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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How to stitch French knots

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Here’s how to create the perfect French knots…

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How to stitch fractionals

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Fractional stitches are easy with our step-by-step guide…
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How to stitch using both hands

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If you want to speed up your stitching, using both hands will free up time. Here’s how…
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How to backstitch

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Want to know how to achieve the perfect backstitch? It’s easy with our step-by-step guide…
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How to start your stitching with a waste knot

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Ever wanted to know how to start your thread so the back of your design looks as neat as the front? It’s easy with our step-by-step guide…
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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

Cross stitch history

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We’ve been chatting this week about the first few issues of Cross Stitcher and how different it looks now. It was started off as we’ve got a new member of the team, Sarah, and she used to work on Cross Stitcher five years ago. Then one of our sister magazines, Simply Knitting had some patterns sent in to them that were many years old, and it was great to see how much they’ve changed.

Cross stitch shows

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Hi there,
The Cross Stitcher team are gearing up for our annual visit to the Ally Pally show next week (www.twistedthread.com). We always enjoy the opportunity to meet you all, and I can spend many happy hours browsing the stands and seeing all the new products and kits on display.

My favourite show of the year has to be the Stitch & Craft show at Olympia 2 (it runs from 22-25 March 2007). But then of course I would say this, as it’s Cross Stitcher magazine’s very own show!