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The World of Cross Stitching — April 2018

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BEST FOR TIPS, VALUE & STUNNING DESIGNS
Chinese dragon
to test your skills
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EASY-TO-USE
PATTERNS,
IDEAS &
ADVICE
S INSIDE
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MOTHER’S P.76
DAY CARDS
SO PRETTY!
BEAUTIFUL
blooms!
Colourful fish Wall art for kids Cuddly koalas Spring florals Bluen Li&brawryh:it40e+�mtyotleifs!
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STITCH THE ADORABLE MITTENS & CYRIL P.20
Be ins�ired...
Thread up your nee�e and delight in our
easy-to-use patterns, perfect f� beginners
� m�e experienced �titchers alike
Welcome Letter
Welcome
pring has sprung! The flowers are starting to peek
through and the garden is full of birdsong. We’ve
packed this issue with fresh new projects to
herald the start of spring. The star of the show is Claire
Comerford’s oh-so-pretty bouquet of daffodils (p10)
– sure to bring the brighter weather into your home.
Continuing the springtime theme, we have a set of
two topiary designs from Amanda Gregory (p72).
Make a beautiful hanging featuring a tall hedge with a
pop of yellow colour, or a quick-finish floral card.
This issue is filled with cute characters that can
be made up into the perfect Mother’s Day gift or card –
there’s a collection of sweet card designs and gift tags
on page 76, we’re reunited with best pals Mittens and
Cyril (p20), there’s a trio of sweet animals on page 59,
and Cookie Bear returns in a delightful greeting card
design in our free gift.
If you want to take your stitching to the next level,
then our Stitcher’s Challenge is an intricate Chinese
dragon design by Lesley
Teare (p26) and don’t
miss the cuddly koala
portrait on page 84 to
truly test your skills!
Happy stitching,
Pick
of the
month
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72
The World of Cross Stitching
MUCH MORE THAN A MAGAZINE…
Meet �ome � our designers...
JENNY VAN DE
WIELE
Jenny’s bright hoop
designs are a brilliant
beginner project and
will make a fun
decoration for any kid’s
bedroom. See page 68.
RHONA NORRIE
Inspired by Delft pottery,
Rhona has created a
stunning blue and white
Design Library on page
47, filled with motifs to
make cards, gifts and
mini home décor makes.
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AMANDA GREGORY
Bring the outdoors
in with Amanda’s
gorgeous topiary floral
gift set – the perfect
springtime gift for a
green-fingered friend.
See page 72.
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In Your Issue
Contents
YOUR
FREE
GIFT!
We bring you all the best projects, advice,
news and offers for the month ahead!
Turn to
page 8
Stitch this
adorable Cookie
Bear greeting
card kit
26
CREATE AN INTRICATE
DRAGON DESIGN
© Design by Gill Cooper via Image Source 2018
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P�ojects
10 In full bloom
Stitch a spring bouquet of flowers
20 Sweet like roses
Enjoy the adorable Mittens & Cyril
26 Power and nobility
An intricate Chinese dragon design
38 The cat’s meow
Delight at our feline-themed ABC
47 Design Library: Blue & white
Delftware-inspired motifs for you
59 Pretty posies
Stitch a trio of sweet animal cards
62 Catch of the day
Colourful Portuguese-style fish
68 Adventure awaits
Fun hoop designs for beginners
72 Keep it neat
Gift these elegant topiary designs
76 You’re the best
Cards and tags for Mother’s Day
84 Hanging down under
Bring a koala duo to life in stitches
76
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MOTHER’S DAY CARD
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DESIGN LIBRARY:
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Fun & advice
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Meet our guests
Say hello to this month’s panel
Your letters
Stitchy gossip & photos from you
Best buys
The latest products, kits & offers
Ask the experts
Our pros solve your queries
Out & about
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Crossword
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Reader story
Stitching as a therapeutic hobby
Next month
What’s coming in issue 266?
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The World of Cross Stitching 5
Be on
the panel!
Reader Panel
Meet our guests
Get a sneak preview
Appear in the magazine
Receive a stitchy gift
Get to know this month’s reader panel, and look out for their favourite projects throughout the issue
Michelle
Lewis
Keryn
Rivett
is a beauty
sales rep from
Lancashire
How did you start stitching?
I started stitching 15 years ago when
I was a care assistant and a lady
introduced me to stitching.
Fave cross stitch designer?
Bothy Threads – I especially adore
their fairy-tale range.
Who do you like to stitch for?
I love to stitch for my children.
Favourite design in WOXS?
I loved all of the projects in issue 250,
especially ‘Prancing Pony’.
Proudest stitching moment?
My proudest moment was presenting
my father with a Titanic piece I made
him for his 60th
birthday. Sadly, he
passed away last year
so now it has been
returned to me where
it hangs proudly on
my wall.
is studying and
from Australia
Fave stitchy project?
I really enjoyed stitching
‘Four Geishas’ by Joan Elliot
– the colours and patterns
were beautiful.
Fave WOXS design?
I love ‘Ocean Beauty’ from
issue 259! I snorkel at our
local beach and seahorses
have weaved in between my fingers!
What is your idea of cross
stitch heaven?
Stitching for hours, but not feeling
guilty about not doing other things!
What do you love most about
stitching?
I call it drawing with threads. I never
cease to be amazed at how stitches
and threads can create intricate art.
Best stitching compliment?
My craft girlfriends are just lovely and
so encouraging.
“French knots
drive me mad”
“I stitch for
people I love”
We need you!
To be on the panel, email readerpanel@cross-stitching.
com – tell us your name, where you’re from and include
a good quality photo of yourself. Every panellist gets a
preview of the magazine and a gift worth at least £30!
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Melanie
Hughes
is retired and
from Canada
Favourite designer?
I really like Teresa Wentzler,
Amy Stewart and Gorjuss. My
stash is varied and extensive.
What is your idea of
cross stitch heaven?
Everything would be free
and I would never make any
mistakes. We can dream, right?
Favourite recent design?
My favourite design is ‘Ocean Beauty’
by Lesley Teare in issue 259. I love the
colours and the look of this design.
Proudest stitching moment?
Finishing the ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven’
pattern for my friend. Her dog was
very ill so I wanted her to have it
before he passed away.
Best compliment?
My mum was astounded by ‘Tulip
Trio’ that I stitched for her. She
thought it was a painting!
“It’s exciting
to start a
new pattern”
Gift
worth
£33!
THANKS! This month’s panel
members each get a bundle of
thread goodies from Madeira worth
£33 in total, including a fab thread
cutter and five packs of metallic
threads in various colours!
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Free This Month
Your FREE gift!
You’ll love stitching this oh-so-sweet Cookie Bear greeting card kit – perfect for any occasion
Cookie Bear key
Cross stitch in two strands
Z
white
W
black
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dark tan
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tan
h
light tan
;
cream
m
light pink
b
pink
t
dark pink
Half cross stitch in two strands
V
dark pink
Backstitch in one strand
––––– black
STITCH COUNT 35 high x 25 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count
evenweave) – 6.5x4.5cm (2 x1 in)
This design was stitched using stranded cotton
from your coverkit
Factb�
Stitch
for any
occasion
Stitching Time
Approx. 4 hours
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, fractionals,
half cross stitch, backstitch
Ease of Stitching
Beginner
© Design by Gill Cooper via Image Source 2018
Inside your kit...
To help you sort your threads, here is a list of the colours
and number of lengths inside your free kit:
white x 1
black x 2
dark tan x 2
tan x 4
light tan x 3
cream x 2
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light pink x 2
pink x 2
dark pink x 2
Total: 20 lengths
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Free This Month
How to...
mount your
aperture card
Meet the designer
1 After you have gently washed and pressed
your finished cross stitching, carefully trim around
your stitched piece with a pair of sharp fabric
scissors. You’ll want to leave a border of at least
seven squares of aida around Cookie Bear, as this
will make it much easier to stick onto the card.
2 Next, turn the card over and stick strong
double-sided tape all around the edge of the
aperture. We use this strong tape, sometimes
called ‘redline’ tape due to the red plastic backing
film. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of it, as it’s
important to make sure your stitching is secure.
GILL COOPER
3 Place the card aperture over your cross
stitched piece. Make sure the edges of your design
are evenly spaced in the aperture, as you’ll want
Cookie Bear to be nice and central. When you’re
happy with how it’s positioned, insert a few pins
into the fabric to mark the aperture edges.
“I have so much fun creating
Cookie Bear designs – he’s such an
adorable character! Sipping tea and
eating cake, Cookie Bear can’t wait
to wish your lucky recipient a very
special greeting! It’ll be a treat for
you to watch this lovable bear come
to life with each stitch!”
4 Add more of the strong double-sided tape
to the extra card flap and then carefully stick
it to the back of the card aperture to secure
your stitching inside. Glue is best avoided as it
can cause the card to pucker. Then send your
finished make with love to someone special!
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NEXT MONTH:
SPRING BIRDIE!
LEELA,
DESIGNER
Don’t miss out on next month’s
free spring birdie greeting card kit!
Get to the shops on 22 February
to pick up your copy of issue 266,
or subscribe and the mag will be
delivered to your door. Find
this month’s fab moneysaving subscription
Turn to
offer over on page 44!
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to subscribe
Cute stitches are
always fun to do
but Cookie Bear
really is irresistible!
I think this card
would be simply
perfect for my teadrinking friend’s
birthday next
month. This is such
a quick card to
cross stitch!
The World of Cross Stitching 9
Project Daffodil Vase
DESIGN BY CLAIRE COMERFORD
In full
bloom
Shake off those winter blues and brighten up your day
with a bouquet of spring sunshine
or many gardeners, spring is
their favourite time of year.
After those long winter months,
seeing carefully planted bulbs
sprouting tiny green shoots from the
earth is a sign that warmer weather
– and the first flowers of the season –
are on their way.
If you miss that subtle signal,
however, don’t worry – one
particular species of flora will soon
be trumpeting its arrival! Cheery and
colourful, the delightful daffodil is
Britain’s quintessential spring flower,
and is captured here in lifelike detail
alongside a selection of seasonal
favourites. From each carefully shaded
petal down to the stems submerged
in water, every aspect of this radiant
F
Factb�
Stitch
realistic
detail
Stitching Time
Approx. 35 hours
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, fractionals,
half cross stitch, backstitch,
French knots
Ease of Stitching
Intermediate
still life has been perfectly captured
in a variety of different stitches. Using
fractionals, French knots and more,
in an uplifting selection of thread
shades, you’ll be able to grow your
own version of these beauties – no
green fingers needed!
Meet the designer
Claire Comerford
Filling a vase with freshly cut flowers is an
easy way to give your home an instant lift.
Adding vibrant colour and beauty, I’d
love to have them on display all year
round, and now I can!
10 The World of Cross Stitching
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Daffodil Vase Project
BRIGHTEN
UP YOUR
HOME
Stitch a floral display
that’s so realistic,
even the bees and
butterflies won’t
be able to tell
the di�erence!
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The bright colours in the Daffodil Vase
design by Claire Comerford make such a
pretty picture. I would love to stitch this for
my mother-in-law – I think she would be
delighted to receive it.
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Your letters
We love to see what you’ve been stitching
and hear your news, so send in your
photos, letters and tips today!
HANNAH
LEELA
SUE
Star Letter
BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS
T
hought I’d share my stitching with
you all, even though I may have
done it the wrong way round!
I found the frame and fell in love
with it but the challenge then was to
find something that would fit inside
it! Cue The World of Cross
Stitching! After looking
through the Design Libraries
in my back issues, I came
across the perfect design
from issue 217!
I’m really pleased with
the end result.
Kim White, Co. Durham
Hannah: What a lovely
finished project, Kim. We love
the idea of finding a frame first,
then looking through back issues
for a design to fit. Our Design Libraries
are handy for small motifs like this one.
Intricate details
I
have just finished my latest cross stitch project, ‘The Gypsy
Queen’ by Mirabilia Designs*, and wanted to share it with you.
I really enjoyed all of the beading and gold thread, and although
it was very challenging I am not sure if the next cross stitch
project can top this one.
Nadine Thomas, via email
Leela: Wow! What a stunning design, Nadine! I can see why
you wanted to share ‘The Gypsy Queen’ with us. We’re glad
you enjoyed working with beading and gold thread – these are
techniques that I find tricky with my stitching!
Beautiful blooms
Kim found a frame but
then needed to fill it!
Win!
Our Star Letter writer
wins this new range of cross
stitch kits by Genny Haines
called ‘Three Little
Prize
Pigs’, and a ‘Bouncing
worth
Buddies’ chart pack,
£54!
all from Goldleaf
Needlework*.
MORE:
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Intricate details
Nadine enjoyed the
beading and goldwork
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Speedy
stitching
QUILTING MASTERPIECE
I
thought that your readers might like to see the cross
stitch picture that I recently finished. I like to learn new
things and as I developed my cross stitch skills I quickly
progressed to Paula Vaughan’s complex ‘May’ quilt design
which I worked on 28-count linen and which contains 62
shades of threads!
I know that I like to see what other readers of The World
of Cross Stitching have been working on, so I hope that you
too will enjoy seeing the results of my efforts.
Josephine Keading, Arley
I
recently donated a prize
of a personalised cross
stitch design to a local fete.
The winner was delighted,
and asked if she could have
the mermaid design I offered
stitched with the letter ‘G’.
She also asked if she could
have it finished in time for her
daughter’s birthday which was
in 18 days!
Here I am on day 18 with
the completed design, ready
to be gifted to the winner.
Julie Moore, via email
Hannah: What a masterpiece, Josephine! I love Paula
Vaughan’s nostalgic designs. This pattern is from the ‘Quilts
for all Seasons’ cross stitch collection which captures the
beauty of each month of the year. Stitching on linen, as you
have done, adds to the feeling of nostalgia in this design.
Sue: That’s such a lovely idea,
Julie, to offer a personalised
cross stitch design as a prize.
It must have been challenging
to stitch the piece so quickly,
particularly with all of the
intricate beading worked
into the design. I’m sure the
winner’s daughter was thrilled
to receive such a thoughtful,
personalised gift.
Family stitching
Lane’s sister loved receiving
this piece for her 50th birthday
FAMILY
STITCHING
Quilting masterpiece
This nostalgic quilt design
captures the month of May
In loving memory
I
Speedy stitching
Julie had to stitch extra fast to finish
the design in time for the winner
Perfect
P�esent
just wanted you to see my project that I’ve stitched for my
brother and sister-in-law for their 10-year-old Staffordshire
bull terrier named Zac. Sadly, Zac passed away recently and my
picture has brought them great comfort at a time when they
miss him terribly. They say the likeness to when Zac was younger
and in top form is uncanny and I
captured his essence so completely.
In loving memory
Lynn’s stitching brought
Our stitching sometimes has a greater
comfort to her family after
purpose than even
their dog passed away
we who do the
stitching realise. I
feel blessed that I’ve
been able to give
them a memory to
keep to remember
Zac, who they loved
so much.
Lynn Hind,
via email
Leela: A truly
heartfelt piece.
We’re so glad
your stitching has
brought comfort to
your family, Lynn.
I
n the ‘Best Buys’
section of issue 259
you featured ‘Jewels of
the Orient’ by Dimensions
Gold Collection*. Here is
my recent finish of this
design which I completed
for my sister’s 50th
birthday. This kit stitches
beautifully and the colours
really complement each
other. I enjoyed every
moment of it and would
happily stitch it again.
I am really proud of
this project and my sister
loved it too. She is the
person who taught me to
cross stitch 25 years ago
when I was 10, so it was a
special thing between the
pair of us.
I love my subscription
and will look forward to
the next issue.
Lane Line, via email
Sue: It’s so nice that you
and your sister share a
passion for cross stitch
– it’s fitting that you
stitched a design as her
birthday present. I can see
why she loves it, this is a
truly stunning piece!
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Over to You
A stitchy reputation
M
A warm glow
This is Ute’s first
project for herself
y mum is crazy about cross stitching
A reputation
and has hundreds of issues of The
Jehaad’s mum loves to
personalise projects
World of Cross Stitching, so it is safe to
say she is a cross stitch fanatic! She’s been
making cards for friends and family for various occasions, but
recently many people have been requesting personalised ones for
themselves. My mum never copies the exact designs – she gets
the idea and edits them on graph paper, which she loves doing.
The dining table is full of her work, which is annoying when
trying to have dinner, but the best thing of all is how strict she is
when it comes to using her ‘cross stitch scissors’!
Thank you so much for your help and support and I hope you
like my mum’s cross stitch work.
Jehaad Khalid, via email
Stunning
sampler
Sue: Thanks for sharing your mum’s work with us, Jehaad. It
looks like she’s created a fab collection of personalised designs.
H
A warm
glow
Ah-ah-achoo
It’s worthwhile returning
to our UFO projects
Leela: Your granddaughter
and her birth sampler are both
beautiful, Stephanie! Please
do share more of your designs
for Amelia with us.
I
don’t usually like pictures
of myself, but a friend
has taken this one showing
me with my newest project,
‘Friendship Cottage’, designed
by Thomas Kinkade. I’ve made
so many cross stitch pictures
and cards for friends and
family, but never someting
for myself. This one is mine!
I like the warm glow of the
windows and the colourful
flowers and trees in this
design. It’s so beautiful, it
makes me smile. It helps me to
cope when I’m at home and in
pain due to my illness. Thank
you for all the love and work
you put into your magazine.
I’m living in Germany, but I
always circle the day on the
calendar when a new issue of
the magazine is available.
Ute Neuenfeldt,
via email
Hannah: Thanks so much
for sharing your finished
project with us, Ute, and for
including a picture of yourself!
We always love seeing our
stitchers with their work.
I agree with you – I love to
stitch for friends and family,
but between birthdays,
weddings and Christmas, I
struggle to find time to stitch
for myself. I love this design
by Thomas Kinkade and
you’ve done a fantastic job at
stitching it!
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ere is my granddaughter
Amelia with her birth
sampler I stitched for her. It’s
designed by Vervaco* and was
a pleasure to stitch. Amelia is
eight months old – I’ve many
more projects planned for her.
Stephanie Riley, Lancs
AH AH ACHOO!
H
ere is a picture of my latest project. This kit became
a UFO (Unfinished Object project) so took a while to
finish. My husband bought me this ‘Achoo!’ cross stitch
kit by Dimensions* two years ago. I finally found time to
complete it after recuperating from a stint in hospital. It is
my favourite design I have ever completed. I hope you like it.
Toni Boyes, York
Hannah: We love this sweet puppy design by Dimensions.
Your project is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face, Toni.
Su�Stars
Stunning sampler
Baby Amelia is posing here with her
birth sampler stitched by Stephanie
Each month we randomly
select three subscribers to
win a prize as a thank you
This month’s winners are:
WORTH
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Jane Heasman, Basingstoke
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Dolores Thomson, Greenock
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Denise Pounder, Newmarket
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This issue’s Subs Stars will each be receiving this beautiful
bloom craft bag– perfect for keeping all your stitching
projects safe and sound! To be in with a chance of
winning next month, all you have to do is subscribe!
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Over to You
A cross
stitch tip
H
ere is picture of your
free gift in issue 257. I
punch holes in the side of the
magazine page next to the
list of colours and then string
the threads next to the colour
before I start the project.
Rose Houser, Ohio
Hannah: What a great idea,
Rose! Thanks for sharing your
handy tip with us and our
readers – this is an excellent
way to keep track of your
thread shades as you stitch.
Stitching the bullseye
Easter
treats dartsWe’re
sure Sheila’s
Hanna
fivelove
cards
playingstitched
friend will
for
her favourite
friends
receiving
this design
STITCHING THE BULLSEYE
H
ere is a cross stitch that I completed
for my darts-playing friend. I hope you
like it!
Sheila Byers, via email
Sue: Thanks for sharing your design with
us, Sheila – we do like it! I hope your dartsloving friend appreciated the effort you put
into stitching this very detailed design. It
will look fab hung on the wall.
This dartboard pattern is from a Sheena
Rogers cross stitch kit and I really like the
decorative elements added around the
edges of the board – the scores, darts,
patterned flights and dart tips.
Taking cross stitch requests
E
ver since my four-year-old daughter,
Grace, saw me knitting she was forever
asking me to make things for her. I then
took up cross stitching about a year and
a half ago and the same thing occured! I
have stitched several Mouseloft projects
for her bedroom and recently I completed
this My Little Pony piece. Grace watched it
progressing and was so excited each time a
pony was completed. I was looking forward
to making something for myself but Grace’s
next order has already been placed for a
Disney Frozen cross stitch picture!
Thank you for such an inspiring
magazine. I look forward to receiving my
copy each month for a good read.
Liz Westrup, via email
Leela: Your daughter looks so pleased
with her My Little Pony picture, Liz! Thank
you for sharing it with us. Grace must be
so proud to have a mum who can stitch
special pictures just for her! We like the
frame you’ve chosen for this piece, it adds
depth to the characters and I’m sure it will
look fab displayed in Grace’s room.
I hope you’re able to find the time to
start stitching for yourself again,
but it really is such a lovely feeling
Cross stitch requests
when your stitching is appreciated Liz’s daughter has kept her busy
stitching pictures for her room
by others.
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Project Sweet Pals
STITCH
FOR
SOMEONE
SPECIAL
You won’t be able
to resist stitching
these sweet animal
chums – they’ll
bring a smile to
anyone’s face!
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Sweet Pals Project
DESIGN BY GILL COOPER
Sweet
like roses
Our super-cute friends Mittens and Cyril are back! This
adorable scene will make a perfect present
e’re pleased to welcome back
the oh-so-sweet Mittens the
kitten and his bushy tailed
friend Cyril the squirrel! With Mittens’
paws filled with a beautiful bouquet
of roses, we can just imagine Cyril’s
delight at receiving this gift from his
bestest pal.
This sentimental scene is perfect
for those with a little experience
who want to take their stitching to
the next level. A range of techniques
are used to create a painterly effect,
including half stitches to add subtle
shading, fractionals to bring detail
to the duo’s faces, and backstitch in
both one and two strands.
Stitched on 14-count white
aida, the final design measures
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backstitch
detail
Stitching Time
Approx. 20 hours
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, fractionals, half
cross stitch, backstitch
Ease of Stitching
Advanced beginner/
intermediate
14.5x22.5cm (5 x8 in) and will look
fantastic mounted in a simple white
wooden frame.
Whether making this design for
yourself or as a gift for someone
special, the adorable pals are sure to
brighten up any home.
Meet the designer
Gill Cooper
“It was a joy to create a new endearing scene
with Mittens and Cyril. I’m sure you won’t be
able to resist stitching these cute characters
and I hope they bring a warm glow to
everyone who stitches or receives them.”
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How to...
stitch with
light threads
This design uses lots of light thread shades, particularly to stitch
Mittens, the flowers and shading. To make sure the softer hues really
shine, keep your threads looking their best. We recommend that
you always wash your hands before you start stitching and cover up
your WIP between sessions to keep the dust off. If you can, add the
palest threads last so they don’t get grubby while you stitch. Finally,
handwash and press the design for the perfect finish.
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Keryn READER PANEL
I would frame this ‘Sweet as
Roses’ design in a white shabby
chic frame and keep it safe with
my other ‘waiting for a greatnephew or great-niece’ projects,
along with the crochet baby
shawl I’ve made!
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birthday, anniversary
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Mittens and Cyril are
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yellow
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mauve
pink
light mauve
grey
light grey
black
dark green
dark green
STITCH COUNT 79 high x 124 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –
14.5x22.5cm (5 x8 in)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton
TOP TIP
Before
you start,
your thread arrange
s on
sorter for ea to a
se of
stitching
Shopping list
Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring
30x38cm (11 x15in)
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Size 24 tapestry needle
Frame of your choice with a minimum
aperture of 18x26cm (7x10 in)
Thread & fabric cost
Approximately £20
*For stockists see page 90
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Shop & Stitch
Our Best Buys
All the hottest cross stitch must-haves for your shopping list,
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Spring is here
THE
PICK OF
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MONTH
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£22
£16
Spring is here
Choose from the super-sweet Genny
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£15
oldleaf Needlework*
have long worked with
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all things spring! Featuring
adorable animals that are just
bursting with personality,
these designs can be bought as
charts or full kits depending on
your preference. Collect these
to decorate a nursery, or pick
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you’re bound to enjoy. Shown
here are ‘Bouncing Buddies – A
Cracking Spring Day’, which
measures 16x11cm (6x4 in);
‘Peek-a-boo! The Three Little
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ake up your stitchy
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Priced at £2.95, per
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Wrapped with love
Wrap handmade gifts with ‘Pink
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ake a look at this fantastic new release from designer
Durene Jones. ‘Welcome Baby’ is filled with inspiring
stitches for new arrivals and children. With over 50 new
designs that take advantage of Durene’s signature style,
you’ll be able to create your own personal samplers, cards and
gifts from charts that are a joy to stitch. Inside you’ll discover
teddy bears, cute kids, animals and much more – pick up a copy
from Tuva Publishing* at your local bookshop.
£8.95
WRAP IT UP
MISS DARCEY
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f you’re looking for a more
modern way to finish
your cards, try adding some
trendy baker’s twine instead
of ribbon – we especially love
this vibrant selection which
is available at Pipii*. These
shades of teal, sky blue, spring
green and more are made of
100% cotton and each roll
measures 18-20 metres.
£
3
ea
ch
£3.84
BIRD BOX
C
raft designer Angela
Poole* has just launched
her Etsy site, selling fun and
personalised cross stitch
designs as instant PDF
downloads. ‘Sweet Spring
Birdhouse’, shown here, is
our favourite so far – but
keep your eyes peeled for her
customisable dinosaurs that
are likely to be a huge hit with
aspiring palaeontologists!
he popular Elegance
range by John Clayton
for Heritage Crafts* features
beautiful female characters
with a touch of class.
The newest addition to
the Elegance range is ‘Darcey’
(JLDY1429) – a harpist dressed
in a stunning emerald gown!
These fantastic kits come
with Zweigart fabric, DMC
stranded cottons sorted on
to numbered cards, a needle,
clear charts and instructions.
With a finished size of
26.5x39cm (10 x15 in), the
design is perfect for framing
above a mantlepiece or giving
as a truly special gift.
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OFFER
‘H
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are a pair of vibrant
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kit measures 37.5x10cm
(14 x4in) and comes
with Zweigart fabric,
pre-sorted DMC threads,
a needle, chart and
instructions. Both patterns
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adding a splash of paisley to our crafts and homes
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Back your card stitching with
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£28.60
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Try this ‘Indian Paisley Swirl’
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Project Chinese Dragon
DESIGN BY LESLEY TEARE
Power and
nobility
Bring a touch of magic into your home with this Chineseinspired dragon design, with striking gold accents
he dragon is a legendary
creature in Chinese mythology
and folklore dating back
thousands of years. It symbolises
power and good luck, and makes a
stunning piece to stitch and display in
your home.
Lesley Teare’s design of this noble,
legendary animal uses vibrant thread
shades to illustrate the dragon’s
reptile-like scaly body, spiky claws and
sweeping tail.
As you enjoy our Stitcher’s
Challenge pattern for this issue, you’ll
work whole cross stitches, fractionals
and backstitch. This is stitched
onto 28-count pearl-flecked white
evenweave which, we’re sure you’ll
agree, adds a subtle sparkle to the
T
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Practise
with
metallics
Stitching Time
Approx. 50 hours
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, fractionals,
backstitch
Ease of Stitching
Intermediate
piece. An intricate border is stitched
using Kreinik* gold metallic thread to
create a truly mystical scene.
Mount in an eye-catching red
frame to finish. Follow our simple
‘How to’ on page 32 to learn how
to customise frames to suit your
completed designs.
Meet the designer
Lesley Teare
“The vibrant colours found in Eastern
culture are so inviting – and they translate
exceptionally well to cross stitch. This design
is inspired by the dancing dragon from the
annual Chinese New Year festivities.”
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Chinese Dragon Project
STITCHER S
CHALLENGE
Join in with the
Chinese New Year
celebrations in
February by stitching
this mesmerizing
masterpiece
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Project Chinese Dragon
Shopping list
Zweigart* 28-count pearl flecked
white evenweave measuring 45x50cm
(17 x19 in)
Stranded cotton and Kreinik* metallic
thread as listed in the key
Size 26 tapestry needle
Frame of your choice with a minimum
aperture of 30x36cm (11 x14 in)
Thread & fabric cost
Approximately £28
*For stockists see page 90
TOP TIP
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slightly sho ads, cut a
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STITCH COUNT 136 high x 172 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –
24.5x31cm (9 x12 in)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x702 (leaf green), 2x907 (green)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton and
Kreinik #4 braid on 28-count evenweave over two threads of
the fabric
32 The World of Cross Stitching
Keryn READER PANEL
My mum loves dragons and I think she’d
like this design. Using metallic thread can be
challenging, but I find that if you go slow
with your stitches, have short thread lengths
and talk to yourself a lot, it’s fine!
How to... customise
your frame
You will need a non-water
based paint (such as a
latex- or oil-based paint), a
paintbrush, primer, and a
newspaper. Select a paint
colour to coordinate with
your stitching – we chose
this rich red to compliment
the design but gold or
green would also work well. Cover your surface with newspaper to
protect your table or floor. First, apply the primer to ensure that the
proper colour is achieved. Next, paint the wood, taking care to paint
in the same direction on each piece of wood so that the finished
appearance is consistent. You may need to apply more than one coat
of the paint for an even finish. Make sure you allow time for each
coat to dry before applying the next. Once the last coat is completely
dry, your frame is now ready for mounting your stitching.
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CONTENTS
34 IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Kate from Lakeside
Needlecrafts talks SALs
35 WISHES GRANTED
Jenny’s designed a
Weimaraner for Marian
36 FRIENDLY ADVICE
Help from fellow stitchers
on how to stitch neatly
Fiona Baker
Heather Nugent
Jenny Barton
Hannah Kelly
Katriel Costello
Fiona is our Technical
Editor so she’s all
ready to answer your
problems on all things
stitch and chart related
Heather is our Charting
Assistant and is on
hand to answer any
technical stitching
questions you have
Design pro Jenny has
been creating projects
for us for years and is
ready to take on your
design challenges
All set to hunt down
those elusive charts
and products, Hannah’s
here to find shopping
answers that you need
Stitching guru Katriel
has worked in the
industry for years, so
has ample knowledge
to answer any queries
Mr & Mrs
My friend is getting
married soon and I really
want to stitch her a Tatty
Teddy bride and groom design
I saw some time ago.
However, I can’t buy the kit
anywhere now, and have
found out that it has been
discontinued. Do you know
where I can still find the old
kits from this range?
Catherine Maidment, via
email
Q
Hannah says: I’m
afraid Anchor
discontinued their Tatty Teddy
licence some time ago, so it’s
unlikely you’ll find these still
A
Mr & Mrs
You can now buy Tatty
Teddy charts from DMC*
Bead sizing conundrum
What size Mill Hill seed beads are used in the ‘Fabulous
feathers’ owl pattern by Shannon Wasilieff in issue 256?
When I came to buy them, there appear to be two sizes.
Shiri Cain Hayes, via Facebook
Q
36 TECHNIQUE FOCUS
Choosing thread colours
when attaching beads
37 DESIGN ROUND-UP
A collection of kits and
charts for cat lovers
available in stores. However,
you might still find them from
third-party sellers, such as on
eBay. DMC* obtained the
licence for Tatty Teddy about
three years ago though, and
now produce their own range
of kits including this ‘Mr &
Mrs’ (BL1082/72) design,
which could be a great
alternative to the one you
previously found from
Anchor. It measures 25x20cm
(9 x7 in) when stitched on
the supplied 14-count aida,
and you could personalise the
back of the cart with your
recipient’s name and wedding
date too. I’m sure your
bride-to-be friend will love it!
Bead sizing conundrum
It’s useful to check how many
beads you need for a project
before buying the bead packs
Heather says: Mill Hill* seed beads only come in the
single size of 2.5mm, but there are different types of beads
available in their range, including the 2.25mm Magnifica beads
and 2mm Petite beads, for example. Some suppliers also sell
different sized packets of the beads, to give customers greater
choice for their needs, such as 2.85g packs (approx. 250 beads)
or 4.54g packs (approx. 500 beads). The owl pattern in issue 256
uses the regular size seed beads, although we’d recommend
buying the 4.54g packs, as there are over 250 of each colour
used to create this fabulously sparkly owl!
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Your Questions Answered
In the spotlight
KATE WORTHINGTON, LAKESIDE NEEDLECRAFTS
Join a stitch-along
I would love to take part in a SAL but
have no idea how I go about it.
Claire Trotter, via Facebook
Q
Kate says: A Stitch-Along (SAL) can
be a mystery or a fully shown pattern
which is released in stages to form a
complete design. It is usually based on a
particular theme and varies in the number
of parts. There are no deadlines to keep to,
so you can stitch at your own pace and
start at any time, but before it starts, a part
of it may be released as a ‘sneak peek’
indicating the style and theme. SALs enable
a lot of people to work together on a
A
design, supporting each
other with advice and
sharing techniques.
Lakeside Needlecraft* work
with fantastic designers and create
exclusive dyed fabric for each
design. Threads are also available
as a kit to make it even easier to get
started. We have a Facebook SAL
group (www.facebook.com/groups/
lakesideneedlecraft/) which is a fabulous
community, as well as a way for people
across the world to enjoy this great
hobby together. We have three SALs
currently running and one more about to
start from designer Durene Jones.
Red panda hunt
We recently
featured a red
panda design in
issue 264
Join a
stitchalong
SALs are a
fab way to
be a part of
the stitching
community
Lanarte chart needed
I was doing a ‘Beauty of Asia’ kit by Lanarte*, but put it
away when I had my baby, and now I’ve lost the chart for it.
I only need to finish the bottom half, so I don’t really want to buy
the whole kit again just for the chart. Where could I find one?
Kerry Trigg, via Facebook
Q
Katriel says: I’m afraid this pattern is discontinued and is
sadly no longer available. However, you could try posting
your request in our online forum at www.cross-stitching.com,
where you’ll find a great supportive community of fellow
stitchers. Please remember that making chart copies is prohibited,
but if someone were willing to give or sell you the original
version, then that’s no problem at all.
A
Madeira spiral packs
I wish that I could find the Madeira
stranded cotton in the packaging like
you send in the free gifts with your mags. I
find the packaging fascinating and would
like to get it here in the US.
Joseph Bordelon Jr, via Facebook
Q
On the hunt for a red panda
I’m looking for a small red panda chart I saw in a
magazine some time ago, but I’ve looked everywhere
and can’t find the issue or where it came from now. Please
could you help me find where I can buy a similar one?
Shainna Beaderstadt, via email
Q
Hannah says: This sweet little design from DearSukie*
on Etsy is available as a PDF instant digital download for
just $4.80 (approx. £3.55), as part of a set of ‘Cute Lion, Red
Panda and Giraffe’. The red panda itself measures 6x7cm
(2 x2 in) and lists just four DMC thread shades, meaning
you should have this little guy stitched up in no time. And
what’s more, you get a lion and giraffe chart as well, to
complete the set! Alternatively, we also featured a red panda
in our December issue (264) as our Wishes Granted design.
You can find back issues at www.buysubscriptions.com
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34 The World of Cross Stitching
Hannah says: The Madeira spiral
packs are definitely distinctive,
enabling easy and tangle-free handling, so I
can see why you want to buy more of
them. Unfortunately, we don’t have stockist
information for the US, but check out the
Madeira* website for a full list of stockists
near you for more information. Or you
could always purchase them through
third-party sellers, such as eBay, if you don’t
have a stockist nearby. Always look out for
reputable sellers, however, and check the
product descriptions carefully to find
genuine Madeira threads.
A
Madeira spiral packs
The Madeira spiral packs do make stitching much
easier by the way the thread is wound into the pack
www.cross-stitching.com
Your Questions Answered
Wishes granted
Request a design and our resident design
expert, Jenny, might just chart it for you…
In loving memory
Jenny has created this chart so Marian can remember Monty
Dear Jenny, please can
you design a chart of my
cousin’s dog – he was a
Weimaraner and recently
passed away. Monty was such
a loving dog, and it’d be great
to have a cross stitch picture of
him as I enjoy doing them.
Marian Wilde, West
Sussex
Q
says: Thanks for
A Jenny
your request, Marian. I
hope this design resembles
Monty. To stitch this chart
you’ll use whole cross stitches,
just a few fractionals and
backstitch for the outline.
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This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton
Please note: Jenny can only fit in fairly small designs and for copyright reasons she is unable to chart logos, or characters from films and TV.
Stitch-a-pic
STITCHING
I have a small religious
picture which I would
love to have enlarged and
work it in cross stitch.
Can you tell me who
could make me a chart
from my picture?
Josephine Pieraccini,
via email
Don’t forget to send all
your stitchy questions and
design requests in to us!
HELP!
Q
Hannah says: The
DMC* ‘Stitch-A-Photo’
set sounds perfect for this!
The kit contains an order
form and envelope for you
to send a copy of your
picture to DMC, and as
long as your image in
question isn’t
copyrighted,
they will
convert it
into a chart
to your
requested
size.
Email us at:
experts@cross-stitching.com
Write to:
Ask the Experts,
The World of Cross Stitching,
Immediate Media Co,
Tower House, Fairfax Street,
Bristol BS1 3BN
A
Stitch-a-pic
This DMC kit enables you to stitch
your favourite photo or picture
www.cross-stitching.com
Festive stitches
Stitch the adorable duo
with this Dimensions kit
Send in queries via Facebook too:
Adorable festive stitches
I’ve been looking for a
pattern with some
animals curled up together in
a Santa hat, but couldn’t find
it in time for this Christmas.
Could you help me track it
down for next year please?
Jacquliene Linting, via
Facebook
Q
Heather says: It
sounds like this is a
design from the Dimensions
range called ‘Christmas
Morning’ (SSN28207), and is
available from Stitcher*. These
cosy looking pals come as a kit
that includes everything you
need to stitch it for £14.65.
A
We will try and answer your
questions as soon as we can, but
if you’re working to a specific
deadline then do let us know!
The World of Cross Stitching 35
Your Questions Answered
QUICK
Friendly advice
Q&A
We asked our Facebook fans for their top advice for
those new to cross stitching – here’s what they said…
here can I find a VW
camper kit?
Kayleigh Princess
Weir, via Facebook
W
Theresa Chalmers:
Sort your threads before you
begin. Many kits provide
them pre-sorted, but if you’ve
bought your own threads,
it’s worth putting them into
a thread sorter (or a piece of
card with holes punched in it)
and label each colour.
Janice Peret: Make a
copy of your pattern and
highlight the stitches that are
complete as you go.
May Lacanilao: Fold
the fabric horizontally, then
vertically to find the centre
and start there.
Emma Punton-Li: Don’t
try to work with too long a
thread – it twists more easily
and loses its sheen by the
time you get to the end.
Vicky Singleton: Always
stitch in good light.
Faye Mulhern: Invest
in really sharp, good quality
craft scissors.
Nicola Smales: The first
cross stitch project I ever
did, I didn’t realise you were
supposed to only use two
strands of thread, not six!
Rebecca Ellis Use a
magnetic board to keep
the place in your chart so
you don’t have to mark on
your chart.
Lisa
Toner:
Let the needle hang from
time to time. This untwists
the threads and the stitches
lie flatter and look more even.
Cassie Ruth: Count,
count and count again!
Fiona McIntosh: Stitch
a grid onto the fabric before
you start
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and join in with the
chat. If you're lucky,
your tip might appear
here! Just log on to
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WorldofCrossStitching
and hit ‘like’ at the top!
TECHNIQUE FOCUS
KNOW
Fiona says: Mouseloft*
sell a selection of mini
campervan Stitchlet kits
(003-E02sml, 004-H01stl
and 004-K01stl),
which are all designed
using whole stitch and
backstitch only, for a
super speedy finish. These
colourful kits are priced
at just £1.44-£2.38 each,
and include 14-count
Zweigart aida, DMC
threads and a needle.
These are perfect for
beginners and make great
cards for campervan fans!
HOW
Thread colour decisions
I’m currently working on the pretty peacock
chart in issue 240 and was wondering what
colours to use to attach the beads?
From Tarren Green, via email
Q
Fiona says: Generally, it’s best to use a
thread the same colour as the fabric or the
stitches underneath the bead positions, although
some stitchers prefer to use a thread to match the
bead colour instead. If in doubt, you could always
use invisible thread too, which is the best of both
worlds! This super fine thread is available from
Hobbycraft* for just £2.20, and is perfect for
disguising your stitches. It would work particularly
well on a design like this peacock, where there
are beads on both the cross stitches and plain
white fabric too, so you wouldn’t need to keep swapping
the thread colours whilst beading.
Just use the invisible thread the same way as you would
normally, bringing your needle up where the bead needs
to be, then use the same technique as a cross stitch to
attach the bead (first ‘arm’ of the cross stitch to
position the bead, then the second ‘arm’ of the
Thread colours
Invisible thread gives a
stitch to secure it in place). This way your beads
should all lie perfectly in the same direction, and more professional look
they would appear to float on the fabric!
A
36 The World of Cross Stitching
Campervan kit
Stitchlet kits from Mouseloft
are fab for VW camper fans
lease could you tell
me where to
purchase the exact same
buttons as used on the
butterfly quilt in issues
253-255?
Carol Jansen via
email
P
Katriel says: We
found these buttons in
a local store, I’m afraid,
but it should be quite
easy to find a similar
style elsewhere. Always
Knitting & Sewing* sell
some Spotty Round
Buttons, for example,
which are available in 11
different colours, sold as a
pack of 5 for just £1.75.
www.cross-stitching.com
Your Questions Answered
Design round-up
Cats &
kittens
Enjoy stitching this collection of fur-filled charts
and kits for fans of all things feline…
GREAT VALUE
ADORABLE DESIGN
DREAM TIME
WELCOME
kitty snuggles up with
her favourite cushion
in this charming design
from Lesley Teare*. ‘Dream
Time’ (LJT074) is available
as a downloadable chart
from Lesley’s website. The
PDF chart is printed with
symbols and the design is
printed over six A4 pages.
Using mainly whole
cross stitch and
backstitch in 26
colours, the key gives
you the option of
stitching the pretty lace
detail in white or ecru.
A
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Page 1 of 6
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hat could be more adorable than this bundle of
fluff waiting for you when you get home?
‘Welcome’ is an Artecy chart available from Country
Designs*. It uses 72 DMC thread colours and is worked
in whole cross stitches from a black and white chart.
W
A:2
B:2
C:2
This
kit
Stitch count: 154 wide
by 98 high, 42 x32 cm
(16.9x12.9in) on 14-count
white aida
Cat No.
Notes
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074
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GORGEOUS DETAIL
MARVELLOUS MOGGIE
NAPPING KITTEN
BLACK AND WHITE
CAT
got to admire a cat’s ability to sleep
Y ou’ve
anywhere! Part of the Gold Collection from
Dimension, ‘Napping Kitten’ is available as a kit from
SewandSo* and is the perfect stitch to take you into
spring. Although every part of this design is stitched, it’s
medium in size so won’t take you too long. Stitch this
sleepyhead for a cat lover – he’s the ideal gift!
Stitch count: 90 wide by 126 high, 13x18cm (5x7in) on
14-count aida
vailable as a kit or a
chart only, this
oval-shaped design from
the John Stubbs collection
at Heritage Crafts* makes
an endearing stitch. If you
opt for a kit, you can pick
from aida or evenweave
to stitch on, and threads
come already sorted onto
an organiser for this
whole-stitches-only
design. There are also
ginger cat and tabby
portraits in the range.
A
£25.50
Stitch count: 111 wide
by 147 high, 26.5x20.5cm
(10 x8in) on 28-count
evenweave
£14.50
*For stockists see page 90
www.cross-stitching.com
The World of Cross Stitching 37
Project Cats ABC
DESIGN BY DURENE JONES
The cat’s
meow
Whether you’re a fan of Durene’s cute character designs
or just a lover of all things feline, this ABC is for you
ross stitch cat lovers need look
no further than this fur-filled
ABC for their next project! Full
of feline fun and frolics, Durene’s
humorous pussycat designs will make
an enjoyable stitch for any occasion.
We all know that cats can be
up to mischief one minute and fast
asleep on a chair the next! Each
letter of this alphabet is entwined
with a playful pussycat with a distinct
personality. From the kitty unravelling
a ball of yarn to the cat and mouse in
a stand-off, you can choose your fave
designs to go with your letters. You
can even change the colours of the
cats to match your own moggie.
Use Durene’s alphabet to
personalise gifts for cat-mad friends
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Add
backstitch
detail
Stitching Time
Approx. 2-3 hours per letter
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, backstitch
Ease of Stitching
Beginner
and family, or even for your kitty
herself! Why not stitch your cat’s
name to her favourite blanket?
Worked in just whole cross stitch
and backstitch only, these letters
will be simple to stitch whatever your
skill level, making this cute kitten
alphabet absolutely purrfect for cat
lovers everywhere!
Meet the designer
Durene Jones
“I love stitching cats, as you’ll know from the
regular Pet of the Month feature I create for
The World of Cross Stitching! It was fun to
add a little personality to these felines – some
are sleepy while others look cheeky!”
38 The World of Cross Stitching
www.cross-stitching.com
Cats ABC Project
SWEET
PLAYFUL
PATTERNS
Cute whiskers, long
tails and padded
paws make these
letters extra cute for
old and young alike
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Shopping list
Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring
10cm (4in) x desired width
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Size 24 tapestry needle
Apron of your choice from local stores
Thread & fabric cost
Approximately £16
*For stockists see page 90
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Melanie READER PANEL
This is a really handy ABC from Durene
Jones. I would stitch ‘ALICE’ from these
playful kitty designs and make something
for my granddaughter as she loves cats.
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displays and, of course, shopping
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ON SALE: THE WORLD OF CROSS STITCHING
Our April issue is filled with fab projects for you, including
Easter baskets, a Spring hanging, Venice-style carnival mask,
Easter Design Library, baby bears ABC, and much more! Plus,
enjoy your FREE spring bird card kit! See page 94 for more.
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WHER
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ear the spot
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once stood of the
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DESIGN LIBRARY
Blue & white style
STITCH STUNNING DELFTWARE
POTTERY INSPIRED MOTIFS
PORCELAIN
IDEAS
Enjoy this collection of classic blue and white designs
by Rhona Norrie, inspired by antique Delft pottery
42 quick-and-easy motifs Rhona Norrie’s design inspiration Stitches for every skill level
Helpful tips and advice Unique present ideas for your special someone
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HANDY DESIGN
PICTURE PERFECT
It’s easy to accessorise your kitchen with these blue and
white designs. Make a handy oven glove by patching
the floral motif (2) onto a store-bought oven mitt.
Mount this super-sweet motif of a boy and girl in
traditional Dutch clothes (33) into a 3in (8cm) hoop and
display in your home or gift it to someone special.
SAY IT IN STITCHES
CLASSIC DESIGN
Complement this simple floral design (13) with a
marine blue circle aperture card (AP54U-73) from Craft
Creations*, with button and blue ribbon detail.
You’ll never lose your scissors again! Stitch this pretty
motif (1), then make it into a handy scissor fob. See our
tutorial in the ‘How To’ category on our website.
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CATCH YOUR DREAMS
A PIECE OF CAKE
Make a sweet little hanging with this dreamcatcher
design (32). Make onto a Heart Wire Hanger with 3in
(8cm) dowel from The Craft Department*.
Wish a friend or loved one a happy birthday with this
delicate design (27). Patch onto patterned paper and a
white single-fold card (SF11U-30) from Craft Creations*.
A POT OF TEA
PERSONALISE IT
This simple teapot motif (19) would be a wonderful cake
topper. Stitch it onto plastic canvas and attach to
a lollipop stick, using food-safe glue.
Use the ABCs (10 and 20) and sweet cotton reel motif
(7) to personalise a needlecase – the perfect gift for a
crafty friend. Patch onto felt and add a button to close.
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I love the patterns on antique china –
they lend themselves particularly well to
cross stitch. In this collection of motifs,
I’ve drawn inspiration from the traditional
themes on Dutch Delftware pottery, as well
as more contemporary patterns.
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From yellow chicks and bouncing bunnies to
chocolate eggs and everything in between, your
next Design Library is a real celebration of all things
Easter! Get to the shops on 22 February to pick up
your copy of issue 266, or subscribe and the issue
will be delivered to your door. You’ll find this month’s
money-saving subscription offer on page 44.
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The World of Cross Stitching 55
Project Pet of the Month
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We know you’re huge fans of pets, so have us design a cross stitch of a beloved animal!
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I moved in with
my boyfriend,
Tony, in February. So
now my 12-year-old cat, Tabby (the grey
cat), has to live with Tony’s one-year-old
kitten, Rex (the black cat). At first they
didn’t like each other, but over time they
have settled down and become the best
of friends! I would love a chart of the two
of them sitting together so I could stitch
and frame it for my new house.
Sharon Dickinson, via email
Q
Durene says: Thank you for
writing in, Sharon, and I hope you
like the chart I’ve designed for you! It’s
wonderful that these two cats have now
become friends – I know it can be tricky
when they come from different homes.
These feline pals will be fairly quick
to stitch, in whole stitches and backstitch
with French knots for the eyes. I’ve also
incorporated blackwork, but you can easily
swap the thread colour to suit your décor.
Display yours in a small square frame on
the mantelpiece, or stitch cards to give to
family and friends as we have here!
Wishing you and your partner (and the
cats!) all the best in your new home.
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Fun facts about cats
• A cat can jump up to six times its
own height in a single bound.
• On average, a cat will spend twothirds of the day sleeping – meaning
a nine-year-old cat has only been
awake for three years of its life.
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• The first cat to go to space was
a French feline called Felicette (also
known as ‘Astrocat’) in 1963.
• The smallest cat on record is twoyear-old Mr Peebles, measuring just
15.5cm (6in) high and weighing 3lbs.
Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring
15x15cm (6x6in)
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Size 24 tapestry needle
Craft Creations* square single-fold card
(SCF06U) in purple (05) and Birthdays &
Party Wording Peel-Off Stickers (ZL549U)
in silver on lilac glitter (56)
Thread & fabric cost
Approximately £12
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Fluffy friends
Stitch a pair of
adorable guinea
pigs enjoying
their favourite
snack with
this ‘Lettuce
be Friends’
(2003419) kit
by Bothy Threads*, which includes
14-count speckled aida, a colour
chart, DMC threads and a needle.
This irresistably sweet design has
a finished size of 26x26cm
(10x10in) and costs £27.49.
Loyal companion
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black
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white
STITCH COUNT 44 high x 45 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –
8x8cm (3 x3 in)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton
Factb�
Perfect
weekend
project
Stitching Time
Approx. 5 hours
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, fractionals,
backstitch, French knots
Ease of Stitching
Intermediate
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Part of the
popular Animal
Portraits range
by Heritage
Crafts*, this
beautiful
‘Samuel
– Spaniel
Portrait’ cross
stitch kit comes
with a choice of 14-count aida
or 27-count evenweave and
measures 21x17cm (8x6 in) when
it’s finished. Stitch him and frame
in mahogany wood to showcase
this truly striking portrait.
Sweet pair
Worked in
whole stitches,
this expressive,
detailed portrait
of a snuggling
donkey duo
can be stitched
on 14-,16- or
28-count aida. ‘Donkey Pair in
Gray’ is available as a kit from
Yiotas XStitch*, which includes
the pattern, fabric, pre-sorted
threads, needle and instructions,
and is priced from £19.50.
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DESIGNS BY MAKIKO
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Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring
15x15cm (6x6in) for each design
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Size 24 tapestry needle
Craft Creations* square aperture cards
(AP10U) in white (30)
Pretty
posies
Thread & fabric cost
Approximately £14
*For stockists see page 90
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Send a friend or loved one a beautiful bunch of flowers
via the cutest animal courier with this characterful trio
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shades – try using
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bold bouquet.
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DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –
7.5x7cm (2 x2 in)
These designs were stitched using DMC stranded cotton
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Project Portuguese Fish
DESIGN BY POPPY BENNER
Catch of
the day
Fresh, folksy and fun, these colourful Portuguese fish
will be a joy to have in your home!
aking style cues from the vibrant
designs found on decorative
Portuguese tiles, these quirky
fish make the most delightful subject
to stitch! Each one is adorned in a
different pattern to the next, using
a striking combination of colours that
can’t help but catch your eye.
From the summery turquoise
and navy, echoing clear blue seas, to
the Mediterranean-inspired yellow,
green and purple, this project is rich
with summer sunshine. And, while
you could stitch them on crisp white
aida if you prefer, we think this soft
grey background sets off their zingy
palette perfectly.
Worked in whole cross stitches
only, these clever motifs are the ideal
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Whole
stitches
only
Stitching Time
Approx. 30 hours for the set
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch
Ease of Stitching
Advanced beginner
project to relax into, whether you’re
quite new to the craft, or a seasoned
expert. Stitch all four together to
brighten up your wall, or stitch an
individual chart and turn it into a
sweetly scented hanging following
our simple step-by-step instructions
on page 65. Either way, you’re sure to
have a swimmingly good time!
Meet the designer
Poppy Benner
“I like to use punchy, colourful patterns in
my work, and often look to other cultures to
find inspiration. I love the beautiful patterns
painted on Portuguese tiles and I think they
work perfectly in this coastal creation!”
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SOMETRY
NEW THING
WITH
Let this lively
project transport
you to sunnier
climes, all from
the comfort of your
cosy armchair!
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Zweigart* 14-count pewter (713) aida
measuring 38x31cm (15x12 in)
Zweigart* 28-count white evenweave
measuring 12x22cm (4 x8 in) per fish
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Size 24/26 tapestry needles
Backing fabric, stuffing and ribbon of your
choice from local stores
Frame and mount of your choice with a
minimum aperture of 25x19cm (9 x7.5in)
Thread & fabric cost
Approximately £24
*For stockists see page 90
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I like the set of all four
fish together, and would
frame the finished stitching
exactly how it is in the picture.
The bright colours and coastal
theme will match perfectly
with my seaside home!
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1 Back your stitched
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right side of the stitched
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3 Place the right side of
the stitched piece together
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the ribbon sandwiched in
between. Stitch all the way
around, leaving a small gap
to turn through.
4 Turn through and fill
the hanging with wadding,
then stitch the gap closed.
To make this into a scented
hanging, you could add
dried lavender or scented
beads to the wadding.
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Project Little Explorer Hoops
SIMPLE
TO STITCH
FOR KIDS
These fun designs
will delight your
budding explorers –
they’ll fall asleep
with dreams of
exciting adventures!
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Little Explorer Hoops Project
DESIGN BY JENNY VAN DE WIELE
Adventure
awaits
These bright hoop designs are brilliant for beginners and
will make a fun decoration for any kid’s bedroom
reate the perfect bedroom,
nursery or playroom for all
kinds of adventures and let your
child’s imagination run wild with this
set of two cross stitch hoops.
Designer Jenny Van De Wiele
has created these two hoop patterns
exclusively for you (and your little
explorer!). These beginner-friendly
designs are worked on 14-count
white aida in whole cross stitches,
with a minimal amount of backstitch,
so they’ll be a breeze to make and
shouldn’t take too long to be finished
and ready to display… assuming the
kids allow you time in your busy day!
This is a fantastic gift for a new
arrival or special birthday, and you
could customise the word in the
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Only two
stitches
needed!
Stitching Time
Approx. 6-8 hours each
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, backstitch
Ease of Stitching
Beginner
middle of the hoops to suit who
you’re giving them to – try adding
a name or initial in their favourite
colours for a personal touch.
No kid’s bedroom would be
complete without these inspiring and
colourful designs taking pride of place
on the wall. Encourage your little
explorer to dream big!
Meet the designer
Jenny Van De Wiele
“Growing up in New Zealand, my childhood
was spent outdoors exploring, so I was
thrilled to be asked to design these
adventure-themed patterns. I hope they
inspire your own little explorers!”
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STITCH COUNT 83 high x 83 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –
15x15cm (6x6in)
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Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring
30x30cm (11 x11 in) for each design
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Size 24 tapestry needle
7in wooden embroidery hoops from Siesta
Frames*
Iron-on interfacing for backing and ribbon
for hanging of your choice from local stores
Thread & fabric cost
Approximately £15
*For stockists see page 90
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a hoop
How to... use
as a frame
1 When stitched on 14-count aida,
these two circular designs will sit nicely
inside a 18cm (7in) hoop.
2 The first step is to handwash
your stitching, then press it (put a
fluffy towel on it before applying the
iron else you’ll crush your stitches).
Back the stitching with iron-on
interfacing to protect the threads.
3 Using fabric scissors, trim the
aida so your stitched piece has a 20cm
(8in) diameter – a little larger than the
hoop. If you’re worried about cutting
neatly, use a pair of compasses and
a fadeable fabric marker to draw the
circle before you cut.
4 Pop your stitching tightly in
the hoop with the screw at the top.
Thread a colourful ribbon through,
and it’s ready to hang!
The World of Cross Stitching 71
Project Topiary Gift Set
DESIGN BY AMANDA GREGORY
Keep
it neat
Master the art of topiary, using your needle and thread
to grow and shape these beautiful floral sculptures
he horticultural practice of
pruning evergreens into eyecatching shapes has been
around for centuries. Carefully
clipping foliage and twigs, ancient
Romans created detailed miniature
landscapes to adorn the atriums of
houses and villas – and now we can
do the same in stitching thanks to
these elegant topiary designs.
Make a beautiful wall hanging
with a tall hedge neatly trimmed
into three spherical shapes, or stitch
a singular version for a quick finish
– the perfect size for an all-occasion
card. Both feature a cheerful pop
of springtime colour courtesy of
the yellow flowers flourishing in
each bush (plus the yellow gingham
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Enjoy
clever
shading
Stitching Time
Approx. 40 hours for the set
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, fractionals,
backstitch
Ease of Stitching
Advanced beginner/
intermediate
backing), and are given depth and
definition through clever shading and
a scattering of fractionals.
Using just 14 thread colours for
the set, why not give both of the
designs a go? They’re the perfect gift
for a green-fingered friend!
Meet the designer
Amanda Gregory
“I really enjoy designing classic floral projects,
so this was a lovely way to put a new twist
on the more traditional garden scenes. You
get to stitch something a bit different, but the
flowers still add that lovely spring freshness.”
72 The World of Cross Stitching
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Topiary Gift Set Project
SUNNY
SPRING
BLOOMS
Bring the
outdoors in with
this gorgeous gift
set – much more
exciting than a
bunch of flowers!
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Project Topiary Gift Set
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Shopping list
Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring
45x22cm (17 x8 in) for the hanging and
10x15cm (4x6in) for the card
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Size 24 tapestry needle
Craft Creations* oblong single fold card
(SF04U) in white (30)
Backing fabric, medium weight iron-on
interfacing, 8in wooden dowel rod and
twine of your choice from local stores
Thread & fabric cost
80
70
60
Approximately £19
*For stockists see page 90
50
How to...
make a wall
hanging
1 Trim your finished stitching,
with a five-square border on all
edges and fraying three squares. This
will give your stitching a more rustic
apperance. Back your stitching with
medium weight iron-on interfacing.
2 Cut two panels of your chosen
backing fabric measuring 48x19cm
(19x7 in).
3 Pin your stitching to the right
side of the front panel, positioning
it 4.5cm (1 in) up from the bottom
edge and central vertically.
4 Machine or hand-stitch into
position using a matching
thread colour.
5 With right sides
facing, pin your front and
back panels together and
sew a 1cm ( in) seam
along three edges, leaving
the top edge open. Turn
through and press.
6 Turn a 4cm (1 in)
hem at the top and pin.
Sew this hem to create a
cylinder for the dowel.
To finish, insert an 8in
dowel rod and hang
using cord or twine.
74 The World of Cross Stitching
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The World of Cross Stitching 75
Project Mother’s Day Cards
DESIGN BY FIONA BAKER
You’re
the best
Treat your mum to a card that’s just as special as she is –
and don’t forget the matching tag for her gift!
here’s no need to spend lots
of money to show your mum
how much you care. Often, it’s
the little things that mean the most
– breakfast in bed, a posy of handpicked flowers, and, of course, a
hand-stitched card.
Just knowing you’ve taken a few
hours out of your week for her will be
sure to make her smile. But we have
included a gift tag in case you decide
to buy something extra!
Fiona’s designed four different
sets, each in a gorgeous girly style
that we’re sure your mum will love,
whatever her interests. There’s a
mouthwatering cake for the mum
with a sweet tooth, a sewing machine
for those as crafty as you, a bicycle
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for
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Approx. 2-5 hours each
Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, fractionals,
backstitch
Ease of Stitching
Beginner/advanced beginner
with a basket full of flowers, and the
cutest owl duo that’ll warm any heart.
Each pair of patterns is worked
using just a few thread shades, and is
suitable for all stitchers, so what are
you waiting for? Get started now, and
you could even fit in a second stitched
set for your mum’s birthday!
Meet the designer
Fiona Baker
“I really love designing cards and tags, and
relish the challenge of fitting as much detail
as possible within a small space. Hopefully
both you and your mum will get just as much
enjoyment from these sweet sets as I did!”
76 The World of Cross Stitching
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Mother’s Day Cards
Project
STITCH
A CARD
TO SHOW
YOU CARE
Indulge your
needle and thread
in these mini
makes, and put a
smile on mum’s
face too!
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Project Mother’s Day Cards
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Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring
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Size 24 tapestry needle
PDA* square single fold cards measuring
105x105mm in Colourplan – Lavender (221),
ColourSet – Pink Ice (264) and Vanguard –
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lovely would that be
in a tiny little frame
placed in a nook in
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ANSWERS TO CROSSWORD FROM ISSUE 264: ACROSS: 1 Scribble, 5 Fade, 8 Fawn, 9 Exhort, 10 Pit, 12 Harm, 13 Daredevil, 16 Reinforce, 17 Wish, 20 Lap, 22 Assume, 23 Oval, 24 Kiln, 25
Espresso. DOWN: 1 Snip, 2 Rafters, 3 Bewilder, 4 Even, 6 Aroma, 7 Estimate, 11 Avoid, 13 Drawback, 14 Leftover, 15 Trellis, 18 Sisal, 19 Here, 21 Polo. SOLUTION: ROSE
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1 Announces or proclaims (8)
5 Thick smoky mist (4)
8 Run with a regular bounding
movement (4)
9 Thrifty (6)
10 Small flying animal (3)
12 Reproduction of an original (4)
13 Prove beyond doubt (9)
16 Rear area of a lorry that can
be let down on a hinge (9)
18 Bird’s foot (4)
20 Drink gingerly (3)
21 Hanging spike of frozen
water (6)
22 Complete silence (4)
23 Celebrity status (4)
24 In a bad-tempered and
morose manner (8)
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2 Young male horse (4)
3 Set of letters (8)
4 Secure box for valuables (4)
6 Shade of cream (8)
7 Channel worn away by
running water (5)
11 Inflexible (5)
14 Strong light metal (8)
15 Done regularly and
repeatedly (8)
17 Second-most important
person in an organization
(6)
18 Steep high rock face (5)
19 Famous Scottish loch (4)
20 Front part of the lower leg
(4)
TO ENTER Solve the clues then rearrange the letters in the
shaded squares to spell an Australian animal (6)
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WIN! Furry Tales Prize
ach month one crossword winner gets an original
print of Monty Mouse plus a limited-edition Titch
chart, both by Lucie Heaton. To find more adorable
Furry Tales designs, check out www.lucieheaton.com!
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DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –
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Designs*. This cross stitch
and blackwork kit includes
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Project Cuddly Koalas
STRIKING
LIFELIKE
DESIGN
This intricate cross
stitch pattern creates
an almost life-like
portrait of a mother
and baby koala in
their natural habitat
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Cuddly Koalas Project
DESIGN BY AMANDA BUTLER
Hanging
down under
Brighten your home by stitching the friendly faces
and furry coats of this koala duo
ring the vibrant eucalyptus
forests of Australia into your
home with Amanda Butler’s
koala portrait. Everyone loves
koalas, and this mother and her joey
hanging out in a eucalyptus tree are
just adorable. Koalas spend up to
18 hours a day sleeping, but in this
pattern the lovable pair are wide
awake and posing for us to stitch.
Worked on 14-count white aida,
blue half cross stiches add depth
and colour to the background, while
several shades of green and backstitch
help to define the eucalyptus leaves.
A variety of greys create texture and
detail in the koalas’ fur, and backstitch
picks out their facial features, bringing
these magnificent mammals to life.
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Stitching Time
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Type of Stitches
Cross stitch, fractionals, half
cross stitch, backstitch
Ease of Stitching
Intermediate
This project might seem like
a challenge, but you’ll end up
with a stunning piece of artwork.
The completed design measures
28x21.5cm (11x8 in) and will look
fab mounted in a complementary
rustic frame to hang on your wall for
everyone to admire.
Meet the designer
Amanda Butler
“I love capturing the playful personalities of
animals in stitches. Koalas are nocturnal and
known for being sleepy but I wanted to create
a portrait of them wide-eyed and looking
right at us as we bring them to life.”
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STITCH COUNT 154 high x 119 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –
28x21.5cm (11x8 in)
SKEINS NEEDED 2x129 (blue), 2x234 (pewter grey),
2x399 (grey), 2x400 (dark grey)
This design was stitched using Anchor stranded cotton
What a stunning design by
Amanda Butler! It reminds me of
a family holiday to Australia three
years ago, where we visited a
koala sanctuary. It would be lovely
to recreate that memory by
stitching this pattern.
LEELA, DESIGNER
TOP TIP
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marking 10
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The World of Cross Stitching 95
Beginners’ Guide
How to...
Stitching’s a breeze!
Let Technical Editor Fiona
show you how it’s done
in our reference guide
Just beginning? Follow Fiona’s guide to stitching success!
CHOOSE YOUR
ESSENTIALS…
Start with these must-have items
. FABRICS
Begin with either aida or evenweave.
Aida is best for beginners, with regular
woven blocks and obvious holes. It’s stiffer
than evenweave, but will soften slightly
as you work. 14-count aida is the most
common. It’s harder to work fractional
stitches on aida, as you’ll need to make
an extra hole in the fabric, in the centre of
the aida block.
Evenweave is a lovely fabric to work on
when you have a little more experience.
The fibres aren’t woven in blocks as with
aida, so it’s softer and the fine weave
has more threads-per-inch – the most
commonly used is 28-count. One stitch
is usually worked over two threads of the
fabric so it has an equivalent design size
of 14-count aida. Cross stitching fractional
stitches is easier on evenweave, as there’s
a central hole spare so you don’t need to
split a block as for aida.
START CROSS
STITCHING…
Make sure you hit the mark first
time, every time with our top tips!
to stitch with, and are colourfast to 95°C.
Cheaper brands are available, but they’re
less durable and may not be colourfast.
. NEEDLES
Fabric choices: Aida (left)
with obvious holes is better for
beginners. Evenweave (right)
has a finer weave: see our video
at www.cross-stitching.com
To cross stitch, use a tapestry needle,
which has a blunt tip and larger eye than
a regular sewing needle. It easily passes
through the fibres of aida and evenweave.
Different needle sizes are available, with
varying lengths and widths, so choose the
best for your fabric – see our guide below.
Other needles are useful too – try a fine
beading needle for adding bead accents.
You may prefer a sharp-tipped embroidery
(or crewel) needle to split aida blocks
when stitching fractional stitches.
Tapestry needle
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Evenweave
8-count
. THREADS
You’ll need stranded cotton – this
coloured thread comes in 8m skeins and
is made up of six strands. The count of
your fabric will determine the number of
strands you use in your needle. Typically
for 14-count aida you’ll use two strands
for cross stitch and just one strand for
backstitch. This is indicated in the key or
instructions for your project. There are
three main brands – DMC, Anchor and
Madeira – which are all smooth and easy
Aida
6-count
11-count
22, 25 & 27-count
14-count
28-count
16-count
32-count*
18-count
36 & 55-count
Choose your project… With our
Factbox guide in every one of our projects
you can make sure you choose the right level
for you. Absolute beginners should aim for a
design without fractional stitches.
Buy your materials… To make sure
your design looks great, use our Shopping
List for each project, which specifies
everything you’ll need. Using another fabric
with different HPI (holes per inch) will give
a different finished size of design. You can
calculate your fabric requirements like this:
Stitch count divided by HPI of ‘new’ fabric
choice = new size in inches. Add at least
10cm (4in) on each dimension to allow for
mounting, or less for cards.
Get ready… We always recommend
starting in the centre of a design and
working outwards. Our charts are marked
with two centre arrows so find a symbol
close to the centre and begin there.
Get set… Find the centre of your fabric
by folding it in half and half again. The point
where the folds cross corresponds to the
centre so this is where your central stitch
should go.
Get stitching… Begin your stitches in
two strands of thread with a loop start for
the neatest way to get going. It uses one
double-length (80cm) strand with both ends
threaded together. See our diagrams for how
to stitch. Finish threads by weaving the leftover ‘tail’ under a few stitches at the back.
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Beginners’ Guide
How to stitch
Tackle the basic
stitches in our charts…
Loop start With
both ends of a strand
threaded, bring your
needle up (1), leaving a
loop at the back. Work
the first arm of your
stitch (2) & secure it by
passing your needle
through the loop.
2
1
3
Backstitch Add detail
and definition. Bring
your needle up at (1) &
down at (2), come up
again at (3), then back
down at (1) & so on, to
direct each stitch ‘back’
towards the line of the
growing backstitch.
1
2
4
1
practice – come up in
the fabric (1), keep the
thread taut & wrap twice
around the needle. Push
the needle down, close
by, but not in the same
hole (2). Split the aida
block for a neat knot.
2
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Symbols
Look for a symbol close to the chart centre
– the arrows on our charts easily show the
centre so you won’t need to count! Find
this symbol in the key. The codes in that
row show which thread shades to use for
cross stitching blocks with this symbol.
Quarter
The chart shows
which corner has
the fractional. Bring the
needle up in that corner
and down in the centre of
the square, halfway across
the diagonal (diagram 1).
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Thread brands
The thread shades are listed
in separate columns for
the different manufacturer
brands of thread. For best
results, you should stick to
one manufacturer for the
whole of a design.
Backstitch & French
knot shades
The shades used for these
are listed under the cross
stitch symbols. The number
of strands needed for these
can vary, so make sure you
check how many to use, as
specified in the key.
1
2
Threequarters
Work a quarter
stitch, then a half stitch
across the other diagonal
arm of the square as in
diagram 2. Like quarters,
three-quarter stitches can
face any direction.
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Two symbols
When two
symbols share a
square, work a fractional
in each colour. Decide on
the quarter stitch for the
background colour, then
a three-quarters stitch for
the main one (diagram 3).
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Cross stitch in two strands
Clear symbols, colours & all the info you need!
10
3
Fractionals let you
create rounded edges
French knots Easy with
How to read our keys
10
2
Cross stitch Bring your
needle up at the bottom
left corner (1) & down in
the top right (2) for the
first ‘arm’ of your stitch.
Work the second arm,
coming up in the bottom
right (3) & going down in
the top left (4).
FRACTIONAL
STITCHES
DMC Anchor Madeira
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926
2404
L
470
267
1502
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642
903
1905
7
644
830
1814
v
822
390
1908
G
3787
273
1811
Backstitch in one strand
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1041
1809
grey
French knots in one strand
O
310
403
2400
black
light cream
green
stone grey
dark cream
cream
dk stone grey
3
STITCH COUNT 20 high x 20 wide
DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –
3.5x3.5cm (1½x1½in)
This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton
Stitch count & Design area
The finished size of your design – in stitches and on
a particular fabric. HPI stands for ‘holes per inch’.
4
Back-to-back
For a stronger
outline, work
a three-quarter stitch in
each colour, stitching them
back-to-back (diagram 4).
Make sure that the two
half stitch arms lie neatly
parallel to each other.
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Jargon buster! Use our A-Z of cross stitch to know what’s what…
Afghan – a woollen
blanket with areas inset
for cross stitching, often
used for baby designs
Aida band – a narrow
strip of aida, available
in varying widths,
and finished with a
decorative edge
Aperture – a hole
through which a design
is seen in cards & frames
Backstitch – used to
add detail & definition.
See how to stitch it in our
diagram above!
Beading needle – a
longer, finer needle than
a tapestry needle, used
for adding seed beads
to a design
Counted stitches
– embroidery stitches
worked on counted, or
evenly woven, fabrics like
aida & evenweave. Cross
stitch is the most basic
counted stitch
Floss – USA term for
stranded cotton
Fractional stitches
– made from either a
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quarter or three-quarters
of a cross stitch, these
allow you to create
‘rounded’ edges. See
how to make these in our
diagrams above!
Half stitch – made
up of only one half (one
‘arm’) of a cross stitch, it
gives less dense coverage
so an overall lighter
effect in the design
Hoop – a wooden or
spring-mounted plastic
circular frame that holds
your fabric taut while
working a design
Longstitch – long
backstitches, crossing
larger fabric distances
Metallic threads
– similar to stranded
cottons, these have a
metallic finish for shine
and sparkle
Perforated paper –
toughened paper with a
tiny grid of holes, which
can be used for stitching
instead of fabric
Plastic canvas –
plastic alternative to
fabric which won’t fray
when cut
Skein – an 8m length of
stranded cotton, divisible
into six separate strands
Soluble aida –
temporary fabric which,
like waste canvas, is used
to add cross stitching to
non-counted fabrics, &
then dissolved away in
water afterwards
Stitching over two
– term used to describe
stitching over two
threads of the weave of
an evenweave fabric
Variegated thread –
specific type of stranded
cotton, in which the
colour changes along the
length of the thread for a
shaded effect
Waste canvas –
loosely woven fabric,
held together with
soluble glue. Used to
add designs to clothing
& other non-counted
fabrics before being
moistened & the fibres
withdrawn with tweezers
The World of Cross Stitching 97
Our
STITCHING WORLD
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For a place to put your feet up and find some fun and stitchy chat, look no further…
re you part of a crafting community? Whether it’s with your
friends, a craft club or online, it’s nice to share your stitchy
passion with others. Hannah is starting a new lunchtime craft
club at WOXS HQ so that people can share their crafty skills and take
some time to work on WIPs. Why not try setting up your own craft
club at work or in your local community?
Have you heard of Flosstube? This online cross stitch phenomenon
is a place for stitchers to post video tutorials online for the benefit of
other crafty people around the globe. Go to www.youtube.com and
search for ‘Flosstube’ for tips, tutorials, vlogs and more to join this
active community – whether you want to put yourself in front of the
camera too, or stay firmly behind it!
Our Pinterest Picks
Have you got the Pinterest bug yet? Here are
three hot ideas we’ve spotted and pinned to
our boards… Find these and lots more when
you visit us: www.pinterest.com/worldofxs
Spring is sprung:
Use fresh floral
fabrics in your crafts
At the allotment: Cook
up a storm with this veg
pattern from Stitchrovia*
Sudoku
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WHAT’S
HOT
Pantone colour
of the year for
2018 is ultraviolet!
Can’t wait to start
stitching in purple
So chic! See Paris
in stitches with
the Criss Crossing
Paris book from
Search Press*
Adding giant
colourful bows to
your giftwrap this
Mother’s Day
*For stockists see page 90
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Fill the grid so each row, column &
3x3 box has numbers one to nine
Cherry blossoms: We
love this Japanese Tenugui
hand-dyed cotton fabric
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