I am contemplating a subscription..

I am quite enjoying reading some of the cross stitch magazines, especially at the moment The Cross Stitch Collection, but I am not sure if I really want to subscribe, because every so often I find things in othe cross stitch magazines I want more… such as in Cross Stitch Gold and Britains No. 1 Cross stitcher…

To subscribe, or not to subscribe… that is the question…


  1. Cassle said,

    August 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Well I’m thinking the same thing too! It’s really based on your own cash limit. Reading those magazines are awesome and very inspiring, definitely boosting the motivations to complete the WIPs. But on the other hand, even though they provide lots of charts inside, many people just read it or give a glance, not really use every or lots of them for a real stitch. If you have lots of kits or WIPs that you are currently doing on, maybe you could use some spare cash for the subscription.

    For my case, I think I should wait to gather some spare money before I could do that because it’s quite expensive to subscribe, especially because I’m living quite far from them (the shipping costs are expensive..!)

    • aflyingneedle said,

      August 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      They have a worldwide deal at the moment – 13 issues for 65 pounds, which works out about $4 an issue cheaper than buying the individual magazines here, but I kind of like flicking throught magazines before I buy them to see if there is anything I will stitch with them- I like the Joan Elliot designs in Cross Stitch Collection, and Lesley Teare’s in Cross Stitch Gold, so overall it probably would be better to get individual issues… although it is fun to get subscriptions and flick through them…

      • Cassle said,

        August 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

        Yeah, agree with you in this point… πŸ™‚ Since I don’t stitch very very fast and I don’t have much time to stitch, I think I’ll prefer to buy individually. πŸ™‚

  2. Hev said,

    August 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Well, I am sorry to say but I would go for it. If you have the money. But then this is my subscription list:

    The Cross Stitch Collection
    The World of Cross Stitch
    Cross Stitch Gold
    Stoney Creek Cross Stitch
    The Cross Stitcher
    Just Cross Stitch
    Cross Stitch & Needlework

    Then every month I purchase
    Cross Stitch Crazy
    The Britian’s No. 1 Cross Stitcher

    I am just waiting until the beginning of the year to pick up subscriptions for Crazy & Britian’s Cross Stitcher. I will also pick up Card Shop if it has ones in it that I think are cut, but that isn’t often.

    • aflyingneedle said,

      August 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm


      But I don’t know if I really need it, and also there are always random patterns in other magazines that I often would prefer… and then there are months where there are 2-3 ones I want, and months where there are no patterns I can see myself stitching…. Decisions, decisions.

      So far I look for patterns by Joan Elliott, and the early 20th century girls by Lesley Teare (she does pretty 1920-1940 style designs in Cross Stitch Gold).

      Then just other random patterns sometimes, but they aren’t so often…

      • Hev said,

        August 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

        You know how to get the ones that come in the magazines that I listed. Just ask me. I don’t mind. I know you have scruples. Just realize that I don’t do it for everyone. Just you.

  3. August 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I subscribe to cross stitcher magazine and I love it. Even if I don’t find much I want to stitch in a issue I still love flicking through it. But generally I do find patterns I want to stitch.

  4. Cross stitch said,

    May 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I agree with you that sometimes you might want to get another magazine that has better patterns. I don’t have a subscription I just buy the mag that has the best patterns inside πŸ™‚

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