Becs’ Pick – p-p-p-puppies!

Becs' black cocker spaniel

Today Cross Stitch Collection’s commissioning editor and all round stitching expert, Rebecca Bradshaw, tells us why she’s fallen for Jenny Barton’s Puppy Pile-up in our February 245 issue! “I am a big puppy fan! I love the way they have little fat bottoms that tremble with excitement and they are so eager to please and just… Continue reading

Win prizes with Cross Stitch Collection 245!

Competition prize

Card stash, books and a private tour of the V&A are up for grabs! We have a brand new way for you to enter our competitions! Regular readers will know that we have been having terrible technical difficulties with our old system, which we have finally had to abandon (very long, sorry saga…) We can’t… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

Cute baby cross stitch charts

Snuggle up indoors this weekend and stitch a sweet cushion to welcome a new baby. Helen Philipps has come up with a pair of cute designs, each featuring a series of gorgeous motifs that would also make great details for cards, or sewn onto the corner of a silky soft baby blanket. It’s up to… Continue reading

Becs’ Pick – stitch and sew

CSC245 Sewing machine

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 Singer-inspired sewing machine cover in our February 245 issue tops her list and confesses an ulterior motive! “I absolutely love Maria’s sewing machine cover but I have to admit… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

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What we need is a lovely splash of colour to brighten up this wintry weekend! We intend to stay curled up on the sofa stitching this vivid kingfisher design. Thank goodness there are enough shades of stranded cotton to cope with such a vibrant project. It’s going to make a great card for some lucky… Continue reading

Friday Freebie from CrossStitcher

CrossStitcher heart

Happy Friday everyone! With Valentine’s Day now less than a month away, we’ve simply got to share this fab freebie chart from our sister mag CrossStitcher! This beautiful love heart is perfect for making up into a card or gift (such as a keyring, attached to the key to your heart? Just a thought!) for… Continue reading

Puppy power!


We can’t resist this issue’s pups by Jenny Barton, and it prompted us to seek out a few other cute doggies to stitch! How about this sweet dachshund by Sarah Jessica at 2012/04/super-cute-dog.html? This speedy design would also be ideal for our Smalls SAL!             Maria Diaz has a whole Puppy Love… Continue reading

Write to us!


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

Download your free chart

Vintage needlecase cover

If you already have our February issue 245, you may already have fallen in love with Maria Diaz’s vintage sewing machine chart, to turn into a gorgeous machine cover. To complete the set, Maria has design a beautiful needle case cover. Download the chart for free. You will need You will need 25 HPI evenweave,… Continue reading

Weekend Collection – your free chart!

Lesley Teare snowdrops

There’s nothing more exciting at this time of year than glimpsing a shy snowdrop or two peeping through the ground. That flash of white petals means spring really is on the way! These two cross stitch designs by Lesley Teare depict this hopefulness perfectly – and you can download for free in our Weekend Collection! So you… Continue reading