Put a spring in your step with CrossStitcher's May issue


CrossStitcher May issue (265) cover and giftWelcome to the glorious month of May, well almost. In issue 265, we're heralding the return of spring as our gardens start to fill with zesty blooms. Pay homage to the iconic floral cluster with Lucie Heaton's pretty roses bag, perfect for storing your stitching stash.

Talking of your stash, we've been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee - and their delightfully organised sewing tables. Have you been watching it? Get your own crafty space organised with our colourful tiled book cover and cute trio of pincushions...

CrossStitcher's May issue - on sale 16th April. Buy from our online shop or in the iTunes app store.

CrossStitcher May issue (265) projects

Add Felicity Hall's cross stitched butterfly to your Spring stitch list!

CrossStitcher April issue (264) big butterfly cushion

There are a few things we just can't seem to get enough of bold contemporary cross stitch this season. Spring 2013 is all about bright palettes, bold shapes and stunning centrepieces. So, imagine our delight when needlepoint designer Felicity Hall created this corker-of-a-cushion for our April issue... 

BRAND NEW Crafter's Collection - the ultimate needle set from John James

Crafters Collection brand new John James needles

With a heritage of needle-making spanning over 300 years, the expertise at John James Needles has been handed down from generation to generation and is highly regarded within the stitching industry - and within the CrossStitcher team.

Now they've launched The Crafters Collection, a set of easy-to-identify wallets containing every needle you'd ever need to own! Cleverly labelled in sweet illustrated packages (average £1.49 for 10+ needles), we think they're superb value for money.

Over the next 6 months we will be exploring and sharing all 24 designs with you, alongside handy needle tips and techniques for you to enjoy.

Click read more to see their Crewel, Beading, Cross Stitch and Easy Thread sets...

NEW: 'The Gruffalo' transformed into cross stitch - for the first time ever!

The Gruffalo cross stitch in CrossStitcher's April issue 264

The Gruffalo book coverGruffalo fans, we have some exciting news! A few months ago, we partnered-up with the publishers behind the popular children's story The Gruffalo and now, for the first time ever, Axel Scheffler's popular illustrations have been transformed into cross stitch. 

We're very chuffed about it and we know there's going to be heaps of fans (big and small!) who will be dying to get their hands on this pattern. Buy a copy of our April issue (264) from our online shop today and you'll find the full colour pattern alongside all the making-up instructions you'll need to finish it in a crisp white frame, like we have. Don't forget you can also buy a digital edition for your iPad, which you can keep forever. Who could possibly resist?

FREE cupcake cross stitch pattern and polka dot paper

CrossStitcher March issue (263) free cupcake card design

Send your friends a super-sweet treat with one of our delicious cross stitch cupcake cards - yum! To get started straight away, download this extra cupcake pattern and then print our polka dot backing paper to finish it off. You'll find the rest of the designs in CrossStitcher's March issue (263) which you can still buy from our online shop...

Start a colourful spring fling with CrossStitcher's March issue - out now!

CrossStitcher March 2013 - cover and giftWith Mother's Day and Easter the next big events on our stitching calendars, we've been cramming our March issue (263) with as many glorious spring-themed designs as possible.

There's a bold retro flower cushion to stitch for your home, adorable bunnies to celebrate Easter, pretty kitty gift ideas and the last design in our EXCLUSIVE Belle & Boo series (below, left).

Your free gift is a cute Kokeshi doll card kit, which comes with everything you need to stitch and send for Mother's Day. There's even a bow for her hair!

Find more spring stitching ideas in CrossStitcher's March issue, on sale 20th February. Buy your copy from our online shop or click here to subscribe.

CrossStitcher March 2013 issue - spring projects

FREE Antique hearts download

Cross Stitch Collection March 2013 cover

The March issue of Cross Stitch Collection has now hit the shops, and we're shaking off the winter blues by looking forward to starting some fresh new stitching projects! Joan Elliott's Spring Goddess is taking centre stage this month with her beautiful crown of daffodils and violets, but there's a colourful owl cushion for those who fancy a fun stitch to kick-start spring...

Three little mice: a stop-motion video from CrossStitcher!

CrossStitcher's February issue felt mice stop-motion videoSqueak Squeak! Our little stitchy mice love playing around in your stash. Thread spools are their favourite toys, but they hate getting pricked by rogue needles...

Get cosy with CrossStitcher's romantic February issue

CrossStitcher 262 February 2013 cover and giftIt's that time of year where it's cold outside and all you want to do is cuddle-up on the sofa, stitching in hand of course!

With that in mind, our February issue (262) has been lovingly packed with cosy designs romantic enough for Valentines Day, but beautiful enough to stitch and enjoy all year round.

Your free gift is a set of metal self-covered buttons and cute motifs booklet (packed with super-cute charts) to get you started on using-up all those leftover threads.

Find all this and more in CrossStitcher's February issue, on sale 23rd January. Buy your print and digital copies from our online shop or click here to subscribe!

CrossStitcher February issue 262 - group shots

FREE 'Rustic Style' book with CrossStitcher's January issue

CrossStitcher January 2013 Rustic Style chart bookBe inspired to give your home that country chic look with our gorgeous Rustic Style keepsake book - FREE with our January issue!

This 56 page collectable chart book is packed full of easy ways to add a touch of rustic, handmade charm to your home. There's 35 charts to choose from (all hand-picked by the CrossStitcher team) as well as easy-to-follow instructions showing you how to make everything from gift tags to cake bands.

Grab your copy and get started on a new hobby today... or collect and keep it on your bookshelf for handmade gift ideas throughout the year!

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