE
Q
A
Grand total
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stitch the colours you don?t
like first, so that you can then
enjoy stitching the rest of your
design, or why not switch to a
multi-coloured thread? There
are many to choose from, but
DMC?s Stranded Variations are
fantastic to use. They have all
the qualities that DMC?s solid
colours have: easy to wash
(up to 60 degrees), light and
colourfast, and with the added
bonus of no sudden contrasts.
To buy a six-metre skein
for 76p go to www.stitcher.
co.uk or call 0161 4647310.
VARIETY OF VERSES
SCORCHED SOS
I stupidly ironed
my finished cross
stitch whilst it was
slightly damp and I can see
it?s faintly scorched. Can you
help me for the future: how
should I iron my stitching?
Nell Schofield, Leicester
Fiona: When you?ve
washed your cross
stitch and rinsed
it well, place it face-up on
a towel and allow to dry
completely. Then place it
face-down on a dry towel
and press the back with a
medium-hot iron. To be extra
sure you don?t burn the fabric,
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stitches, backstitch and (just
a few!) French knots. With a
romantic theme and some sweet
motifs too, your friend will love
getting to work on her very
own stitchable Scrabble-style
board! To buy the kit for �.99
visit www.bothythreads.com
Wordsmiths will enjoy making a
romantic stitched artwork with
this unusual design!
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I saw a recipe in a
magazine for envelope
glue but can?t find the
magazine now! Do you know
where I can find this recipe or where
I can buy ready-made envelope
glue? I?d like to make envelopes
to match my cards.
Heather Banks, Derry
Jo: We?ve found an
American product called
Lick & Stick at www.
craftsuperstore.co.uk,
which you can buy for
�25. A homemade
gum is also easy to
make ? just put a
sachet of unflavoured
gelatine in a
saucepan, add
8 fl oz of boiling
hot distilled white
vinegar and stir
until the gelatine
is completely
dissolved. Pour
into a jar and,
when completely
Q
A
You can make
your own
stickers with
lickable glue
NAUTICAL BUT NICE
I can find lots of kits
relating to the army but
I need for something to
stitch for my son who?s joining the
Royal Navy. Can you help me out?
Tessa Manners, Swindon
Sarah: Sheena Rogers
designs a huge range
of mini-cushion kits
? there?s one for everyone
Q
A
cold, screw on a lid. Paint the
glue onto your envelope when
needed but do be sure to keep
the envelope in a very dry place
or in a plastic bag as the glue
can become sticky if it comes
into contact with any moisture.
PICK A LETTER
I want to make a
monogrammed present
for my aunt, but not a
picture or a cushion as she has
plenty in her flat. Can you help to
find me a suitable project?
Bridget Wells, Middlesborough
Sarah: Monogrammed
items are always
well received as
the recipient knows you?ve
made something especially
for them. This little tin won?t
take up much room in your
aunt?s flat as it?s only 7.5cm in
diameter and 5cm high. The
kit contains the tin, a chart,
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and every hobby! There?s
a mini-cushion featuring
the Navy, which measures
14.7x14.7cm when stiched on
14-count aida. You can also
buy a hanging decoration,
measuring 7.5x7.5cm. To buy
the cushion kit for �99 or the
ornament kit for �visit www.
sheenarogersdesigns.co.uk
alphabet chart and instructions.
It also comes with fleece and
fusible interfacing so that the
design can be slightly padded
on top. Threads aren?t included
but this means you can stitch it
in her favourite colours. To buy
the Harmony Monogram Tin
for �98 go to www.sewandso.
co.uk or call 0800 0130150.
This cute tin makes a great
monogrammed gift
A
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Wedding sampler
To have
and to hold
Lacy white stitches and a scattering of beads add
romantic charm to this wedding sampler ? the
perfect design to stitch for a couple in love
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count dove
grey linen over two threads of the fabric in
one shade of cotton. Cross stitch is in two
strands of cotton and backstitch is in one or
two strands. There are also seed beads and
French knots worked in one strand. This
design is suitable for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Durene Jones
Jones creates cross stitch
charts for a range of
stitching magazines. Her
work is well loved for its
modern and colourful
tone, but she is a versatile
designer and can turn
her hand to any theme or
style. Before starting on
her creative cross stitch
career, Durene worked as
a graphic designer.
?There?s something so
lovely about designing
for an occasion ? and
I love the romance of
a wedding. A simple
palette keeps this sampler
classic, while intricate
backstitch and beading
add a special finish?
28 Cross Stitch Gold
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half horizontally and
vertically. Find the centre of the chart and
start stitching here, working outwards.
2
3
4
5
6
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric in two strands
of cotton.
Add the backstitch in one or two
strands of cotton.
Add the French knots in one strand
of cotton.
Attach the beads using two strands
of white cotton.
Check over your finished stitching
and prepare for framing.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28
8-count dove grey cashel
linen (3281/0705) m
measuring 45x40cm
(17緓15緄n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the keyy
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle; beading
needle
BEADS Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the keyy
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a minimum
aperture
p
of 30x26cm (11緓10糹n)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
stitch tip
For more of a contrast
use a darker grey
fabric. You could
even try a hand-dyed
evenweave for a
different finish
Wedding sampler
stitch tip
Use the alphabet and
numbers on page
xx to personalise
this design for the
recipients
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DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
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SKEINS NEEDED 4xB5200 (bright white)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton and Mill
Hill seed beads on 28-count evenweave over two threads of
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32 Cross Stitch Gold
Durene Jones?s
Designer Secrets
Victorian romance
In the detail
Inspired by delicate white lace and beaded
jewellery from Victorian times, I wanted to
create a sampler that had a touch of
old-fashioned
charm! Victorian
attire was often
formal, but
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very romantic ?
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comes across
in my design.
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worked in only
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thread, which definitely reduces the
difficulty level, there is still plenty for the
experienced stitcher to enjoy! You?ll need
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some areas, so keep an eye on the chart.
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beads and French knots for a neat finish.
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Birdhouse cushion
Home
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Bring the outdoors in with this sweet birdhouse
cushion ? worked in subtle spring shades, these
garden friends will make any house feel like home
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count white
evenweave over two threads of the fabric
in 19 shades of cotton. Cross stitch is in
two strands of cotton and backstitch is in
one strand. There are also some French
knots in one strand, used for the birds? eyes
and for the flowers. This design could be
tackled by intermediate stitchers who are
confident working on evenweave.
Meet the designer
Lucie Heaton
Freelance cross stitch
designer Lucie has always
been a keen crafter
with a particular passion
for needlecraft. She
contributes to a variety of
stitching magazines and
her work has appeared in
various books, too. When
she?s not busy designing,
Lucie likes walking and
exploring new places,
finding new inspiration
everywhere she goes!
?I loved designing these
pretty birdhouses. Each
little home looks so wellkept and inviting, but my
favourite has to be the
floral one at the bottom
with the pink door!?
36 Cross Stitch Gold
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half horizontally and
vertically. Find the centre of the chart
and start stitching here, working
outwards.
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threads of the fabric in two strands
of cotton.
Add the backstitch in one strand
of cotton.
Add the French knots in one strand
of cotton.
Check over your finished stitching
and prepare for making up (see p40).
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 45x45cm (17緓17緄n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Backing fabric, piping and 12in cushion
pad of your choice from local craft stores
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
Birdhouse cushion
stitch tip
Choose your
favourite birdhouse
and stitch it on its
own ? it?ll be perfect
as a small framed
picture
Cross Stitch Gold 37
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How to make up the cushion
stitch tip
If you choose to frame
your stitching, try to
match the colour of
the frame to one of
the shades in
the design
1
Trim the stitched piece so that it measures 41x41cm
(16x16in), with your design in the centre.
2
Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 41x25cm (16x
10in) for the envelope-opening back panel. Pin and
sew a hem along one long edge of each piece and press.
3
Pin your piping to the outer edges of the front
piece, with the sewing on the piping aligned with
the 1cm seam allowance.
4
With right sides facing, pin one back panel at the
top of the cushion and one at the bottom, so that
the two pieces overlap each other.
5
Pin and sew all the way around the edge of the
cushion, using a 1cm seam allowance. Trim the
corners, turn through to the right side and press.
6
Sew a straight line of stitching all the way around
the cushion, 5cm (2in) in from the outside edge, to
create the Oxford border. Insert cushion pad to finish.
?Lucie?s designs always make
me smile ? this cushion is
a perfect example of her
gentle style with its soft
colours and shading.?
Zeena Moolla, Editor
40 Cross Stitch Gold
Your questions answered
Ask the experts
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THE EXPERTS
JO BENNER
Jo is an experienced
stitcher and knitter, who
writes for several craft
magazines. She can
help with chart queries
and stitching knowhow, as well as product
questions.
INCOMING
STORM
FIONA BAKER
Fiona is the Technical
Editor for Cross Stitch
Gold
d and our sister
magazines. She is
a talented cross stitch
designer, too, and can
answer any of your
stitching queries.
FOXY NURSERY
My daughter?s nursery
is almost done but I?m
looking for a cushion
kit of a fox to go with my nursing
chair. I?d like a contemporary
design that?s not too complicated
to stitch, as I only have two months
left before the baby is born!
Zoe Woods, Newcastle
Q
SARAH TREVOR
Sarah has worked on
cross stitching and craft
magazines for over seven
years. She?s an avid
stitcher, and is ready and
raring to help you with
any of your craft or cross
stitch dilemmas.
Sarah: The most modern
design we could find was
this lovely fox kit from
Rico ? I think it?s very cute, and
will be perfect for your chair!
The finished design measures
42x42cm (16絰16絠n) when
stitched and, because it?s made
of wool stitched on felt, it will
have a lovely tactile feel ? ideal
for a nursery. To buy the kit for
� go to www.johnlewis.com
or call 03456 049 049.
A
Check out the Rico
range as there?s also
a lovely bunny kit
My stitching group
has decided to stitch
designs that are
postcard sized. We thought they
would look good together when
we frame and display them at
our local flower show. The size
is the only thing that has to be
the same. All the designs will
be different. Could you find me
a chart (not a kit) that would
stand out from the crowd?
Molly Hewer, Neasden
Fiona: This vintage
postcard design by
Monique Bonnin
would look gorgeous in
a frame. You can buy and
download the chart from
www.creativepoppypatterns.
com for only �99. There
is a separate chart for the
stamp (which is a copy of an
actual French stamp called
Marianne), and it?s advised
Q
A
Visit Creative Poppy for more
vintage postcard designs
that you stitch one over one
for a more dramatic effect. For
this reason, you will need to
use evenweave fabric rather
than aida. The design uses 27
DMC colours and is worked
mainly in whole stitches and
half stitches, plus a bit of
backstitch for extra detail.
MIXED NEEDLES
I?m a multi crafter ? I
sew, cross stitch, make
tapestries and knit. I need
sewing needles for all of these
crafts, but it gets expensive buying
lots of small packets. Who is the
cheapest manufacturer?
Ellie Painter, Aldershot
Jo: You can buy these
fantastic high-quality
steel needles made
my Milward for only �from
www.hobbycraft.com. The pack
contains 30 different needles,
ideal for all the crafts you
mention, and it also has a nifty
dispenser which closes easily. It?s
a must for any sewing box.
Q
A
Milward makes professional
needles for a reasonable price
Cross Stitch Gold 41
Your questions answered
IRON-ON LABELS
I?ve just undone a framed
cross stitch and washed
it. All went well with no
colours running, but I had written
my name and the date I made it
on the back edge with permanent
marker, and now it?s washed out.
I?d like to stitch a new label in the
back ? the sort you put in school
clothing ? but although I can buy
dozens with my name on, they
won?t have the date. Is there a
cheaper way to do this?
Phillipa Somerville, Norfolk
Sarah: Dymo labellers
have come a long way
since the early days of
embossing letters into plastic
that used to hurt your hands
after you?d pressed five letters!
This Dymo LetraTag LT-100H
labeller prints on fabric strip
as well as metal, plastic and
magnetic strips. It has two-line
printing, five font sizes, seven
print styles, eight box styles and
a nine-label memory, plus a date
stamp. It also writes in three
languages!
You can see the writing on
the 13-character LCD screen
before you print and, as it?s
battery powered, you won?t get
sore hands. It comes with one
reel of iron-on fabric tape (all
tapes are available online or in
good stationers). To buy it for
�.42 go to www.viking-direct.
co.uk or call 0844 412 3435
for mail order.
Q
A
Make a range of
labels with this
nifty gadget
TRAY TABLE
I need a little tray table
that can hold a few
sewing bits so that I
can stitch in bed. I?m having an
op on my legs, so I don?t want
it to actually sit on my legs, but
all the tables I have found have a
bean bag bottom, which I think
will be uncomfy. Can you help?
Jenny Irwin, Poole
Jo: The perfect bed
table can be found
at www.amazon.
co.uk. It?s made of scratchproof bamboo, which can be
easily wiped clean. Measuring
24x55x33cm when open, it
Q
A
can be used as a computer table
or craft table, as well as for
reading or enjoying breakfast
in bed! The notebook stand
is ideal for charts when
raised, or can be
laid flat for writing,
and there?s a little
drawer in the
side that?s ideal
for threads and
needles. This versatile
table can be used on
the sofa when you?re
feeling better, too. At
only �.58 I think it?s a
must-have for any crafter.
EASTER
STITCHING
www.dmc.com/uk or
call 01924 231669.
We?re
having a
FRENCH KNOTS
I?m stitching
charity
a cross stitch
stall at our local
design that
retirement home
has lots of French knots
h
at Easter and we
sscattered over it. When
need some ideas,
I come to stitch them,
please. Some of
how do I do it without
our stitchers are
making the back messy?
m
elderly, so simple
Do
o I do them one at a
and quick items
Get ahead with your
time or just jump from
tim
would be great.
Easter stitching!
one to another?
Dawn Trollope,
Cindy Mullen, Newport
Andover
Jo: Older stitchers might
Fiona: There are a few
like to stitch little motifs
ways to deal with them.
using whole stitches
First, decide if they really
onto plastic canvas, as this is
enhance the design and if you
easy to hold. The canvas can
want them ? leave them out
be cut and backe
backed with felt to
if you think it won?t make any
make coasters orr cake toppers.
difference! If you go ahead,
There are som
me lovely
you can work them all at
Easter designs
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on our
once if they are quite close
web
bsite that can
together, but try not to
be downloaded,
leave long trailing threads
and try our
a
between each one. Stitching
ssister magazine
singly is preferable if you
Cross Stitch
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think the thread on the back
C y for more
Crazy
will show through to the
smaller designs.
front of your work.
Anoth
her fun idea is
MONOCHROME
the anim
mal embroidery
STYLE
hoops by DMC (�99).
Can you find me a book
There are th
hree designs of
or chart for single-colour
a cat, bear and a bunny ? the
cross stitch? I want to
bunny is great fo
or Easter. It has
make a quilt using plain squares
an aperture of 3
3.5cm and a
alternating with stitched squares.
chain so that it ccan be worn as
Lucy Boyd, Aberdeen
a necklace! For sstockists go to
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42 Cross Stitch Gold
This versatile
table will
soon be
indispensable!
Sarah: I haven?t been
able to find any books
for you I?m afraid, Lucy.
The best resources I?ve found
for single-colour (often referred
to as monochrome) cross stitch
patterns are www.etsy.com and
www.creativepoppypatterns.
com. I?m not sure what kind of
theme you?re going for, but I?ve
managed to find some beautiful
alphabets, florals, pretty hearts,
traditional sampler-style motifs,
tile designs and much more.
Have a look at these websites
and search for ?monochrome
cross stitch? in the search field to
find a range of designs that you
can buy and download. Good
luck with your quilt!
A
Some lovely designs from www.etsy.
com/uk/shop/MyTreasureIsland
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Dreamcatcher
Dream a
little dream
Enjoy a peaceful night?s sleep with this dreamy design
by your bedside. It uses variegated thread for a rainbow
effect, while pearly beads add a magical shimmer
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count white
evenweave over two threads of the fabric in
19 shades of cotton and one of DMC Color
Variations. Cross stitch is in two strands of
cotton, and backstitch is in one strand of black
or three strands of DMC Color Variations.
There are also fractional stitches and beads.
This is a design for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Fiona Baker
passion for art and design
from an early age, and
loves the creativity in her
role as Technical Editor for
Cross Stitch Gold, as well
as our sister magazines
Cross Stitch Crazyy and The
World of Cross Stitching.
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half horizontally and
vertically. Find the centre of the chart and
start stitching here, working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric in two strands
of cotton. For every tiny symbol you see
on the chart, work a fractional stitch.
3
4
5
Add the backstitch in one strand
of black cotton or three strands of
DMC Color Variations.
Attach the seed beads using two
strands of matching cotton.
?Dreamcatchers have
always fascinated me, so
I had great fun with this
design. Using variegated
thread ensures a unique
finish every time, and I
love the pastel colours,
which should be very
calming wherever you
display this piece.?
44 Cross Stitch Gold
Check over your stitching and
prepare for making up (see p48).
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28
8-count white evenweave
measuring
g 45x28cm (17緓11in)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the keyy
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry
p
y needle; beading
g needle
BEADS Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the keyy
EXTRAS Backing fabric, buttons, ribbon and 25cm
(10in) wooden dowel rod of your choice from local
craft stores
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
stitch tip
Use a frame or hoop
when working the
beautiful backstitch
? an even fabric
tension is essential
for neat stitches
Wedding sampler
stitch tip
Use the alphabet and
numbers on page
xx to personalise
this design for the
recipients
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How to make the hanging
1
Trim your finished stitching, leaving a
3cm (1in) border along the sides and
top edges and a 5cm (2in) border along
the bottom edge. On the back of your
evenweave mark out a point along the
bottom edge, and cut out with an added
1cm seam allowance. Cut a piece of backing
fabric to match.
2
Place your backing fabric and stitched
piece together with right sides facing,
and sew a 1cm (絠n) seam around all edges,
leaving a 4cm (1絠n) gap for turning. Turn,
press and then slip stitch the gap closed.
3
To make a tab, cut out two strips of
backing fabric measuring 14x6cm
(5絰2絠n). With right sides together, sew
around, leaving a gap for turning. Turn
through, press and slip stitch the gap closed.
Repeat for the other tab.
4
5
Fold a tab in half over the top edge of
the stitching, 1.5cm (絠n) from the sides
and pin in place. Repeat for other tab.
Bottom
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Take your chosen button and stitch to
the centre of each tab ensuring you sew
through all the layers - securing them in
place.
6
Place you dowel rod through the loops
and hang with your ribbon of choice
Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher key
Cross stitch in two strands
Fiona Baker?s
Designer Secrets
Shades of spring
I enjoyed choosing the
colours for this project ? I
love how spring-like the
choice of shades helped this
dreamcatcher to feel. But it?s
actually a very easy-to-adapt
make, so if you wanted it to
feel more summery, a simple
bolder, more citrussy palette
should do the trick. And
similarly for autumn ? plums,
burgundy and burnt orange
tones would transform it.
Hanging in style
I?ve opted for a simple dowel
rod for the hanging, but you
could go for something more
elaborate if you were stitching
this as an extra special gift for a
loved one. If you were making it
as a nursery gift, I think painting
the rod a colour to compliment
a shade within the design, could
look really sweet and also, gives
an additional personal touch to
make it a truly thoughtful gift.
?Dreamcatchers are a
symbol of protection
and comfort, and were
often hung over a
baby?s crib. I think Fiona?s
pretty pastel design
would look lovely in a
nursery ? what a sweet
new-baby gift.?
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STITCH COUNT 193 high x 95 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
35x17.5cm (13緓6緄n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x4030 (Monet?s Garden)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton,
DMC Color Variations and Mill Hill seed beads on 28-count
evenweave over two threads of the fabric
stitch tip
Remember to keep
your fingers clean
to avoid getting any
greasy marks on your
stitching!
Heather Nugent, Charting
Assistant
Cross Stitch Gold 49
Kit reviews
Love and romance
With Valentine?s Day on the horizon, it?s time to get in the mood for love.
These projects are sure to fill your heart with affection
Two of a kind
Together forever
LOVEBIRDS (1-13),
Alisa, �.30
HAND IN HAND (PN-0149249), Vervaco,
�.25
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
? Colour chart
? 14-count white aida
? Stranded cotton
? Tapestry needle
? Black and white chart
? 18-count cream aida
? DMC stranded cotton
? Tapestry needle
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
26x14cm (10紉5絠n)
17x25cm (6緓10in)
STITCHING THIS KIT
This kit is from Russian brand, Alisa,
and it?s a beautiful package for sure. The A3
chart is very easy to follow, with helpful colour
symbols. It would be very hard to use the
wrong thread shade with colour symbols like
these to follow, so you?re less likely to make
a mistake with this kit. Instructions in English
are included in the kit, although everything is
so well organised, and the whole cross stitches
The perfect getaway
ROMANTIC COUPLE (PN-0007948),
Lanarte, �.25
and backstitch so straightforward to work,
that most stitchers should be able to get stuck
in straight away. If you?re looking for smooth
sailing with an enjoyable and charming project
at the end of your needle, you?ve found it here.
WHERE TO BUY
Visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
? Black and white chart
? 35-count ivory evenweave
? DMC stranded cotton and metallic thread
? Tapestry needle
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
29x39cm (11絰15絠n)
STITCHING THIS KIT
STITCHING THIS KIT
This kit from Lanarte?s Romance collection
is worked in a muted colour palette to give
a dreamy sense of nostalgia, and is stitched
on fabric with a fine weave ? a challenging
combination, but worth the effort. The two
lovers walking on the beach are stitched from
a large-scale black and white chart (printed on
two A2 sheets), using cross stitch, half cross
stitch and backstitch. Gold metallic thread is
used for the border, and for the backstitched
signature of the artist at the bottom, too.
What could be more romantic than a wedding
sampler? This sepia-toned stitch would make
a stylish gift for anyone about to tie the knot.
The design is worked in whole cross stitch,
and the large-scale black and white chart
includes numbers and an alphabet, so you can
backstitch personalised details at the bottom
of the design. Only nine colours are used here,
although some of the browns and beiges
are very similar, so you?ll need to pay close
attention. This is definitely a project where
you?ll want to mark off your stitches as you go.
WHERE TO BUY
Visit www.artsanddesigns.com or call
020 7100 3509 to buy
50 Cross Stitch Gold
WHERE TO BUY
Visit www.artsanddesigns.com or call
020 7100 3509 to buy
Kit reviews
City of love
PARIS (JCPA565),
Heritage Crafts, �.99
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
? Black and white chart
? 27-count ivory evenweave
? DMC stranded cotton
? Tapestry needle
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
11x31cm (4紉12in)
Precious pet
STITCHING THIS KIT
No review of romantic kits would be complete
without a mention of the world?s most romantic
city, Paris. And its most famous landmark,
The Eiffel Tower, is the perfect symbol of
everything this city represents. Paris is part
of the Internationals series of kits, based on
watercolour paintings by John Clayton, and
including Venetian waterways and white stone
steps in Greece. This design is made up mainly
of whole cross stitches, with fractional stitches
running along the edge of the tower. A small
amount of backstitch is required for the twinkle
of the lights on the three tiers of the tower and
the archway at the bottom. The light use of
backstitch helps to give the design a soft focus,
perfect for creating a nighttime atmosphere.
This kit is also available with 14-count aida if
you prefer to stitch on that.
VALENTINE?S PUPPY (739),
Thea Gouverneur, approx. �
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
to buy
?
?
?
?
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
31x30cm (12紉11緄n)
STITCHING THIS KIT
WHERE TO BUY
Visit www.hcrafts.com or call 01889 575256
Language of love
DICTIONARY OF LOVE (XD011),
Bothy Threads, �.99
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
? Black and white chart
? 14-count white aida
? Stranded cotton
? Tapestry needles
SIZE OF FINISHED
DESIGN
26x28cm (10紉11in)
STITCHING THIS KIT
Adapted from the whimsical
artwork of Helen Smith,
this fun design is a great
way to celebrate the many
ways we use ?love? in our
Black and white chart
16-count white aida
DMC stranded cotton
Tapestry needle
daily vocabulary. From the ?lovesick? heart in a
hospital bed to the ?love handles? on two mugs
of tea, you really will laugh your way through
this project! You?ll use whole cross stitches in
both one and two strands of thread to bring
each mini scene to life, along with backstitch
and a handful of French
knots for detail. If you?re neat
in starting and finishing off
your threads, you?ll probably
find that you have a fair
amount of thread left over at
the end ? you can use it to
re-stitch one or two of the
mini scenes on scraps of
aida, to use as greetings
cards for loved ones.
WHERE TO BUY
Visit www.bothythreads.com
or call 01900 828844 to buy
All loved up with heart-shaped sunglasses
and helium balloons, Valentine?s Puppy
makes an adorable stitch for someone
close to your heart this February! It?s
worked on 16-count aida, so you may
need to use a magnifier, but the hard
work pays off in the realistic image you?re
left with. Just look at the shine on the
balloons ? the shading is impeccable.
This design is best suited to experienced
stitchers, though we?re sure many other
stitchers will want to push their limits and
add this design to their collection.
WHERE TO BUY
Email sales@mwfabrics.co.uk or call
0115 965 3593 for stockists
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Cross Stitch Gold 51
Mountain view
Adventure
awaits
Step into this stunning scene of rolling countryside,
rugged cliffs and snow-capped mountain peaks. It?s
an inspiring stitch for anyone who likes to aim high...
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count white
evenweave over two threads of the fabric
in 32 shades of stranded cotton. Cross
stitch and half cross stitch are in two
strands of cotton, and backstitch is in
one strand. There are some French knots
worked in one strand, too. This design
could be tackled by intermediate stitchers.
Meet the designer
Maria Diaz
passion for needlecraft,
since learning to sew
as a child on her greatgrandmother?s ancient
foot-treadled Singer
machine. After art college
she landed a job as a
printer which led to her
becoming DMC?s first
in-house designer, where
she worked for eight years.
She is now an independent
designer and lives in the
Midlands with her two
sons, Lincoln and Hudson.
?Landscapes are a
passion of mine. I love
that contrast between land
and sky, and the feeling
of exploring the great
outdoors in stitches?
How to stitch the scene
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of the
chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
3
4
5
6
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric in two
strands of cotton.
Work the half cross stitch over
two threads of the fabric in two
strands of cotton.
Add the backstitch in one strand
of cotton.
Work the French knots in one
strand of cotton.
Check over your finished stitching
and prepare for framing.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28
28-count white evenweave
measuring
g 45x40cm (17緓15緄n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the keyy
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry
p
y needle
EXTRAS Frame and mount of your choice with a
minimum aperture
p
of 29x23.5cm (11絰9糹n)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
52 Cross Stitch Gold
stitch tip
Why not add a
motivational quote
to your stitched
piece using a
backstitch font?
Mountain view
Cross Stitch Gold 53
Still to come
Coming soon in Cross
April
showers
Issue 145
On sale
20th February
2018 (UK)*
Stitch Lesley Teare?s contemporary
portrait of a lady and her dog
enjoying the spring weather!
Dragonfly cushion
58 Cross Stitch Gold
Love & friendship
Stitch Gold?
Down on
the farm
Beautiful
bookmarks
Stockist
details
Here?s your handy
directory of the best
stitching retailers
UK stockists
COATS CRAFTS UK
For stockists, visit
www.makeitcoats.com
Call 01484 681881
CRAFT CREATIONS
Visit www.craftcreations.com
Call 01992 781900
DMC CREATIVE WORLD
For stockists, visit
www.dmc.com
Call 01924 231669
LAKESIDE NEEDLECRAFT
Visit www.lakesideneedlecraft.co.uk
Call 0333 0501184
Dutch windmill
Lavender
pillows
MADEIRA
For stockists, visit
www.eqsuk.com
Call 0116 2710033
MILL HILL
For stockists, visit
www.hantex.co.uk/millhill
Call 011754 820800
SEW AND SO
Visit www.sewandso.co.uk
Call 0800 0130150
SIESTA FRAMES
Visit www.siestaframes.com
Call 01202 813363
US stockists
123 STITCH
Visit www.123stitch.com
Call 1-800-996-1230
ABC STITCH THERAPY
Visit www.abcstitch.com
Call 1-281-205-7507
ARTS CRAFTS USA
Vintage teddies
*US issue 65 Mar/Apr. Contents are subject to change
Visit www.artscraftsusa.com
Call 1-866-621-7779
Cross Stitch Gold 59
Butterfly cards
Petals
& wings
The next time you need a card for a birthday or special
occasion, reach for one of these gorgeous butterfly
greetings, embellished with dainty floral borders
Stitcher?s guide
These designs are worked on 28-count
white evenweave over two threads of
the fabric in 18 shades of cotton. Cross
stitch is in two strands of cotton and
backstitch is in one strand. There are
also fractional stitches and two French
knots on each butterfly. These designs
are suitable for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Lesley Teare
Lesley is an experienced
cross stitch designer, with
a degree in Printed and
Woven Textiles, and many
years of design experience.
She is renowned for
creating designs for a
wide range of stitching
magazines, and has a
range of cross stitch book
to her name, too. Lesley
lives and works in rural
Suffolk, where she enjoys
gardening and country
walks with her labrador.
?Each card features a
different background of
delicate blooms, and a
boldly coloured butterfly
with unique markings.
They?d look beautiful
all together in a frame?
60 Cross Stitch Gold
How to stitch the designs
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of
the chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric in two
strands of cotton. For every tiny
symbol you see on the chart, work
a fractional stitch.
3
4
5
Add the backstitch in one
strand of black cotton.
Add the French knots in one
strand of black cotton.
Check over your finished
stitching and prepare for
making up (see p62).
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Craft Creations single fold cards
(SF06U) in pink (16) and white (30); die-cut
frames or paper frames of choice (optional)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
Butterfly cards
stitch tip
Use interfacing on
the back of the fabric
to prevent any black
threads showing
through to the
front
Cross Stitch Gold 61
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project for spring.
Why not stitch one to
welcome a new baby or
to celebrate a fresh start??
Hannah Erskine,
Charting Assistant
62 Cross Stitch Gold
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How to make up the cards
1
Use a die-cutting machine and a square
frame die with a central aperture of
8.5cm (3糹n) to create your card frame. We
used a Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
and Framelits die frame, fancy square no.2.
Alternatively, find pre-made paper frames of
your choice to fit.
2
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slightly larger than the frame?s aperture.
Place strips of high-tack double-sided tape
around the back of the aperture.
3
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aperture, making sure it is central. Once
you?re happy with the position, stick in place
and back with white paper.
4
Place more strips of tape on the back
of the die-cut/paper frame, and stick it
down to your card blank.
stitch tip
Square designs like
these are so versatile
? you could turn
yours into coasters
for a gift that lasts
longer
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Designer
Secrets
Colour contrast
The bold colours of my butterflies are loosely
based on those of The Lesser Purple Emperor
butterfly. I love how they pop against the pale
pinks and green in the background. Black
backstitch also helps them to stand out nicely.
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) ?
3.5x3.5cm (1絰1糹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.
The Gold team
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.
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2
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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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STITCH COUNT 157 high x 157 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
28.5x28.5cm (11紉11糹n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2xblanc (white)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
Choosing your fabric
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How to make up the cushion
stitch tip
If you choose to frame
your stitching, try to
match the colour of
the frame to one of
the shades in
the design
1
Trim the stitched piece so that it measures 41x41cm
(16x16in), with your design in the centre.
2
Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 41x25cm (16x
10in) for the envelope-opening back panel. Pin and
sew a hem along one long edge of each piece and press.
3
Pin your piping to the outer edges of the front
piece, with the sewing on the piping aligned with
the 1cm seam allowance.
4
With right sides facing, pin one back panel at the
top of the cushion and one at the bottom, so that
the two pieces overlap each other.
5
Pin and sew all the way around the edge of the
cushion, using a 1cm seam allowance. Trim the
corners, turn through to the right side and press.
6
Sew a straight line of stitching all the way around
the cushion, 5cm (2in) in from the outside edge, to
create the Oxford border. Insert cushion pad to finish.
?Lucie?s designs always make
me smile ? this cushion is
a perfect example of her
gentle style with its soft
colours and shading.?
Zeena Moolla, Editor
40 Cross Stitch Gold
Your questions answered
Ask the experts
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&A
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THE EXPERTS
JO BENNER
Jo is an experienced
stitcher and knitter, who
writes for several craft
magazines. She can
help with chart queries
and stitching knowhow, as well as product
questions.
INCOMING
STORM
FIONA BAKER
Fiona is the Technical
Editor for Cross Stitch
Gold
d and our sister
magazines. She is
a talented cross stitch
designer, too, and can
answer any of your
stitching queries.
FOXY NURSERY
My daughter?s nursery
is almost done but I?m
looking for a cushion
kit of a fox to go with my nursing
chair. I?d like a contemporary
design that?s not too complicated
to stitch, as I only have two months
left before the baby is born!
Zoe Woods, Newcastle
Q
SARAH TREVOR
Sarah has worked on
cross stitching and craft
magazines for over seven
years. She?s an avid
stitcher, and is ready and
raring to help you with
any of your craft or cross
stitch dilemmas.
Sarah: The most modern
design we could find was
this lovely fox kit from
Rico ? I think it?s very cute, and
will be perfect for your chair!
The finished design measures
42x42cm (16絰16絠n) when
stitched and, because it?s made
of wool stitched on felt, it will
have a lovely tactile feel ? ideal
for a nursery. To buy the kit for
� go to www.johnlewis.com
or call 03456 049 049.
A
Check out the Rico
range as there?s also
a lovely bunny kit
My stitching group
has decided to stitch
designs that are
postcard sized. We thought they
would look good together when
we frame and display them at
our local flower show. The size
is the only thing that has to be
the same. All the designs will
be different. Could you find me
a chart (not a kit) that would
stand out from the crowd?
Molly Hewer, Neasden
Fiona: This vintage
postcard design by
Monique Bonnin
would look gorgeous in
a frame. You can buy and
download the chart from
www.creativepoppypatterns.
com for only �99. There
is a separate chart for the
stamp (which is a copy of an
actual French stamp called
Marianne), and it?s advised
Q
A
Visit Creative Poppy for more
vintage postcard designs
that you stitch one over one
for a more dramatic effect. For
this reason, you will need to
use evenweave fabric rather
than aida. The design uses 27
DMC colours and is worked
mainly in whole stitches and
half stitches, plus a bit of
backstitch for extra detail.
MIXED NEEDLES
I?m a multi crafter ? I
sew, cross stitch, make
tapestries and knit. I need
sewing needles for all of these
crafts, but it gets expensive buying
lots of small packets. Who is the
cheapest manufacturer?
Ellie Painter, Aldershot
Jo: You can buy these
fantastic high-quality
steel needles made
my Milward for only �from
www.hobbycraft.com. The pack
contains 30 different needles,
ideal for all the crafts you
mention, and it also has a nifty
dispenser which closes easily. It?s
a must for any sewing box.
Q
A
Milward makes professional
needles for a reasonable price
Cross Stitch Gold 41
Your questions answered
IRON-ON LABELS
I?ve just undone a framed
cross stitch and washed
it. All went well with no
colours running, but I had written
my name and the date I made it
on the back edge with permanent
marker, and now it?s washed out.
I?d like to stitch a new label in the
back ? the sort you put in school
clothing ? but although I can buy
dozens with my name on, they
won?t have the date. Is there a
cheaper way to do this?
Phillipa Somerville, Norfolk
Sarah: Dymo labellers
have come a long way
since the early days of
embossing letters into plastic
that used to hurt your hands
after you?d pressed five letters!
This Dymo LetraTag LT-100H
labeller prints on fabric strip
as well as metal, plastic and
magnetic strips. It has two-line
printing, five font sizes, seven
print styles, eight box styles and
a nine-label memory, plus a date
stamp. It also writes in three
languages!
You can see the writing on
the 13-character LCD screen
before you print and, as it?s
battery powered, you won?t get
sore hands. It comes with one
reel of iron-on fabric tape (all
tapes are available online or in
good stationers). To buy it for
�.42 go to www.viking-direct.
co.uk or call 0844 412 3435
for mail order.
Q
A
Make a range of
labels with this
nifty gadget
TRAY TABLE
I need a little tray table
that can hold a few
sewing bits so that I
can stitch in bed. I?m having an
op on my legs, so I don?t want
it to actually sit on my legs, but
all the tables I have found have a
bean bag bottom, which I think
will be uncomfy. Can you help?
Jenny Irwin, Poole
Jo: The perfect bed
table can be found
at www.amazon.
co.uk. It?s made of scratchproof bamboo, which can be
easily wiped clean. Measuring
24x55x33cm when open, it
Q
A
can be used as a computer table
or craft table, as well as for
reading or enjoying breakfast
in bed! The notebook stand
is ideal for charts when
raised, or can be
laid flat for writing,
and there?s a little
drawer in the
side that?s ideal
for threads and
needles. This versatile
table can be used on
the sofa when you?re
feeling better, too. At
only �.58 I think it?s a
must-have for any crafter.
EASTER
STITCHING
www.dmc.com/uk or
call 01924 231669.
We?re
having a
FRENCH KNOTS
I?m stitching
charity
a cross stitch
stall at our local
design that
retirement home
has lots of French knots
h
at Easter and we
sscattered over it. When
need some ideas,
I come to stitch them,
please. Some of
how do I do it without
our stitchers are
making the back messy?
m
elderly, so simple
Do
o I do them one at a
and quick items
Get ahead with your
time or just jump from
tim
would be great.
Easter stitching!
one to another?
Dawn Trollope,
Cindy Mullen, Newport
Andover
Jo: Older stitchers might
Fiona: There are a few
like to stitch little motifs
ways to deal with them.
using whole stitches
First, decide if they really
onto plastic canvas, as this is
enhance the design and if you
easy to hold. The canvas can
want them ? leave them out
be cut and backe
backed with felt to
if you think it won?t make any
make coasters orr cake toppers.
difference! If you go ahead,
There are som
me lovely
you can work them all at
Easter designs
d
on our
once if they are quite close
web
bsite that can
together, but try not to
be downloaded,
leave long trailing threads
and try our
a
between each one. Stitching
ssister magazine
singly is preferable if you
Cross Stitch
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think the thread on the back
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will show through to the
smaller designs.
front of your work.
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