Happy Christmas from CrossStitcher!

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house... were stitched decorations and beautiful homemade gifts! We'd like to wish our readers a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and hope you've all enjoyed working on our festive projects as much as we have.

Don't forget our January issue hits the shops on 27 December and is packed full of exciting stitching ideas for 2013 - it's guaranteed to shake off those post-Christmas blues faster than you can thread a needle!

Make a cross stitched angel for your Christmas tree

There's only a week to go until the big day - time to bake some mince pies, buy any last minute pressies and make sure the house is perfectly decorated ready for the 25th! This quick and easy cross stitched angel will make a perfect last-minute addition to your tree - find the pattern in the December issue of CrossStitcher, out now.

Alice Apple's retro cross stitch sampler

This neon Christmas cross stitch pattern has been specially created for us by pattern designer Alice Apple. Inspired by the colours and shapes of 1960s and 70s textiles, Alice's work is playful, fun and bright. We caught up with her for a chat about her creative inspirations.

Please could you tell us a bit about yourself and your business?

I come from a very creative background - my father was a jazz musician and my mother taught me lots of craft skills from a young age. I eventually graduated from Derby University with a BA in textile design. A number of years later I turned my redundancy from a boring office job into a positive by launching my own Etsy shop.

Comedy Christmas jumpers from CrossStitcher's December issue

Here at CrossStitcher HQ we love a comedy jumper at Christmas time, and these mini stitched versions may be the best we've ever seen!

Attach them to cards and gift tags, or incorporate pictures of friends and family for extra laughs. You'll find the patterns in our December issue, out now.

Cosy HOME cushion project from our December issue

We're loving the trend for chunky, bold stitches at the moment. This huge, snuggly cushion is super-fun to stitch, and will make the perfect companion for cosy nights curled up by the fire. Find the pattern in our December issue, out now.


Enter December's competitions today!

Our last issue before Christmas is finally hitting the shops, and to celebrate we've put together a huge £534 worth of giveaways for you to get your hands on! Ring the seasons with Bothy Thread's Four Bird Boxes and Four Outfits kits - they come with all the materials you need to complete them. Or if you'd prefer something more girlie, who not go for Goldleaf Needlework's Teacup Fairy kit instead? Finally, we all know you can never have too many goodies in your stash, so we're got 10 gorgeous sets of vintage buttons from Fantastic Ribbons up for grabs.

To enter any of these giveaways, just click on the links below:

Bothy Birdbox kit

Bothy Outfits kit