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Alyssa Westhoek
Tell us about your home life I live with my boyfriend and business partner in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. It is my hometown, where I was born and raised! We work from home, where I have a studio, but I can also be found in our garden where I love to
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Meet Our Guests
is a drama teacher from Salford How did you start stitching? I was 13 and my first piece was a Forever Friends wedding gift for some family friends who still have it up in their house 25 years later! Fave cross stitch project? ‘Spring Window’ pattern
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Heaven scent
With their delicate petals, angular square stems and twisting tendrils, the climbing sweet pea is a gardener’s delight, not to mention the heady fragrance that instantly transports us to midsummer. Amanda Gregory has captured the intricacies of these
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Stockists
⨯ ANCHOR www.anchorcrafts.com Threads available in the UK from LoveCrafts www.lovecrafts.com Kits available in the UK from Black Sheep Wools www.blacksheepwools.com 01925 764231 ⨯ DMC www.dmc.com 01924 371501 For kits, fabrics, threads & more Where t
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In The Spotlight
Q Does the designer John Clayton have a website? Many designers have great sites and social media, but I can only find his charts for sale and I’d love to know more about him. Jamie Frank, USA A Susan says: John Clayton has been working with Heritage
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Ask The Experts
Q My parents celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2021 and I’m looking to stitch a bear project for them, as that has been their pet name for each other since they met. I can’t find a pattern of two adult bears next to each other, please help. Steph R
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Your EXCLUSIVE gift!
TOP TIP Smooth out the thread and let your needle hang down regularly to help keep the backstitches straight for Ed’s prickles STITCH COUNT 42 high x 35 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7.5x6.5cm (3x2½in) ILLUSTRATION CONVERTED BY Fiona
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Pet Of The Month
No. 1 pet • The Cavachon is a relatively new mixed breed, the first was seen in North America in 1996. • Sweet-tempered, Cavachons have gentle and accepting natures, and make lovely companions. They’re known for their happy personalities. • Bred from
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Technique Focus
Q I’m stitching a chart and it requires fractional stitches – my problem is in any one square there are two symbols (eg. a star in the top right and an arrow in the bottom left corner). How do I work them so that both pieces of thread are visible, or
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Clowning Around
⨯Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring 12x12cm (4¾x4¾in) for each design⨯ Stranded cotton as listed in the key⨯ Size 24 tapestry needle⨯ Single-fold cards of your choice from local stores Thread & fabric cost Approximately £20 *For stockists see pa
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Our Best Buys
If you close your eyes and wished you could be anywhere right now, would the place in your mind’s eye look like one of these sumptuous scenes from Luca-S? Using a long key of lots of colours, upwards of 50 and 60 shades in each kit, these gorgeous de
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Free Download
Those lovely folk at LoveCrafts have a great range of freebie cross stitch patterns, with five web pages of charts, there’s a generous selection to browse. Wide-ranging topics include, a hummingbird, pansy, Mexican Day of the Dead designs, alphabets,
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THE WORLD OF Cross Stitching
Each issue of The World of Cross Stitching meets all your stitching needs, with over 80 easy-to-follow charts, features, expert advice and stories to read. Find it packed with beautiful inspiration that you’ll love, whatever your skill level! Have Th
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Design Round-up
Wedding samplers Join the most adorable wedding party ever when you stitch this super-cute kit! Margaret Sherry’s illustrations have been converted expertly by Bothy Threads* and retain all their charm and character. It’s a large design that won’t de
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Fiona’s focus MAKING CASH FROM CROSS STITCH
Have you ever thought about turning your hobby into a money-maker? It can be a great way to earn while doing what you love and could even lead to a new business venture If you love to stitch but are often unsure what to do with the finished projects,
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Summer Meadow
Have you tried petit point? This clever technique lets you use smaller stitches, usually on evenweave to add finer detail to your projects. Rather than working over two strands as we normally do on evenweave, work half cross stitch over one strand –
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Spelling Practice
Do you have a little one in your family who is a little bit magic? Whether they stitch these design for themselves, or you work one up as a treat for them, these fantastic designs are sure to come out at the top of potions class or broomstick flying
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Back Issues
Make a sweet cushion with Margaret Tarrant’s spring fairy, travel to the seaside with a set of holiday hoops and explore the flower markets of Amsterdam with Michael Powell. Escape to the country with a cosy cottage and garden and enjoy a Mexican fol
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Furry Tales
STITCH COUNT 38 high x 37 wide DESIGN AREA 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 7x6.5cm (2¾x2¾in) This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton Go surfing with Monty as he catches a wave in the sun in this action-packed chart. Brighten someone’s day wi
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Take A Break!
Solve the clues then rearrange the letters in the shaded squares to spell a Scottish city (8) 1 Rich fabric woven with a raised pattern (7) 4 Item of bedding (5) 7 Salad leaf (7) 8 Fertile spot in a desert (5) 11 Colour (4) 12 Charming (10) 14 Traffi
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Wishes Granted
Q Please can you design a chart of a carnation flower? I love their scent, and their frilly pink petals but I hardly ever see patterns of these flowers, especially not smaller charts. Jennifer Davis, via Facebook A Jenny: Here is a carnation for you,
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Next month in THE WORLD OF Cross Stitching
ISSUE 308 ON SALE 18 MAY These sweet stitchy pincushions are an essential addition to your craft room Choose from seven card designs to let teachers know you think they’re A+ Get beach ready by stitching Jenny Barton’s fun tropical fruits designs Enj
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Well Done, Gromit!
We know he likes a spot of knitting so we’re sure Gromit will be able to turn his paws to cross stitch and recreate this splendid portrait of himself and Wallace. Styled on the framed photo of the much-loved duo, and one of Gromit’s most prized posse
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Let’s Rock!
Stitch Cheryl McKinnon’s music-filled designs to get you in the mood for a summer of dancing in the outdoors ⨯ 34 quick-and-easy motifs ⨯ Cheryl’s design inspiration ⨯ Stitches for every skill level ⨯ Helpful tips and advice ⨯ Unique present ideas fo
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Enter To Win!
If you’re looking for some super ideas and supplies to get your springtime projects on track, LoveCrafts* should be your first port of call. Choose from your favourite branded kits including Heritage Crafts, Vervaco and Historical Sampler Company, st
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Websites You’ll Love
ThreadIT is a dedicated online space from the Embroiderers’ Guild where stitchers can meet, talk and discover embroidery and textile arts. Open to beginners and the experienced needlewoman, share skills and browse the Stitch Directory and pages of vi
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Meet Some Of Our Designers…
Perry’s playful recipe design uses delicate backstitch to list the ingredients needed for a happy holiday time spent with family and friends (p20). Gardeners and stitchers alike will delight in Amanda’s watercolour-style sweet pea design (p38). We’ve
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Happy holiday
Our modern world doesn’t always help us to prioritise the most important things in life. With increasing screen time and technological distractions, we can easily forget the pleasures of simple meals together, laughter and shared memories. This sweet
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Beach Wedding
The sound of ocean waves lapping, the feel of soft sand beneath your feet, the scent of freshly picked flowers and the sun beating down… The brilliant thing about destination weddings is that, for the guests, it can be one of the best days of their l
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