Your Questions Answered Design round-up The Nutcracker We’ve found a cracking collection of kits & charts so you can stitch the iconic characters The Nutcracker NOSTALGIC DESIGN STITCH & SEND THE NUTCRACKER NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS CARDS he story of is timeless and whether you enjoy watching the play, a film or reading the book, it’s a tale enjoyed by young and old alike. Laura Rimola, from LittleStitcherShop*, has created a wonderful depiction of some of the well-known characters in this PDF digital download design. She recommends stitching on 32-count Zweigart Belfast linen in Vintage Country Mocha which really adds to the nostalgic atmosphere of the scene, but it does make this project more suited to intermediate stitchers. The Nutcracker T evel in the beauty and intricate details found in Lucie Heaton’s* set of four charts available as an instant digital download. The whimsical card designs use bright and bold shades to depict two dainty ballerinas and two haughty soldiers. With just whole cross stitch and backstitch used, these are suitable for newbie stitchers. Hang all four in a frame together to create a charming festive décor. R Stitch count: 165 wide x 106 high, 26x17cm (10x6 in) on 32-count linen £10.35 Each chart is 50 wide x 50 high, 9x9cm (3 x3 in) on 14-count aida Stitch count: QUICK MAKE FUN HOME DÉCOR ORNAMENT KIT MINI CUSHION CROSS STITCH KIT ecorate your Christmas tree in style with a ornament! Jody Rice of Satsuma Street* has designed eight ornaments each featuring beloved characters from ballet, including this sweet Sugar Plum Fairy. This is a super-quick project – you’ll be stitching in whole stitches only on perforated paper. Beads and sequins add a glittery finishing touch. The kit includes a full colour chart, perforated paper, DMC threads, beads and sequins plus finishing instructions. D Nutcracker his vibrant pattern might be compact when finished as a cushion, but will make a big impact once it’s sitting pride of place on your sofa. The design from Sheena Rogers Designs*, features four characters from surrounded by regal patterns of crowns and gold cord motifs. Gold-coloured seed beads provide extra opulence and texture, too. The kit includes 14-count aida, threads, needle, backing fabric, beads, B&W chart and instructions (except filler which you can get from a craft shop). T The Nutcracker The Nutcracker £11.14 33 wide x 72 high, 6x13cm (2 x5in) on 14-count perforated paper Stitch count: 80 wide x 80 high, 14.5x14.5cm (5 x5 in) on 14-count aida Stitch count: *For stockists see page 90 www.gathered.how/woxs The World of Cross Stitching 35
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