Gift guide

By Medina Bailey, Thu, 2014-10-02 10:22

The festive season is fast approaching, so now's the time to be stocking up on these gorgeous Christmas-themed cross stitch kits and accessories...






Toy story

Capturing the excitement of the build-up to Christmas, this festive design from DMC has a sweet, heartwarming feel. Based on artwork by Richard Telford, Toy Shop Window (BK1369) features two youngsters gazing and pointing into a traditional shop window, while their companion, a cute puppy, waits patiently. The design measures 20 x 25cm (8 x 10in) when stitched, and the kit will set you back £28.49. To find your nearest DMC stockist, visit


Take a bow

Finish off your stitched cards and gifts in style with this gorgeous collection of festive themed ribbons. Bertie’s Bows’ designs range from wintry house scenes and Scandi-style snowflakes, to reindeer and Christmas puddings, and come in a variety of widths on 3m and 25m rolls. Why not also use the ribbon for securing the wrapping paper on your stitched pieces and tie the whole look together? To see the full line-up, head to


For him

Finding suitable designs for the men in your life can be a challenge, but Heritage Crafts have unveiled two kits that are ideal for stitching as presents. Part of the popular Silhouette range, Sunset Stroll (PSSS1230) and The Angler (PSTA1231) feature serene scenes in calming, muted colours. Perfect for dog lovers and fishing enthusiasts, the designs both measure 12.5 x 12.5cm (5 x 5in) and the kits cost £16 each. For further information, go to


What a gem!

Ideal for attaching beads, sequins and gemstones to stitched pieces and cards, this washable, water-based synthetic resin glue will come in handy for a multitude of crafting projects. Gemstone Glue from Hemline retails at £3.50 for 50ml. For stockist information, email


Cute kitten

Peter Underhill’s latest design for Heritage Crafts is a must-stitch for cat lovers this Christmas. Santa Paws (CRSW1228) measures 11.5 x 11.5cm (41 x 41in) when stitched and will make an adorable greeting card or mini picture. The kit retails at £12.75. For more information, visit


Full of character

Loved by children and adults alike, The Snowman is a familiar character who graces our TV screens every December. In 2012, a sequel was created to mark the film’s 30th anniversary, which saw the jolly chap being joined by two new characters – a young boy called Billy and an adorable Snowdog. In this design by DMC, the trio is gliding past a famous London landmark, against a midnight blue sky. Flying Past Big Ben (BL1042/64) costs £16.99 for the kit and will make a lovely stitched gift for a fan of The Snowman. To locate your nearest stockist, visit

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