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Treats!
SUNNY NEW
PROJECTS

AL
AOR!

Make our Noahs Ark


play set for little ones

Make a
covered button
Step 1
STITCH the design using two strands
of stranded cotton for the cross stitch,
and one strand for the backstitch, over
two threads of fabric on a 15x15cm
(6x6in) piece of 28 count evenweave.
Washing and pressing the fabric dry
before you start stitching will remove
some of the stiffening in the fabric,
allowing it to be bent around the button.

Accessorise this summer with a handstitched necklace. Take your pick from nine
designs to decorate covered buttons

Step 2
TRIM away the unstitched fabric
leaving a 5cm (2in) circle, with the
design in the centre.

Step 3
MAKE a row of running stitches around
the fabric edge, leaving long thread
ends. Wrap the fabric around a 3cm
(1 in) self-cover button and pull up the
threads to tighten. Knot the ends
together, then stitch them into the fabric
on the back of the button to secure.

Designed by: Maria Diaz Stitch count: 18 high x 18 wide


Design size: 3x3cm (1x1in) Stitch time: 1 hour each
This design was stitched on 28 count evenweave fabric over two threads of fabric.

Step 4
PUSH the back onto the button,
making sure it is rmly up against the
fabric you can add a small amount of
fabric glue before attaching the back.

Step 5
THREAD a 92cm (36in) length of
leather-style cord through the hole at
the button back. Make two more
buttons and place on the cord, before
cutting it to the correct length.

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SUMMER 2016

NEXT MONTH

FRUITY FUN PIN


CUSHION PROJECT

Makeafruitypincushion
withourcolourfulchart
witheasyideasfortwocute
strawberrypincushionstoo!

ISSUE 307

JULY 2016

On sale
24 June

SUMMER 2016

Welcome
Wedoliketobebesidetheseaside

THERES SOMETHING sovery


specialabouttheBritishseaside.Were
luckyenoughtoliveontheNorth
Devoncoastwithaseaview andwe
nevergettiredof lookingoutoverthe
bay,whatevertheseason.Sowevebeen
inspiredtomakethisbumperissueof
CrossStitcherabitof aseasidetribute.
Wevecompiledabonuschartbook
lledwithnostalgicbeachimageswith
everythingfromalittlegirlpaddlingto
anold-fashionedPunchandJudyshow.Andthesunny
feelingdoesntstopthereasyoucanseefromourcover,
wehaveacoastalclockdesignwhichiseasytostitch
andframeinahoop.
If yourholidaydreamsliebeyondourshores,takea
lookattheidyllicpostcarddesignsonpage32.Stitcha
favouritetomountasacardormakeaholidaycollage
likeours. (TheItalianlandscapemadeMartincome
overallwhimsicalaboutspendingasummerasagrape
pickermanyyearsago!)
Westitcherslovetotakeaprojectonholiday,so
dontforgettopackyourWillowPatternnecklace
chart.Theminidesignsmakeittheperfectprojectto
pickupwheneveryouwant.
Happyholidaystitching!

SUSAN & MARTIN PENNY


EDITORS

Heart&
home

Stitch your dream


home in issue 307,
in shops 24 June.

P.S.Welovetohearaboutyourcurrentstitching
projects!Sendyourlettersandphotosto
crossstitcher@dennis.co.uk
Follow us online!
facebook.com/CrossStitcherMag
twitter.com/XStitchmagazine

www.crossstitchermag.com
Write to the editorial department at: CrossStitcher Magazine, PO Box 172, Northam, EX39 9DY

Make our
sweet lanter n
band for
a summer
party!

Issue 306 Summer 2016

22

YOUR CHARTS

32

14 Garden Party Remember summers gone by with


our nostalgic cushion thats pure childs play
20 Light It Up Bright bunting lantern band
22 Time By The Sea A seaside view is guaranteed
with our bright and breezy clock!
32 Holiday Highlights Remember happy holidays
gone by with our picture postcard design

43 Shop Wisely Stitch up Zweigarts sweet owl tote bag


49 Letter Library Doggy motifs for your designs
57 Ducks In A Row A trio of fabulous flying ducks
62 All Aboard Make our adorable Noahs Ark
play set, complete with soft animals
70 Petals & Pennies Get crafty with our summer
flowers design to make a pretty little coin purse
72 Shades of Summer Our beautiful blooms will bring
the colours of the season into your home
76 Fun On The Farm Stitch Peoples collection of
farmyard friend motifs are ideal for everyday projects

EXTRAS

36 Our Correspondents New series! News and views


from CrossStitcher readers around the world

ONTHECOVER
Summertimetreats page22
Summermemories page14
Allaboardpage62
Postcardviews page32
Gardenparty page20
Funonthefarm page76
Owl-someidea page43

72

83 Learn With CrossStitcher Stitching know-how


and the third part of our Stitch Along
90 Puzzles Fill in our crossword for the chance to win a
fantastic stitching prize

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EVERY ISSUE

57

9 Out there The latest products and trends

13 Inside the mind of Mr X Stitch


40 Subscribe to CrossStitcher and
save money on the shop price!
60 We interview Grace Whowell
69 Letters Show off what youve stitched
82 Prize time Enter our great giveaways!
91 Next month in CrossStitcher

49
Try something new every issue
27 Paper clips
Dont throw those old paper
clips away! Theyre perfect for
mini cross stitch projects our
expert will show you how

THE SAVVY
STITCHER
PAPERCLIPS

27

SUMMER 2016

Every month we showcase the latest high street trends, new ideas
and inspiring personalities for todays stylish cross stitcher

Stitch for joy

The Joy of Stitching by Nina Sther


is the perfect pick-me-up for anyone
in need of a little crafty inspiration.
From hand stitched sausage dogs to
elegant wildflowers on a table runner,
each project includes a full-colour
photograph of the finished item, a
material colour chart and Nina's
favourite stranded cotton suggestions.
With 19 decorative stitches to learn,
38 projects and techniques such as
needlepoint, cross stitch and open
weave embroidery included, it's a real
stitcher's treat! Published by Sellers
Publishing, www.rsvp.com.

SUMMER 2016

SKETCHBOOK SECRETS: Durene Jones


We take a peek at a designers early ideas for one of their projects
Durene Jones designed our
seaside clock on page 22. "I made
sketches of little houses, boats
and lighthouses, which then had
me planning out the design and
deciding how it could work. The
sketches also allow me to decide
if it would be whole cross stitch,
or have a backstitched outline,
whether it would be at colours
or shaded. I then ne tune it until
I feel ready to draw out the nal
design at the size it will eventually
be. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/
DureneJones

LET'S GET MESSY

NEW COMPANY Caterpillar Cross Stitch are making


a big splash in the craft world with their beautiful
contemporary sampler kits. Were in love with their
Our Messy Letters design that comes in three colour
ways; Beside The Seaside (neutrals), Rhythm and
Blues (blues) and Ice Cream Sundae (pinks - pictured
here). The kits include DMC stranded cotton in 12
shades, 14 count white Zweigart aida, a DMC goldplated needle, pre-sorted thread holder, colour chart
and full instructions. www.caterpillarcrossstitch.com

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SUMMER 2016

SUMMER SELECTION
OUR SISTER magazine Cross Stitch Collection is
celebrating summer with a set of six 'Summer
Memory' pin cushion designs by Sheena Rogers.
Choose from a juicy bowl of strawberries, a
delicious ice cream cone and more! They are
featured in issue 263 of Collection, in shops 27 May.

TREND SPOTTING

ON THE
BUTTON

PAWS FOR THOUGHT


LIKEOUR doggy alphabet on page 49?
Youd be barking mad not to love these
other ideas for your next pet project

TIRED OF spilling buttons everywhere


every time you reach into your craft bag?
We love this Natural Buttons Box that has
enough capacity to keep a good-sized
stash of buttons and embellishments safe
and sound. With its pretty limed eect
nish it will made a stylish addition to
your craft shelf or room. Available from
The Contemporary Home. www.tch.net

Mini
machine
THE SILVER BUG sewing machine is aimed
at crafty children over 8 years, who don't
need a more complex machine. Including 11
common stitches, its also great for anyone
who only needs a machine for the odd task
(were thinking stitching aida patches onto
cards or stued items!). Josy Rose are
oering readers the Silver Bug for just
49.50, a saving of 20 o the RRP! Quote
code JOSYROSEBUG by phone or online to
claim your discount the code is valid for
one year and orders made before 2pm will
receive next working day delivery. Call 0845
450 1212 or visit www.josyrose.com to order.

WHO

MeetSpottyDog!ThiskitfromPippaBlue
containseverythingyouneedtosewyourown
loyalcompanion,justaddneedleandthread!
www.pippablue.com

WHAT

THREE OF THE BEST

Nautical & nice

Thesecutelittledog-shapedwoodenbuttons
fromEcletticoAteliercomeinapackof10,so
arejustperfectforcaninecards.
en.dawanda.com

After making our seaside clock on page 22, weve sighted more
items from Etsy that are ship shape for stitching with

HOW

CHARMINGZAKKA

Embellishyourprojectswiththese
nattyNauticalMarineRedBlue
Anchor,SailingBoatand
Lighthousefabriccoveredbuttons.

FABRICANDRIBBON

Ahoythere!Addajauntytouch
toyourcrossstitchdesignswiththis
BlueandRedSailboatandAnchor
naturalcottonribbon.

THEGIDDYCRAFTER

Createaseaviewinnexttonotime
withthissetofthreeNauticalCross
StitchPatterns,availableasan
instantdownload.

Giveyourdoggydesignsextradimensionby
stitchingthemonthisfunPawprintsaida,
availablein14,16or18count,withthree
evenweaveoptionsalsoonoffer.
www.sewitall.com

SUMMER 2016

11

OWLSOME
STORAGE!
OUR CUTE owls project on page 43,
made us long for a craft bag thats a
real hoot! This Owl Knitting Bag is
available from House of Bath, and with
its zip fastening we reckon it would be
perfect for carrying small to medium
cross stitch projects when you need to
take your stitching on the move.
www.houseofbath.co.uk

CRAFTYBOOKSHELF

Read on to nd out our


favourite new books for
stitchers this month...

STITCH-

A SPOONFUL

BY-STITCH

OF SUGAR

BY JANE BULL [DK]


Aimed at young crafters, but suitable for
anyone new to needlecraft, Stitch-byStitch is packed with over 50 inspiring and
easy to-make projects. Techniques vary
from patchwork to appliqu and include
an introduction to cross stitch. It's sure to
get someone you know interested in
stitching for fun! www.dk.com

BY LISA COX [Fons & Porter]


Zakka, a Japanese term meaning many
things is now also a style based on
homemade, simple charm. This gorgeous
book is packed with projects that sewing
enthusiasts will long to try. Most can be
nished in an afternoon, and many make a
perfect base for a cross stitched initial or
motif. www.fonsandporter.com

MEGA MMINI

CROSS STITCH

BY MAKOTO OOZU [Pavilion Books]


This cute book is lled with hundreds of tiny
motifs arranged into themes, including the
toy shop with dinosaurs, cars, trains and
computer games and the shoe shop with
dierent trainer designs, cowboy boots and
high heels. Whatever you can think of that
youd like to stitch, youll probably nd a
motif here! www.pavilioncraft.co.uk

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SUMMER 2016

CRAFTY THOUGHTS

Photograph: Cat Lane

Inside the mind of

Our manbroiderer experiments with dierent count


fabrics to nd out which one is top banana

H
10count

14count

24count
Findmeonline:
www.mrxstitch.com
www.facebook.com/MrXStitch
www.twitter.com/MrXStitch

aving spent a bit of time


making patterns lately, Ive
been thinking about the
challenge of creating designs
for our beloved stitch pixelation.
As you all know, cross stitch is
essentially a big collection of squares.
With the exception of quarter and
three-quarter stitches (and dont get
me started on French knots!) most
patterns are comprised of squares. As
a consequence, certain compromises
have to be made about creating
realism in cross stitch.
There are a few constraints with
patterns and they relate to size. In a
way were lucky because we can have a
pattern that is one inch wide that can

On 10 count fabric we get an image


that is fairly recognisable, but without
ddling with the colours, is a pretty
sub-standard banana. The design has
714 stitches, something that could
probably be done in an evening.
At 14 count, the banana is looking
a bit less blocky and the colour is
settling down a bit, so its not bad, but
I still wouldnt want to put it in a bowl
with some custard. It now weighs in at
1361 stitches, so if you needed a cross
stitch banana in a hurry, this is a
reasonable compromise between
speed and design.
At the top end of the scale we have
the 24 count banana. This is pretty
realistic and wouldnt need much

Certain compromises have


to be made about creating
realism in cross stitch
contain from 10 to 24 stitches,
depending on the count of the fabric
you choose to use. So, do you create a
pattern that is highly detailed, but
might take quite some time to
complete, or do you knock up
something a bit more blocky that
youll get done before too long?
Take this banana. Its a healthy
looking fellow with a slight curve and
a fair bit of colour variation. If I ping it
through my cross stitch software and
set my dimensions to be six inches
wide and ten colours maximum we
can see what happens when we vary
the fabric density.

tweaking to make it perfect. However


its now 3851 stitches, about ve times
the stitches of the 10 count design, so it
would take some time. But if youve got
a banana fan in your life, this is the
design youd want to be making.
So, you always have to decide
whether you want to go for realism, or
whether you can simplify your pattern
while retaining the ethos of the
design. It also provides an opportunity
to commend the many designers that
contribute to this ne magazine, who
deal with this issue while creating
patterns for your stitching pleasure.
Its not as easy as you think!

SUMMER 2016

13

GARDEN PARTY

Garden

PARTY

Remembering happy summers spent


outside is childs play with our nostalgic
cushion thats sure to make you smile

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SUMMER 2016

FOR YOUR HOME

GARDEN PARTY

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GARDEN PARTY

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Designed by: Maria Diaz Stitch count: 138 high x 138 wide
Design size: 25x25cm (9x9in) Stitch time: 40 hours
This design was stitched on 28 count linen over two threads of fabric.

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A sky blue linen


would also work
well as the
backdrop to this
sweet design

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bubbles, balloon strings

outlines

Permin 28 count
off-white linen,
ref: 076/00; 51x51cm
(20x20in)
Stranded cotton
as listed in the key
Size 26 tapestry
needle
Backing fabric; 43
x43cm (17x17in)
Cushion pad; 40
.5x40.5cm (16x16in)
For stockist details
see page 86

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SUMMER 2016

FOR YOUR HOME

t
Maria Diaz

Make a
cushion
Step 1
CUT your stitched cushion front
to the same size as your backing
fabric. With the stitching right-side
up, place the backing fabric on
top. Pin, then machine stitch, the
cushion front and the backing fabric
together with a 1.25cm (in) seam
allowance, but leaving a gap on one
side for turning.

Step 2
TURN to the right side. Insert the
cushion pad, and then sew up the
gap with small, neat stitches.

SUMMER 2016

19

LIGHT IT UP

Light it Up!
Entertaining guests this summer? Keep
your garden party glowing with our lantern
band wrap, complete with bright bunting

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JUST FOR FUN

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Designed by: Durene Jones Stitch count: 37 high x 60 wide


Design size: 6.5x11cm (2x4in) Stitch time: 5 hours
These designs were stitched on 28 count evenweave over two threads of fabric.

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white

Make a
jar band
Step 1
STITCH your design and then cut
your evenweave slightly larger
than the distance around your jam
jar: this will be an overlap for
fastening. Make sure that your
design remains in the centre of
your fabric when cut.

Durene Jones

These sweet
mini bunting
motifs would also
looked great
repeated in one
row on an aida
band, to wrap
around a birthday
cake this summer!

Step 2
TURN the top and bottom edges
of your fabric over onto the
reverse side of your work. Either
machine or catch stitch these two
edges to neaten. Do the same with
the short ends.

Step 3
ATTACH with stitches some
Velcro or a button and loop to the
overlap, making sure the band ts
snugly around the jar.

Zweigart 28 coun
t white Brittney
evenweave, ref: 32
70/100; 12cm
(4in) x distance aro
und jam jar,
plus extra for overlap
Stranded cotton
as listed in the key
Size 24 tapestry
needle
Jam jar
For stockist details
see page 86

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TIME BY THE SEA

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SUMMER 2016

FOR YOUR HOME

Time
by the
Sea
Fancy a trip to the seaside? While away
the hours, right at the harbours edge,
with our bright and breezy clock

SUMMER 2016

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TIME BY THE SEA

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40

Designed by: Durene Jones


Stitch count: 121 high x 126 wide
Design size: 23cm (9in) diameter
Stitch time: 32 hours

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This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric.

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windows

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TIME BY THE SEA

How to
make your clock
Step 1
TRIM your stitching larger than your
wooden hoop. Place the inner hoop
beneath the stitching and the outer
hoop on top. Centre and press over
your work. Pull taut and tighten
the screw.

Step 2
CHECK that your cardboard circle ts
inside the back of your hoop. Trim if
needed but take care to keep a nice,
tight t. Make a hole in the centre of
the cardboard, large enough for the
shaft of the mechanism to go through.
Place the cardboard into the back of
the hoop. Make a small hole in the
centre of your fabric with sharp
scissors this is marked on the chart
as a grey square. Make sure the hole in
the fabric lines up exactly with the hole
in the cardboard.

Step 3
USE glue or a glue gun to attach the
cardboard to the edges of the hoop.
Place the mechanism through both
layers and glue rmly to the cardboard.
Add the washer, nut and the clock
hands. Wrap the excess fabric at the
edges of the hoop over onto the back
of the cardboard. Use double-sided
tape to hold it in place.

Step 4
TIDY the back of your clock with a
circle of felt, from which you have cut
out the mechanism shape. Place on
the back of the clock, and then either
stitch to the aida at the edges, or glue
to the hoop.

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strong when the mech
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Fabric Flair 14 co
unt Summer Clou
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aida; 40.5cm (16
in) diameter
Stranded cotto
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key
Size 24 tapestr
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Wooden embr
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Circle of thick ca
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Circle of felt; 25
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For stockist deta
ils see page 86

DRESSITUP!
Apaperclipmakesan
ingeniousminihanger
forthisstitcheddress.

Perfect
rfect projects for

paper clips

Search your stationery supplies! Zo Patching has three fab ideas


for using paper clips with your stitching that youll want to try today
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27

MONSTERFUN!

Yourownlittlemonsterswilllovethese
funbookmarkswhichclipontothepage.

ere always looking for nifty


and thrifty ways of creating
things and this month weve
got three clever ideas using
paper clips! Often neglected in the
back of a drawer or pencil pot, paper
clips are surprisingly versatile. Weve
devised a brilliant bracelet made by
clipping paper clips together with
stitched fabric bands, plus a stylish
gift tag for a fashionistas birthday,
complete with a mini paper clip coat
hanger! Plus, for boys and girls weve
two monster bookmarks to make.
Read on to find out how to do it

SUMMERSTYLE

Customiseyourbraceletwithdifferent
threadandfabriccolourchoices!

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MAKE A COVERED BUTTON BOOKMARK

Use paper clips to tranform a stitched button into a bookmark with a dierence!
Step 1
Step 2

CHOOSE your self-covered buttons we used


ones with a diameter of 29mm. For this size
button, cut a template with a diameter of 5.5cm.
Draw around this on the reverse of your fabric,
centring the design, and cut out.

TAKE a double length of sewing cotton and an


embroidery needle. Use the cotton to work a
running stitch about 0.5cm in from the cut edge.
Dont trim the thread ends yet leave them free
as youll need them for gathering.

Step 3

Step 4

PLACE the button in the centre of the fabric, on


the reverse, and pull the sewing thread to gather
the fabric around the central button shank. Knot
the thread to secure. Press the button back to the
reverse to keep the fabric taut.

ATTACH the back of the button to a large paper


clip we used colour plastic coated clips for this
project. Our paper clip measures 5cm in length
and we used a dab of glue from a glue gun to
hold the paper clip in place.

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MAKE A PAPER CLIP COAT HANGER

Use our mini dress stitched on plastic canvas and paper clip hanger to make a gift tag.
Step 1
Step 2

TAKE a metal paper clip. Start by bending the


outer end of the paper clip up at a 45 degree
angle. The paper clip used here measures about
2.75cm in length. This fits the dimensions of the
stitched dress perfectly.

BEND the curved end of the paper clip gently


up at a 45 degree angle to meet the other end,
as shown above. The other end of the hanger
will eventually go on to create the hook of the
coat hanger.

MAKE A PAPER CLIP BRACELET

Join together paper clips to form the base of this pretty oral accessory.
Step 1
Step 2

TRIM your fabric to t the width of the paper clip,


plus extra for hemming. Fold the sides of the
fabric to the reverse and iron in place.

CUT some iron-on interfacing to t and iron this


to the back of the fabric to secure the hemmed
sides in place.

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For a fun and inspirational
selection of shaped paper clips,
take a look online we love their
giraffe paper clips! There are
plenty of pretty frames for other
stitching projects too.

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Paper clips have never been so
much fun! Hearts, bows, and
arrows are just some of the shapes
to tempt you. Dont forget to stock
up on other fab stationery items
while youre here!

Step 3

Step 4

STRAIGHTEN the curved end of the paper clip


gently. You may have to trim both ends of the
paper clip to make a more even shape. You can
use a small pair of wire cutters for this or a pair of
blunt scissors.

USE a pair of round nose pliers to gently create


the hook of the hanger. Trim the ends and
re-shape as explained in step 3. To attach the
dress to the hanger, simply oversew through the
back of your stitches and over the hanger.

Step 3

Step 4

FOLD the top and the bottom of the fabric to the


reverse, and iron in place. This will make the
channel for the paper clip to slide through.

IRON a small piece of iron-on interfacing to hold


the folds in place. Slide a paper clip through the
channel, and repeat to create your bracelet.

Zo Patching

Any small motifs


that can be repeated
in a border style
would be suitable for
this project

Zo Patching

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and would make the perfect
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HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Holiday
Highlights
From Provence to Tuscany, our
panoramic postcards design is a
beautiful reminder of holidays gone by

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Designed by: Maria Diaz Stitch count: 100 high x 100 wide
Design size: 18.5x18.5cm (7x7in) Stitch time: 46 hours
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TO LEARN
HOW TO FRAME
YOUR PICTURE

Maria Diaz

Its easy to pick


out a favourite
country scene
and mount it in
an aperture card
to send as
a postcard to
a friend

Zweigart 14 count white


aida,
ref: 3706/100; 33.5x35.5
cm (14x14in)
Stranded cotton as liste
d in the key
Size 24 tapestry needle
Frame with a 19.5x19.5c
m
(7x7in) aperture
Mount board to t fram
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For stockist details see
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Rachel

Fawn

Alesya

Patricia

Mel
Vicky

Nicola

Correspondents

Ever wondered what other stitchers like us are up to in dierent


parts of the globe? In our new series, readers from around the
world share with us their cross stitch news and views
Fawn Ostriak
Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, USA
Greetings from the
United States! I am
a cross stitcher and
blogger from
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; proud
home of the Liberty Bell, soft pretzels,
and also the oldest embroidery guild
in America.
As far as cross stitchers go, I am
pretty new to the craft, having started
about three years ago. As a busy
working mother, cross stitching turned
out to be the perfect hobby; highly
transportable and easy enough to pick
up in those few minutes that moms
everywhere find in between helping a
child decipher fractions and waiting for
dinner to come out of the oven.
I dont know about you, but when
I have a new interest, I want to tell
everyone about it. Unfortunately, my
friends and family did not share in this
obsession, so I started a blog! I figured
that Id be talking to myself there as well
(kind of like when I ask my kids to do
chores), but ended up discovering an
entire community of like-minded

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people; talented stitchers, inspiring


pattern designers, young college
students, grandmothers, moms like me,
and the best part friends.
Blogs are pretty amazing things.
You log on and write about the random
topics that interest you (in this case,
cross stitching and bread baking and
my brilliant cat) and all of a sudden you
find people from all over the world who
enjoy the very same things.
I hear from readers in the US,
Europe, Australia and Asia who share a
passion for buying patterns that we will
probably never have time to stitch
(secret shame), obsessing over linens
and threads and finding the perfect
frame and worrying about our families
and what to feed them for dinner. Blogs
remind us that no matter where we are
in the world, we are similar in so many
ways. Especially when it comes to cross
stitchers and stash hoarding, we are
never truly alone!
My latest project 1
My blog is my new passion 2

Fawn is a working mum who blogs at


www.stitchtherapyblog.wordpress.com
which has been featured in many
stitching publications.

Alesya Tyshkevich
Moscow, Russia
My name is Alesya,
Im a stitcher from
Moscow, Russia.
Today I want to
tell you about
my membership in a needlecraft group.
Weve been together for three years
already and its not just some kind of
sisterhood, but a family. Every day we
chat on the internet and it does not
matter that we all live in different time
zones. We say our good mornings,
share news and, of course, discuss our
cross stitching projects!
Chatting on the internet is fine but it
is not enough for us. Girls try to meet
when they are going somewhere on
holiday or even on business trips.
Meeting in an airport or a railway
station with a cup of coffee, talking
about stitches and it will be an hour or
so to remember forever! For those who
live in or near Moscow, I organise
traditional seasonal events we spend
about five hours together stitching,
talking, taking pictures and having fun!
Such online (and sometimes oine)
communities help women to find new

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friends, good company and inspiration,


as sometimes families and friends dont
find cross stitching interesting.
Although in most cases our dearest
and beloved are proud of us!
Stitching in the park 3
My stitching group 4 & 5 (p.38)

Alesya is 27 years old, married and


expecting a baby. She works in a school
and has been stitching for four years.

Vicky Cole
Nairobi, Kenya
Jambo (hallo) from
Nairobi, Kenya!
I have been living
here since 2009,
and really got into
stitching when I stumbled across an
exhibition put on by the Kenya
Embroiderers Guild. I had dabbled
(very inexpertly, I now realise) with a
little bit of cross stitch when I was at
university, but then work and children
got in the way of stitching.
The Kenya Embroiderers Guild is
an enthusiastic bunch of stitchers.
We meet once a month, and learn a
new stitching technique each time.
We design and build a small kit for

members to practise the new


technique. We have put on several
exhibitions in conjunction with the
Kenya Quilt Guild my goodness, there
are some talented people here.
We have also been very lucky to
strike up a relationship with designer
Mary Hickmott, who has visited us four
times to teach us some masterclasses,
covering many different stitching styles.
Her last visit was in February this year,
and during her time here we covered
stump work, canvas work, beadwork,
appliqu and cut work. At our next
Guild meeting we will be revisiting
Hardanger and making a small
bookmark. This is to prepare members
for a two-day Hardanger workshop
we are offering soon, featuring an
amazing sampler designed by
Mary Hickmott.
I also belong to a lovely weekly
stitching group (although sometimes
we spend more time on the coffee and
cake than on the stitching). I have
mentioned several different
embroidery techniques here, but for
most of us, cross stitch is our first love
and we tend to bring our cross stitch
projects to stitch group.

I look forward to telling you more


about stitching life in Nairobi in the
future. Kwaheri! (goodbye).
Our workshop Hardanger sampler
designed by Mary Hickmott 6 (p.38)

Vicky is vice-chair of the Kenya


Embroiderers Guild and is married
with two children.

Mel Mclardie
Vietnam
Welcome to the life
of an expat stitcher
in Vietnam. From
Lancashire, UK to
Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam via Moscow, my stitching has
travelled with me. There is now an
extensive collection, over 300 projects,
stashed in the wardrobe of my spare
room ready for me to start.
I left sunny Lancashire 10 years ago
in August to teach in Moscow for a year.
I bought my threads from the kiosk at
the metro station, the only place that
stocked them. Whenever I visited home
a project would return, ready to be
stitched during the long winter nights.
Eight years ago I traded snow for sun
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couple of years stitching has started to


become popular here. When you go to
the indoor markets, such as the famous
Ben Thanh, youll see the ladies on the
stalls stitching during the quiet times.
Although I can buy thread here, the
fabric choices are pretty limited 11 and
14 count aida.
Despite having to order most of my
supplies from overseas, then waiting
six weeks for them to arrive, depending
on customs, I wont be trading my early
morning stitching on my balcony with a
mug of Yorkshire tea anytime soon!
Now time to put the stitching away
(Lizzie Kates Three Little Words) and
head off to work on my scooter.
Mel has been stitching since she was
14 years old and is now 42. Shes taught
all over the world, and now lives and
works in Vietnam.
Rachel Dove
Wakefield, West
Yorkshire, UK
I remember when
I got my first ever
taste of cross
stitching. I was a
young girl, visiting the Readicut Mill

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Factory Shop in Ossett, Wakefield


my hometown. Bet you didnt know that
my hometown was once famous for
pre-cut wool for rug making, did you?
It was quite the revolution in 1928, I can
tell you, complete with mail order. My
grandmother had taught me since a
young age to sew, bake, knit (I still cant
do this), crochet (ditto) and make latch
hook rugs. One day, raiding the bargain
bin at the factory shop, I came across a
complete cross stitch kit for a small
horse head picture, and I was hooked.
I completed the kit and begged my
grandmother for more, which she
gladly gave. I havent stopped since,
and at 35 this year, I have no intention
of doing so.
I have two young boys, and up until
January, when I decided to take a year
off to write full time after having
secured a fab Mills & Boon contract,
had worked six days a week teaching
adults about education and SEN while
raising my family. Cross stitching is my
therapy, my chill time. I can do it talking
on the phone, watching TV, even
reading, and I love every minute. There
are a few little grottos around here too,
fabulous little treasure troves of crafty

gems, and I also order online if I cant


get to the shops. I love the stitching
Facebook forums, where everyone
chats and shares tips and photos. Its a
community, and my grandmother and
I still swap tips and show each other
our work and its our special thing,
which I cherish. There is nothing quite
as satisfying as writing The End to a
book, or sending your finished labour
of love to the framers.
The factory floor as it used to be at
Readicut Mill 7
The Chic Boutique is my debut book,
and was published this spring! 8

Rachel is married with two boys, writes


for Mills & Boon and is the winner of the
Prima Flirty Fiction Competition.

Patricia Veazey
Barcelona, Spain
Just a few lines
from me to say
hello from
Barcelona! My
name is Patricia
Veazey and I will be glad to share with
you my news and finds about crosss
stitching and stitchers from this corner
of the map.

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I was thinking: have you noticed that


we stitchers can recognise each other
in minutes? Of course craft shops and
groups are the places to meet new
hobby fellows, but regardless of age
and as far as we speak the same
language, even in the most incredible
places stitchers are able to end up
sitting together to share the pictures of
their last project or even grab work out
of their handbag and make a private
trunk show.
When I sat down to write these
first words for CrossStitcher, it was
easy for me to imagine who is going to
read my words, and where. One of the
many things we have in common is
our love for beauty stitchers usually
have a lovely favourite place for the
hobby, cosy and warm or fresh with a
view, depending on where we live, but
its our very own paradise, surrounded
by everything we need for a relaxing
stitching session.
So, I hope to be able to share my bit
of sunny Spain with you, always
through a stitchers eyes.
Patricia is a professional accountant
who was born in Mexico and moved to
Barcelona 33 years ago.

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Nicola Bywater
Brisbane,
Queensland,
Australia
Gday from
Australia! Even
though we are now
in our cooler months, it is still warm
enough to sit outside, have a barbie
(barbecue) and stitch. I love this time of
year when the autumn colours show
themselves its like nature is stitching
colour onto the landscape.
I live in Ipswich, which is about 15
miles from Brisbane in the sunshine
state of Queensland and we have a
vibrant and eclectic craft community,
ranging from quilters to lace makers to
cross stitchers, who practice their crafts
in every venue, from cosy cottages to
conference centres.
Currently my favourite place for all
things craft is the big haberdashery
shop Spotlight we have a brand new
store just down the road (just for me?),
as they have a large range of threads
and fabrics and stock lots of worldwide
brands and kits. I am also partial to craft
show shopping and am looking forward
to the next one in July you just never

know what you will come home with.


Once I bought a kit that I had been
looking for for ages and started
stitching it on the train going home.
A lady sat next to me and proceeded to
get her cross stitching out of exactly
the same kit and asked me to help
her start. By the time we got to her
station she had already done her first
ever stitches!
View of Brisbane from a skyscraper 9
Brisbane City Hall 10
Jacaranda tree in the garden 11
Our local beach, Redcliffe 12

Nicola is married with children. She


has been cross stitching for 30 years,
but is also a dedicated lace maker.
She has recently worked on a
publication for The Lace Guild (UK).

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LOVE STITCHING

Make a
shopping bag

Turn a small
owl into a cute
brooch by
mounting it onto
a button blank
and adding a
brooch pin at
the back

Step 1
FIND the centre of your fabric and work the
cross stitch in two strands of stranded cotton
and the backstitch in one strand this will be
your bag front.

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PLACE the stitched bag front and the bag
back right sides together, then stitch around
three sides with a 1.25cm (in) seam
allowance, leaving the top open. Trim the
seam allowance and clip the corners, then turn
to the right sides. Repeat for the lining, but
leave on the wrong side.

Designed by: Zweigart Stitch count: 115 high x 86 wide


Design size: 20.5x15.5cm (8x6in) Stitch time: 14 hours
This design was stitched on 28 count evenweave over two threads of fabric.

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Our cute owl motifs have been taken


from Zweigarts chart book no. 259,
Linda for Beginners, available from
www.sewandso.co.uk. Visit Sew and So for
many more booklets in the Zweigart range.

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other handle.

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pieces of fabric that form each handle
together and then machine stitch down both
long edges. Repeat for the other handle.

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PLACE the lining inside the bag, adding a
couple of pins to hold the layers together.
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handles at the top of the bag, with the handle
ends down between the lining and the bag.
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machine stitching to hold the layers together.

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For stockist deta
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OUR BUNTING
COMPETITION WINNER!
Back in April we launched our reader competition
to design a bunting ag for the Queens 90th birthday.
Were delighted to reveal the winner here, together
with her lovely design for you to stitch

o celebrate the Queens 90th


birthday this June we asked
readers to design a bunting ag
to celebrate. Lots of you took
part, and we received some amazing
entries, making our job of picking the
winner incredibly difficult! After much
deliberation, we decided that this
modern bunting design by Carol
Smith just had to be the winner.
We loved the quirky style of the
design, and we are sure the Queen
would love it too!
Carol, well done, we thought you had
incorporated so many elements into
your design the daffodils, roses and
thistles, the cake, dates and happy
birthday bunting, plus a portrait of
the Queen, wearing a brilliant smile
and that all important hat!

Make a
bunting ag
Step 1
TRIM around your stitching leaving 2.5cm (1in)
outside the design area. Iron the extra fabric
over onto the reverse side of your stitching to
make a nice triangular shape you should have
a few blank aida squares outside your design.

Step 2
CUT a piece of white backing fabric slightly
larger than your ag, turn over the edges,
and then sew it to the back of the ag using
small, neat stitches.

Step 3
SNIP a length of cord or ribbon and
machine stitch it to the top of the ag.

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Designed by: Carol Smith Stitch count: 100 high x 80 wide
Design size: 18x13.5cm (10x5in) Stitch time: 30 hours
This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric.

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Here are just a few of the amazing designs


we received for the bunting competition

CAROLS PRIZE
Carol will soon be the proud owner of two
commemorative china mugs and a tea towel
from Emma Bridgewater, just right for a tea party
t for the Queen! The two earthware mugs have
been designed especially to mark the Queens
90th birthday. One features cheery spongeware
and the other the lion and unicorn from the
British Royal Coat of Arms (RRP 19.95 each).
The matching celebration tea towel is RRP 10.
If youd like to nd out more about Emma
Bridgewater products, including her pottery,
homeware and personalised designs, you can
visit www.emmabridgewater.co.uk

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DOGS
Dog lovers are going to go barking mad for our alphabet this
month! Do you want to give our letters a new home?

SUMMER 2016

49

LETTER LIBRARY

his months alphabet features


wagging tails, paws, fur
and whiskers too! Weve
rounded up some of the
cutest canine companions we could nd
to decorate your projects, so you can spell
out in stitches just how much you love
Mans best friend. Try our fun wall
hanging idea or use our doggies to adorn
cards, cushions, samplers and more.
Time to go walkies!
Designed by: Maria Diaz

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For more Best in Show makes


using our alphabet, try these cute
ideas with puppy power

Spell out a dog-loving friends


name to make a very special
birthday card.

Stitch the name of your own


pooch onto large count
evenweave, working over two
threads, and make into a cushion
for your four-legged friend.

Decorate your dog walking hat


with a fun badge featuring an
individual letter.

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Switch to Madeira
Lana thread
and once stitched,
brush to fluff it up
to create dogs with
extra furry coats!

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NEXTMONTH...
Coming up in our July issue, we
have a sewing alphabet designed
by Maria Diaz perfect for making
fun projects for all your stitchy
friends! Get to the shops on
24 June to pick up your copy
of Issue 307, or subscribe and
the issue will be delivered to
your door. Head over to page 40
for our latest subscription offer.

JUST FOR FUN

D kss in
Ducks
i aR
Row
Our trio of feathered friends make a
ying visit in a wall display that Hilda
Ogden herself would be proud of

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DUCKS IN A ROW

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Backstitch in one strand

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28 coun
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For stock

For a different
look, switch to
a dark grey
thread colour
throughout and
stitch all three
ducks in
silhouette
instead!

Anchor

Cross stitch in two strands

10

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30

20

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Diane Machin

JUST FOR FUN

How to
frame your
work in a hoop
Step 1

TRIM your stitching and a fabric piece


into a circle slightly larger than your
hoop. Place the inside hoop beneath the
two pieces and the outer hoop on top.
Centre and press over your work. Pull
taut and tighten the screw.

Step 2

Designed by: Diane Machin


Stitch count: 35 high x 51 wide; 29 high x 45 wide; 38 high x 37 wide
Design size: 9x6cm (3x2in); 5x8cm (2x3in); 8x7cm (3x2in)
Stitch time: 10 hours for all three
These designs were stitched on 28 count evenweave over two threads of fabric.

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20

10

TURN your stitching to the reverse and


cut a piece of felt to t inside the inner
circle. Place the felt inside the hoop. You
can use a bit of fabric glue to keep it in
place. The felt will pad your stitching, and
stop anything showing through.

Diane Machin

USE a glue gun or double-sided tape to


begin attaching the rst layer of fabric,
pulling taut as you go. Repeat for the
second layer. Cut a second felt layer to t
over the back of your hoop. Secure with
glue or small neat stitches.

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Gracescraftsmanmadeseveralpincushionprototypesuntiltheshapewasjustright.

An interview with...

Grace Whowell

Beyond Measure is the savvy stitchers go-to store. CrossStitcher


chatted to owner Grace Whowell about her first year in business
Interview by Katie Allen

for nearly 20 years and I still do


freelance work as a crafts curator. Ive
always done sewing of some kind
its my way of relaxing.

rom buttons to bespoke pin


cushions, the CrossStitcher
teams crafty shopping
basket is always brimming
after a browse around owner Grace
Whowells beautiful web emporium.
We chatted to Grace about her life in
making, her favourite stitching gifts,
and how she started selling what she
simply calls beautiful things for folk
who make.

Did you grow up with your family in a


creative household?

As well as my parents, my aunt and


grandma, there were four siblings
plus me. My grandma and aunt were
usually knitting. My mum used to do
hand embroidery and lacemaking
I used to bead her lace bobbins for
her, and also tie fishing flies for my
dad. I dont think he ever caught
much with them, I just used to like
the feathers and lurex threads!

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What sparked the idea to start


Beyond Measure?

I started using my grandmas old


Singer sewing machine when I was
about 10 years old and that was it!
Did you study anything creative?

I studied ceramics at college and


I loved working with clay. Ive also
dabbled in silversmithing but after
I graduated I decided to pursue a
career working in galleries. I did this

I was looking for some quality


sewing gifts for a birthday but
everything modern seemed to be
cheap, mass produced and a bit
kitsch. I wanted to be able to buy the
kind of thing you would find in old
sewing boxes, like wooden and
leather needle cases, proper scissors
and beautiful pin cushions.
Some small companies such as
Sajou in France and Merchant and
Mills were making such things again,
so my idea was to bring things
together in one beautiful site. I also
knew people who I could
commission to make exclusive
products so I started making plans.

INSPIRING PEOPLE
Ihaveadeep
appreciationof
handmade
objectsandthe
skillthatgoesinto
makingthem.

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communitytobe
veryopenandsharing
andIamsogladto
bepartofitwithmy
littlebusiness.

Ive always done sewing of some


kind its my way of relaxing

What has the experience of running


your own business been like?

My work in galleries involved a retail


element and I developed lots of skills
along the way through working with
artists and customers. Internet retail
was a new world to me but luckily I
had a great web designer. When the
site went live in March 2015 and I got
my first order, it was very exciting!
I really like meeting customers face
to face at fairs and events. At the
first one I did (Leeds Wool Festival)
I took along some reading matter as
I thought I might be twiddling my
thumbs, but I never stopped all day!
You run the website from home how
do you fit it in with your daily life?

It can be a bit chaotic, especially as


my stock expands! We have a young
family so its great to have the
flexibility but sometimes it can be
hard to separate work and family
life. I think the next step will be to
move to business premises where
I can run the online side and store
my goods, so Im investigating some
of the fabulous mill premises nearby
in the Pennines.

Do you have a favourite product?

Its hard to choose but the turned


wooden pin cushions are rather
lovely. I work with an amazing
craftsman, Hugh Leishman. I make
the fabric cushions for them and
each is slightly different, so its a
labour of love. They sell out very
quickly and there is a waiting list
for the next batch, but people dont
seem to mind!
How do you find products?

I think about products that I would


like to use, or maybe a customer will
mention something that they would
like to buy but cant source easily.
With Eleonor Bostroms dogs, I saw
an image on social media and knew
I just had to have some! They are
shipped from the USA and I love
opening each parcel as each dog has
its own unique character.
Can you tell us a bit more about the
commissioning process?

I visit lots of craft events and fairs and


just get chatting to people. It might
be a particular design or use of a
material catches my eye, then I

approach the maker to discuss how


they might develop a product for me.
The first products I developed with
AWL have Beyond Measure etched
into the leather. When I first saw the
prototypes, it hit me that my
business idea had become a reality.
Its so exciting but a bit nerve
wracking as I know how much work
goes into making a sample.
You sell at lots of shows how has that
experience been?

Quite often customers bring along


things they are making or have made
using my goods and I love having a
chat. Ive learnt so much from them,
like how to card wool more quickly
for my pin cushions and how to
thread a needle easily (always thread
the end that comes off the reel first,
and knot the end that you have cut
its to do with the twist in the thread).
Ive got to know many other small
business owners, its hard not to part
with my own cash when I see their
wares, we all support each other!
What are your dreams for the future?

I look forward to creating more


exclusive products with makers and
designers. My business is still very
young and I am excited to see how
things develop. I often think about
how a Beyond Measure shop might
look and how I could expand my
range. I am happy to take things one
step at a time though; it may happen
when the time is right, we shall see!
www.shopbeyondmeasure.co.uk

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All
Aboard!
Our amazing Noahs ark play set
doubles as a carry bag so little ones can
store their animals inside, two by two!

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Make a bag
Step 1
STITCH your design then make a
template for the bag. Lay tracing
paper over your design, then use
pins to mark out the design area on
your paper. Using a ruler and pencil,
add 6cm (2in) to the top of the
stitching and 3cm (1in) to the
bottom and sides, rounding the
bottom corners to match the shape
of the ark.

Step 2
USE the template you have made to
cut out the bag front, making sure
the design is central. Cut the bag
back and two lining pieces using the
same template. Pin the two bag ap
pieces right sides together, and then
cut so that the upper edge of the ap
is narrower than the bottom edge,
by about 2cm (in).

Step 3
SEW the ap pieces together, with a
2.5cm (in) seam allowance, leaving
the bottom edge open. Trim the seam
allowance, clip the points, then turn
through to the right side and press.

Designed by: Jane Prutton Stitch count: 84 high x 118 wide


Design size: 14x20cm (5x8in) Stitch time: 34 hours
These designs were stitched on 28 count evenweave over two threads of fabric.

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MACHINE stitch around the top of
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edge, to hold all the layers together.

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Make a
padded animal
Step 1
MAKE a padded animal to go
with your ark by cross stitching your
chosen animal following the chart and
key, and then placing it face down on
your backing fabric.

Step 2
MACHINE stitch around the edge,
following the outline of your animal,
but leaving the bottom open.

Step 3
CUT away some of the seam
allowance, turn to the right side, then
stuff and sew up the bottom edge
with neat stitches.

If your ark or animals need a clean after theyve been


played with, hand wash in cold water with a small amount
of mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly and let them air dry
Use our handy
alphabet to
personalise
your gift!

Jane Prutton

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Zweigart 28 co
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For stockist deta
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PETALS & PENNIES

Petals & Pennies


Our easy stitch oral purse will make a beautiful addition to your
bag, so you can pocket your pennies in style this summer

The template for this


comes with the purse frame is
listed in the materials, but thy
design can be used with an
10cm (4in) purse frame

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JUST FOR FUN

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Make a purse

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Kerry Morgan

Designed by: Kerry Morgan Stitch count: 50 high x 53 wide


Design size: 10x11cm (4x4in) Stitch time: 10 hours

STITCH your design and then using the


template supplied with your frame, cut your
purse front so that the design is central. Use
the same template to cut a purse back, two
purse linings and two from the wadding.

Step 2
POSITION the purse front and back
right sides together and place between the
two pieces of wadding. Stitch around the
lower edge of the purse, between the two
points marked on the template, using a
1.25cm (in) seam allowance.

Step 3
CLIP the seam, starting and nishing just
below the marked points. Sew the lining fabric
pieces together in the same way, but leave an
opening at the bottom for turning the purse
later in the construction. Clip the seams.

Step 4
TURN the lining right-side out and then slip
inside the purse. Pin the top edge, making
sure the side seams match exactly.

Step 5
WORK from the centre of one opening edge.
Sew the layers together and when you reach
the side seam, stop with your needle down,
then manoeuvre the fabric so that you can
continue on the other side without breaking
the seam. Clip the seams.

Step 6

This design was stitched on 25 count evenweave over two threads of fabric.

PULL the lining out of the purse, and then


push the purse through the hole left at the
bottom of the lining, turning to the right side,
then slip stitch the lining closed.

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stopping 1cm (in) from the side seams, and
in one channel of the purse frame, nishing a
few millimetres before the hinges. Wait
about ve to six minutes and then insert the
purse top into the frame use a sharp tool to
push the fabric well into your frame. Your top
stitching should be hidden inside the frame.

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French knots in one strand

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TOP STITCH around the purse top, working


4mm (in) in from the fabric edge. Push the
lining well down inside the purse.

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LEAVE at least 1 hours to set before


repeating with the other half of the frame,
then leave overnight to make sure the glue
is completely cured.

SUMMER 2016

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SHADES OF SUMMER

LOVE STITCHING

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SUMMER 2016

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Size 26 tapestry needle


Frame with a 23.5x18.5
cm
(9x7in) aperture
Mount board to t fram
e
For stockist details see
page 86

LOVE STITCHING

Designed by: Felicity Hall


Stitch count: 115 high x 80 wide
Design size: 20x14cm (8x5in)
Stitch time: 14 hours
This design was stitched on 28 count
evenweave over two threads of fabric.

DMC

Anchor

Madeira

Cross stitch in two strands

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This is a great project for


beginners as it only features
whole stitches!

How to frame a picture


Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

CUT a piece of white mount board


to t inside your frame. Place your
design centrally over the mount
board and pin the fabric around the
board to secure, starting at the centre
of each side and working outwards.

PIN around the entire perimeter


and check you are happy with the
positioning of your design, then turn
over to the reverse. Use double-sided
tape to secure the fabric excess
around all four sides.

SECURE the fabric edges with


masking tape and remove the pins.
Position your stitching in the frame
and back with a second piece of
mount board. Seal the edges with
more masking tape to nish off.

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inspired

FUN ON THE FARM

Our bumper crop of motifs will keep you crafting past


harvest time Which farmyard friends are your favourites?
Designed by: Stitch People

MATERIALS
Zweigart 28 count white
Brittney evenweave, ref: 3270/100;
20x20cm (8x8in)
Stranded cotton
Size 26 tapestry needle
Wooden hoop; 10cm (4in) diameter
For stockist details see page 86

Our farm pictures were


stitched on 28 count evenweave
over two threads of fabric. The
cross stitch is in two and three
strands of stranded cotton,
blending the colours where
needed, and the backstitch and
French knots in one strand. The
stitch count, design size and
stitch time will depend on what
you include in your picture.

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Stitch People

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LETS GET INSPIRED

CLOUDS
Add atmosphere to your sky by
stitching clouds using hues of light
blue, grey, white and cream. Contrast
medium tones with dark and light to
create added dimension.
FLOWERS
Make loose French knots for the
owers to give them a more circular
appearance. As you complete the
French knots, simply adjust the
tension of your stranded cotton to
allow some slack to remain.
CORN
For corn on the
stalk, complete a
series of yellow
French knots, then
make a few long
stitches on either
side of the French
knots for the husk.
CHICKENS
Tan Chicken
Use a natural colour for the beak
and legs (or match colours to a real
life chicken). For a lightly marbled
brown colour, combine one or two
light brown or tan coloured strands
of stranded cotton with one lighter
strand. The difference in colours
should be very subtle, as this will
create the look of lighter feathers
peeking through the darker ones.
Use a French knot for the eye, and
backstitch for the markings and legs.
Brown Chicken
For a Rhode Island Red type of
chicken, use different shades of
similar brown in dark, medium
and light shades. You could add a
few stitches between the colour
changes, using a blend of two shades.
This will merge the colour changes
together, without a stark step in
colour. Use a French knot for the
eyes, and then backstitch for the
wing and leg markings.
White Chicken
Make the wing of the white chicken
stand out by using grey coloured
stranded cotton. If you feel the
chicken is dicult to see against light

fabric, try using one strand of light


grey stranded cotton to outline.
You could also try a combination of
colours for the cross stitch, mixing
white with grey or cream. Use yellow
or grey for the legs, and grey for the
wing markings.
Black and White Chicken
To create very small stripes of
black and white, like on a Barred
Plymouth Rock chicken, stitch the
entire chicken in a combination of
stranded colours try two black
with one white, one black, one
white, and one medium grey.
TOP TIP
For a more defined look, try creating
the wing shape by working each
stitch with the top-left to bottom-right
below; and top-right to bottom-left
above, doing the opposite on the
rest of the chicken.

More to make...
Liked our projects but want to stitch
some more? Try these three fun
farmyard ideas

Pick out a favourite farm scene


to stitch for a little ones rst
birthday card.

Stitch individual animals on


plastic canvas, back with felt
and trim, then attach a brooch pin
to make cute badges.

We also think these motifs


would make great fridge
magnets make in the same way
as step two but attach a magnet to
the backs instead.

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BEE-KEEPER
Add the bee-keeper's head to
the farmer's body, so that he
is wearing his protective hat.
Use a single strand of light
grey stranded cotton to make
backstitches on top of his face,
to create a sheer fabric covering
to protect him from the bees.
HAY BALES
Try completing the bales of hay
in various shades of tan to give
the effect of hay. Use randomly
placed backstitches around the
edges and throughout the bale
to create loose pieces of hay.

TURN TO
PAGE 59

TO LEARN
HOW TO FRAME
IN A HOOP

More from...

STITCH PEOPLE
Our fun farmyard collection was
taken from the new Farm Animals
book from Stitch People by Lizzy
Dabczynski-Bean, whos well-known
in the stitching world for her first
title, Do-it-Yourself Stitch People
(pictured). Both books are packed to
bursting with motifs you can use in
your projects, together with tips from
Lizzy on how you can customise the
designs to make them unique. The
books are available to buy direct from
www.stitchpeople.com.

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Stitch People

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ING
STITCH

IZYOEUS!
PFR
OR
Weve got some great cross stitch giveaways up for
grabs make sure you enter today for your chance to win!
Giveaways open 27 May 23 June

Woodland
Collection kits

Beach Huts kit

20
prize

Beach Huts is part of the By The Sea Collection from Heritage


Crafts. This lovely design, from a painting by Karen Carter,
shows a row of quirky beach huts under a summer sky. The kit
includes Zweigart aida, DMC stranded cotton, needle and full
instructions. The nished size is 20x11cm, and is available for
20.10 from www.hcrafts.com. We have one kit to give away.
Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry
BEACH HUTS GIVEAWAY 306.

Mermaid
Cove kit

36
prize

Bobo Stitch has come up with yet


another range of contemporary
designs, that are quick to stitch and
will look stunning when displayed
as a set. The kits each contain
14 count aida, thread, needle, and
instructions, plus metallic thread
which will make them really zing.
Mouse will t into a 3in wooden
hoop (RRP 10), Squirrel will t into
a 4in hoop (RRP 12) and Pheasant
a 5in wooden frame (14). Go to
www.bobostitch.co.uk for more
details. One lucky reader will win
all three Bobo Stitch kits!
Enter by post to the address
below, labelling your entry
WOODLAND COLLECTION
GIVEAWAY 306.

32
prize

The Mermaid Cove kit is


worked on beautiful 14
count hand-dyed aida
with silver metallic,
sequins and shells. This
charming scene from
Bothy Threads contains
black stranded cotton, a
chart and instructions
and has a RRP of 31.99.
The design, which uses
full cross stitch with just
a few fractionals, is
26x36cm, and one lucky
readers will soon be
enjoying this charming
fantasy scene! Go to www.bothy threads.com for more details.
Enter by post to the address below, labelling your entry
MERMAID COVE GIVEAWAY 306.

18 of
prizes

Wedding card kits

Its that time of year when we all know someone who is getting
married, and these lovely cards from Lifetime Samplers could be just
the thing to send to the happy couple. These charming arched card
kits cost 8.95 each and come with a clear colour chart and all the
materials needed to make the card. The card measures 15.5x11cm
and two lucky readers will each win a kit. Go to www.lifetimesamplers.
co.uk or call 0115 940 6968 or more details. Enter by post to the
address below, labelling your entry WEDDING KIT GIVEAWAY 306.

HOW TO ENTER

Write your name and address on the back of a postcard or stuck-down envelope
together with the name of the giveaway(s) you are entering and send to:
CrossStitcher, PO Box 172, Northam, EX39 9DY.
Competitions open 27 May - 23 June 2016. For competition terms and conditions go to page 87. You may enter multiple prize draws on one postcard.

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JOIN IN!
Ta

ke part in our
stitch-along. Start
any time to create
our mystery
design.

LEARN WITH

Sharpen your stitching skills every month until Christmas


with our brand new stitch-along club. Join us for our
mystery sampler! If youre new to cross stitch, dont
worry we have all the tips you need over the page...

THEESSENTIALKITYOULLNEEDTOSTARTSTITCHING
NEEDLES

STRANDEDCOTTON

FABRICS

For basic stitching youll need a tapestry needle


that has a blunt tip and large eye. Use a size 24
needle for most aidas, and a size 26 for evenweaves
and linens. Use a sharp embroidery needle for
ner details such as backstitch and French knots.

Embroidery thread is also called stranded cotton.


Each thread length is made up of six strands of
cotton twisted together. The chart key will tell you
how many strands youll need to stitch with.

Aida is an ideal choice for cross stitch beginners.


14 count is the most common, although its
available in a huge variety of colours and counts.
Each cross stitch is worked over a single aida
block, making counting and keeping your place
a cinch.
Evenweave is much simpler to work with
than you might think. Start with a 25 or 28 count
evenweave, such as Zweigart Lugana. Once
youre condent, try your hand at a linen version.

EMBROIDERYSCISSORS

Embroidery scissors are an absolute must-have.


Keep yours sharp by only using them to cut threads .

HOOPSANDFRAMES

Though not absolutely essential, we do


recommend using an embroidery hoop or frame
to keep an even stitching tension.

WELCOME TO
THIS MONTHS
STITCH-ALONG
Add this part of the design to your
own mystery sampler or start your
Christmas stitching early using our
nativity scene to make a seasonal
card or tree ornament.

THE CHART

EACH square on the chart represents a single


cross stitch. Start from the centre of the design and
your fabric. The centre of our charts are indicated
by arrows at the designs edges. To find your
fabrics centre, fold it in half and into quarters.

10

20

THE KEY

30

ALL THE symbols that appear on the chart are listed in


the key with their corresponding thread codes beside
them. The key also tells you the different stitches used in
the design. The closest column of thread codes listed
next to the chart symbols is the thread brand thats used
in the design. Similar colour matches are listed alongside
it. Where no close match can be found, you may have to
use a different brand of thread for that shade.

10

DMC

30

Anchor

Madeira

Cross stitch in two strands

20

Susan Penny

Designed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 30 high x 35 wide


Design size: 5.5x6.6cm (2x2n) Stitch time: 3 hours
This design was stitched on 28 count evenweave over two threads of the fabric.

310
403
black
347
34
1025 40
407
434
43
310
2009
436
1045 20
2011
911
205
1214
3840 117
907
90
blanc 00
001
white
ite
E3852 light effects
E385
Backstitch in one strand

E3852 light effects


star hanger

HOW TO JOIN OUR STITCH-ALONG


STITCH-ALONGS CAN take many different forms in our case
were unveiling a new chart in each issue between our May issue
and our Christmas edition. Well be giving you a small section of a
sampler each time as you add to your design youll start to see
your sampler take shape!
If you would like to join our stitch-along you will need a
46x25.5cm (18x10in) piece of beige 28 count Cashel linen, ref:
3281/309, or 14 count aida to complete the whole design. The
finished design size is 32x13.5cm (12x 5in). Make a rectangular

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border of cross stitches 182 high x 77 wide which is the design


stitch count, in DMC 321. Start with a red square at the bottom left of
the design, which is four squares in from the left side, including the
red border stitch, and leaving two blank squares above the Scottie
Dog. The Scottie Dog and the Gingerbread Girl are part one and
two of our stitch-along, issues 304 and 305, May and June 2016.
Update us on your progress by posting photos on our
Christmas SAL Pinterest board, on Facebook; www.facebook.com/
CrossStitcherMag or emailing us at crossstitcher@dennis.co.uk.

NEW TO CROSS STITCH? START RIGHT HERE!


Start stitching on aida
Step 1

Step 2

CUT a 40cm thread length, and thread


your needle with two of the six strands.
Knot one end and start with a waste
knot (opposite). Make a diagonal half
cross stitch across a single aida block.

MAKE a second diagonal stitch to make


the cross. You can work a row of half
cross stitches first, then work back on
yourself to complete the stitches. All the
top stitches should face the same way.

STARTING A THREAD
1. Away waste knot

and on evenweave

INSTEAD of taking your needle


diagonally across a single aida block,
take your needle diagonally across two
evenweave threads, creating a half
cross stitch as before.

FRENCH KNOTS
2. Loop knot

Go dotty with this simple way to


add neat knots to your designs

Step 1

Reverse of fabric

KNOT one end of your thread and take it


down through the front of your fabric, 2cm
from your starting point.Bring it back up to
the front of the fabric to make your first
stitch. Begin stitching your design, making
sure you stitch over your starting thread
with each stitch. Once youre happy that
your starting thread is secure, snip off the
knot. To secure your thread when youve
finished stitching, weave it through the
back of your stitches.

WORKING in two strands makes a loop


knot the neatest method. Cut a single
length of thread, twice as long as normal.
Fold in half to create a loop at one end.
Thread your needle with the two tail ends.
Bring your needle up to the front of your
fabric, leaving a small loop of thread on the
reverse. Make a half cross stitch, passing
your needle through the loop on the
reverse, as shown. Pull all the way to secure
the thread then continue with your stitching.

ADDING BACKSTITCH OUTLINES & DETAILS

BRING your needle up at your starting


point and wrap your thread once or twice
around the needle. Use one strand for a
small knot and two for a chunkier knot.
Hold your thread end firmly and take your
needle down, ever so slightly away from
where you came up. Slide the twisted
thread down the needle, so it rests on the
fabrics surface, and gently feed the
needle through the fabric.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 2

WORK your backstitch once youve finished


the cross stitch. To secure your thread,
weave it through the back of your stitches,
then bring your needle up to the surface.

MAKE each backstitch over one thread of


fabric on aida and two threads if you work
on evenweave. Follow the chart to see
where to place each one.

KEEP your thread as taut as possible to


prevent the knot becoming loose. Gently
pull your thread through to tighten the
knot, so that it sits neatly on the surface.

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shopping

Seen something thats inspired you? Heres where you can buy it...

Getstarted

For stitching fabric, threads and all the basic supplies you need, try one of these top stockists
WILLOW FABRICS
www.willowfabrics.co.uk
For evenweave, aida and all kinds
of stitching fabrics

JOHN JAMES NEEDLES


www.jjneedles.com
0152 783 0941
For all kinds of needles and needle packs

BARNYARNS
www.barnyarns.co.uk
0176 569 0069
For Anchor, DMC and Madeira threads and
all kinds of haberdashery supplies

SIESTA FRAMES
www.siestaframes.com
0120 281 3363
For stitching frames, hoops and lamps

COTTON PATCH
www.cottonpatch.co.uk
0121 702 2840
For stuffing, wadding, interfacing,
Bondaweb, scissors and all kinds of
haberdashery supplies

CLOUD CRAFT
www.cloudcraft.co.uk
For 100% wool felt in lots of colours
JOSY ROSE
www.josyrose.com
For buttons, beads and all kinds
of embellishments

SEAMSTAR
www.seamstar.co.uk
0182 977 0733
For plain and patterned fabrics
and all kinds of trims
EFRAME
www.eframe.co.uk
For picture frames for displaying
your stitching
HOBBYCRAFT
www.hobbycraft.co.uk
0330 026 1400
For cardstock, paper, paint, glue
and general crafting supplies

Yourprojects

You can make our projects using any materials you like, but if you need help tracking down specic
items here are a few hints. Contact details for the suppliers are above or on the opposite page.
TIME BY THE SEA
Fabric Flair 14 count
Summer Cloud aida: Sew it All
Wooden embroidery
hoop: Hobbycraft
Clock mechanism: Sew It All
Thick card: Hobbycraft
Felt: Hobbycraft
SHOP WISELY
Zweigart 28 count white Brittney
evenweave: Willow Fabrics
Cotton fabric: John Lewis
ALL ABOARD
Zweigart 28 count white Brittney
evenweave: Willow Fabrics
Cotton backing fabric: John Lewis
Cotton lining fabric: John Lewis
Bag ap fabric: John Lewis
Cotton webbing: John Lewis
DUCKS IN A ROW
Zweigart 28 count antique white
Brittney evenweave: Willow Fabrics
Wooden embroidery hoops: Hobbycraft
GARDEN PARTY
Permin 28 count offwhite linen: Sew and So
Backing fabric: John Lewis
Cushion pad: John Lewis

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HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
Zweigart 14 count
white aida: Willow Fabrics
Wooden frame: eFrame
Mount board: Fred Aldous
FUN ON THE FARM
Zweigart 28 count
white Brittney evenweave:
Willow Fabrics
Wooden hoop: Hobbycraft
LIGHT IT UP!
Zweigart 28 count
white Brittney evenweave:
Willow Fabrics
SHADES OF SUMMER
Zweigart 28 count white Brittney
evenweave: Willow Fabrics
Wooden frame: eFrame
Mount board: Fred Aldous
PETALS & PENNIES
Zweigart 25 count green Lugana
evenweave: Willow Fabrics
Cotton fabric: John Lewis
Wadding: John Lewis
Silver half-moon
glue-in purse frame: Bag Clasps
Gutermann textile glue: Bag Clasps
Cotton fabric: John Lewis

MAKE OF THE MONTH


Zweigart 28 count white Brittney
evenweave: Willow Fabrics
Leather-style cord: Amazon
Self-cover buttons: Hobbycraft

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EFRAME
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ISSUE 307

JULY 2016

On sale
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Inside this month


Say Home Sweet Home in
stitches with our cute cottage
Choose from cards galore,
for birthdays, weddings & more!
Catch some rays with our
bold, brilliant sun cushion
Stitching for a new arrival?
Youll adore our baby sampler

Use our Fruity Fun kit to make a trio of


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Inside...
Packed with new ideas and designs for you

PLUS Youll love our crafty ideas for


using paper clips with your stitching!

ISSUE 306
SUMMER 2016

Seaside Stitching
SIX SPECIAL CHARTS TO STITCH, FILLED WITH SUN, SAND AND SEA!

Welcome

Theres nothing quite like a day at


the great British seaside, especially
in summertime. Armed with a blanket,
sun cream, oppy hat, sandwiches and
a thermos, you can enjoy the warm
sand beneath your toes and the sound
of waves lapping close by. The six
designs contained within this booklet
celebrate the fun and happy times
spent by the sea, from the Punch &
Judy tent to sailing boats racing in the
harbour the only problem youll have
is deciding which one to stitch rst!

Susan & Martin Penny


Editors

3 Wind & Waves

6 Bright & Breezy

8 Pleased As Punch

10 Harbour Sailing

12 Diving Dolphins

14 Sea Shells Sampler

All the designs in Seaside Stitching use two strands of stranded cotton for
the cross stitch and one strand for the backstitch and French knots.

Editors Susan & Martin Penny Art Editor Lucille Randall Operations Editor Lucy Evans
Projects Claire Crompton for Wind & Waves, Pleased As Punch, Harbour Sailing,
Diving Dolphins and Sea Shells Sampler; Susan Penny for Bright & Breezy

Wind & Waves


Lets go fly a kite! The sea breeze and rolling waves make
the perfect backdrop for our nostalgic beach scene

20

30

40

10

10

20

30

40

t
50

60

70

80

90

50

60

70

80

60

DMC

Cross stitch

312
31
32
322
33
334
347
435
43
437
676
729
9

DMC

Cross stitch

739
762
932
945
3325
3328
3752
3753

DMC

Cross stitch

3770
blanc
Half cross stitch

676
Backstitch

839

outlines

Wind & Waves was stitched on 28 count cream


evenweave and is 92 high x 83 wide.

The backstitch outlines on


the girl, kite and hat are
important for giving depth
to this stunning scene
Claire Crompton

Bright &
Breezy
Bold and full of vibrant colour our
beach huts design will brighten your
home in next to no time!

20

10

30

40

50

10

20

30

t
40

50

60

DMC

Cross stitch

208
347
702
703
739
741

DMC

Cross stitch

780
798
973
3705
3766
ecru

DMC

Cross stitch

blanc
Backstitch

844

outlines

Susan Penny

DMC

French knots

741

doorknob

844

nail

3705

doorknob

3766

doorknob

This design is a
great stash buster
just stitch the
huts in colours
you have spare

Bright & Breezy was stitched on 14 count blue aida and is 65 high x 57 wide.

Pleased as Punch
Nothing says seaside more than a Punch & Judy
show stitch ours to remember fun holidays gone by

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10

30

40

50

10

20

30

40

50

60

DMC

Cross stitch

310
322
35
351
498
632
666

DMC

Cross stitch

676
701
703
725
729
754

DMC

Cross stitch

791
792
799
928
957
3755

Claire Crompton

DMC

Cross stitch

3841
blanc
Backstitch

3371

outlines

See page 59 of
our Summer issue
for full details on
how to frame your
work in a hoop

Pleased As Punch was stitched on 14 count cream aida and is 61 high x 53 wide.

Harbour Sailing
Packed with detail and stitched in fresh thread shades,
our sweet sampler is perfect for your bathroom wall

10

20

10

30

40

50

10

20

30

40

50

60

t
DMC

Cross stitch

162
16
318
355
356
413
3
415
5

DMC

Cross stitch

503
611
613
722
754
813

DMC

Cross stitch

840
841
842
948
950
951

Claire Crompton

DMC

Cross stitch

3046
3047
3813
3856
blanc

DMC

Backstitch

563

border

3768

outlines

French knots

3046
pebbles

DMC

French knots

3047

pebbles

3825

starsh

blanc

sea spray

Seed beads

green
Harbour Sailing was stitched on 14 count white aida and is 63 high x 55 wide.

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Diving Dolphins
Our favourite seaside friends dive amongst the waves
and play in the sea foam. We used ours to decorate
bathroom accessories how will you display yours?

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20

10

30

40

50

10

20

30

40

50

60

t
Claire Crompton

DMC

Cross stitch

518
519
823
828
931
932

DMC

Cross stitch

992
993
3752
3753
3761
blanc

DMC

Backstitch

823

outlines

You can buy towels with


14 count aida panels, or use
waste canvas to stitch the
design on any towel you like

Diving Dolphins was stitched on 28 count green evenweave and is 63 high x 55 wide.

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Sea Shells Sampler


pler
Stripes, shells, starsh and more! Weve packed an ocean of
detail into our gorgeous sampler thats still a simple stitch

14

20

10

30

40

50

10

20

30

40

50

60

DMC

Cross stitch

DMC

Cross stitch

224
225
5
300
310
407
712

744
798
832
834
920
922

DMC

Cross stitch

927
928
964
3047
3078
3772

Claire Crompton

DMC

Cross stitch

3811
3825
3853
3855
blanc

DMC

Backstitch

300

outlines

French knots

921

starsh

922

starsh

Sea Shells Sampler was stitched on 14 count white aida and is 63 high x 55 wide.

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