Want your table to look gorgeous this Christmas?

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Do you feel like wowing your loved ones this Christmas with a table full of fabulous festive decor? Then you really need to get your hands on the newest issues of Cross Stitch Collection! Our mag is packed with gorgeous homestyle inspiration to help you stitch your way to stylish Christmas. How about stitching our… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your weekly free chart

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It’s easy to forget to have fun in the run to Christmas. In between all the organising and present buying, the cooking and the wrapping and the stitching gifts for other people, every so often during the festive season you can stop enjoying everything you’re doing. So why not help yourself a little by making… Continue reading

Friday freebie from Mirabilia

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Happy Friday everyone – we hope you’ve all got big stitchy plans for your weekend. If you’re anything like us at CSC HQ you’re in full Christmas stitching mode! We’ve got something a little special for our Friday Freebie this week – check out this gorgeous holiday cherub by Nora Corbett at Mirabilia! We love the… Continue reading

Write to us!

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we love hearing about your stitching experiences, looking at pics of your work, and finding out all the amazing stories behind the projects you do. That’s why we’d like more! Have you just finished a project you’re super proud of? Stuck in the middle of a WIP you just can’t finish?… Continue reading

Sheena’s fourth stunning pincushion

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now, and our December 243 issue features the second in Sheena Rogers’ exciting seasonal pincushion series. With a new gorgeous design every month, Sheena has created 12 stunning pincushions, each one representing that month’s birth flower and gemstone! December is lucky enough to have two birth flowers, giving you extra floral… Continue reading

Terrific tickets to give away!

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We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to the fabulous Knit & Stitch It Show to giveaway! Taking place from 27 February – 1 March in Farnborough, the Knit & Stitch It Show is bursting with inspirational crafts. To enter this fab competition, head to www.futurecomps.co.uk/stitchit and enter the keyword! Keyword: SHOW At Knit & Stitch it, Southern… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Festive Florals

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Our December issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now, and features a beautiful project from Lesley Teare! This gorgeous design is a celebration of festive flowers, with a vase overflowing with gerberas, roses and pine cones in warm tones of rich red and brown. There’s even a little festive sparkle, with backstitch worked in… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your weekly free chart!

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Is there anything better than giving a hand-made gift? It’s so wonderful to know that you’ve truly laboured over a thoughtful present, and the reaction of the recipient is always so heartwarming! Finding the perfect gift to stitch is a lot of fun too, especially when you come across something a bit special or unique… Continue reading

Collection Poppy Appeal – a big thank you!

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Cross Stitch Collection would like to say a BIG thank you to all of you who took part in our Collection Poppy Appeal You’ve downloaded our free poppy chart by Durene Jones in droves, and we’ve had some wonderful letters and emails telling us how much you’ve raised for The Royal British Legion. We’re thrilled… Continue reading

Friday freebie from CrossStitcher

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We cross stitchers do love to share – that’s why our sister mag, CrossStitcher, told us all about the gorgeous free project that’s available on their blog! We thought their super-sweet Christmas card charts would make the perfect Friday Freebie – not only do you get THREE free charts, but you’ll get all the instructions… Continue reading

New issue of Cross Stitch Collection!

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The December issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today, and is jam packed with beautiful cross stitch projects from your favourite designers, extra Stitch & Send cards and Dainty Makes, news, exciting giveaways and fun features! This month, we’re getting festive with some simply stunning Christmas projects. Get your copy today in stores and online. The mag is available… Continue reading

Download your free card mount

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now! Our December 243 issue features this fantastically festive robin Christmas card for your to Stitch&Send. Designed by Jenny Barton, it’s stitched on fabulous fine 36HPI linen to pack in spectacular stitching details. You can get the chart on page of your copy of Cross Stitch… Continue reading

Enter December’s exciting competitions!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today and our exciting competitions are now open! We’ve got loads of beautiful, handy and extra-special gifts up for grabs in our festive December 243 issue. You could win one of seven gorgeous Christmas Village kits from the John Clayton range at Heritage Crafts. Christmas Village is a winter… Continue reading

Check out our December mini-makes

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and is packed with even more stitching projects than ever before! We wanted to give you a sneak preview of the all new Stitch&Send and Dainty Makes projects coming in our December 243 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. As well as five fantastic, challenging and intricate designs from the likes of… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – Joan Elliott’s Cinderella Spectacular

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Joan Elliott’s extraordinary Cinderella Spectacular featured in our November 242 issue made the perfect Chart of the Month.   “We all love Joan Elliott at Collection – and I think it’s fair to… Continue reading

New issue December 243 Chart of the Month

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Due to a printing error in the latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection (December 243), your copy might be missing the final section of the Chart of the Month. We’re so sorry about this mistake, and don’t want you to miss out on stitching Angela Poole’s fantastic Snowman and friends design – perfect stitching for… Continue reading

Gorgeous festive homestyle in the new issue of CSC

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and is packed with gorgeous festive homestyle for you to stitch for Christmas! We thought we’d give you a sneak preview of some of the spectacular projects that you’ll be able to get on Friday. Check out Lesley Teare’s sparkling winter flowers cushion, and… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Advent Calendars

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If cardboard calendars stuffed with slightly dusty chocolate is not your thing, then why not stitch up something a bit special for advent? It’s not too late to get your hands on a kit or chart and create an exciting countdown to Christmas. To save you time, we thought we’d do a bit of digging… Continue reading

Download your free Christmas patterned papers!

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Jazz up your stitched Christmas card with a gorgeous patterned paper! It’s easy to add an extra element to your amazing finished projects – simply choose your patterned paper, download the pdf and print, then stick to thin card card using glue or double-sided sticky tape. Then simply fold in half and attach your stitching… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your weekly free chart!

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So, it’s the first week of November and Christmas has officially arrived. The shops are stuffed full of gifts (and chocolate, so much chocolate) and wrapping, the supermarkets are advertising their Christmas turkeys and the first sets of festive lights are being switched on in our towns. It won’t be long until we hear Christmas… Continue reading

Collection Poppy Appeal – make a handbag mirror

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Help us raise money for The Royal British Legion by stitching for our Collection Poppy Appeal Stitch and assemble Durene’s poppy chart into a handy handbag mirror to create a chic keepsake. You can download your poppy chart here, and read all about donating here. You will need… 14HPI aida (or 28HPI evenweave), white, 10x10in (25x25cm) Stranded cotton as… Continue reading

Friday Freebie – don’t miss your Joan Elliott Fairy

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Happy Friday everyone – it’s freebie time! This week, we thought we’d re-share one of our fantastic finds from a few weeks ago for anyone who missed it. After all, we’d never forgive ourselves if you missed the chance to stitch a FREE Joan Elliott fairy! Available on the DMC USA website, you can download… Continue reading

Join a moving remembrance event at Heligan

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This Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 9th November) The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall will open the gardens on behalf of the Royal British Legion. This special day will enable us to remember the fallen and help raise vital funds for serving and ex-service community and their families. Remembrance Sunday is always special at Heligan, as… Continue reading

Check out our Stitch of the Month

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Fancy learning a new skill? Adding extra detail and texture to your stitching project? Brushing up on your counted stitch technique? Then you should check out the Stitch of the Month in Cross Stitch Collection. Featured in our Inspiration pages in every new issue of Cross Stitch Collection, each month we’ll show you how to… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – My True Love Gave to Me!

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Jenny Phin’s 12 Days of Christmas mini-pic featured in our November 242 issue was her favourite festive project.   “Every Christmas Eve I go, with my family to Bath Abbey for… Continue reading

Download your free Christmas patterned papers!

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Jazz up your stitched Christmas card with a gorgeous patterned paper! It’s easy to add an extra element to your amazing finished projects – simply choose your patterned paper, download the pdf and print, then stick to thin card card using glue or double-sided sticky tape. Then simply fold in half and attach your stitching… Continue reading

WIN! Hundreds of charts from your favourite designers!

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We’ve got five bundles of cross stitch books to give away this week, stuffed with hundreds of charts by your favourite designers! Each bundle contains NINE books – The Ultimate Alphabets Collection, the Ultimate Maria Diaz Collection, the Ultimate Christmas Collection, the Faye Whittaker Collection and What Delilah Did, plus a selection of four others… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Brilliant Back Issues!

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To celebrate Halloween, Apple Newsstand are having an amazing half price sale on back issues of Cross Stitch Collection! With issues stretching back into 2011 (all that stitching!), this is a great chance to stock up on all the back issues you need, with prices starting from just £1.49! Simply head to the Cross Stitch Collection app on Apple Newsstand before… Continue reading

Collection Poppy Appeal – make a necklace

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Help us raise money for The Royal British Legion by stitching for our Collection Poppy Appeal This idea is a twist on the traditional poppy pin idea – stitch your design on plastic canvas and turn it into a necklace!  You can download your poppy chart here, and read all about donating here. You will need… 14HPI plastic canvas, 6x6in… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your weekly free chart!

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Tis’ the season to get get decorating! One of the best things about Christmas is getting to decorate your home for the festive season. For some, that means covering the house in tinsel and fairy lights, digging out the dangling ceiling decs and light-up Santa for the lawn, and generally going all out Christmas crazy!… Continue reading

Find Christmas inspiration – half price on Apple Newsstand!

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Get all your stitching for Christmas sewn up by stocking up on back issues of Cross Stitch Collection! With issues dating back to Christmas 2011, there’s plenty of amazing festive projects to help you create cards, gifts, stocking fillers and more. PLUS – for a limited time only, all back issues on Apple Newsstand are… Continue reading

Free Christmas pressie from Sheena Rogers

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Our Friday Freebie this week is a whopper! If you’ve got the latest issues of Cross Stitch Collection, you’re sure to have seen our exciting new series of seasonal pincushions by Sheena Rogers. Featuring the birth flowers and stones for every month and stitched up into bright and colourful little cushions, Sheena’s exclusive designs make… Continue reading

Write to us!

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we love hearing about your stitching experiences, looking at pics of your work, and finding out all the amazing stories behind the projects you do. That’s why we’d like more! Have you just finished a project you’re super proud of? Stuck in the middle of a WIP you just can’t finish?… Continue reading

Missed any of Joan’s fabulous fairies? Buy them half price on Apple!

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Missed any of these amazing must-stitch Joan Elliott projects from Cross Stitch Collection? Don’t despair – you can buy them as digital back issues! And for a limited time only to celebrate Halloween on Apple Newsstand, they’re half price too! Part of our amazing flower fairy series in 2012, you could stitch Joan’s gorgeous Butterfly Fairy… Continue reading

Why Meg Evershed cross stitched Windsor Castle

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Ever fancied cross stitching a 3D model of Windsor Castle? Meg Evershed did! If you’ve got the latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection, you’re sure to have seen the simply delicious 3D gingerbread house project by Meg Evershed. It’s so much fun to stitch with it’s mini motifs, metallic threads and sparkling beads, and made… Continue reading

Catch up on CSC with our spooky Halloween savings

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Missed any of these amazing must-stitch projects from our most recent issues? Don’t despair – you can buy them as digital back issues! And for a limited time only to celebrate Halloween on Apple Newsstand, they’re half price too! You could stitch a traditional Santa stocking from our October 241 issue, a pretty posy by… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Pantomimes!

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“HE’S BEHIND YOOOOUUU!!” As Christmas traditions, there are few that are more fun – or more silly – than the traditional pantomime. For those of you who have never been to one, the British panto is a festive institution, and the opportunity to take classic fairytales and play them out with singing, dancing and lots… Continue reading

Download free Christmas patterned papers

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Jazz up your stitched Christmas card with a gorgeous patterned paper! It’s easy to add an extra element to your amazing finished projects – simply choose your patterned paper, download the pdf and print, then stick to thin card card using glue or double-sided sticky tape. Then simply fold in half and attach your stitching… Continue reading

Cross stitch goes to Hollywood!

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Fancy seeing a movie this weekend? You’d better hotfoot it over to the CrossStitcher blog – they’ve turned one of their wonderful projects into a mini-movie! Designed by Sarah Cookland, CrossStitcher’s Nativity plushies are the perfect stitch for Christmas. You can create your own nativity scene with 3D figures of Mary and the baby Jesus,… Continue reading

Friday Freebie – from Kreinik!

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Thank god it’s Friday – hopefully you’ve all had busy weeks so you can settle down for a nice relaxing weekend of stitching. Though we know your must-stitch list must be reaching an all time high in the run up to Christmas, we couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous Christmas bauble freebie from Kreinik! One of… Continue reading

Stitch the second in Sheena’s exciting series

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now, and our November 242 issue features the second in Sheena Rogers’ exciting seasonal pincushion series. With a new gorgeous design every month, Sheena has created 12 stunning pincushions, each one representing that month’s birth flower and gemstone! Sheena says, “this pincushion features the birth flowers of… Continue reading

Collection Poppy Appeal – make a scented sachet

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Help us raise money for The Royal British Legion by stitching for our Collection Poppy Appeal Stitch up Durene Jones’ poppy design into an elegant rectangular sachet and fill it with sweet-smelling pot-pourri – it would make a lovely stocking filler for people to buy! You can download your poppy chart here, and read all about donating here. You… Continue reading

WIN! A copy of The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection

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The brand new Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection is out now, and packed with the most beautiful Christmas projects for you to stitch. With fantastic designs to help you through all your festive stitching, you can create amazing decorations for your home, thoughtful gifts, cracking cards, wonderful wrapping and fabulous heirlooms – there’s even a… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Festive Embellishments

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Christmas gives us the excuse to get up to all sorts – eat too much chocolate, drink too much sherry, bake indulgent treats, and decorate our homes in the most extravagant way possible. It’s the same with out stitching – festive projects give us the chance to do something a bit special. That can mean… Continue reading

Make an extra-special Christmas card for Festive Friends

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For most of us, Christmas is about spending time with our families, sharing gifts and laughs, eating far too much (is there such a thing?) and generally enjoying the company of our loved ones. For many elderly residents of the UK, however, that simply is not the case. Over half a million older people will… Continue reading

Our Weekend Collection is getting festive

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Christmas is coming and we’re getting all our festive stitching in order! We’re going to be bringing you a multitude of Christmas charts in our Weekend Collection from now until December, with plenty of cards, gift ideas, festive decs and stocking fillers for you to download and stitch. The first of our merry treats is… Continue reading

Download free Christmas patterned papers

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Jazz up your stitched Christmas card with a gorgeous patterned paper! It’s easy to add an extra element to your amazing finished projects – simply choose your patterned paper, download the pdf and print, then stick to thin card card using glue or double-sided sticky tape. Then simply fold in half and attach your stitching… Continue reading

Friday freebie from CrossStitcher

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Our free chart this week is owl-dorable! It’s also from our sister mag, CrossStitcher, who have very kindly made this completely gorgeous card project free to download from their blog. Head to www.crossstitchermag.com to download your owl chart and matching card mount, plus a step-by-step guide to making up your card. All you need now is to get… Continue reading

New issue of Cross Stitch Collection out now

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The November issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today, and is jam packed with beautiful cross stitch projects from your favourite designers, extra Stitch & Send cards and Dainty Makes, news, exciting giveaways and fun features! This month, we’re getting festive with some simply stunning Christmas projects, PLUS an exclusive Joan Elliott Special. Get your copy today in stores… Continue reading

Enter November’s exciting competitions!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today and our exciting competitions are now open! We’ve got loads of sparkling, beautiful, and luxurious gifts up for grabs in our festive November 242 issue. You could win one of three fabulous Panto House sets from The Nutmeg Company. Each set of four 3D mini-houses features a… Continue reading

Knitting-style card mount for your Festive Ted!

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As always, Christmas has come early to stitchers – in the form of some amazing designs from the new issue of Cross Stitch Collection! The November 242 issue is out now, and contains some seriously festive cross stitch charts, including this gorgeous guy! Angela Poole’s amazing card features this cuddly teddy, who’s all snuggly and… Continue reading

Download your free project

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The November 242 issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out tomorrow, and is utterly stuffed with gorgeous Christmas charts and makes – one of which is Angela Poole’s amazing stitched Christmas cake recipe wall hanging! Get the full project and chart on page 51 of your copy of Cross Stitch Collection. To match this fab… Continue reading

Collection Poppy Appeal – make a gift tag

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Help us raise money for The Royal British Legion by stitching for our Collection Poppy Appeal Stitched tags make a personal gift extra-special – why not recreate Durene Jones’ design to sell to friends and family in time for Christmas? You can download your poppy chart here, and read all about donating here. You will need… 14HPI aida (or… Continue reading

Check out our November mini-makes

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and is packed with even more stitching projects than ever before! We wanted to give you a sneak preview of the all new Stitch&Send and Dainty Makes projects coming in our November 242 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. As well as five fantastic, challenging and intricate designs from the likes of… Continue reading

The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection – out now!

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Get stitching for the perfect Christmas with our brand new collection! With beautiful charts and amazing inspiration, The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection will guide you through your festive stitching, with ideas for stylish décor, stitched gifts and stocking fillers, creative cards, super stockings and lovely Christmas tableware. There’s even a dazzling Joan Elliott Christmas Angel to… Continue reading

Free rocking horse card mount!

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Out tomorrow, The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection is an amazing selection of the most perfect Christmas cross stitch charts. With beautiful charts and amazing inspiration, The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection will guide you through your festive stitching, with ideas for stylish décor, stitched gifts and stocking fillers, creative cards, super stockings and lovely tableware. Come back tomorrow for… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – Christmas Collection

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Jenny Barton’s tape measure gift featured in our Christmas Collection from the October 241 issue was her favourite project.   “One of the nicest things about being a stitcher is making… Continue reading

Joan returns to Cross Stitch Collection!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and we could not be more excited to share our spectacular Joan Elliott Special with you – so we’re not going to wait! Here is a sneak preview of the TWO dazzling designs that Joan has designed for us in our November 242 issue…. Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection

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Our brand new Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection is out on Wednesday 15 October, and is absolutely stuffed with amazing festive stitching projects. Jam packed with the most beautiful Christmas cross stitch designs, this collection will be your ultimate guide to getting your seasonal stitching sewn up. With fantastic chapters on home decor, cards, gifts… Continue reading

Crafty gifts from Parkinson’s UK

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As the festive season approaches, it’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts. It’s always satisfying to beat the crowds and get all your bits and bobs sorted before the mad seasonal rush – or at least intend to! Every year it’s a challenge to think of thoughtful gifts that we can bestow… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – time for tea!

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Cup of tea, anyone? Of course the answer to such a question is “yes please!”, which is exactly what we thought when we came across Angela Poole’s stunning vintage-style teacup greetings cards in the Cross Stitch Collection archives. That’s why we’ve made two of the charts free to download in our Weekend Collection – our fab… Continue reading

Friday Freebie

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Happy Friday everyone, we hope you’ve all got exciting stitchy plans for the weekend! Whatever you get up to, make sure you share it with us on our Facebook page – we love hearing all about the crafty stuff you get up to. Find us www.facebook.com/CSCMagazine Our Friday Freebie this week comes from the lovely… Continue reading

Exciting Christmas subscription offer!

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You could save up to 35% on the shop price with a subscription to Cross Stitch Collection this Christmas! There are hundreds of great reasons to subscribe to Cross Stitch Collection. You get 13 issues a year delivered straight to your door (no braving the scary Christmas crowds), and you’ll make sure you never miss a… Continue reading

WIN! A fantastic stitching bundle

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We’ve got a fantastic stitching bundle to giveaway this week! You could win everything in the picture above – including a DMC Gold Concept Shoulder Bag in cream, a DMC Gold Concept Travel Bag in cream, a 3-in1 Daylight Magnifier PLUS a big bundle of DMC threads. We’ll even throw in a mystery stitcher’s gadget…!… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Historical Ladies

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Whilst we love our cross stitched landscapes, flowers, and animals, there’s something uniquely satisfying about stitching a real person. It’s so exciting when we come across a particularly delicate face, or a beautiful costume, or a famous figure, and they look so striking on the wall or mantel in our home. Historical ladies are especially… Continue reading

Collection Poppy Appeal – make a patch card

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Help us raise money for The Royal British Legion by stitching for our Collection Poppy Appeal Durene’s pretty poppy motif would make a charming greetings card like those pictured above – follow our guide below to make a patch card. You can download your poppy chart here, and read all about donating here. You will need… 14HPI aida (or… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart

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If you’re starting to look around for super stocking fillers to stitch for Christmas, our Weekend Collection charts might be a good place to start! The Weekend Collection is our fab selection of projects that you can download for FREE! Every weekend we’ll bring you a collection of cards, mini-makes, quick-stitch charts and gorgeous designs that are perfect… Continue reading

Friday Freebie – Joan Elliott

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Have we got a treat for you this week for our Friday Freebie, from the one and only Joan Elliott! She’s teamed up with DMC to create this spectacular Stardust Fairy design – and they’ve made it free to download from their website! Joan has been working with DMC for many years, and designed this… Continue reading

Support LoveQuilts UK

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We’re so excited to share LoveQuilts UK’s latest amazing idea – a fantastic calendar! LoveQuilts UK are an amazing world-wide group of volunteers who cross stitch squares for British children who have life threatening or life-long illnesses. The squares are then made into beautiful quilts which are given to the children with no cost to… Continue reading

Write to us!

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we love hearing about your stitching experiences, looking at pics of your work, and finding out all the amazing stories behind the projects you do. That’s why we’d like more! Have you just finished a project you’re super proud of? Stuck in the middle of a WIP you just can’t finish?… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – Christmas Tradition

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Permin’s classic Santa stocking design was the perfect Chart of the Month for our October 241 issue.   “When I first started cross stitch, many moons ago, my favourite designers by… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Spooky Stitches!

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Black cats, wicked witches, spooky pumpkins, ghastly ghouls… you’ve entered the world of Halloween themed cross stitching! With October starting this week (already!) it’ll soon be time for us to don our most cobweb-infested witches hats and pick up our broomsticks to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve – usually by putting green food colouring in all… Continue reading

Calling all crafty cat lovers!

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Cats Protection are coming back to the Knitting & Stitching at Alexandra Palace this October – and they need your crafty skills to help create fantastic toys and cosy blankets to help some poor kitties more comfortable this winter. You can help by knitting Captain Cat-Battler the Cat Nip Mouse and handing the finished toy… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your weekly free chart

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Jam – truly one of life’s exquisite little pleasures. Whether you’re a fan of extra sugary supermarket strawberry, or you make your own rhubarb and ginger (or damson, or lemon curd, or mango… we can feel a Monday mood board coming on here!), there are few things that so improve a humble slice of toast…. Continue reading

Friday Freebie from CrossStitcher

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Keep control of all that loose change with CrossStitcher‘s pretty butterfly purse! This cute project is quick to stitch and make up into a handy and sweet coin purse – it’s perfect for a gift or for storing your mini crafting bit & bobs. Head to the CrossStitcher blog today to download the chart and… Continue reading

Make a brooch for our Collection Poppy Appeal

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Help us raise money for The Royal British Legion by stitching for our Collection Poppy Appeal Stitch your own version of a traditional poppy pin with our handy step-by-step guide. You can download your poppy chart here, and read all about donating here. You will need… 14HPI plastic canvas, 6x6in (15x15cm) Stranded cotton as listed in… Continue reading

Exciting seasonal series by Sheena Rogers

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If you’ve got the new 241 issue of Cross Stitch Collection, you’re sure to have seen the first in our exciting new seasonal pincushion series by Sheena Rogers. With a new gorgeous design every month, Sheena has created 12 stunning pincushions, each one representing that month’s birth flower and gemstone! Sheena says, “for this series,… Continue reading

Christmas kits handpicked for you!

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we know that Christmas comes early to stitchers! With so many cards, gifts and decorations to make, some us us even have festive projects on the go all year round. That’s why we’ve handpicked a gorgeous selection of Cross Stitch Collection‘s Christmas designs and turned them into handy kits! Head… Continue reading

Win! The Ultimate Maria Diaz Collection

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You could win one of FOUR gorgeous limited edition Maria Diaz collections! This fabulous bookazine is jam packed with all of Maria’s most beautiful designs, from lush landscapes and cute characters, to fabulous florals and sweet baby designs. With charts for 42 classic designs you’re bound to find something gorgeous to stitch, whether it’s one… Continue reading

Download your full-size stocking template

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If you’ve got the new October 241 issue of Cross Stitch Collection, you’ll have seen the gorgeous traditional Santa design from Permin. With handfuls of delightful toys tumbling from his scarlet jacket-clad arms, luxurious fur trim, and a hint of a merry smile peeping out from under his flowing, snowy white beard, Permin’s Santa is… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Christmas Collection

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Our new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now, and comes complete with an unmissable selection of amazing gifts to stitch for Christmas this year. Just flip your October 241 issue back to front and upside down and you’ll find our Christmas Collection – 37 fantastic charts to stitch up in gorgeous gift ideas… Continue reading

Collection Poppy Appeal

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If you’ve got the new issue of Cross Stitch Collection issue October 241, you’re sure to have seen Durene Jones’ elegant poppy project, designed to help us commemorate the centenary of the First World War. We decided we wanted to put your stitching skills to good use to do more than remember this year by starting our… Continue reading

Exciting subscription offers

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Don’s miss out on exciting subscription offers!  There are hundreds of other great reasons to subscribe to Cross Stitch Collection. Not only will you get 13 issues a year delivered straight to your door or device, but there are also fantastic savings to be had! Subscribe to the print edition of the magazine and you will… Continue reading

Get crafty at The Knitting & Stitching Show

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Find ultimate inspiration at The Knitting & Stitching Show, with every conceivable craft represented! These amazing shows, taking place at Alexandra Palace in London on 8-12 October and the HIC in Harrogate on 20-23 November, celebrates textiles and stitching in hundreds of exciting ways, from traditional to cutting edge. If you’re into quilting, card-making, knitting,… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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It’s always exciting on a new issue weekend – our blog and Facebook page are covered in pretty pics and previews of our amazing new projects in the October 241 issue of Cross Stitch Collection (out now!), and there are plenty of freebies for you to download – like our stocking motifs, card mount and… Continue reading

New issue of Cross Stitch Collection out now

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The October issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today, and is jam packed with beautiful cross stitch projects from your favourite designers, extra Stitch & Send cards and Dainty Makes, news, exciting giveaways and fun features! This month, we’re getting festive with some simply stunning Christmas projects. Get your copy today in stores and online. The mag is available… Continue reading

Download your free mini-stocking chart!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now! In our October 241 issue, we’re getting ready for Christmas with tons of festive charts and fab gifts to stitch. One such project is Angela Poole’s amazing mini-stocking advent calendar on page 44. Stitched using just two thread shades and two fabrics, these striking red… Continue reading

Download your free lovely linen card mount

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now! Our October 241 issue is jam-packed with beautiful cross stitch designs, and though we’re getting mega Christmassy with this issue, there are also some projects for you to stitch if you’re not quite ready to get festive! One of these gorgeous projects is Lesley Teare’s… Continue reading

Enter October’s exciting competitions

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today and our exciting competitions are now open! We’ve got loads of sparkling, beautiful, and luxurious gifts up for grabs in our festive October 241 issue. You could win an amazing handmade wooden sewing box from Touch Wood Boxes – it’s made of natural oak and… Continue reading

Start stitching a Christmas epic!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out tomorrow, and we’ve got lots of gorgeous Christmas projects for you to stitch! We’re really excited about bringing you the first of a sensational three-part mega chart by Maria Diaz. Full of stunning stitching details, Santa’s Journey is so much fun to stitch and will become… Continue reading

Get festive with the new issue of Cross Stitch Collection

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At Cross Stitch Collection, we know you love to stitch extra-special projects for Christmas. Whether it’s gorgeous homestyle, thoughtful gifts, future family heirlooms, merry cards or stunning decor, we want to make sure you’ve got a wealth of beautiful cross stitch designs to choose from this festive season. We also know that stitching takes time… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – Practically Gorgeous

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why she asked Angela Poole’s stunning sewing kit is her favourite project from our September 240 issue. “One of the best things about choosing and commissioning designs for Collection is that I don’t have… Continue reading

New issue of Cross Stitch Collection – out Friday!

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The October issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and we are ludicrously excited about it! Not only are starting to get Christmassy with our beautiful stitching projects, but this issue contains our simply amazing Christmas Collection – a bumper section of gorgeous gift ideas to stitch containing over 30 different charts! We’ve got… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – The Haberdashery Collection

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In our September 240 issue, we’ve given you the chance to win a gorgeous 22ct gold plated and silver scissor necklace from the new Haberdashery Collection from Alex Monroe. This spectacular collection contains a range of fabulous rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings in silver and gold – and all stitching themed! To browse this luxurious… Continue reading

Get crafty at The Knitting & Stitching Show

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

Almost time for The Handmade Fair!

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In one week’s time we’ll be getting crafty at The Handmade Fair, and we couldn’t be more excited! Hosted by Kirstie Allsopp, this weekend crafting extravaganza is taking place in the gorgeous gardens of Hampton Court Palace, and is the only show in the Uk to focus all the fun on making and learning. Tickets… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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Download and stitch number 7 in our Weekend Collection – our fab selection of projects that you can download for FREE! Every weekend we’ll bring you a collection of cards, mini-makes, quick-stitch charts and gorgeous designs that are perfect for a weekend project – or any other time for that matter! Just click here to download your free pdf chart, complete… Continue reading

Collection Poppy Appeal

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Set your stitching skills to good use with our very own Collection Poppy Appeal! 2014 has been a landmark year for our heritage, with hundreds of wonderful events taking place all over Europe to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War I. There are few organisations that work harder than The Royal British Legion to… Continue reading

Stitch from your iPad with digital subscription

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These beautiful projects from our latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection are available in a digital magazine, perfect for zooming up close to check out all those stitchy details. But technophobes, don’t despair – digital mags are not as scary as they seem! In fact, they can be downright handy, and could save you money too! Working… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – Autumn Owl

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why she asked Jayne Netley Mayhew to design a spectacular barn owl portrait.  “My Aunty Mo asked me a few months ago if I knew of a good kit for a barn… Continue reading

WIN! A beautiful box for threads

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We’ve got a simply gorgeous prize to giveaway this week – check out this beautiful wooden sewing box, stuffed full of sparkling Madeira threads! We featured in a competition a couple of months ago, and it was so popular, we got our hands on a couple more! This beautifully crafted two-drawer stitching essential is the perfect place… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Beautiful Needle Cases

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As the famous textile designer William Morris once said, have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. Well, why not both? We stitchers are above all, lovers of beautiful things – it’s why we can’t keep away from gorgeous designs, yummy fabrics and pretty thread… Continue reading

Adorable animals on Pinterest

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There have been so many beautiful cross stitch projects featured in Cross Stitch Collection throughout the years, and we think it’s a shame to hide them away! That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favourites onto our Pinterest boards, so you can take a look and get some inspiration for your next cross stitch project…. Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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As we move deeper into September, we can start to see the first few hints of the changing season. Nowhere is this more obvious than in our gardens! It doesn’t matter if yours is perfectly manicured or a mad mess, it’s lovely to step outside and spot the newly golden leaves, or the activity of… Continue reading

Friday Freebie

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It’s that time again, and we’ve found another wonderful designer with gorgeous little freebies on their website. Jeannette Douglas has some beautiful designs available on her blog, from traditional samplers to handy pinkeeps! This little hem is in her Free Designs section, alongside a whole host of other exciting mini-makes. Head to www.jeannettedouglas.ca/designs to find… Continue reading

Write to Cross Stitch Collection

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we love hearing about your stitching experiences, looking at pics of your work, and finding out all the amazing stories behind the projects you do. That’s why we’d like more! Have you just finished a project you’re super proud of? Stuck in the middle of a WIP you just can’t… Continue reading

Free charts and fun extras

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Don’t forget about all the fab free charts and fun extras here on our blog! We’ve got patterned papers, CrossStitcher card charts, extra motif charts to match our mag projects and our fab Weekend Collection charts. Just hit the Free! tab above to browse and download your cross stitch goodies today!

Monday Mood Board – Meet The Handmade Fair Experts!

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It’s only 19 days (and counting!) until we head off to The Handmade Fair, and we can’t wait! Taking place in the beautiful gardens of Hampton Court Palace, this weekend crafting extravaganza is hosted by Kirstie Allsopp, and is dedicated to making and doing. Not only is there fantastic shopping to be done and yummy… Continue reading

Subscribe & save with Cross Stitch Collection

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Miss any of these gorgeous designs? With a subscription to Cross Stitch Collection, you’ll never miss a single project again! There are hundreds of other great reasons to subscribe to Cross Stitch Collection. Not only will you get 13 issues a year delivered straight to your door or device, but there are also fantastic savings to… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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Glamour, sparkle, beauty and elegance… if these four words do not describe your usual weekend routine (more washing and housework?? How??), then treat yourself to a dose of razzle-dazzle with these two free charts in our fifth Weekend Collection – our fab selection of projects that you can download for FREE! Every weekend we’ll bring you a collection… Continue reading

Friday Freebie from CrossStitcher Magazine

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It may have been a short week with the bank holiday and all, but we’re still glad to reach Friday and free chart time! This week, our Friday Freebie is from our sister mag, CrossStitcher Magazine, who have made four (wow!) super-cute playing card charts available on their website. Designed by Sarah Cookland, they match the fab… Continue reading

Cross stitch scenes handpicked for you!

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Heavenly harbours, fantastical fairytale castles, beautiful glimpses of Parisian streets, dreamy views of stunning bridges… if gorgeous landscapes and stunning scenes are your favourite things to stitch, then head over to I Love Cross Stitch, where we’ve handpicked our favourite cross stitch designs from Cross Stitch Collection and turned them into handy kits! Designed by… Continue reading

WIN! Amazing collection of Joan Elliott books!

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We know how much you love Joan’s designs, so we wanted to give you the chance to stitch as many of her amazing projects as possible with this fantastic collection of Joan Elliott books! To enter, just head to the Cross Stitch Collection Facebook page and comment on the competition post telling us about your favourite Joan Elliott… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Autumn Splendour

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now, and our September 240 issue has a very autumnal flavour! It may only be August, but if you’re super-organised ahead of the game stitchers like we know you are, you’ll already be wanting to stitch autumn-inspired projects in time for the falling leaves. There’s no… Continue reading

Enter September’s exciting cross stitch comps!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now, and it’s exciting new competitions are now open! Up for grabs this month is a gorgeous 22ct gold plated and silver scissor necklace from Alex Monroe. Part of the spectacular new Haberdashery range available at www.alexmonroe.com from September, this sweet necklace is worth £180 and is the… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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Dipping into the Cross Stitch Collection archive to find fab charts for our new Weekend Collection – a fab selection of charts that you can download for FREE – has been so much fun! It’s lovely to look at all the different cards, mini-makes, quick-stitch charts and gorgeous designs that are perfect for a weekend project, though we’ve been struggling to… Continue reading

September issue of Cross Stitch Collection out today!

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The September issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today, and is jam packed with beautiful cross stitch projects from your favourite designers, extra Stitch & Send cards and Dainty Makes, news, exciting giveaways and fun features! Get your copy today in stores and online. The mag is available in print from www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk, and in digital formats from Apple Newsstand for… Continue reading

Download your free cheesey card mount!

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“Age is of no importance… unless you are a cheese!” – That’s certainly a quote we’ll be repeating as we get a little more ‘mature’! It’s also a ‘grate’ phrase for a birthday card, which is why we’re thrilled that Emma Congdon has designed this fab card for our September 240 issue (out now!). To… Continue reading

Download your free cross stitch alphabet

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The new issue of CSC is out today – click here to buy your copy of the September issue now! The 240 issue features a fantastic range of seasonal projects, including Jenny Barton’s fantastic Fair Isle Style stitched hot water bottle project – perfect for snuggling up to as the nights start to draw in! To… Continue reading

Faye Whittaker Designer Collection – out now!

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The fabulous Faye Whittaker Designer Collection is out now – finally! We’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for this little gem to finally be available, and now it is! If you’re super-sensible (like us!) you’ll have pre-ordered your copy from My Favourite Magazines, but if you’ve been hanging on, you’d better hot foot it over to www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk… Continue reading

Check out our September cross stitch mini-makes!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and is packed with even more stitching projects than ever before! We wanted to give you a sneak preview of the all new Stitch&Send and Dainty Makes projects coming in our September 240 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. As well as six usual fantastic, challenging and intricate designs from the likes… Continue reading

Try something new with Hoop-La!

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Fancy putting your crafting skills to the test by trying something new? Or would you like to use your fabric and threads for something a bit different? Or do you just feel like adding to your already enormous list of stitchy skills? Well then you need to get your hands on the new issue of… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – Back to School!

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Angela Poole’s stitched stationary set from our Late Summer 239 issue is her favourite project of the month! “I love stationery and can never have enough of it. As a child… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Terrific Tudors

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We’re gearing up for The Handmade Fair, and we’re so excited! Hosted by Kirstie Allsopp, it’s a weekend crafting extravaganza that’s taking place in the gorgeous gardens of Hampton Court Palace. The only show in the UK that focusses on learning and making, you can come along and take part in workshops, make fabulous things… Continue reading

New issue of CSC – out Friday

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The September 240 issue of CSC is out on Friday – hoorah! As usual we’ve got a shed-load of stunning stitching for you to tackle, and here are a few sneak previews of some the spectacular details. Can you guess what the projects might be?!

New Baby mini-mag from CrossStitcher

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CrossStitcher have a brand new digital mini-mag for iPad and iPhone users! Perfect for anyone celebrating the birth of a brand new baby (or anticipating a new arrival!), it’s full of gorgeous gifts and cards to stitch. After a sampler? Why not try your hand at CrossStitcher‘s tag-inspired version mixing cross stitch with papercraft! Want… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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Get ready, get set, get stitching! It’s the weekend again (hooray!) and time for the third chart in our Weekend Collection – fab selection of lovely charts that you can download for FREE! Every weekend we’ll bring you a collection of cards, mini-makes, quick-stitch charts and gorgeous designs that are perfect for a weekend project – or any… Continue reading

Friday freebie!

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We’ve stumbled across a treasure trove of fab freebies for this week’s Friday Freebie in the form of Debbie Cripps! Known to CSC readers as the supplier of wonderful wire hangings in the shape of just about anything, she’s also got loads of gorgeous free cross stitch charts to download from her website, including this… Continue reading

Gorgeous embroidery in Hoop-La!

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Love this project? Get it from the latest issue of Hoop-La! Using a limited colour palette of brown and pink stitched onto crisp white linen, this stunning embroidery design by Tamar Nahir-Yanai is perfect for a nursery or child’s bedroom… or for your own craft room of course! Find the templates, instructions and top tips… Continue reading

Designer extras – Lesley Teare

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All hail Lesley Teare! Without a doubt one of our finest and favourite Cross Stitch Collection designers, there are few subjects she can’t bring to life with needle and thread. Filling our mag with fabulous florals, life-like birds and beautiful landscapes, all her projects are a joy to stitch, with gorgeous colours, clever techniques and… Continue reading

Save 30% on all this stitchy goodness

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There are loads of gorgeous cross stitch mags and super-specials available for you to buy today from My Favourite Magazines, and for a limited time only, you can save 30% on all orders of subs and single issues in our Summer Sale! Just add voucher code SUMMER30 at the checkout to claim your discount. Find the… Continue reading

WIN! A fab fabric bundle!

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Stitching on exciting, pretty and novelty fabric can be so much fun, so we thought we’d give away four bundles of super-sweet DMC Impressions Aida – and we’ll throw in some threads too : ) To enter, just head to our Facebook page and comment on the competition post telling us what you’d stitch on your printed aida! Find… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Stitchy Jewellery

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We’re celebrating the new issue of Hoop-La! in this week’s Monday Mood Board. Back by popular demand, this gorgeous magazine features 47 stunning and modern embroidery projects from the most exciting new designers. They include four fabulous stitched jewellery projects, which inspired us to find more amazing cross stitch and embroidery based jewels for you… Continue reading

Get inspired by florals on Pinterest

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There have been so many beautiful cross stitch projects featured in Cross Stitch Collection throughout the years, and we think it’s a shame to hide them away! That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favourites onto our Pinterest boards, so you can take a look and get some inspiration for your next cross stitch project. We’ve even linked… Continue reading

Friday Freebie!

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It’s amazing how generous some of our favourite designers are – there are so many who are happy to pop little freebies up on their website for you to stitch. It’s lovely to be able to have a go at a little project before investing in a big one – that way you know it’s… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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Happy Saturday everyone! We hope you’re not being battered by bad weather weekend (stay away, Hurricane Bertha!), but if you are, at least you’ve got a good excuse – like you need one – to hole up at home stitching. Why don’t you download the second chart in our Weekend Collection? This fab collection is our… Continue reading

Friday Freebie

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This week’s Friday Freebie is from Permin. Producing beautiful and traditional cross stitch kits, they really do have some fab things to stitch! They also have a free chart every month, which you can download from their website. We can’t wait to stitch this sweet little pup! Find it at www.permin.dk/uk/news/download-graph.html

Becs’ Pick – Country Shopping

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Maria Diaz’s veggie bag from our Late Summer 239 issue made the perfect Chart of the Month! “I have a lovely shopping bag which I use all the time and is… Continue reading

Make a Hoop-La!

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The new issue of Hoop-La! is out today! Back by popular demand, this gorgeous magazine is full of stunning modern embroidery projects. Enjoy 47 new makes from the most exciting designers in the stitching world. Simple wall art, jewellery and homestyle projects are all explained with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, so if you’d like to… Continue reading

Summer Sale extended!

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Our amazing Summer Sale at My Favourite Magazines has been extended until 27 August, giving you extra time to get your subscription to CSC and still save 30%! Just enter voucher code SUMMER30 at the checkout on www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk and you’ll save 30% on all orders – and that’s on top of current discounts – bargain!

Write to Cross Stitch Collection

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we love hearing about your stitching experiences, looking at pics of your work, and finding out all the amazing stories behind the projects you do. That’s why we’d like more! Have you just finished a project you’re super proud of? Stuck in the middle of a WIP you just can’t finish? Stitching… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Under the Sea!

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It’s August – time does certainly fly! As the last official month of summer, time is also running out to stitch gorgeous holiday projects, so we thought the theme for this week’s Monday Mood Board should revolve around what our holidays tend to… the sea! With our fab selection of bright fish, fun hoops, unusual… Continue reading

Save on subs with our Summer Sale

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If you’ve missed any of these gorgeous cross stitch projects from Cross Stitch Collection, don’t despair! They are all available as back issues from our official online shop, My Favourite Magazines! Not only can you stock up on all the stitchy goodness you might have missed, but you can also save ££! Take advantage of our… Continue reading

Get involved in World Pomination!

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Calling all crafters – get involved in World Pomination with The Handmade Fair! Kirstie and The Handmade Fair are aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of pompoms, and we need your help! Kirstie makes a mean pompom but she can’t possibly do them all herself, so we’re calling on the Great British public to help achieve #worldpomination. Simply make 3… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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It’s the weekend – hooray! For us, that means stitching until our fingers fall off, and we’re keen to make sure you’ve got plenty of stitching projects to keep you busy. That’s why we’re starting our Weekend Collection – our pick of lovely charts that you can download for FREE! We’ll bring you a collection… Continue reading

Gorgeous digital cross stitch collections

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If you haven’t downloaded the Cross Stitch Collection app on Apple Newsstand yet, what are you waiting for?! Using your iPad for cross stitch charts is such a great way to stitch – we love being able to pinch and zoom to the right bit of a chart and having the ability to scrutinise photographs… Continue reading

Friday freebie

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Yay! Friday! That means a weekend of stitching, and a freebie to add to your to-do list. These fab fun cards are featured in the latest issue of CrossStitcher Magazine, and were designed by Jane Prutton to help you congratulate your loved ones – whatever they’ve been up to! Jane has kindly created an extra… Continue reading

Lovely cross stitch kits handpicked for you!

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We can’t get enough of lovely Lesley Teare’s fabulous floral cross stitch charts. Her gorgeous designs depict every flower you’ll ever think to stitch, and look so amazing stitched up in stylish cushions! If you love Lesley as much as us then you’ll want to head to I Love Cross Stitch, where you can buy… Continue reading

Pre-order your Faye Whittaker Collection today

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We love the gorgeous and nostalgic designs of Faye Whittaker – her All our Yesterdays cross stitch range is one of our favourites! That’s why we’re so excited the new collection we’re putting together to celebrate her beautiful work. The Faye Whittaker Designer Collection presents the best of her award winning All Our Yesterdays designs, and is packed with over 30 charming… Continue reading

Win a fab book bundle!

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It’s giveaway day today, and we’ve got four fantastic prizes stuffed with stitchy goodness. Each bookazine bundle contains The Ultimate Maria Diaz Collection, The Best of Margaret Sherry, The Ultimate Flowers Cross Stitch Collection and a Mystery Title (ooo!). Each title is stuffed with wonderful charts, exclusive interviews and ideas for makes, giving you a wealth of stitching opportunity. To enter,… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Dainty Makes

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If you’ve been anywhere near the Cross Stitch Collection blog or Facebook page over the weekend, you’ll know that our Late Summer 239 issue was released on Friday. This new offering is the fourth issue in which we’ve featured our Dainty Makes sections – sweet and small cross stitch projects that you can make up… Continue reading

Cross stitch an Edwardian garden party!

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Are you looking for a cross stitch project you can really get your need stuck into this summer? Then look no further than this stunning Edwardian Garden Party project, designed by Deb Lester and Sandy Littlejohns. This whopping chart will give your hours of stitching pleasure, with so many gorgeous details. You’ll stitch fabulous Edwardian… Continue reading

Missed these fab cross stitch projects?

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If you’ve missed any of these gorgeous cross stitch projects from Cross Stitch Collection, don’t despair! They are all available as back issues from our official online shop, My Favourite Magazines! Not only can you stock up on all the stitchy goodness you might have missed, but you can also save ££! Take advantage of… Continue reading

Celebrate new arrivals in cross stitch!

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We stitchers don’t often need an excuse to break out the needle and thread, but there are few better ones than the arrival of a new baby. It’s so exciting to welcome a teeny tiny new addition to our families’ and friend’s lives, and what better way to do so than with a lovingly handmade… Continue reading

Late Summer issue of Cross Stitch Collection out now!

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The Late Summer issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today, and is jam packed with beautiful cross stitch projects from your favourite designers, extra Stitch & Send cards and Dainty Makes, news, exciting giveaways and fun features! Get your copy today in stores and online. The mag is available in print from www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk, and in digital formats from Apple Newsstand… Continue reading

Enter exciting cross stitch comps

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today, and it’s exciting new competitions are now open! Up for grabs this month are five fabulous David Austin English Rose Gift Packs, which will give you a chance to grow your own beautiful roses to match our fab project by Lesley Teare in our 239… Continue reading

Download your free patterned paper!

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Our latest issues of Cross Stitch Collection (out today!) features this gorgeous and thoughtful card design by Jenny Barton. We love the teapot and teacup motifs – they would certainly make us feel better! The design is stitched on to exciting red spotty patterned paper – that you can download here for free! Just print… Continue reading

New Cross Stitch Collection out tomorrow!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is on sale tomorrow! And here’s a sneak preview of our fancy new cover – see anything you’d like to stitch? Come back tomorrow to find out all about the gorgeous designs featured in the Late Summer 239 issue of Cross Stitch Collection, like Lesley Teare’s stunning roses… Continue reading

Ultimate Alphabets Cross Stitch Collection – out now!

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The Ultimate Alphabets Cross Stitch Collection is out today! Absolutely jam-packed with 48 letter and number charts, this gorgeous new collection will be undoubtably the most useful ever resource for your cross stitch projects! Alphabets are so fantastic – they look great stitched on their own in decorative samplers, or they’re brilliant to use for… Continue reading

Download your free chart!

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If you haven’t seen the fantastic Back to School project in the latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection, then turn to page 44 now! This fab design by Angela Poole features in our Late Summer 239 issue, and is this month’s Weekend Workbox! With three charts to stitch of funky pen and pencil motifs, you’ll… Continue reading

Save on Cross Stitch Collection in our Summer Sale!

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Still searching for your perfect holiday reading or ideal summer project? Allow Cross Stitch Collection to soak up your time whilst you soak up and the sun – and save money doing it! Our Summer Sale makes it even easier and more appealing to sign up for a subscription to your favourite cross stitching titles…. Continue reading

Check out our new cross stitch mini-makes!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and is packed with even more stitching projects than ever before! We wanted to give you a sneak preview of the all new Stitch&Send and Dainty Makes projects coming in our Late Summer 239 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. As well as six usual fantastic, challenging and… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – Hydrangea Hanging

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Lesley Teare’s Hydrangea Hanging from our August 238 issue is her favourite project! “I really love Hydrangeas but I wish I lived in north Cornwall or Brittany where they bloom in… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Perfect Pincushions

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Happy Monday everyone! We hope you all had super stitchy weekends. We certainly did, though one of us came unstuck – our prod ed, Rachael, got on the wrong side of a pin sticking out of her sofa! Injuries sustained were not serious, but she was very brave nonetheless. That’s why we thought we’d get… Continue reading

Sneak peek – new projects!

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The new Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and we’re so excited about the projects in our Late Summer 239 issue! We wanted to whet your appetites by showing you a couple of the gorgeous stitching details from the designs appearing in the new issue – keep your eyes peeled for more sneak peeks! For… Continue reading

Handbag essentials

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Be the envy of all your friends with Maria Diaz’s gorgeous Art and Crafts style handbag set. Stitched in stunning tones of hot pink, Maria’s project was inspired by William Morris, one of the most famous textile designers from the nineteenth century Arts and Crafts movement. A pleasure to stitch, you’re sure to look pretty… Continue reading

Friday freebie!

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It’s nearly the weekend, and that’s as good a reason as any to celebrate with fab free cross stitch chart from one of our favourite designers. Nora Corbett’s Mirabilia website has a whole page dedicated to freebies – this gorgeous cherub is just our favourite! Download your free pdf chart from www.mirabilia.com 

Getting to know Jenny Barton

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Jenny Barton’s fab designs are a regular feature in Cross Stitch Collection – we love her tea and cake sampler from April 234, her gorgeous travel set from July 237 and the handy Kilner jar top design from issue 238. Jenny’s also got a fun card project our 239 issue – out next week! With… Continue reading

Get stitching with a digital subscription!

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These beautiful projects from our latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection are available in a digital magazine, perfect for zooming up close to check out all those stitchy details. But technophobes, don’t despair – digital mags are not as scary as they seem! In fact, they can be downright handy, and could save you money… Continue reading

Glorious giveaway!

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We’ve got a simply gorgeous prize to giveaway this week – check out this beautiful wooden sewing box, stuffed full of sparkling Madeira threads! This beautifully crafted two-drawer stitching essential is the perfect place to store your threads, and comes complete with over 40 Madeira shades! We’ve got two of these fab boxes to give… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Ladies & Flowers

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Elegance, poise, grace, and beauty… no, no, no – we’re not just describing the Cross Stitch Collection team! We’re talking about the cross stitch kits we’ve rounded up in this week’s Monday Mood Board. This week, we’ve decided to pick our favourite cross stitch designs depicting lovely ladies with fabulous florals, simply because they beautiful… Continue reading

Get inspired on Pinterest with CSC

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There have been so many beautiful cross stitch projects featured in Cross Stitch Collection throughout the years, and we think it’s a shame to hide them away! That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favourites onto our Pinterest boards, so you can take a look and get some inspiration for your next cross stitch project. We’ve even linked… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – Happy Anniversary

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Abigail Barker’s Happy Anniversary from our August 238 issue is the perfect multi-purpose sampler! “A friend asked me a while ago if I knew of a good cross stitch chart… Continue reading

We want your stitchy stories!

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we love hearing about your stitchy experiences, looking at pics of your work, and finding out all the amazing stories behind the projects you do. That’s why we’d like more! Have you just finished a project you’re super proud of? Stuck in the middle of a WIP you just can’t finish? Stitching… Continue reading

Monday mood board – adorable aprons!

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Happy Monday everyone – we hope the wet weather didn’t wash out too many of your weekend plans! When it’s a bit wet out, we quite like to fill our time with a bit of baking (and then a lot of eating). Because we can also never miss an opportunity for a craft project, and… Continue reading

Subscribe and Save!

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Miss any of these gorgeous designs? With a subscription to Cross Stitch Collection, you’ll never miss a single project again! There are hundreds of other great reasons to subscribe to Cross Stitch Collection. Not only will you get 13 issues a year delivered straight to your door or device, but there are also fantastic savings to… Continue reading

Time for tea!

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If you’re looking for a pretty and elegant card project this summer, then Angela Poole’s vintage style teacups are the designs for you! With four design to choose from, each card features delicate teacups decorated with backstitch details and pretty cross stitched patterns, as well as gorgeous roses and sweet butterflies. We love the colour… Continue reading

Friday Freebie

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Happy Friday everyone : ) It’s freebie time, and this week we’ve got something extra special from Anchor. This beautiful rose cushion project is technically a Christmas project, but a) it’s never too early to start stitching for the holiday season (lord knows we over-commit ourselves as it is!) and b) the gorgeous colours and… Continue reading

Jane Greenoff stitching extras

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Hello all from the new and improved Pinks Barn here in the beautiful Cotswolds – complete with our lovely new barn room! My husband has a beautiful new baby grand piano in the library end of the new building and we have a minstrel’s gallery at the other end, it really does look lovely. My latest… Continue reading

August’s kits direct to you!

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We’re so excited about our stitching projects in the August 238 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. There’s hours of stitching pleasure to be had with fabulous and detailed designs that are fun to work. Take Lesley Teare’s Sweet Lavender  – there are gorgeous details to stitch, from the French knot dotted lavender flowers to the fun… Continue reading

Glorious Giveaway – win tickets!

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We’ve got some fantastic tickets to the Chilterns Craft & Design Show to give away this week. Set against the picturesque house and gardens of Stonor Park in Oxfordshire on 22-25 August, this fabulous show is your chance to discover the finest arts and crafts from over 200 craftspeople from across the UK! Enjoy roadshows…. Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – ice cream time!

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Summer only means one thing in the Cross Stitch Collection office – and that’s the shameless and unstoppable consumption of ice cream. Whether it’s a yummy cornetto, a decadent ice cream sundae, deliciously authentic Italian gelato, or the humble but mighty Magnum, we can’t keep out of the sunshine and away from the sweet treats…. Continue reading

Enter our August competitions today!

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You could some fabulous stitching prizes with the August issue of Cross Stitch Collection. Up for grabs this month is four handy Foldi LED Lamps from The Daylight Company – perfect for your summer holiday stitching as they fold up and fit easily into your handbag! We’ve also got five pairs of fantastic Luca-S stitcher… Continue reading

Heavenly hydrangea hanging

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Bright, beautiful and bushy, our hydrangea hanging project shows this summer flower at it’s very best. Lesley Teare’s stunning design is a gorgeous project to stitch, with two interesting styles of lettering, an attractive border and plenty of backstitch – and how sweet are those bumble bees? Worked on rustic linen, it is the perfect… Continue reading

Friday Freebie!

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This week, we’re bringing you a Friday freebie from our fab sister mag, CrossStitcher! They’re featuring these stunningly sunny card designs in their Summer 281 issue (out today!). Designed by Kerry Morgan, the four designs are a true summer celebration – and that’s not all! Kerry has kindly designed a fifth card chart, and it’s available… Continue reading

August issue of CSC out today!

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The August issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today, and is jam packed with beautiful cross stitch projects from your favourite designers, extra Stitch & Send cards and Dainty Makes, news, exciting giveaways and fun features! Get your copy today in stores and online. The mag is available in print from www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk, and in digital formats from… Continue reading

Download your free teacup motif!

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We love Maria Diaz’s charming tea set in the August issue of Cross Stitch Collection. Featuring pretty teacups stitched in sweet pastel shades of blue, mint and pink, Maria brings a little bit of sparkle by using DMC Light Effects thread to highlight stunning details. Each of the teacups are fun to stitch, as each… Continue reading

Fuss-free cushion fun at The Handmade Fair

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Love the stitching but get mad at the making-up? Do you have all the best intentions for your cross stitch projects, but end up hiding them away in a drawer forever? Then you might want to come along to The Handmade Fair and learn how to make a no-sew cushion! Stuart Hilliard, star of the… Continue reading

Check out August’s mini-makes!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday, and is packed with even more stitching projects than ever before! We wanted to give you a sneak preview of the all new Stitch & Send and Dainty Makes projects coming in our August 238 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. As well as six usual… Continue reading

Calling all stitchers!

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Do you like to stitch mega projects? Do you love taking on huge projects, relish mile long keys, adore working through pages of charts? If so, we want to hear from you! Email us at csc@futurenet.com if you’d like to take part in a short questionnaire – your comments could appear in the magazine!

Becs’ Pick – Heavenly Harbour

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Angela Poole’s Heavenly Harbour made the perfect Chart of the Month for our July issue “I love holidaying in Cornwall – although it can get very busy it still never… Continue reading

Sneak peek at August’s projects!

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The new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday – yay!! We can hardly wait to share the August 238 issue’s projects with you – so we won’t! Here are some delightful details of our gorgeous new designs. See if you can guess what the project is! Keep your eyes peeled for more… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – needle minder mania

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‘Too much of a good thing’ is simply not a phrase that registers in a stitchers vocabulary – FACT. It’s science, we did studies… It is true that you can’t ever have enough kits in your stash, too many meters of fun fabric, or an unnecessary amount of crossed stitched cushions (whatever your other half… Continue reading

Join Etsy’s Business School at The Handmade Fair

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From designing your own cross stitch charts to making up beautiful handstitched items, we know you lot are a crafty bunch! For most of us stitching is a super fun hobby – something to take us away from the hustle bustle of life and help us relax. But, we also know that there are plenty… Continue reading

Lovely lavender

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Fresh and summery, lavender bushes are in full bloom at this time of year. Why not make the most of your sweet scented lavender this weekend by stitching these gorgeous scented sachets and stuffing them full of the beautiful flower? This design in by Lesley Teare, and is delightfully simple to stitch and make up,… Continue reading

Friday freebie

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Yay! Friday : D Here is your weekly free chart – this week from DMC. Since it’s so sunny here at the moment (long may it continue!) we wanted to share something summery, so this fun ‘Sandy Feet’ sampler seemd perfect. Click here to download the pdf chart from the DMC website today! 

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Fancy trying something a little different this weekend? Why not have a go at making watermelon donuts! It may sound a little strange but they look absolutely delicious, and you can find out to make them on Brittni Mehlhoff’s gorgeous crafty blog, Paper and Stitch. Find out more at http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2014/06/02/make-this-diy-watermelon-donuts-for-national-donut-day/?crlt.pid=camp.pkP7dmmTqmRC

Jane Greenoff stitching extras

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“Hello all from the beautiful Pinks Barn here in the Cotswolds! I am not long back in the Studio after a fabulous trip to the USA with Arena Travel. Bill and I took a group of stitchers to Washington DC and on to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia and had eight nights away from home. During our… Continue reading

Stick up for stitching at the Handmade Fair!

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It will be a fearsome clash of the titans on Friday 19th September in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace – cross stitch will take on knitting to decide which craft is cooler. Mr X Stitch, kingpin of contemporary embroidery, will be in cross stitching’s corner, taking on the fearsome guerilla knitter Deadly Knitshade. Over… Continue reading

Ever thought of a digital subscription?

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Technophobes, don’t despair – digital mags are not as scary as they seem! In fact, they can be downright handy, and could save you money too! Working from an on-screen chart makes things much easier. We love being able to pinch and zoom to just the right bit of the chart and having the ability… Continue reading

Glorious giveaway!

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It’s Tuesday competition time! This week we’re giving you the chance to win one of five fabulous Ultimate Flowers Cross Stitch Collection specials! With 56 gorgeous floral charts, including a giant chart featuring a sumptuous bouquet and a stunning DMC Flower Fairy, this amazing collection has designs from all of our favourites – Lesley Teare, Maria Diaz,… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Holiday Prep!

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Happy Monday everyone! We hope you all have a been enjoying a little of the lovely weather – it’s so nice to have a bit of sunshine in between the thunderstorms, and it makes us feel very summery indeed. Summery enough, in fact, to continue our holiday prep theme for our latest Monday Mood Board!… Continue reading

Get inspired with our CSC Pinterest boards!

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There have been so many beautiful cross stitch projects featured in Cross Stitch Collection throughout the years, and we think it’s a shame to hide them away! That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favourites onto our Pinterest boards, so you can take a look and get some inspiration for your next cross stitch project. We’ve even linked… Continue reading

Sew pretty!

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These beautiful handmade stitching essentials is proof that getting organised can be a pleasure! Diane Machin’s scissor keeper, pin cushion and needlecase are fresh and fun, and those daisy motifs are sweet and easy to stitch! Pretty and practical in equal measure, these daisy designs will be welcome addition to any sewing kit. This project… Continue reading

Friday freebie!

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A little treat for you this week – have three freebies! We found these little gems at Solaria Online, where there are loads of lovely free designs for you to download and stitch. Lots of the freebies have bigger versions that you can buy too, so if you fancy a it more of a challenge… Continue reading

Get your Handmade Fair tickets soon!

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Tickets for The Handmade Fair are going like hot cakes – and we can see why! The gorgeous event hosted by Kirstie Allsopp is taking place in the historic gardens of the sumptuous Hampton Court Palace from 19-21 September, and promises to be a weekend crafting extravaganza! Not only are there six learning workshops and demonstrations… Continue reading

Write to us!

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we love hearing about your stitching experience, looking at pics of your work, and finding out all the amazing stories behind the projects you do. That’s why we’d like more! Have you just finished a project you’re super proud of? Stuck in the middle of a WIP you just can’t finish? Stitching… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Jenny Barton’s Holiday Essentials is her favourite project from our July issue “It’s holiday time and I think when you’ve planned and waited so long for your annual holiday it’s… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Holiday Prep!

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We hope you liked last week’s Monday Mood Board – who got some great ideas for their pre-holiday stitching? We thought we’d carry on with the theme of holiday prep this week by giving you a mood board full of fantastic mini-kits that you can take on holiday with you! These gorgeous little projects will… Continue reading

Don’t miss out on your chance to save!

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Ever thought of treating yourself to a Cross Stitch Collection subscription? Well now is the best time to get one, with £10 off all print subscriptions and special editions from My Favourite Magazines! Just spend over £25 and use the code MFM10 at the checkout to receive £10 off your total order. You’ll have to hurry – this fab offer… Continue reading

Stitching extras – introducing Emma Congdon

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Emma Congdon is the designer of the fun and stylish typographic thank you cards in the July 237 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. Since she’s all brand new to our mag, we thought we’d give her a bit of a grilling and make her bear all to the Collection readers! When did you first fall… Continue reading

Friday freebie!

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Here’s a little something for the bird enthusiast – whether you enjoy spotting them or stitching them! Lesley Teare has a clever little sampler chart on her website featuring several types of our feathered friends, with their names stitched in backstitch below them (so you might even learn a little something!). Find the chart and… Continue reading

Handmade Fair tickets on sale today!

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Everyone has a craft they can do – this is the motto of The Handmade Fair!  That means that even if you’re a little crafty (or a lot, like you stitchers) then The Handmade Fair is going to be a blast for you! So come and join us and Kirstie Allsopp, the event’s host, in the historic… Continue reading

Buy our July 237 kits

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We’re so excited about our stitching projects in the July 237 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. There’s hours of stitching pleasure to be had with fabulous and detailed designs that are fun to work. Take Maria Diaz’s Street Sensation – there are gorgeous details to stitch, from intricate eaves to barking dogs and wrought iron… Continue reading

Save £10 on your subscription

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You’ve been thinking about it for a while… every month you’re tempted… you only need one more thing to tip you over the edge… you want… a subscription! And now is the best time to get one, with £10 off all print subscriptions and special editions from My Favourite Magazines! Just spend over £25 on… Continue reading

Glorious giveaway – stitching essentials bundle!

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It’s competition time again, and we’ve got two fab stitching essentials bundle for you to win this week! This fantastic kit includes a sweet vintage style sewing box, gorgeous pre-printed Zweigart table runner fabric, a handy pair of therapeutic gloves (to help support those stitching fingers!), a thread organiser, an assortment of buttons and ribbons… Continue reading

Handmade Fair – ticket time!

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It’s almost time for Handmade Fair tickets to go on sale! They’ll be available from 5 June – this Thursday!! We’re so excited about this event – it’s hosted by Kirstie Allsopp and is the only UK craft show that focusses on learning how to make and do crafts, making it a must-visit for all creative… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – Holiday Prep!

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It’s June!!!! Officially summer!! Ignore the howling wind and pouring rain – put your shorts on and have an ice cream, it’s the rules. And since summer means holidays, we thought we’d create a couple of holiday preparation Monday Mood Boards to inspire you and get you in the mood for the warmer weather (which… Continue reading

Friday freebie – Father’s Day cards

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Father’s Day is coming soon, and we’ve got the perfect freebie for you if you’re still struggling to find that ideal gift! Why not stitch one of these fabulous designs by Angela Poole? Her stylish cards will make him feel like the star of the show, with their masculine colour palette and clever typographic motifs…. Continue reading

Download your free card chart!

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We love Emma Congdon’s bright and fun thank you card design in the July 237 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. The edgy typographic design looks amazing and so much fun to stitch, with a range of different and interesting ‘thank you’ motifs to stitch. We loved it so much, in fact, that we asked Emma… Continue reading

July issue of CSC out now!

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The July issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out today, and is jam packed with beautiful cross stitch projects from your favourite designers, extra Stitch & Send cards and Dainty Makes, news, exciting giveaways and fun features! Get your copy today in stores and online. The mag is available in print from www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk, and in digital… Continue reading

Enter July’s cracking competitions

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You could win some fantastic kits with the July issue of Cross Stitch Collection. Up for grabs this month is three fab pairs of WW1 themed kits from Goldleaf Needlework, featuring a Land Girl and Nurse designed by Vanessa Wells. We’ve also got five gorgeous sepia style Old Photo, Riviera kits by Riolis and Solo… Continue reading

Your free template download

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The July issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out now, featuring the most beautiful cross stitch designs from all your favourite designers! Among issue 237′s stitching delights is Jenny Barton’s luxury hand stitched travel set, with a luggage tag, make up case and lingerie bag for you to stitch. To make up your handy luggage… Continue reading

Check out July’s mini-makes!

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The new issue of CSC is out on Friday, and is packed with even more stitching projects than ever before! We wanted to give you a sneak preview of the all new Stitch & Send and Dainty Makes projects coming in our July 237 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. As well as six usual fantastic,… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – June 236

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Angela Poole’s Cherry Delicious is her favourite project from our June issue “These are my favourite designs from this issue of Collection. I love this spotted linen fabric and have… Continue reading

July issue of CSC out Friday!

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We can hardly believe it, but the new issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out on Friday! Here’s a little sneak peek at a few of the amazing details from our July 237 issue. Keep your eyes peeled this week for more exciting previews!

Monday Mood Board – Your plans!

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We thought we’d let you inspire our Monday Mood Board this week, so we asked all about your plans (stitchy & non-stitchy!) for the Bank Holiday Weekend on Facebook, and here’s what you came up with! We hope everyone can use this board to find fun weekend ideas or to find great kits that complement… Continue reading

Cute Cross Stitch Collections

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If you need a magazine stuffed with charming critters, sweet motifs and delightful designs, then these two Cute Cross Stitch mini-zines could be for you! Choc full of super cute projects for you to stitch, we’ve made these two collections available to download for your iPad/iPhone for just 99p each! The Cute Card Collection contains… Continue reading

Glamorous floral cards

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These beautiful floral cards by Maria Diaz were inspired by the glamour of Tiffany lamps. We think she’s really captured the essence of the Art Nouveau style with her iris, tulip, magnolia and daffodil designs, and the silver card really brings a touch of sparkle! Stitched using whole cross stitches only, these cards use beautiful… Continue reading

Friday Freebie!

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Happy Friday everyone : ) We’re looking forward to a three day weekend, hopefully with a little bit of sunshine and plenty of time to stitch. That’s why we’ve found not one, but three fab Friday freebies from Yiota’s XStitch, with a little something for everyone. This gorgeous Country Spring Lady design is perfect if… Continue reading

Get stitching with a digital mag

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Technophobes, don’t despair – digital mags are not as scary as they seem! In fact, they can be downright handy, and could save you money too! Working from an on-screen chart makes things much easier. We love being able to pinch and zoom to just the right bit of the chart and having the ability… Continue reading

Jenny Barton stitching extras

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We’re so excited about our new Dainty Makes projects. Featured first in our June 236 issue of Cross Stitch Collection, we’ve got plenty of gorgeous mini-makes for you to stitch and display or use coming up in future issues. This issue features a fab scissor keeper by Lucie Heaton (check out all of the freebie… Continue reading

Glorious Giveaways!

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It’s competition time again, and this week we’ve got some fab kits to give away! Up for grabs is a fantastic kit bundle that is sure to give the lucky winner hours of stitching pleasure. Included is Riolis’ ‘Savannah’, a gorgeous cross stitch of an elephant family designed by Alina Melentyeva; Maia’s beautiful ‘Fan Fair’, a… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – May Flowers

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We love stitching floral designs here in the Cross Stitch Collection office, and designers love creating gorgeous floral patterns for you. May is such a lovely time of year for the real thing, too – there are so many flowers in bloom on the trees and in our gardens, and everything is beginning to feel… Continue reading

Get inspired on Pinterest

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There have been so many beautiful cross stitch projects featured in Cross Stitch Collection throughout the years, and we think it’s a shame to hide them away! That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favourites onto our Pinterest boards, so you can take a look and get some inspiration for your next cross stitch project. We’ve… Continue reading

Cross stitch wed-min

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Moving deeper into May, there are many signs of the changing seasons. The sun is out and so much warmer, the evenings are getting longer, the trees are full of the blossom, the air is alive with pollen… and we start to hear the familiar clang and thwump of hundreds of summer wedding invitations sliding… Continue reading

Friday freebie

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It’s that time of the week again when we trawl our favourite sites and see who is generous enough to provide a gorgeous cross stitch project to you for free! This week, we’re back to Maria Diaz, who’s monthly chart for May is this super-sweet and lovely teddy bear design. Available from her website as… Continue reading

Amazing stitching charity needs your votes!

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Help Love Quilts UK provide beautiful and comforting quilts to poorly children Love Quilts UK is an amazing small charity based in the UK that cross stitch personalised quilts for children with life-long and terminal illnesses. The UK’s only cross stitch charity, they respond to parent’s requests through their website for comforting quilts for their… Continue reading

Have your say!

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Here at Cross Stitch Collection, we love hearing about your stitching experience, looking at pics of your work, and finding out all the amazing stories behind the projects you do. That’s why we’d like more! Have you just finished a project you’re super proud of? Stuck in the middle of a WIP you just can’t finish? Stitching… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – June 236

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Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, picks her favourite projects from our latest issue. Today, she tells us why Maria Diaz’s Parisian Escape made the perfect Chart of the Month for June “I visited Paris this year with my family, taking the children for the first time. I’d always… Continue reading

Monday Mood Board – The Stitcher’s Picnic

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We’ve heard some exciting rumours (you mustn’t hold us to it) that the weather is set to heat up in the coming weeks, giving us our first real taste of that elusive season – summer! What better way to celebrate the great outdoors then to throw a picnic or two? It’s wonderful getting out into… Continue reading

Hurry – the Spring Sale is nearly over!

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Only two more days left to take advantage of our fabulous Spring Sale! We love subscriptions for lots of reasons – our favourite mags get delivered direct to our door thirteen times a year, we never miss an issue, we quite often get our copy up to week before they hit the shops (smug!) and,… Continue reading

Gorgeous garden accessories

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As the evenings grow longer and lighter, is there anything better than spending some well earned and relaxing time in our gardens? Whether you’re pottering around with your plants, digging energetically in your vegetable patch, or putting your feet up and catching some rays, let friends, family and visitors know where you are with this… Continue reading

Friday Freebie

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We know how much you love to stitch HAED, but we didn’t know they have a stash of gorgeous free charts up for grabs on their website! Find a plethora of beautiful projects, like this stunning Emerald Heart design, free to download from the Heaven and Earth Designs website. They come in easy to download pdf… Continue reading