Free! Download clasp purse template from May issue

Raindrop clasp purse from May 2015 issue of CrossStitcher

Save your pennies for a rainy day in this sweet clasp purse! Featuring a simple cloud design stitched onto soft pewter evenweave it would also make a lovely gift. You’ll find the chart for the clouds and raindrops, plus making instructions, in the May issue of CrossStitcher (on sale 3rd April 2015). Once you’ve stitched… Continue reading

Free! Download card artwork from the May 2015 issue

Cards from May 2015 issue of CrossStitcher

Create stunning any-occasion cards by adding your stitching to Lesley Teare’s hand-drawn artwork. In the May 2015 issue of CrossStitcher (on sale 3rd April) you’ll find the charts for you need to create the small stitched motifs. You’ll need 14 count perforated paper – we sourced ours from The Nutmeg Company - and white card. Download… Continue reading

Weekend freebie: bunny chart from Crafty Guild

Free Easter bunny pattern from Crafty Guild

Hop to it and get your paws on this cute Easter bunny! Designer Rhea Papellero is offering this chart as a free download from her blog, Crafty Guild. Happy stitching! (link inside the post)  

Weekend freebie: blackwork Easter cards

Blackwork Easter cards from Cross Stitch Collection

Some of the nicest things about having a sister is borrowing their clothes (hopefully with permission!) and sharing the wisdom of their experiences. Did you know that we call fellow cross stitch magazine, Cross Stitch Collection, our ‘sister’ magazine? It’s published by the same company, and some of the CrossStitcher team members work on both… Continue reading

Weekend freebie: stitch your own leading man…

Cary Grant cross stitch chart

We’ve been reminiscing about some of our favourite charts from CrossStitcher’s long history and we instantly thought of the Stitch a Star series. Over the years we created charts for some of our favourite actors, musicians and celebrities – each one depicted in sepia tones to add a touch of old fashioned glamour. As a… Continue reading

Weekend freebie: Wild Olive embroidery

You've Stitched Up My Heart embroidery by Mollie Johanson of Wild Olive

We can’t get enough of Mollie Johanson’s adorable embroidery. Her blog, Wild Olive, is packed with the cutest ideas and she very kindly shares lots of free patterns and printables. Are you in the mood for a little love? Then this embroidery heart pattern is for you! And if you’re a speedy stitcher it would… Continue reading

Weekend freebie: chart from Wild Olive

'I have always loved you' heart embroidery from Wild Olive

This is Mollie Johanson, the brilliant and enthusiastic stitcher behind the gorgeous Wild Olive blog. Her designs often include little faces, which turn the everyday into the downright adorable. We are thrilled to feature an interview with Mollie in the March issue of CrossStitcher magazine, in which she shares her love for embroidery and all things… Continue reading

Free! Download your matchbox template for a sweet baby keepsake

Baby matchbook keepsake

Welcome to the world little one! This dinky matchbox opens out to reveal sweet pastel motifs. There are 12 designs in total including sweet sleeping babes, bunting and little teddy bears – choose the motifs you like best and stitch them up to create a truly adorable baby keepsake. And best of all, you can… Continue reading

Weekend freebie – red heart

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It’s Friday and Valentine’s is just around the corner! What are you hoping to receive? A nice bunch of roses, perhaps? A card? A box of chocs? Well, we’re giving you a treat too, in the shape of a gorgeous heart chart to download and stitch today – for free! All you need to do… Continue reading

Free! Download your card mount with heart aperture

XST288.cards

Ahhh. One of our favourite makes in the February issue of CrossStitcher (issue 288, out Friday 9 January) has to be these adorable woodland animal cards. Designed by Diane Machin, they are perfect for Valentine’s, and for any other day! We can’t decide which critter we love most – they’re all so cute and we adore the… Continue reading