Weekend freebie – Christmas candle

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It’s Friday again! And we’re really in the Christmas spirit now. So we’re bringing you a lovely cosy festive stitch from Lesley Teare for your latest weekend freebie. This glowing candle design is available on Lesley Teare’s website www.lesleyteare.com. She posted the chart on her blog on 28 October 2014, so click on the blog tab, then scroll down until you… Continue reading

Mood board: robins

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Christmas is coming! Have you spotted any robins in your garden or at the park yet this winter? We love these birds – and they’ve been inspiring lots of designers recently. Check out our ideas for robin red-breast makes and buys for you, your home and your pals… Send friends chirpy Christmas greetings in our… Continue reading

The Savvy Stitcher: crafty gift wrapping

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Invested time and love hand-stitching gifts for Christmas? Then we know you’ll want them to look extra special under the tree. So, make sure you check out The Savvy Stitcher in our December issue (out now), which is all about crafty gift wrapping using scraps from your stash! Fun and thrifty, crafty gift wrapping is… Continue reading

Weekend freebie – kitsch Christmas cards

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These three cuties are kitsch-tastic! Stitch them up, embellish with bells and bows, and mount on printable star card mounts for the most adorable Christmas cards! To make them, you’ll need: 14 count white aida; charts and key which you can download here; illustrated card mount you can download here; threads as listed in the… Continue reading

Celebrate Christmas with CrossStitcher’s December issue – out now


Christmas is now just over a month away, so it’s time to ramp up your festive stitching. And we’ve filled our December issue (286 – out now here) with cosy homestyle and gifts everyone will love. Our cover star is an adorable sausage dog and his robin friend. Our little canine is looking very snug… Continue reading

Enter our December issue competitions today

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Our December issue (286) goes on sale in the UK today, which means our amazing competitions are open! Up for grabs we have an Ultimate Floorstanding Lamp from Daylight. This lamp is packed with features like a flexible gooseneck arm, optional wheels on the base, a height-adjustable stem, tray, chart holder and magnifier. We also… Continue reading

Coin purse template

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After quick project ideas to make Christmas gifts for friends and family? Then you won’t want to miss our December 2014 issue (out Friday 14 November). It features a special pullout section packed with 16 last-minute makes for him, for her and for children. One of our favourite projects from it is this sweet wise… Continue reading

Baby bib template

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Celebrate a teeny tot’s first Christmas with this festive bib project from our December 2014 issue (out 14 November). It’s the perfect gift for your own baby or a friend’s little one. You’ll find the chart, key and instructions you need in our December 2014 edition. To get started, you’ll need to make a template… Continue reading

Mini hoop embroidery from Dandelyne

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We’ve fallen in love with mini stitched hoops ever since we started creating our wintry versions for the gift with our November issue. So when we spotted the oh-so-cute embroidery from Dandelyne, we developed a major crush. The crafty talent behind Dandelyne is Aussie Sonia Lyne, whose passion for what she does shows in her adorably cheerful… Continue reading

Download your Polar Pals card mounts


Aren’t these little Polar Pals cute! They’ve been designed by Durene Jones and we’ve made them into Christmas cards for our December issue (number 286, out to buy on Friday 14 November here). Why not stitch them up and send to friends with cheery season’s greetings. You’ll find the charts, key and materials list in the December… Continue reading