Meet Belle & Boo Creator Mandy Sutcliffe!

Meet Belle & Boo Creator Mandy Sutcliffe!

Meet Mandy Sutcliffe, the illustrator and creator of the adorable Belle & Boo!

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Vote today in The British Craft Awards!

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Meet Satsuma Street's Jody Rice!

Meet Satsuma Street's Jody Rice!

We meet Jody Rice, the creative force behind US cross stitch company Satsuma Street!...

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Commemorate WW1 soldiers with cross stitch

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Gorgeous gift sets for every season

New digital chart book!

If you love making stitched presents for your friends and family, then you'll love the new...

Make your own stitched travel set!

Make your own stitched travel set!

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Top tips for photographing your stitching

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Five ways to get ahead for Christmas
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Don’t let Christmas Day sneak up on you this year – plan your festive stitching now...
 

  1. Early bird

    It’s time to write a list and see how many cards you need to get through each week. If you want to get going now, try one of the free card kit gifts with The World of Cross Stitching – this Margaret Sherry design that came with issue 181 is ideal.
     
  2. Ready for Santa

    Start stitching kids’ stockings soon to ensure they are finished in time for old St Nick’s arrival. We adore this ‘Penguin Joy Stocking’, £26.99, by Janlynn. Buy it from Sew and So.

     
  3. Be prepared

    Make sure you’ve got all the inspiration and stash you need by heading to a festive craft fair near you. Check out our events page regularly to make sure you don't miss out on the best ones.

     
  4. Personal best

    Stitch a challenging kit as a treat. ‘Merry Christmas Santa’, £18.50, Dimensions Petites Gold, would make a nice, substantial stitch for in between all those quick cards. Email crafts@stockistenquiries.co.uk for stockists.

     
  5. Surprise, surprise!

    Allow plenty of time to stitch in secret if you are making gifts for close family. This ‘Let it Snow’ sampler, £25, would be great for a fan of the holiday season. Buy the kit from The Historical Sampler Company.

 

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Have a browse through this selection of great tips and advice on making the most of your cross stitch, whatever your level of experience and expertise – you’ll be surprised by how much you can learn!

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