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

Mini hoop embroidery from Dandelyne

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We’ve fallen in love with mini stitched hoops ever since we started creating our wintry versions for the gift with our November issue. So when we spotted the oh-so-cute embroidery from Dandelyne, we developed a major crush. The crafty talent behind Dandelyne is Aussie Sonia Lyne, whose passion for what she does shows in her adorably cheerful… Continue reading

Watch our very own Nativity mini movie!

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Check out our very own Nativity mini movie below – starring our plushies from our November issue, number 285 – on sale here from 17 October! Super fun, huh? Our plushies have been designed by Sarah Cookland and are easy to make – you’ll find all the charts and instructions you need in our November… Continue reading

Mood board: typography

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We’re spelling out our love for typography this week, with our new mood board dedicated to all things abc. Whether you want to brighten your walls, create cute cake-time treats or sink into colour-block cushions, there’s all sorts of ways you can bring the typographic trend into your home. Here are a few of our… Continue reading

Be inspired at The Knitting & Stitching Show

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Is there a better way to spend a day than stitching, learning new crafts, discovering the latest trends and shopping for goodies for your stash? We think not. Which is why we’re super excited that The Knitting & Stitching Show at London’s Alexandra Palace is just around the corner, on 8-12 October. Put it in… Continue reading

Mood board: pompoms

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Think pompoms are just those colourful balls you spent hours crafting with card rings and wool as a kid? Think again! They’re back on trend, and with The Handmade Fair round the corner (19-21 Sept at Hampton Court Palace) we’re celebrating their World Pomination with a mood board dedicated to the fluffy creations. World Pomination… Continue reading

Mood board: woodland pals

Woodland mood board

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s so much we love about the coming season – not least, weekend walks through the woods, with golden crunching leaves and little animals preparing for the winter. So for this mood board, we’ve put together our pick of woodland-inspired goodies for your home or to give… Continue reading

Mood board: butterfly effect

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Stunning, iridescent hues and iconic shapes make butterflies a popular subject among stitchers – and fabulous motifs for bringing a splash of colour to your home. And right now, they’re bang on trend, with the winged beauties decorating everything from tableware to clothes. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite interiors pieces to buy… Continue reading

Mood board: creative displays

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We know most of you prefer hanging your work on the wall when it comes to displaying your finished cross stitch – and why not! This way, it stays nice and neat, and you get to see it every day. But this doesn’t have to mean opting for a plain wooden frame every time. We’ve… Continue reading