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Butterfly fairy
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HOURS OF
SUMMERTIME
STITCHING
By the
harbour
Poppy footstool
Pretty floral cards
Animal sampler
Stunning tiger
DON?T MISS: Flamingo cushion, prizes, puzzles & much more!
Contents
Welcome to the latest issue of
Gold, which is bursting with
fresh, colourful designs to give
everyone a taste of summer!
I?m off on my own UK break
later this year, and Joanne
Aston?s sunny Cornish harbour scene is helping
to get me in the mood for ice cream and fish
and chips. If you?re dreaming of a more tropical
beach getaway, then don?t miss our cheerful
flamingo cushion (p52) and floral cards (p60) for
a splash of summer sunshine.
There are even more elegant florals to enjoy in
our Oriental hanging (p44) and poppy footstool
(p36), or perhaps you?ll be tempted by one of
our animal designs ? a dramatic tiger (p20) and
a cute and colourful ABC for kids (p28).
Whatever you love to stitch, it?s all in this
packed edition! Don?t forget to catch up with
our regular features, too, and stay in touch
via our Facebook page, or by emailing me at
zeena@cross-stitching.com
Zeena Moolla, Editor
4
Summer
holiday
4 Cornish harbour
Features
& regulars
Enjoy the delights of sunny Cornwall with
this bright and busy harbour scene
11 Your letters
Projects
12 Butterfly fairy
Zeena?s choice
An enchanting project for experienced
stitchers, with twinkly beads and metallics
20 Tiger cushion
Our portrait of this beautiful big cat looks
absolutely mesmerising on black fabric
Find out what fellow stitchers have been up to
26 Subscribe to Gold today...
and save 50% on the subscription price!
35 Giveaways
Text, write or go online for your chance to win!
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28 Animal ABC sampler
Stitch your way through a menagerie of
cute creatures for the little one in your life
rizes!
36 Floral footstool
Brighten your home with bold red poppies
44 Oriental fan
This delicate design, adorned with pink roses,
makes a gorgeous hanging for your wall
52 Flamingo cushion
44
Eastern
delights
2 Cross Stitch Gold
Get into holiday mode with our fun and
fabulous cushion, covered in tropical motifs!
58 Next issue
60 Tropical flower cards
66 Go for Gold!
Show you care with these colourful designs
Solve our crossword puzzle and enter to win!
See what?s coming up in issue 148 of Gold
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A taste of
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28
Creatures
great & small
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Flight
of fancy
36
Scarlet
poppies
Eye of
the tiger
Reviews & advice
18 New products
The latest stitching goodies to buy today
41 Ask the experts
Whatever your stitching dilemma, we?ll try to help
50 Kit reviews
We review six beautiful kits based on British birds
59 Stockists
Find the supplies that you?ll need to make all the
projects in the issue
64 Stitching guidelines
26
Helpful hints, advice and step-by-step guides
to set you on your way
60
Totally
tropical
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Harbour scene
Summer
holiday
There?s no better feeling than the sun on your face and
the sand between your toes... Capture all that and more
with our pretty Cornish harbour scene. Picture perfect!
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count white
evenweave in 35 shades of stranded
cotton. Cross stitch and half cross stitch
are worked in both one and two strands
of cotton. The backstitch detail is in both
one and two strands, with French knots
in one strand. This is a detailed design
that also features fractional stitches. It is
best suited to experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Joanne Aston
Cross stitch designer
Joanne has a degree
in Fashion and Textiles
from The University of
Central England. She
has worked as design
manager at Coats
Crafts and is now a
freelance designer,
taking on commissions
for a range of projects.
?I?ve drawn inspiration
from my memories of
idyllic holidays on the
Cornish coast, but this
scene may well remind
you of your own summer
haunt. Sun, sea and icecream ? they?re universal!
4 Cross Stitch Gold
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half horizontally and
vertically. Find the centre of the chart
and start here, working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric using one or
two strands of cotton. For every tiny
symbol, work a fractional stitch.
3
4
5
6
Work the half cross stitch using one
or two strands of cotton.
Work the backstitch using one or
two strands of cotton.
Add the French knots in one strand
of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for framing.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 40x43cm (15緓17in)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame and mount of your choice with a
minimum aperture of 23.5x27cm (9紉10緄n)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
Harbour scene
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Joanne
Aston?s
Designer
Secrets
Cornish cream
For the perfect finish, select a frame in a
soft shade of cream ? or another neutral
shade. There are lots of bright colours in
this piece so a white mount and cream
frame offer a pleasing contrast. Our frame
also has a distressed, beachy effect a bit
like driftwood ? ideal for this harbour scene.
Hustle and bustle
I wanted to feature lots of people in my
design to create a busy summer holiday
feel, rather than it be purely a landscape.
People and animals bring life to any
picture, adding extra interest and an
important sense of movement.
Working half cross stitch
You can work your half cross stitches in
either direction ? just make sure you are
consistent throughout the entire design,
otherwise it can look messy. For a really
neat finish, we recommend working the
half stitches in the same direction as the
top arms of your whole cross stitches.
Top right
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Harbour scene
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Bottom left
Bottom right
?What a beautiful snapshot of the English coast.
This scene will be a joy to stitch through the
summer months?. Heather Nugent, Charting Editor
stitch tip
Pre-sort your
threads onto a
thread organiser
to make stitching
quicker and
easier
Adapting this design
A large project like this one, with
its extensive key, can sometimes be
daunting ? even for experienced
stitchers. If you love the design
but would prefer a smaller project,
choose a section to stitch instead.
This design lends itself well to being
split into four parts, with each of
the four corner sections making a
pretty picture in its own right.
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Cornish harbour key
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
B5200
1
2401
167
373
1607
310
403
2400
317
400
1714
318
399
1801
334
977
1004
415
398
1802
420
374
2104
517
162
1107
518
1039
1106
519
1038
1105
666
46
210
726
305
109
758
868
2313
762
234
1804
783
306
2509
816
1006
513
904
258
1413
906
256
1410
907
255
1308
963
73
502
972
298
107
996
433
1103
3045
888
2103
3046
887
2206
3047
852
2205
3705
35
410
3716
25
503
3755
140
1013
Cross stitch in two strands
white
very dark straw
black
dark grey
grey
blue
light grey
tan
dark sea blue
sea blue
light sea blue
red
yellow
peach
very light grey
old gold
dark red
dark green
green
light green
light pink
tangerine
electric blue
dark straw
straw
light straw
light red
pink
light blue
DMC Anchor Madeira
3778
338
402
3820
874
2208
3822
295
2511
3843
410
1102
Cross stitch in one strand
519
1038
1105
907
255
1308
Half cross stitch in two strands
827
160
1013
Half cross stitch in one strand
519
1038
1105
827
160
1013
Backstitch in one strand
????? B5200
1
2401
????? 310
403
2400
?????
317
400
1714
????? 666
46
210
????? 801
359
2007
Backstitch in two strands
?????
415
398
1802
French knots in one strand
B5200
1
2401
310
403
2400
terracotta
gold
light gold
dark electric blue
light sea blue
light green
marine blue
light sea blue
marine blue
white
black
dark grey
red
brown
light grey
white
black
STITCH COUNT 130 high x 150 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
23.5x27cm (9紉10緄n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x519 (light sea blue)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
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Letters
Have your say
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GOLD
Write to: Zeena Moolla, Cross Stitch Gold magazine,
2nd Floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN
Join us at: facebook.com/crossstitchgold
I stitched this advent calendar
for my granddaughter, ready
for next Christmas. It was a lovely
project to work on. I thought it
would take me a long time to do
all the pockets, but actually they
were quite quick to complete and
it was fun to count down the
days to Christmas ? in stitches! I
think the scene at the top would
make a nice picture in its own
right, if you didn?t want to stitch
the whole design. I can?t wait to
fill the pockets with little advent
presents this year.
Trish Bennett, Stowmarket
Zeena: This project from
issue 141 is one of my festive
favourites too. You?ve done
a super job ? I?m sure your
granddaughter will love it!
Bathroom
beauty
This is my
latest finish
? Mirabilia?s
Renaissance
Mermaid. I
loved every
stitch of her.
I changed the
Kreinik threads to
DMC metallic and
swapped Water Lilies
for Colourise. I also
changed some beads
and added a few more,
just for extra sparkle.
I?m going to frame her
LETTER
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WRITE TO WIN!
This is a photo of three Bothy
Threads Cut Thru shop designs
that were a lot of fun to stitch.
I decided to go all the way and
have them framed in purple. I
usually give away my cross stitch
because there is no more room
in my house, but I loved them
so much they are now the first
thing you see when you come in!
I have been cross stitching for 60
years and still love it. The designs
in your magazine are hard to
resist, so it looks like I won?t be
giving it up any time soon!
Susan Huggins, South Australia
Zeena: I hope we continue
to inspire you, Susan. It
would certainly be a shame
to give up your stitching!
Keep up the good work.
Our advent calendar
makes a sweet gift for
Trish?s granddaughter
Sue?s magical
mermaid will
be admired by
all her guests
and put her in my bathroom after
it?s decorated. Happy stitching!
Sue Craig, Fife
Zeena: A sparkly masterpiece!
She will look stunning in the
bathroom ? great idea, Sue.
Birds of a feather
I first saw this beautiful design by
Marjolein Bastin featured in your
magazine several years ago, and
bought the kit right away, but I
Susan used purple frames to
finish her trio of Cut Thru designs
have only finished it just recently.
I painted and distressed the frame
to match the bird feeder, and am
delighted with the result. Thanks for
such an inspiring magazine!
Anu, New Delhi, India
Zeena: What an impressive
piece, Anu, and a gorgeous
hand-?nished frame as well!
This kit, called Pecking Order,
shows a variety of garden birds
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Butterfly fairy
Flight
of fancy
Spread your wings with Shannon Wasilieff?s
beautiful butterfly fairy ? this beaded design
is a perfect summer stitching challenge
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count white
evenweave in 26 shades of stranded
cotton and two of metallic thread.Cross
stitch and fractionals are in two strands,
and backstitch is worked in both one and
two strands. There is just one French knot,
plus a large number of seed beads. This
project is best for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Shannon Wasilieff
Canadian designer
Shannon has always been
passionate about creative
pursuits, but it was when
she started designing
cross stitch that she truly
found her calling. Her
talent is evident in her
beautiful designs, and her
great eye for colour and
detail helps to make her
unique creations into true
masterpieces like this one.
How to stitch the design
1
2
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half both ways. Find the
centre of the chart and start stitching here.
Work the cross stitch over two threads
of the fabric in two strands of cotton
or metallic thread. For every tiny symbol
on the chart, work a fractional stitch.
3
4
5
6
Add the backstitch in one strand of
cotton and two of metallic thread.
Work the French knots using one
strand of white cotton.
Attach the seed beads using two
strands of matching cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for framing.
You will need
?If you know somebody
who?s growing and
finding their true colours
in life, this gorgeous
butterfly fairy would
make a special gift?
12 Cross Stitch Gold
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 40x32cm (15緓12絠n)
THREADS Stranded cotton and metallic thread as
listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle; beading needle
BEADS Mill Hill seed beads as listed in the key
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a minimum
aperture of 25x17cm (9緓6緄n)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
stitch tip
Hang this beaded
piece in a sun-filled
room where she can
sparkle and glisten
in the light
Butterfly fairy
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Top left
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30
20
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10
Butterfly fairy
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30
40
,
Butter?y fairy key
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
B5200
1
2401
white
209
98
803
lilac
211
342
801
light lilac
309
42
508
rose pink
327
101
805
violet
718
88
707
magenta
740
316
204
orange
742
303
114
tangerine
743
302
113
yellow
744
301
112
light yellow
818
23
502
baby pink
899
38
506
carnation pink
904
258
1413
green
906
256
1410
light green
915
1029
705
plum
938
380
2005
brown
945
881
2309
peach
951
1010
2308
dark peach
975
355
2303
very dark ginger
976
1001
2010
ginger
977
1002
2302
light ginger
3608
86
709
pink
3609
85
710
light pink
3770
1009
2314
apricot
3819
279
1610
lime green
3826
1048
2306
dark ginger
Cross stitch in two strands DMC Light Effects
E310
ebony
E3821
light gold
Backstitch in one strand
????? 938
380
2005
brown
Backstitch in two strands DMC Light Effects
????? E310
ebony
French knots in one strand
B5200
1
2401
white
Mill Hill seed beads
02011
Victorian gold
STITCH COUNT 133 high x 92 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
24x16.5cm (9絰6絠n)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton, DMC
Light Effects and Mill Hill seed beads on 28-count evenweave
over two threads of the fabric
Top right
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Butterfly fairy
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30
40
50
60
Bottom left
How to attach
the beads
Each seed bead takes up
a square on the chart, and
should be attached using
a whole cross stitch in two
strands of thread to make it
really secure. Try to ensure that
all your beads lie sideways on
the fabric, rather than with the
hole facing up. This will create
a more shiny, reflective finish.
Also, use stranded cotton
rather than metallic thread to
attach them, as it?s stronger
and easier to work with.
16 Cross Stitch Gold
?There?s so much
gorgeous detail in
this magical design.
I love the contrast
between the fairy?s
bold orange wings
and her fuchsia-pink
skirt. She?s really got
the wow factor!
Fiona Baker, Technical Editor
Butterfly fairy
Shannon Wasilieff?s
Designer
Secrets
Ruffled up
Frills and ruffles are a common feature in my work ? I
love to add them to a lady?s skirt or dress to give the
effect of movement and create some shading. In this
design, the ruffles give the impression that the fairy is
twirling in mid-air, floating on the breeze and deciding
which flower to land on, just as real butterflies do.
Nature?s beauty
Bottom right
I have based this fairy design on the beautiful monarch
butterfly ? although it?s a very common butterfly, I
think it?s one of the most lovely, with its patterned
wings of orange, black and white. So striking! I?ve given
the fairy golden red hair to complement her orange
wings, and the Mill Hill seed beads are Victorian gold,
which also tie in nicely with the colour scheme.
Coming soon in Cross Stitch Gold
Shannon Wasilieff has created
yet another stunning portrait
for our next issue of Cross
Stitch Gold. This thoughtful
lady, sitting by the edge of
the ocean in all her finery,
will make a beautiful project
to work on while you enjoy
your own quiet moments of
reflection, whether that?s by
the sea or in the comfort of
home. Issue 148 is on sale
from the 19th June (UK).
Cross Stitch Gold 17
New products
Shopper?s guide
The weather is heating up, as are the delightful stitchy buys from
all your favourite retailers! Find your favourite and start stitching
For all
seasons
Our favourite little girl to stitch,
Gorjuss, is back in four brand-new
kits by Bothy Threads! This time, she?s
enjoying all four seasons at once in the
picturesque Autumn Leaves, Summer
Days, Spring at Last and Winter Time
kits. Designed by Santoro, each design
features the adorable dark-haired girl
relaxing on the ground in all types
of weather, with 16-count printed
aida providing the background,
whether that be fallen leaves, a sandy
beach, pretty flowers or fresh white
snow. Each finished design measures
32x22cm (12絰8緄n), and each kit
comes with all you need to stitch it.
Buy the kits for �.49 each from
www.bothythreads.com
Super
stylish
storage!
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A touch of tradition
Take a step back in time with Barbara Ana?s
intricate Portuguese Bird Sampler for Creative
Poppy Patterns, a quaint celebration of harvest and
friendship stitched in rich golden browns and hazy
blues. The design?s folk-art style gives it a charming
antique feel, perfect for a rustic kitchen or the
main room of a country house. The chart (�91)
features a poem about friendship as well as a
couple riding horses, ornate birds and stylised trees.
Hang it in your own home, or give it to a friend
who?s been there for you through thick and thin.
Buy the chart as a PDF from
www.creativepoppypatterns.com
Beautiful boxes
As practical as they are beautiful, Prym?s new
concertina-style sewing boxes have a retro
sewing-room feel while giving you a spacesaving way to store all your stitchy supplies.
Divided compartments make it easy to
allocate space for different threads, needles,
cards, little kits and more. The boxes are
made of high-quality rubber tree wood and
come in small, medium and large, so you can
choose the perfect size for you, depending on
how much stitchy stash you have!
Find your local retailer at www.prym.com
New products
Gorgeous
shading &
detail
Puppy dog eyes
It?s hard to resist the sweet face of Bailey,
the latest design for Heritage Crafts by
renowned wildlife photographer, Villager
Jim. This little cutie just wants to say hello
to you, even if she has to jump up on a
fence to do it! The puppy?s face comes
to life with wonderfully detailed shading,
and the finished piece would make a
heartwarming gift for a dog lover in your
life. The kit comes with your choice of
14-count aida or 27-count evenweave,
as well as DMC threads on numbered
cards, a needle, chart and instructions.
You can buy the kit for �.75
from www.hcrafts.com
Watercolour
world
The Creative World of Crafts has released a
stunning range of watercolour animals, and we
can?t wait to stitch the whole menagerie! Birds of
a Feather, Dragonfly, Flamboyance, Foxing Around
and Gaggle of Geese are all designed to look like
modern watercolour paintings and are filled with
unexpected tones and shading. The kits range in price from �.67 to � and come
with full instructions, a colour chart, DMC cottons, aida and a needle. If your home
could use a touch of whimsical wildlife, you?ll love stitching these charming creatures!
Find all five kits at www.sewandso.co.uk or call 0800 013 0150
Dec me out!
If you?ve always wanted to try adding stitchy
designs to pieces of clothing, DMC?s new DIY
Style Embroidery is a great way to get started!
These simple kits are quick to stitch, so
you can quickly add trendy designs to
any outfit you choose. The kits come
in Cactus, Flower, French, Fruit,
Insect and Love themes, and each
kit comes with dissolvable ?magic
paper? printed in three colours,
three shades of DMC thread, an
embroidery needle and easyto-follow instructions. To use,
simply cut out the chart, stick
it onto your favourite blouse,
trousers or skirt and stitch
through the paper and clothing
to create the design. Then,
simply rinse away ? the paper
will dissolve like magic, leaving
the gorgeous stitches intact on
your clothing for all to see!
To buy or find your local
retailer, visit www.dmc.com
Great
upcycling
idea!
Spring in my step
Give yourself time to stop and smell the
roses ? or tulips and spring wildflowers, as
the case may be! Celebrate the warmth and
beauty of spring with Janlynn?s new kit, Spring
Sentiments, which features a short poem about
the most colourful time of year. The seasonal
flowers create a beautiful wreath around the
poem, and appear against a stylish wood-effect
background. Each kit comes with 14-count
aida, threads, needle, chart and instructions,
and comes to 35x35cm (14x14in) when
stitched. Look out for Janlynn kits celebrating
Autumn, Winter and Summer as well.
To find your local retailer, visit
www.solocrafts.com
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Tiger cushion
Eye of
the tiger
Earn your stripes with any wildlife fan when you stitch
this bold tiger design, adapted from original artwork
and transformed into a stunning cushion
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count black
evenweave in 14 shades of stranded
cotton. Cross stitch is worked in three
strands of cotton for better coverage,
while the backstitch is worked in both
one and two strands. There are fractionals
around the eyes, ears and nose of the
tiger, as well as two French knots for the
eyes. With its extensive backstitch, this
design is suitable for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Marilyn Barkhouse
Award-winning artist
Marilyn shares her rural
Nova Scotia home with
a menagerie of rescued
pets. She was considered
an artistic prodigy at
a young age and her
work is recognised
for its photo-realistic
quality. Marilyn?s artwork
encompasses wildlife
and domestic animals
rendered in her favourite
mediums of pen-and-ink,
pastels and acrylics.
?This tiger portrait,
which I titled ?Emerald
Regard?, looks amazing
in cross stitch and makes
a very striking cushion.?
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of
the chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric using three
strands of cotton. For every tiny
symbol you see on the chart, work
a fractional stitch.
3
4
5
Work the backstitch using one
or two strands of cotton.
Add the French knots in one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for making up.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count black evenweave
(3270/702) measuring 44x44cm (17紉17糹n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Backing fabric and cushion pad to fit,
from local craft stores
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Use a laplight or a
white pillowcase on
your lap to help show
up the holes in the
black fabric
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STITCH COUNT 158 high x 144 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
28.5x26cm (11紉10糹n)
SKEINS NEEDED 3x310 (black), 2x415 (light grey),
2x762 (very light grey), 2x977 (ginger), 3x3799 (dark
grey), 2x3865 (white)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
How to make the cushion
1
Trim your finished stitching to 34x34cm
(13紉13糹n), leaving a 2cm (緄n) border
along the right-hand and bottom edges.
Cut two pieces of backing fabric each
measuring 34x21cm (13紉8糹n) for the
envelope-opening back panel. Sew a 2cm (緄n)
double hem along one long edge of each piece.
2
With right sides facing, place these panels
over the front of the stitching. The raw
edges should line up at the top and bottom of
the cushion, with the hemmed edges of the
panels overlapping in the middle to create an
envelope opening.
3
Pin and machine-sew all the way around
the edge of the cushion, using a 1cm (絠n)
seam allowance.
4
Trim the corners, turn cushion through
to the right side and press, then insert a
cushion pad to finish.
5
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Designer Secrets
Three?s a
crowd
When working
on dark fabric,
it?s sometimes
preferable
to use three
strands of thread
rather than
two ? especially
when you have lots of white stitches as we do here.
Three strands gives better coverage of the fabric
and prevents the background colour showing
through. Be mindful, however, that cross stitch in
three strands can start to look bulky if your thread
becomes at all twisted ? it?s a good idea to let the
needle dangle and untwist every once in a while.
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?Stitching on black fabric can
be challenging, but it?s so
satisfying with a project like
this one. You will feel a real
sense of achievement when
you make that final stitch.?
Fiona Baker, Technical Editor
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Keep your project
neat in between
stitching sessions by
rolling it up inside a
cardboard tube
In the
detail
Check the
chart and key
carefully, as three
different colours
are used for
the backstitch,
and the white
backstitch
is worked in both one and two strands. This is a
project that you?ll need to pay close attention to
throughout, but the results are more than worth it!
Animal ABC
Fantastic fabrics
We?ve worked our ABC sampler on white
evenweave, so that all the animals stand out
nicely. If you?re stitching one animal on its own,
you might like to achieve a brighter finish by
using a different background colour. There are
lots of shades available, from grey and navy to
bright red, pale pink and and lime green. We
think blue would look great with this lion.
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song we used to
sing at school when
I was younger.
Jenny?s design is so
lovely, and will make
a great learning tool
for children when
you hang it in their bedroom. I hope
it inspires and delights your little ones!?
In our next issue we?ll be bringing you this
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and vertically. Find the centre of
the chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
Well-loved embroidery
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cross stitch charts for a
range of craft magazines,
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using two strands of cotton. For
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chart, work a fractional stitch.
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Check over your stitching and
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FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
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THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a minimum
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stitched design with lots
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Find the centre of your fabric
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and vertically. Find the centre of
the chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
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3
Work the cross stitch using two
strands of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for framing.
You will need
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dazzling colours and a
contrasting psychedelic
background in shades of
blue. I hope you enjoy it!?
FABRIC Zweigart 14-count white aida
measuring 47x47cm (18絰18絠n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 24 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a minimum
aperture of 36x36cm (14紉14糹n) and 2cm
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much stitching
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few reasons why your thread
is fluffy. It could be that
you?re using a cheap thread
rather than a brand like DMC
or Anchor. If you are using a
branded thread it?s most likely
that you?re stitching with silk
rather than cotton, as silk is
normally thicker than cotton.
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somewhere different and meet
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Should I wash aida fabric
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Mary Johnson, by email
Heather: It?s a personal
preference, really. Some
stitchers prefer to wash it
beforehand, to try and remove
any creases. If the creases are
still there after washing, you
may want to use a different
piece of aida because the creases
will still be there when you?ve
finished your project. Aida will
be softer if it?s washed because
the dressing will be removed,
but some stitchers prefer to
have a stiffer fabric to work on.
Alternatively you may want to
wash it after stitching, to remove
any marks left by your hands, or
food and drink. If you do wash
the fabric, always wash by hand,
rinse thoroughly and roll it in a
towel to remove excess water,
then leave it to dry naturally.
Rub a small amount over your
stitches to smooth a fluffy finish
Thread Heaven ? a conditioner
for thread that is very easy to
use, has no sticky residue and is
a must for all stitchers. Thread
Heaven has been discontinued
so isn?t as easy to find as it
once was, but you can still
buy it for �95 from www.
riversidebeads.co.uk.
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A lady at my group has
laminated charts. I?d love
to laminate my charts but
have put off buying a laminator
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without spending a fortune?
Claire Taylor, Herts
Jo: Essential SelfAdhesive Laminating
Sheets from Piece O?
Cake Designs are very easy to
use. You just peel off the paper
backing, place your chart on top
and press from the middle to
the outside to remove bubbles.
If you want your chart to be
double sided, repeat on the
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Self-adhesive laminate is a quick
way to laminate many projects
LEARN TO STITCH
My granddaughter would like to
try cross stitch, but as she?s only
four she can?t even manage the
squares of Binca, which have bigger holes
than usual cross stitch fabric. I learned to
sew with sewing cards when I was little.
Do they have such things now?
Maureen Faulkes, Hay-on-Wye
Heather: These fantastic
shapes by Rico are the
modern equivalent! Made
from stiff card with pre-punched
holes, they?re easy to stitch on and it won?t
take long for your granddaughter to finish
her project ? this will make her eager to
start the next one! There are eight shapes
altogether: a pair each of rabbits, bears,
penguins and owls. Any thread can be
used (so long as it goes through the holes),
including embroidery thread, knitting wool or
tapestry wool. It?s a great way to use up odds
and ends. You?ll need a size 20 blunt-end
tapestry needle as well. Buy the Rico Paper
Poetry Assorted Animal Embroidery Boards
for �from www.johnlewis.com.
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onto a thread organiser. To buy
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575256 for mail order.
other side. The laminate is
ideal for many crafts as it can
be used to stiffen patchwork
templates, reference sheets,
photos and recipe cards. A
pack of 10 sheets (23x30.5cm)
is available from www.amazon.
co.uk and costs �99.
STYLISH CATS!
I love cats and would
like a kit that would
be easy to stitch as I?ve
only stitched a couple of projects.
Can you find me a fairly modern,
unfussy project please?
Steph Cartwright, Tetbury
Heather: The Imposter
cross stitch kit designed
by Peter Underhill for
Heritage Crafts is full of cats
with one hidden creature ? a
dog! It?s a lot of fun and would
certainly be a talking point.
It?s not very big, measuring
11.5x9cm (3緓4絠n) but that
means it?s quick to finish and
not too daunting. Everything
you need is in the kit, and all the
stranded cottons are pre-loaded
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edges to get a nice clean line
Jo: You can find a super
cross stitch bracelet at
the RedGateStitchery
shop at www.etsy.com for
�.60. It?s sterling silver-plated
and features a band of cross
stitches down the length. The
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Aida can be washed before or after
stitching, but always wash by hand
Use up scraps of
wool or cotton to
take the chill off
this cute bunny!
are usually for a certain age or
have a theme. You can find 160
Zweigart chart books at www.
willowfabrics.com, including this
booklet (268/�80) especially
for babies. There are 11 pages
of projects, including a wall
organiser, bibs, play mat, picture,
a blanket and cubes. Designs
can be stitched onto the projects
using waste or dissolvable
canvas; you could even stitch
onto ready-made bibs or an
afghan. Another company who
makes chart books like this is
Rico Design ? check out their
range at www.rico-design.de
If you like this kit, check out The
Insomniac from the same range!
CHART BOOKS
I have quite a few knitting
books for babies with a
variety of designs, and
wondered if there are cross stitch
chart books that are similar?
Rachel Neville, Gosport
Fiona: There certainly are!
Zweigart makes quite a
lot of chart of books and,
just like knitting books, they
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of sweet designs for baby?s nursery
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Creatures
great & small
Brighten up a nursery with this colourful sampler,
brought to life with an A to Z of amazing animals!
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count
white evenweave using 24 shades
of stranded cotton. It is worked in
cross stitch using two strands of
thread, with lots of fractional stitches
for shaping. Backstitch definition is
worked in one strand. This project is
suitable for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Jenny Barton
Jenny has been passionate
about the creative arts
since she was a small
child, and went on to
study graphic design at
university. Soon after,
she landed a job as a
needlework designer for
DMC Creative World,
and became a freelance
designer a couple of years
later. She loves being
able to work with cross
stitch every day!
?Although this design is
large, there?s lots of white
space. You should be able
to complete one animal in
a couple of evenings, so
it will grow quickly!?
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of
your chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric using two
strands of thread. For every tiny
symbol you see on the chart, work
a fractional stitch.
3
4
Work the backstitch using one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for framing.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 60x50cm (23絰19絠n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a minimum
aperture of 46x36cm (18x14in)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
28 Cross Stitch Gold
stitch tip
Use a large quilting
frame to hold your
evenweave taut and
keep it stable as
you stitch
Animal ABC
Cross Stitch Gold 29
Animal ABC
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Animal ABC
Animal ABC key
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC
Jenny Barton?s
blanc
208
Designer Secrets
Very versatile
This sampler has an
unstructured feel ? I?ve
arranged the animals
and letters alphabetically,
but I haven?t used a grid
or any kind of border.
This allowed me to
be more creative with
the designs and not
restricted in terms of
height or length. You can
use any of the animals
on its own to make a
cute card, or why not
rearrange them to spell
out a child?s name?
X-tra clever
Creating an alphabet can be a challenge when
it comes to certain letters, and initially I was a
bit stumped for the letter ?X?. Luckily, the animal
kingdom kindly gave us the X-ray fish! This cool
creature is so-called because of its transluscent
body, which allows you to see its backbone
and other internal parts. I?m so pleased that this
amazing fish has a place on my sampler!
Anchor Madeira
2
99
2402
804
white
lilac
225
271
814
shell pink
310
403
2400
black
317
400
1714
dark grey
318
399
1801
grey
415
398
1802
light grey
434
310
2009
dark tan
436
1045
2011
tan
452
232
1807
shell grey
453
231
1806
light shell grey
676
891
2208
sand
739
366
2014
very light tan
yellow
744
301
112
762
234
1804
841
1082
1911
beige
907
255
1308
green
mint green
very light grey
912
209
1213
977
1002
2302
ginger
3325
129
907
blue
3607
3609
87
85
708
710
pink
light pink
3755
140
1013
Backstitch in one strand
????? 415
398
1802
dark blue
light grey
?????
?????
434
3607
310
87
2009
708
dark tan
pink
?????
3799
236
1713
very dark grey
STITCH COUNT 244 high x 194 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
44.5x35cm (17絰13緄n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x977 (ginger), 2x3799 (very dark
grey)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
Fantastic fabrics
We?ve worked our
ABC sampler on white
evenweave, so that all
the animals stand out
nicely. If you are stitching
one animal on its own,
you might like to achieve
a brighter finish by using
a different background
colour. There are lots
of fabric shades
available, from
grey and navy to
bright red, pale
Struggling to
pink and lime
stitch in poor light?
green. We think
Try an illuminated
blue would look
magnifier like the
fantastic with
one on page 41
this lion.
stitch tip
?This sampler reminds
me of a song we used to
sing at school when I was
younger. Jenny?s design
is so lovely, and will make
a great learning tool for
children when you hang it
in their bedroom. I hope
it inspires and delights
your little ones!?
Heather Nugent, Charting Editor
34 Cross Stitch Gold
You could be a winner!
This issue we have gorgeous kits, adorable charts and some
show tickets up for grabs ? enter today for the chance to win!
Pure glamour
Meet a majestic beauty with silverblonde hair and a cascading dress
of azure blue as she pauses before
an ornate fireplace, peering over
her shoulder with dark, piercing
eyes. Her name is Isla, and she?s
one of the latest kits from John
Clayton?s Elegance range for
Heritage Crafts ? a series that
includes 21 other large-scale
cross stitch portraits of glamorous
women. This particular beauty
measures 32x40.5cm (12絰16in)
once stitched on 28-count
evenweave. Find the kit at www.
hcrafts.com or call 01889 575256.
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in prizes!
Floral
dream
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garden come to
life with this Spring
Wild Flowers
kit from Bothy
Threads. Worked
on a background
of 14-count ivory
aida, the kit comes
in prize
with everything
t
o win!s
you need to stitch the seasonal scene, from the drooping
heads of the bluebells to the soft wings of the listing
butterflies. Retailing at �.80, this Derwentwater Designs
kit uses whole cross stitch and backstitch and is a fairly large design,
measuring in at 41x33cm (16x13in) once stitched. Pick it for yourself
at www.bothythreads.com or call 01900 828844.
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and wander through outdoor markets with all kinds of
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other crafters, go shopping and enjoy delicious food and drink. It?s the
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We?re so pleased that
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Jones has offered us two
adorable charts from her
Etsy shop to give away ?
Flower Girl and Girl with
Balloons. These little ladies
are enjoying the beautiful
weather, flowers and
butterflies of springtime.
Stitch them both for a
little girl who loves the
great outdoors, or give one each to a pair of sisters. Flower girl measures
27x29.5cm (10絰11緄n) when stitched on 14-count aida or 28-count
evenweave, and Girl with Balloons measures 29x19cm (11絰7絠n). Find
the charts for sale at www.durenejcrossstitch.etsy.com or enter to win
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Cross Stitch Gold 35
Floral footstool
Scarlet
poppies
Display these bold and beautiful blooms in your home
for a pop of colour ? we?ve made a footstool, but you
can stitch them as a picture or cushion if you prefer
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count
white evenweave in 29 shades
of stranded cotton. Cross stitch is
worked in two strands of thread,
while the backstitch detail is worked
in one strand. There are no fractional
stitches, but there are quite a lot of
French knots worked in one strand of
thread. We recommend this project for
intermediate to experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Lesley Teare
Lesley is an experienced
cross stitch designer with
a degree in Printed and
Woven Textiles, and many
years of design experience.
She is renowned for
creating designs for a
wide range of stitching
magazines, and has a
range of cross stitch books
to her name, too. Lesley
lives and works in rural
Suffolk, where she enjoys
gardening and country
walks with her labrador.
?Floral designs are a
lovely way to add yearround colour to your home,
and you can?t get more
colourful than bright red
poppies ? so cheerful?
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of
the chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
3
4
5
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric using two
strands of cotton.
Work the backstitch using one
strand of cotton.
Add the French knots in one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for making up.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 60x60cm (23絰23絠n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Riverbank Woodcrafts Seaton Footstool
with rounded legs and natural oak finish
measuring 28cm high x 40cm long x 40cm wide
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
36 Cross Stitch Gold
Floral footstool
stitch tip
Use bright red
backing fabric
to make a striking
floral cushion
instead!
Cross Stitch Gold 37
Floral footstool
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Top left
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Floral footstool
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Poppies key
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
165
278
1414
209
98
803
210
108
802
309
42
508
310
403
2400
498
1006
513
552
99
712
606
334
209
608
332
206
666
46
210
704
255
1308
743
302
113
745
300
111
819
271
501
905
257
1412
906
256
1410
915
1029
705
963
75
502
967
6
304
986
246
1404
3340
329
301
3341
328
403
3348
264
1409
3705
35
410
3706
33
409
3708
31
408
Backstitch in one strand
????? 606
334
209
????? 915
1029
705
????? 3837
111
713
French knots in one strand
741
304
202
white
lime green
lilac
light lilac
rose pink
black
dark red
mauve
dark orange
orange
red
leaf green
yellow
light yellow
baby pink
green
light green
plum
pink
light peach
forest green
dark peach
peach
grass green
scarlet
light scarlet
candy pink
dark orange
plum
dark lilac
tangerine
STITCH COUNT 144 high x 149 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
26x27cm (10紉10緄n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x606 (dark orange), 2x3705 (scarlet)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
Top right
Cross Stitch Gold 39
Floral footstool
50
60
70
Bottom left
How to make up your stitching
as a footstool
1
Remove the padded cushion from the lid
of the footstool. Centre your design over
the padded cushion, and when you?re happy
with its position, pin around the edges
2
Trim the overhanging fabric to 5cm (2in)
from the pinned edge. Snip the fabric
across each corner and fold the edge back
to a neat mitre.
3
Lace the stitching in place, following the
instructions in our stitching guide on
page 65. Alternatively, staple the fabric
to the base of the cushion
plate using a staple gun.
Bottom right
4
Lesley Teare?s
Designer Secrets
In the red
I love these large red poppies in my garden,
and lots of my floral designs feature poppies
as they?re just so fun to recreate in stitches.
The poppy petal colours graduate from
deep plum through to red, orange, rose
pink, peach and scarlet. Such lovely shades!
Dainty petals
I?ve added some small, delicate blooms in
lilac and pale pink, in between the larger red
poppies. They help to break up the space
and the contrasting colours work well with
each other. Green leaves and stems around
the edge are the perfect finishing touch.
40 Cross Stitch Gold
Put the panel
back into the
recess of the
footstool, and
screw in place
with the wooden
bars provided.
Then, put your
feet up and relax!
stitch tip
Gently wash and
iron your finished
piece to remove
any creases before
you assemble the
footstool
?I love that this pretty
design doesn?t contain
fractional stitches, as this
makes it more accessible
for intermediate stitchers.
Try stitching on aida if
you?re not comfortable
with evenweave yet.?
Hannah Erskine,
Charting Assistant
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&A
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THE EXPERTS
MAGNIFYING DOME
My friend in America
ent me a small
luminated magnifier
about 20 years ago. It has now
given up the ghost and I?m
so upset as it was brilliant for
showing up small sections of my
chart. I could just move it along
and easily see the symbols. I?ve
been struggling along without
one for a while and, as I don?t
have the internet, I don?t know if
they are available in the UK.
Doris Meacham, Lancs
Fiona: Great news
? you can buy one
from Argos for �.99
(product code 673/4796). It is
a brilliant little tool for any
stitcher but can be used for
many other hobbies, too.
This one is probably superior
to the one you had as it has
three white LED bulbs that
Q
JO BENNER
Jo is an experienced
stitcher and knitter, who
writes for several craft
magazines. She?s on
hand to help with chart
queries and stitching
know-how, as well as
product questions.
FIONA BAKER
Fiona is the Technical
Editor for Cross Stitch
Gold
d and our sister
magazines. She is
a talented cross stitch
designer, too, and can
answer any of your
stitching queries.
MODERN
CROSS STITCH
Can you recommend a
good cross stitch book
with lots of contemporary
projects for our cross stitch group?
We all have far too many pictures
and not enough walls, so we like to
make practical items.
Lily Peters, Hounslow
Jo: There are over 30
gorgeous projects in
Modern Cross Stitch by
Hannah Sturrock. The book
is divided into five chapters;
Q
A
HEATHER NUGENT
Heather is the Charting
Editor for Cross Stitch
Gold
d and our sister
magazines. With a
passion for stitching and
sewing, she is here to
help with charting and
making-up questions.
Beautiful Baby, For Big Kids, For
a Special Occasion, For a Nature
Lover, and For the Home. There
are instructions for gift tags, a
Christmas toy sack, a beautiful
flowered tote bag, and the
cushion that?s on the front of
the book. These are just a few
of the projects ? and as the
chapters give you an idea of
what sort of age and occasion,
there should be something for
everyone. Each design is fully
charted, with clear instructions
for the cross stitch and the
making up. Some of the designs
use plastic or waste canvas,
so you also have a chance to
try something different. For
a sneaky peak go to www.
amazon.co.uk where you can
buy the book for �.82.
CANVAS FIX
I would like to use some
waste canvas that I already
have in my stash to
transfer some motifs onto a t-shirt.
When I?ve used waste canvas in
the past I have always pinned it to
the fabric, but it does tend to move
around, which spoils the finish. Is
there a more accurate way of me
fixing the canvas to the fabric?
Rowena Massey, Lowestoft
Q
With 30 plus projects, this book will
keep you stitching for some time!
A
Heather:
The most
common
way is to use
tacking stitches,
which will be
more secure than
pins but just as
easy to remove.
Alternatively, a
handy addition
to any craft box
is the Prym Glue
Pen. You can use
it to temporarily
fix anything to
fabric including
zips, buttons,
charms, lace and
waste canvas!
The glue is yellow
so you can see
where you?ve put
Avoid stitching mistakes
by checking your chart
and your stitching
with this illuminated
magnifier
can be easily switched on or
off by pressing the dome. The
base diameter is 9.3cm and it?s
4.6cm high. Fitted with two
batteries, all you have to do is
pull the tab to activate them
and off you go! I?m sure there
is probably an Argos near you,
but if not you can ring 0345
6403030 to place an order.
it but when it dries, it?s
clear. After you?ve finished
stitching, soak the t-shirt to
remove the glue, then leave
to dry before removing the
canvas. You can buy the
Prym Glue Pen for �75 at
www.jaycotts.co.uk or call
01244 394099 for mail order.
A
DEFLUFF THE FLOSS!
One of my projects
went horribly wrong
and I had to cut a
some of the thread out. I need
to stitch over the areas, but
there is quite a lot of fluff and
I?m worried about it showing
through. How do I get rid of it?
Sammy Nixon, Portsmouth
Fiona: One way of
removing it is to take
lengths of masking
Q
Removable glue
is one of the best
fixing solutions
A
Cross Stitch Gold 41
Your questions answered
Remove lint and even
animal hairs with this
handy lint remover
I?m left-handed. A fellow stitcher
says that you can buy scissors that
can be used by both right-handed
and left-handed people ? this
would be a boon for both of us as
I won?t need two pairs of scissors
or have to ask him all the time!
Avril Penney, Birmingham
Heather: You can buy a
pair of multi-dextrous
scissors from www.
amazon.co.uk for �99. All
the reviews say they are super
sharp, and they should be as
the blades are coated with
high-quality titanium. The
anatomically designed soft-grip
handles mean that they are
very easy to hold whether you
are right- or left-handed! The
length of the blades is 23cm
(9in) ? long enough to cut most
fabrics and short enough for
snipping threads and using for
other craft projects, but not for
using on both fabric and paper!
A
tape and lay it over the fluffy
areas, then gently pull. If this
doesn?t work you can buy
a cylinder defluffer (Bastis)
from www.ikea.com for 75p.
It works on the same principal
as the tape, but you just roll it
over your work and when the
tape is all fluffy, you remove a
section and use the clean bit
underneath. If this still doesn?t
work, it?s worth investing in a
little battery lint remover from
JML (�99 from www.jmldirect.
com). The little machine has a
cutter underneath the metal
foil but you really have to press
hard to debobble a jumper, so
just running this over your fabric
will suck up all the little bits. For
any really tiny bits of fluff left
over, just work athem out with
the tip of your needle.
HANDY SCISSORS
Both my husband and I
cross stitch. Usually, he
cuts all the fabric because
our decent fabric scissors are for a
right-handed person and
Q
These scissors are great
for left and righthanded stitchers
Can you find me a kit
featuring a Dachshund
dog please? My sister
loves sausage dogs but she can?t
have a real dog because she is
moving into a complex where
animals aren?t allowed.
Jane McNeil, Yorkshire
Jo: This super kit (�)
from www.bobostitch.
co.uk should do the
trick! The dog is worked in
a real tartan pattern, which
is created by combining two
half cross stitches in different
colours. You don?t say if you
Q
A
are an experienced stitcher
or not, but the kit is available
in both 28-count linen or 14count aida. Both work out
to the same size of 45x35cm
when stitched. You will need to
find your own backing fabric
and cushion pad, but there
are instructions to make an
envelope opening back, so you
won?t need to worry about
inserting a zip. Everything you
need to stitch it is in the kit,
including a needle. If you need
to order over the phone, call
Bobostitch on 07879 477253.
Stitch a tartan
sausage dog!
At less than 10p each these threads
are ideal for budding stitchers
BUMPER BUY
Where can I buy very
cheap but colourfast
threads in bright colours?
The infants in my class are having
their first stitching lesson and we?re
going to stitch rainbows on plastic
canvas. All the threads
I?ve seen are about �a skein and that?s too
much for our limited funds!
Melanie Lloyd, Devon
Fiona: I recommend
this bumper pack of
105 skeins of primary
coloured thread from DMC.
Prism thread isn?t as good
quality as DMC?s Moulin�
stranded cotton, but it?s ideal
for what you need. Most of the
Q
A
42 Cross Stitch Gold
DACHSHUND DOG
colours are plain but there are
a few variegated colours, too.
Each skein is eight metres long
and has six strands ? plus, like all
DMC threads, it is colourfast and
machine washable. They are
ideal for friendship bracelets,
too! A pack costs �from www.
craftyarts.co.uk which is less
than 10p a skein ? a tiny price
for your tiny stitchers!
SO CHARMING
I recently added some
brass charms to my cross
stitch, but unfortunately
they have caused discolouration.
How can I prevent this from
happening in the future?
Amy Pinkett, St Albans
Jo: Before adding them
to your work, I would
dab any metal charms
with clear nail varnish just to
make sure that they won?t
rust or make marks. Keeping
embellished cross stitch in a
dry room helps, too. Anywhere
with condensation problems
or damp is detrimental to cross
stitch, with or without charms.
There are all sorts of things you
can use to embellish; ribbons,
buttons, beads, wooden shapes,
or why not buy these gorgeous
hearts from www.hobbycraft.
co.uk? Each pack contains 30
12mm pearlised bead hearts and
costs �50. They would look
super on a wedding sampler or
some pretty napkin rings.
Q
A
Embellishments add
a decorative touch
to any project
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Oriental fan
Eastern
delights
A delicate Oriental fan is the centrepiece of
Durene Jones?s striking hanging, adorned with
beautiful pink roses and a dancing dragonfly
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count white
evenweave in 23 shades of stranded
cotton and four of metallic thread. Cross
stitch is worked in both one and two
strands, half cross stitch is in two strands
and backstitch is in one strand. French
knots are added in one strand and there
are also lots of fractional stitches. This
design is for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Durene Jones
Prolific designer Durene
Jones creates cross stitch
charts for a range of
stitching magazines. Her
work is well loved for its
modern and colourful
tone, but she is a versatile
designer and can turn
her hand to any theme or
style. Before starting on
her creative cross stitch
career, Durene worked as
a graphic designer.
?Do you love the
combination of pink and
turquoise shades as much
as I do? It?s so pretty,
especially with touches of
metallic silver sparkle?
44 Cross Stitch Gold
How to stitch the fan
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half horizontally and
vertically. Find the centre of the chart
and start here, working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch using two
strands of cotton and one strand
of metallic thread. For every tiny
symbol, work a fractional stitch.
3
4
5
6
Work the half cross stitch in two
strands of cotton.
Add the backstitch in one strand
of cotton or metallic thread.
Work the French knots in one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for making up.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 35x39cm (13緓15糹n)
THREADS Stranded cotton and metallic
threads as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS 30.5cm (12in) wooden dowel rod,
backing fabric and ribbon of your choice
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
stitch tip
Rub a tumble dryer
sheet over your
metallic thread to
prevent friction as
you stitch
Oriental fan
Cross Stitch Gold 45
Oriental fan
80
60
50
40
30
20
10
10
20
30
40
Top left
46 Cross Stitch Gold
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
Oriental fan
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
Top right
Cross Stitch Gold 47
Oriental fan
50
60
Bottom left
Bottom right
How to make the
hanging
1
Trim your finished
stitching, leaving a 1cm
(絠n) border along the sides
and bottom edges and a
6cm (2糹n) border along
the top edge. Cut a piece
of backing fabric to match.
2
Place your backing
fabric and stitched piece
together, with right sides
facing, and sew a 1cm
(絠n) seam around all four
edges, leaving a 4cm (1絠n)
gap for turning. Trim excess
fabric from corners then
turn through and press.
3
Slip-stitch the gap neatly
closed, then fold over
a 3cm (1糹n) hem at the
top towards the back, and
pin in place. Carefully stitch
along the length, 2cm (緄n)
down from the top edge of
the fabric to create a gap
for your dowel.
4
Thread the dowel rod
through, and attach
ribbon for hanging.
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stitch tip
Use embroidery
scissors to cut your
threads, and fabric
scissors to cut aida
or evenweave
Oriental fan
How to work French knots
Durene Jones?s
Designer Secrets
Pink petals
Roses are the perfect floral
addition to this design,
bringing a gentle, feminine
touch to the picture. Pale
pink roses like these are
often given as a token of
admiration and appreciation,
so why not stitch my design
for someone special as a
thoughtful thank-you gift?
You could also make a
gorgeous greetings card
using the large rose in front
of the fan ? make sure you
include a few leaves as well.
Sparkling swirls
Kreinik #4 braid is my metallic thread of choice because I love the broad range of colours,
plus it?s really soft to use and you don?t need to worry about separating the strands! For
the swirls on the fan, I?ve chosen to use one strand of Star Pink, a lovely silvery pink that?s
very delicate. These pinky swirls mimic the green leafy tendrils around the edge of the fan
and in the border, helping to bring the three parts of the design together.
?This delightful Oriental fan is probably the
most detailed project in this issue, and should
be tackled by stitchers who are con?dent with
French knots, metallic threads and a large key
with lots of similar shades. I hope you enjoy
the challenge!? Zeena Moolla, Editor
To work a French knot, bring your needle up
through the fabric, hold the thread taut in your left
hand and wrap the needle around it twice. Push
the needle back into the fabric, close to where it
came up, keeping the thread taut. Pull the thread
through until a neat knot is formed on the front.
Oriental fan key
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
white
600
63
703
very dark pink
602
57
702
dark pink
603
52
505
pink
604
55
614
light pink
712
926
2101
cream
819
271
501
baby pink
926
850
1707
blue
927
848
1708
light blue
928
274
1709
very light blue
959
186
1114
emerald
962
75
609
dark rose pink
963
73
502
rose pink
964
185
1112
light emerald
3768
779
1107
dark blue
3812
188
2706
dark emerald
3815
877
1205
dark green
3816
876
1703
green
3817
875
1702
light green
Cross stitch in one strand Kreinik #4 braid
001HL
silver
032
pearl
092
star pink
101
platinum
Half cross stitch in two strands
712
926
2101
cream
Backstitch in one strand
????? 319
224
1313
almond green
????? 777
43
509
fuchsia
????? 3799
236
1713
grey
????? 3815
877
1205
dark green
????? 3831
1006
507
light fuchsia
Backstitch in one strand Kreinik #4 braid
????? 092
star pink
French knots in one strand
927
848
1708
light blue
3831
1006
507
light fuchsia
STITCH COUNT 120 high x 160 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
22x29cm (8絰11絠n)
SKEINS NEEDED 3x819 (baby pink), 2x964 (light
emerald)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton and
Kreinik #4 braid on 28-count evenweave over two threads of
the fabric
Cross Stitch Gold 49
Kit reviews
British birds
See how many of these cross stitched birds you can spot in your garden ?
they?re some of the most beautiful and tuneful species in the UK
Alluring beauty
Cock-a-doodle-doo
SWAN (M211), RTO, �.11
COCKEREL (14-123), Eva Rosenstand,
approx. �
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
? Black-and-white chart
? 14-count black aida
? DMC stranded cotton
? Tapestry needle
? Black-and-white chart
? 14-count antique white aida
? DMC stranded cotton
? Tapestry needle
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
40x35cm (15緓13緄n)
30x40cm (12x16in)
STITCHING THIS KIT
Here?s yet another wonderful kit from
Russian brand, RTO, which comes with
comprehensive instructions in English. This
swan perfectly encapsulates the style and
grace of the British water bird. It?s stitched
on black aida, which is the ideal choice for
designs worked in shades of white thread, as it
provides a good contrast, creating real drama.
Even some experienced stitchers find working
on dark fabric a challenge, but there are some
Gone fishing
STITCHING THIS KIT
techniques you can employ to help. Always
work in very good light, and consider lighting
your work from below to illuminate the holes
in the fabric. As an alternative to this, you can
place a light-coloured fabric on your lap.
WHERE TO BUY
Visit www.sewandso.co.uk or call
0800 013 0150 to buy
LITTLE FISHER (WHLF737),
Heritage Crafts, �.35
organiser, and the chart has clear symbols
that are easy to mark off as you stitch. We
recommend choosing evenweave in your kit
to make stitching the fractionals easier.
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
WHERE TO BUY
?
?
?
?
Visit www.hcrafts.com or call 01889 575256
Stitch a true icon of the British countryside ?
this farmyard bird, with its vibrant plumage
and spurs, is just the sort of project you?ll want
to get out of bed for! It?s worked in 37 vivid
thread shades that will make stitching even
more of a joy than normal, and the kit comes
with a large-scale chart printed on A3 paper,
which helps to prevent eyestrain and stitching
mishaps. This is overall a large design, but
since the background is unstitched, it?s quicker
to work than you might think. And to make
it even more accessible, it?s worked in whole
cross stitch only, with just a little backstitch ?
so it?s ideal for intermediate stitchers, too.
WHERE TO BUY
Black-and-white chart
27-count antique white evenweave
DMC stranded cotton
Tapestry needle
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
20.5x28cm (8x11in)
STITCHING THIS KIT
Designed by renowned artist Warwick Higgs,
this stunning kingfisher scene is one of a pair
of kits ? the other is an owl, and both are
available with your choice of 14-count aida or
27-count evenweave. The Little Fisher design is
full of rich colour and detail, including blended
threads for the sky, squashed fractional
stitches for the bullrushes, and longstitch for
the kingfisher?s beak. The kit comes nicely
packaged with the threads loaded onto an
50 Cross Stitch Gold
Email sales@mwfabrics.co.uk or call
0115 965 3593 for stockists
Kit reviews
A bite to eat
BLUE TITS WITH RED BERRIES
(PN-0156945), Lanarte, �
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
? Black-and-white chart
? 27-count white evenweave
? DMC stranded cotton
? Tapestry needle
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
27x38cm (10絰15in)
STITCHING THIS KIT
Whenever we review a Lanarte kit,
we have to applaud how beautifully
packaged it is. It feels like all your
Christmases have come at once,
as you carefully open the box and
unfold the tissue paper, to reveal the
exquisite fabric and threads within.
This charming design of three tiny
blue tits, pecking away at berries and
seeds, is a delight for any experienced
stitcher to work. The kit comes with a
large-scale black-and-white chart, printed on
A2 paper, which makes it easier to count
and place your stitches correctly ? hopefully
eliminating the need for unpicking! You?ll use
whole cross stitches, backstitch, longstitch and
French knots to bring this lovely design to life in
Feathered friends
GARDEN BIRDS 1 (XMF1),
Bothy Threads, �.49
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
? Black-and-white chart
? 14-count white aida
? Stranded cotton
? Tapestry needle
31 bright and chirpy colours. We think it would
be suitable for intermediate stitchers as well.
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
26x26cm (10紉10糹n)
WHERE TO BUY
STITCHING THIS KIT
Visit www.artsanddesigns.com or call
020 7100 3509
Designed by one of Britain?s best-loved
artists, Madeline Floyd, this is a great
project for intermediate and advanced
stitchers. It featured four common British
garden birds ? the Robin, Greenfinch,
Coal Tit and Wren ? along with their
birdcalls, so it?s a real treat for any keen
birdwatcher. The chart is clear and easy
to follow as you work your way through
the whole stitches, backstitch and French
knots. And if you enjoy this kit, there?s
also a Garden Birds 2 and Garden Birds 3.
Bird?s eye view
RED KITE IN FLIGHT (FFRK652),
Heritage Crafts, �.60
WHAT?S IN THE KIT
? Black-and-white chart
? 27-count antique white
evenweave
? DMC stranded cotton
? Tapestry needle
WHERE TO BUY
Visit www.bothythreads.com or call
01900 828844 to buy
SIZE OF FINISHED DESIGN
34x34cm (13絰13絠n)
Win
STITCHING THIS KIT
With a wingspan of up to 2m (6絝t), the red
kite is a truly breathtaking sight in our skies. It
was driven to extinction in the UK towards the
end of the 19th Century, but was successfully
reintroduced, with the bird now found across
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This magnificent design is part of John Clayton?s
Flights of Fancy series, based on his beautiful
watercolour paintings, with each design
depicting a flying bird. The range also includes
a hummingbird, owl, kingfisher and eagle. This
particular design is stitched across two threads
on 27-count evenweave, but lovers of aida
can also get the kit with 14-count aida. Lots
of fractionals are used for the finer details, as
well as blended threads, making this a kit for
experienced stitchers to try.
WHERE TO BUY
Visit www.hcrafts.com or call 01889 575256
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Cross Stitch Gold 51
Summer cushion
A taste
of paradise
Fruit, flowers, flamingos, flip-flops ? get that holiday
feeling with every stitch of this tropical cushion!
It?s a fun-filled collage of summer motifs!
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count
white evenweave in 21 shades
of stranded cotton. Cross stitch is
worked in two strands of cotton, with
plenty of fractional stitches for extra
definition. Backstitch and French knots
also add detail, both in one strand
of thread. This design is suitable for
experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Durene Jones
Prolific designer Durene
Jones creates cross stitch
charts for a range of
stitching magazines. Her
work is well loved for its
modern and colourful
tone, but she is a versatile
designer and can turn
her hand to any theme or
style. Before starting on
her creative cross stitch
career, Durene worked as
a graphic designer.
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of
the chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric using two
strands of cotton. For every tiny
symbol you see on the chart, work a
fractional stitch.
3
4
5
Work the backstitch in one
strand of cotton.
Add the French knots using one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for making up.
?Roll on the summer,
and all the excitement
of jetting off to warmer
climes! This design really
makes me smile and will
look fab in my sun room.
52 Cross Stitch Gold
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 39x39cm (15紉15糹n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Piping, backing fabric and cushion pad
to fit, from local craft stores
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
stitch tip
Be careful not to trail
your threads across
the fabric in between
the motifs. Finish off
neatly each time
Summer cushion
Cross Stitch Gold 53
Summer cushion
80
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
10
20
30
Top left
54 Cross Stitch Gold
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
10
Summer cushion
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
How to make the
piped cushion
1
Trim your finished stitching,
leaving a 1cm (絠n) border
around all sides.
Cut two pieces of backing
fabric measuring 31x21cm
(12紉8糹n) for the envelopeopening back panel. Sew a
2cm (緄n) double hem along
one long edge of each piece.
2
Pin your piping to the
outer edges of the front
piece, with the sewing on the
piping aligned with the 1cm
(絠n) seam allowance.
3
With right sides facing,
pin one back panel at the
top of the cushion and one at
the bottom, so that the two
pieces overlap each other.
4
Pin and sew all the way
around the edge of the
cushion, using a 1cm (絠n)
seam allowance. Trim the
corners, turn through to the
right side and press.
5
Durene Jones?s
Designer
Secrets
Broken backstitch
Instead of outlining each motif
with solid backstitch, I?ve used
broken lines to create a softer,
sketched effect. This works well
with the relaxed, holiday vibe of
the design. I?ve also used grey
thread rather than black, as it?s
less harsh and blends in better
with the other colours.
Top right
Cross Stitch Gold 55
Summer cushion
40
50
60
70
80
Bottom left
Summer cushion key
Cross stitch in two strands
Bottom right (this section of chart has been rotated ? stitch this way up)
DMC
blanc
How to work
the fractional
stitches
Durene has used lots
of fractional stitches
in this design. If you?re
new to fractionals or
need help deciding
whether to work a
quarter stitch or a
three-quarter stitch,
turn to page 64
where you?ll find
advice from our
Technical Editor, Fiona.
Anchor Madeira
2
2402
white
420
374
2104
dark tan
422
613
943
831
2102
2109
tan
beige
721
324
308
orange
722
725
323
305
307
113
light orange
dark yellow
726
295
109
yellow
727
819
910
912
293
271
228
209
112
501
1302
1213
light yellow
baby pink
dark mint green
mint green
954
203
1207
light mint green
962
963
75
73
609
502
pink
light pink
993
1070
1111
green
3799
3814
3817
3832
236
1074
875
38
1713
2706
1702
604
grey
dark green
pine green
dark pink
3856
368
2309
apricot
1713
grey
Backstitch in one strand
?????
3799
236
French knots in one strand
613
831
2109
954
203
1207
beige
light mint green
STITCH COUNT 160 high x 160 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
29x29cm (11絰11絠n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x3799 (grey)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
56 Cross Stitch Gold
Still to come
Coming soon in Cross
Summer
style
Issue 148
On sale
19th June
2018 (UK)*
Capture the glamour of the
1950s Hollywood era with
this oh-so elegant portrait
Sea view cottage
58 Cross Stitch Gold
Blossom cushion
Tropical flowers
Totally
tropical
Inspired by the most unusual and beautiful
scented blooms, this card collection is ablaze
with colour and sure to delight someone special
Stitcher?s guide
These designs are worked on 28count cream evenweave in 43
shades of stranded cotton. Cross
stitch and fractional stitches are
worked in two strands of cotton.
Backstitch is worked in one strand,
and in ten different shades. There
are also French knots in one strand
of thread, so we recommend these
cards for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Angela Poole
Angela, who has a
degree in Textiles
and Surface Pattern,
was previously the
Commissioning Editor
of Papercraft Inspirations
magazine. She?s also
a talented cross stitch
designer and sells her
patterns through her
online Etsy shop,
Angela Poole Design
How to stitch the designs
1
Find the centre of your fabric by
folding it in half both ways. Find
the centre of the chart and start
stitching here, working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric in two
strands of cotton. For every tiny
symbol, work a fractional stitch.
3
4
5
Add the backstitch in one strand
of cotton.
Work the French knots using
one strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for making up.
You will need
?From lotus flowers to
birds of paradise, these
tropical flowers make a
striking display. Perfect
cards for your warm
wishes this summer!?
60 Cross Stitch Gold
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count cream evenweave
(3270/264) measuring 18x18cm (7x7in) for each
design
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Craft Creations square aperture cards
(AP53U) in creative smooth white (30); 6mm Double
Sided Super Sticky Tape from Lakeside Needlecrafts
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
Tropical flowers
stitch tip
Enlarge your chart on
a photocopier or use
a magnifier to see the
intricate details
more clearly
Cross Stitch Gold 61
Tropical flowers
20
10
10
20
?It?s been a long time since
we?ve done a set of tropical
?owers, so I?m delighted
to bring you this gorgeous
collection. Angela has
expertly chosen the colours
for a fresh and vibrant ?nish?
20
10
Zeena Moolla, Editor
10
20
Angela Poole?s
Designer
Secrets
20
20
Heavenly Hawaii
I?ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, and this card
set gave me a great excuse to start researching the
tropical flowers that are found there. Hibiscus is
the state flower of Hawaii, so I?ve incorporated this
beautiful scented flower into two of my designs.
10
10
20
62 Cross Stitch Gold
10
10
20
Tropical flowers
20
10
10
20
Tropical flowers key
Cross stitch in two strands
20
10
10
20
20
20
10
10
20
10
10
20
DMC Anchor Madeira
B5200
1
2401
307
289
104
349
1098
212
350
11
213
445
288
103
472
253
1414
562
210
1704
563
208
1207
703
238
1307
712
926
2101
720
326
309
722
323
307
741
304
202
745
300
111
783
306
2509
907
255
1308
917
89
706
951
1010
2308
963
73
502
972
298
107
3364
260
1603
3607
87
708
3608
86
709
3688
66
605
3689
49
607
3813
1042
1701
3825
336
302
3831
1006
507
3832
38
604
3833
1023
609
3848
1074
1108
3849
1070
1109
3865
2
2403
Backstitch in one strand
????? 561
212
1205
????? 701
227
1305
????? 728
305
2514
????? 777
43
509
????? 817
13
210
????? 920
1004
312
????? 973
290
105
????? 3024
900
1814
????? 3836
90
2713
????? 3847
189
1204
French knots in two strands
3831
1006
507
white
yellow
red
light red
light yellow
lettuce green
pine green
light pine green
leaf green
cream
copper
peach
orange
very light yellow
gold
parrot green
magenta
light peach
rose pink
tangerine
green
plum
light plum
pink
light pink
mint green
apricot
dk raspberry pink
raspberry pink
lt raspberry pink
teal
light teal
natural white
dark pine green
dark leaf green
light gold
fuchsia
dark red
dark copper
dark yellow
grey
violet
dark teal
dk raspberry pink
MAXIMUM STITCH COUNT 52 high x 52 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
9.5x9.5cm (3緓3緄n)
These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
Cross Stitch Gold 63
Technical know-how
Stitching guide
FIONA BAKER
Technical Editor
Use the handy diagrams and basic cross stitch advice on these pages
to help you get the most out of the designs in Cross Stitch Gold
Where to start stitching
How to read
our charts
All our charts are printed in both
colour and symbols. Each square
on a cross stitch chart contains
a symbol, and each symbol
corresponds with one stitch.
The key that accompanies the
chart tells you what thread colour
each symbol corresponds to, and
how many strands to use for
each cross stitch, backstitch or
French knot. It also gives you the
design's dimensions ? you'll need
these to cut your fabric to size.
The thread numbers listed in
the first column of the key refer
to the brand that we've used
to stitch the design. Conversion
numbers for two other brands
are given, but they're not always
exact equivalents. Avoid mixing
more than one brand in the same
design. Sometimes you'll need
more than one skein of a colour
for a design, but there shouldn't
be a problem with dye lots if you
use the brands quoted in the key.
Each project also includes a
shopping list telling you what
type and size of fabric to use,
what size frame you'll need, and
if extra materials are required.
Start stitching a chart in the centre of the design ? this is the
point on the chart where the two black centre lines marked
with arrows cross ? and work outwards. Refer to the key for
the colours to use. To find the centre of your fabric, fold it
in half both horizontally and vertically. The centre point will
be where these folds intersect. Mark this point with a pin,
or run a line of tacking thread along each fold using one
strand of a pale colour thread. Bind the raw edges of your
fabric to prevent them from fraying while you're stitching
by hemming them using a zigzag stitch on your sewing
machine, or by folding masking tape over the edges.
Japanese folding fan key
64 Cross Stitch Gold
10
10
10
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC
Anchor Madeira
304
351
19
10
511
214
dark red
coral
666
46
210
red
Backstitch in one strand
????? blanc
2
2402
????? 310
403
2400
?????
498
1006
513
white
black
ruby
French knots in one strand
498
3851
1006
18w7
513
1202
ruby
emerald
STITCH COUNT 20 high x 20 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
3.5x3.5cm (1絰1絠n)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton
How to
cross stitch
Thread your needle with the
correct number of strands.
Find the centre points on the
chart and your fabric to work
out where to start. Bring the
needle up through the fabric
at the bottom left corner of
the square, leaving the end of
the thread on the back. Take it
down at the top right to make
a half cross; bring it up again
at the bottom right corner,
10
securing the end of thread on
the back; take it down at the
top left corner to form a cross.
Work each cross stitch so that
the top halves lie in the same
direction. This will make your
finished stitching look neat and
tidy. If you're working a block
of stitches in the same colour,
stitch a row of half crosses
first, before completing each
cross on the return journey.
Fractional stitches
A tiny symbol
in the corner
of a square
on a chart is a
fractional stitch;
it's worked
in the same
colour as the
large version
of the symbol.
If there's only
one tiny symbol,
work a three-quarter stitch (a half cross stitch
and a quarter stitch). Bring your needle up at
the corner of the square, then take it down at
the centre of the square. You'll have to pierce
aida fabric (but not if you're stitching over two
threads on evenweave). Add a half cross stitch
(see top diagram). When two different symbols
share a square, make a quarter stitch in one
colour and a
three-quarter
stitch in the other.
Use the threequarter stitch
for the object
that?s meant to
be in front in the
picture, and the
quarter stitch for
the background
colour.
The Gold team
Backstitch
Changing
thread colour
Backstitch outlines are added on top
of the cross stitches to create extra
detail. They can run in any direction.
Bring your needle up to start, then
take it down one square behind.
Bring it up again two squares in front
and take it down one square behind
again. Continue working in this way
along the outline, following the chart.
French knots
French knots, which are used to
show tiny details, such as eyes or
flower heads, are represented
by dots on the chart. Bring your
needle up through the fabric, hold
the thread taut in your left hand
and wrap the needle around it
twice. Push the needle back into
the fabric, close to where it came
up, keeping the thread taut. Pull
the thread through until a neat
knot is formed on the front.
Washing and lacing
To wash your stitching, immerse it in
warm water with a little detergent,
and rinse it well in cold water.
Press it on the back while still
damp using an iron on a medium
setting. Pad your ironing board with
a fluffy towel and push the point of
the iron into the back of your stitches,
to give them a raised appearance on the
front. The best way to stretch your work
out over a mount board before framing
is to lace it with crochet cotton:
Cut your mount board to the size
of the frame aperture. Lay the
stitching right side up on
the white side of the board.
Once you?re happy with the
positioning of the fabric, push a
line of pins down each side into the
board, as shown (above right).
Check your stitching is lined up,
then trim the fabric, leaving a 5cm
(2in) border. Fold the excess over the
back of the board. Thread your needle
with a long length of crochet cotton,
knot the end and lace two opposite sides
together on the back. Start at one end
and work in an ?under-and-over? motion.
When you reach the other end,
adjust the laced threads one by
one, before finishing off.
Repeat this process on the
two remaining edges. Fold
down the corners and stitch in place,
then remove the pins and put your
work in its frame.
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Finish off the colour you're
working with by weaving your
needle through a line of four or
five stitches on the back of the
fabric and pulling the thread
through. Cut the thread close to
where it emerges and rethread
your needle with the new colour.
When restarting, leave a short
tail of thread at the back of the
fabric and cover this with your
first few stitches to secure it.
Adding beads
Some designs use seed beads
to add detail. These appear as
filled dots
on the
chart and
are listed
in the key.
Add each
bead with
a half cross
stitch. Bring
your needle
up at the
bottom
left corner, thread a bead on
your needle and take it down at
the top right. For extra security,
work the top half of the cross
as well, making each strand sit
either side of the bead. You'll
need a beading needle or size 28
tapestry needle for adding beads.
Aida or
evenweave?
Most stitchers start off using aida.
This block-weave fabric is divided
into squares by a grid of holes.
Each cross stitch is worked over
one square. Some experienced
stitchers prefer the look of
evenweaves such as jobelan or
linen. They're also woven in a
grid but come in a finer count, eg
28- or 32-count. Each cross stitch
is worked over two threads of the
fabric. Bring the needle up at the
bottom left corner of the square
and take
it down
two holes
across
and two
holes up.
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g cards when I was little.
Do they have such things now?
Maureen Faulkes, Hay-on-Wye
Heather: These fantastic
shapes by Rico are the
modern equivalent! Made
from stiff card with pre-punched
holes, they?re easy to stitch on and it won?t
take long for your granddaughter to finish
her project ? this will make her eager to
start the next one! There are eight shapes
altogether: a pair each of rabbits, bears,
penguins and owls. Any thread can be
used (so long as it goes through the holes),
including embroidery thread, knitting wool or
tapestry wool. It?s a great way to use up odds
and ends. You?ll need a size 20 blunt-end
tapestry needle as well. Buy the Rico Paper
Poetry Assorted Animal Embroidery Boards
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575256 for mail order.
other side. The laminate is
ideal for many crafts as it can
be used to stiffen patchwork
templates, reference sheets,
photos and recipe cards. A
pack of 10 sheets (23x30.5cm)
is available from www.amazon.
co.uk and costs �99.
STYLISH CATS!
I love cats and would
like a kit that would
be easy to stitch as I?ve
only stitched a couple of projects.
Can you find me a fairly modern,
unfussy project please?
Steph Cartwright, Tetbury
Heather: The Imposter
cross stitch kit designed
by Peter Underhill for
Heritage Crafts is full of cats
with one hidden creature ? a
dog! It?s a lot of fun and would
certainly be a talking point.
It?s not very big, measuring
11.5x9cm (3緓4絠n) but that
means it?s quick to finish and
not too daunting. Everything
you need is in the kit, and all the
stranded cottons are pre-loaded
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Use a little bit of Fray Check on the
edges to get a nice clean line
Jo: You can find a super
cross stitch bracelet at
the RedGateStitchery
shop at www.etsy.com for
�.60. It?s sterling silver-plated
and features a band of cross
stitches down the length. The
A
Aida can be washed before or after
stitching, but always wash by hand
Use up scraps of
wool or cotton to
take the chill off
this cute bunny!
are usually for a certain age or
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a blanket and cubes. Designs
can be stitched onto the projects
using waste or dissolvable
canvas; you could even stitch
onto ready-made bibs or an
afghan. Another company who
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range at www.rico-design.de
If you like this kit, check out The
Insomniac from the same range!
CHART BOOKS
I have quite a few knitting
books for babies with a
variety of designs, and
wondered if there are cross stitch
chart books that are similar?
Rachel Neville, Gosport
Fiona: There certainly are!
Zweigart makes quite a
lot of chart of books and,
just like knitting books, they
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This chart book from Zweigart is full
of sweet designs for baby?s nursery
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Animal ABC
Creatures
great & small
Brighten up a nursery with this colourful sampler,
brought to life with an A to Z of amazing animals!
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count
white evenweave using 24 shades
of stranded cotton. It is worked in
cross stitch using two strands of
thread, with lots of fractional stitches
for shaping. Backstitch definition is
worked in one strand. This project is
suitable for experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Jenny Barton
Jenny has been passionate
about the creative arts
since she was a small
child, and went on to
study graphic design at
university. Soon after,
she landed a job as a
needlework designer for
DMC Creative World,
and became a freelance
designer a couple of years
later. She loves being
able to work with cross
stitch every day!
?Although this design is
large, there?s lots of white
space. You should be able
to complete one animal in
a couple of evenings, so
it will grow quickly!?
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of
your chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric using two
strands of thread. For every tiny
symbol you see on the chart, work
a fractional stitch.
3
4
Work the backstitch using one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for framing.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 60x50cm (23絰19絠n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Frame of your choice with a minimum
aperture of 46x36cm (18x14in)
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
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stitch tip
Use a large quilting
frame to hold your
evenweave taut and
keep it stable as
you stitch
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Designer Secrets
Very versatile
This sampler has an
unstructured feel ? I?ve
arranged the animals
and letters alphabetically,
but I haven?t used a grid
or any kind of border.
This allowed me to
be more creative with
the designs and not
restricted in terms of
height or length. You can
use any of the animals
on its own to make a
cute card, or why not
rearrange them to spell
out a child?s name?
X-tra clever
Creating an alphabet can be a challenge when
it comes to certain letters, and initially I was a
bit stumped for the letter ?X?. Luckily, the animal
kingdom kindly gave us the X-ray fish! This cool
creature is so-called because of its transluscent
body, which allows you to see its backbone
and other internal parts. I?m so pleased that this
amazing fish has a place on my sampler!
Anchor Madeira
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white
lilac
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shell pink
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black
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dark grey
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grey
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light grey
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dark tan
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shell grey
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light shell grey
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sand
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yellow
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beige
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blue
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dark blue
light grey
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dark tan
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STITCH COUNT 244 high x 194 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
44.5x35cm (17絰13緄n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x977 (ginger), 2x3799 (very dark
grey)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
Fantastic fabrics
We?ve worked our
ABC sampler on white
evenweave, so that all
the animals stand out
nicely. If you are stitching
one animal on its own,
you might like to achieve
a brighter finish by using
a different background
colour. There are lots
of fabric shades
available, from
grey and navy to
bright red, pale
Struggling to
pink and lime
stitch in poor light?
green. We think
Try an illuminated
blue would look
magnifier like the
fantastic with
one on page 41
this lion.
stitch tip
?This sampler reminds
me of a song we used to
sing at school when I was
younger. Jenny?s design
is so lovely, and will make
a great learning tool for
children when you hang it
in their bedroom. I hope
it inspires and delights
your little ones!?
Heather Nugent, Charting Editor
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Pure glamour
Meet a majestic beauty with silverblonde hair and a cascading dress
of azure blue as she pauses before
an ornate fireplace, peering over
her shoulder with dark, piercing
eyes. Her name is Isla, and she?s
one of the latest kits from John
Clayton?s Elegance range for
Heritage Crafts ? a series that
includes 21 other large-scale
cross stitch portraits of glamorous
women. This particular beauty
measures 32x40.5cm (12絰16in)
once stitched on 28-count
evenweave. Find the kit at www.
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We?re so pleased that
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adorable charts from her
Etsy shop to give away ?
Flower Girl and Girl with
Balloons. These little ladies
are enjoying the beautiful
weather, flowers and
butterflies of springtime.
Stitch them both for a
little girl who loves the
great outdoors, or give one each to a pair of sisters. Flower girl measures
27x29.5cm (10絰11緄n) when stitched on 14-count aida or 28-count
evenweave, and Girl with Balloons measures 29x19cm (11絰7絠n). Find
the charts for sale at www.durenejcrossstitch.etsy.com or enter to win
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Cross Stitch Gold 35
Floral footstool
Scarlet
poppies
Display these bold and beautiful blooms in your home
for a pop of colour ? we?ve made a footstool, but you
can stitch them as a picture or cushion if you prefer
Stitcher?s guide
This design is worked on 28-count
white evenweave in 29 shades
of stranded cotton. Cross stitch is
worked in two strands of thread,
while the backstitch detail is worked
in one strand. There are no fractional
stitches, but there are quite a lot of
French knots worked in one strand of
thread. We recommend this project for
intermediate to experienced stitchers.
Meet the designer
Lesley Teare
Lesley is an experienced
cross stitch designer with
a degree in Printed and
Woven Textiles, and many
years of design experience.
She is renowned for
creating designs for a
wide range of stitching
magazines, and has a
range of cross stitch books
to her name, too. Lesley
lives and works in rural
Suffolk, where she enjoys
gardening and country
walks with her labrador.
?Floral designs are a
lovely way to add yearround colour to your home,
and you can?t get more
colourful than bright red
poppies ? so cheerful?
How to stitch the design
1
Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half horizontally
and vertically. Find the centre of
the chart and start stitching here,
working outwards.
2
3
4
5
Work the cross stitch over two
threads of the fabric using two
strands of cotton.
Work the backstitch using one
strand of cotton.
Add the French knots in one
strand of cotton.
Check over your stitching and
prepare for making up.
You will need
FABRIC Zweigart 28-count white evenweave
measuring 60x60cm (23絰23絠n)
THREADS Stranded cotton as listed in the key
NEEDLE Size 26 tapestry needle
EXTRAS Riverbank Woodcrafts Seaton Footstool
with rounded legs and natural oak finish
measuring 28cm high x 40cm long x 40cm wide
FOR STOCKISTS? DETAILS turn to page 59
36 Cross Stitch Gold
Floral footstool
stitch tip
Use bright red
backing fabric
to make a striking
floral cushion
instead!
Cross Stitch Gold 37
Floral footstool
70
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
10
20
30
40
Top left
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60
50
40
30
20
10
10
Floral footstool
20
30
40
50
60
70
Poppies key
Cross stitch in two strands
DMC Anchor Madeira
blanc
2
2402
165
278
1414
209
98
803
210
108
802
309
42
508
310
403
2400
498
1006
513
552
99
712
606
334
209
608
332
206
666
46
210
704
255
1308
743
302
113
745
300
111
819
271
501
905
257
1412
906
256
1410
915
1029
705
963
75
502
967
6
304
986
246
1404
3340
329
301
3341
328
403
3348
264
1409
3705
35
410
3706
33
409
3708
31
408
Backstitch in one strand
????? 606
334
209
????? 915
1029
705
????? 3837
111
713
French knots in one strand
741
304
202
white
lime green
lilac
light lilac
rose pink
black
dark red
mauve
dark orange
orange
red
leaf green
yellow
light yellow
baby pink
green
light green
plum
pink
light peach
forest green
dark peach
peach
grass green
scarlet
light scarlet
candy pink
dark orange
plum
dark lilac
tangerine
STITCH COUNT 144 high x 149 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) ?
26x27cm (10紉10緄n)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x606 (dark orange), 2x3705 (scarlet)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton on
28-count evenweave over two threads of the fabric
Top right
Cross Stitch Gold 39
Floral footstool
50
60
70
Bottom left
How to make up your stitching
as a footstool
1
Remove the padded cushion from the lid
of the footstool. Centre your design over
the padded cushion, and when you?re happy
with its position, pin around the edges
2
Trim the overhanging fabric to 5cm (2in)
from the pinned edge. Snip the fabric
across each corner and fold the edge back
to a neat mitre.
3
Lace the stitching in place, following the
instructions in our stitching guide on
page 65. Alternatively, staple the fabric
to the base of the cushion
plate using a staple gun.
Bottom right
4
Lesley Teare?s
Designer Secrets
In the red
I love these large red poppies in my garden,
and lots of my floral designs feature poppies
as they?re just so fun to recreate in stitches.
The poppy petal colours graduate from
deep plum through to red, orange, rose
pink, peach and scarlet. Such lovely shades!
Dainty petals
I?ve added some small, delicate blooms in
lilac and pale pink, in between the larger red
poppies. They help to break up the space
and the contrasting colours work well with
each other. Green leaves and stems around
the edge are the perfect finishing touch.
40 Cross Stitch Gold
Put the panel
back into the
recess of the
footstool, and
screw in place
with the wooden
bars provided.
Then, put your
feet up and relax!
stitch tip
Gently wash and
iron your finished
piece to remove
any creases before
you assemble the
footstool
?I love that this pretty
design doesn?t contain
fractional stitches, as this
makes it more accessible
for intermediate stitchers.
Try stitching on aida if
you?re not comfortable
with evenweave yet.?
Hannah Erskine,
Charting Assistant
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MAGNIFYING DOME
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about 20 years ago. It has now
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chart. I could just move it along
and easily see the symbols. I?ve
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Fiona: Great news
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This one is probably superior
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writes for several craft
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queries and stitching
know-how, as well as
product questions.
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Fiona is the Technical
Editor for Cross Stitch
Gold
d and our sister
magazines. She is
a talented cross stitch
designer, too, and can
answer any of your
stitching queries.
MODERN
CROSS STITCH
Can you recommend a
good cross stitch book
with lots of contemporary
projects for our cross stitch group?
We all have far too many pictures
and not enough walls, so we like to
make practical items.
Lily Peters, Hounslow
Jo: There are over 30
gorgeous projects in
Modern Cross Stitch by
Hannah Sturrock. The book
is divided into five chapters;
Q
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HEATHER NUGENT
Heather is the Charting
Editor for Cross Stitch
Gold
d and our sister
magazines. With a
passion for stitching and
sewing, she is here to
help with charting and
making-up questions.
Beautiful Baby, For Big Kids, For
a Special Occasion, For a Nature
Lover, and For the Home. There
are instructions for gift tags, a
Christmas toy sack, a beautiful
flowered tote bag, and the
cushion that?s on the front of
the book. These are just a few
of the projects ? and as the
chapters give you an idea of
what sort of age and occasion,
there should be something for
everyone. Each design is fully
charted, with clear instructions
for the cross stitch and the
making up. Some of the designs
use plastic or waste canvas,
so you also have a chance to
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