Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween everyone!

Well, I’ve finally finished my cushion and just in time for it to make its way to my sister as a Halloween present. I thought I’d show you all the finished result – I think it looks even better now I’ve added the bat and spider buttons and put it on sparkly star fabric with a fur border – as it was my first project I decided to go all out with it!

I hope you all like it, let me know what you think, and I’d love to hear if any of you have stitched anything for Halloween too. It’s my favourite time of year as I love all things dark and spooky.

I’m not sure what to start next, any suggestions?

Jo, acting art editor



A stitch too far!


Hello there,
I’d love to know what you think of French knots. Do you find them easy or do they still frustrate you by disappearing through the fabric or by looking like squashed flies? They’re an essential part of  so many designs these days, particularly the eyes on cute characters, and in the office we’ve found they can make or break the finished stitching – turning a sweet bear into a bug-eyed monster if they’re not done well!

So, we thought it would be great to share everyone’s French knots tips. Who taught you to do them, or did you suss them out yourself. Have you any clever tricks to make them perfect every time?

Free overseas Christmas charts

Do you live in a country where snow doesn’t exist at Christmas time, or do you know someone who does? This fun set of motifs taken from issue 179 of Cross Stitcher, show what it’s like to celebrate Christmas in the sunshine! Enjoy.

Click here to download charts

ps. Please note, to download the file right-click (on a PC) or alt+click (on a mac) and select “Save Target As…” . Choose a place to download the file and click OK. The file may take some time to download depending on your network connection. To read the file you will need Adobe Reader, you can download it for free here you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.

Closing down sale

We thought we’d let you know about a closing down sale that’s taking place. Stitchcrafter will be closing in a few weeks, and until then they have a super sale going on. You can save at least 50% on all kits including John Clayton, Margaret Sherry, Forever Friends and so many more.

If you want to take a look, visit www.stitchcrafter.com– but hurry, the bargains won’t last forever!

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Issue 180 Cross Stitcher


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

Don’t miss it!


Hello from Sarah


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.

My first cross stitch


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.

Practical cross stitch projects


A message from Cara at DMC


Cross Stitcher diary


Hello again,

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