“ Magazine containing a number of cross stitch patterns „
I am an avid cross stictcher, and have been for many years. I have read every cross stitch magazine that has been released at least once, so I have a good basis for comparison!!
Cross Stitch Card Shop is a bi-monthly magazine from Origin Publishing. Its quite pricey at £4.50 per issue, but in my opinion it is worth it.
For your £4.50 you get a free gift with the magazine, normally a cross stitch kit that can be made into a card but there has been other items such as thread holders, chart holders, highlighter pens and mini stitching hoops. I bought the Christmas issue and this had a christmas card kit with it containing everything you need - needle, thread, pattern, fabric, card and envelope.
The magazine features charts from various designers who also contribute to the other cross stich magazine. I counted just under 50 charts in this issue - they normally give you six different card designs on a theme such as birthday, mothers day, new baby etc, so you're bound to like one out of the six! They tend to use the same set of colours for each card in the set so if you want to stitch all six you don't have to buy six different lots of threads.
The charts are in full colour and are of a reasonable size so they are easy to see. They use fractional stitches and backstitch where necessary to enchance the design. They will show the completed cards in the magazine and give you the contact details of the stockists for any finishing items - though of course you can use any materials you already have or adapt the finished piece however you see fit.
In addition to the charts the magazine also features:
Readers letters where people write in about the projects they have completed
A beginners guide to stitching for anyone that is new to the hobby
A Reader's Requests section where you can request a specific chart you need
A subscription form where you can subscribe to the magazine, and details of any joining offer they have on
A section giving advice on how to mount your stitched piece in a card.
Overall I think this is a good magazine, the designs are of a good quality and its perfect for people that like to stitch their greetings cards as, unlike the "regular" cross stitch magazines that have the odd card design here and there, this publication focuses solely on designs suitable for cards.
I must have bought every cross stitch magazine under the sun at one time or another, and I have to say that this is one of the better ones. It has designs for people of all levels, and they don't take long to do at all. It usually has a lovely free gift with each issue, too. It's definitely a magazzine I'd recommend for anyone interested in cross stitch, and they always have good competitions with gre\t prizes. I sent a letter in to them, and won enough cards to keep me sewing for years!