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Liberty 140th birthday banner

Your birthday should be celebrated – especially if you turn 140! That’s the milestone our stockist, Liberty London, is celebrating this year and we wanted to mark it the best way we know how – with needle and thread.

Liberty 140th birthday banner

We interpreted their firework-inspired birthday graphic into cross-stitch, finely matched the colour palette in stranded cotton thread, and whipped out some cream evenweave fabric to transform into a celebratory banner.

Making the Liberty birthday banner

The pattern was stitched over several days, and includes 981 metallic gold cross-stitches, 16 confetti French knots and four backstitched stars with rainbows trails.

Liberty, many happy returns!

Mollie Makes Papercraft

Have you tried stitching on paper yet? We adore embroidering paper, especially photographs, and always have so much fun making our stitched Thread Art prints. So we’re thrilled to share our paper-stitching secrets in Mollie Makes’s newest craft book, Papercraft.

Papercraft front cover

Image with thanks to Pavilion Craft

Papercraft features 20 fun papercrafting projects from exciting designer-makers – think folk-inspired papercut artwork, origami fairy lights and mini party pinatas!

MM Papercraft napkin rings

Image with thanks to Pavilion Craft

In our tutorial, you’ll learn to make stitched napkin rings for your party table. They’re a great way of personalising your party, a fun talking point, plus they’ll double up as name-cards at the table! Best of all, you don’t need any expensive specialist equipment to make them.

Happy (paper) stitching, mischief makers!

Mollie Makes Papercraft is out now, RRP £16.99, in bookshops and online. We’re giving away a copy of the book to one of our email subscribers, so sign up to our mailing list by the end of this week, if you haven’t already. The winner will be drawn at random after Sunday 12th July.

Retro seashells cross-stitch pattern

CrossStitcher 294 seashells

Image with thanks to Cross Stitcher

CrossStitcher 294 coverHave you spotted our bright seashells pattern in Cross Stitcher magazine yet?

Vintage posters provided the inspiration for this new cross-stitch pattern, while our choice of bold colours gives this old subject a fresh modern twist.

Find our By The Seashore cross-stitch pattern in Cross Stitcher magazine, issue 294, published on 26th June 2015.

Remember to show us your stitching on social media if you attempt it!

Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection

Ultimate Christmas Cross-Stitch Collection

Get your fingers ready for some festive stitching! The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection bookazine is out this month. It features tons of ideas for décor, stitched gifts, stocking fillers, creative cards, festive stockings and even our cross-stitched party tableware.

Super glam table setting

Grab your copy of The Ultimate Christmas Cross Stitch Collection for GBP£7.99 from and show us your festive stitching!

Bright bug cards

Our faux taxidermy just got brighter! Grab the newest copy of Cross Stitcher magazine (280), out on Friday 30th May, to catch our super bright cross-stitch beetles.

Bright bug cards

Plus Cross Stitcher is giving away free printable greetings, to turn them into greetings cards.

Let us know if you stitch these stylised critters! Show us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


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