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! 

Yum!

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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

Jane Greenoff stitching extras

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“Hello all from Pinks Barn here in the beautiful Cotswolds! As all you Cross Stitch Collection readers know, I have been taking you through my A-Z of cross stitch – check out the June 236 issue to see P for perforated paper! P is also for Pinks Barn – my home, place of work and… Continue reading

June 236 kits – available now!

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We’re so excited about the project kits in our June issue! There’s plenty of stitching pleasure to be had in the 236 issue of Cross Stitch Collection – how about Lesley Teare’s stunning and stylish anemone design? The simple picture stitched up into a contemporary stretched canvas makes a chic addition to any home. You’ll… Continue reading

Glorious giveaway!

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It’s giveaway time again, and this one is a whopper! We’ve got two simply amazing book bundles to give away on our Facebook page, containing one copy each of the Ultimate Maria Diaz Collection, Ultimate Forest Friends Collection, CrossStitcher’s Designer Stitchers, Lesley Teare’s Travel the World in Cross Stitch and….The Ultimate Joan Elliott Collection! To… Continue reading

Monday Mood board – Father’s Day Inspiration

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We all know Dads can be the hardest people to buy gifts for! If you’ve heard “just surprise me” “I don’t want anything” or “how about a voucher?” once, you’ve heard it a thousand times! But we also know that our fathers appreciate a thoughtful or handmade gift as much as anybody, so that’s why… Continue reading

Friday Freebie

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This weeks Friday Freebie come courtesy of DMC, and brings a huge dose of the ‘awwwww’ factor! How sweet are these little kittens? And we love the sepia-style colour effect! You can download the chart for free from the DMC website. Download it now and get stitching! http://www.dmccreative.co.uk/Inspiration/Projects/Light-Effects-Cross-Stitch/DMC-Kittens.aspx

Make your own twisted cord!

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In the June issue of Cross Stitch Collection, we’ve got a sweet and handy scissor keeper project by Lucie Heaton for you to stitch. See your 236 issue to find the chart, handy hints and tips, and instructions for making up your pretty scissor design into a heart-shaped scissor keeper. For our scissor keeper, we… Continue reading

Win amazing prizes with June CSC!

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We have some amazing prizes up for grabs in the June 236 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. We’ve got five fantastic ‘Foods of Britain Map’ kits from Bothy Threads to give away, plus six fun Embroidery CreatiFrame kits from Gina-B SIlkworks. Heritage Crafts have kindly provided three charming lily trios for us to give away… Continue reading

Download your free Lesley Teare project

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We love the stunning and simple anemone design by Lesley Teare featured in the June issue of Cross Stitch Collection. So much so that we thought we’d bring you this pretty little extra! Click here to download your free flower chart, and follow out step-by-step guide below to make your bookmark using gorgeous cream fabric… Continue reading

Download your free dessert motifs!

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Angela Poole’s dessert napkins from our June 236 issue are absolutely delicious – good enough to stitch! You can find her yummy jelly, ice cream and cake designs in the latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection, click here to get your copy today! Angela has kindly created some little extra motifs for you to download… Continue reading

New issue of CSC is out now!

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The June 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

May Day Spring Sale Extra!

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If you thought our amazing Spring Sale couldn’t get any better, think again! For a limited time only, we’re offering all our readers a chance to get a further £10 off the already discounted Spring Sale prices for a subscription to Cross Stitch Collection or any of your favourite magazines. To claim your £10 voucher,… Continue reading

Scissor keeper template

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Download your free scissor keeper template! You’ll need it to help make up your sweet scissor design by Lucie Heaton in the June issue of Cross Stitch Collection into a handy heart-shaped scissor keeper. Click here to download it today!

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

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Submissions are open! Have you entered yet? The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards are open and they want to see your work Mollie Makes is three years old now – can you believe it? So they’re celebrating by launching the Mollie Make Handmade Awards. “We want to give all you movers and makers a chance to… Continue reading

Even more stitching pleasure in CSC

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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 June 236 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. As well as six usual fantastic,… Continue reading

New issue of Cross Stitch Collection out soon!

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Our June issue of Cross Stitch Collection is out THIS FRIDAY, and we’ve got a few surprises up our sleeve this month! Keep an eye out here on our blog or on our Facebook page for exciting updates, but for now enjoy this sneak preview of our fab new cover – what will you stitch… Continue reading

Digital mags – a stitcher’s friend!

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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

Handmade Fair secret pre-sale!

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Last chance to bag your ticket in a top secret pre-sale for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair. Destined to be crafting extravaganza that puts learning and making at it’s heart, the Handmade Fair takes place in September in the gardens of the gorgeous Hampton Court Palace. Get your dream tickets to The Handmade Fair before it’s… Continue reading

Brit-tastic stitches

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We’re feeling a bit patriotic this weekend – after all, it was St. Georges’ Day this week! In his honour (because he was obviously a cross stitch fan), we’ve dug up this lovely needlecase project by Angela Poole from our July 198 issue of CSC. Angela’s perfectly pink Union Jack needlecase is an inspirational accessory… Continue reading

Friday Freebie!

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Thank goodness it’s Friday  – even if we have been lazy here in the UK and only had a four day week, we’re still ready for a restful weekend, hopefully full of stitchy fun! We’ve dipped into the archives of our sister mag, CrossStitcher, this week to bring you a Friday Freebie that’s sure to… Continue reading

Sign up soon for the Handmade Fair!

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Hosted by Kirstie Allsopp and taking place in the gorgeous gardens of Hampton Court Palace in September, The Handmade Fair is going to be a crafting extravaganza! Get your dream tickets to The Handmade Fair before it’s too late! The secret pre-sale is only open for another 3 days and tickets are flying off the… Continue reading

WIN! A fab thread bundle!

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We’ve got an amazing thread bundle from Madeira to give away! This bumper pack of stitching joy includes 16 stranded cottons, 15 packs of silk embroidery floss, and 34 different metallic threads! And as if that isn’t enough, the bundle also contains a Madeira daisy thread cutter and needle threader, a Magic Pen AND a… Continue reading

Pin to win!

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We love finding inspiration on Pinterest – and we think Cross Stitch Collection has some of the best boards around! Pinterest in an easy to use image sharing site where you can browse stunning images and get inspiration for your next cross stitch project. Cross Stitch Collection has some brilliant boards for you to peruse,… Continue reading

Make the most of you Easter weekend

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It’s the Easter weekend at last! We’re thoroughly excited about putting our feet up over the long weekend, tucking into a yummy chocolate egg (or five!) and settling down for a good old stitching session. If you’re stuck for a project this weekend, or just feel like starting something new, then why not treat yourself… Continue reading

Friday Freebie!

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It’s Friday again, hooray! We hope everyone is enjoying their well earned bank holiday break. In case you’re stuck for something to do, we just thought we’d post these lovely free charts from Lesley Teare’s blog, Thoughts on Design. We just love this sweet cupcake pattern, and the rose card definitely makes us feel more… 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?… Continue reading