Free! Download clasp purse template from May issue

Raindrop clasp purse from May 2015 issue of CrossStitcher

Save your pennies for a rainy day in this sweet clasp purse! Featuring a simple cloud design stitched onto soft pewter evenweave it would also make a lovely gift. You’ll find the chart for the clouds and raindrops, plus making instructions, in the May issue of CrossStitcher (on sale 3rd April 2015). Once you’ve stitched… Continue reading

Free! Download card artwork from the May 2015 issue

Cards from May 2015 issue of CrossStitcher

Create stunning any-occasion cards by adding your stitching to Lesley Teare’s hand-drawn artwork. In the May 2015 issue of CrossStitcher (on sale 3rd April) you’ll find the charts for you need to create the small stitched motifs. You’ll need 14 count perforated paper – we sourced ours from The Nutmeg Company - and white card. Download… Continue reading

Weekend freebie: bunny chart from Crafty Guild

Free Easter bunny pattern from Crafty Guild

Hop to it and get your paws on this cute Easter bunny! Designer Rhea Papellero is offering this chart as a free download from her blog, Crafty Guild. Happy stitching! (link inside the post)  

Weekend freebie: blackwork Easter cards

Blackwork Easter cards from Cross Stitch Collection

Some of the nicest things about having a sister is borrowing their clothes (hopefully with permission!) and sharing the wisdom of their experiences. Did you know that we call fellow cross stitch magazine, Cross Stitch Collection, our ‘sister’ magazine? It’s published by the same company, and some of the CrossStitcher team members work on both… Continue reading

Country Cottage keyring – free with April issue of CrossStitcher

Country Cottage keyring kit - free with the April issue of CrossStitcher

Do you dream of living in a sweet cottage in the countryside? Stitch the house of your dreams with this month’s free gift – a Country Cottage keyring kit. Each kit includes fabric, a keyring, embroidered ribbon, threads and a needle so you can get started straight away. The pattern appears in the April 2015… Continue reading

Free! Download Easter card mounts from April issue

Easter cards from CrossStitcher issue 290

Make someone’s day with a handmade Easter card. In our April 2015 issue you’ll find the patterns for four cards – a cheeky chick and a happy wee bunny. Once you’ve stitched your designs you can complete your cards with our free Easter card mounts (PDF). There are two designs to choose from – sunshine yellow or… 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

Dress-up Sophie card – what’s yours wearing?

March cover gift - dress up doll card

Join us on a trip down memory lane with our Sophie dress-up doll. Did you play with paper dolls as a child? Starting with a cardboard dolly (usually in her pants and vest!), we remember the excitement of choosing each outfit and then folding the fiddly tabs into place. We had this simple pleasure in… Continue reading

Weekend freebie: chart from Wild Olive

'I have always loved you' heart embroidery from Wild Olive

This is Mollie Johanson, the brilliant and enthusiastic stitcher behind the gorgeous Wild Olive blog. Her designs often include little faces, which turn the everyday into the downright adorable. We are thrilled to feature an interview with Mollie in the March issue of CrossStitcher magazine, in which she shares her love for embroidery and all things… Continue reading

Free! Download your matchbox template for a sweet baby keepsake

Baby matchbook keepsake

Welcome to the world little one! This dinky matchbox opens out to reveal sweet pastel motifs. There are 12 designs in total including sweet sleeping babes, bunting and little teddy bears – choose the motifs you like best and stitch them up to create a truly adorable baby keepsake. And best of all, you can… Continue reading