A message from Debbie Cripps

It always amazes me that despite the fact I have cupboards full of crafty bits, when I go to a show I always come back with yet another purchase!

I went to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace recently, and came back with a toy rabbit kit from my favorite company, Candle House Crafts.

Cross stitch designers

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Hello,
We’ve just come back from the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. This show is always a treat, and a great opportunity to say hello to you all in person. I also love the opportunity to catch up with some of my favourite designers. Meg Evershed was there from the Nutmeg Company (she produces gorgeous little 3-d cross stitch kits), and Michael Powell with his spectacular display of designs based on his original artwork.


What I’d love to know is which designer would you most like to meet in person? Would it be Margaret Sherry, or Faye Whitaker?

Simply Knitting giveaways

If you’ve been entering the our sister magazine, Simply Knitting‘s giveaways on this website and can’t find them this month then don’t dispair. They’ve just moved over to Simply Knitting‘s new website! Just visit www.simplyknittingmagazine.co.uk and you can enter in the normal way.

cross stitch challenges

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Hello again,
 
We’ve all been chatting in the office recently about the most difficult piece of stitching we’ve ever done. For Harriet it was the first really big project she ever stitched – the Lavender and Lace design, Celtic Autumn. It was huge and had lots of fiddly beads, but of course looked absolutely stunning when it was finished, making it all worthwhile.
 
Ruth’s most difficult stitch was a dolphin design she made for her cousin’s 18th birthday. It used up to five strands at a time, with lots of blending – it sounds like it would have driven me crazy!
 
I’m really not sure what mine is. I’ve got a wizard design on black fabric that really hurts your eyes, I’ve done designs where the backstitch is so fiddly it takes as long as the cross stitching did, and I’m currently stitching a bookmark that’s on 25HPI evenweave, stitched over one strand! Plus there’s those really big designs you feel you’ll never see the end of…
 

So, we’d like to know, what’s the most difficult piece of stitching you’ve ever done? What made it so difficult – and how did you feel when you’d finished it?

 
Just post your comments here, or email us on quickandeasy@futurenet.co.uk
 
I look forward to hearing all your stories!
 
Rhian

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Cross stitch shows

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It’s show time again as we all get ready for The knitting and Stitching show 2007 at Alexandra Palace. It’s running this weekend, from 12th-15th October and it should be a fun event. This is my first trip to this show, so I’m looking forward to having a look at all the different stalls, and of course, meeting lots of our readers. If you want to come along too, visit the Twisted thread website (www.twistedthread.com) for more details.

Cross stitch in the 21st century

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Hi there,
We all know that stitching is one of the most relaxing, absorbing and rewarding crafts there is, but when it comes to being trendy it seems to be losing out to other crafts like papercrafting and knitting.


So, let’s all fly the banner for cross stitching – reply to this blog or email me at dearcathy@futurenet.co.uk and tell us all why you think cross stitching is the best hobby in the world, and we’ll print your replies in the magazine.

Hello from Harriet

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Hello everyone – I’m Harriet, the new face at Quick&Easy Cross Stitch! First of all I want to say that I’ve been having a fantastic time since joining the team just over a month ago. Already I feel as though I’ve done the job for years! Everyone has been really welcoming and friendly, and it’s so great to be surrounded every day by people who love stitching as much as I do!
 
But the most exciting thing of all for me has been seeing my very first Q&E issue on sale in the shops! Issue 145 is out now, and it’s packed full of delicious designs that certainly make me want to whip out my needle and thread.

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