Your Questions Answered Ask the experts CONTENTS Our panel of professionals are here to help you with your cross stitch dilemmas – however large or small IN THE SPOTLIGHT 34 Helene talks about her fab bespoke design service WISHES GRANTED 35 Cherry wants a Queen’s Badge for her loved one FRIENDLY ADVICE 36 Fellow stitchers on staying pain-free while stitching TECHNIQUE FOCUS 36 Tips on tackling those special stitches and skills Fiona Baker Heather Nugent Hannah Fletcher Hannah Erskine Jenny Barton Our Technical Editor Fiona is ready to solve any stitching dilemma and answer all your technique questions Heather is our talented Charting Editor and is on hand to help you transform your stitching into finished items All set to hunt down those elusive charts and products, Hannah’s here to find shopping answers that you need A lifelong stitcher, our Charting Assistant Hannah can answer any chart or stitching related questions Design pro Jenny has been creating projects for us for years and is ready to take on your design challenges DESIGN ROUND-UP 37 Fans of dragons are in for a treat with these finds issue 204 (July 2013). I’m afraid this is only available as a digital edition now, but just download our app and then you can purchase it to view on your device. This is a big design with a stitch count of 125x165 stitches (22.5x30cm/ 9x12in) but it’s such a detailed and fun scene, you’ll enjoy seeing it all take shape. You may find the little embroidery scissor charms we used are no longer available from the listed supplier however, but hopefully you can find something similar to embellish this project with instead. Happy stitching! Sew charming I am trying to track down a chart from your magazine – it featured an old Singer sewing machine, a patchwork quilt, teddy and a pink dress on one of those dressmakers’ dolls. Can you please help? I’d love to stitch it for my mum, but I can’t find it anywhere. Thank you. Q Maria Pring, via Facebook This sounds very much like Debra Page’s sewing room pattern ‘Stitcher’s Haven’ found in Hannah F: A Sew charming Maria wants to stitch a sewinginspired scene for her mum Feeling the blues Feeling the blues Jennie wants to switch these pinks out for blue to match her dishware Could I stitch Durene Jones’ fabulous ‘Table Runner & Coasters’ design in issue 279 (April 2019) with a colour scheme predominantly in blues? I would like to use the design on a large tablecloth to complement my best dinner service which is white and blue with a gold rim. I have tried selecting threads myself but became completely befuddled! Also, which evenweave fabric would you recommend for a tablecloth? Q Jennie Rastall, via email What a great idea, Jennie. Switching up colours can be easier with a shade card, especially if you don’t have all the colours to hand, to help swap like-for-like shades. I’d recommend picking out your range of blues first, then count out the same amount of light to dark shades as used in the original, and switch them in. For a tablecloth, we recommend standard 28-count evenweave as it would give a crisper look, but you may prefer the texture of linen evenweave, instead. Good luck! Heather: A www.gathered.how/woxs 33 The World of Cross Stitching
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