Celebrate 50 years of Dr Who with FREE Matt Smith cross stitch pattern

Matt Smith Dr Who stitch a star patternThis November will see the eagerly awaited Dr Who 50th anniversary special light-up millions of TV sets across the globe and we can hardly believe it!

As we wait for the worlds most infamous Doctor to hang-up his sonic screwdriver, we'll be reminiscing over our favourite episodes and the talented actors that brought this iconic series to life. Our fave? Matt Smith, obviously.

He'll be making his final appearence in the anniversary episode (Saturday 23rd Nov, BBC One) but here's a FREE Matt Smith cross stitch pattern to keep you occupied until then.

Time Lords and cross stitch? Who'd have though it.

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...

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...

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).

Decorate a wreath with cross stitched motifs - for a warm Christmas welcome!

October issue feative wreath with cross stitch motifsIn our October issue you'll find a bumper set of festive motifs guaranteed to get you in the mood for some seasonal stitching. From stars to snowflakes and candy canes, there's something for every taste level.

Make a start on your festive preparations by stitching these little motifs in the evenings, on the train or even in your lunch hour!

If you can make time to stitch just one motif each week in the run up to December, then you'll have enough to decorate a wreath by the time advent starts.

To get you started, here's some more festive motifs to download - for FREE!

You'll find the rest of the designs on pages 17-24 of our October issue, on sale 3rd October. Get inventive and let us know what you do with yours...

FREE tropical beach card designs!

Hawaiian tropics cross stitch campervan cardsSend some much-needed sunshine with Jane Prutton's striking set of tropical beach cards this summer.

We love the clashy blue and range thread shades, they remind us of beautiful Hawaiian fabric prints.

You'll find these four designs (left) on page 83 of our latest issue, but to get you started here's two additional designs you can download for FREE!

Find more bright and breezy beach-inspired designs in our August issue, on sale now.

CrossStitcher 255 - Hawaiian tropics free cards


FREE world flag cross stitch patterns!

cross stitch world flag patterns

With nations from across the globe coming together in sporting harmony for this years Olympic games, we think it's only right we share the sporting glory by stitching up some miniature world flags to celebrate. We've designed this set of miniature flags from across the world... can you spot yours?

* Download this FREE selection of 19 world flags to start your collection.
You'll find the other 21 designs (shown above) in CrossStitcher issue 255 - on sale until 7th August...

Get your hands on free Twitter patterns

Who wants a free pattern? Those of you on Twitter should look at following Jacinta Lodge, aka @stitchalicious. As well as being an amazing textile and embroidery artist, she is also generous enough to tweet free patterns to her followers every Tuesday.

“I’m based in Germany so I’m in a weird time zone for most tweeting stitchers, who need to be US-based, and I miss out on a lot of the interactive stitchy fun,” she tells us. “This is my way of trying to redress that. Plus, I wanted to see if there was something more that could be done with stitching and Twitter than just telling people ‘working on XYZ right now!’”

Say it loud and clear with a set of bold cross stitched sentiment cards!

Durene Junes Summer Brights sentiment cards - issue 254Send someone a bright and cheery sentiment with one of Durene Jones funky greetings cards in CrossStitcher issue 254.

Not only are they bold enough to get you in the mood for summer but they also cover a variety of occasions so you'll always be able to whip-up a perfect greetings card, even if its at the last minute!

You could stitch one for a new graduate receiving their exam results, or for a friend celebrating a big birthday with a garden party this summer? Just pick your brightest threads and get started.

* Download additional LOVE and BEST FRIENDS cards today and find the other four designs (left) on page 35 of our latest issue.

CrossStitcher issue 254 is on sale until 11th July and now available to buy online.

Extra cards download 254

Stitch-up your own flaming torch!

Olmpic torch cross stitch patternWith the Olympic torch gradually making its way around the UK as part of its grand tour, we couldn't resist paying homage to the Athens flame with our very own flaming torch.

This design comes as part of a sporty themed project in our latest issue, with everything from gold medals and winner rosettes to football boots and spoting buttons to choose from.

Click here to download our torch pattern

You'll find lots more quick-to-stitch sporty designs in issue 254, on sale until 10th July.

Have you seen the torch relay in your home town?

When the torch relay came through the city of Bath (where our offices are based), the team at CrossStitcher HQ went out to support the runners by cheering them down Great Pulteney Street. Even a friendly chap selling the Big Issue got in on the action by crafting his own torch out of a magazine - now that's the spirit!

Olympic torch coming through Bath