Issue 21 - Tropical

When the joy of cross stitch meets the magic of the Tropics, only good things can happen!

Pre-order our Tropical issue and enjoy 12 original cross stitch designs from an international cast of talent!

Maria Diaz - Tiki Time

Maria Diaz is our cover star as she brings the Tiki temperament to your interiors! Stitch this up and you’re halfway to Pina Colada territory!

Ardith Design joins us with a fishy design that brings the beach back to your boudoir!

(If you hang it in your boudoir, that is!)

Ardith Design - A Fish of Many Tales
Bobo Stitch - Feeling Fruity

Bobo Stitch is back with a fabulously fruity design that’ll guarantee a smile!

Get ready to stitch this for your most flamboyant friends! #CarmenMirandaMadeMeDoIt

Taking her usual sardonic approach to the subject, Marina Bolmini creates a modern mantra for anyone with a busy life!

You’ll probably know someone to stitch this up for!

Marina Bolmini - I Need A Vacation
Climbing Goat Designs - Free As A Bird

Stitch a splash of colour that will brighten up any space!

Climbing Goat Designs applies her trademark watercolour effects to the Scarlet Macaw to create this vibrant design!

Recreate your favourite travel agent experience by stitching this design by Kate Spiridonova and displaying it in the right place!

Who knows? It might be the start of a new business!

Kate Spiridonova - Come To Hawaii
Cinnabar Canary - Beleza da Ilha

The beauty of the islands is captured in this perfect portrait from Cinnabar Canary, inspired by the Girl from Ipanema.

And there’s an earworm to enjoy for the rest of the day!

MiloMiniByXenia is the subject of our Designer Discourse this issue, and the creator of this amazing alphabetic fruit ensemble!

Can you guess the names of all of them?

MiloMiniByXenia - Guess That Fruit
Sweet Annet - What's Your Tipple

What’s your favourite tipple?

Sweet Annet offers you a fine selection of beverages that will quench your thirst for stitching as well as drinking!

Can a Tropical issue get away without having a mermaid?

Tiny Modernist makes that a non issue with this charming design that’ll be ideal for any little mermaids in your life!

Tiny Modernist - Aqua Marina
Niki McDonald - Belle of the Beach

Niki McDonald returns with another dynamic design that combines urban art with classic nostalgia!

Who is your Belle of the Beach?

Your favourite pixel perfect automative imagineer is back!

PXLCRS delivers a dudetastic Dune Buggy for stitching on the sandbanks!

And we wow you with amazing alliterative attempts!

PXLCRS - Dune Buggy
Manly Art of Cross Stitch - Jammin

Nothing will take you to the Tropics faster than a spot of Bob Marley, and The Manly Art of Cross Stitch hits the target with his Island Records recreation!

If you want to try blended stitches and fractional stitches, then this is the perfect design to get stuck into!

We’ve got our usual selection of good reading including a review of the latest book by Emma Congdon, an interview with Raquel Rodrigo, the artist who cross stitches on buildings (!), some cool stitchy gizmos from Kate Blandford and more!

Don’t forget all the other cool things that come as standard in our interactive digital issues!

  • This issue has charts in two formats – Colour Blocks & Symbols and Symbols only – to make it easier for you to follow them, and we have clickable links to help you jump from one chart to the next!
  • You can use our sidebars for the designers to access their socials and websites!
  • Click on the legends for each chart to instantly access bespoke thread bundles to buy from our friends at Maydel!
  • And don’t forget about our collaborative YouTube playlist – check it out below!

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Now we’ve got you warmed up, hit that button and those Tropical vibes will be washing up on your shores in no time! Mahalo!