Cross stitch all month!


The joy of cross stitch


On the radio this morning there was an article about how happy children are these days. It got me thinking about stitching, and whether teaching it in schools would give children more confidence, help with counting and concentration, and give them the chance to be creative. And of course, in this busy, hectic world it’s a great way to help everyone slow down and relax.

I’d like to know what you think, and if you know of any schools or children’s clubs that teach cross stitch.

Cross Stitch Christmas


Hello again,

After a lovely break away in the Lakes, I’m now back to work putting the finishing touches to our December projects. As usual, we have a brilliant mix of projects for you, which are sure to get you into the festive spirit! Plus we’ve all been sampling the culinary delights of our art ed, Jo. She’s been busy baking for our most recent photo shoot, and her cakes are to die for!

Christmas is a brilliant time of year for stitchers. It’s a great excuse to have a play with all those sparkly threads and glittery fabrics – after all you can never have too much sparkle at Christmas!

Cross stitch embellishments


I’ve spent the last few days searching for exciting new products to tell you all about in our news section. As everyone will be starting their Christmas stitching soon, I thought I’d look for some pretty embellishments to share with you all. I found some lovely things – it’s really nice to add a bit of sparkle to a design, especially at Christmas and with the wonderful range of buttons and beads around, it’s the perfect way to finish off a piece if you’re running out of time.

First time cross stitching?


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Meet cross stitching celeb, Norman Willis

For all the Norman Willis fans out there, don’t forget your special chance to meet him at the Sunbury Millenium Embroidery Gallery next week.

As well as the chance to meet your favourite celebrity stitcher, you can see the special emboridered pagent of a Thameside village, walk round the gardens and even sit down among the beautiful scenery for some relaxing stitching time. Entry is free, and Norman will be there to meet and greet at around 11am on Tuesday 12th September.

For details about the Sunbury Millenium Embroidery Gallery, and directions to the event, visit

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Cross stitch sleeping solutions


It’s been a manic week here at Quick&Easy – we’re about to go to press so we’re all running around madly making sure each page is as good as it possibly can be! When everything’s been really frantic though, the one thing that always helps me relax is of course stitching. I stitch on the train on my way home, and all the stresses of the day magically fade away.

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Back to school with Cross Stitcher


So it’s the start of the new school year and we’re looking forward to autumn (it’s a lovely sunny day here in Bath today). We hear from lots of stitching and craft groups based in schools, run by parents or teachers, where the kids love getting together to learn to stitch and create their own designs – and they often sell their stitched pieces to raise money for their school or other charities. So if you know of a school stitching group, or you’re thinking of setting one up with the new year’s pupils, post a comment below and we’ll get back to you.

Cross stitch sayings


Hello everyone!

Well we’re just coming to the end of working on an issue, so it’s quite busy in the office! I spent a whole day sending out lots of prizes to competition and giveaway winners yesterday, so I hope some of you have a nice surprise coming in the post. We’ve also picked the winners of the DMC design competition now – we were so impressed with the standards, it was hard to choose the best!

New Quick&Easy Cross Stitch


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