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For cross stitch
addicts just like
YOU!
Have fun with
this quick &
easy birthday
alphabet!
Vintage travel
Capture this classic train
E XCLUSIVE
Flying high
Giving thanks
Make a card for Father’s Day
dragon!
Discover a new friend with this magical
Pets in flower
crowns!
Learn to make
a clutch bag
Stitch these
cute motifs!
Retro 1980s
gift ideas
Meet the team
Look out for these friendly faces
inside Crazy – they’re all mad
about cross stitch, too!
Stacey Black
Art Editor
This month...
“I’m moving into my new
houseboat, so I love the
sailing cards on page 42!”
Alison Maney
Production Editor
This month...
“I think the cute weather
chart on page 74 would
be a fun project for kids”
Leela Roy
Deputy Art Editor
This month...
“The clutches on page
50 are proof that you can
never have too many bags”
Fiona Baker
Technical Editor
This month...
“My favourite stitch is the
purple dragon on page 10
– it’s the best colour!”
Heather Nugent
Charting Editor
This month...
“I adore anything 1980s,
so I think the retro gift ideas
on page 20 are totally rad”
Hannah Erskine
Charting Assistant
This month...
“I can’t wait to try the
appliqué technique for the
butterflies on page 37”
Welcome...
... to the latest copy of
Crazy! June’s issue is
full of inspiring projects
that you’ll love to stitch
– starting with your free
hanging kit that is sure
to give you good vibes!
For more positivity, turn
to page 10 and discover
our exclusive dragon
designed by Dulcie Mascord from Wild Rose
Studio. He’s just so cheerful and cute!
If you’re planning to stitch a card for Father’s
Day, we also have a gorgeous set of quick and
easy designs on page 42, or for a bigger project
try the vintage-style train poster on page 64.
Lucie Heaton brings us a stunning set of animals
in flower crowns over on page 28, while Cheryl
McKinnon throws a stylish party with her fun
birthday-themed alphabet on page 55. Don’t
forget, if you’ve found your next stitchy project
in Crazy I’d love to hear about it – get in touch by
emailing rachel@cross-stitching.com!
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MustStitch
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Your free gift!*
Stay positive with Emma
Congdon’s hanging kit
10 Exclusive
Go on an adventure with
our magical dragon!
19 Celeb stitch
Make a super stitch of
Robert Downey Jr
20 50 gift ideas
50 Take your pick
28 Stitch the set
55 One nighters
34 Crazy for...
64 Special
Embrace the nostalgia
with these 1980s motifs!
Cute baby animals in
flower crowns
... powerful wolves!
37 Simply 7
Try a new skill with pretty
appliqué-style butterflies!
42 With love
Sail into Father’s Day with
nautical cards for dad!
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55
Hit the town in style with
stitchy clutch bags
Party on with a bright
birthday-themed abc
Create a famous train for
a locomotive lover!
68 Challenge Lucie
... with reader requests!
74 Crazy kids
Use this fun chart to give
the weather report
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EMMA CONGDON
MODERN FELT
HANGING KIT
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MustRead
6 Reader panel
Meet three Crazy readers!
14 Letters
Get inspired by other
stitchers’ tales about their
recent finishes
41 Stitch and chat
Catch up on all the stitchy
news and gossip!
British Craft Awards
48 Find
out if your faves won
big at this year’s awards!
61 Crazy’s Angels
Ask our experts any
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Track
it down
70
Find any chart or kit
72 Join us online
We bring you the latest
from around the web
78 Guidelines
Your essential guide to
all things cross stitch
MustWin
47 Enter to win!
We have £1,018 in prizes
up for grabs this month!
MustBuy
26 Must haves
The best new stitchy buys
32 Subscribe to Crazy
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80 Next month
Take a sneak peek at
Crazy issue 243!
82 Teabreak
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Over to you...
These stitchers are this month’s reader panel stars, so
keep an eye out for their comments throughout the issue!
Marie Ramsay
Corringham
Nicola Smales
Hertfordshire
Which cross stitch
designer would be
your dream dinner
party guest?
I’d love to have
dinner with Lesley
Teare. I read her
blog and love her designs, and she seems
such a lovely, friendly sort of lady!
How would you
describe your
stitching style?
Definitely slow.
There’s nothing
worse than making
a mistake and
having to rip it all out, so I always check the
chart loads of times as I stitch!
Which project are you most proud of?
My REME coat of arms. This was my
hubby’s grandfather’s regiment in World
War II, and it made for a wonderful gift.
Who is your favourite character to stitch?
Mickey Mouse. I’m a huge Disney fan and
there’s nothing more Disney than Mickey!
Who do you most like to stitch for?
My gran. She loves all my work and displays
it all in her home. It makes me so proud
when she shows everyone what I made.
How cross stitch crazy are you?
I have stash in every room in my house,
including the garage! I stitch at every
opportunity and even carry a small kit
in my handbag in case of emergency!
Kayleigh Dale
Hailsham
How cross stitch crazy
are you?
Very cross stitch crazy!
Our spare room is now
my craft room and is
full of thread, fabric and lots of kits, which
I need more time to get round to doing!
Which occasion gets your needle twitching?
Christmas – I always make my cards!
Which occasion gets your needle twitching?
Christmas! There are so many festive designs
to make and people to make them for.
When I’m not stitching, you’ll find me...
Practising my art! I’m currently studying
model making.
Who taught you to cross stitch?
I taught myself, actually. I only started about
a year ago after getting a kit and giving it a try.
Who do you most like to stitch for?
I love stitching for my family as they love
displaying my work and enjoy it more than
expensive presents. They know how much
time and effort I’ve put into the project.
Which project are you most proud of?
My wedding thank you cards. They looked so
pretty and everyone enjoyed them!
How would you describe your stitching style?
Go with the flow – I do many projects at once!
We want to hear from you...
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Your kit contains all you
need to stitch and make
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FreeGift
Your free gift
Modern felt hanging kit
Bring peace and harmony to your home when you create
this calligraphy-style felt hanging by Emma Congdon
low down, smile and stitch this
mindful saying to hang and
admire! This project will help
you stay positive, not just while
you stitch the design but every time you
see it hanging in your home or office.
Use the wooden dowel, felt and twine
to make up your finished stitch and help
the good vibes flow. Put your hanging at
eye level and use it to stay inspired and
motivated, or give it to a friend to help
them look on the bright side!
Your kit comes with all you need to
stitch and make up this hanging, and
would be fantastic for a stress-free
crafting session with friends. Use it as
an opportunity to practise mindfulness
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in your everyday life by enjoying each
stitch and appreciating the process of
seeing Emma’s beautiful lettering appear
against the white aida.
Once you’ve finished stitching the
design, loop the felt over the dowel rod
and attach it to itself with running stitch
so the remaining felt can hang down. Tie
both ends of your twine to either end of
the dowel rod to form a big loop from
which you can hang your project. If you
like, you can fray the edges of your aida
as we did and attach your stitch to the
felt with double-sided tape. Or, turn your
finished stitch into a card, bookmark or
whatever takes your fancy – after all, this
hanging should encourage creativity! ●
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Good vibes only
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
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702
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964
185
1112
996
433
1103
3341
328
403
3808
1068
2507
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279
1610
3845
1089
1102
Backstitch in one strand
––– 3809
1066
2506
Whole stitches only
Colour
dark pink
pink
green
blue
peach
turquoise
lime green
electric blue
teal
Stitch count 35 (h) x 35 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric 6.5x6.5cm
(2½x2½in)
Stitched by Laura Boyter
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ExclusiveDesign
Dragon
tales
Let your imagination take flight with
this adorable purple dragon and
his butterfly friends, designed by
illustrator Dulcie Mascord
Exclusive to Crazy!
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Need to know
Stitch Time
30 hours (approx)
Stitch Types
Whole cross stitch,
fractionals, backstitch,
French knots
you’ve finished this adventurous
stitch, you’re sure to have a story
or two to tell! ●
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Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring
40x30cm (15¾x11¾in). To buy, visit www.sewandso.
co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
Extras - Frame and mount of your choice with
a minimum aperture of 25x17.5cm (9¾x6¾in)
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Illustration © Dulcie Mascord, Wild Rose Studio
ans of fantasy and those
expecting new arrivals are
bound to fall in love with
this cute character! Filled
with a sense of curiosity and
wonder, this baby dragon will
help encourage a little one to
explore the world around them.
It’s the perfect-sized design
to decorate a reading nook or
nursery, and is created using
whole stitches, fractionals,
backstitch and French knots
for a detailed look. By the time
Add a child’s name and birthday
to this stitch and turn it into an
adorable birth sampler
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Crazytip
Be sure to snip your loose
threads as you go along
instead of waiting
until the end
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StaceySays...
I’m so in love with this sweet
dragon! And it looks like he
likes butterflies as much as
I do. I think I might stitch him
for my bedroom at home.
Stacey Black, Art Editor,
Cross Stitch Crazy
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Dragon
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Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
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2402
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710
518
1039
1106
552
99
713
553
98
712
554
90
711
743
302
113
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112
745
300
111
754
1012
305
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948
892
306
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3746
1030
2702
3770
1009
2314
3799
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1713
Backstitch in one strand
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3371
382
2004
Backstitch in three strands
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3371
382
2004
French knots in one strand
blanc
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2402
Contains fractionals
Stitch count 132 (h) x 90 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
24x16.5cm (9½x6½in)
Extra skeins 2x DMC 553
Stitched by Sam Lake
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Yourletters
We love seeing your latest stitching success, so
why not send us an email or letter with a photo?
If we print yours, you’ll win a fab prize!
Star letter
Be my baby
You a
a winnerer
!
Gillian
Crisp
Hi there, everyone! I’m sending pics of my newly
finished project. It was for my granddaughter Emeilia, and
I started it when she was just two days old. However, she’s
now two years old! The project has taken a long time due to
family problems and other projects jumping the queue.
I still have one more granddaughter to stitch for, and she’s
already one year old. She might be in high school by the time
hers is finished! Thank you.
Gillian Crisp, Wednesbury
Rachel says:
I can’t get over
how lifelike
this project
looks, Gillian.
It’s absolutely
astonishing.
No matter how
long it took,
your efforts
were definitely
worthwhile!
Great job.
I had to send this picture to you, Crazy
team. I really enjoyed stitching this! It was
so good, I had to have it framed. I think
the gold frame and blue aperture works
so well with Lesley Teare’s willow design.
Now… where to put it?
Kirsty McCarron, Carlisle
Alison says: What a classy finish, Kirsty.
I hadn’t thought of using gold to frame
the willow design, but now that I see it,
I think it looks so luxurious! Perhaps you
could hang it right by your front door, so
everyone can see it first thing when they
arrive at your home.
S Lesley Teare
designed this
project for Crazy
issue 238
A little bird told me
S Gillain stitched
this design for her
granddaugther!
WIN!
Each month our star
letter winner receives
a fantastic prize!
This month’s Star letter winner
will receive a copy of The
Nutmeg Guide to Stitching
on Paper by Meg Evershed
together with a kit for a small
stitchable paper box. It’s
an exciting way to try a new
technique, courtesy of The
Nutmeg Company! To
find out more, visit
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co.uk or call OVER
01748 884 926.
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Golden circle
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I subscribe to your magazine and look forward
to it dropping through the door each month.
The free gift in issue 239 was a welcome sight
with its bright colours and everyone’s favourite
tipple – tea! This bird in a teacup project is my
first completed cross stitch of the year. As you can
see, I’ve made it into a large card. I’ve promised
myself I’ll try to complete each of the free stitch
kits within the month they arrive, so as not to further
add to my stash of will-do-later kits in my house!
Dawn Lang, London
S This is Dawn’s
first finished
stitch of the year!
Alison says: I also have quite a backlog of free kits in the craft stash at my
house – with a new Crazy kit coming out every month, it’s hard to keep up!
I like the idea of trying to stitch each kit in the month they arrive.
Love life
Dear Rachel and the Crazy team, I’d like to
show you my recent project. It is one of Emma
Congdon’s Valentine’s Day designs from the
February issue, 238! I decided to frame the
finished work instead of making it into a card.
I’m very satisfied with the result and hope you
like it too. Kind regards!
Olga Efimova, Russia
Rachel says: Wow, it looks fantastic in a frame
– particularly the elegant one you chose, Olga.
It’d be the perfect gift for a special someone on
Valentine’s Day… although, I don’t know if I could
bear to part with a project this beautiful!
S Olga decided
she wanted to
frame this finish
YourLetters
X Paula has been
busy stitching gifts
for some of her
neighbours’ children
1st
Quick stitch!
Just for baby
It’s been a while since I wrote to you, but
I thought I’d send you some of my small
projects from the past year. All of them are
made with designs featured in Crazyy except
the black bird on the bib, which I copied from
a new birth card. Both the bibs and the fox
hoop were made for some of my neighbours. In
fact, the parents of baby Nika asked me to make
a birth sampler in a hoop for their two-yearold son as well. And because baby Kai loves
elephants, I’m stitching a mother and baby
elephant designed by Lucie Heaton, which
was also featured in Crazyy! Kind regards.
Paula Spee, The Netherlands
Send us a picture of your first finished
project from this issue of Crazyy and you
could win First Past the Post!
PAST T
HE
POST!
Fairy good
Here are my birthday fairies
that came as the free gift in
Crazyy issue 241, all stitched
and ready to stick onto the gift
tags. I really enjoyed this little
treat! Thank you!
Cassie Ruth, Northampton
Rachel says: Your fairies look
so cheerful, Cassie! We hope
you’ll be able to put them to
good use at many birthday
parties in the future. It’s
X Cassie enjoyed
always helpful to have
stitching the free
tags on hand!
gift from Crazy
Alison says: You must be very popular
among the young families in your
neighbourhood, Paula. You make them
such beautiful gifts! We’re honoured that
you used so many of our designs to create these
gorgeous finishes. Thank you for sharing!
issue 241
Making mermaids
Hello, I thought you’d like to see my mermaid that I made using the free
kit that came with the April issue, 240. I’m using her as a bookmark
right now! As soon as I saw the kit, I loved her and couldn’t wait to
get started. I sat all day until she was completed – my poor husband
couldn’t get a word out of me! I added some hotfix crystals to finish
her off. I’m now going to make another for a dear friend and put it in the
card that came with the kit, and I’m going to experiment using different
colours this time. Thank you for the gift!
Tracy Shephard, Stanley
S Tracy added
hotfix crystals
to her mermaid
Subs stars
Each month, three subscribers are
selected to win a prize as a thank
you for their loyalty to Crazy.
Rachel says: I’m so pleased that you’re getting so much use and
enjoyment from the mermaid 2-in-1 kit, Tracy! The gems add an extraspecial touch, and I love the zig-zag edges of your aida. Very cool!
Clever kingfisher
I’m an absolute novice at cross stitch.
I have RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and belong
to a Facebook group for people who have
RA. One of our sub-groups is dedicated to
all things crafty. Inspired by some of the
members who were sharing pictures of
their cross stitch work, I decided to try it
myself. I bought this little kit to practise
on and am thrilled with my end result, so
I’m sharing it with you! One member of the
group told me about your magazine, so
I bought a copy this morning. I love the
little free kit that came with it and hope
to start it later today. I’m going to actually
pop it in a frame and give it to a close
friend who’s been in hospital. Hope you
like my little kingfisher as much as I do!
Connie Cluderay, Leeds
Alison says: Nicely stitched, Connie. It
looks like you’re a natural. Keep it up!
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Prizes
every month!
£22!
The lucky winners will each receive this
adorable Tatty Teddy Three Little Sailors
kit with three sweet designs to stitch. For
your chance to win, turn to page 32 and
subscribe to Crazy today. See below for this
month’s Subs stars winners.
X Helen King Subs no: 4022941407
XAC Heath Subs no: 4022941514
XJane Macaulay Subs no: 4022942256
S This was
Connie’s first ever
cross stitch piece!
To find out how to become a Crazy
subscriber, turn to page 32!
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T This alphabet
appeared in Crazy
issue 229
YourLetters
Best for bathtime
I’ve only recently started to read
Crazy and I really enjoy it! I plan to
subscribe soon. Recently, I decided
to make my family members
something stitchy for Christmas –
yes, I know it’s early, but all these
projects take me a long time!
I bought face flannels for each
family member and wanted to
personalise them. So, I used some
aida band and various bits out of my
copies of different magazines. Hope
you like what I’ve done.
Christine Harrison, Ysbyty Ystwyth
Grandad and me
I have recently finished Wallace and
Gromit, which appeared in Crazy issue
229. This was a birthday gift for my
grandad, who loves them. This piece
means a lot to me as one of my earliest
memories of my grandad is of us
watching Wallace and Gromit together.
So, I knew I had to stitch this for him!
Charlotte Upshall, Gosport
Alison says: Wow, your grandad must
have been all smiles when he saw this!
Rachel says: Many stitchers start
their Christmas stitching early, so
you’re not alone! You’re right, it does
take time to stitch gifts for everyone,
particularly if you have a large
family. Face flannels will make really
beautiful and useful gifts. Good job!
S Charlotte
stitched this for
her grandad
Ballerina bliss
I was so happy when I heard my niece was going to have her
first child. It’s been a number of years since there have been any
new additions to the family. My niece ended up having baby girl,
whom she called Sophia. Straight away, I put all my sewing to one
side and started on a new project for a little girl’s bedroom.
I used Lucie Heaton’s ballerinas from Crazy. I changed a couple of
colours around and added some 3D ballerina dress-up stickers.
I’m so happy with the end result, and it looks lovely on her wall.
Linda West, Isle of Man
Alison says: How clever! This is a great making up idea, Linda.
I love the border you gave to each letter, and the pretty ballerina
stickers are such a lovely feature. Your niece and her little
daughter must love this piece.
Love always
I absolutely loved stitching this postcard design from Crazy
issue 238, and I’m hoping my husband will love it as much
as I do! Emma Congdon is one of my favourite designers –
I love her modern twist on cross stitch. Keep them coming!
Yaina Davies, Lewes
S Christine has
started stitching
for Christmas!
Cross Stitch
Quickie!
This squishy sweetie
loves to float the day
away on the waves!
Rachel says: We plan to, Yaina! We all love Emma Congdon’s
fresh and colourful designs as well. And I have no doubt that
your spouse will love this stunning, thoughtful project. You’ve
done a wonderful job, and I love your choice of frame – it’s
rustic, yet a bit modern, too! I hope your husband hangs it
in pride of place in your home.
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S Yaina stitched this
design for her spouse
for Valentine’s Day
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Pretty jellyfish
Cross stitch in two strands
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Next month
TINY NARWHAL
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DMC Anchor Madeira
603
55
505
604
50
614
754
1012
305
948
892
306
963
73
502
3799
236
1713
Backstitch in one strand
–––
3799
236
1713
Whole stitches only
Stitch count 40 (h) x 31 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
7.5x5.5cm (2¾x2¼in)
20
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YourLetters
Pretty party
I’ve just finished the sweet bird aperture card
that came free with issue 239. It only took me
the weekend to stitch and its bright colours
certainly cheered up the rather gloomy weather
of January. Hope you like my finish as much as
I enjoyed stitching it!
Amy Bardsley, Chester
Rachel says: I do, Amy! I honestly can’t get
enough of this design. And I admire your tidy
stitching style! Your stitches look so crisp
and neat. Be sure to send us pics of any other
projects you complete – we’d love to see them.
T Emma Congdon
designed these for
Crazy back in 2015!
Weather man
Greetings from the Philippines! I just wanted
to show you my latest finish from one of
your past magazines, Crazyy issue 200. It’s a
collection of weather-related sayings by Emma
Congdon. I still don’t know how I’ll finish them.
I’m thinking of a hanging ornament. Or a fridge
magnet. What do you think? Any suggestions?
More power to you all – and more wonderful
designs! Thank you!
Richard ‘Dicky’ Huang, Philippines
Alison says: Oh, so many options! I like the
idea of making them into fridge magnets, or
you could turn them into coasters – just be
sure to put them in plastic covers first so they
don’t get damaged! Or you could go the more
traditional route and turn them into cards.
Rachel says: I stitched this sampler for my friend’s baby too. It’s just so irresistible!
S Sharon
loves bright
projects!
Willow or won’t you
S Andrew used
just one shade of
metallic thread
All aboard!
I picked up a copy of issue 238 – and
not just because I was featured on the
Stitch and chat page! I like the metallic
threads that came with my copy of Crazyy,
especially the rose gold. They reminded
me of a stitch I did for a work colleague
who retired last year to spend more time
with his family (read: play with his model
railways). It’s in the style of an old train
station sign with his name as the station.
He would
d have a long surname, wouldn’t
he? It’s just Anchor 303 on black
18-count aida, but it’s quite effective.
As an added bonus, the surrounding
stitches are reminiscent of train tracks!
Andrew Hatton, Stevenston
Thank you for the beautiful willow pattern project
in the February 2018 issue. I’ve completed it as
a retirement gift for a friend. Rather than paint
the outer frame, I covered it in white silk ribbon,
which also acts as the hanger. I hope you like it.
Thank you for the many lovely charts and helpful
information in each issue.
Margaret Henderson, Houghton-le-Spring
Alison says: Now, that’s very clever, Margaret!
I hadn’t thought to use the ribbon wrapped around
the hoop to hang it as well. And you’ve certainly
done justice to Lesley Teare’s design. Well done!
W Margaret
wrapped ribbon
around her hoop
Rachel says: I love your design, Andrew.
You made your friend a thoroughly
personal gift! I wonder if he has it
hanging beside his model railways.
I would think that’d be just the place for
it! Thank you for sharing this with us.
get in touch!
Design may vary
NB We reserve the right to edit your correspondence
Winging it on
the weekend
S Amy
finished
this in one
weekend!
As soon as I saw this beautiful baby sampler, designed by Emma
Congdon for issue 234, I knew I had to stitch it for my friend’s baby
girl. It’s so bright and colourful and I loved stitching it! I hope you like
it. And thank you for the wonderful mermaid free kit from issue 240,
too. My daughter loves it and has adopted it as her school bookmark!
Sharon Sawyer, Dorset
We love to see what you’ve been busy
stitching, so get in touch and tell us
all about it, and don’t forget to include
a picture! Every letter printed wins a
super cute kit from
Email: crazyletters@cross-stitching.com
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Write to: Rachel Beckwith, Cross Stitch Crazy, 2nd Floor,
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CelebStitch
Robert Downey Jr
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GETTY IMAGES
50
40
Stitch a super portrait
of the handsome
Avengers: Infinity War
star Robert Downey Jr!
hether you love
him as superhero
Iron Man in his
latest film, as
genius detective Sherlock Holmes
or even as comedy legend Charlie
Chaplin, you’ll swoon over this
stunning portrait of Hollywood
leading man Robert Downey Jr.
With his intelligent brown eyes and
classically handsome looks, he’s
sure to make a lovely addition to
your living room. Or, make him into
a card for a comic book fan – after
all, he’s a real marvel to look at! ●
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20
10
10
Robert Downey Jr
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor
152
894
224
893
310
403
315
1019
553
98
838
380
839
1050
840
1084
950
4146
3371
382
3770
1009
3774
778
3781
1088
3863
379
3864
376
3865
2
Whole stitches only
Madeira
2310
813
2400
810
712
2005
1913
1905
2309
2004
2314
306
2003
1912
1910
2403
Stitch count 108 (h) x 68 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
19.5x12.5cm (7¾x5in)
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40
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Reader’s
pick!
Requested by
TRACEY
MUNSON
W
ho would you like to see
as a Crazy Celeb stitch? It
might be your favourite
actor, a Hollywood icon or even a
sporting great! Email your requests
to celebstitch@cross-stitching.com
or post them to: Celeb stitch, Cross
Stitch Crazy, 2nd Floor, Tower House,
Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN.
If the celebrity you request is picked
to appear in a future issue of Crazy
then you could be the lucky winner
of a fantastic mystery gift.
And, don’t forget to email any
photos of your stitched celebrities to
rachel@cross-stitching.com for your
chance to appear on Crazy’s Letters
page and possibly win a prize!
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50GiftIdeas
50
Retro 80s
Gift ideas
Celebrate a time when hair was big,
colours were bold and the music was,
like, so rad – the totally tubular 1980s!
Designed by Durene Jones
ith the latest fashion trends taking
their influence from the loud prints
and patterns of the 80s, Crazy was
keen to celebrate the original era in all
its glory! Relive your favourite retro memories with
these unique motifs worked in whole stitches and
backstitch, then turn your stitching into cool gifts
for friends and family. Strap on those legwarmers,
pop in a cassette tape and get started! ●
W
Need to know
Stitch Time
2-10 hours each (approx)
Stitch Types
Whole cross stitch,
backstitch
ShoppingList...
Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white and black (720) aida measuring
a maximum of 15x15cm (6x6in) for most designs. To buy, visit
www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800 013 0150; 14-count plastic
canvas cut to size. To buy, visit www.lakesideneedlecraft.co.uk or call
0333 050 1184
Extras - All items of your choice are handmade or available to buy
from local stores
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www.cross-stitching.com
Make a
stylish badge
for a vintage
jacket
Use aida band
to decorate
pencil cases
Stitch on plastic
canvas to make
earrings!
50GiftIdeas
1
3
2
f Cyber-inspired
album art was huge
in the 80s, so use it
to create a cool card!
4
1980s style
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC
B5200
208
209
307
310
349
413
414
415
436
550
601
604
608
739
945
959
995
996
3819
3822
3856
Anchor
1
99
98
289
403
1098
236
235
398
1045
102
63
55
332
366
881
186
410
433
279
295
268
Madeira
2401
804
803
104
2400
212
1713
1714
1802
2011
714
703
614
206
2014
1909
1114
1102
1103
1610
2511
2309
5
f Stitch a fun video
game design to
decorate a friend’s
wallet or card holder
7
6
10
9
f Use a geometric
abstract design to
decorate a pocket on
a plain white t-shirt
8
11
Backstitch in one strand
–––
310
403
2400
Backstitch in two strands
––– B5200
1
2401
Whole stitches only
Max stitch count 44 (h) x 90 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
8x16.5cm (3¼x6½in)
Stitched by Judy Davies
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f Turn this circular
design into a pretty
badge for a friend’s
favourite jacket
13
f If you and a friend
have been gabbing
since the 80s, stitch
them a phone design!
50GiftIdeas
14
15
f Make a border of
romantic roller skates
for a towel to give to
your significant other
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17
18
20
19
21
f Stitch the active
design above to put
on a gym bag for
someone athletic!
22
f Add a motif of an
old Polaroid camera
to a photo album full
of sweet memories
23
24
25
f Send a thank you
card to your computer
repairman with a
retro-style desktop
26
More charts
over the page
➦
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50GiftIdeas
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29
28
f Stitch a cassette tape
onto plastic canvas to
create a necklace for a
music fan
32
30
f Add a zippy classic
car to a handkerchief
as a gift to a car lover
for their birthday
31
33
34
f Line a mousepad
with a border of old
floppy disks for a
helpful work friend
36
f For a friend’s
birthday card, stitch
the time they were
born on this watch
35
37
38
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40
fCongratulate a
friend on a new job
with a pin featuring
an 80s-style mobile
50GiftIdeas
44
43
41
42
f Customise these
motifs by using the
alphabets to add
someone’s name
45
46
47
48
49
f Make little frames
from popsicle sticks
to display your
favourite designs
50
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ShoppingHeaven
Summer dragonfly
Take flight with this pretty yet easy-to-stitch kit from The World in
Stitches! We love the colours used in this design, and the wings
remind us of delicate stained glass. The kit costs £9.99 and
comes with aida, a needle, threads, a chart and full instructions.
To buy, visit www.theworldinstitches.etsy.com
This month's
Must-haves
Alison’s been buzzing about trying to
find the most exciting stitchy picks
this month – here’s what she found!
Fairy fantasy
Discover a world of ethereal fairy
friends with this new range of
kits from Bothy Threads! Lavinia
Stamps’ Enchanted range
features four kits – Dandelion
Fairy, Dreams, Luna and Melody.
Each features a delicate fairy
silhouette on a sumptuous
colour printed fabric, enhanced
with special threads and
sequins. The kits start at £29.49.
To buy, visit www.bothythreads.
com or call 01900 828 844
Crazy
lov
es!
Make a peep
Luxurious craft store VV Rouleaux
has released a plethora of new
products, and these adorable birdthemed ribbons are our favourites!
Wrap them around your hoop or
use them to hang your latest finish.
Choose your favourite for prices
starting at £2.30 – or have them all!
To buy, visit www.vvrouleaux.com
or call 01225 618 600
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ShoppingHeaven
Hold my drink
Get creative with a DIY Cross
Stitch Wood Coaster Kit from
Miniature Rhino! With these
wooden squares, you’re the
designer – choose your thread
colours and use the alphabet
and number charts in your kit
to create four personalised,
food-safe coasters fit to
adorn even the most unique
coffee table. Try stitching your
initials, pretty designs or even
your home address!
To buy, visit www.
miniaturerhino.etsy.com
Grow on inside
With its twisting vines and abstract
folk-art style purple violets and orange
lillies, this Welcome Blooming Borders
design by Tempting Tangles is both
homely and striking. Hang the inviting
sign, stitched in whole stitches and
backstitch, by your front door to
greet your guests as they arrive! The
downloadable PDF
costs £7.08.
To buy, visit www.
creativepoppy
patterns.com
Croavezs!y
l
Merry motifs
If you love adding little stitchy touches to
your home or creating your own unique
samplers, Modern Motifs & Borders in
Cross Stitch by Crazy designer Maria Diaz
is a must-buy! The book is packed with over
400 pretty designs for all occasions. Put it
on your bookshelf for £14.95.
To buy, visit www.mariadiazdesigns.com
3
of the best...
NEEDLE THREADERS
BAUBLE BLISS
If you love choice, visit Etsy shop
Graceful Colors for unique needle
threaders in a wide variety of designs!
To buy, visit www.gracefulcolors.
etsy.com
A CLOSER LOOK
We love a two-inone! Not only does
this Hemline needle
threader come with
a magnifier to help
you see the eye of
your needle more
clearly, it works for
both your handheld and sewing
machine needles.
Priced at £1.39, it’s
a nifty bit of kit!
To buy, visit www.
sewessential.co.uk
or call 01283
210 422
WE’RE HOOKED!
Another shop with a wide selection,
Needle Keep Emporium features a fun
assortment of needle threaders!
To buy, visit www.
needlekeepemporium.etsy.com
Pastel perfection
Ring a chain of daisies around your
stitching! In a world of plain wooden
hoops, these pastel beauties are a breath
of fresh air. Sold in a variety of oval and
round sizes, these painted wood hoops by
DMC have charming daisies dotted along
their sides. As with any wooden hoop, you
can use it both to stitch your design and to
display your finished project afterwards.
To buy, visit www.dmc.com
www.cross-stitching.com
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StitchTheSet
Flower
friends
These baby animals are
excited for warmer weather
– they’re even wearing floral
crowns to celebrate!
Designed by Lucie Heaton
eet your newest
summer loves
– four precious
flower crownwearing pets! Spend a few lazy
days relaxing in the sun with
these festival-ready animals,
each adorned in their favourite
flowers of the season. Stitch the
set to hang on your wall during
the warmer months, or, if one of
these sweeties looks like your
own pet, stitch it to display on
M
Need to know
Stitch Time
12-14 hours each (approx)
Stitch Types
Whole cross stitch,
backstitch
a little cushion! No matter how
you make them up, they’ll add
an ‘aww’ factor to your home. ●
ShoppingList...
Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring
30x30cm (11¾x11¾in) for each design. To buy, visit
www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
Extras - 6in Round Flexi hoops with woodgrain
finish. To buy, visit www.siestaframes.com or call
01202 813 363; white felt for backing available
from local stores
28
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Use flexi hoops with a
woodgrain finish, as we did,
for a classic yet rustic look
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StitchTheSet
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10
10
20
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30
20
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10
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30
20
30
20
ReaderSays...
I’m definitely
going to stitch
all these
animals with
flower crowns
on their heads.
They’re so
adorable and each one would
make for a lovely spring or
summer project!
Kayleigh Dale, Hailsham
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20
30
30
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10
20
30
30
20
10
10
20
30
StitchTheSet
30
20
10
Crazytip
Needles can leave rusty
marks over time, so
don’t leave them in
your fabric
10
20
Pets in flower crowns
30
Cross stitch in two strands
30
30
20
10
10
20
20
10
10
20
30
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
168
1096
1708
209
98
803
211
342
801
334
977
1004
436
1045
2011
437
362
2012
640
393
1905
644
830
1814
712
926
2101
739
366
2014
754
1012
305
844
1041
1809
948
892
306
967
6
304
989
241
1401
3325
129
907
3341
328
403
3362
263
1601
Backstitch in one strand
–––
844
1041
1809
Whole stitches only
Max stitch count 68 (h) x 68 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
12.5x12.5cm (4¾x4¾in)
Stitched by Sharon Cooper
30
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DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
310
403
2400
318
399
1801
413
401
1809
414
235
1714
415
398
1802
451
233
1808
452
232
1807
453
231
1806
543
933
1909
762
234
1804
838
380
2005
840
1084
1912
841
1082
1911
842
1080
1910
Backstitch in one strand
–––
3799
236
1713
French knots in one strand
blanc
2
2402
Whole stitches only
Max stitch count 40 (h) x 40 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
7.5x7.5cm (2¾x2¾in)
Crazy for...
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These beautiful wolves
in a realistic style are ready
to howl at the moon and
capture your heart!
Designed by Jenny Barton
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In the
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Try a new technique
when you stitch and
make up these pretty
appliqué butterfly cards
Designed by Fiona Baker
Find templates for the
butterfly wings on
cross-stitching.com
Back a scrap of fabric
with iron-on interfacing
then cut into shape
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10
10
Cut-out&Keep
Quick and easy to stitch one a night!
10
Need to know
Stitch Time
3-5 hours each
(approx)
Stitch Types
Whole cross stitch,
backstitch
10
ShoppingList...
Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Pink butterfly with flowers
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring
15x15cm (6x6in) for each design. To buy, visit
www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC
blanc
162
166
602
604
744
Extras - First Edition Pretty Posy Paper Pad
(FEPAD121) backing papers. To buy, visit
www.trimcraftdirect.com or call 01159 885
820; fabrics, heavy-weight iron-on interfacing,
clear drying fabric glue and cardstock of your
choice from local stores
Anchor
2
9159
280
57
55
301
Cross stitch in two strands
Madeira
DMC Anchor Madeira
2402
827
160
1013
1101
963
73
502
1611
3819
279
1610
702
✖ Backstitch in one strand
614
––– 310
403
2400
112
✖ Whole stitches only
Stitch count 35 (h) x 35 (w)
Design area 14-count fabric 6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in)
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Pink and blue butterflies
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
28
871
2613
162
9159
1101
602
57
702
✖ Backstitch in one strand
DMC Anchor Madeira
––– 310
403
2400
✖ Backstitch in two strands
––– blanc
2
2402
✖ Whole stitches only
Stitch count 35 (h) x 35 (w)
Design area 14-count fabric 6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in)
Green butterfly with flower
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
164
240
1209
602
57
702
604
55
614
742
303
114
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
827
160
1013
963
73
502
✖ Backstitch in one strand
––– 310
403
2400
✖ Whole stitches only
Stitch count 35 (h) x 35 (w)
Design area 14-count fabric 6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in)
Attach wings onto the
aida with fabric glue
Stitch the bodies and
antennae over the top of
the wings to finish
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10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Yellow butterfly with flowers
Cross stitch in two strands
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
744
301
112
28
871
2613
827
160
1013
162
9159
1101
963
73
502
602
57
702
3819
279
1610
604
55
614
✖ Backstitch in one strand
726
295
109
––– 310
403
2400
✖ Whole stitches only
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC
blanc
162
604
963
Anchor
2
9159
55
73
Madeira
2402
1101
614
502
✖ Backstitch in one strand
DMC Anchor Madeira
––– 310
403
2400
✖ Backstitch in two strands
––– blanc
2
2402
✖ Whole stitches only
Stitch count 35 (h) x 35 (w)
Design area 14-count fabric 6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in)
Stitch count 35 (h) x 35 (w)
Design area 14-count fabric 6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in)
10
Blue and white butterfly
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Blue butterfly with flower
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
166
280
1611
602
57
702
604
55
614
742
303
114
744
301
112
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
827
160
1013
963
73
502
M 3819
279
1610
✖ Backstitch in one strand
––– 310
403
2400
✖ Whole stitches only
Stitch count 34 (h) x 35 (w)
Design area 14-count fabric 6x6.5cm (2½x2½in)
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Green and yellow butterflies
Cross stitch in two strands
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
744
301
112
164
240
1209
✖ Backstitch in one strand
726
295
109
––– 310
403
2400
✖ Whole stitches only
Stitch count 35 (h) x 35 (w)
Design area 14-count fabric 6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in)
FunTime
Stitch&Chat
Catch up on all the gossip from your fellow stitchers and get
involved by sharing your photos, stories, views and more!
Fun with fabric
Your say
or fabric addicts like us, the idea of having a brand
new batch of aida or evenweave arrive at our door
every other month sounds like a dream come
true. So imagine our excitement when we heard about
Lakeside Needlecraft’s new Bi-Monthly Fabric Club, a
subscription service for stitchers who can’t get enough
of Lakeside’s gorgeous dyed fabrics.
Members get an early look at the newest
exclusive Lakeside Needlecraft over-dyed
fabric, and can select the count and size
they would like delivered. Or, if they prefer,
members can skip that particular month’s
choice at no extra cost. If you often find
yourself collecting beautiful fabrics
for your stitching, consider joining, as
members get 5% off the listed price of
the fabric on the website as well! It’s an
excellent way to score some high-quality
stitchy stash at a discount.
To find out more, visit www.lakeside
needlecraft.co.uk ●
F
If you could have a cross stitch
superpower, what would it be?
“I’d choose
to have no
mistakes!
There’s nothing
more frustrating
than looking
at your work,
finding a
mistake in the
middle and having to work out if you
can undo it, or if you can get away
with leaving it.”
Kirsty Jayne Harper, Norwich
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wi
th
...and if you’re featured,
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SPOT THE STITCHES!
This is a close-up of one of the charts in this issue
of Crazy – but which one do you think it is? Send a
postcard with the page number the chart is on, along
with your name and address, to: Stitch and Chat 242,
Cross Stitch Crazy, 2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax
Street, Bristol BS1 3BN by 1st June 2018. The first
correct answer pulled out of a hat will win the fab
prize pictured on the right!
Write to or email us, or comment on our
Weekend Win Facebook posts, and you
could be selected for our Stitch and Chat
page! Each of the readers featured here
will receive this colourful Regatta Sampler
kit from Riverdrift House, worth over
£16 and perfect for summer! Visit www.
riverdrifthouse.co.uk to buy one for yourself.
To appear on our Stitch and Chat page, email
stitchandchat@cross-stitching.com with
your photos and comments, or post them
to the Crazy address printed on page 3.
“Mine would be
to stitch more
quickly! I’ve
got so many
birthdays to
make cards for,
plus Christmas
cards and
Easter cards.
I’m stitching all the time and hardly
have any time to myself! It’s a good
job I love stitching, isn’t it?”
Tony Chester, Cheshire
“For all my
completed
projects to
be magically
washed, ironed
and framed
with the click
of my fingers.
So many of
my projects just sit in my bag once
they’re stitched, as I hate framing!”
Tamara Epps, Suffolk
Coming up:
Have you ever stitched a project in
secret, and if so, how did you manage it?
Email your answer to
stitchandchat@cross-stitching.com
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WithLove
Safe
harbour
Thank your dad for helping
you sail through life with
these Father’s Day cards!
Designed by Emma Congdon
father can be like
the captain of a ship,
helping you to find
your sea legs, then
navigating your future so you
can set sail for a new adventure.
If your dad has been your port of
call through life’s storms, show
him your gratitude this Father’s
Day with a nautical-themed card
or tag. You’ll need only whole
stitches and backstitch to have
these designs looking shipshape, so even new stitchers
can create their favourite. Make
A
Need to know
Stitch Time 2-7 hours
each (approx)
Stitch Types
Whole cross stitch,
backstitch
up your finished stitch with
contemporary papers, or use
a crisp white, blue or red frame
to make your dad a stitchy
reminder of your love. ●
ShoppingList...
Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring
15x15cm (6x6in) for each card and 10x10cm (4x4in)
for each tag design. To buy, visit www.sewandso.
co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
Extras - Carta Bella Yacht Club 6x6in paper pad
backing papers (CBYC52015). To buy, visit
www.craftie-charlie.co.uk; cardstock and ribbon
of your choice from local stores
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WithLove
20
10
10
20
20
10
10
10
10
10
10
20
Nautical Father’s Day
Cross stitch in two strands
20
10
20
10
10
20
44
10
20
DMC Anchor Madeira
168
1096
1708
221
897
811
310
403
2400
311
164
1006
317
400
1714
349
1098
212
351
10
214
435
1046
2010
436
1045
2011
518
1039
1106
519
1038
1105
712
926
2101
869
375
2105
3761
928
1001
3777
1015
2502
3842
162
1010
Backstitch in one strand
–––
304
19
511
–––
310
403
2400
–––
311
164
1006
–––
317
400
1714
–––
666
46
210
–––
801
359
2007
Whole stitches only
Max stitch count 55 (h) x 57 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
10x10.5cm (4x4in)
Stitched by Lisa Shaw
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10
20
10
10
10
20
10
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ReaderSays...
My dad was in the navy and
loves anything nautical. He’s
been very poorly recently, and
I think he deserves a wonderful
Father’s Day card to let him
know how great he is!
Marie Ramsay, Corringham
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20
Crazy tip
20
Wash your hands before
you stitch to keep your
project from getting
too grubby
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Mouseloft kit bundles!
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Thousands of stitchers across the country voted for the
top brands, designers and more in 2018’s British Craft
Awards. Here are the winners, all chosen by you!
Cast your mind back a few months and you’ll no doubt remember entering
your votes and nominating your top stitching choices of 2018. The winners
were announced at an awards ceremony attended by the biggest names in
British craft, held in February at the Craft Hobby + Stitch International show
at the NEC in Birmingham. Who was the top cross stitch designer, and what
were the best-loved products? Did your faves get to scoop up an award this
year? Well, the time’s come to unveil all and lift the curtain on the winners!
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
BLOG OF THE YEAR
Durene Jones
The Twisted Stitcher
“I was over the moon to win!
This award means a lot to
me because it was voted on
by the readers. I’d like to say
a big thank you to everyone
who voted for me and who
has shown me support
throughout the year. It is very
much appreciated and makes
my work worthwhile.”
Durene Jones, Designer
HIGHLY COMMENDED
2nd place: Joan Elliott
3rd place: Lucie Heaton
“It is with humble gratitude that I extend my deepest
appreciation to all of the readers who voted for my blog.
I adore stitching and just want to share my enthusiasm for
needle and thread with the world. It’s a sincere honour that so
many people find my blog of
value for their own stitching
journey. Thank you to my
devoted readers!”
Vonna Pfeiffer,
The Twisted Stitcher
HIGHLY COMMENDED
2nd place: Stitching Corner
3rd place: Tangled
Threads Stitching
BRAND OF THE YEAR
RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Zweigart Fabrics
Lakeside Needlecraft
“We feel very honoured to
win the award for Brand
of the Year. We want to
say a big thank you to all
of the stitchers who voted
for us.”
Bastian Wollmann, Sales
Director, Zweigart
HIGHLY COMMENDED
2nd place: DMC, Me to
You (Tatty Teddy)
3rd place: Dimensions
Gold kits
“I’m absolutely thrilled and
proud to have won! We’re
a small family business
so this award means a lot
to us. The community of
stitchers are fantastic and
we’re really thankful for
their support.”
Kate Worthington,
Lakeside Needlecraft
HIGHLY COMMENDED
2nd place: Sew and So
3rd place: Hobbycraft
W Lucie Heaton was very
surprised and thankful
to receive 3rd place for
Designer of the Year
PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
DMC Stranded Cottons
“A big thank you to
everyone who voted!
What an exciting way to
start the year with this
award, and it’s going to
be an exciting year ahead
for the DMC group.”
Chris Sherrard, DMC
HIGHLY COMMENDED
2nd place: Daylight
Company Ltd
Magnifying Lamps
3rd place: Q-Snap Frames
X Product of the Year
runners up The Daylight
Company are so glad
that their lamps help our
stitchers so much
TakeYourPick
Mixed
bags
Put your stitches on show
with a clutch, a wallet and
a coin purse inspired by
Guatemalan design!
Designed by Heather Nugent
ake your passion for
cross stitch out on the
town with a trio of eyecatching bags in bright
colours! Pop a few items for a
night out in the large clutch, or
add the mid-size wallet to your
regular handbag to carry with
you wherever you go. Or, if you
prefer, just create the little coin
purse. You can stitch and make
up all three using the handy
T
Need to know
Stitch Time
80 hours for the set
(approx)
Stitch Types
Whole cross stitch
instructions on page 54. They
make for beautiful gifts! ●
ShoppingList...
Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring
36x23cm (14x9in) for the large design, 26x18cm
(10¼x7in) for the medium design and 21x16cm
(8¼x6¼in) for the small design. To buy, visit
www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
Extras - Backing felt, zips and tassels of your choice
from local stores
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instructions o w the
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TakeYourPick
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20
10
10
20
30
70
Crazytip
Try to regularly move
your needle’s position
on the thread as
you stitch
60
50
40
30
20
10
10
20
Colourful bags
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor
blanc
2
208
99
445
288
742
303
798
131
801
359
917
89
956
40
973
290
996
443
Whole stitches only
30
40
50
60
Max stitch count 142 (h) x 72 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
26x13cm (10x5¼in)
Stitched by Karen Purnell
70
52
Madeira
2402
804
103
114
912
2007
706
506
105
1103
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20
10
10
20
30
10
10
ReaderSays...
One of my favourite projects
in this issue is the gorgeous
collection of clutches because
I love the bright, fun colours.
I’m also excited because these
bags would be perfect for my
upcoming holiday in Italy!
Nicola Smales, Hertfordshire
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colourful clutch bags
1
Cut around your stitching with a 1cm (½in) border. Cut out
a matching piece of felt in a coordinating colour. Both your
cut-out stitched piece and the felt should be the same size.
2
3
Pin the zip to your stitching, with the right side of the zip
facing the right side of your stitching. Sew along the top
edge of the zip using a zipper foot on your machine.
4
Open the zip and tack the two sides together to keep
them aligned. Repeat step 3 with the other side of the zip,
attaching it to the felt. Turn through and press.
5
Follow our tutorial for making a simple tassel online at
bit.ly/2tKGU9n. To adjust the size of your tassel, change
the size of the card you are winding your thread around.
6
Attach your tassel to the zip to finish. Do this by looping
your thread through the hole in your zip pull and tying a
firm knot. Snip off any loose ends and enjoy your bag!
Pin the stitching to the felt with the right side facing down
on the felt. Stitch together along the straight edge, leaving
a 1cm (½in) gap at either end for the seam allowance.
OneNighters
Birthday bash!
Get the party started with a name or
message stitched in this fun birthday
party alphabet and number set, perfect
for welcoming in a new year of you!
Designed by Cheryl McKinnon
ext time you throw
a celebration for
someone special,
these bright letters
and numbers will be the icing on
the cake! Decked out in modern
ombré and fresh colours, they’ll
delight even the most fashionforward of your friends. Stitch
the guest of honour’s initials for
a contemporary yet personal
birthday card, or create a sign
that you can use at all your future
parties. We love the idea of
framing each letter individually
in colourful hoops, but you can
N
also stitch them all together
as one big banner. Make your
stitched phrase as long as you
like – each letter is done in only
whole stitches and backstitch,
so you’ll easily be able to stitch
one letter in an evening.
And remember, you can use
the motifs separately – try
stitching the cheery balloons
for bags of party favours, or
turn some fun florals into a
thoughtful cake decoration.
Or, choose your favourites to
create a unique birthday-themed
sampler for a friend! ●
Need to know
Stitch Time 3-4 hours
each (approx)
Stitch Types Whole cross
stitch, backstitch
ShoppingList...
Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring
15x15cm (6x6in) for each design. To buy, visit
www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
Extras - 3in wooden embroidery hoops, white felt
for backing, ribbon and paint of your choice from
local stores
Make a hanging birthday
party sign with hoops
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OneNighters
Birthday alphabet
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
B5200
1
2401
535
400
1809
606
334
209
608
332
206
741
304
202
742
303
114
743
302
113
744
301
112
905
257
1412
906
256
1410
907
255
1308
3341
328
403
3705
35
410
3706
33
409
3708
31
408
3844
1089
1108
3845
433
1109
3846
1090
1110
Backstitch in one strand
––– B5200
1
2401
–––
535
400
1809
–––
606
334
209
–––
608
332
206
–––
742
303
114
–––
905
257
1412
–––
3844
1089
1108
Whole stitches only
Max stitch count 31 (h) x 32 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
5.5x6cm (2¼x2¼in)
Stitched by Jan Hazeltine
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OneNighters
AlisonSays...
I have a large extended family, and
it’s hard to think of new yet personal
designs for their birthday cards each
year. But now, I think I’ll just stitch their
initials in these pretty letters for cards!
Alison Maney, Production Editor,
Cross Stitch Crazy
www.cross-stitching.com
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OneNighters
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Crazy’s
Angels
Send your stitching problems to Crazy’s Angels and watch them leap into action!
Off the cuff
friendship
Q The
bracelets you
Starting out
little girl enjoys looking
Q My
at the pictures in Crazy and
featured in your March
issue were gorgeous!
I’d love to make
something along the same lines for
a friend’s birthday, but am fairly
new to cross stitch. Any ideas?
Brenda Hollingsworth, York
Making a one-off bracelet is
a fun way to show someone
what they mean to you. And you can
make one to coordinate with your
favourite outfit, while you’re at it! If
you want to give your friend an
impressive gift with a personal
touch, there are some easy-to-make
kits available. Two kits from Sew
and So (www.sewandso.co.uk or
would love to have a go. At five and
a half she’s a bit young for regular
projects – would you agree?
Bethany Hooper, by email
We’re glad to hear your
daughter is already a fan of
our magazine! She’ll soon be ready
for the projects in our Crazy Kids
section. Until then, there are some
safe stitching options for little ones
– but they should still be carefully
supervised, of course. Make sure
your daughter uses children’s
safety needles. They’re made from
colourful plastic and are chunkier
than normal needles – perfect for
small fingers. Get a pack of two for
A
s
S Stitchy
jewellery
makes for
a great gift
call 0800 013 0150) caught our
eye – a Leather Bracelet Wide Cuff
kit for £28 (above), and an unusual
Sterling Silver Bangle Bracelet kit,
available in blueberry or raspberry,
for £25. We also spotted a few
leather-effect stitchable bracelets
with a cool chevron design which
you can buy for £5.99 through
The Homemakery (www.thehome
makery.co.uk or call 01483
361132). Good luck with the gift!
3 of the best... cityscapes
A
Make a move with
these stitchy cities!
X Plastic needles
can be a bit safer
for little stitchers!
66p from DMC at
www.dmc.com,
or buy two for
83p from classic
needle retailers
John James
Needles at
www.jjneedles.
com. Also,
instead of
having your
daughter stitch on regular aida, we
suggest giving her plastic canvas
as it’s easier to hold. The bigger the
holes, the better, so give her some
7- or 8-count canvas. Perhaps try
cutting it into strips so she can
have a go at stitching her own
bookmark! We’ve spotted some
wonderful kits for kids on the Baker
Ross website (www.bakerross.co.
uk), as well. The wooden bookmark
kits on the site would make a
perfect introduction to stitching!
Made with love
is getting married
Q Ainfriend
June and I’ve just
CITY SLICKER
CAPITAL IDEA
VIVA ESPAÑA!
Take a bite out of the Big Apple
with this star-spangled tribute.
The chart New York Cross Stitch
costs £4.96 from Tiny Modernist
at www.tinymodernist.etsy.com
All aboard for a tour of London’s
landmarks! The London kit costs
£36.49 from Bothy Threads at
www.bothythreads.com or when
you call 01900 828 844.
Enjoy a jaunt along Las Ramblas
in this cityscape! Satsuma
Street’s Pretty Little Barcelona
chart costs £6.10 when you visit
www.satsumastreet.etsy.com
ordered a wedding sampler to
stitch as a gift. I’m worried I might
not have enough time to finish it.
Any tips for speedy stitching?
Daisy Morris, Birmingham
It’s easy to underestimate
how long it’s going to take
to stitch a project, especially with
an immovable deadline looming.
Whatever you do, don’t rush it –
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Our top
tips...
How to stitch
French knots
Keep the needle still while
winding – let your free
hand do all the work, keeping
the tension in the thread so it
doesn’t unwind.
1
Banish wonky stitches by
holding the thread taut in
your free hand and placing the
needle in front with the point
facing down before winding the
thread round it.
2
X Shade cards like
this one from DMC can
help you identify your
mystery threads
you’re more likely to make
mistakes. Instead, time how long it
takes you to stitch a 20x20 square
and work out how many squares
make up the design. Then you’ll
have a rough idea of how long it’ll
take you to finish and how much
stitching you need to do each day.
For a design like the Four Hearts
Wedding Sampler from The
Historical Sampler Company (www.
historicalsamplercompany.co.uk),
£25, which is designed as a grid,
it’s fairly easy to estimate how long
it’ll take. If it really isn’t doable,
rather than rushing, do what you
can and take a photograph of it. Put
it in a frame and give this as your
gift – along with a promise that the
finished article is on its way!
With the needle tip part
of a block away from the
hole you just exited, ease the
coils of thread down to touch
the fabric then push the needle
through for a nice, neat knot.
3
For a standard French
knot, wind the thread
around the needle three times
– or more for a bigger knot. You
could also add another strand
of thread to increase the size.
4
If you really can’t get to
grips with these popular
knots, don’t worry. Where the
design calls for a French knot,
you can stitch on a seed bead
instead! We won’t tell…
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time when
stitching a gift
True colours
I have a bag of
Q Help!
unidentifiable threads
of various shades – mostly DMC.
I want to wind them onto bobbins
but keep putting it off as I don’t
know what any of the colours are.
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What should I do?
I don’t want to
throw them out!
Petra Cant,
Swindon
This is a
common
problem, Petra,
but luckily DMC
have several
colour charts
with thread samples so you can get
an accurate match. These charts
cost £22.35 at www.dmc.com.
Printed ones will be available soon
at £6.90, but are better used as
a rough guide as they’re not as
accurate – especially when you
consider how many shades of
thread there are, some of which are
incredibly similar! Another
alternative would be to visit your
local stockist to check your bag of
threads against those on display
– be sure to ask first! It’s a good
feeling to get your stash organised,
so fingers crossed you’ll soon be
able to use up all those leftover bits
of thread in your collection.
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stitching a project that
Q I’m
includes a lot of seed
beads and they’re driving me mad.
I spend most of my time picking
them up off the floor! I’m ready to
put it away in disgust. Any tips?
Jill Murdoch, Wrexham
Don’t give up Jill! There are
a couple of clever gadgets
that could make your beading woes
a thing of the past. We love Bead
Nabbers – they’re a bit like rubber
thimbles with a tacky end that
allows you to pick up several beads
with just one touch. You can then
keep tabs on your beads while you
thread them for use. This great
piece of kit adjusts to fit any digit
and also protects your fingertips
from accidental pricking with the
needle. You can find them for £1.99
on www.bluebellsandjellyfish.
co.uk or when you call
07513 033 938. Another
useful tool is the jewel
picker, £5.95, available
from Hobbycraft – visit
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www.hobbycraft.co.uk or call
0330 026 1400. It’s like a pen
but has a tacky silicone tip –
perfect for picking up individual
beads and holding them steady for
threading. We hope your beady
project will be back in your good
books soon!
Eye level
like to get a new
Q I’dmagnifier.
My table-top
one is great, but not so good for
stitching on the sofa (or train!). Can
you suggest a solution, Angels?
Alice Barker, by email
Several companies sell
hands-free magnifiers on
flexible stalks (which might be
what you have already) that you
could place on a table nearby and
angle towards you. However, this
certainly isn’t ideal on a train! A
much better solution is a neck
magnifier. This is a circular acrylic
lens on a cord that hangs around
your neck and rests horizontally on
your chest with the aid of rubber
legs, allowing you to work with
ease wherever you want to sit.
Daylight Company (www.
daylightcompany.co.uk) stocks an
attractive dual-purpose LED
Magnifier With Stand that can be
used for table-top stitching too. It
incorporates two bright daylight
LED lights and costs £14. Problem
solved, we say!
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X Hang a
magnifier
from your
neck with a
product like
this one!
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SpecialProject
Whistle
stop
Celebrate the historic Flying
Scotsman in stitches with this
vintage poster design – it’s
the perfect gift for a train fan!
Designed by Jane Henderson
et this famous steam train
take you on a wonderful
journey through the
British countryside. Use
this travel poster-inspired stitch
to add some vintage chic to your
living room, or give it to a friend
or family member who loves
model train sets or simply riding
the rails. If your father has a love
of travel or finds mechanical
marvels like this one fascinating,
try stitching it as a thoughtful
Father’s Day gift. The joy on his
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Need to know
Stitch Time
80 hours (approx)
Stitch Types
Whole cross stitch,
backstitch
face will be well worth the time
spent stitching this project in
whole stitches and backstitch.
Full steam ahead! ●
ShoppingList...
Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring
42x36cm (16½x14in). To buy, visit www.sewandso.
co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
Extras - Stretched canvas of your choice measuring
minimum 26.5x21cm (10¼x8¼in) from local stores
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finish, stitch on
light blue aida
and leave the
sky unstitched
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HannahSays...
My uncle
has a
fascination
with trains
– you could
call it an
obsession!
He’ll be
so thrilled to have this Flying
Scotsman stitch. I’m looking
forward to seeing his face light
up when I finish it for him!
Hannah Erskine, Charting
Assistant, Cross Stitch Crazy
Flying Scotsman
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
B5200
1
2401
169
1040
1707
317
400
1714
666
46
210
699
923
1303
700
229
1302
703
238
1307
762
234
1804
959
186
1114
964
185
1112
3756
1037
2504
3812
188
2706
Backstitch in one strand
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2401
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1040
1707
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310
403
2400
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317
400
1714
Backstitch in two strands
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444
291
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Whole stitches only
Stitch count 145 (h) x 115 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
26.5x21cm (10¼x8¼in)
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2x DMC 959
3x DMC 964
Stitched by Sandra Doolan
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ChartRequest
Challenge
Lucie
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Crazy designer Lucie Heaton
loves to bring your ideas to
life, so send in yours today!
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Black belt
Delicate star
Please can you design a chart of
a male judo contestant. I have only
managed to find females and as my
brother enjoys this sport I would like
to stitch this for his birthday.
Elizabeth Chadwick, Essex
Certainly, Elizabeth. I hope he
resembles your brother!
Lucie
Backstitch in one strand
DMC Anchor
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414
235
Whole stitches only
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Madeira
1714
Stitch count 36 (h) x 36 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
6.5x6.5cm (2½x2½in)
10
20
Shine bright
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I’d like to stitch a lacey, delicate star or
set of stars. That would be great!
Sandy Hurst, Portsmouth
How’s this one, Sandy? I decided to
design a single backstitch star so I could
fit in more lovely lacey details.
Lucie
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Mum and kid goat
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
318
399
1801
754
1012
305
762
234
1804
948
892
306
3347
265
1408
3348
364
1409
Backstitch in one strand
–––
3799
236
1713
French knots in one strand
3799
236
1713
Whole stitches only
Stitch count 32 (h) x 40 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
6x7.5cm (2¼x2¾in)
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Judo contestant
Cross stitch in two strands
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Crazy kid
My chart request is for a mother goat
and her kid. My husband had a pet goat
and kid as a child. I’d like to make an
ornament for him.
Nicole Anderson, USA
I hope your husband loves these cuties!
Lucie
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
413
1041
1810
754
1012
305
762
234
1804
931
1034
1711
948
892
306
3799
236
1713
Backstitch in one strand
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3799
236
1713
Contains fractionals
Stitch count 40 (h) x 19 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
7.5x3.5cm (2¾x1¼in)
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cross stitch in two strands
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DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
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2402
318
399
1801
434
310
2009
436
1045
2011
437
362
2012
762
234
1804
3799
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1713
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1713
Whole stitches only
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Stitch count 34 (h) x 40 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
6x7.5cm (2½x2¾in)
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Dad’s favourite
Cute as a Corgi
I’d love to stitch a Cardigan Welsh Corgi
like our Pebbles. That would be so great!
Tanja Gruijthuijsen-de Bont,
The Netherlands
Did you know that Corgis are one of the
oldest breeds from the British Isles,
Tanja? No wonder the queen loves them!
I hope this adorable little character makes
you smile. You should
show him to your own
Corgi and see if he
recognises himself.
You never know –
they’re smart dogs!
Lucie
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My dad always loved the cross stitch cards I would make for his
birthday. Sadly, he passed away not long ago, but I still want to
make a card for him to put in my memory corner. His favourite
tipple was pink gin, and I wondered if you could design a chart
showing a glass of this for me. Thank you.
Marylyn Palmer, Pevensey Bay
What a lovely tribute, Marylyn. Here’s a glass
of pink gin in honour of your father.
Lucie
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Sea dragon
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC
208
554
725
727
3750
10
10
Anchor
99
90
305
293
1036
Madeira
804
711
113
112
1712
Backstitch in one strand
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3799
236
1713
French knots in one strand
3799
236
1713
Whole stitches only
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10
Stitch count 40 (h) x 22 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
7.5x4cm (2¾x1½in)
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Under the sea
I have never seen a chart or kit for a sea dragon. I saw my first sea
dragon in an aquarium and would love to stitch one for myself!
Thelma Boyce, Letchworth
What a fascinating creature! Here you are, Thelma – a sea dragon.
Lucie
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Pink gin
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
317
400
1809
762
234
1804
3340
329
301
3824
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2605
Backstitch in one strand
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3799
236
1713
Whole stitches only
Stitch count 38 (h) x 32 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
7x6cm (2¾x2¼in)
I challenge Lucie...
If there’s something you would like to have charted, challenge me, Lucie, and
I’ll come up with the goods. Please note, I can only fit in fairly small designs
and for copyright reasons I’m unable to chart characters from films and TV –
but go on, make it something crazy!
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or email challengelucie@cross-stitching.com
DesignFinder
Track it
Down
Go placidly
✁
I’m looking for a kit or chart of
Desiderata, a poem by Max
Ehrmann from 1927, to make as
an 80th birthday gift for a friend.
June Stirling, Edinburgh
I’m impressed by your taste,
June – Desiderata is a lovely
poem and an inspiring guide to
living life to the full. I’ve found an
excellent design for you, which
will be a beautiful heirloom piece
to pass on through the generations.
It’s available as a chart or a kit. As
the poem is quite lengthy, it will
make for an engrossing project,
worked in just whole stitches and
backstitch. Stitched on 14-count
ivory aida, the verse measures
a hearty 48x38cm (19x15in). The
kit costs £49.50, or you can buy the
chart for £10. Beginner stitchers
Sherlock Anne’s
on hand to
track down the
designs you
crave. Send her
your requests
today!
Rescue
me
S June wants to
stitch this poem
by Max Ehrmann
for a friend’s 80th
may wish to try one of the mini
designs available, featuring just
one line each from the poem
– Go Placidly and Child of the
Universe cost £7.50 each for a kit
or £3.50 for a chart. To find out
more, visit www.lifetimesamplers.
co.uk or call 01159 406 968.
Track it down for me...
Please find the following design for me – I’m crazy for it!
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trackit@cross-stitching.com
I want to
stitch the
RNLI flag onto
a cushion
for my son’s
birthday, as
he is an active
member of
the charity.
Mrs Gibbs,
Tiptree
You must be
so proud of
your son’s work with the Royal
National Lifeboat Institution! Your
suggestion of an RNLI flag on a
pillow sounds like a great idea,
but I’m afraid I’ve been unable to
track down a suitable chart. I have,
however, found a striking design of
S Mrs Gibbs wants
to make her son an
RNLI-themed gift
a Severn Class Lifeboat by Heritage
Crafts, which would also work well
on a cushion. It’s available as a kit
with 27-count aida, and measures
19x27.5cm (7½x10¾in). Buy the
chart for £15 from www.ethknits.
co.uk or call 01245 327 006.
Trip of a lifetime
I have a British Shorthair
cat with British Blue fur and
would love to find one to
stitch. Can you help?
Shanna Muller, Bangor
I love this breed of cat, as it
has a lovely chunky body
and a soft, dense coat.
They’re great to cuddle!
I hope this stunning chart
will be purr-fect for you,
Shanna. It’s a British Blue
Shorthair cat with blue-grey
fur and bright copper eyes.
The design is worked in
whole stitches only, using
18 DMC colours. The finished
design measures 35.5x53.5cm
(14x21in) on 14-count aida or
S Shanna hopes
to stitch a cat that
looks like hers!
28x42cm (11x16½in) on 18-count.
To buy the chart for £10.50, visit
www.busylizziecrafts.co.uk
T This kit will help
Heather remember
to slow down a bit!
The simple things
One of my New Year’s resolutions
was to slow down and enjoy the
simpler things in life, like nature.
Can you find me something to
stitch as a reminder?
Heather Atkins, Birmingham
I salute you on taking steps to slow
things down so you can appreciate
life more! This little project will be
a great reminder for you, both as
you stitch it and once the finished
piece is on display. Take Time is
Chart choice
This month: Strong women
by Dimensions and is great for
beginners. The kit comes with
fabric, threads and a plastic hoop
for stitching. The finished design
measures 15cm (6in) in diameter.
The price for the kit starts at £5.01
at www.simplicity.com
T Cassie has a
friend who loves
succulent plants
Crazy collector
I want to stitch a succulent plant
for my friend, an avid collector of
succulents. She has two entire
windowsills filled with them!
Cassie Spencer, Totnes
Sounds like a fun hobby, Cassie,
and I can definitely help you with
this one! I’m recommending
a design here that I’ve actually
stitched myself already – I think it’s
fab. Succulent is by Gentle Feather
and costs £4.37 for a chart. It’s
Everyday eclectic
I’m looking for some very basic
motifs to stitch of everyday
objects. They’re for gift tags. Can
you find me a chart leaflet please?
Lisa Caple, Fleet
I’ve gone one better, Lisa, and
found you a whole book of motifs!
Mega Mini Cross Stitch is from
Japanese cross stitch legend
Makoto Oozu and is filled with the
motifs you desire! They’re ideal
for gift tags as well as gifts such
as handkerchiefs, brooches and
bags. Part of the appeal of these
With four of our favourite charts, we celebrate the
unwavering women who’ve changed the world!
Remarkable me
£2.22, Maya Angelou Quote by What She
Said Stitches
www.whatshesaidstitches.etsy.com
Maya Angelou – what an admirable and influential
woman! So many of her quotes have gone down in
history, and continue to inspire women today. This
design is 13.5x9.5cm (5¼x3¾in) on 14-count aida.
Strong together
designed for 14-count aida and
measures 22x21cm (8½x8¼in).
Visit www.gentlefeather.etsy.
com to buy, and to see lots more
succulent and cactus charts.
Sky high
My niece is due in August – month
of the balloon fiesta in Bristol –
and I want to stitch a picture for
her nursery. Can you find me a cute
little hot air balloon please?
Celine Smylie, Bath
I’ve found this cute Rainbow Hot
Air Balloon design for you, Celine.
It’s ideal for beginners, using just
10 thread shades and only whole
stitches with some backstitch. It
looks great stitched on 18-count
DesignFinder
£2.50, Strong Women by Stitchy Little Fox
www.stitchylittlefox.etsy.com
Here’s to strong women. May we know them,
may we be them, may we raise them. Stitch this
statement piece quickly in just six colours and frame
it to hang on your wall or as an inspiring gift for your
daughter. It makes a great present for friends, too!
Believe in yourself
£3.55, She Believed She Could, So She Did
by DJ Stitches
www.djstitches.etsy.com
This motivational quote would be an excellent
graduation gift, or you could give it to a friend to say
congratulations for any big life achievement. And
this design uses only two thread shades!
Stand up
X Celine will stitch
this for her niece’s
nursery wall!
sky blue aida, and measures
6x7.5cm (2½x3in) on this fabric.
Buy the PDF chart for £2.81 from
www.fuzzyfoxdesigns.etsy.com
T This book of
motifs by Makoto
Oozu is a classic!
charts is their arcade game-style
appearance. It makes them easy
and quick to stitch! The book is
£7.19 from www.whsmith.co.uk
£3.56, Nevertheless, She Persisted
by ColorCoated Project
www.colorcoatedproject.etsy.com
These infamous words were spoken in relation to
US politician, Elizabeth Warren. She was silenced by
male colleagues in the senate, but that only made
her voice louder. Celebrate her perseverance with
this chart, available as an instant PDF download.
Stitch history
With talk of the Bayeux Tapestry
coming to England, I would love to
cross stitch a small section of it.
Could you track down a chart?
Marylyn Palmer, Pevensey
The Bayeux Tapestry is a huge work
of art! Technically, it’s actually an
embroidery, not a tapestry, using
stem stitch, straight stitch and
couching stitch. Try this Bayeux
Embroidery chart from French
company Sajou. This is a cross
stitch version and the price starts
at £13.50. You’ll need to buy the
T Marylyn hopes
to stitch part of the
Bayeux Tapestry
threads and a 70cm (27½in)
square of sand-coloured linen to
complete the design. To order or to
find out more, visit www.sajou.fr
www.cross-stitching.com
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Download of the month
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Step into fashion with Lesley Teare’s stylish
collection of blackwork heels! Visit ‘Charts
and Patterns’ or search for ‘Blackwork shoe’.
SNAP & STITCH
DMC
C has just made turning photos
into cross stitch charts so much easier!
This new online tool lets you upload
any photo you choose and play around
with different chart sizes and thread
colours. Then, after paying for your
custom-made chart, simply print it
off from your home printer and start
stitching! Or, get your chart for free
when you buy the threads as well.
For more details, visit www.dmc.com
The twittersphere
What you’ve been tweeting about!
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X Love this design by Emma
Congdon in Crazyy issue 241! Makes
me feel like my own gift of the
same stitchy quote for a friend was
somewhat lacking, though!
@SarahSewjourn
X Got a bit of cross stitch done today.
Only another couple years of stitching
this large design to go!
@debbifiggy
X Got a new-to-me Nexus tablet.
Downloading Crazyy back issues!
@MicaR
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X Finished the freebie from issue
240! Not sure what to do with it.
It’s too cute to use as a bookmark!
Trish Smith
X Finished this beautiful door
plaque for my daughter’s friend
using the alphabet from Crazy
issue 240. She loved it, and
I loved stitching it!
Emily Baker
X Anyone here know much about
The Buttons comic strip in old
issues of Crazy? Who writes and
draws them? I’m keen to find out
as much as I can!
Sandra Cron
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Posted on Crazy’s wall by Chris
Long: “I’m a great fan of stitching
despite being
a 68-year-old
man – why
should it only
be a female
pastime?”
Tutorial of the month
www.needlenthread.com
We use thread colour cards all the time here at
Crazyy HQ, so we’re excited about this tutorial
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Rain or
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Whatever the weather, get
the kids ready for the day
ahead with this bright and
fun weather chart!
Designed by Mollie Johanson
hether it’s sunny,
rainy, windy or
cloudy, you’ll be
prepared with this
clever weather chart. Take a peek
outside, then spin the arrow to
select the correct weather for
the day – or teach your children
the different types of weather by
letting them choose! To make,
simply stitch the designs onto
aida using whole stitches and
backstitch, frame in a hoop and
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Stitch Time
18 hours (approx)
Stitch Types
Whole cross stitch,
backstitch
use a craft split pin to add the
arrow, stitched on plastic canvas,
to the centre. Have fun! ●
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Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric - Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring
30x30cm (11¾x11¾in) for the hoop design. To
buy, visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800
013 0150. 14-count clear plastic canvas measuring
5x8cm (2x3¼in) for the arrow. To buy, visit www.
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Extras - 8in wooden embroidery hoop. To buy, visit
www.siestaframes.com or call 01202 813 363;
white felt for backing, ribbon and craft split pin of
your choice from local stores
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Weather chart
Cross stitch in two strands
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Anchor
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Madeira
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Whole stitches only
Hoop stitch count 96 (h) x 99 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
17.5x18cm (6¾x7in)
Arrow stitch count 13 (h) x 28 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
2.5x5cm (1x2in)
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“My mum stitches, so I tried it
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Guidelines
Cross stitch
How To
Start stitching today
with Technical Editor
Fiona’s handy guide
Understanding
charts and keys
Follow the steps below for an introduction
to getting started, then use the simple
instructions opposite to learn each stitch!
Reading the chart
Our charts are printed with coloured squares
containing a symbol that represents squares
to be stitched on the fabric. The key alongside
the chart will tell you what colour thread each
symbol corresponds to, so you know which one
to thread your needle with (see right).
Where to start
Perfect for
beginners
Small, quick-to-stitch
designs, such as the
overalls opposite, are
ideal to try if you’re new
to stitching. For more
simple designs, try these:
The centre of our cross stitch charts is marked
out using small arrows on the edge of each
side of the chart. This is the best place to start
stitching, so you end up with the design in the
middle of the fabric. To find the centre of your
fabric, fold it in half horizontally, open it up
and fold it vertically. When you open the fabric
again, you’ll find the creases mark the centre.
Following our keys
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All our charts are accompanied by keys that
tell you how many strands of thread to stitch
in (each length of stranded cotton contains six
strands), the thread colours needed (listed in
numbers), whether there are backstitch lines,
French knots or fractional stitches (see page 79
for details of how to work these), and the size
of the design. The thread numbers listed in the
first column of the key refer to the brand that
we’ve used to stitch the design, then numbers
for two other brands of threads are given. These
are not always exact equivalents, but are the
closest colour match available.
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Each project includes a shopping list telling you
what needle you’ll need, and the type and size
of fabric required. It’ll also include the sizing or
details of other products you’ll need to frame or
finish it in the same way we have.
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French knot
Cross stitch
Fractional stitch
Backstitch
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Symbol and
colour that
corresponds
to the chart
Type of stitch
and number
of strands
O is for overalls
Cross stitch in two strands
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Backstitch in one strand
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French knots in one strand
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Contains fractionals
Stitch count 20 (h) x 20 (w)
Design area on 14-count fabric
3.5x3.5cm (1½x1½in)
The three main
brands of thread
we use. The
first column is
always the one
that we’ve used
to stitch the
design
Thread number
represented by
the symbol
Stitch count
– how many
stitches high
and wide the
design is
Design area – what the design will measure
when stitched on the specified fabric
Don’t forget to log on to our website,
Cross-stitching.com, to check out video
tutorials, handy tips and much more!
CROSS STITCH
GLOSSARY
AFGHAN – a woollen blanket or rug
with areas for cross stitching
Reverse of fabric
AIDA – the most common cross
Getting started
The loop method is the neatest way to start
stitching, but can only be done with an
even number of strands. Cut a 40cm (16in)
thread length, then fold one strand in half.
Thread the needle with the ends to form a
loop, and bring the needle up through the
fabric (above left). As you take it back down,
pass it through the loop and pull to secure.
You’ll need to make a whole cross stitch for
each coloured square on the chart. Bring
the needle up at the bottom left corner of
a square and down at the top right corner.
This is called a half cross stitch. Bring the
needle up again at the bottom right corner
and back down at the top left to finish off
the cross stitch (above centre).
TIP Working a row of half cross stitches
(above right), then completing the whole
cross stitch on the return journey, is
a quick way to work, especially when
stitching block sections of colour.
TIP Work each half cross stitch in the
same direction, so the top ‘arms’ of your
cross stitches all face the same way.
Backstitch
French knots
Seed beads
Backstitch is shown by a coloured line and
is added to stitching to create detail. Work
the backstitch over individual blocks on
aida, or pairs of threads on evenweave.
Bring the needle up through the fabric at 1
and take it down at 2, up at 3 and so on, so
that you are working back on yourself.
French knots appear as dots on your chart.
Bring the needle up through the fabric,
then holding the thread with your left hand,
wind it round the needle two or three times.
Holding the thread taut, take the needle
down part of a block away. Pull through until
a neat knot is formed.
To attach seed beads, you’ll need to
use a beading needle instead of a
tapestry needle, as they’re thinner.
With a single strand of thread, use a
half cross stitch to secure your beads,
making sure the ‘arms’ of your stitches
are all facing the same way.
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Finishing your thread
Fractional stitches
To make a quarter stitch, bring the needle
up at the corner of a square and take it
down through the centre, halfway across
the diagonal, splitting the aida block (above
left). To turn this into a three-quarter stitch,
make a half cross stitch across the other
diagonal of the square. This creates a half
cross stitch across the quarter stitch. If you
have to make two fractional stitches backto-back in the same square, you’ll need to
decide which is a quarter stitch and which
is a three-quarter stitch. Usually, the threequarter stitch (shown here in pink) is made
in the foreground colour of the design.
Once you’ve finished stitching,
finish off your threads by running your
needle through the back of several
stitches that you’ve already completed.
Snip off the ends neatly with a sharp
pair of embroidery scissors, as close
to your fabric as possible.
stitching fabric, made up of thread
woven in blocks rather than singly
AIDA BAND – a thin strip of aida
with a decorative edge, used to
adorn towels, bookmarks, etc.
Comes in various widths
APERTURE – the space through
which a design is shown (mainly on
cards and in frames)
BEADING NEEDLE – a long, fine
needle that slides easily through
seed and bugle beads
DESIGN AREA – the measurement
of the finished design, depending
on the count of fabric used
EVENWEAVE – fabric made from
evenly-spaced woven threads. It’s
softer and more flexible than aida
FABRIC COUNT – the number of
holes per inch (HPI) on your fabric.
The higher the number, the finer
your fabric will be
FABRIC SIZE – the size of fabric
needed for the design, including
allowance for framing
FRACTIONAL STITCH – stitches
made from a quarter or threequarters of a cross stitch
HALF STITCH – the first arm of the
cross. Used to give a less dense
stitch to lighter areas
HOOP – a plastic or wooden circular
frame that holds your fabric taut
while you stitch on it
JOBELAN – one of the most widely
used types of evenweave fabric
KEY – a list of all the threads and
stitches used in a design, and their
respective chart symbols
LONG STITCH – long backstitches
that extend over larger areas of the
fabric, to depict sky or grass etc
PERFORATED PAPER – toughened
paper, perforated with tiny holes
PETIT POINT – tiny stitches, one
quarter the size of a cross stitch, for
detailed areas of stitching
PLASTIC CANVAS – a plastic
alternative to fabric, ideal for
making decorations and bookmarks
SAMPLER – traditional stitching,
demonstrating a variety of stitches
SATIN THREADS – silky threads
that add a subtle sheen
SKEIN – an 8m length of stranded
cotton, divisible into six strands
STITCH COUNT – the number of
stitches (vertical and horizontal)
that make up a design
STITCHING OVER TWO – term
used to describe stitching over two
threads on evenweave fabric
WADDING – padding used to
add depth to stitching when it’s
mounted inside cards
WASTE CANVAS – loosely woven
fabric, held together with soluble
glue. Often used to add designs to
clothes and softer fabrics
WHOLE STITCH – a complete cross
stitch as opposed to half, quarter
and three-quarter stitches
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Complete the crossword and rearrange the letters in the
coloured squares to spell the name of a hand tool (6)
Across
1) Hole-making tool (5)
4) Coarse fabric used for sacks (7)
7) Grass-cutting machine (9)
9) Buzzing insect (3)
10) Paintings or sculptures (3)
11) Propel a boat with oars (3)
13) Speed of movement (4)
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16) Section of a curved line (3)
17) Type of pedestrian crossing (7)
18) Gripping tool (6)
19) Requests (4)
21) Entertained (6)
22) Dog house (6)
24) Supply with necessary items (5)
28) Thick and dark road-making
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