As some of you may have seen, issue 180 of Cross Stitcher is on sale now! Here are just some of the things you will find:
Mabel Lucie Attwell nostalgic children scene
A sweet sleeping cat from top artist Anne Mortimer and DMC
Part two of the great Margaret Sherry Santa Afghan
An adorable teddy bell pull – using fluffy Lana threads
Blue Hydrangeas from Sheila Hudson
PLUS your free 2007 diary – a 100 page stitching must-have for 2007 with matching stitched items in the magazine
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Hi! I’m the new deputy art editor on Cross Stitcher, so I thought I’d just introduce myself and tell you all a bit about me…
I’ve been cross stitching now for over 12 years. My favourite projects are usually large, quite challenging and take hours of stitching to complete. I love the escapism that stitching brings and the satisfaction of finishing a project. I like to stitch for my friends and family and frequently work with beads and embellishments.
I wanted to show you all my first cross stitch design as I’m so proud of it! Zoe has been wanting to teach me how to stitch for years, and when I saw this Archie design I couldn’t resist. I personalised the design to suit my personality a bit more – I dyed my fabric black and as it’s my first design, Zoe said it was best to use binca.
I had a really busy week last week. Tuesday I went home to Eastbourne to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday. He’s just started to crawl and will definitely be keeping my sister on her toes! We had a lovely day spent playing with his new toys and eating lots of chocolate cake – I’m afraid he’s inherited my sweet tooth!
Wednesday I had a creative day spent at Bijoux Beads in Bath. It’s a fantastic bead shop that stocks every bead imaginable, plus they run beading courses too. Take a look at their website www.bijouxbeads.co.uk and you’ll see what I mean! It was absolute bead-heaven for me, and I’m driving my husband mad with the amount of beads I’m buying!
And then finally Thursday was spent at the Knitting and Stitching show, which was a hive of activity! I managed to catch up with friends from the RSN, and it was wonderful to see some of the work that was on display. And if you were there, you will have been able to pick up an early copy of our November issue, which were selling like hot cakes! We had some excellent feed back and you all seem to love Cross Stitcher’s diary that’s free with the issue- we’re glad you like it as much as we do!!
That’s about it for now, but don’t forget to let us know what you’ve been up to!
Speak to you next week.
Zoë, creative editor