Find lots of cosy Christmas ideas in CrossStitcher's December issue

CrossStitcher December issue 260 - cover and giftTis' the season for cosy stitching and we've got a whole host of colourful designs to warm you up in our December issue, which hits the shops today.

Lucies Heaton's luxurious blue and white baubles are sure to become to treasured set that your family will use for years to come. We love how crisp and clean the shapes are, but best of all we love the spash of metallic thread. After all, who doesn't like a bit of sparkle at Christmas?

Then there's your free gift - a festive tag stitch kit, which includes everything you need to make 8 gift tags! It's time to dig out your brightest threads and get stuck into some cosy stitching...

CrossStitcher December issue projects

Step into spring with CrossStitcher's May issue - out now


The days are warming up, lambs are in the fields and we've even seen the sun come out in recent days! All this can only mean one thing - spring has arrived!

In the May issue of CrossStitcher, we've got lots of fresh projects full of spring colours for you to stitch for you and your home, or as gifts for loved ones. 

If there's one event we look forward to at this time of year, it's friends' weddings. We love a good get-together to celebrate a marriage, not to mention having an excuse to put on our favourite dress!

Enter May's competitions today

Our May issue is in the shops today, which means our giveaways are now open!

We have some fantastic prizes up for grabs, including four sets of four designs in the Cross Stitch Critters range designed by Karen Carter and available from Heritage Crafts. We love the frog prince, pictured here - so cute!

You can also win one of four beautiful Mirabelle kits from Bothy Threads - packed with embellishment and detail, they're sure to be a fun stitch.

To enter, just follow these links:

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Here's just a few of our favourite projects from the past few issues of CrossStitcher. How on trend is our sneakers tote - we'll be accessorizing outfits with it all summer. Our funky flower cards with button centres are perfect for all sorts of occasions, while our bird charm bracelets and fantastic Mr Fox will make gorgeous gifts for our gal pals' birthdays.

Missed any of these designs? Then make sure you don't miss anymore, by taking out a subscription. You can save over £52 when you do, paying from just £2.98 an issue.

This is inclusive of delivery, and you'll also get quarterly subscriber-only pages. 

Download free charts and get crafting for cats in need

Calling all cat lovers! Are you off to The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at London's Olympia this weekend? Cats Protection will be - and they want crafters to help support felines in need by knitting cute mouse toys for the moggies in their care.

Free printable Easter greetings!

Easter's nearly here and we're busy crafting cake bands and egg baskets from our April issue, out Friday 7 March. We'll also be whipping up these cute cards from the mag to send Easter greetings to our best pals. 

We think the stitched patches look great on their own, but why not add our sweet Easter greetings for an extra special touch? You can download them for free here, then just stick them on the card with double-sided tape and send off to your friends with heaps of Easter good wishes.

Buy your project kits online

Do you dream of getting everything you need to stitch your favourite project in CrossStitcher delivered direct to your door in just a few clicks?

Well your dream's come true. You can now buy full kits of selected projects in each issue of your favourite craft magazine right here.

Each kit contains your choice of fabric, needle, full skeins of stranded cotton and the chart for your project. So you can spend less time finding what you need in the shops, and more time stitching!

To buy kits for these projects in the March issue just click here.

Stitch the latest trends with CrossStitcher's April issue - out now

We're all about putting a modern twist on classic design this issue - just check out our cover star project, a willow pattern canvas from Lesley Teare.

Keeping all the rich blues from the traditional style but minus all the fussy details, it'll look gorgeous propped up among plates on a dresser or hanging on your hallway wall.

Save over £52 when you subscribe to CrossStitcher!

Imagine paying just £2.98 per issue* for your favourite craft mag and getting it delivered direct to your door each month. Perfect, huh?

Well, those are just some of the benefits you'll receive if you subscribe to CrossStitcher today.

You'll also get quarterly subscriber-only pages and a free cover gift every issue, plus access to Craft Circle - our subscriber-only online area. Most importantly, you'll never miss an issue of your favourite mag!

The offer ends on 31 March 2014, so click here today to take advantage of this amazing deal.

Gorgeous cards to treat your mum!

It's Mother's Day on 30 March in the UK, so treat your mum to one of our bright and colourful flower cards with 3D removable stitched button centres!

You'll find the charts for the cute buttons in the March issue of CrossStitcher out now - click here to buy your copy! We can't decide which our favourite is so may just have to stitch all four!