It's club time!

If you’re looking for a club to join we’ve just heard about a new one that started earlier in the year.

Calder Craft Club is for all crafters, so if you want to meet other cross stitchers as well as knitters, card makers and scrapbookers, this could be the club for you.

The club takes place every Tuesday morning from 10.30 until 12.30 at
West Kirk of Calder Church Hall, West End (A71), West Calder, West Lothian, EH55 8EN. If you’d like more details contact Stephanie Vincent on 01506 870162 or email

If you’re not in the Calder area don’t dispair, you can check out what the group are up to at

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New Cross Stitcher poll!

As the observant ones among you may have noticed we now have a Cross Stitcher poll! Every month we’ll ask you a different question to find out your thoughts about all things stitching related. It’s a quick and easy way to have your say so make your way to the poll on the right hand side bar at the side of your screen and make your vote!

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Favourite places to stitch


The weather has been so unexpectedly nice for April, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the sunshine as much as I have this weekend. It’s great to be able to sit outside and soak up some sunshine after the long winter. And what better time to take your stitching outside too. I went to London at the weekend and spent many hours sitting in the parks thinking what a shame it was that I had forgotten my stitching!

Norman always makes me jealous in his column when he talks about his new favourite sites for stitching – he always manages to find some glamourous places! It’s true that you get so absorbed in your stitching that it doesn’t really matter where you are but it’s always nice to have pretty scenery around you!

I’d really like to know where your favourite places to stitch are? Where would be your dream place to stitch too?

Let me know by posting a comment below!

Sally, production editor

Wimble Bees


Wimble Bees supply a large range of popular and unusual cross stitch charts, kits and accessories, as well as a full selection of everyday essentials. Plus you can download a great free animated screensaver! Visit for details


Quick&Easy Stitch&Craft box template

If you’ve got the new issue of Quick&Easy Stitch&Craft, you’ll already have seen our cute gift box design on page 28.  If you don’t want to photocopy our template for the box, it’s here for you to download.  Try printing it directly onto thin card so you can just cut it out and make it in seconds – and why not try it in a selection of colours? It’s the perfect package for any small gift!

Click here to download template

Slight error on the first Cross Stitcher newsletter!

If you’ve signed up to the newsletter you’re hopefully enjoying all the news and free chart! If you’d like to enter the exclusive competition however, the link telling you where to send your entries is unfortunately broken! If you’d like to enter, just follow the instructions and email your answer and details to

Sorry for the problem!

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Inspiration from others


One piece of feedback we always get from readers is how much they love to see other stitchers’ work in print, and reading their stories. And it’s also one of my favourite parts of the day – checking the post, sorting away the competition entries, and then looking through all the letters you’ve sent in to us.

You’re such a creative and talented lot, and it’s particularly nice to see how you adapt our designs and really make them your own. Angela loves seeing all the different ways you make up the cover kits she designs!

Seeing other crafters’ work is always inspirational for all of us, and it’s also wonderful to hear the special stories behind each design. So if you’ve recently finished a design, remember, take a photo and either send it to us at the usual address, or email

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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Easter stitching


The weather’s lovely outside and it’s nearly time for some well deserved rest for everyone as we get ready for four days off. I hope everyone has a lovely Easter break!

This year in Cross Stitcher we included some traditional religious cross stitch cards but I know that cute chickens and rabbits are very popular too. My mum is a great fan of the traditional designs so she was so pleased when she saw them but I prefer more modern ones with bright colours myself.

What type of cards do you stitch for Easter? Would you prefer to see a mix of different types to stitch next year in Cross Stitcher? Let us know by posting below and you may even see your designs transformed into cross stitch this time next year!

Hope you enjoy Easter

Sally, production editor


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It’s back! You can now hear even more from the Cross Stitcher team by signing up to our exclusive reader email newsletter – and it’s free!

Sign up for the Cross Stitcher newsletter and you’ll get up-to-date news from your favourite magazine, exclusive offers from all the best cross stitch suppliers, competitions, free charts and more…

To sign up for the newsletter just visit then click on ‘register for a new account’ and choose to receive the Cross Stitcher newsletter. It’s that simple!

This is a new system so if you signed up to the newsletter more than a few months ago it’s best to do it again to make sure you’re still on our mailing list!

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What every cross stitcher wants!


 Hi there,
I hope you like our new issue and free gift, out in the shops right now.

The most important part of my job as editor is to make sure every issue is packed full of the things that you want to stitch and read. We love getting your feedback on the magazine through blogs, emails and letters – so keep them coming! We also run regular surveys to make sure you’re happy with the content of the magazine. In fact we’re doing one right now to a selection of readers (sorry, we couldn’t ask all 65,000 of you – it would take us far too long!).

So rest assured, Cross Stitcher is by far the most popular magazine for cross stitchers, and that’s exactly how we want it to stay – the best cross stitch designs, the best stitching advice and the best place to find out about all the new stitching products. It’s your magazine, aimed at cross stitchers and put together by a team that love cross stitching too.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions about your magazine it would be really helpful if you could jot down your thoughts in a reply to this blog or you can write to me at Cross Stitcher magazine, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW. I’d love to hear from you!
All the best,