Crazy’s An­gels

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Cross Stitch Crazy - - Crazy's Angels -

The gift of love

Q

My wife loves cross stitch and I’d re­ally like to sur­prise her by stitch­ing some­thing as a gift for Valen­tine’s Day. It needs to be very easy as I’m new to stitch­ing. Can you help me?

Greg Bel­lamy, Berk­shire

A

What a lovely idea, Greg! How about stitch­ing her this cute DIY Cross Stitch Jew­ellery Kit – Bamboo Ad­justable Ring with Pale Pur­ple Heart De­sign from RedGate Stitch­ery? It’s per­fect for you as it has min­i­mal stitch­ing in just one shade. Made from laser-cut bamboo, the ring mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 2.5cm (1in) in di­am­e­ter. The sil­ver-plated ring base is ad­justable and will fit ring sizes J½ -T ½ (5-10 US siz­ing). The kit is also avail­able in pink and con­tains cir­cu­lar bamboo, a sil­ver-plated ad­justable ring, thread, a nee­dle and chart. To buy for $20 (ap­prox­i­mately £12), visit www.redgat­estitch­ery.etsy.com.

Two be­come one

Q

What does it mean when there are two sym­bols in one square on a cross stitch chart?

Olive Evans, Glas­gow

A

Two sym­bols in the same square in­di­cate you need to work a quar­ter stitch and a three-quar­ter stitch. To make a quar­ter stitch, bring the nee­dle up at the cor­ner and take it down through the cen­tre, half­way across the di­ag­o­nal, split­ting the aida block. To turn this into a three­quar­ter stitch, work a half cross stitch across the other di­ag­o­nal of the square. Look at the key to de­cide which shade is the three-quar­ter stitch – usu­ally the fore­ground colour of the de­sign.

Waste not

Q

I try to avoid waste and like to keep all of my fab­ric scraps, but my stash is get­ting out of hand. How can I use up all my left­over aida rem­nants?

Edna Dil­lock, Hamp­shire

A

We can’t bear throw­ing away scraps of aida ei­ther, Edna! The great news is there are tons of ways to use up your odds and ends. You could stitch ini­tals onto squares and stick onto pieces of coloured card to make quick gift tags, or stitch mini mo­tifs on sev­eral small pieces of ma­te­rial and stitch to­gether to make a patch­work-style hang­ing. A re­ally easy way to use up scraps is by cov­er­ing but­tons. Th­ese Hem­line Self-Cover But­tons cost £2.65, and mean you can turn small stitches into beads, badges and hair band ac­ces­sories! For stock­ists, email groves@stock­isten­quiries.co.uk or call 01453 883 581.

This sweet ring kit makes a thought­ful gift for Valen­tine’s Day

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