Celebrate World Book Day with our clever cross stitched owls

CrossStitcher February issue 262 - World Book Day reading owls

With World Book Day coming up on 7th March, we thought it was about time we paid tribute to the written word. The clever owls gift set in our February issue are just the thing for your owl little bookworms! 

Stitch yourself a handy book bag for your latest reads, make a cosy for your Kindle or simply stitch a few into cute bookmarks to mark your page. Take your pick...

Say 'thank you' with super-cute cross stitched greetings cards

CrossStitcher January issue thank you cards

Now the New Year has arrived, it's time to say thank you for all those lovely gifts and heartfelt dinners we've enjoyed over the festive holiday. In CrossStitcher's January issue you'll find this cuddly set of greetings cards, which we think are perfect for doing just that!

To get you started, here's an extra design for you to download. Find the rest in our January issue (261).

FREE Christmas Pudding Download!

These patterned puds by Angela Poole are just so funky and fun. Featured in our December issue (217) as our Weekend Workbox, they're quick and easy to stitch, and obviously super-festive too!

The polka dot and floral patterns that Angela has used are very modern and cool, but if you prefer a more traditional look, we've got a special treat for you!

TWO FREE festive downloads!

Though Christmas might seem like a way off yet, we're already starting to feel pretty festive over here at Cross Stitch Collection. So, as we're getting into the Christmas spirit, we thought we'd treat you to not one, but two gorgeous yuletide cross stitch downloads!

FREE Alphabet Download

If you're planning to stitch Angela Poole's quirky vintage tea cup greetings cards from issue 213 of Cross Stitch Collection, you'll be pleased to know that we have a free alphabet download for you to go along with the designs. So, now you can personalise them to your heart's content!

ISSUE 213 – On sale 2 August!


There's just a week to go until our September issue (213) hits the shelves, and so we thought we'd treat you to a sneaky preview of some of the exciting projects we've got in store for you. It's such a jam-packed issue, that we couldn't fit them all in, so here are five of our favourites…

FREE Corgi cross stitch pattern!

FREE corgi cross stitch patternOh my, there's only 3 days to go until the UK begins its fabulous Jubilee celebration.
Are you ready?

We've taken part in The Making Spot's virtual Jubilee street party and offered you all some handmade street party ideas, which there's still plenty of time to have a go at.

How about a few Corgi magnets to decorate your Pimms-packed fridge? These adorable little pooches will only take you a few hours to complete and we think they'd make hilarious badges for your jacket this spring! Woof woof.

* DOWNLOAD A PAIR OF FREE Corgi charts and get in the mood for a good old-fashioned knees-up.

These designs, by Angela Poole, are from CrossStitcher issue 253 (on sale until 12th June), which is still available to buy online.

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Whatever you're planning for this Bank Holiday weekend - have a good one!

FREE teacup cross stitch pattern

Teatime sampler CrossStitcher issue 252It's a fact we can't deny here at CrossStitcher HQ. We love tea. It doesn't matter if it's Earl Gry, Darjeeling or just a simple Breakfast Blend, we just can't get enough of the stuff!

That's why this month we commissioned one of our favourite teatime pal Angela Poole to come up with a cross stitched version of our favourite mantra: Live Life, Love Tea.

You'll find this design in our June issue (252) on sale until 15th May, so there's still plenty of time to get your hands on this pattern.

FREE I love tea cross stitch chartWhy not download our mini teacup design to get you started?

After all, it's a perfectly sized chart to finish on your teabreak...

FREE charts from Cross Stitch Collection!

We're feeling super generous at Cross Stitch Collection this month so we're bringing you not one, but two free download charts from our latest issue!

On sale now, our May issue (209) is completely packed full of wonderful celebratory cross stitch patterns – so much so that it's really got us in the mood for a good old British street party. So, with that in mind, we've found some extra patterns and motifs for you from Angela Poole's pretty vintage-inspired party bunting.

Issue 209 – On Sale Now!

While we're not really ones for blowing
our own trumpets, we are rather proud
of the May issue of Cross Stitch Collection.
Not only is it beautiful, and of course, a
very good read, but it also has a real sense
of celebration about it. So, we figured that
the perfect way to celebrate the new issue
would be to bring you…

…three things we love about issue 209!