12 Days of Christmas – day nine!

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It’s day nine in our amazing 12 Days of Christmas giveaway extravaganza! Your treat for today is free chart designed by Diane Machin. These glittering dove ornaments are perfect for making last minute Christmas decor, as they are quick to stitch and easy to assemble. They are stitched using DMC light Effects threads, but would… Continue reading

Weekend freebie – festive hoop

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It’s Friday and it’s Christmas – double celebration! This weekend, we have a special free treat for you from Coats – a gorgeous Christmas tree hoop! Designed by Raphaela Nickel, it’s easy to complete and doesn’t take long to stitch – a perfect cosy evening project. Then once you’re done, hang it in your home for… Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas – day one

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The countdown to Christmas starts here! Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas – a joint extravaganza run by CrossStitcher and Cross Stitch Collection magazine in which we are giving away a stitchy goodie every day for 12 days! The first festive treat we have for you is a free downloadable chart for this gorgeous… Continue reading

Free tag templates!

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Aren’t these gift tags cute! They are perfect for finishing off pressies for the gals. They are quick to stitch and make too – you can find the project in our January issue (287) out Friday 12 December. It’s easy to draw your own tags freehand on Kraft card, but if you’d like a little… Continue reading

Free printables: months for your Changing Seasons calendar

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Stay organised and enjoy a whole year in cross stitch by making our Changing Seasons calendar from our January issue – out 12 December. Designed by Lesley Teare, the project features each month in florals and garden motifs – perfect for celebrating the beauty of each season! Each month should be quick to stitch, and… Continue reading

Download your cat card mounts

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Our four kitty cards in our January issue (287, out Friday 12 December) are perfect for sending post-Christmas thank-you notes – or should that be ‘purrr-fect’! They’ve been designed by Jenny Barton and are so, so cute. Cat lovers will adore them – in fact, just about most people will adore them! They’re great for… Continue reading

Weekend freebie – Christmas robin

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Friday’s come round again, and we’ve got another free treat for you to celebrate the weekend. This time, stitch up this handsome Christmas robin looking very festive among the holly. He’s from DMC, and you can download the chart and key right here. He’s lovely for a Christmas card – or why not stitch him on… Continue reading

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

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

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