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fun nautical gift set!
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Historical Ladies series – Collect all 4
EXCLUSIVE!
Joan Elliott
Series continues!
The
Collection
Joan Elliott
SHIMMERING BEAUTIES
flapper!
F
abulous
HUG A HEDGEHOG!
Serene Scene…
The most beautiful cross stitch designs
An adorable
cushion for
your home
You'll love Lesley Teare's beaded
water lily and metallic dragonfly
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ISSUE 225
August 2013
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Every issue
10 Write to us to win prizes!
12 Jane Greenoff’s page – Top tips for
perfecting different types of eyelet stitches
22 New ideas! – News, reviews and more
24 Becs’ crafty ideas – Be inspired by
Rebecca Bradshaw’s stitching world
26 Back issues & binders – What do you
need to complete your collection?
72 Next month – Enjoy a sneaky preview
of next issue’s projects!
74 Relax and enjoy – Take a break with our
crossword and win prizes from Zweigart
Essential inspiration
31 Baby boom – Our pick of 10 gorgeous
birth sampler kits and charts, from quick-
and-easy designs to bigger projects
66 In love with lavender – Rebecca Bradshaw
shows how to make deliciously scented,
prettily decorated sachets and drawstring
bags to fragrance your home
69 Stitching success – Charting editor
Abi Barker’s guide to everything you need
to get started on this month’s projects
Great offers!
8 Great giveaways – Enter today for a
chance to win a fantastic stitching prize!
51 Classic kits – Your favourite Collection
designs available in kit form
54 Direct to your door – Order fabric and
threads packs for this issue’s projects
Designs to stitch
4 Jewel on the water – Lesley Teare’s
water lily is the picture of serenity
14 Birds of our shores – Enjoy hours
of stitching, with this design of British
coastal birds from Anchor
27 Drifting dreams – A relaxing, timeless
canal scene from Maria Diaz
35 Fabulous flapper – The final lady in
Joan Elliott’s stunning four-part series
47 Birthday tweetings – Adorable cards
for friends’ special days, by Angela Poole
56 Beside the seaside – Fun beach hut
and boat designs from Diane Machin
62 Huggable hedgehog – Our cute cushion
by Lucie Heaton is perfect for a little girl
2 August 2013
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27
14
47
Stitch Britain’s
coastal birds
Lucie Heaton’s cute
hedgehog cushion
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CHART OF
THE MONTH
The fourth in Joan Elliott’s
sensational series of
historical ladies is her
‘Fabulous flapper’
on page 35
CH
ART
of the
M
onth!
IN EVERY ISSUE!
Inspired by colours, trends and traditional
Scandinavian textiles, these cushions by
Swedish designer Anette Eriksson are ideal
for scattering on chairs for a rustic-chic look.
We just can’t decide which our favourite is!
For more on Anette’s designs, go to page 23.
Joan Elliott has really created something special in her set
of four historical women, and her ‘Fabulous flapper’ design
in this issue brings the series to a close in spectacular style.
We know you’ll adore every stitch of this glamorous 1920s
lady, so go to page 35 to get started!
Other highlights this month include Anchor’s striking
‘Birds of our shores’ on page 14, Maria Diaz’s relaxing canal
scene ‘Drifting dreams’ on page 27 and fun beach accessories
from Diane Machin on page 56. Plus, on page 66, Rebecca
Bradshaw shows you how to create pretty lavender sachets
for your home. A summer of happy stitching is guaranteed!
Catherine Hood
PS Email us at csc@futurenet.com with photos and updates
on your stitching projects – we love seeing your work!
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4 August 2013
Summer flower
Enjoy the exquisite bloom of a water lily
all year round by stitching this serene
design from Lesley Teare
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t isn’t hard to see why the water lily is so
popular around the world. The instantly
recognisable star- or cup-shaped flowers come
in a full spectrum of colours, from soft white
to intense blue, creating spots of colour on the
water’s surface. In her design, Lesley has cleverly
used shading to make the lily appear three-
dimensional – a quality aided by the dragonfly,
whose iridescent body jumps out of the picture
in the foreground – while the swirls of water link
the two elements together.
Pearl beads and metallic thread make the colours in this design really pop
³
Jewel
on the water
Meet the
designer...
Lesley Teare
“The beauty of water lilies
has led to their widespread
use as ornamental plants.
The French artist Claude
Monet depicted the flower
in many of his paintings
but here I have chosen to
show just a single flower
and naturally thought
that a gorgeous dragonfly
would perfectly complete
the design.
“To replicate the insect’s
iridescent quality, I have
used Kreinik metallic
threads, which are lovely
to stitch with. I have used a
combination of pale yellow
and gold on the wings –
these are delicate colours
and look beautiful.
“The small pearl beads
add an extra touch to this
pretty picture and I hope
you really enjoy stitching it.”
Make
it easy!
Fabric and threads
pack direct to you for
just £35.50
TURN TO PAGE 54
TO ORDER
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Planning your stitching
There are lots of different elements to this
design and they all have several colour changes.
To help with your counting, we advise you to
complete a single section, then move on to the
next, rather than trying to work all the stitches
in the same colour.
Before you begin, look closely at the chart
and photograph, and plan the order in which you
are going to stitch the design.
Stitching the design
Fold your fabric in half both ways to find the
centre and start stitching from this point. All the
cross stitch using stranded cotton is worked in
two strands over two threads of the evenweave
fabric. You may find the water lily petals are a
little trickier to work than the other areas, as
there are several close colour changes.
Use one strand of Kreinik Very Fine Braid to
work the metallic cross stitches on the dragonfly.
This thread can tangle and break, so stitch slowly
and carefully, and use short lengths.
Adding the details
When you have finished working all the cross
stitch, you can add the backstitch details using
one strand of stranded cotton: dark orange for
the water lily centre; dark blue for the lily pad;
and very dark pink for the petals.
Use one strand of sapphire Kreinik Very
Fine Braid for the dragonfly details.
Attaching the beads
Finally, you can attach the Royal Pearl seed
beads on top of the stitching. These are sewn
on with a half cross stitch using thread to match
the stitches beneath rather than the bead so
that the stitches don’t show up. The positions
of the beads are shown on the chart.
Framing your picture
Normally, when you frame a design you should
place it centrally within the frame’s aperture.
However, with this design it looks visually more
accurate if the green border line is the same
distance from the aperture all the way round.
This will mean some of the elements of
the design that reach outside the border are
closer to the aperture than others, but as the
border line is quite dominant, this is what
the eye will see first.
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32HPI evenweave
(or 16HPI aida),
off-white,
Zweigart Murano
Ref: 3984/101,
16x14in (41x36cm)

Stranded cotton
as listed in the key

Kreinik Very Fine
Braid as listed in
the key

Seed beads as
listed in the key
Frame with
a 7¾x10¾in
(20x27cm)
aperture, white
) Items marked

are
included in materials
pack, items marked
are not included.
) Fabric for the
stitched piece
supplied by Willow
Fabrics – visit www.
willowfabrics.com or
call 0800 0567811.
) Turn to page 69 for
hints and help!
Shopping list...
Jewel on the water
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands
White 002 2402 White
562 210 1206 Dark mint green
727 293 0110 Yellow
742 303 0114 Light orange
747 158 1104 Light blue
807 168 1108 Medium blue
818 023 0502 Very light pink
922 1003 0310 Dark orange
954 203 1211 Light mint green
961 076 0610 Dark pink
962 075 0609 Medium pink
988 243 1402 Dark green
989 242 1401 Light green
3716 025 0606 Light pink
Cross stitch in one strand
Kreinik Very Fine (#4) braid 006 Blue
Kreinik Very Fine (#4) braid 014HL Sky blue
Kreinik Very Fine (#4) braid 017HL White gold
Kreinik Very Fine (#4) braid 018 Navy
Kreinik Very Fine (#4) braid 191 Pale yellow
Backstitch in one strand
*922 1003 0310 Dark orange
water lily centre
3765 170 2506 Dark blue
lily pad
3831 039 0507 Very dark pink
water lily petals
Kreinik Very Fine (#4) braid 051HL Sapphire
dragonfly
Attach beads with matching cotton
Mill Hill seed beads 03021 Royal Pearl
water lily, background
Stitched using DMC and Kreinik threads on
32HPI evenweave over two threads
Stitch count 122x94 Design area 7½x5¾in (19x15cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
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features in our September issue (226). Find
out more on page 72–73!
Make
it easy!
Fabric and threads
pack direct to you for
just £35.50
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We love the fun motifs
in this new design by
Helen Smith – our
favourite has to be
the snappy Megabyte!
With its play on words,
it’s bound to make any teenager roll
their eyes and have a secret chuckle
– it would would make a great gift for
offspring heading off to uni. The kit,
complete with 14HPI white aida, pre-sorted threads,
needle, instructions and chart, is available for £27.49
from Bothy Threads (www.bothythreads.com; 0844
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Get stacked
These vintage-inspired
bangles are the elegant
way to make a subtle
statement about your
love of stitching and
would make a great gift
for a crafty friend. They
make us recall delving
into our grandma’s
sewing basket when we
were small and drawing
out her coiled-up tape measure to play with! The trio
is available to buy as a set for £36 from Bee Jewellery
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The Stitch, Sew & Hobbycrafts show – formerly
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Is anyone able to send me
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design (issue 188)? Happy to
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Could anyone send me issue
204? I would like to stitch
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cot quilt is
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Cupcake cosy
I couldn’t wait to stitch the cupcakes
from issue 223. I’ve been trying to be
good and finish the many projects I
have on the go, but
they all got tossed
aside so I could
stitch these cakes!
As you can see in
the photo, I turned
one into a Kindle
cosy to give to
my mother on her
birthday. I swapped a
couple of colours for
some I already had
and added a bit of
Madeira GlissenGloss
to put some sparkle
on the icing.
The only trouble is that, like real
cupcakes, they are moreish – I could
stitch up a dozen right away!
Emma Gowland, by email
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special baby
My first grandchild was born nine-
and-a-half weeks premature on
1 December 2012 and spent the first
seven weeks of her life in hospital
before coming home. She is such
a little fighter and is now doing well.
I stitched these teddy bears – from
a Leisure Arts book – for her and made
them into a cot quilt. When she came
home, I gave it to my daughter, who
was absolutely thrilled.
This project certainly helped me
through the time while my grandchild
was in hospital and we could not visit her,
and kept me focused on the positives, even
though there were days when she was not
doing so well.
Dee Kerr, by email
Collection says: This is a lovely present for
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My mother had got a bag of material
from a jumble sale for me to use for
sewing. In it, I found this fabric, which
my friends on Facebook said was raw
linen. So I thought I would have a go
and if I messed up I wouldn’t have
lost much.
I am so pleased
with the finished
bag and will
definitely stitch
on linen again.
Toni Ball,
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Two down, two to go
Below is my recently completed Victorian
Lady by Joan Elliott. It took me a month
to finish. This is the second in Joan’s
series of four historical ladies that I have
stitched – I plan to do all four!
Next, I going to start the Edwardian
Lady – luckily, I got my copy of Cross
Stitch Collection just in time!
Janie
Holmes,
Canada
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and final
lady of
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Sweet treats
I thought you would like to see these
cupcakes (pictured above) I stitched
from issue 223. When I received my
copy, I was thrilled to see these designs
– they look so sweet and yummy! I
started them straight away, making
them into a table runner for my kitchen.
Veronica Paratico, Italy
Collection says: This is a brilliant idea
for the cupcakes, Veronica – and we
agree, they look utterly delicious!
Terrific tote
Here is my version (pictured right) of
Lesley Teare’s ‘Saffron shopper’ from
issue 205. I love flowers, so wanted to
stitch this as soon as I saw it, but I’d
only ever stitched on aida.
“The cupcake designs look so sweet
and yummy! I started them straight
away, making them into a table runner”
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Stitching essentials
In this installment of the cross stitch A–Z,
we are on to the letter E. I have decided to
talk about eyelet stitches – in particular, the
fact that they are pulled stitches.
We have a saying here at The Cross
Stitch Guild (CSG) that “Cross stitchers
can’t pull.” This is not casting aspersions
on the physical attractiveness of cross
stitchers as a race, but that generally pulled
embroidery proves to be a challenge!
The idea of pulled embroidery is that
the fabric ends up full of little holes but
there are no fabric threads removed.
Each month Jane takes us from A-Z covering all things
cross stitch related! This month, perfect eyelet stitches
A-Z of Cross Stitch
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About
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prolific designer, author and businesswoman
for almost 30 years, Jane is in constant
demand. In addition to running classes, events
and stitching holidays, Jane appears twice a
month on Create and Craft TV.
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E is for… eyelet stitches
This
month…
Right top: a combination
of counted stitches,
including eyelet stitches;
right: work Alergian eye
from the outside in, pulling
the thread after going
down the central hole
Above: eyelets come in a range of
shapes and sizes. Why not try to
create your own? Just follow the
sequence and pass the needle
down the middle hole
Cross Stitch Guild News
Created for the CSG by Carole Hughes,
these Small Counting Pins (pictured above,
priced £5.99 each) are the perfect gift for
the stitcher who has everything.
I use them for counting across empty
linen and marking position, and when rolling
and pinning extra fabric. I now have 11 in my
work tray, as I can’t decide which I like best!
Every glass bead is handmade and
unique. Each pin is mounted on a gold-plate
pin with a safety cap. It is almost impossible
to choose which colour to buy or collect!
This month, I am looking at eyelet stitches – a type
of pulled stitch – and sharing my tips for working
them. The most common pulled stitch is probably
the Algerian eye, which was used extensively in early
samplers, often as part of decorative alphabet letters.
How to stitch an Algerian eye
This pretty star-shaped stitch often occupies the
space taken by four cross stitches, although the
stitch size can be altered to suit the project. Created
correctly, the stitch is a square with a round hole in the centre – this is where it differs
from eyelets, which may be a variety of shapes.
Algerian eye should be worked clockwise or anticlockwise, from the outside in, always
going down the centre hole. This is a pulled stitch, meaning that you are intended to pull
firmly. The trick is to pull the thread after going down the hole and before coming up at
the side. This means the hole is in the centre, not around the edges.
Algerian eye stitches may be worked over two, four or more threads to suit the chart,
but as with all counted stitches, be consistent within a project and avoid a trailing thread
passing across the hole on the back of the stitching.
Eyelet variations
There are several eyelet
stitch variations, some
of which are shown in
the diagrams on the
right. You can choose
the shape you like and work it over more or fewer threads
to create larger or smaller eyelets.
The rules are the same for all eyelets. The trick to help
you make the hole in the centre correctly is to pull the thread
as you go down the hole and avoid doing so as you come up
at the side. When following the sequence on the diagrams,
work the stitch by passing the needle down through the centre,
and take care that trailing threads do not cross the hole.
14 August 2013
Exclusive chart
Celebrate the beauty of Britain’s
coastal wildlife with this Anchor
design by Amanda Jane Butler
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erfect for summer stitching, this striking
design instantly brings to mind a clifftop
walk on a sunny day, with a brisk wind carrying the
calls of coastal birds and making our eyes stream.
The birds are so detailed and realistic they wouldn’t
look out of place as illustrations in a wildlife guide,
while the central landscape sets the scene and draws
all the parts together. If you’re after a quick stitch,
one of the birds or other motifs would look equally
stunning on its own.
Rich in detail, this design will be challenging but satisfying to stitch – planning ahead is key to success here
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Planning your stitching
This is a large project and requires a little careful
planning. It is best to get organised with a design
of this size, rather than just starting in the middle,
or working all of the stitches in the same colour,
then all those in another.
Take a good look at the chart, key and,
most importantly, the photograph before you
begin. Start by stitching the cliff edge scene in
the centre, as this will ensure you position the
design correctly on the fabric. Also, because it’s
a large area that reaches out to the other motifs,
it will help with the positioning of those.
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Ideas for single motifs
If you don’t want to stitch the whole picture, each motif
would work well on its own. Any of the birds would make
a special card for someone who loves the countryside or
watching birds, while the shells would look beautiful repeated
in a row and attached to the border of a hand towel.
None of the motifs overlap, so you won’t need to adapt
them if you want to stitch them on their own.
) 16HPI aida (or 32HPI
evenweave), white,
25x22in (64x56cm)
) Stranded cotton
as listed in the key
) Frame with a
19x15¾in (48x40cm)
aperture, white-
washed wood
) Go to page 69 for
hints and help!
Shopping list...
Birds of our shores
Anchor Colour
Cross stitch in two strands
001 Bright white (2)
040 Dark pink
046 Red
050 Medium pink
073 Light pink
234 Light grey (2)
253 Light green
265 Medium green (2)
267 Dark green (2)
269 Very dark green
273 Dark green grey
301 Light yellow
302 Dark yellow
333 Orange
360 Brown
361 Tan (2)
373 Bronze brown
387 Cream (2)
399 Medium grey
400 Dark grey
401 Very dark grey (2)
403 Black
850 Petrol blue (2)
875 Light mint green
876 Dark mint green
882 Light terracotta
900 Light green grey
Anchor Colour
Cross stitch in two strands
921 Dark teal
1013 Dark terracotta
1040 Medium green grey
1041 Very dark green grey
1046 Golden brown
1060 Light teal (2)
1062 Medium teal (3)
Half cross stitch in two strands
128 Light blue (2)
129 Dark blue
*253 Light green
259 Pale green
*265 Medium green
267 Dark green
*361 Tan
*373 Bronze brown
*1062 Medium teal
Half cross stitch in one strand
*128 Light blue
*387 Cream
Backstitch/long stitch in one strand
*001 Bright white
shells, seagulls, puffin, avocet
Anchor Colour
Backstitch/long stitch in one strand
*040 Dark pink
bindweed flowers
*046 Red
puffin’s eye
*269 Very dark green
grass, bindweed
*360 Brown
seagulls, puffin, pelican, bindweed
*387 Cream
grass
*401 Very dark grey
all other outlines and details
French knots in two strands
*001 Bright white
pelican’s eye, puffin’s eye
*403 Black
gannet’s eye, seagulls’ eyes
*1046 Golden brown
bindweed
Stitched using Anchor threads
on 16HPI aida
Stitch count 274x220
Design area 17x13¾in (43x35cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
(2) indicates more than one skein required
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Lesley Teare’s pretty autumn bird design
features in our September issue (226).
Find out more on page 72–73!
Then, to help with your counting, choose one
motif or area to stitch and work all of it before
moving on to the next one.
Working the cross stitch
All the cross stitch is worked over one thread
of the aida fabric using two strands of stranded
cotton. Many of the threads are of similar
shades, so take care to select the correct
one each time.
When you have finished the cross stitch
for each motif, work the half cross stitch. Some
areas are worked using one strand and others
using two. Refer to the chart and key to ensure
you work these correctly in order to create the
right depth and dimension in the design. Make
sure all your stitches go in the same direction
for uniformity.
Adding the details
All of the backstitch and long stitch is worked
in one strand. If you look at the chart you’ll see
the backstitch is worked over one fabric square,
whereas the long stitch is worked over more
than one; however, they are both stitched in the
same way.
Take care with your tension when working
the long stitch so the stitches don’t sag across
your fabric. It is quite fiddly in places, so work
slowly and carefully, with frequent reference
to the chart.
The French knots are added last and are all
worked in two strands.
have a range of native wildlife designs, such
as Birds in Season (PCE880) RRP £32.75,
The Bird Table (PCE742)
RRP £23.30, and British
Wildlife (PCE889)
RRP £32.75. For stockist
details and to see the
full range of Anchor
designs, visit www.
coatscrafts.co.uk or
call 01484 681881.
More British wildlife designs…
Be inspired by new kits, great ideas and more from the vibrant stitching world
22 August 2013
We
love it!
Looking for a great gift for a newborn? Designer
Sheena Rogers has been working on a year-long
project designing ‘Flower of the Month’ cross stitch
mini cushions that we think are gorgeous!
“The idea for a ‘calendar’ of designs was born when
I had feedback from some of my customers asking for
particular flowers to be worked into mini cushions,” Sheena explains.
“I knew certain flowers were associated with each month, known as
birth flowers, so that gave me scope for a collection of 12 designs.”
What a brilliant idea! Each one also
features blocks of colours matching the
birthstone for that month.
‘Flower of the Month’ kits cost £13.99
each and include a fabric label detailing
the featured flowers and birthstone for
you to stitch on to the back of your
completed cushion. Available from
www.sheenarogersdesigns.co.uk
New ideas
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irresistible!
If, like us, you can’t help cooing
over the dinkiness of baby
shoes, you’ll love these baby-
themed ribbons. They will look
great on your ‘new baby’ cross
stitched cards! Available for
around 70p/
metre from
Berisfords@
stockist
enquiries.
co.uk;
01453 883581.
Sheep, Mouseloft, ref 003-701sml, £1.35
This dinky lamb will make
a quick stitch – ideal for
adding some cuteness
to a project, or even
embellishing a little one’s
collar or pocket. Chart only.
www.mouseloft.co.uk or
call 01477 533566.
Baby Sitting, Heritage
Crafts, ref PFBS1126,
£14.35
Peter Underhill’s new
design would make
a lovely card for an
expectant mum!
Available as a full
kit on 14HPI aida or
27HPI evenweave.
www.hcrafts.com or
call 01889 575256.
Organza the Piglet, ref XCZ6, £27.49
This sweet design is
perfect for a nursery
wall. The kit contains
14HPI pink petit point
Zweigart aida, pre-sorted
stranded cottons,
needle, stitch diagram
and instructions.
www.bothythreads.
com or call 0844
8000 221.
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August 2013 23
“Working with textiles, colours
patterns and yarns is a treat”
Meet…
Anette Eriksson
The cross stitch and home décor
designer talks us through her love
of timeless and on-trend pieces
What got you into crafts?
I think I was quite an impatient child
who constantly needed something
in my hands! Reading was never my
thing, and I still find it difficult to
find a book that can keep my mind
as occupied as crafts can. So a love
for colours, patterns, yarns and
fabrics came early. However, it really
hit me when I stopped smoking in
my early 40s – I just had to have
something in my hands!
We love your homeware cross
stitch pieces – what drew you
to focus on this design area?
I wanted to display cushions with a
handmade feel that complemented
my home interior style. I don’t like
the ‘crafty’ look in itself – I could
never put up a piece at home just
because I made it. I want my
designs to feel on-trend or classic.
What inspires your designs?
The love for colour in different
combinations, home interior trends
– but most of all the Scandinavian
lifestyle and textile traditions.
What are you working on now?
As usual, a few pieces, including a
backstitch cushion with sock yarn
in Swedish folklore style.
What do you enjoy most about
your career?
I love textiles, colours, patterns,
fabrics and yarns – to be able to
work with these daily is a treat!
What’s new for you?
I have finally finished my new
website! I’ve had my website for
more than 10 years, and it was time
for a new look. I also want to start
a blog where people who like my
designs can follow what’s happening.
www.anetteeriksson.com
Get
on board
Stop kids becoming fed up on long
journeys with these nifty hand-stitched
board games. Created from reclaimed
denim jeans by Glen Shirai, they even
feature the original pockets to keep
your draught pieces safe. Available
for around £16 from
www.winksprettylittle
things.com
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How adorable are
these new cross
stitch characters
from Genny
Haines? Created
for Goldleaf Needlework, Mr and
Mrs Tooting, plus their fluffy
youngster, star in two designs
– True Love and Home Sweet
Home. Each one costs £15 for
the kit or £6 for the chart. Visit
www.goldleafneedlework.co.uk
or call 01482 571120.
Colours, trends
and traditions
inspire her work
New ideas
24 August 2013
Crafty ideas
Rebecca
Bradshaw
I love self-covered
buttons. They are
a simple, quick and
cheap way to add
a personal and
‘finished’ touch to
any item. I used
some on the beach bag,
sunglasses case and notebook
cover I made for the Weekend
Workbox section on page 56.
Self-cover buttons come in
either white plastic or metal, in
diameters from 11mm to 45mm,
and in various quantities. They
are easy to cover – here’s how:
1. Cut your fabric into a circle
with a diameter ½in (1.5cm)
bigger than the button’s.
2. Sew a gathering thread all
around the edge of the fabric,
making sure it is securely
fastened off at the beginning.
3. Place the top of the button in the centre of
the back of the fabric, then pull the thread
up tightly around it and work a few stitches
over each other to secure the fabric.
4. Press the back of the button over the
gathered fabric to complete.
I use self-covered buttons a lot for finishing
curtains when I make hand-pleated headings.
I always stitch a small button covered in a
complementary fabric over the gather at the
bottom of the pleats.
Another nice idea is to embroider or cross
stitch a small motif on fabric to cover your
button with. For the beach designs, I cross
stitched a small heart over one thread on
linen to cover the button. This is simple to
do – just choose a chart with the number
of squares that will fit on top of your button
(stitching over one quadruples the number
of squares you can use).
“Self-covered buttons
add a personal touch”
Book review Petits Amis
by Annette Jungmann
The 139th slim volume from RICO is
packed with cute cross stitch motifs
– from mice to sausage dogs, and
bunny rabbits to teddy bears – that
are ideal for adding a special touch
to little ones’ dressing gowns, bibs
and more.
The charts include lettering to allow
you to personalise your project with
the name of your choice – the makings
of a newborn’s gifts to treasure.
Petits Amis is available to buy in
the UK from Sew and So (www.sew
andso.co.uk; 0800 013 0150),
priced £5.50.
READER
OFFER
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from Sew and So for
£4.50
until 29 July
2013.
Share your own
crafty ideas
Email csc@futurenet.co.uk or write
to: Crafty Ideas, Cross Stitch Collection,
30 Monmouth St, Bath BA1 2BW
A for
adorable!
The Bouncing Baby’s ABC of sampler charts
has all the ingredients for a great heirloom gift.
Each letter is represented by a fun motif,
offering up a nostalgic feel that
brings to mind the Ladybird books
that were among our own first reads
(L is even for ladybird!). A bright,
educational set to sew into a
snuggly blanket children will love.
Available at £9.95 as a 32-page
PDF from www.lucie
heaton.com
Craft aid
Are you based in the
West Country and
looking for a way to
showcase your craft skills and do some good?
Jack’s Patch Nursery & Garden Centre in
Bishopsteignton, Devon, are inviting stitchers,
knitters and other crafters to sign up for a charity
fayre in aid of the Meningitis Trust on 24 August.
A pitch costs £30 for the day and attendees must
have valid public liability insurance. To find out
more, call 01278 440500 by 12 August.
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Collection 222
) Sandy Littlejohns and Deb
Lester’s ‘Garden party’part one
) A stunning peacock from
Lesley Teare
) An abstract allium cushion
) Cute cards for a new baby
) Country Companions –
exclusive from Anchor
) Fun designs for the home
and garden by Diane Machin
) Jane Greenoff explains how
to perfect bullion stitch
) Chart of the month –
The Historical Sampler
Company’s Heart of
the Family
Collection 223
) A chirpy chaffinch – part two
of Lesley Teare’s bird series
) An elegant single white lily
by Maria Diaz
) Cupcake bunting and gift
bags by Angela Poole
) Fun cards for Father’s Day
) Part two of the ‘Garden
party’ scene
) A gold anniversary sampler
) The 10 best designs of myths
and legends
) How to make gorgeous gift
tags from your cross stitch
) Chart of the month – Joan
Elliott’s Edwardian Lady
Collection 224
) A summery cushion of roses
in bloom from Lesley Teare
) Fun fish designs for your
bathroom, by Angela Poole
) Part three of Sandy Littlejohns
and Deb Lester’s ‘Garden party’
) Colourful new-home cards
) Lucie Heaton’s harbour scene
) A cute baby sampler with a
fresh twist, by Gail Bussi
) Improve your stitching skills
on a home-study course
) Perfect the art of silk shading
) Chart of the month – Jayne
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Conjure up the feeling of a long, lazy
day wandering Britain’s waterways,
with this evocative scene by Maria Diaz
Drifting
dreams
Make
it easy!
Fabric and threads
pack direct to you for
just £20
TURN TO PAGE 54
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164 240 1209 Light green
320 215 1311 Sage green
321 047 0510 Dark red
350 011 0213 Medium red
352 009 0303 Light red
367 216 1312 Dark green
434 310 2009 Dark brown
435 365 2010 Light brown
437 362 2012 Tan
472 253 1414 Lime green
606 334 0209 Bright red
646 1040 1812 Dark green grey
647 900 1813 Light green grey
741 304 0203 Orange
743 305 0113 Dark yellow
744 301 0112 Light yellow
797 132 0912 Bluebell
800 144 0908 Light blue
820 134 0914 Dark blue
822 390 1908 Stone
844 1041 1810 Dark grey
930 1035 1712 Dark petrol blue
931 1034 1711 Med petrol blue
932 1033 1710 Lt petrol blue (2)
989 242 1401 Medium green
3023 397 1814 Silver grey
3024 234 1805 Light grey
3345 268 1406 Dark leaf green
3347 266 1408 Medium leaf green
3348 264 1409 Light leaf green
DMC Light Effects E3821
Backstitch in one strand
B5200 001 2401 Bright white
windows
307 289 0104 Bright yellow
narrowboat details
310 403 2402 Black
all other outlines and details
Stitched using DMC threads on 28HPI evenweave
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to spend a warm summer’s
day than watching the world go by as we
drift along on a narrowboat. But seeing
this pretty design come to life in stitch
must surely be one of them!
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Maria Diaz’s picture-perfect summer
cottage features in our September issue
(226). Find out more on page 72–73!
Stitching the design
You will find this an interesting design to stitch,
as some areas require many colour changes
while others – even relatively large sections –
comprise just one colour. Complete one section
at a time rather than working all the stitches in
the same colour. This will help you position the
rest of the design.
Fold your fabric in half both ways to find the
centre and start stitching at this point to ensure
your design is placed correctly on the fabric.
The cross stitch is all worked in two strands
of stranded cotton or DMC Light Effects thread
over two threads of the evenweave fabric.
Adding the details
When you have finished working the cross stitch,
you can add the backstitch. This is all worked in
one strand: bright white for the windows; yellow
for the narrowboat details; and black for all the
other outlines and details.
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Keep your threads organised
When you are constantly changing thread colour and pulling
new lengths from a skein, the labels can easily fall off. If this
happens, simply loop the remaining thread through a hole
in a piece of card and label it with the manufacturer and
number for future reference.
The simple
stretched-canvas framing effect balances
the intense colour and detail of the design

28HPI evenweave
(or 14HPI aida),
white, 16x18in
(41x46cm)

Stranded cotton
as listed in the key

DMC Light Effects
thread as listed in
the key
Frame with a
10x12in (25x30cm)
outer dimension
White felt 10x12in
(25x30cm), for
backing
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are
included in materials
pack, items marked
are not included.
) Turn to page 69 for
hints and help!
Shopping list...
give a frame size, but for this sort of stretched-
canvas effect the outside size is the most
important one.
Also ask the framer to cut a piece of white
mount board to fit exactly over the finished
frame. Then follow these steps:
1. Stick the mount board on top of the frame
with double-sided tape.
2. Place your finished stitching centrally over
that and push pins through the edge of the
fabric and into the mount board.
3. Stick double-sided tape over the back of the
frame, then stretch the fabric tightly round
to the back and stick it into place. Fold the
corners neatly, so you have a 90° angle at
the edges.
4. Stitch the piece of felt over the back of the
frame for a neat finish, then sew a small
curtain ring to the top of the centre back
for hanging.
Make
it easy!
Fabric and threads
pack direct to you for
just £20
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Meet the designer...
Maria Diaz
“I love canal art, it’s so bright and cheerful.
I once lived in a canal-side cottage – my
front door opened onto the canal path. It was a restful
place to live. My office window looked out over the water,
and seeing the wonderfully decorated barges chugging
past brightened even a very drizzly grey day. Although
my cottage wasn’t quite as pretty as the one here, I used
it as my inspiration and have tried to evoke the serene
mood and relaxed pace of the canal side.”
Framing your picture
You will need to have a frame specially cut for
this design. Ask your framer for a flat, plain
wooden frame about 1in (2.5cm) deep, cut
to the dimensions given in the shopping list.
The sizes stated are the outer dimensions
of the frame. This isn’t how we would normally
The simple
stretched-canvas framing effect balances
the intense colour and detail of the design
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Welcome a new baby into the world and create an heirloom
to be passed to future generations by stitching a birth
sampler – Jo Ryan rounds up some of the best designs
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pregnancy was announced in December, the
royal baby has never been far from the headlines.
As Kate’s due date of 13 July draws closer, it seems
the whole world is awaiting news of the birth. But
for any family, a baby’s birth is an exciting event,
and few gifts could be more fitting than a lovingly
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stitched sampler. Steeped in tradition, these not
only make original and personal presents, they are
also sure to be treasured by the parents, and later
by the child, and get passed down the generations.
There is a huge range of designs available, so
to inspire you and help narrow your options, on the
next two pages we present some of our favourites.
Fun and on-trend,
this Baby Love
sampler is available
to download as a
chart from www.
themakingspot.com
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The white stork’s association
with childbirth originated in
Germany – according to
folklore, the birds found babies
in caves and marshes and
carried them to houses in
baskets. In the 1830s, Hans
Christian Andersen popularised
the association with his fairytale
The Storks, in which a family
of the birds thanks little boys
who didn’t bully them by taking
them little brothers and sisters.
There are many theories
about how the stork came to
symbolise childbirth, including
the facts that their migration
to Europe heralds spring; they
often form the same breeding
A stork’s gift
The Historical Sampler Company’s Fire Engine design
incorporates several traditional elements, such as the alphabet
and numbers in a border pattern that draws the eye into the
centre, but the primary colours and fun imagery keep it looking
modern and fresh.
This is very much a sampler for a male baby, with motifs of cars,
trains, tractors and a fire engine – types of machinery and
transport that are loud, fast and so appealing to boys! It’s
available as a chart pack priced £9, or as a kit priced £19.95. Visit
www.historicalsamplercompany.co.uk or call 01268 711918.
Mixing old & new
In this pretty sampler, sweetly named ‘Hello little chick’, two doting
birds tend to their just-hatched chick. The mother and her chick are
beak to beak, while the father watches over them, protecting his family.
Their nest is in a blossom tree that has bloomed into life, signalling
spring – a time of hope,
prosperity and birth –
while at each corner of
the sampler sits a heart
shape, which has been a
symbol of love since the
15th century. The chart
is available to download
from The Making Spot,
priced £1.49. Visit www.
themakingspot.com
Tender moments
Noah’s Ark must be among the most well
known of all biblical stories. There are many
versions told in children’s books, songs and
films, and with its simple, animal-filled narrative,
it is easy to see why it is so popular.
Fun, colourful and full of animals children
love, such as elephants and lions, this All
Creatures sampler by Bothy Threads is sure to
delight youngsters and adults alike. The fact the
animals are in pairs makes this perfect for twins.
The more you look, the more detail you spot
– such as the starfish in the waves and the bees
above the flamingos – and there is plenty of
space to stitch the baby’s name, date of birth
and any other details you wish to add. Priced
£27.49 for the kit. Visit www.bothythreads.com
or call 0844 8000 221.
Two by two
pairs; and the parent birds look
after their young for some time.
This Stork Birth Sampler kit
comes with pink and blue thread
and is priced £18.50. For stockists,
visit www.classicemb.co.uk or call
01529 461056.
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Baby samplers
Three of the
cutest
characters…
Oozing ‘ahh’ factor is polar bear cub
Binkie – part of Little Star Stitches’
Arctic Lovable range. You can stitch
this sampler with a blue shadow for
a boy. The Binkies Rocking Horse
kit is priced £15.99. Visit littlestar
stitches.co.uk or call 01453 546891.
Few characters melt the hearts of
children and adults as much as fluffy,
patched-up bear Tatty Teddy does.
This Bath Time Birth Sampler is
available from Coats, priced £21.20.
For stockists, visit www.coatscrafts.
co.uk or call 01484 681881.
No-one could fail to love this puppy’s
floppy ears and cheeky expression.
You can also stitch this Bedtime
Boofle Sampler with a pink hat for
a girl. From DMC, priced £26.99. For
stockists, visit www.dmccreative.co.uk
or call 0116 2754000.
With their bright-red
exteriors, loud clanging
alarm bells, fast speeds
and associations with
danger and heroism, it
is little wonder that fire
engines are so appealing
to young boys.
There are numerous
fire engine toys, as well
as many children’s
books and hit television
series based around
fire brigades, so this
action-packed Fire
Brigade Birth Sampler
by Vervaco is sure to be treasured by the child as he grows older. Plus,
in bold primary colours, it’s bound to look striking in the nursery. There’s
plenty of space to add names if twin or even triplet boys are on the way.
Priced around £30, the kit is available online and in good needlework shops.
Fantastic fire engine
Reminiscent of the classic ABC wall chart many babies
have up in their nursery, this cute sampler, the Baby
Hugs Zoo Alphabet Birth Record from Dimensions, features
the letters A to F and numbers one to four, giving it an
educational feel.
Each of the figures is matched with an animal – in the
case of the letters, with a creature whose name begins with
that letter. The animals are depicted almost as toys – the
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The sensational final
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For regular updates on Joan’s work and to see pictures of her latest cross stitch
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“T
wenties fashion burst
on the scene with an
unprecedented sense
of daring and glamour. Many young
women felt a new-found sense of
personal freedom as they shook off
the heavy petticoats and excess frills of the Victorians.
Skirts shortened, and silky fabrics revealed more of a
woman’s figure than ever before. High-buttoned shoes
yielded to silk stockings and ribboned pumps. Luxuriant
tresses were clipped into sassy bobs and topped off with
silk sashes or chic little hats.
Stepping out at the most trendy party, this 1920s
fashionista is the picture of style. Her silky dress moves
gracefully with every step she takes. Satin sashes are
wrapped loosely at her waist and around her head for
a lovely accent and her silken shawl is ready to drape
around her shoulders should an evening chill set in. Long
strings of dazzling pearls are a must for this lady, as is
her flirtatious feathered fan.
Stitched on 28HPI evenweave from Polstitches, this
design includes lots of sparkling metallic thread details
on the embroidered dress and fan. The lady’s beautiful
necklace is worked completely in pearl seed beads. What
fun to go back in time and recreate one of our most
exciting periods of fashion.
Meet the designer…
“Stepping out at the most trendy
party, this 1920s fashionista is the
picture of style. Her silky dress moves
gracefully with every step she takes”
Joan Elliott

I love this elegant 1920s lady – she looks
like she’s walked straight out of one of the
glamorous parties in The Great Gatsby!
Joan has added so many gorgeous little
details to her outfit, from her string of
pearls right down to her shoes with
butterfly bows – Joan says her mother had shoes
just like that and she always wished she had a pair!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. We’d love to see
photos of your stitched ladies – which is your favourite?
Catherine Hood
sho hh es s
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Chart of the Month
Next month...
Lesley Teare’s beautiful bouquet of poppies
will feature in our September issue (226). Find
out more on pages 72–73.
Adding the backstitch
When you have finished working the cross
stitch, you can add the backstitch details. These
are all worked in one strand over two threads
of the fabric using either stranded cotton or
Kreinik Very Fine Braid as detailed in the key.
The key gives details of the placement of the
various colours and the chart shows them as
different-coloured lines.
Work the French knots using one strand of
purple haze Kreinik Very Fine Braid at the top
of the dress.
Attaching the beads
To complete your design and add
a little three-dimensional detail,
attach seed beads to your
finished stitching. Sew them
on with a half cross stitch
using thread to match the
fabric beneath rather than
the bead so the stitches don’t
show up.
Attach gold beads to the top
of the dress and gloves, flowers and
feathers, and use royal pearl beads
for the necklace, flowers, the
bottom of the red bow, on
the green section of the
dress and on the shoes.
The positions of the beads
are shown on the chart.
Planning ahead
Before you begin stitching a project of this size,
it’s important to make a plan. Take a close look
at the chart, key and photograph to decide how
you are going to stitch the design. This doesn’t
mean just planning to work the cross stitch
before the backstitch, but the order in which
you are going to stitch different areas.
Obviously, it’s best to start stitching at the
centre to make sure you position your work
correctly on the fabric. Then you can count
outwards to work other areas.
Splitting the design into small sections may
help to make the project more achievable. For
example, you could work all the different sections
of the lady’s dress one at a time, then her head
and body, and finally the fan. Planning ahead in
this way will save you time later on.
Stitching the design
You should start by working the cross stitch,
because the other stitches and elements of
Meet the stitcher…
Jane Thomas
“This lady reminds me of the way my mother
dressed when she was young. As usual, I
stitched from the top to the bottom, as I like to see the
picture emerging. I was glad there were few quarter
stitches, except to shape the hands and shoes. When
using Kreinik thread for backstitching, as for the
feathers, I work Holbein stitch, as the stitches lie nice
and flat. Another reason for using this stitch is the
thread needs little starting and finishing, which is
good because metallics can easily unravel.”
Tip… Preventing frayed braid
When working with Kreinik Very Fine Braid, use lengths
of 12in (30cm) or less, as it can fray if overworked.
add
il,
op
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the design are worked beside or on top of this.
Most of the cross stitch is worked in two strands
of stranded cotton over two threads of the
evenweave fabric.
The metallic cross stitches are worked
in one strand of purple haze Kreinik Very
Fine Braid.
wers and
rl beads
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Seed beads as
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Frame with a
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159 117 0901 Light bluebell
160 175 0902 Medium bluebell
161 176 0906 Dark bluebell
350 011 0213 Medium red
351 010 0214 Light red
352 009 0303 Dark coral
353 008 2605 Light coral
501 878 1704 Very dark green
502 877 1703 Dark green
503 876 1702 Medium green
746 275 0101 Pale yellow
801 359 2007 Light brown
817 013 0211 Dark red
945 881 2309 Dark pink beige
951 1010 2308 Medium pink beige
3041 871 2613 Dark plum
3042 870 2612 Medium plum
3045 888 2103 Golden brown
3046 887 2206 Dark sandy yellow
3047 852 2205 Light sandy yellow
3371 382 2004 Dark brown
3740 872 2614 Very dark plum
3743 869 2611 Light plum
3770 1009 2314 Light pink beige
3813 875 1701 Light green
Cross stitch in one strand
Kreinik Very Fine (#4) braid 4013 Purple Haze
Backstitch in one strand
*801 359 2007 Light brown
face, neck
*817 013 0211 Dark red
lips
*3371 382 2004 Dark brown
all other outlines and details
Kreinik Very Fine (#4) Braid 003 Red
dress
*Kreinik Very Fine (#4) Braid 4013 Purple Haze
clothing, feathers
French knots in one strand
*Kreinik Very Fine (#4) Braid 4013 Purple Haze
top of dress
Attach beads with matching cotton
Mill Hill seed beads 00557 Gold
top of dress, gloves, feathers, flowers
Mill Hill seed beads 03021 Royal Pearl
jewellery, clothing, shoes, flowers, red bow
Stitched using DMC and Kreinik threads on
28HPI evenweave over two threads
Stitch count 197x130
Design area 14x9¼in (35.5x23.5cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
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Birthday
48 August 2013
Card collection
Birthday tweetings
Anchor DMC Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands
001 B5200 2401 Bright white
063 601 0701 Very dark pink
073 151 0607 Light pink
074 3354 0606 Medium pink
075 3733 0505 Dark pink
122 3807 2702 Purple
158 597 1108 Dark turquoise
265 471 1308 Green
301 744 0112 Yellow
379 3862 2601 Brown
9159 162 1014 Light turquoise
Backstitch in one strand
*001 B5200 2401 Bright white
hats, balloon
*063 601 0701 Very dark pink
candle
236 3799 1713 Grey
all other outlines and details
French knots in one strand
*236 3799 1713 Grey
eyes, lettering
Stitched using Anchor threads on 16HPI aida
Max stitch count 55x56
Design area 3½x3½in (9x9cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
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When your birthday comes around,
why not stitch this ‘How tweet of you’
design to send out as thank-you cards? It’s
cute, original and sure to raise a smile!
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Our blue and pink spotty cards set
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If you can’t find spotty
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Print the design on
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the card to 6x12in (15x30cm) and fold it
in half. Alternatively, print the design out
on paper, then cut that and a piece of white
card to the same dimensions and stick
them together.
Trim your stitching to 4½x4½in (11x11cm)
and fray the edges by removing some of
the fabric threads. Finally, stick the stitched
fabric to the centre of the front of the card
using double-sided tape.

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If the birthday girl has a favourite colour,
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Street Party (issues 207-209)
Codes: CSCKIT49 (16HPI aida), CSCKIT50 (32HPI evenweave)
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Codes: CSCKIT53 (14HPI
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Price: £57
Size: 11¾x15¾in (30x40cm)
Stitch count: 164x220
Iris Fairy (issue 194)
Codes: CSCKIT55 (14HPI
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Price: £58
Size: 15¾x11¾in (40x30cm)
Stitch count: 220x164
Poppy Fairy (issue 195)
Codes: CSCKIT57 (14HPI
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Stitch Collection readers when it began in January 2011! Each Flower
Fairy kit also contains seed beads and metallic threads.
Rose Fairy (issue 196)
Codes: CSCKIT59 (14HPI
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Price: £53
Size: 15¾x11¾in (40x30cm)
Stitch count: 220x164
Chrysanthemum Fairy (197)
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Price: £61
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Stitch count: 164x220
Lily Fairy (issue 198)
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Size: 15¾x11¾in (40x30cm)
Stitch count: 220x164
Fire Goddess (issue 184)
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Size: 16x11¾in (40x30cm)
Stitch count: 224x166
Water Goddess (issue 181)
Codes: CSCKIT69 (14HPI hand-dyed aida),
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Price: £75
Size: 11¾x15½in (30x40cm)
Stitch count: 163x219
Earth Goddess (issue 188)
Codes: CSCKIT71 (14HPI hand-dyed aida),
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Price: £65
Size: 11¾x15½in (30x40cm)
Stitch count: 163x219
Air Goddess (issue 191)
Codes: CSCKIT73 (14HPI hand-dyed aida),
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Size: 16x11¾in (40x30cm)
Stitch count: 223x166
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Elemental GODDESSES
An outstanding collection of four Elemental Goddesses by Joan Elliott.
Each kit also contains luxurious metallic threads and delicate seed beads.
Ladies’ DAY
Sandy Littlejohns and Deb Lester’s beautiful Ascot Ladies’ Day scene is a
masterpiece to behold. Epitomising the height of 1950’s glamour, this is the
perfect project for any racing enthusiast.
Praying HANDS
These detailed and realistic hands,
are based on Albrecht Dürer’s
preparatory drawings from around
1508 for the Heller Altarpiece.
Maria Diaz has taken ‘The Praying
Hands’ (or Betende Hände) work
and turned it into a sepia cross
stitch that captures the essence
of the piece beautifully.
Price: £21
Codes: CSCKIT75 (14HPI aida)
CSCKIT76 (28HPI evenweave)
Design area: 9½x7½in (24x19cm)
Stitch count: 132x105
Wat W t W t Water er GGGG dd dd odd oddess ess (i (i (i (issu ssu 11 e 1 e 181) 81) 81) 81)
Ear Ear EEarth th th th thGGGGG dd dd odd odd oddess ess ess ess (i (i (i (i (iss ssu ssu ssu 11 e 1 e 1 e 188) 88) 88) 88) 88)
Fir Fir Fi ee GGGG dd dd odd oddess ess (i (i (i (issu ssu 11 e 1 e 184) 84) 84) 84)
Air Air Ai i Air GGGGG dd dd odd odd oddess ess ess ess (i (i (i (i (iss ssu ssu ssu 11 e 1 e 1 e 191) 91) 91) 91) 91)
Ladies’ Day (issue 110)
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Price: £49
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Bring Joan Elliott’s 1920s lady to life in stitch with our pack of hand-
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Code: CSC22509 (evenweave) CSC22510 (aida)
Price: £52
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p47
Birthday
tweetings
Stitch Angela Poole’s adorable
cards using our handy pack
that contains evenweave or
aida and pre-sorted threads.
Code: CSC22505 (evenweave)
CSC22506 (aida)
Price: £14.25
NB Charts are not included
p27
Drifting dreams
This pretty scene by Maria
Diaz will look stunning on
your wall. Our convenient
pack contains evenweave or
aida and pre-sorted threads.
Code: CSC22507 (evenweave)
CSC22508 (aida)
Price: £20
NB Charts are not included
p62
Huggable
hedgehog
The pack for this cute hedgehog
designed by Lucie Heaton
includes evenweave or aida
and pre-sorted threads.
Code: CSC22503 (evenweave)
CSC22504 (aida)
Price: £19
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p4
Jewel on
the water
Our pack for Lesley Teare’s water
lily design contains evenweave
or aida, pre-sorted threads,
Kreinik thread and beads.
Code: CSC22501 (evenweave)
CSC22502 (aida)
Price: £35.50
NB Charts not included
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) 28HPI linen (or 14HPI
aida), flax, Zweigart
Cashel Ref: 3281/52
Bag: 8x16in (20x41cm)
Notebook cover:
10x13in (25x33cm)
Sunglasses case:
11x8in (28x20cm)
) Stranded cotton
as listed in the key
Bag:
) Cotton fabric
23x29in (58x74cm),
blue stripe
) Lining fabric 17x26in
(43x66cm), cream
) Four self-cover buttons
¾in (2cm) diameter
Notebook cover:
) Cotton fabric
8x16in (20x41cm),
blue stripe
) 2oz wadding
8x10in (20x25cm)
) Self-cover button
¾in (2cm) diameter
) Cotton cord 4in
(10cm), cream
) A6 notebook
Sunglasses case:
) Cotton fabric
8x18in (20x46cm),
blue stripe
) 2oz wadding
8x10in (20x25cm)
) Self-cover button
¾in (2cm) diameter
) Cotton cord 6in
(15cm), cream
) Sewing kit – usual
essentials including
matching thread
) Fabric for the stitched
piece supplied by
Willow Fabrics –
visit www.willow
fabrics.com or call
0800 0567811.
) Turn to page 69 for
hints and help!
Shopping list...
The designs are simple and use only
a few colours, so your stitching will grow quickly
but one that never fails to fill us with
happiness. So we can’t help but love these
jolly designs, which capture the spirit of
the British seaside to a T and make us
long for a trip to the beach. What’s more,
we know you’ll adore them, too!
Positioning your stitching
Before you begin stitching, use this guide to work
out how to position the designs correctly:
Bag and sunglasses case Fold the fabric in half
both ways to find the centre and start stitching
at this point.
Notebook cover Fold the fabric in half lengthways
and mark the centre – this is the horizontal
centre of the stitching. Measure 2in (5cm) in
from the right-hand short side of the fabric – this
marks the right-hand edge of the chart. Start
stitching at the centre of the right side and work
outwards from this point.
Stitching the designs
All of the cross stitch is worked in two strands
of stranded cotton over two threads of the
linen fabric. You’ll find the stitching is fairly
quick and simple to do, as there are only a few
different colours used and blocks of stitching
to work.
When you have finished the cross stitch, you
can add the backstitch details using one strand
of dark grey throughout.
Stitch carefully so your backstitches lie just
outside the cross stitches and don’t overlap
them. This will ensure the outlines are neat.
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Keep your
sunglasses safe
when you’re out
and about with
this padded case
Beside the seaside
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands
White 002 2402 White
312 979 1005 Dark blue
322 146 1004 Medium blue
334 977 1003 Light blue
414 235 1714 Light grey
734 279 1610 Olive green
3761 928 1105 Turquoise blue
3831 039 0508 Red
Backstitch in one strand
413 236 1713 Dark grey
all outlines and details
Stitched using DMC threads on 28HPI linen
over two threads
Sunglasses case stitch count 62x28
Design area 4½x2in (11.5x5cm)
Notebook cover stitch count 84x56
Design area 6x4in (15.5x10cm)
Bag stitch count 40x152
Design area 2¾x10¾in (7x27cm)
Making the sunglasses case
Cut out your fabric as follows:
Blue stripe cotton Three pieces 7½x4½in
(19x11cm) for the back and lining.
One piece 2x8in (5x20cm) for the top binding.
Wadding Two pieces 7½x4½in (19x11cm).
Stitched linen Trim your stitched linen so it
measures 7½x4½in (19x11cm), ensuring the
design is placed centrally across the fabric and
1½in (4cm) up from the lower edge.
Assembling the case
1. Place the stitched front and cotton back right
sides together and stitch down one side, across
the bottom and up the other side using a ½in
(1.5cm) seam allowance. Turn right sides out
and press.
2. Assemble the padded lining by placing one of
the lining pieces right side up on top of a bit
of wadding. Put the other lining piece right
side down over this, then the second wadding
piece on top. Stitch the layers together down
the sides and along the bottom using a ½in
(1.5cm) seam allowance.
3. Put the padded lining inside the case outer,
matching side seams and the top edges. Fold
the cotton cord in half to make a loop, then
match the two ends with the raw edges of the
top of the back of the cover and tack into place.
4. Bind the glasses case to enclose all of the
raw edges by pinning the strip right sides
together at the top of the case. Turn one
short end under at a side seam and overlap
the other on top. Stitch all the way round,
enclosing the loop ends, using a ½in (1.5cm)
seam allowance.
5. Fold the binding strip over to the inside
of the case, then turn the other long end
under to meet the stitched seam and slip
stitch to neaten.
6. Stitch the button to the front of the case
so the loop sits securely round it.
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Making the bag
Cut out your fabric as follows:
Blue stripe cotton Two pieces 17x13in
(43x33cm) for the back and front.
Two strips 2½x29in (6x73cm) for the handles.
Lining fabric Two pieces 17x13in (43x33cm) for
the back and front.
Assembling the bag
1. Trim your stitched linen to 1in (2.5cm) above
and below the stitching, then trim the length
so it measures 13in (33cm), with the design
placed centrally.
2. Turn the top and bottom edges under by ½in
(1.5cm) and press.
3. Place the stitching on the bag front fabric so
the lower edge of the linen is 2½in (6cm) up
from the bottom, then pin. Stitch the linen in
place all the way around, close to the edge.
You don’t need to turn under the short ends,
as these will be enclosed in the bag seam.
4. Place the bag front and back right sides
together and stitch down one side, along
the bottom and up the other side using a
½in (1.5cm) seam allowance. Repeat with
the lining fabric pieces, leaving a 4in (10cm)
gap along the bottom for turning later.
5. Fold one handle strip in half
lengthways, right sides together.
Stitch it together down the long
edge using a ¼in (6mm) seam
allowance. Turn it right sides out
and press the seam to the centre
back. Repeat with the other handle.
6. Pin one handle right sides together, matching
raw edges, to the top of the front of the bag,
positioning each end 2½in (6cm) in from the
side seams. Repeat with the other handle on
the back of the bag.
7. Put the bag outer inside the lining so they are
right sides together, matching side seams.
Stitch all the way around the top, enclosing the
handles, using a ½in (1.5cm) seam allowance.
8. Turn the bag right sides out, slip stitch up the
gap in the lining, then top stitch along the top
of the bag. Stitch a button below the ends of
the handles on the front and back to finish.
Covered buttons
You only need a square of linen about
3x3in (8cm) to cover each button,
so you can use off-cuts from the
main fabric.
Stitch the heart motif in the
centre of each linen square. Work
the half cross stitch over one thread
of the fabric using two strands of
stranded cotton.
Extra makes...
Heart buttons
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Half cross stitch in two strands
White 002 2402 White
3831 039 0508 Red
Backstitch in one strand
413 236 1713 Dk grey
heart outline
Stitched using DMC threads on 28HPI
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Making the book cover
Cut out your fabric as follows:
Blue stripe cotton One piece 7½x14½in
(19x37cm) for the lining.
Two pieces 7½x3in (19x8cm) for the flaps.
Stitched linen Trim the stitched linen so it
measures 7½x10½in (19x27cm), with the design
placed centrally up the fabric and ¾in (2cm) in
from the right-hand edge.
Attaching the button loop
1. Place the stitched linen right side up. Fold the
cotton cord in half to make a loop and match
the two ends with the raw edges of the left
short edge of the fabric and tack it into place.
2. Place one flap right sides together with the
linen cover, matching raw edges and enclosing
the ends of the cord loop. Stitch together
using a ½in (1.5cm) seam allowance, then
press the seam open. Repeat with the other
side of the linen cover and flap.
3. Turn the fabric over and press all the edges of
the main cover and flaps ½in (1.5cm) to the
wrong side.
Assembling the cover
1. Place the joined fabric piece right side down
and put the wadding on top. You will need to
trim the wadding slightly so it is a little smaller
than the height of the cover and comes up to
the seams between the main cover and flaps.
This will reduce bulk in the flaps.
2. Fold the turned-over edges of the fabric over
the wadding and stitch into place, making
sure you don’t stitch through to the front.
3. Place the lining fabric on top of the wadding
and turn under the edges so they come just
inside the main fabric edges. Slip stitch it
into place.
Finishing off
1. Fold the flaps to the inside of the cover, then
oversew the top and bottom
of each flap
through all the
layers to hold
them securely
in place.
2. Stitch the
button to the
front of the
cover so that
the loop
sits securely
around it.
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Pretty fruit designs feature
in our September issue (226).
Find out more on page 72–73!
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HUG A HEDGEHOG!
Serene Scene…
The most beautiful cross stitch designs
An adorable
cushion for
your home
You'll love Lesley Teare's beaded
water lily and metallic dragonfly
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Cute cushion
Adorable and original, this hedgehog
cushion from Lucie Heaton is the perfect
present for any animal-mad little girl
W

ith between 5,000 and 6,000 spines
on their bodies, hedgehogs, though
cute, are not animals we would normally consider
huggable. But this cute fellow, made into a soft
cushion, is one we definitely do! Sure to be loved by
any little girl, this design is full of fun – and, as much
of it is simple to stitch, it’s perfect for introducing a
child to the craft. The patchwork-style border gives it
a homespun look – just make sure you opt for fabric
prints and colours that coordinate with the cross
stitch for a professional finish.
The backstitch really stands out, so work it neatly and accurately
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Meet the
designer...
Lucie
Heaton
“I absolutely love hedgehogs,
so it was a pleasure to work
on this project.
“A couple of years ago,
we were lucky enough to
have a hedgehog family
take up residence under
our compost heap. It was
wonderful to see the mum
and her two babies coming
out to explore each evening
and they did a great job of
controlling the number of
slugs and snails attacking
the vegetable plot. I always
hope the hedgehogs will
come back to our garden
one year!”
Make
it easy!
Fabric and threads
pack direct to you for
just £19
TURN TO PAGE 54
TO ORDER
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Stitching the design
Fold your evenweave fabric in half both ways
to find the centre and start stitching at this
point. All of the cross stitch is worked in four
strands of stranded cotton over two threads
of the fabric.
Some of the elements, such as the flowers
and hearts, are spaced away from the main
hedgehog design, so count carefully outwards
to ensure you position them correctly.
Adding the details
When you have finished working the cross
stitch, you can add the backstitch details.
The trails around the hedgehog are worked
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20HPI evenweave,
white,
Zweigart Bellana
Ref: 3256/100,
18x18in (46x46cm)

Stranded cotton
as listed in the key
Cotton fabric for
the backing 17x18in
(43x46cm), white
Cotton fabric for the
patchwork border –
four different fabrics,
each measuring
3x21in (8x53cm),
to coordinate with
your cross stitch
Zip 16in (41cm) white
Cushion pad
16x16in (41x41cm)
Sewing kit – usual
essentials including
matching thread
) Items marked

are
included in materials
pack, items marked
are not included.
) Fabric for the
stitched piece
supplied by Willow
Fabrics – visit www.
willowfabrics.com or
call 0800 0567811
) Turn to page 69 for
hints and help!
Shopping list...
using two strands of dark sepia. The remainder
of the backstitch is worked using two strands
of grey.
Take care to ensure that you work the
backstitch neatly and accurately, as it really
stands out against the cross stitch and white
evenweave background.
Making up the cushion
Cutting out the fabric
Evenweave: cut the stitched evenweave into
a 13x13in (33x33cm) square, with the stitching
positioned centrally.
Huggable hedgehog
DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in four strands
White 002 2402 White (2)
603 055 0701 Dark pink
605 1094 0613 Light pink
817 013 0211 Red
840 1084 1912 Dark sepia
842 1080 1910 Light sepia
913 204 1212 Dark green
955 203 1210 Light green
995 410 1102 Dark blue
996 433 1103 Light blue (2)
3799 236 1713 Grey
3866 926 1901 Off white
Backstitch in two strands
*840 1084 1912 Dark sepia
trails
*3799 236 1713 Grey
all other outlines and details
Stitched using DMC threads on 20HPI evenweave
over two threads
Stitch count 100x101
Design area 10x10in (25.5x25.5cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
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Alternative materials pack
If you would prefer to stitch on aida, we have made a materials
pack containing stranded cotton and enough 11HPI aida to work
the cushion front. This aida is the same colour and size as the
evenweave listed in the shopping list (Zweigart Perl-aida ref 1007/100).
Use the same number of strands as listed above. As this aida is a different
count to the evenweave, the finished design will be slightly smaller at 9x9in
(23x23cm), but you can still follow the making-up instructions to complete
your cushion. Turn to page 54 to order either the evenweave or aida packs.
Make
it easy!
Fabric and threads
pack direct to you for
just £19
TURN TO PAGE 54
TO ORDER
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your daughter or
granddaughter,
asking them
to help choose
the fabric for
the border is
a great way
to make them
feel involved
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Goldleaf Needlework’s wise owls
feature in our September issue (226).
Find out more on page 72–73!
Patchwork fabrics: cut seven 3x3in (8x8cm)
squares from each of the four fabrics, making
28 pieces in total.
Backing fabric: cut this into two rectangles,
each measuring 9x17in (23x43cm).
Making the cushion front
To create the cushion front, follow the steps
below, stitching all the fabrics right sides
together using a ½in (1.5cm) seam allowance
and pressing the seams open as you go:
1. Arrange the patchwork squares around the
stitched evenweave, tweaking their placement
until you are happy with the order.
2. Join together into one long strip the six
squares that run across the top. Repeat this
for the bottom six squares.
3. Sew the top six-square strip to the upper edge
of the stitched evenweave, and the bottom
six-square strip to the lower edge.
4. Sew together into one strip the eight squares
down one of the sides, then do the same with
the eight squares down the other side.
5. Join these long strips to the sides of the
stitched evenweave.
Finishing the cushion
To complete the cushion, follow these steps:
1. Place the two backing pieces of fabric right
sides together and stitch a 2in (5cm) seam
at each end of the longer side. Insert the zip
in the gap between these two seams.
2. Position the cushion front and back right sides
together and stitch all the way round.
3. Turn the cushion cover right sides out, press,
and insert the cushion pad to complete.
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Fill your home with the relaxing, summery fragrance of
lavender by making beautiful scented sachets and bags
– Rebecca Bradshaw shows you how
T
hroughout history, lavender has
had all sorts of uses, including as
a perfume, cooking ingredient and insect
repellent. In fact, the word ‘lavender’ comes
from the Latin ‘lavare’, which means ‘to
wash’, as the Romans liked to use it in
their baths to cleanse the spirit and for
its medicinal qualities.
For many people today, the beautiful
flower brings to mind heady summer days,
the smell of the Provence region of France
and a sense of restfulness and wellbeing.
What better way is there to capture all this
than by drying lavender and making your
own scented bag?
Lavender bags can be anything from
a small fabric sachet for your drawers,
to a large pillow for sleeping on. And you
can decorate them in a variety of ways
to make an attractive item for your home.
Every time you catch their scent, you’ll be
transported to the gorgeous landscape of
Provence on a balmy evening.
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In Love…
with lavender
Simple sachets
It’s really easy and takes only a few minutes to make
a sachet – just follow these steps:
1. Cut out two squares of fabric (see the
‘Fabric choices’ box, opposite), then
stitch them right sides together, leaving
a small gap on one side for turning.
2. Turn right sides out, fill with lavender
and stitch up the gap.
3. Fold a length of ribbon in half and stitch
it to the back to make a hanging loop.
If you want to decorate your sachet with
a motif, stitch this before you assemble
the bag. There are many beautiful cross
stitch lavender charts, but for a simple
but effective look, draw out the word
‘Lavender’ on graph paper, then cross
stitch this on to one of the linen squares.
Alternatively, print out the word in an
attractive font, trace it on to cotton fabric
and embroider over this using backstitch.
Stitching essentials
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very time you catch the
scent of a lavender bag, you’ll
be transported to P
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Pretty pyramids
Stitch these small bags for your drawers
These little bags are quick to put together and are ideal for
tucking into your underwear drawer to keep everything fresh.
Make just one or a whole heap – they’re great for selling at local
fêtes, too. To make one, follow these steps:
1. Cut out two pieces of printed cotton fabric measuring 4x4in
(10x10cm) each. Put the two pieces of fabric right sides
together and stitch around three sides with a ½in (1.5cm)
seam allowance.
2. Turn the fabric right sides out and fill the bag with dried
lavender and some rice to add weight.
3. Fold the raw edges under by ½in (1.5cm), then pin them
together, matching the seams, so you have a pyramid shape.
4. Stitch the two folded-under edges together to complete.

Sourcing dried lavender
Where to buy dried lavender – and how to dry your own
As a rough guide, you will need 20g of dried lavender for a bag as big as
your hand. You can buy dried lavender in shops or online. Lavender World
(www.lavenderworld.co.uk) sells it in various quantities, which is perfect if
you want to make several bags.
If you have some lavender plants in your garden, it is easy to harvest and
dry your own. Always pick lavender flowers on a dry day after the morning
dew has evaporated. Strip the buds from the stalks with your fingertips, then
spread them out on to a tray to dry for a week.
Every now and then, stir the buds to separate them and to make sure they
dry evenly. Store the lavender in sealed bags to maintain the scent until you
are ready to use it.

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Fabric choices
Tips for selecting the best fabric for
your sachets
Choose lightweight, natural fabrics to allow the lavender
to breathe and the scent to emanate. Good options are
linens, cotton muslin sheers or open weaves such as
cotton evenweave for stitching on.
You can also use organza, but it is best to choose
a silk one, because the natural fibres will release the
scent effectively.
6 uses of lavender
• Keeping clothes smelling wash-day fresh;
• Repelling moths and insects;
• As a herbal medicine – it can provide relief from
depression, stress, migraines, exhaustion and insomnia;
• Washing and healing burns, wounds and cuts – just create
a strong tea by using several tablespoons of lavender per
cup of hot water and leaving it to steep for an hour;
• As a deodorant;
• Treating insect bites.
Stitching essentials
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Assembling your bag
Follow these steps to complete the
drawstring bag:
1. Trim the stitched linen so it measures 7x5½in
(18x14cm), with the stitching placed centrally
across the fabric and 1½in (4cm) up from the
lower edge.
2. Place the linen and cream cotton fabric right
sides together and stitch down one side, across
the bottom and up the other side using a ½in
(1.5cm) seam allowance.
3. Turn the top of the bag, both back and front, over
½in (1.5cm), then ½in (1.5cm) again and stitch
down to hem.
4. Mix the toy stuffing with dried lavender, then fill
the bag with it, leaving 1in (2.5cm) at the top free.
5. Tie up the bag securely with the twine.

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Stitching the design
Measure 2in (5cm) up from the bottom of the linen
and mark a line, then measure centrally across the
linen. Where these two points cross is the middle
of the lower edge of the chart and you should start
stitching upwards from this point.
All the cross stitch is worked using three strands
of stranded cotton over two threads of the linen
fabric. The backstitch is worked using one strand.
Add the French knots last using one strand.
Make a drawstring lavender bag
This beautiful drawstring bag full of dried lavender is perfect
to hang in a room or among your clothes
• 28HPI linen,
cream, 8x8in
(20x20cm)
• Stranded cotton
as listed in the key
• Cotton fabric,
7x5½in (18x14cm),
cream
• Soft-toy stuffing
• Dried lavender
• Twine
• Sewing kit –
you’ll need the
usual essentials,
including
matching thread
This bag is easy to make and looks so pretty. It
would be a great present, too – why not stitch
one for a friend’s birthday?
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DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in three strands
155 109 0803 Light purple
310 403 2400 Black
333 119 0903 Dark purple
712 926 2101 Cream
3013 853 1605 Sage green
3746 1030 2702 Medium purple
3820 306 2509 Yellow
Backstitch in one strand
791 178 0904 V dark purple
lavender
936 846 1507 Green
all other outlines and details
French knots in one strand
*3746 1030 2702 Medium purple
lavender
Stitched using DMC threads on
28HPI evenweave over two threads
Stitch count 35x13
Design area 2½x1in (6.5x2.5cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
What you need
Stitching essentials
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Buying
lavender bags
Many craft fairs sell homemade
lavender bags, so it is worth
looking in your local area. To
buy online, visit www.etsy.com,
www.folksy.com and
www.notonthehighstreet.com
for some beautiful
examples.
Getting started
Discover all you need to know to start cross stitching and lots of handy hints
and tips to make you an expert. Charting editor Abigail Barker is your guide…
Loop start When stitching
with two threads
Cut a single thread that’s
twice as long as you need,
and thread both ends
through your needle. Come
up through the fabric and
make a half stitch, then pass
the needle through the loop
that’s formed at the back to
secure it.
Loose end start
When stitching with any
number of threads
Bring your needle up through
the fabric, leaving a little piece
of thread at the back. Hold this
thread underneath the area
to be stitched so that you will
secure it with your first few
cross stitches.
Waste knot start
When stitching with any
number of threads
Knot the end of the thread and
take the needle down through
the fabric on the right side,
a little away from your first
stitch. As you stitch towards
the knot, you’ll secure the
thread at the back, then you
can snip off the knot.
Try these three ways to get going, then choose the one that suits you best
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Essential guide
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

TIP To attach beads, use a beading
needle or a size 28 tapestry needle.
Stitch basics
Cross stitch made easy
Cross stitch on aida
Aida has groups of threads
woven together to form distinct
blocks – perfect for beginners.
Cross stitches are made over
one block of fabric, on any
count. A quick way to work a
line of stitches is to use half
cross stitches going one way,
then double back on yourself.
Half cross stitch
This is simply half of an ordinary
cross stitch. Bring the needle up
at 1, down at 2, up at 3 and so
on. Half cross stitches are often
used to create a paler area of
stitching, for example for the
sky or a background, which can
give the impression of distance
in a design.
Cross stitch on evenweave
Evenweave and linen fabrics are
woven in single threads. Usually
you will stitch over two threads,
as in the example shown above.
As a result of this, a design
stitched on 28HPI evenweave
will be the same size as one
stitched on 14HPI aida.
Backstitch, used for outlines or
details, is shown as coloured
lines on the chart and is worked
after the cross stitch. Bring the
needle up at 1, down at 2, up at
3, down at 2, up at 4 and so on,
working over one block of aida
or two threads of evenweave.
Long stitch is worked the same
way, but over more than one
block of aida or more than two
threads of evenweave.
Learn the basic techniques and you’re
ready for the projects!
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Essential guide
Beads
Attach each bead with a half
cross stitch. Bring the needle up
at one bottom corner of the
square, thread the bead on to
the needle and complete the
stitch. Use a needle with a small
eye, or a beading needle, and
sewing cotton that matches the
fabric or stitching. Attach more
firmly with a whole cross stitch.
Q Each chart symbol represents
one stitch on the fabric.
Q The key shows the thread
colour that the symbols
represent, for all stitches.
Check how many strands of
thread you need for each.
Q The thread codes in the key
are for DMC, Anchor and
Madeira colours. We list the
threads used to stitch our
model first (therefore the
design may look slightly
different if stitched using
another brand).
Q The arrows on the chart
indicate the centre of the
chart. On most designs, you’ll
start stitching here to ensure
the design is central. To find
the centre of your fabric, fold it
in half both ways; the crease in
the middle corresponds to the
chart centre where you’ll
make your first stitch.
French knots
1 Bring the needle up through
the fabric. With thumb and
forefinger, hold the thread a
few inches away from where it
came up. Keeping the thread
taut, twist the needle twice
around the thread.
Fractional stitches
A small symbol in the corner of
a square (A) indicates a
three-quarter stitch (B). If two
different symbols occupy one
square, make the less
prominent colour a tiny quarter
stitch (C) then work a three-
quarter stitch in the other
colour (D). The examples
shown are on aida where the
centre block has to be pierced
to make the quarter stitch (you
may want to use a sharper
needle for this).
TIP Fractionals are easier to
work on evenweave as there is
no block to be pierced.
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A B C D
The final details
Many designs feature beads or French knots. These are
easy to do, but practise on scrap fabric first
The charts are easy to follow when you know how
Reading charts and keys
2 Still holding the thread, push
the needle down into the
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
or strands to make larger or
smaller French knots.
Taking care of your stitching
Wash your work to refresh the fabric and threads – good quality
threads won’t run. Use warm water and rinse until the water runs
clear. To iron, place your damp stitching on fluffy towels, with a
clean white cloth over the top, and press with a warm iron until it’s
almost dry.
When finished…
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DMC Anchor Madeira Colour
Cross stitch in two strands
White 002 2402 White
210 108 0802 Light purple
550 101 0714 Dark purple
553 098 0712 Med purple
3866 926 2001 Off white
Half cross stitch in two strands
*550 101 0714 Dark purple
Cross stitch using one strand of
each colour
211 342 0801 Lilac
DMC Light Effects E5200
Backstitch in one strand
*550 101 0714 Dark purple
all outlines and details
French knots in two strands
743 305 0113 Yellow
daisy centre details
Attach beads with matching cotton
Mill Hill seed beads 02002 Yellow creme
daisy centre details
StitchedusingDMCthreads on14HPI aida
Stitchcount 44x42Designarea3¼x3in(8x8cm)
*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key
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