Hearts and flowers?

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We’re just working on the February issue at the moment (it’s very strange working so far ahead!) and so we’re all getting in the mood for Valentine’s day. There are lots of lovely projects, but one of our past reader guests, San, raised a very good point. Many Valentine’s cross stitch designs, both those in magazines and kits have a very sentimental feel, with lots of hearts and flowers, but many stitchers are women, so will be making things for their husbands. Do men really want to receive the cute, sentimental designs, or would they prefer something more masculine?

What designs would you like to be able to cross stitch for your Valentine? Do you think people really celebrate the event or is it more popular in America?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sally, production editor

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Music to cross stitch to!

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Disney is back! Issue 181 on sale now!

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We’ve all eagerly awaited the return of Disney, and now it’s back with a brand new look and some exciting characters – those clever people at Anchor have done wonders! In issue 181 (on sale right now!) we’ve given you the first chance to stitch one of the great new scenes with our exclusive Tigger Superchart. The cheerful chap is bouncing around carrying all his Christmas presents. Also on your free Superchart is an exclusive competition to win new Disney kits plus a special preview of all the new Disney kits you can buy. Even take a look at the newest editions to the range – Tinkerbell and her fairy friends!

Also in the issue we take a look behind the scenes at Anchor to see how the Disney range came to life from original drawings to the finished kits!

Looking for a workbox?

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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start looking for presents for all those stitching enthusiasts. We’ve found a great range of products available from The Fabric Warehouse. With cross stitch kits from just £5.45 you’re sure to find something you love.

This cat print workbox is just one of the handy tools you’ll find there too. Prices start at £29.99 for the workboxes.  You can find your nearest Fabric Warehouse store by calling 0800 316 4408.

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Margaret Sherry addicts

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Issue 181 of Cross Stitcher has been on sale for a week or so now, and I must say, we’ve had a really great response from you all about Margaret Sherry’s cute Christmas Kitten. So many of you have stitched it already, and we’ve loved seeing you all proudly holding it.

No matter whether you’re normally a fan of cute characters or more traditional designs, everyone seems to love Margaret Sherry’s great creations. We’ve all fallen in love with her kittens, and cute characters and now she’s brought a new bear out, Charlie, with Heritage Stitchcraft.

But what do you think the appeal is with Margaret? What exactly makes all her designs so irresistable? Do you prefer her animals to her human creations, or do you like her designs no matter what they’re of?

I’d love to hear what you think, just relpy below.

Sally, production editor

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Quick&Easy bargains

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We all know that everyone loves a bargain, especially at this time of year when every penny counts!

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Cross stitch threads

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Hello there,
I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and managed to fit in some stitching time? Somehow we just can’t feel guilty about cosying up with our latest projects when it’s cold and dark and raining outside!

We’re just putting the finishing touches to our January issue, which is packed full of new ideas, like our winter scene with real curtains and glow-in-the-dark spacemen with speciality threads. So I wanted to ask you what you think of all the different threads that we can use with our stitching.

An impossible stitch

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A went away for a few days last week to stay with some friends in Exeter, where I went to university. We were sitting down one afternoon, enjoying the delights of afternoon TV, which I usually miss as I’m at work. I decided it would be the perfect chance to do some of my stitching. So I was stitching quietly when one of my friends decided to pay an interest in what I was doing. After taking the chart off my lap, he started asking questions, such as ‘how do you know where to start’, ‘what do you have to do?’, ‘how do you know where the middle of the fabric is?’ etc. until he learnt a little more about stitching.

Margaret Sherry Santa Afghan – kit information

If you’ve been waiting by your letter box for your postman to deliver your Santa afghan materials kit, you may need to wait a little longer. The company that puts together all those great project packs for you have had a slight delay getting the Palisade afghan fabric, but it’s due any day now so should be with you soon. The kit may take slightly longer than the usual 28 days to get to you but we promise it’ll be worth the wait!

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Competition rules

You can enter CrossStitcher’s great competitions and giveaways online. Here are some rules for entering:

Competitions and
giveaways are open to all UK readers of CrossStitcher aged 18 years and
over, except employees of Future Publishing and any party involved in
the competition or their households
. Prizes must be accepted as shown; the company reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute any prize with cash or a prize of comparable value. The editor’s decision is final; no correspondence can be entered into. Winners will be notified by post.