October 2005 issue 165

The October issue of Cross Stitcher includes your exclusive Cross Stitcher 2006 calendar, with 16 months of cuddles from your favourite designers! And all Margaret Sherry fans will be delighted with her new series, starting this month. She's designed the '12 days of Christmas' starring her charming animals and birds, and it makes the perfect festive wallhanging

And we're welcoming a brand new designer to the Cross Stitcher family. Tina Wenke is a much-loved illustrator from the US, and you can see her 'Christmas Wish' design in stitches for the very first time

We've also got a gorgeous sparkly Christmas stocking from Joan Elliott, 20 of the best-ever gifts to stitch for friends and family, a Christmas tree sampler from the Historical Sampler Company, and a stunning scene of butterflies in a meadow that uses metallic threads

And you can join our new Cross Stitcher email reader club - all the details are on page 49 of the issue.