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The most beautiful designs Celebrate



by Lesley

Dream doll's house

NEW SERIES! Build Maria Diaz' design floor-by-floor
@ Classic style @ Amazing details @ Mini craft room!

In this issue…
Designs to stitch
8 Miniature world – Immerse 40 Birthday blossoms – Make a
yourself in part one of our giant sweet sampler card by Maria Diaz to
doll’s house from Maria Diaz celebrate a special birthday
16 Sunny side up – Stitch Emma 42 Pony ride – Relish the nostalgia of
Congdon’s cheery Easter card, and Zweigart’s design and stitch a gift
see how many motifs you can find! for the horse-lover in your life
20 Catwalk gals – Meet Michaela 46 Daisies & diamonds – Celebrate
Learner’s stylish pair of fashionistas, April’s birth flower and gemstone
inspired by 1920s sewing patterns with Sheena Rogers’ pincushion
26 Easter kitchen – Rustic chicken 48 Ellies on parade – Create a
and feather motifs by Jenny Barton, gorgeous gift set for a baby
to turn into country-chic napkins shower by Jenny Barton
33 Blooming abundance – This 53 Golden daffodils – Rebecca
issue’s Chart of the Month is a Reid shares the third of her
teacup full of springtime delights! seasonal poem samplers

Stitching Inspiration
4 April Collection – Exciting news,
gorgeous kits, inspiration, real
stitching stories and more
Giveways & Offers
18 Your letters – Win threads or
fabric vouchers by sharing your
cross stitch stories and pictures
7 Jane Greenoff’s page – In the 24 Subscribe – Save up to £32 on
first of Jane’s new series, learn the shop price with our fantastic
how a retro printing tray can show offer and never miss an issue!
off your stitches in style! 64 Break time! – Relax and enjoy
28 Stitch & connect – Meet some our crossword. You could win
brilliant crafty bloggers, and fabulous Zweigart fabrics
discover the fun of getting online
66 Crafty ideas – Rebecca Bradshaw

owns up to a rather thrilling new
sewing purchase
67 Next month – Enjoy a sneaky
preview of May’s projects

Collection Essentials
58 Stitch basics – Charting editor
Abi Barker’s guide to everything
you need to get started on this
month’s projects
62 Shopping Collection – Seen
something that’s inspired you?
Find out where you can buy it
63 Back issues and binders –
What do you need to complete
your collection?

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48 Welcome…
I have to admit, I’m really excited this issue. It’s packed
with designs I hope you’ll love to stitch! From our jolly
Sunny Side Up Easter card on page 16 to our fab Pony
Ride on page 42, there are charts and motifs aplenty –
some quick stitches and some you’ll be able to really get
your teeth into. This issue, our Chart of the Month is a
profusion of flowers spilling from a teacup. It’s an image
I’ve had in my mind for ages, and I’m overjoyed Lesley

Teare has brought it to life so beautifully. I think each
individual flower will be a pleasure to stitch!
Then there’s the first in our new three-parter, Maria
Diaz’s brilliantly detailed Miniature World. What is it about
doll’s houses we adore so? I still remember how much I
loved the one I had as a child. Maria’s is a particularly
grand four-storey home, and this month you can start
work on the ground floor and gardens. Happy stitching!

Rebecca Bradshaw
We’d love to feature you on our letters page – email us
at, and send us your best pics!

26 miss...
Turn to page 4 to read all
about Collection favourites
Jenny Barton and Michaela
Learner collaborating with the
National Gallery in London to
create DMC’s new range of
cross stitch kits. Based on
classic paintings, the featured
artwork includes work by the

46 likes of Van Gogh and Monet.

What a fabulous, and
stunningly beautiful, idea!

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Be inspired by new kits, great ideas and more from the vibrant stitching world

like an old master!
We all like to think we’re working on our own little work of art –
but now we really can tackle the icons of the art world with the
help of new luxury kits from DMC. Working with the National
Gallery Company, London, DMC has chosen from more than
2,300 works to create six cross stitch kits. Paintings by Seurat,
Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir are now charted with the
experienced stitcher in mind. The glorious attention to detail,
includes the use of ‘tweeding’ (blending two colours in the
needle) to capture the colours as perfectly as possible.
So who is behind this magical transformation to cross stitch? Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Seurat’s Bathers at Asnieres are just two of
six designs from DMC. Kits are also available from Hobbycraft, National
We can reveal it is Collection favourites, Jenny Barton and Gallery shops and at – so treat yourself, have
Michaela Learner. We asked how they did it… a day out and support the future of these great paintings.

Michaela Learner Jenny Barton

Cardiff-based Michaela is a freelance Jenny works as a freelance needlework
embroidery and cross stitch designer, working designer. She shares her Leicester home
from her home studio (otherwise known as the with her husband, two young daughters,
living room!) under the expert eyes of her three pet gerbils and a very chatty African
ageing rescue dogs Sid and Scruffy. grey parrot!
Was it daunting undertaking the photo but I’m afraid it boils down to Which paintings did you chart? How long did it take? Considerably
task of translating such icons? Not placing each block by hand, much like I produced charts for Van Gogh’s Chair, longer than I first estimated! I spent
at all. I’ve been looking for an excuse to you do when you stitch it. A Wheatfield With Cypresses by Van around three to four days on each.
tackle an old master and I got to do How did you select the colour Gogh and Renoir’s The Skiff. Did you go to see the real paintings
three! I charted the Seurat, Bathers at palette? Carefully! A colour palette has Which was your favourite to work before you started? A few years ago I
Asnieres; the Monet, The Beach at a tendency to evolve as you design, the on and why? My favourite piece was A visited the Van Gogh museum in
Trouville and the Van Gogh Sunflowers. interplay of adjacent colours can alter Wheatfield With Cypresses because it Amsterdam so I have seen a lot of his
My favourite was Seurat – I loved all the the way the eyes perceive them, so the has such a beautiful depth and varied work. I really enjoy visiting museums
bright colours I could use and the perfect blue can look dirty if placed use of colour. I also love the sense of and would love to one day see the
pointillism lends itself to cross stitch so next to white or flesh tones, meaning movement that Van Gogh managed to original The Skiff by Renoir.
it charted up really well. your blue has to be changed. capture with his brush strokes. It’s no Which one do you think has turned
Describe the process for us I worked Which one do you think has turned surprise that he considered this to be out the best? If I had to choose a
on computer from images supplied by out the best and why? I love them all one of his best paintings. I have seen favourite, it would be The Skiff. I found
DMC. It’s a long process. There is a but if pressed I’d have to say the Monet. some of the original paintings from the the water and reflections a real
tendency for people to think we have a It was the most challenging to do, so I Wheat Fields series and have always (enjoyable) challenge but I’m proud it’s
‘magic’ program that just converts the am really happy with the final piece. been a fan of his work. translated beautifully into cross stitch.

Micheala and Jenny are also showing off their own originals in this issue – take a look at the fashion plates on page 20 and Easter napkins on page 26!

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Meet...Online stitching stars! Do you have a piece that you’re most proud of?
I adore my ‘Family Sampler’ by Little House
Find gorgeous pictures, handy Needleworks. This sweet design celebrates the family,
tutorials and a warm welcome and is finished so beautifully that it hangs in our living
room and I can gaze upon it every day. I love it!
from Vonna on her blog, The
Why did you start your blog? I started my blog
Twisted Stitcher early in blogging history, in 2006. That was just when
blogs started to take off. I wanted to connect with
Tell us about yourself. I am 44 years old, and a other stitchers in the world and share ideas with them.
mother of four active children. I work part-time as a I gave my blog a quirky, fun name in hopes of getting
microbiologist in a clinical laboratory. In my spare hits and off I went. Little did I know then that nine years
time, I enjoy quiet times with my family, stitching and later that fun, quirky blog would gain in popularity and
dreaming of creative finishes for my completed cross hand me friendships and skills that will last a lifetime.
stitch projects. Anything to add? Yes, blogging is fun and all people
When did you fall in love with cross stitch? who spend time authoring posts for their blog have
I started stitching when I was 15 years old. I was much to share in family traditions, style and helpful
visiting my father and my step-mother introduced me tips and techniques. For instance, I author a second
to cross stitching. She bought me two kits and got me blog that is filled with tutorials on various finishing
started and I've been at it ever since. techniques that anyone can use, freely. The name of
What sort of things do you most like to stitch? that blog is Learn to Finish with The Twisted
I love to decorate our home with my stitching, so it’s Stitcher. The one thing that I think is only fair is:
likely you’ll find me stitching seasonal projects to put time is precious and blog authors spend much
on display. My biggest love is stitching Christmas of it to document their stitching life. Respect
ornaments. I adore Christmas and no matter what that, take the time to stop and leave a comment
time of year or what the temperature or season is in the comment section of the blog. A well
outside my window, you can find me stitching on or placed kind word of praise or support goes a
dreaming about a Christmas ornament. long way for any person authoring a blog post. If
you use a tip or technique from a blog, give that
What’s been your biggest stitching disaster? My
author credit for the idea. In this world of high
biggest disaster in stitching was when I was model
technology, sometimes we forget etiquette and
stitching for Little House Needleworks on their pattern Vonna adores
kindness and communication. Communicate by
entitled ‘Orchard Valley Quilting Bee’. I miscounted designs about
leaving your thanks and kind comments to a blogger
early in the piece and carried this mistake through the family and home
who has inspired you!
entire piece. I didn’t notice this until I was almost
finished – none of my borders matched up. I was off
by one stitch and I was in a panic! Thankfully I was able Find Vonna’s blog at
to ‘fudge’ it a bit to make everything line up, but the
model picture on the pattern cover is not perfect.

April sensation 3 of the best...

With bright shades, pretty flowers and
charming birds, this
Easter table treats
stunning band sampler
from The Historical
Sampler Company is
sure to put a spring in
your step! It’s the
perfect project to get
you in the mood for the
new season – you can
practically hear the Easter Table Runner, Happy Easter II, Eggs-citing freebie!
chirping of the birds! Anchor, RRP £36 Vervaco, RRP £47.95 Angela Poole, free
Nestled among pretty blooms, Decorate your table with With your Easter table almost
Stitched on delightfully
we can’t resist these chicks! these super-sweet handmade complete, why not download
dainty 16HPI aida or Stitched in sunny yellow, placemats. Featuring three our three free appliqué-style
32HPI evenweave in a Anchor’s table runner design cheeky chick motifs, Vervaco’s charts for that ‘eggstra-
will give your spring table the designs are fun to stitch and special’ finishing touch?
creamy shade of yellow,
‘aw!’ factor. You’re sure to use. The full kits contain Designed by Angela Poole, you
the full kit comes with pre-sorted threads and a impress with your craft skills enough fabric and thread to can get them from the Cross
gold needle. It even includes an alphabet, so too, with plenty of motifs, create two perfect placemats, Stitch Collection blog. We’ve
techniques and colours. No which are pre-hemmed with used them to create egg
you can personalise this lovely sampler to
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of the

Bullion Knot
Add delicate accents and
tons of texture to your
cross stitch projects by
including a Bullion Knot or
two! Incredibly versatile,
you can change the look
and effect of this stitch by
using different numbers of
threads, and perhaps even
a mix of colours. Similar in technique, lovers of French knots will enjoy

Retro chic
Consider yourself a tech-savvy stitcher with a taste for the retro? Then you’d
working this stitch in three simple steps. First, bring the thread up
through your fabric and down a short space away – this creates the
length of your knot. Secondly, bring the needle back up through the
first point, and wind the thread around the needle. Finally, hold the
better get yourself a copy of new CrossStitcher Magazine! The April 290 wrapped thread with your fingers and pull the needle out with the other
issue features this fabulous vintage typewriter chart, complete with paper at finger, pulling the needle in an upward direction till the wraps lay flat.
the ready and stunning stitched flowers. Designed by Lucie Heaton, the full Adjust the wraps if required and thread the needle back through the
chart also comes with instructions for making it up into a handy laptop case. second point to finish.
It’s fun to stitch, and with a simple palette stitched in colour blocks, it’s easy Shine a light on a new stitching skill with
to personalise. You could even use the alphabet on the typewriter’s keys to
write your own message at the top! Find this chart and much more in the
April 290 issue, available from or www. and

Collection’s Colour of the month

We asked Collection’s favourite designers to tell us what thread colour
they couldn’t live without. This month, Maria Diaz tells us about her
love of sunny yellow shades.
I love DMC’s sunshine yellows 744 &
743. They’re lovely warm yellows – bright yet soft – and they seem
to find their way into my work even when I don’t consciously choose
them. I think it’s because I’m drawn to clean bright colours and yellow is
a happy shade. I’ve painted my office walls this colour, which keeps me
cheery even when it cold and grey outside. I used it in my ‘Barcelona’
design, which is one of my favourites, perhaps because of the holiday
Spence and I had there the summer before we became parents. It was a
very relaxed trip – lots of art, romance, amazing food and beer – and we
Gaudí’s dragon promised we’d go back but haven’t managed it yet. So I guess this
with sunny stripes
design and colour invoke a feeling of being bohemian and carefree!

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Spring Garden
There are plenty of cross stitch books out there but few
are as inspiring as Rico’s beautiful design booklets.
Stunning photographs, amazing craft ideas and an
abundance of fabulous designs in easy-to-follow charts,
you’re sure to find stitching project after stitching
project! In their latest offering, we’re invited into their

Jane Greenoff’s
enchanting Spring Garden, full of gorgeous flowers,
adorable bunnies, Easter motifs and buzzing bees, all
stitched in a mix of bright and bold and pretty pastel
shades. There are loads of making up ideas, too – why
not try stitching your bunnies onto a table runner, or
working a lovely ring of spring flowers in an embroidery
Sampler Printer’s Tray
hoop for your craft room? Whatever your stitching style,
Welcome to a BRAND NEW SERIES! Collect and
you’re sure to love immersing yourself in this spring
spectacular. For stockists of the Spring Garden No.148
enjoy Jane’s mini sampler motifs specially designed
booklet, head to for you to frame in your very own printer’s tray
I’m often asked when and where I get to join me. Vintage versions are
my ideas for new stitching projects. available but all very different. So I

Super SAL
The answer is anytime and anywhere chatted to my personal wood turner
– commonly when peeling potatoes or and her husband, plans were drawn
making the beds! On this occasion, I and this is the simply gorgeous result.
was titivating our new room and Over the coming months, I’ll be
hanging my old printer’s tray on the sharing a treat to stitch for each
Cross Stitch wall. It was originally filled with ‘junk’ section. Every pattern is inspired by
Collection’s Stitch by my friend, Sarah Jane Gillespie, as a my collection or a personal favourite.
surprise for my 50th birthday. Over The charts will start next month. I
Along is going strong,
the years the glass front has been can’t wait to share the first one with
and we’re so broken three times and each time I’ve you, and the story behind it!
impressed by all your added a few more stitchy items before Originally
work! A huge range of it was replaced. I was wiping the glass made to store
metal letters
people are joining in, when I had the idea. What about filling used by
a printer’s tray with stitched scraps old-school
from beginners printers, these
inspired by my sampler collection?
stitching one small This stitching The kettle went on and pad and pencil
trays are
amazing as
is by Doug
project a month to Hille, aged 71! were put to work. homes for tiny
the seasoned From experience, I knew I’d have to This one
find a printer’s tray that was inspired
veterans tackling our free giant Edwardian Jane’s brand
repeatable as many of you would want
Garden Party chart. We’ve loved receiving your new series.

check-in pics – everyone’s making fantastic

GET READY TO COLLECT! To help you to stitch and collect all the motifs in your
progress with their individual goals, and it’s so own printer’s tray, Jane has put together a special treat of the tray itself (31cm
rewarding to hear all your stitching stories. It’s square), plus Cashel 28HPI tea-dyed linen, two gold-plated needles and
not too late to join in, either – registration to join pre-sorted threads. This special CSC Printer’s Tray Pack costs £89.99, plus
the Collection SAL is open all year long! All you £3.50 post & packing from
have to do is choose your project, get stitching
and check in with us once a month with a pic to About Jane Greenoff
let us know how you’re getting on. It’s great fun, Founder of the Cross Stitch Guild, Jane has been designing cross stitch for 30 years. Join
and with top tips, inspiration and the odd her at classes, events and stitching holidays – or twice a month on Create and Craft TV.
freebie chart, the Collection SAL page on our To find out more, visit the website or call for details:
blog is a super stitcher’s paradise! For details,  Freephone (UK callers): 0800 328 9750  (from outside UK): +44 (0)1285 713678
head to

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Miniature world

Revel in the magic of a perfectly tiny home with
the first in Maria Diaz's three-part exclusive

1st of 3
Miniature world

Bring your kitchen and dining room to life in turn, completing each motif
before moving on to the next but leaving the backstitch until the very end.

W hat is it about doll's houses that we love so?

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum has a exhibit
dedicated to three immense doll's houses kitted out in
little lamps to smart tables and chairs. Maria Diaz has
brought all of this vividly to life in her design. As this is
such a large project it's split into three parts, which we'll
exquisite luxury (you actually have to climb steps to see give you in this and the following two issues of
into the upper rooms!), one of which inspired last year's Collection. The grand three-parter begins with the
smash hit book The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. We ground floor and gardens of a beautiful four-storey doll's
can understand the entrancing power of these house, complete with elegant wrought iron railings in
small-scale homes – it's all in the details, from darling two strands of backstitch. And this is just the beginning!

Meet the stitcher…

Laura Boyter
“I started cross stitching 10 years ago when I picked up a small kit in
a charity shop. Now I stitch every single day and I often marvel at
how far I've come since that first kit, and think about how lucky I am
to have found this hobby – or should that be addiction, in my case? – that lets me
create one beautiful picture after the other with just my needle and thread.”

Laura's doll's house diaries...

First five hours 10 hours in 15 hours in

I began by going from room to room, counting and Here I did the largest chunks of colour first on the Here my dining room was getting to the exciting,
double-counting everything. As the wall continued furniture, then used these as reference points for 'almost finished' stage: only a few more confetti
nicely into the brickwork at the front, I started the placing the smaller, confetti-ish stitches. There's so stitches needed and, as always, I left adding the
front garden, and at the same time started the front much detail in every room that you'll always find backstitch and details with metallic thread to last.
door to create my next reference point. something to fascinate you and keep you going.

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Stitching part one
of your doll's house
You will need...
32HPI evenweave (or 16HPI aida), off white, whole fabric. You will find this really helps when
Zweigart Murano Ref: 3984/101 24x19in matching up and working the other two sections of
(61x48cm) the chart. Mark these tacked lines on to your chart so
We got our evenweave from Willow Fabrics. you can refer to them as you are stitching.
Find yours by calling 0800 0567811 or go online to Working the cross stitch
Stranded cotton as listed in the key WORK all the cross stitch in two strands of stranded
Metallic thread as listed in the key cotton or DMC Light Effects thread over two threads

Frame with 18x12 in (46x32cm) aperture, of the evenweave fabric. It’s up to you in which order

white painted wood you stitch the design but do try not to jump over too
big a space on the back of the fabric when working
Turn to page 58 for hints and tips!
stitches of the same colour.

Preparing your fabric Adding the backstitch

MEASURE 4in (10cm) up from the bottom and 4in
FINISH working all the cross stitch before adding the
(10cm) in from the left side of your fabric. These
backstitch details. The roof and railing is worked in two
points meet in the bottom left corner of the chart so
strands of black and the remainder of the backstitch is
start working upwards and outwards from here.
worked using one strand of stranded cotton or DMC
To help with the counting, stitch horizontal and vertical
Light Effects thread. This is all worked on top of the
lines of tacking stitches 20 squares apart across the
cross stitches so if you decide to work it now before
you cross stitch the other two sections, avoid
completing the backstitch areas on the edges or you
Tip… Keep your edges crisp may find that the cross stitches from the other two
Neaten the edges of your fabric first to prevent the fabric sections end up sitting on top of them, which will spoil
fraying from constant handling. You can either do this by your finish.
working a machine zigzag round the edge or turn the Finally add the French knots using one strand in the
evenweave under and tack the hem into place. colours and positions shown on the chart and key. ³

20 hours in 25 hours in 30 hours in

I loved this section! I enjoyed the nice big chunks of I loved seeing the contours of objects taking shape as I The finished ground floor and garden, complete with
blue and cream colours of the door and adored those stitched the background colour. I had fun with this half cast iron railings, chandelier, letterbox and kettle!
chequered black and white tiles – they remind me a bit of the front garden too. The railing has a rhythm to it, Such a stunning array of details. I think this is why
of artwork by MC Escher. which I had discovered while working on the right hand Maria's designs are so popular – they're a joy to stitch
side, so by this time my needle flew on its own accord. and exciting to look at once on display.
Miniature world








Miniature world
Tip… Work in DMC Anchor Madeira Colour DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands Cross stitch in two strands
good light 00 White 002 2402 White // 739 366 2014 Medium cream (2)
Stitching in decent UU 150 042 0703 Dark pink == 758 9575 2313 Dark pink beige
light will really help RR 169 399 1707 Blue grey xx 775 128 1001 Pale blue
$$ 209 109 0711 Medium purple :: 801 359 2007 Dark brown
with this design, as
II 210 108 0802 Light purple \\ 950 4146 2308 Light pink beige
there are lots of EE 320 215 1311 Medium green QQ 963 023 0503 Very light pink
different shades of ss 367 216 1312 Dark green && 972 298 0107 Orange
ff 368 214 1310 Light green DD 3024 391 1901 Silver grey
backstitch. Each
pp 369 1043 1309 Very light green BB 3064 883 2309 Light sepia (2)
one is represented FF 414 235 1801 Dark grey 3078 292 0102 Light yellow
by a coloured line ~~ 415 398 1802 Light grey HH 3325 129 1002 Sky blue
qq 434 310 2009 Medium brown nn 3354 074 2610 Light pink
on the chart. Use
gg 436 363 2011 Light brown @@ 3731 076 0506 Medium pink
the details on the %% 437 362 2012 Tan tt 3760 162 1107 Medium blue
key to work out KK 519 1038 1105 Light blue dd 3772 1007 2312 Dark sepia
mm 645 273 1811 Dark green grey hh 3835 098 0712 Dark purple
which colour to
TT 712 926 2101 Light cream bb 3842 979 1011 Dark blue
place where. kk 726 295 0109 Dark yellow ee DMC Light Effects E3821
SS 738 361 2013 Dark cream

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Miniature world

© Maria Diaz

DMC Anchor Madeira Colour DMC Anchor Madeira Colour

Backstitch in two strands Backstitch in one strand
310 403 2400 Black 3021 905 1904 Grey brown
roof, railing all other outlines and details
*DMC Light Effects E3821
Backstitch in one strand middle roof window blind, nursery room rocking horse and
*169 399 1707 Bluegrey hanger, bathroom mirror and toilet, bedroom pictures, living
bathroom tiles and mirror, dressing table and mirror, kitchen room picture, kitchen kettle, dining room dresser, light and
tiles, dining room light and window picture
*320 215 1311 Medium green
craft room wallpaper French knots in one strand
642 392 1812 Light green grey *3021 905 1904 Grey brown
roof, windows, chimneys, childs bedroom lights and bed,
nursery light, rocking horse, box, jug and blanket, bathroom
nursery rocking horse, living room side table
*DMC Light Effects E3821
towel, bedroom dresser, stool, jug and bed, craft room wall, light,
bodyform, fabric and light, living room sofa, chair, vase, light and
wall, kitchen sink, towels, laundry, wall, shelf and kettle, dining
dining room dresser, bedroom dresser

Stitched using DMC threads on 32HPI evenweave

Look out for the second
room light, curtain, vase and table, front door, wall over two threads part of this chart,
814 045 0514 Ruby Stitch count 263x180 Design area 16 x11 in (42x29cm) featuring the first and
nursery room picture lettering *indicates colour is listed earlier in the key second storeys, in our
(2) indicates more than one skein required May 248 issue.

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side up
Hunt for Easter eggs and other spring-themed motifs
among Emma Congdon’s flower-strewn lettering

16 March 2015
T his seasonal essential will be a chirpy stitch this spring! Featuring a wonderful abundance of
easily manageable motifs (how many different ones can you spot?), from chicks to bunnies
to butterflies, plus an opportunity to try two stunning typographical styles, we think this is a project
with something for everyone! Each of the motifs could be used individually to stitch onto
bookmarks or other speedy gifts, with many, including the chicks, needing only a few stitches.

You will need... Sunny side up Speed it up!

Instead of cutting an
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
32HPI evenweave (or 16HPI aida), white Zweigart aperture in the card
Cross stitch in two strands
Murano Ref: 3984/100, 8x10in (20x25cm) you can glue or sew
FF 167 374 2104 Brown
your stitched fabric to
Stranded cotton as listed in the key ~~ 444 291 0105 Yellow the front of the card.
Card white, 15 x7 in (40x19cm) tt 602 057 0702 Dark pink
pp 604 055 0614 Light pink
Easter print card mount free to download
@@ 606 334 0209 Dark orange
from ff 740 316 0202 Medium orange
Turn to page 58 for hints and tips! SS 742 303 0114 Light orange
ss 798 142 0911 Blue

How to mount your card 906 256 1411 Dark green

KK 907 255 1410 Light green
Download your free Easter print card mount from our
xx 3046 887 2206 Dark sandy yellow
blog. Fold your white card in three then stick the 00 3047 852 2205 Light sandy yellow
paper to the central section. hh 3837 111 0713 Purple

CUT out a 3 x5 in (8x13cm) aperture in the HH 3846 1090 1103 Turquoise
centre of your card front, carefully using a
sharp craft knife. Backstitch in two strands
*906 256 1411 Dark green

POSITION your stitched design centrally
all outlines and details
inside the aperture using double-sided tape,
then fold in the right-hand side of the card and Stitched using DMC threads on 32HPI evenweave over
stick it down securely. two threads
Stitch count 51x84 Design area 3x5 in (8x13.5cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key Our
0 10 20 30 40 t 50 60 70 80
The white
gives this
20 brilliant,

30 cheerful
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finish –
perfect for
t spring!

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Catwalk gals

Soak up the style of the roaring '20s with
Michaela Learner's fashionistas

W ay back when, the cover of every sewing

pattern came adorned with an elegant
sketch of the outfit you were about to make, and the girl
luxurious textured finish with plenty of glimmer. To
prevent your beads pinging round the room while you're
working, it's worth preparing a surface for them to sit on
you wanted to be. These 1920s gal pals are based on – most good crafting shops sell special beading mats,
those evocative fashion plates, and conjure up all the but we find a piece of felt, or even a tea towel, ideal for
chic of that era. A lavish layering of seed beads offers a keeping them all under control.

Stitching your catwalk gals

You will need...
28HPI linen (or 14HPI aida), white, Zweigart Before you begin
Cashel Ref: 3281/100 PLAN ahead before settling down to stitch this
Lady with hat: 18x10in (46x25cm) design, with its many different elements. Take a close
Lady with Parasol: 18x12in (46x30cm) look at the chart, key and photograph to decide in
which order you are going to stitch. This doesn’t
We got our linen from Willow Fabrics. Find yours
mean just planning to work the cross stitch before the
by calling 0800 0567811 or visit them online at:
backstitch but which areas are you going to work in
what order. Obviously it's best to start stitching at the
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
centre to make sure you position your work correctly
Seed beads as listed in the key
on the fabric. But you can count outwards from here
Frame Lady with hat: 10 x3in
to work different areas.
(27x7.5cm) outer dimension
Lady with parasol: 10 x4 in
Stitching the design
(27x11cm) outer dimension
BEGIN by working all of the cross stitch as the other
Felt for backing same size as frames stitches and beads are worked beside or on top of
Turn to page 58 for hints and tips this. The cross stitch is worked in two strands of ³

20 April 2015
0 10 t 20 30
Catwalk gals 0 s sfHf
³ stranded cotton over two threads of the linen 00000S0Dffss
ffHHfff0 00DDs ss
HffsfHHHfffD SDDs s
fabric. This is a particularly crisp and fresh design, so 10 Hffs~m~~~m~ffD DD
Hfss~~~~~~~~~f DD
do keep your top stitches facing in the same direction Hfffs~~~~~~~~~mf D
to ensure a neat finish. HHfsss~ ~tt~~~mmss
ffss~ ~~~~~~~s ssf
20 ~ ~~~~~~
Adding the details D DSDDDDD
DD~ ~ ~~~~ fsffss
DDDSD~ ~~ fHfsfHff
D SDD~~~~D~ ~~~~fsssfsfsf
COMPLETE all the cross stitch before adding the DDD~~~~~~D ~ fHffsfsf
~ ~ ~~~~~~~0 ~~~~~ffHHHHfff
backstitch details. These are all worked in one strand ~~~~~~~~~0~ ~~~~~fsfHsfff
~~~~DDD~000 ~~~~~sfffsDf
~ ~~~DSD00S00 00000 ffssSD
over two threads of the fabric. Use blue for the dress 30 ~~~~DDD0000SD S00 00s0DDD
~~~~~DSD00000 000 000S0D~
top; grey for the clothing, shoes, accessories and ~~~~~~D000000 000 S000DD~~
~~~~~~D00S0000 0 D0000D~~~
~~~~~~D0000000 0 D000SD~~~
umbrella and mahogany for the remainder of the ~~~~~~D00000S0 0 D0000D~~~
~~~~~~DS0000000 0D000DS~~~~
~~~~~~D00000000 000S00D~~~~
outlines and details. ~~~~~~D000S0000 D00000D~~~~
40 ~~~~~~DD0000000000S000D~~~~
~~~~~~DDS0000S00000000D ~~~
~~~~~~DD000000000000S0D ~~~~
Attaching the beads ~~~~~~DD000S000S000000D ~~~~
~~~~ DD0000000000S000D
FINISH your design and add a little three-dimensional ~~~~ DD0S0000S0000000D
~~~ DS0000000000000SDD ~~~~

~ DD00000000S00000DD ~~~~
detail by attaching seed beads to your finished D0000S00000000D0D ~~~
50 DD000000000S000D0 ~~~~
0DS0000S0000000D0D ~~~~
stitching. You can attach these invisibly by sewing 0D0000000000000SDD ~~~~
0DD0000000S00000D0 ~~~
them on with a half cross stitch using thread to match 00D00S00000000000D
00DD00000000S0000DD ~~~~
000D000S000000000D ~~~
the stitches beneath rather than the bead so that the D0S0000000S0000S0D ~~~
D00000000000000000 ~~~
stitches don’t show up. The colour of the beads and D0000S0000DDgggghh
60 D0hhggS000000ggh ~~~
their exact positioning on the designs are shown on hhhhggggggggDDDD ~~~
DD0DD00D0 0000D0D ~
the chart and key. D00D 0000D000 0D0D
0 0000000D0 000 DD
000 0 00 00000D00D ~~~
0000D00000 00 0 00D ~~~~
Framing your picture

000 00 00 000 D ~~~~~
70 D 000 D DDD ~~~~~
SHOW your picture off with a frame especially cut for DD0D0DDD D 000D DD
D00 0 000D0000D00D
D000D0000000 00D0 D ~~~
the design. Ask your framer for a flat, plain wooden 00 0000 00D0000 000 ~
000 00000 000 D
D 000 D DDDD
frame about 1in (2.5cm) deep and get them to cut it DDDDD D DDD D D
D 0 0DDD0D0000D00D
to the dimensions given in the shopping list. The sizes 80 DD000000 000 0000 D
0 00D00000D00 0 000
000 00 00 000 D
stated are the outer dimensions of the frame. This D 000 D DDD
isn’t how we would normally give a frame size but for D00 0DDD0D000 D0D
D 000000 0 0000D0
0000D00000D0 00 0D
this sort of stretched canvas effect the outside size is 000 00 00 000 D
D 000 D DDD
the most important one. You can also ask the framer 90 D0 00DDD D00000D
DD000000000000 D0
to cut a piece of white mount board to fit exactly over 00 0D0 000D0 00 0
000 000 0 000
~ 000 ~
the finished frame. ~~~~~ ~~~~

ATTACH the mount board on top of the frame ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
100 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
with double-sided tape. ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
~~~~~~ ~~~~~
~~~~~~ ~~~~~
~~~~~ ~~~~~

POSITION your finished stitching centrally over ~~~~~ ~~~~~~
~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
that and push pins through the edge of the fabric ~~~~~
~~~~~ ~~~~~
and into the mount board. 110 ~~~~ ~~~~~
~~~~ ~~~~~
~~~~ ~~~~~
~~~~ ~~~~

PLACE double-sided tape over the back of the ~~~~ ~~~~
~~~~ ~~~~
frame and stretch the fabric tightly round to the ~~~~ ~~~~
~~~~ ~~~
~~~~ ~~~
back and stick into place. Fold the corners neatly so ~~~ ~~~
120 ~~~ ~~~
you have a 90° angle at the edges. ~~~
~~ ~~~
~~ ~~~

STITCH the piece of felt over the back of the ~~~ ~~~
~~~ ~~~
~~ ~~
frame for a neater effect, then sew a small Hf ~~
~~~ fH
curtain ring to the top of the centre back for hanging. 130 ~~~
~ ~~~
~~~~ ~~~~
~ ~
f ~~ f ~~~~
~ ~
ffff f ~~ f
fHff fHff
Hf ffHf
ff fH

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22 April 2015
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0 hhhhhhhhhh
Catwalk gals
h ghgghgggggghhhggggggggh x xxxx

h hhhgghhggggggghhgggggggg x xxx xxx

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hhghgggghhgggggggghgggg eeex xxe
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~~~~eeTeeeeeTee~ ~~e eeex

Catwalk gals
50 ~ eeTeeeeeeeeeeeTee
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Cross stitch in two strands
eeeTeeTeeeeTeeTex White 002 2402 White
exeTeeTeeeeTeeeTe 00
xxeeexeeeeeTeeeex hh 208 110 0804 Dark purple
60 xxeeexeeeeeeeeeex
x x x e x gg 209 109 0711 Medium purple
SS 210 110 0802 Light purple
x x x x x
xxxxxexxxxxxexxxx mm 433 358 2008 Brown
eeexexexeeeeeexxx xx 519 1038 1105 Blue

70 eeeeexeeeeeeeexex
eeeeexeeeeeeeeeex && 744 301 0112 Yellow
eTeeeTeeeeeeTexex pp 745 300 0111 Pale yellow
TT 828 9159 1014 Pale blue
eTeeeTeeeTeeTeeee ~~ 951 1010 2308 Pink beige
80 eeeeeeeeeTeeeexee ff 959 186 1113 Medium teal
eeeeeeeeeTeeTexee HH 964 185 1112 Light teal
eeTeeeeeeTeeTexee DD 3743 869 2611 Mauve
eeTeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 3761 928 1105 Pale turquoise
eeTeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ee
eeeeeTeeeeeeTeeeee tt 3801 1098 0411 Red
90 eeeeeeeeeeeeTeexee
eeeeeeeeeeeeTeexee ss 3812 188 2706 Dark teal
Backstitch in one strand
eTeeeeeeTeeeeeeeee *519 1038 1105 Blue
100 eTeeeTeeTeeTeTeeeee dress top
eeeeeTeeeTeTeTeeeTe 632 936 2311 Mahogany
eTeeeTeeeTeTeTeeeTe all outlines and details
TTTeTeTeTTTeeeeTeeee 844 1041 1810 Grey
TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTeeTe clothing, shoes, accessories, umbrella
e TTT e TTT e TTT e TT
eeee eee eTe
eTT Attach beads with matching cotton
TT TTTTT TTTTT TTTTT TTT Mill Hill seed beads 02009 Ice Lilac
~~~~~~ clothing, jewellery
120 ~~~~~~ Mill Hill seed beads 02069 Crayon purple
~~~~~~ clothing, jewellery
~~~ ~~~
~~~ ~~~ h
~~~~~~~h g
~~~~~~h gh Stitched using DMC threads on 28HPI linen over two
~~~~~h ghh
~~~~h h hh threads
130 hhhhh h
~~~h h Lady with hat stitch count 138x33
Design area 9 x2 in (25x6.5cm)
~ ~ h
h ~ h
Lady with Parasol stitch count 139xx53
hgh Design area 10x3 in (25.5x10cm)
t *indicates colour is listed earlier in the key

© Michaela Learner

April 2015 23



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W hether you're celebrating Easter, want to mark the beginning of spring or just love
chickens, these pretty napkins will make a lovely addition to your weekend
breakfast table. The subtle colour changes in the feathers mean you'll need to keep your wits

MAKES about you, but this should be a satisfying stitch. Now, how do you like your eggs?

Find your You will need... Stitching the design

lovely blue Position the outer edges of the designs 2 in
Zweigart linen at 32HPI evenweave (or 16HPI aida), blue, Zweigart
(6cm) in from the edges of the fabric so there is
Willow Fabrics by Murano Ref: 3984/503 20x20in (50x50cm)
calling 0800 enough for hemming later.
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
0567811 or going

TURN the edges of your stitched napkin
online to Usual sewing kit all the usual essentials, under by in (1.5cm) then in (1.5cm)
including matching thread
again and press down.
Turn to page 58 for hints and tips!

STITCH the hem down either by hand or
machine. We've chosen to use a decorative
stitch on the sewing machine but you can use
whichever stitch and method you prefer.

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Easter kitchen
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands Cross stitch in two strands
mm 310 403 2400 Black @@ 898 380 2007 Dark brown
FF 318 235 1801 Blue grey hh 3328 1024 0406 Dark pink
ff 415 398 1802 Grey TT 3713 1020 0502 Light pink
SS 433 358 2008 Med brown Stitched using DMC threads on 32HPI
ee 435 365 2010 Light brown Backstitch in one strand evenweave over two threads
xx 436 363 2011 V light brown *318 235 1801 Blue grey Chicken stitch count 40x35
~~ 437 362 2012 Tan chicken Design area 2 x2in (6.5x5cm)
00 738 361 2013 Cream 938 381 2006 V dark brown Feather stitch count 38x14
pp 760 1022 0405 Medium pink all other outlines and details Design area 2 x in (6.5x2cm)
HH 762 234 1804 Pale grey *indicates colour is listed earlier in the key

26 April 2015

Easter kitchen Sit down to breakfast with
Jenny Barton’s chicken and
feather-adorned table linens

Tip… Prime position

We've stitched our chicken and feather at a diagonal
to the hemmed corner. You can do this by cutting your
square of fabric diagonally across the fabric threads

April 2015 27
Heather Maple, Ontario, Canada

The best thing

is probably the
friends from all over
the world.

Sheryl North coast of Spain

Belinda West Des Moines, Iowa, I love to see what

United States
other people are
I have learned that working on and to learn
stitchers across the Carol Pennsylvania, USA
or improve techniques
globe are kindhearted, We all share by the countless
generous, and full a common passion tutorials offered by
of fresh ideas. for stitching. talented people.

& connect Venture online to discover a whole world of sharing, caring stitchers,
and discover new crafting friends along the way... By Ali Binns

T he online stitching community is more than

just a place to marvel at what other people
are stitching, and show off your own work. We’ve
many an hour, hopping from blog to blog, and
reading through posts. And that’s before you start
interacting with more ambitious blog ventures...
chatted to some friendly folk and discovered some We’re not suggesting you rush out today and
of the very best things about the virtual world. become a master blogger, although of course we’d
Reading blogs is perhaps one of the first things be delighted, we’re just hinting that for now, if
you think of when you picture the online stitching you’re new to it all, blogs are a good place to start
community, and why wouldn’t you? There are joining in. If you’re lucky, you may find yourself the
hundreds of stitching blogs. It’s easy to spend unexpected recipient of a stitching gift.

28 April 2015
online stitching
Visit www.
to find details of our stitch along
Genevieve London
and goodies such as
The online stitching our Weekend Collection
community is very freebies!
generous with its time
and knowledge,
which never fails to
impress me.

Hilda Austria

I love getting
in touch with people
like you and me.

Jane Greenoff Gloucestershire

I love having the Cross
Stitch Guild website.
Jamie Chalmers Bedfordshire
I can design something
in the morning, stitch The internet offers a
it, photograph it and space for people to
have it online that very share their love of
same afternoon! stitching, inspiring one Real people, real world...
another and making If you don’t feel very confident about getting online,
friends in countries why not get out there in the real world and set up a real
across the world. world community of stitchers? Invite like-minded
stitchers or crafters for a crafternoon at a local café,
pub or church hall. Make it a regular event, involve tea
and cake and you may well find your group starts to
grow. It’s a great way to make time for your craft, as
well as offering the chance to chat, share information
and swap materials, and be inspired to stitch more.

“I’m thrilled my creations are in stitching

friends’ homes all over the world!”
send her something I’ve stitched. I expect nothing
in return, and surprise is part of the fun. I’m just
thrilled knowing my little creations are now in
Carol ( often stitching friends’ homes all over the world!”
sends out gifts as thank yous to her readers. “There Heather, from Stitching Lotus (www.
are gifts that I offer as giveaways on my blog, runs an annual stitchalong (read
something to say ‘thank you’ for visiting Stitching more on SALs in Cross Stitch Collection issue 244),
Dreams. I try to commit RAKs (Random Acts of which she keeps simple so everyone can join in. Her
Kindness) several times a year… I pick a victim and goals are “just to get people stitching and to ³

April 2015 29
such as how many stitches your blogger has
stitched in a month. Or you can vote in online polls,
where you get to decide which UFO your blogger
finishes next. Be warned though, with all this extra
inspiration and cross stitch engagement, you may
Left: Heather at Stitching be tempted to start more than you can stitch. If
Lotus runs stitch alongs that’s already the case, the upside is that you can
aimed at every skill level.
feel better about it by reading about other people’s
Below: Sewing After Seven
offers the chance to become UFOs, or their ‘stitch from stash’ projects.
part of a keen stitching group. Another way to limber up your online stitching
fingers is to get involved
³ encourage them to complete one small design
with Facebook. Start by
a month. I think some stitchers can get so bogged
putting up pictures of
down in big designs and that can be discouraging.
your own work and
Seeing 12 finishes at the end of the year is a real
fellow stitching friends
boost.” So, it’s easy to understand that friendship
will be quick to
and support are two very big reasons to join the
comment and join in
online stitching community.
with your endeavours.
Sheryl (
Then there’s Twitter.
agrees. “The best thing about the online stitching
Have you tweeted yet?
community is meeting other stitchers, some of
Genevieve Brading,
whom become real friends,” she says. “I enjoy
who runs Floss and Mischief (@FlossMischief), sees
feeling part of a unique group which is always there
Twitter as her “go-to for worldwide news, business
to share ideas and projects, tips and resources, and
inspiration, craft info and chatting to customers.”
most of all, motivation when it’s needed.”
Genevieve explains, “Twitter is one of the most
You’ll also come across useless but fun nuggets
interactive networks I’ve found. It’s about striking
of stitchy info, for example, need-to-know facts
up conversations and sharing interesting stuff with

“Twitter’s about striking up conversations others. One minute I’m dishing out stitching advice
or exchanging stories, the next I’m telling people
and sharing interesting stuff with others” about a stockist’s workshop or pointing to an
amazing designer-maker we love. Tweeters are
generous with their knowledge, which is simply
Getting started... amazing.” And because Twitter limits you to just 140
characters, she feels this keeps things succinct and
vital. “Twitter is about snappy chit-chat and
to-the-point advice.” Count us in!

Facebook Perfect for low and just enjoy reading work look instantly
newbies to the online cross other people’s contributions. appealing. It’s also a nice
stitch community. You could It’s a great place for us to way to save them for
just start with your own talk directly with you and posterity, even if you’re
Facebook page and share hear your points of view, as giving your work away.
pictures of work you’ve well as admire the projects
completed. The comments you’ve made from charts Twitter Master the art of
are soon bound to fly. You featured in the magazine. the hash tag (#crossstitch) If you ‘follow’ stitchers you admire, your twitter
could (hint hint) ‘Like’ the and discover your favourite
feed will fill with a river of stitching comments and
Cross Stitch Collection page Instagram For those with a magazine communities,
on Facebook. We’ll keep you smartphone, Instagram is individuals, and stores and pictures. Just enter #crossstitch in search and you
up-to-date with what’s going one of those must-have join in the chat. Follow your never know what will pop up. Our ‘purely for
on in the magazine, and photo apps. Snap pics of favourite mags, shops,
research’ twitter-time found a stitcher tweeting
update you on our blog. You your work or inspiring bloggers and discover real
stitching, and seek out other time cross stitch news and Take That’s Gary Barlow with a cross stitch portrait
can comment on our
projects and features, and stitchers to see what they’re information. By using our she had completed of him, as well as store
show off designs from the doing. With Instagram’s Twitter handle @ discounts and offers, and hundreds of fellow
mag that you’re feeling range of filters, it’s easy to CrossStitchCMag you can
make your photos of your chat direct with the team.
stitchers joining in virtual chats about cross stitch.
proud of. You can even lie
Instagram is another favourite of Genevieve’s. “It’s

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Stitch & connect

quick and pithy, full of interaction plus a visual treat

if you follow interesting people. I love seeing Taking stitching photos to show online
customers show off their stitching and WIPs on We asked Hilda Hornbacker of beautiful stitching blog Hildi’s Good Life www.hildisgoodlife.
Instagram, especially considering the hours of work for her top tips for taking photos of your stitching to share online...
they put in! It’s gratifying being able to give them a
SEEK GOOD LIGHTING: Best conditions are good daylight, no flash.
virtual high-five and acknowledge their handiwork.” PREPARE THE STITCHING: Always iron the stitching. Or if you only want to show a part of an
You can follow Genevieve here www.instagram. ongoing project, leave the part you want to show in a stitching hoop. Wooden hoops look
com/flossandmischief better than plastic ones, regardless which one you prefer for stitching.
CONSIDER THE BACKGROUND: Start with an empty and bright background with nothing else
Another incomer is Pinterest – effectively an to see but your stitching – a wall, a bench or even the floor. If you don’t have a bright
online scrapbook where you ‘pin’ the stuff you like. background anywhere, invest in a big piece of white linen and use this. Make sure your
Belinda (Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl, www. stitching is the star and nothing detracts from it.
OFFER CHOICE: Always take more than one photograph so you have a choice of pictures. Take, who admits she
them from different angles. And always take a close-up as well as the main photos. It can be
has a list of over 600 blogs she regularly reads, was fun to tease your viewer with close-ups of your work, and leave them asking for more!
quick to take up on the positives of Pinterest, and
uses it as a virtual way to organise her artistic

Hop over to Hilda’s

blog to see her
applying her tips
to her own photos.

enjoy stitching. “Knitters have Ravelry and I wanted

thoughts and ideas. “It’s like my online notebook. to build something for stitchers,” says Jamie. “At the
Instead of printing free tutorials, and photos that moment there are more than 480 people taking
spark interest, I pin them in folders for future part in varying degrees.
reference… which in turn saves tons of paper, ink, It’s early days, and there’s
filing, and time.” It’s a really visual way to keep your a lot of work to be done
ideas and project inspiration together online. to make Weave the site I
Last but not least are stitching forums, such as want it to be, but there’s a which was community of people
originally set up by Jane Greenoff. Collection getting to know one
regular Jane thinks the best thing about the online another on there, and I’m
stitching community is “the chance to share the joy very proud of that fact.”
you get from stitching. I think many stitchers can Jamie sees Weave as a
feel isolated even when in a family. If you don’t Above: Jamie Chalmers place where people can share their work, inspire
stitch, you don’t understand. The members use it describes Weave as a one another and develop their skills. “The internet
community for stitchers of all
to chat and to make arrangements to meet at has been the best thing for the rebirth of cross
genres, including cross stitch.
events and shows. They also use it to compare Below: forum.the stitch and embroidery, and I’m hoping that through
notes about new products,” explains Jane. is now Weave people will join us in building the creative
entirely run by its members.
And there’s a new kid on the block too – Weave. community we’re all looking for.”
Jamie Chalmers (aka Mr X Stitch) has a vision for So are you feeling tempted to join in? As
a new kind of place – Genevieve puts it, “On any social media platform,
Ravelry (the online you get out what you put in. Log in regularly,
knitting and crochet discover amazing people to follow and interact lots
community) but for to build a wonderful network of people.”
stitchers. Weave (www. She’s right – get involved and the rewards can has be huge. As Carol says: “We all share a passion for
been set up to be as easy stitching, which provides an immediate connection.
to use as Facebook, but The best thing is the kindness that’s shown.
tailored to meet the Stitching bloggers are such a supportive, caring
needs of people who group!” What better incentive could there be?

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Indulge in the best of the season with Lesley
Teare’s vintage teacup of spring favourites
Chart of the month

Meet the designer…

Lesley Teare
ust looking at this
picture makes me
smile – spring must
be on its way! Although
there are quite a lot of
different lovely bright
colours, this design is
simple to stitch.
The few fractional
stitches on the cup and
saucer could be omitted if you find them
too difficult as the backstitches will show
the shape of the leaves. With the rest of the
backstitches formed in the traditional way,
then what could be easier?
With such a delicate and pretty cup
and saucer filled with this array of

“Although there
are quite a lot of lovely
colours, this design is
simple to stitch”
tulips, daffodils, narcissi, primroses and
many more, it will make a delightful
picture not only to stitch, but it will also
keep a smile on your face throughout even
the rainiest spring days!

For regular updates on Lesley’s work, to see pictures of her latest designs
34 April 2015
Chart of the month

C onstance Spry once wrote: ‘“I do feel strongly that flowers

should be a means of self-expression for everyone,” and who
are we to argue with the legendary florist? Arranging an informal
bouquet is challenging, but the secret is in choosing the right
container. What better way to showcase a profusion of
spring flowers than spilling from a delicate floral
teacup? Vintage china has been a big thing for quite
some time now – we’ve seen teacups holding
scented candles at craft fairs, in fancy bars
brimming with cocktails, and now as a
receptacle for a joyful abundance of spring
blossoms that brings to mind strolls
alongside country hedgerows, or a
meander around your own vibrant
garden. With so many beautiful
individual flower motifs, there will
be plenty to keep your interest!

For this design I really wanted

a relaxed flower arrangement
feel. I’ve had this image in
my mind of a teacup
overflowing with flowers for a while,
and was really happy that Lesley understood what I
was asking for! The design features plenty of good
blocks of colour. To keep things simple, I would work
one flower at a time, and that way you will be able to
enjoy each part of the design. It’s worth bearing in
mind that linen becomes limp and creased with the
constant handling whilst stitching on it. So, give it a
good wash and press it dry to restore its crispness.
This makes it easier to frame and ensures that the
finished result is clean and crease-free.

Rebecca Bradshaw

and to read her blog, visit

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36 April 2015
100 110 120 130 140 150 Chart of the month

Tip… Colour sort

There are masses of
beautiful shades used in
this design. With so many
colours in a single design,
it’s worth sorting,

separating and labelling

your threads before you
get started. This leaves you
free to enjoy your stitching!

© Lesley Teare

April 2015 37
Chart of the month

Subtle backstitch defines the shape of each flower’s petals, while the
butterflies and birds on the teacup have no outlines to give a soft pastel effect.

Stitching your sampler

You will need... Stitching the design
FOLD your fabric in half both ways and start stitching
28HPI linen (or 14HPI aida), light blue, Zweigart
from this point to ensure you work the design
Cashel Ref: 3281/562 18x19in (46x48cm)
centrally on the fabric. The design is worked in small
We got our linen from Willow Fabrics.
blocks of colour which does help with counting. It’s
Find yours by calling 0800 0567811 or visit them
best to work one whole flower at a time before
moving on to the next to make sure you position each
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
one correctly.
Frame with a 12 x8in (32x20cm) aperture,
lime washed wood
Adding the details
Turn to page 58 for hints and tips! FINISH working all the cross stitch and then add the
backstitch details using one strand: white for the flower
centres; bright green for the stems and grey for the
remainder of the outlines and details.

Meet the stitcher…

Glenda Dickson
“This is a lovely colourful piece, perfect for stitching to
brighten up a dull day. Commissioning editor Rebecca sent me
everything I needed to stitch it, and when I opened the
envelope I knew it was going to be great – all the skeins were so pretty, just
what you need on a grey, chilly day when you’re wishing for spring to come.
It is a delight to stitch, with the flowers just bursting out of the cup. It’s a
good idea to use a thread sorter for your skeins with the symbols marked on
the card as there are quite a few similar colours, so a bit of care is needed.
This design is Lesley Teare at her best – it can’t fail to make you smile.”

38 April 2015
Chart of the month

a bright white Blooming abundance
frame to DMC Anchor Madeira Colour DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
accentuate the Cross stitch in two strands Cross stitch in two strands
** White 002 2402 White (2) pp 3078 292 0102 Light yellow
colours of this
gorgeous gg 155 109 0803 Medium purple HH 3713 1020 0502 Very light pink
bouquet and %% 210 108 0802 Light violet II 3747 120 0901 Pale purple
really make :: 333 119 0903 Dark purple TT 3756 1037 2504 Pale purple
them zing! KK 341 117 0901 Light purple EE 3766 167 1105 Medium turquoise
CC 505 211 1206 Dark green ss 3804 063 0703 Very dark pink
tt 553 098 0712 Medium violet BB 3819 278 2703 Lime green
UU 562 210 1206 Medium green 00 3823 386 2511 Pale yellow
@@ 602 057 0702 Dark pink mm 3837 111 0713 Dark violet
ff 603 055 0701 Medium pink
xx 605 1094 0613 Light pink Backstitch in one strand
$$ 703 238 1307 Bright green *White 002 2402 White
FF 721 324 0308 Dark orange flower centres
ee 727 293 0110 Medium yellow *703 238 1307 Bright green
SS 741 304 0203 Medium orange stems
kk 742 303 0114 Light orange 844 1041 1810 Grey
&& 743 305 0113 Dark yellow all other outlines and details
~~ 747 158 1104 Light turquoise
DD 772 359 1604 Pale green Stitched using DMC threads on 28HPI linen over two
nn 775 128 1001 Blue threads
hh 807 168 1108 Dark turquoise Stitch count 136x159
dd 900 333 0208 Very dark orange Design area 9 x11 in (25x29cm)
== 954 203 1211 Light green *indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
zz 3047 852 2205 Sandy yellow (2) indicates more than one skein required

April 2015 39
Turn the idea of a traditional sampler into a beautiful
birthday card with Maria Diaz’s floral design

40 April 2015
W e love a charming sampler, especially when we can stitch it in miniature! Maria's design
offers all the essential ingredients – some striking lettering, a lovely central vase and
flowers motif, plus a pretty border of leaves and tiny forget-me-knots. Simply by fraying the edges
of the fabric you can give your stitching a pleasingly rustic look, and if you can’t find Kraft card then
you can use a plain white card instead and simply glue brown paper on top of it for the same effect.
To customise the project you can easily change the thread colours to match the favourite spring Source it!
We bought our Kraft
flowers of the person you're making it for, making this a birthday card to be cherished. card from Craft
Creations, using the
reference CRC228P.
Call 01992 781900 or

You will need... How to mount your card go online to www.
Work all the cross stitch using two stands of stranded
28HPI linen (or 14HPI aida), light rustic, Zweigart
cotton and then attach it to your card
Cashel Ref: 3281/52, 8x8in (20x20cm)
blank as follows.
We got our linen from Willow Fabrics.

TRIM the stitched linen to 4x4in (10x10cm)
Find yours by calling 0800 0567811 or visit online
then remove a few of the outer fabric threads
to fray the edges.
Stranded cotton as listed in the key

CUT your light brown Kraft card to 5x10in
Kraft card light brown, one A4 sheet
(13x26cm) and then fold it in half. If you like,
use a bone folder to score the card and ensure
a crisp smooth fold.

STITCH the fabric centrally to the front of the
card, using a sewing machine for a neat finish,
Our stitcher says... or a needle and thread for a more rustic look.

For a more contemporary

look, use white linen 0
xx xx S
xx xx
xx xx
xx xx

instead of light rustic. Using x S

x S
xx xx
x h
xx xx
x h
xx xx
x S x
S x
x x
blue or green card will also x
s s
s s
s s
s s
s s
s x

S x s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s x S
work well for a fresh finish 10 Shh
S x
ss ss ss ss ss s
s s s s s s s s
s s s s s s
ss s
s s
s s
x S
x x
x S S FF S S FF S S x
x h S h FF ShS ShS FF h S h x

Birthday blossoms
x S h h 00 S s S 00 h h S x
hhS h xx 0se0 ses 0se0 xx h Shh
x S F F xx 0ee0 s 0ee0 xx F F S x
x F h 00 FF FF 00 h F x
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour x hSh FF FF hSh x
20 x e e h ~~~~~~~~~ h e e x
Cross stitch in two strands x s e s FF ~ ~ ~ ~ FF s e s x
S x x s s x FF ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ FF x s s x x S
210 108 0802 Lilac

SS Shh x s x ~~ ~~~ ~~ x s x hhS

S x xx xx ~~~ ~~~ xx xx x S
FF 320 215 1311 Dark green x Fx F xF ~ ~ Fx F xF x
x FF FF ~ ~ FF FF x
ss 321 047 0510 Red x F ~~~~~~~ F x
x x
~~ 676 887 2208 Yellow x S xx xx S xx xx S xx xx S x
30 ShS x h x ShS x h x ShS x h x ShS
ee 760 1022 0405 Dark pink x S x ShS x h x ShS x h x ShS x S x
xx xx S xx xx S xx xx S xx xx
00 761 1021 0404 Light pink
© Maria Diaz

xx 3348 264 1409 Light green s ss sss s ss sssss s s s ss sss ss ss

ss s s ss s s s s s s ss s s s s s
hh 3839 176 2702 Blue s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s
ss s s s ss s s s ss ss ss ss ss ss s s
40 s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s
s s s s s s s s s s s s s
Stitched using DMC threads on 28HPI linen over two ssss sss s s sss s s ssss s s sss
threads x S xx xx S xx xx S xx xx S x
ShS x h x ShS x h x ShS x h x ShS
Stitch count 47x47 x S x ShS x h x ShS x h x ShS x S x
xx xx S xx xx S xx xx S xx xx
Design area 3 x3 in (9x9cm) t

April 2015 41
Pony ride

Details such as the feathery white backstitch in the horse's mane and large
areas of single blocks of colour make this a pleasingly varied design to work.

Pony ride
Relish the pleasure of an early morning ride
with Zweigart's nostalgic pony design

A re your bookshelves at home groaning under

the weight of Silver Brumby books? Is the
serenity of family walks dependent on at least one
Then pony fever has definitely hit! Looking at Zweigart's
nostalgic scene we're instantly reminded of the envy we
used to feel towards the girls we knew lucky enough to
person being allowed to canter? Has your garden shed have a horse of their own! Channel this former passion
been commandeered as an imaginary stable block? into making a special gift for the horse-lover in your life.

Stitching your picture

You will need... Stitching the design
FOLD the fabric in half both ways to find the centre
18HPI aida, green, Zweigart Fein Ref: 3793/6140
and start stitching at this point. All the cross stitch is
Bag: 14x14in (36x36cm) We got our aida from Willow
worked in two strands of stranded cotton over one
Fabrics. Find yours by calling 0800 0567811 or visit
thread of the aida fabric.
online at
When you have finished working all the cross
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
stitch, you can add the backstitch details using two
Green backing and lining fabric
strands of black for the eyes. ³
13x39in (33x99cm)
Hessian webbing 100in (250cm), for straps
Sewing kit usual essentials, including
matching thread

42 April 2015
stitcher says...
The design is
lovely and would
look great on any
Pony ride

³ Making your tote bag 0 10 20 30

Turn your stitching into a smart book bag using a in 0
© Zweigart
(1.5cm) seam allowance throughout.

TRIM your stitched aida to 13x13in (33x33cm)
with the design placed centrally. Cut the cotton
fabric into three – one for backing and two for lining.

PLACE the aida and backing fabric right sides
together and stitch along the lower edge. Turn
right sides out and open out to lie flat.

PIN the hessian strip in place with its outer edge
1 in (4cm) in from the edge of the fabric, 20
starting near the bottom of the bag back. Pin it up the
length of the bag, leaving a 24in (60cm) handle, then
pin in the same position down the other side of the
bag back. Take it round to the front, repeat to make a
second handle and come round the bag again, 30
turning under the ends and overlapping the start.

STITCH the hessian carefully in place along
both of the edges.

FOLD the bag right sides together and stitch 40
down the two sides.

POSITION the lining fabric pieces right sides
together and stitch down one side, across the
bottom and up the other side.


INSERT the lining into the bag outer wrong sides
together and turn the top edge of both under by
in (1.5cm) so they meet. Top stitch round the top
edge to hold it in place and neaten.





your free chart from

44 April 2015
Pony ride

40 t 50 60 70 80

Pony ride
Anchor DMC Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands
00 001 B5200 2401 Bright white
ee 033 893 0409 Dark pink
hh 047 321 0512 Red
HH 140 799 0910 Light blue
ff 142 798 0905 Medium blue
ss 149 336 1006 Dark blue
nn 232 452 1803 Light grey
SS 233 451 1808 Medium grey
DD 241 368 1209 Green
&& 304 741 0230 Orange
EE 339 920 0312 Terracotta
pp 347 3856 2011 Tan
gg 370 975 2008 Medium brown

@@ 400 317 1714 Dark grey

mm 403 310 2400 Black
II 881 945 2308 Cream
tt 936 632 1913 Dark brown
~~ 1011 948 0306 Light pink beige
TT 1021 761 0502 Light pink

Backstitch in two strands

*403 310 2400 Black
all outlines and details

Stitched using Anchor threads on 18HPI aida

Stitch count 99x85
Design area 5 x4 in (14x12cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key

Collection makes...
You can easily alter the colour of the pony to
suit your own preferences – and the girl's hair
can be changed with a few stitches too.

Attach your stitching onto a smaller piece of
fabric to make up into a journal cover instead.

The design would work equally well stitched
t onto a cushion cover to add a pop of horsey
chic to a bedroom.

April 2015 45

T he humble daisy may seem an unlikely partner to Earth's most glamorous stone, but we
think this pairing makes delightful sense. If, like us, you spent many a sunny afternoon

DAINTY weaving the long-stemmed flowers into necklaces and crowns, you may also recall plucking the
petals while chanting "he loves me, he loves me not." This is because it was associated with Venus,

MAKES the goddess of lovers. In religious texts, the daisy was said to spring from the tears of Mary
Magdalene, and was also known as 'God's smile' and 'Day's eye', the latter of which morphed from
the Angle Saxon into the name we know it by today – a reference to the way the petals open and
Stitch more
April motifs with close with the sun. In medieval times it was common for knights to wear daisychains made by their
Sheena's fantastic
matching mini
ladies whenever they rode into tournaments or battles – perhaps not too far a cry from the
cushion kit! diamonds we hope to receive from our lovers today!
Measuring a dinky
5 in square, the
full kit costs just
£13.99. You can
find it online at:
You will need... Making your pincushion
Finish stitching your flower design, then follow 14HPI aida (or 28HPI evenweave),
these steps to make your April pincushion:
white, 8x8in (20x20cm)

TRIM your aida 1in (2.5cm) around the
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
stitching. Lay right sides together on top of
Fabric backing 6x6in (15x15cm)
the backing fabric, pinning them together.
Soft toy filling

SEW the two pieces together along the edge

Our stitcher says... Mark the of the stitching around three sides and 1in
(1.5cm) either end of the fourth side.

month of May with Sheena Rogers'

TRIM all four edges of both the aida and
backing fabric to about in (6mm) outside
eighth design, featuring lily of the the seam, then snip off the corners.

TURN the pin cushion right sides out and
valley, hawthorn and emeralds, in stuff with the soft toy filling. Sew up the
our May 248 issue, out 2nd April opening to finish.

Daisies & diamonds 0 10 20 30 40 50


DMC Anchor Madeira Colour

Cross stitch in two strands
00 White 002 2402 White
151 023 0502 Light pink 10

FF 322 978 1004 Dark blue

ff 368 214 1310 Light green
KK 444 291 0105 Dark yellow
pp 677 885 2207 Sandy yellow
DD 727 293 0110 Light yellow
SS 869 889 2105 Dark brown

ss 904 258 1413 Dark green

TT 3072 397 1805 Grey
ee 3708 031 0408 Medium pink
© Sheena Rogers

hh 3731 076 0506 Dark pink

HH 3761 928 1105 Light blue
xx 3829 901 2210 Light brown

Stitched using DMC threads on 14HPI aida

Stitch count 56x56
Design area 4x4in (10x10cm)

46 April 2015

& diamonds
A shining white bloom sits surrounded by sweet
peas within a band of sky-blue studded with daisies,
& diamonds in Sheena Rogers’ latest collection

April 2015 47
Weekend workbox

Stitch in
good light to
make it easier
to distinguish
between the
different greys
used to add the
subtle shading.

Ellies on
Create a heartfelt gift for a new mum with
Jenny Barton's sweet elephant-themed set

H ow cute are these ellies? We've done

our research, and elephants are
amongst the hardest working mums in the
can add pampering toiletries such as bubble
bath and make in advance for a baby shower!
Each of the elephant designs are stitched in the
animal kingdom, enduring a 22-month long same way, with the cross stitch worked over two
pregnancy followed by delivery of a 250-pound strands of the evenweave fabric or one strand of
baby! Make the perfect reward for mums-to-be
with this sweet bib, vest and gift basket set. You Make this set
0 10 t 20 30
in advance for a
baby shower!
© Jenny Barton

waste canvas. When you have finished the cross

stitch you can add the backstitch details, which

are all worked using one strand of very dark
20 grey. Finally, add French knots for the elephants’
t eyes using two strands of black cotton.

48 April 2015
Are you
stitching this?
Share your pics and
stitching stories at

The single baby ellie
used for the vest would
also make a cute card.

Add the baby's name
to the bib for a lovely
personalised finish.

This design isn't just
for babies – why not
sew it onto a tote bag
or cushion for an adult?

April 2015 49
Weekend workbox

Stitching your gift basket liner

You will need...
TAKE the base of the basket and join this to the
four sides by placing it right sides together and
28HPI evenweave (or 14HPI aida), white, Zweigart
pivoting at each corner.
Brittney Ref: 3270/100 – see instructions for sizing

We got our evenweave from Willow Fabrics. TURN the top edge of the liner over by 1in
Find yours by calling 0800 0567811 or visit online (2.5cm) then 1in (2.5cm) again and stitch down
at close to the edge of the casing.
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
SNIP the stitches in one of the side seams in the
Wicker basket casing to thread the cotton tape through later.
Cotton tape white, see instructions for sizing

STITCH your row of elephants starting 1 in
Sewing kit all the usual essentials, including (4cm) up from the casing edge. We have stitched
matching thread ours just along one side of the basket liner but you
can work as many repeats as you like if you want it to
go all the way round. Add a few
Make the basket liner extra baby

FINISH all the stitching and then thread the tape essentials to
Make our basket liner before you get started.
through the casing. Place the liner inside the the gift basket
CUTTING LIST to make this a
basket and then pull the tape to tighten. Finally, tie the really practical
Base: Measure inside of base and add 1in (2.5cm) for
ends neatly in a bow. care package!
ease and seam allowance all round.
Sides: Measure two short sides and two long sides.
For the length the measurement should start at the
base then fold over the basket by 4in (10cm). You
need to also add the 1in (2.5cm) ease and seam
allowances to these measurement as well as an extra
2in (5cm) to make the casing on the top edge. For the
width, use the same measurement as the
corresponding side of the base piece.
Cut out all these pieces from your evenweave fabric.
Use a in (1.5cm) seam allowance throughout.

JOIN the four sides to make one continuous
piece, alternating your long and short sides.

0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 t




50 April 2015
Making your
baby vest Shades of
Ellies on parade green and grey
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour make this set
You will need... Cross stitch in two strands
317 400 1714 Dark grey
equally perfect
whether the
newborn is a
14HPI waste canvas, 4x5in (10x13cm) 318 399 1802 Light grey
boy or a girl!
Stranded cotton as listed in the key 368 214 1310 Dark green
369 1043 1309 Light green
Cotton vest white, see instructions for sizing
414 235 1801 Medium grey
Sewing kit – usual essentials, including 415 398 1803 Very light grey
matching thread 762 234 1804 Pale grey

Backstitch in one strand

Assembling the baby vest 413 236 1713 Very dark grey
Tack your waste canvas to the centre of your vest in all outlines and details
the position you want the elephant to be.
French knots in two strands
STITCH through the waste canvas using the grid
lines as a guide for your stitching. 310 403 2400 Black

FINISH all the stitching, then soak your vest in
cold water to dissolve the starch holding the Stitched using DMC threads on 28HPI evenweave over
waste canvas threads together. two threads
Basket liner elephants stitch count 30x146

REMOVE the waste canvas threads with Design area 2x10 in (5x27cm)
tweezers, snipping free any that have been Baby vest elephant stitch count 22x33
caught by your stitching. Design area 1 x2 in (4x6cm)
Baby bib elephants stitch count 49x61

WASH and press your finished baby vest in the Design area 3 x4 in (9x11cm)
usual way, ready to present in the gift basket. ³

80 90 100 110 120 130 140

© Jenny Barton

April 2015 51
Weekend workbox

Making your
baby bib
You will need...
28HPI linen (or 14HPI aida), white, Zweigart
Brittney Ref: 3270/100, 16x12in (40x30cm)
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Cotton backing fabric, white 16x12in (40x30cm)
Ric rac braid, white 40in (1 metre)
Snap fastener

CUT your cotton backing fabric to the same size
Sewing kit usual essentials, including
as the bib pattern.
matching thread

TACK the ric rac braid around the outer edge of
the bib, placing the centre of the braid along the
Make your bib
stitching lines.
Use the bib template on page 60 or download it from
PLACE Place the bib front and back right sides

TRACE round the bib template to make a pattern together and stitch round the outer and inner
and add a in (1.5cm) seam allowance all round curved edges and the openings. Leave an 8cm gap on
the inner and outer drawn stitching lines. the straightest edge for turning.

POSITION your pattern over the stitched fabric,
TURN the bib right sides out and slip stitch up
with the design placed centrally. Trim round it and the gap. Stitch a snap fastener to the opening
along the marked cut line for the opening. and add a button on top.

0 10 20 30 t 40 50 60



© Jenny Barton


52 April 2015
Revel in the joy of our most hopeful season by stitching
Wordsworth's poem with Rebecca Bradshaw's sampler
Golden daffodils

Make stitches over one or two threads and surround the poem with
a chunky running stitch, which will serve as both border and hem.

Meet the designer...

Bradshaw N o other season can beat spring's sense of cheer and
optimism. In the third of our seasonal poem samplers,
Rebecca turns to William Wordsworth's celebratory I Wandered

Choosing a poem for Lonely as a Cloud. His inspiration for it came from a breezy walk
spring was easy for me. taken with his sister Dorothy and the journal entry she wrote
Wordsworth's I Wandered about it, in which she described how the daffodils 'tossed and
Lonely as a Cloud, or reeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the
Daffodils as it's more
wind.' In a poll carried out by the BBC to discover the nation's
commonly known, has long
favourite poems, Wordsworth's poem was voted into the top ten,
been one of my favourites
which we think is well deserved! It also makes a lovely project to
poems – to me it really
encapsulates spring. When
work on, as it's worked using white stranded cotton in whole cross

I was in primary school I stitch with no backstitch to worry about. Some lines are stitched
learnt the whole thing off over two threads of the linen, and some over one to create the
by heart for a Spoken heading and author's name.
English competition. I
practised it over and over
to get it perfect and can
still remember most of it
now! I love the way
Wordsworth captures the
nature of the daffodils in
words as they really do
flutter and dance. There's a
hill near where I live in Bath
which has what seems like
COLLECT our poetry sampler series
a mile of daffodils planted
Stitch the full set with John Keats' Ode To Autumn in issue 239 and
beside the road and when Christina Rossetti’s In the Bleak Mid Winter from issue 244*.
they come out each spring And look out for a special summer poem sampler coming soon!

it really is a glorious sight. For back issues, visit

*Print copies of 244 have sold out completely, but digital issues are still available from or

54 April 2015
© Rebecca Bradshaw
Stitching your
poem sampler
You will need...
32HPI linen (or 16HPI aida), spring green,
Zweigart Belfast Ref: 3609/346, 17x17in (43x43cm)
We found our lovely linen at Willow Fabrics. Call
0800 0567811 or visit
Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Linen fabric white, 18x18in (46x46cm)
Yellow buttons 4, in (1.5cm) diameter
Frame with a 12x12in (30x30cm) aperture,
cream painted wood
Turn to page 58 for hints and tips!

Starting off
BEGIN by folding your linen in half both ways to find
the centre and start stitching at this point. Work the
cross stitch from the main chart in two strands of
stranded cotton over two threads of the linen.

Using the right chart & key

STITCHING from the correct chart and key is essential
with Rebecca's design. When you reach a numbered
grey shaded block on the main chart on pages 56-57,
use the chart on this page to stitch the lettering in
one strand over one thread of linen fabric.

Golden daffodils
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands over two threads Follow this
Cross stitch in one strand over one thread smaller chart
White 002 2402 White (2) to complete
the area where
you need to
Stitched using DMC threads on 32HPI linen work over just
over one and two threads one thread,
Stitch count 127x111 shown on the
Design area 8x7in (20x18cm) main chart as
numbered grey
(2) indicates more than one skein required
Golden daffodils 0 10 20 30 40



Our stitcher says... 30

If you're stitching the whole

series you can use the 40

same frame for them all –

just swap the samplers
over at the beginning of
each season

³ Making your picture


Finish all the stitching and trim your linen to

10 x10 in (26x26cm) with the design
placed centrally.

TURN the edges of the fabric over in (1.5cm)
all round to the wrong side and tack into place.

PIN your stitched design to the centre of the
white linen fabric. Using two strands of white
stranded cotton, stitch a running stitch through both
fabrics all round the edge.

ATTACH your buttons to your stitched design, 90
one in each corner.

STRETCH and frame the fabric of your finished
picture in the usual way.

Golden daffodils
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands over two threads
Cross stitch in one strand over one thread
White 002 2402 White (2)

Stitched using DMC threads on 32HPI linen

over one and two threads
Stitch count 127x111
Design area 8x7in (20x18cm)
© Rebecca Bradshaw
(2) indicates more than one skein required

56 April 2015
50 t 60 70 80 90 100 110
Golden daffodils

Collection makes...
Plain yellow buttons like the ones we've used will
do the job, but you could also use fab floral
buttons like these ones, available to buy from

Stitch the sampler onto a leafy green fabric to
create a lively sense of everything reawakening
after the long freezing winter months.

2 It's on trend right now to have a tote emblazoned
with your favourite literary quote – so why not
t stitch the panel onto an existing fabric bag?

April 2015 57
Collection essentials

Stitch basics
Discover all you need to know to start cross stitching and lots of helpful hints
to make you an expert. Charting editor Abi Barker is your guide…

Getting started Try these three ways to get going, then choose the one that suits you best

Select your needle

Fabric HPI Needle

Aida 11-14 Tapestry 24
Aida 16-20 Tapestry 26
Hardanger 22 Tapestry 26
Evenweave 22-32 Tapestry 26
Evenweave 36 and over Tapestry 28
Loop start When stitching Loose end start Waste knot start
TIP To attach beads, use a beading with two threads When stitching with any When stitching with any
needle or a size 28 tapestry needle. Cut a single thread that’s number of threads number of threads
twice as long as you need, Bring your needle up through Knot the end of the thread and
and thread both ends through the fabric, leaving a little piece take the needle down through
your needle. Come up through of thread at the back. Hold this the fabric on the right side,
the fabric and make a half thread underneath the area a little away from your first
stitch, then pass the needle to be stitched so that you will stitch. As you stitch towards
through the loop that’s secure it with your first few the knot, you’ll secure the
formed at the back to secure cross stitches. thread at the back, then you
it. can snip off the knot.

Learn the basic techniques and you’re

Cross stitch made easy ready for the projects!

2 3 4

1 3

Cross stitch on aida Half cross stitch Cross stitch on evenweave Backstitch, used for outlines or
Aida has groups of threads This is simply half of an ordinary Evenweave and linen fabrics are details, is shown as coloured
woven together to form distinct cross stitch. Bring the needle up woven in single threads. Usually lines on the chart and is worked
blocks – perfect for beginners. at 1, down at 2, up at 3 and so you will stitch over two threads, after the cross stitch. Bring the
Cross stitches are made over on. Half cross stitches are often as in the example shown above. needle up at 1, down at 2, up at
one block of fabric, on any used to create a paler area of As a result of this, a design 3, down at 2, up at 4 and so on,
count. A quick way to work a stitching, for example for the stitched on 28HPI evenweave working over one block of aida
line of stitches is to use half sky or a background, which can will be the same size as one or two threads of evenweave.
cross stitches going one way, give the impression of distance stitched on 14HPI aida. Long stitch is worked the same
then double back on yourself. in a design. way, but over more than one
block of aida or more than two
threads of evenweave.

58 April 2015
Collection essentials

Fractional stitches square, make the less shown are on aida where the TIP Fractionals are easier to
A small symbol in the corner of prominent colour a tiny quarter centre block has to be pierced work on evenweave as there is
a square (A) indicates a stitch (C) then work a three- to make the quarter stitch (you no block to be pierced.
three-quarter stitch (B). If two quarter stitch in the other may want to use a sharper
different symbols occupy one colour (D). The examples needle for this).

The final details Reading charts and keys

Many designs feature beads or French knots. These are The charts are easy to follow when you know how
easy to do, but practise on scrap fabric first Q Each chart symbol represents
one stitch on the fabric.
Daisy key
Beads DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Q The key shows the thread Cross stitch in two strands
Attach each bead with a half White 002 2402 White
cross stitch. Bring the needle up colour that the symbols ee 210 108 0802 Light purple
at one bottom corner of the represent, for all stitches. bb 550 101 0714 Dark purple

square, thread the bead on to Check how many strands of hh 553 098 0712 Med purple
HH 3866 926 2001 Off white
the needle and complete the thread you need for each.
stitch. Use a needle with a small Q The thread codes in the key Half cross stitch in two strands
eye, or a beading needle, and are for DMC, Anchor and // *550 101 0714 Dark purple

sewing cotton that matches the Madeira colours. We list the Cross stitch using one strand of
fabric or stitching. Attach more threads used to stitch our each colour
firmly with a whole cross stitch. model first (therefore the 22
211 342 0801 Lilac
DMC Light Effects E5200
design may look slightly
different if stitched using Backstitch in one strand
French knots another brand). *550 101 0714 Dark purple
1 Bring the needle up through all outlines and details
Q The arrows on the chart
the fabric. With thumb and French knots in two strands
indicate the centre of the
forefinger, hold the thread a 743 305 0113 Yellow
chart. On most designs, you’ll
few inches away from where it daisy centre details
start stitching here to ensure
came up. Keeping the thread
the design is central. To find Attach beads with matching cotton
taut, twist the needle twice Mill Hill seed beads 02002 Yellow creme
the centre of your fabric, fold it
around the thread. daisy centre details
in half both ways; the crease in
the middle corresponds to the Stitched using DMC threads on 14HPI aida
chart centre where you’ll Stitch count 44x42 Design area 3 x3in (8x8cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
make your first stitch.
2 Still holding the thread, push
0 10 20 t 30 40
the needle down into the 0
fabric close to where it came
out, then pull the needle
through gently to form a knot.
Don’t pull too hard.
TIP Vary the number of twists 10
or strands to make larger or
smaller French knots.

When finished…

Taking care of your stitching h


Wash your work to refresh the fabric and threads – good quality
threads won’t run. Use warm water and rinse until the water runs 30
clear. To iron, place your damp stitching on fluffy towels, with a b

clean white cloth over the top, and press with a warm iron until it
is almost dry.

April 2015 59
Collection essentials

Stitch extras
Find all the extra essential making up instructions, techniques and templates
you’ll need to turn your stitched chart into a handmade masterpiece!

Weekend workbox Make your bib

Use the chart on page 52 to stitch your mother and
Make a baby bib
baby elephant motif, then follow these instructions.
Create the finishing piece of your new baby
TRACE round the bib template to make a pattern
set (page 48) using Jenny Barton’s designs and add a in (1.5cm) seam allowance all round
the inner and outer drawn stitching lines.
You will need...
POSITION your pattern over the stitched fabric,
28HPI linen (or 14HPI aida), white, Zweigart with the design placed centrally. Trim round it and
Brittney Ref: 3270/100, 16x12in (40x30cm) along the marked cut line for the opening.

Stranded cotton as listed in the key

CUT your cotton backing fabric to the same size as
Cotton backing fabric, white 16x12in (40x30cm) the bib pattern.
Ric rac braid, white 40in (1 metre)
TACK the ric rac braid around the outer edge of the
Snap fastener bib, placing the centre of the braid along the
Button stitching lines.
Sewing kit usual essentials, including

PLACE Place the bib front and back right sides
matching thread
together and stitch round the outer and inner
curved edges and the openings. Leave an 8cm gap on
the straightest edge for turning.

TURN the bib right sides out and slip stitch up the
gap. Stitch a snap fastener to the opening
and add a button on top.

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Before you begin
PLAN ahead before settling down to stitch this
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Crafty ideas from Rebecca Bradshaw
Welcome to my stitching world – I hope you find
lots of inspiration. This month, I’m raving about
the brand new love in my crafting life!

F or some people I know it’s all

about cars or designer
handbags, but for me it’s hard to beat
some serious stitching gadgetry. I’m
extremely happy to say that I’m now
the proud owner of a new sewing
machine. My old machine has a
tendency to skip the odd stitch at
then just looked at it, a little scared to Just one of the many
random so all I wanted was a newer wonderful stitches my
more reliable model. As I told the be honest. But I braced myself, new machine can do.
extremely knowledgeable man at my opened the box and a couple of hours

local sewing shop: “I just need a later I’d sewn my way through the

machine that will sew straight, do a whole manual and –wow – it was

few zigzags and definitely go amazing. Yes, it does a ridiculous

backwards when I finish off!” number of decorative stitches I

“You’ll love this one,” he said, “They probably never will use but it also

used it on the Great British Sewing threads the bobbin without

Bee and is perfect for basic sewing.” unthreading the needle, lifts its foot

“Oh, I don’t want just a basic one,” I automatically, judges its own stitch

exclaimed, which really confused him. width and length, cuts the thread
This print says it all for me – I’m going to hang it “I sew a lot, well, all the time actually, when I’ve finished stitching – and,
on a wall by my new machine! Buy it from and, and it even has a touch screen! for around £4.
so I need a really decent one.”
Ridiculous I know, following my
initial specifications, but I didn’t want “A couple of hours later I’d sewn my
him to think I was new to this game. way through the whole manual and
“Have you considered a – wow – it was amazing”
computerised one?” he asked.
Despite my misgivings, I let him My new sewing machine has
show me what these modern ones changed my life – well not really but it
can do, and I was bowled over! I paid has made my whole sewing
Share your own my money (rather more than I’d experience even more of a pleasure
crafty ideas budgeted) and the order was placed. than usual and the napkin edgings I
Email A week later and I returned to can now do are stunning. So I urge
or write to: Crafty Ideas, Cross collect my machine aquiver with you, if you can, seize the moment and
Stitch Collection, Tower excitement. I got it home in an give in to technology – when it comes
House, Bristol BS1 3BN enormous box, put it my work table to sewing it’s always justified!

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