Mood board: family trees

Modern family trees

Get everyone talking with these ideas for your family tree. Working out your own family’s history is a good way to spark conversations between the generations. You might know all about your Great Aunt Maud, but have your children heard about her? Take the time to talk to grandparents and listen to their stories –… Continue reading

Quick gift idea: retro teapot clock

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Looking for a quick gift idea? This retro-style teapot clock from the March issue of CrossStitcher could be just the thing. You only need a handful of threads and you can tailor the colours to suit the recipient’s decor (or your own of course!). The clock can be stitched on evenweave or aida, whichever you… Continue reading

Editor’s pick – March issue of CrossStitcher

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We get so much pleasure from sewing for others. It takes time, effort and love to stitch a picture or sampler and it’s so rewarding to see the recipient enjoying the gift. In the March issue of CrossStitcher editor Jenny’s favourite project is the perfect present for a young child – a cross stitched train… Continue reading

Mood board: pretty in pink

Pretty in pink mood board

Pink is the perfect colour to perk you up – it’s so cheerful that it makes everything just a little bit happier. But like lots of things a little pink goes a long way. We’ve chosen our favourite pink products to add a bright spot to your day. We adore the colour palette of this… Continue reading

Thank you from Festive Friends

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Back in October last year we let you know about Festive Friends, a project set up by Philippa Griffin to spread Christmas cheer to isolated older people. Philippa was concerned about the social isolation felt by many elderly people – particularly at Christmas. Working with national charity Contact the Elderly‘s North West branch, she launched the Festive Friends project…. Continue reading

The Savvy Stitcher on Pinterest

Savvy Stitcher sheep keyring

Join us on Pinterest and get another helping of CrossStitcher inspiration with every issue! Have you visited the CrossStitcher Pinterest page yet? We create a new board every month to tie in with our Savvy Stitcher projects – use our pins to add project ideas to your own Pinterest boards, or just to spark a… Continue reading

Mood board: botanical prints

Botanicals moodboard

After the gloom of winter is there anything more cheering than seeing green shoots poking their way up into the garden? We are longing for spring and while we wait we’ve been spotting botanical and nature inspired prints. Here’s our round up of leafy loveliness… We love the nostalgic and whimsical illustrations from Belle & Boo and… Continue reading

Weekend freebie: Wild Olive embroidery

You've Stitched Up My Heart embroidery by Mollie Johanson of Wild Olive

We can’t get enough of Mollie Johanson’s adorable embroidery. Her blog, Wild Olive, is packed with the cutest ideas and she very kindly shares lots of free patterns and printables. Are you in the mood for a little love? Then this embroidery heart pattern is for you! And if you’re a speedy stitcher it would… Continue reading

The Savvy Stitcher – buttons (including a step-by-step guide to making your own)

Savvy Stitcher button notebook from March 2015 issue of CrossStitcher

A Savvy Stitcher is someone who knows a thing or two about sewing, and they’re looking for a little creative extra to make their projects really stand out. Every issue we tackle a different technique, providing step-by-step instructions and the charts you need to complete a handful of gorgeous projects. In our March issue, the… Continue reading

Crossword from issue 289 of CrossStitcher

We apologise for the delay in posting up the crossword entry for issue 289 of CrossStitcher. We’ve been having a few technical difficulties with our competitions entry system. Hopefully you’ve used the extra time to finish your puzzle so now you can enter the crossword competition in the box below. a Rafflecopter giveaway