Mood board: family trees

Modern family trees

Get everyone talking with these ideas for your family tree. Working out your own family’s history is a good way to spark conversations between the generations. You might know all about your Great Aunt Maud, but have your children heard about her? Take the time to talk to grandparents and listen to their stories –… Continue reading

Mood board: pretty in pink

Pretty in pink mood board

Pink is the perfect colour to perk you up – it’s so cheerful that it makes everything just a little bit happier. But like lots of things a little pink goes a long way. We’ve chosen our favourite pink products to add a bright spot to your day. We adore the colour palette of this… Continue reading

Mood board: botanical prints

Botanicals moodboard

After the gloom of winter is there anything more cheering than seeing green shoots poking their way up into the garden? We are longing for spring and while we wait we’ve been spotting botanical and nature inspired prints. Here’s our round up of leafy loveliness… We love the nostalgic and whimsical illustrations from Belle & Boo and… Continue reading

Mood board: love hearts

A collection of heart-themed products

It’s no secret that we here at CrossStitcher are a romantic bunch. We may not agree on the perfect leading man (Cary Grant vs Ryan Gosling?) but we never need much of an excuse to break out the hearts and flowers. So, just in time for Valentine’s Day we thought we’d share the love with… Continue reading

The Savvy Stitcher: stitching on paper

Savvy boxes

Want to try something new with your favourite craft? Learn the art of stitching on paper and you open up all sorts of possibilities. From adding hand-stitched messages on tags, to pepping up patterned papers with embroidery, there’s heaps of ideas to try. The Savvy Stitcher in our January issue  (287, out now) is dedicated… Continue reading

Mood board: colour pop

17 29 Dec colour pop

After the perfect antidote to January’s dull, cold days? Fill your home with colour and bring cheer into your life! Be inspired to go bright with our colour-pop mood board of makes and buys… Be bold with this trio of floral cushions designed by Donna-marie Scrase. With chunky stitches and contrasting fabric, they’ll be so… Continue reading

Mood board: we love dogs!

15 Dec mood board

We are massive dog fans here at CrossStitcher HQ, so are being a bit self indulgent with this week’s mood board – which is all about our four-legged friends! In our minds, we can never have too many dogs about the place, so have fallen in love with these makes and buys… We can’t think… Continue reading

Mood board: gifts for children

2 Dec mood board

When it comes to gifts for children, we always find we’re spoilt for choice. There are so many gorgeous present ideas, the tough bit is choosing what to go for. Here we’ve put together a few of our favourites – perfect for last-minute Christmas inspiration, as well as birthdays and any other occasion… Roar! This lion… Continue reading

Weekend freebie – Christmas candle

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It’s Friday again! And we’re really in the Christmas spirit now. So we’re bringing you a lovely cosy festive stitch from Lesley Teare for your latest weekend freebie. This glowing candle design is available on Lesley Teare’s website www.lesleyteare.com. She posted the chart on her blog on 28 October 2014, so click on the blog tab, then scroll down until you… Continue reading

The Savvy Stitcher: crafty gift wrapping

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Invested time and love hand-stitching gifts for Christmas? Then we know you’ll want them to look extra special under the tree. So, make sure you check out The Savvy Stitcher in our December issue (out now), which is all about crafty gift wrapping using scraps from your stash! Fun and thrifty, crafty gift wrapping is… Continue reading