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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New cross stitch features

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Hello again,

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! It’s amazing how time flies, especially as we’ve all been donning our Santa hats since the middle of summer! 

I don’t know whether you’ve had a chance to click on to our copyright free charts on our website yet, but they’re definitely worth taking a look at. You’ll find there’s a mix of school motifs that are small enough to stitch in a couple evenings, plus they’d make great stocking fillers!
And for those of you who need a quick refresher, my beginners’ guide is also available for you to download too. There’s all the information you need to get started, plus another free chart for a quick practise!

We’re always on the look out for new ideas and suggestions, so why not drop us a line to let us know what else you’d like to see on our website. We’d love to hear from you.

Bye for now,

Zoë
Creative editor

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Free cross stitch charts!!!

If you’re stuck for ideas and looking for something quick to stitch, then look no further than our free charts section. PLUS, they’re copyright free too! This great set of motifs came from Cross Stitcher, issue 177 and are all about school, so if your child wants something to decorate their school bag then these are perfect for you. Choose your favourite motifs and become a designing expert!

Download your free chart here