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The World of Cross Stitching issue 231

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The World of Cross Stitching issue 231, out today in the UK, contains an exclusive blackwork and cross stitch project titled “Blackwork Hummingbird”, designed by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Press.

Our little hummingbird is also featured on the front cover of the magazine.

In addition, on page 76 you will find a wonderful interview to our designer, Valentina Sardu.

Don’t miss it!


UPDATE – March 2016

The design is now available as a single chart in digital download, here: Hummingbird


 

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Hummingbird project in blackwork and cross stitch, designed by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Press. Images (C) The World of Cross Stitching, Immediate Media Co. Find the design in the latest issue, The World of Cross Stitching issue 231, on sale now. See www.cross-stitching.com for more details.

 

 

 

Ricami diVini 2015: embroideries and wines in the hills of Monferrato, Italy

Ricami Divini Rosignano MonferratoOn the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of May 2015, the town of Rosignano Monferrato in Piedmont, Italy, will host an interesting exhibition of needlework: Ricami diVini. Protagonists of the event will be, of course, the embroideries, but also the internationally renowned wines produced in these valleys, including Barbera, Grignolino, Cortese and Freisa.
The Monferrato hills, together with Langhe and Roero, have recently been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for their typical tuff cellars (infernot) and vineyards. In this wonderful location, Ricami diVini will feature the works of famous Italian and French needlework designers.

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We will be there too, and will present a new pattern designed for this occasion: “Sparrows and grapes“.
Here is a preview…

Sparrows and grapes - Ajisai Designs

The chart will be available worldwide, in PDF format, after the exhibit.


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Rosignano Monferrato (AL), Italy

Dates and schedule:

  • Saturday 23rd May 2015: needlework exhibition from 16.30 to 19.00 (Teatro Ideal, free entrance)
  • Sunday 24th May 2015: needlework exhibition from 9.00 to 19.00 (Teatro Ideal, free entrance)
    During the whole day: free wine tastings, traditional dances, guided tours through the infernot cellars and the historical and natural beauties of the area.

For more info, visit the official blog:

www.ricamidivini.it


 

Woolly & Cosy: a free cross stitch pattern from the Warm Winter Collection

Woolly and cosy by Ajisai Press

 

This brand-new pattern has been designed to perfectly match with our Warm Winter Collection:

 

Warm Winter Collection - Ajisai Press
It’s so simple and quick that you can easily complete it in a weekend!

 

woolly and cosy - cross stitch freebie - Ajisai Press

 

Our model was stitched using Aurifil Lana wool threads on 11 count wool Aida fabric, to make a really cosy hot-water bottle cover, but if you prefer you can also use the common cotton floss and a higher count evenweave fabric.

 

woolly and cosy hot water bottle cover - Ajisai Press

 

FREE CHART

(The motif would also look lovely on a Christmas card if stitched on a 28 or 32 count fabric)

Woolly and cosy - free chart - Ajisai Press

 Happy stitching!

How to keep your place on a Blackwork or Cross Stitch chart
{DIY Chart Marker tutorial}

How to keep your place on a Blackwork or Cross Stitch chartSome charted designs for counted-thread embroideries, especially Blackwork, are very intricate and it’s easy to lose track of stitches.

To avoid this, you can:

– make a photocopied “working copy” of the pattern and use a highlighter to mark the completed areas

– fix the original chart on a metal board, and surround the area where you are working with magnetic strips and rulers (see photo to the right)

Alternatively, here is a simple and inexpensive chart marker that you can easily create by yourself:

DIY Chart Marker

DIY chart marker - Ajisai Press

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You will need:

  • cardstock (preferably in a dark contrasting colour)
  • ruler
  • paper cutter
  • decorative-edge scissors (optional)

 

Cut a strip of cardstock, about 4,5 cm wide, and about 1,5 cm longer than your chart page on each side.

If you want, you can also decorate the two lateral edges using a pair of scalloped scissors. DIY chart marker 4Then, following the template below, cut two horizontal lines with the same width of the pattern sheet.

Chart Marker template - Ajisai Press

Your chart marker is now ready to be used: insert the chart through the two openings, and slide and position the marker where you need it.

You can use it alone or combined with another marker, with single sheets or with books and magazines.

DIY chart marker for cross stitch patterns - Ajisai Press

DIY cross-stitched chart marker - Ajisai PressOf course, you can make many other markers in any size, colour and material.

You can also add a personal touch using a colorful patterned cardstock or, why not, a piece of perforated paper worked in cross stitch.


 

The chart marker below was stitched on 18-count burgundy perforated paper with stranded cotton threads, using a floral motif from the book “Vintage Cross Stitch Borders“.

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