April 2006 issue 172

In the April issue of Cross Stitcher we're celebrating the Best of British this month, with designs from all your favourite British designers.

There's an adorable scene by Mabel Lucie Attwell, 'Springtime showers', of two children having a splashing time in the rain. They're joined by an Easter bunny by wildlife artist Jayne Netley Mayhew, a traditional 'Bless this house' sampler, and rural English scenes from DMC by Kevin Walsh.

If you're looking for some quick-stitch ideas you'll love our selection of pick 'n' mix Easter motifs, or if you want more of a challenge the Yo Yo baby samplers or Sheila Hudson's Rennie Mackintosh rose panels will be ideal.

And last but not least, your free cover kit this month stars Archie bear by Margaret Sherry - it's the first time he's appeared in a kit, and we know he'll go down a storm.