Love Embroidery Magazine is the UK’s biggest stitching mag, bringing you modern, beginner-friendly hand and machine embroidery projects every month. Discover expert embroidery tips and tutorials, designer profiles, events, news and everything you need to advance your embroidery craft. In this behind-the-cover reveal, expect a close-up look at this month's cover star wreath, our new gingerbread decorations by Georgie Emery, your new favourite Christmas jumper, and the gorgeous details of our Art-Deco-inspired dove tree topper. We’ll also share the embroidery gift you’ll receive by picking up your own copy in store.

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Behind the cover of Love Embroidery

Make your Christmas extra magical with the 15 new winter designs in issue 34 of Love Embroidery! This month, we’re bringing you embroidery tutorials for a luxe stocking, cuddly cushion, nutcracker hoop, and more…

What will I learn in Love Embroidery issue 34?

Celebrate Christmas with needle and thread inside issue 34 of Love Embroidery! This month, we’re filling your hoops with festive cheer and inspiration with tutorials for a luxe woodland stocking, colourful nutcracker, super soft polar bear cushion, brilliant mesh tree scene, and a dazzling disco ball hoop. We’re also bringing you step-by-steps for a crown and wand set, elegant swan place settings, sparkly cake toppers, and more. Plus, each print copy comes with a snowy cabin hoop kit so you can stitching straight away (digital copies include the project instructions and template). So, all that’s left to do is pick your first project of the issue and decide which threads you’ll be stitching it in…

Make Louisa Burtonshaw’s luxe woodland stocking

Embroidered woodland Christmas stocking

What could be better than a Christmas stocking filled to the brim with embroidery-related presents..? A Christmas stocking covered to the brim with gorgeous woodland embroidery, of course (but also still containing heaps of embroidery presents, obviously). Louisa Burtonshaw, of Stitch Happy Studio, shows you how to embroider and sew your own luxe Christmas stocking this year, finished with shimmering metallic thread and a decadent tassel trim. Worked in 18 steps, you can stitch a section each evening and still be finished with plenty of time left until the 25th – so, if you’re feeling extra generous, you could even gift your finished stocking for the big day…

Get stitching with a snowy cabin hoop embroidery kit

Cosy cabin hoop embroidery kit

Get stuck straight into your winter stitching with this issue’s snowy scene hoop featuring a cosy log cabin and inquisitive fox. Everything you need to stitch this charming scene is in your kit (which comes with print copies of issue 34) and the pattern and template (for digital readers, too) can be found in the magazine itself. The kit is beginner-friendly, using just four simple stitches, so you could stitch it as a present or gift the whole kit to get someone started on their embroidery journey this Christmas.

Sew Georgie Emery’s colourful nutcracker hoop

Give the classic nutcracker Christmas character a modern makeover with a dash of pink, a splash of blue, and a flourish of shimmering gold. Georgie Emery shows you how to sew this charming festive fella in just six simple steps, using a mix of six embroidery stitches (Backstitch, French Knot, Raised Fishbone Stitch, Satin Stitch, Split Stitch, and Straight Stitch).

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Make a set of elegant swan place settings with Jo Pillinger of Craftpod

Embroidered swan decorations

Stitch a set of elegant felt swans as place settings for your festive table, or add loops of twine or ribbon to hang them on your tree. Jo Pillinger, of Craftpod, shows you how to make these magical decorations in just six easy steps, and using only four embroidery stitches (Backstitch, Blanket Stitch, Satin Stitch, and Straight Stitch – all beginner-friendly!).

Sew more felt decorations for your tree!

Fancy kitting your tree out top to bottom with handmade felt decs? Check out our other DIY felt Christmas decorations!

Learn how to embroider on mesh material

Wire mesh snowy tree scene

Kristen Gula, of Gulush Threads, shows you how to embroider snowy fir trees on wire mesh fabric in six clear steps. Using just two stitches, Straight Stitch and Stem Stitch, Kristen walks you through adding shades of green to a fine wire mesh and then mixing in dashes of white to create fallen snow and shining stars.

Where to find Love Embroidery Magazine

You can order your copy here, pick us up in your local supermarket (if you’re UK-based), or download our app for instant digital access. Or, to make sure you don’t miss out on future issues, you can check out our latest subscription deal here to get Love Embroidery straight to your door! This month, new UK subscribers will get a rainbow bundle of 22 fat quarters of Kona Cotton Solid fabric, worth over £55, when they sign up.

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Learn to embroider with Gathered!

New to embroidery? Or just want to perfect your skills? Each issue of Love Embroidery includes a beginner-friendly guide to getting started, plus illustrated stitch guides for every technique used – plus, our projects include tips and tricks to help you along the way! Or, you can jump straight into stitching with our online beginner’s guide here.

Authors

Lou McCarneyProduction Editor, Love Embroidery

Lou is a writer and maker based in Bristol, where she lives with her husband Rory, two ball pythons she refers to as “silly sausages” and (possibly) too many plants. If she’s not working on your next issue of Love Embroidery, then she’s crafting or snacking. As well as stitching, she's also a keen knitter. She has worked with a huge range of best selling magazines, including Simply Knitting, The Knitter, Simply Crochet, BBC Countryfile, Boundless, Rowan Collection, Mollie Makes and Cross Stitch Crazy.

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