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One of UK’s best-selling crafts magazine. Find inside an exciting mix of projects, great reads and easy-to-follow advice for all your stitching needs.

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      24.10.2013 18:41
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      ... if you like cross stitching.

      Cross Stitcher Magazine:

      Although many people think of Cross Stitching as a bit old fashioned, I find it a very relaxing and rewarding hobby. It really isn't difficult and you get such a good result. I've been buying Cross Stitcher Magazine since 2006 and thought it was about time I reviewed it.

      Cross Stitcher Magazine is, (as you may well of guessed), a magazine dedicated to Cross Stitching. The main reason I buy it is for the cross stitch patterns but the magazine also contains news relating to crafting and embroidery, competitions, shopping guides, readers letters and pictures and interviews with designers and professional stitchers.

      The reason I choose Cross Stitcher over the other cross stitch magazines on the market is because the patterns on offer here are much more modern. You do get the odd cutesy Disney-esque character, floral pattern or quaint cottage scene but for the main part the designs are up to date and vibrant. I have to be honest and say that I prefer the October-December issues when it's full of Christmas patterns but I still stitch a fair few things throughout the rest of the year.

      Cross Stitcher magazine runs at about 100 pages per issue and there are normally around 15 patterns/groups of patterns. The selection is great and includes small designs suitable for cards, gift tags and embellishing items and larger designs for things like bags, cushions (my favourite thing to make) and of course, framed pictures. You get a couple of alphabets in every issue which I love, they are great for personalising designs and I personally love the look of an alphabet stitched and then framed or made into a cushion.

      Where the design has been made into an item like a cushion or bag the magazine prints instructions for how to make them which are clear and easy to follow.

      The physical magazine comes with a free gift every issue, normally this will be a kit containing fabric, threads, a needle and embellishments but occasionally you get a tin, a set of needles or a something like a diary. For the most part I find that the gifts are poor quality and often there are parts missing or damaged. To be fair the publisher is always willing to replace the gifts without quibbling but it's a faff. The exception to this is when you get a branded gift/sample.

      For a while now I've been getting the digital version of the magazine. It's a little cheaper at £2.99 per issue instead of £3.99 for the physical version. Digital purchases come with a cute free folksy woodland animal chart as a bonus. I purchase the magazine through Zinio and I find it easy to use and enjoy being able to enlarge the charts etc. before I print them or view them on my tablet.

      As well as everything I have already mentioned each magazine introduces a new crafting technique such as hardinger, appliqué or crewel work. I love this feature and I've tried a few things I've discovered this way. The magazine also covers the basics of cross stitching at the back of every issue so you can just grab a copy and get started.

      I should probably mention that Cross Stitcher has a page on Facebook where you can ask questions, interact with fellow stitchers, post your completed projects and see sneak previews of forthcoming issues. I visit it often to see what other people have made with the designs in the magazines and to give feedback when I think something is particularly good or bad.

      I find Cross Stitcher to be great value for money, cross stitch books tend to be expensive and very "themed" so £2.99/£3.99 is a great price for so many varied charts. If you like cross stitching I thoroughly recommend Cross Stitcher magazine.

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        10.02.2010 22:39
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        My favourite magazine. Maybe that makes me a geek. Who cares? ;o)

        CrossStitcher magazine is really only for those with an interest in cross-stitching. Sadly for those with an interest in model airplane making or golfing, this magazine isn't going to be the one for you. If you do like cross-stitching, then do read on.

        CrossStitcher Magazine is one that comes out monthly and it usually comes in a plastic covering. This isn't because it contains risqué material though; it's because there's usually a free gift every month. This free gift varies from a diary to a little cross-stitch kit. The kits come with the aida material, the threads required and a needle, so it can be started as soon as you open the magazine.

        Inside the magazine, there's always a letters page, which is always nice to read, as it shows people with finished projects, children who've just started in the craft and things like that. There are also lots of projects to make. Each one gives you the pattern, the colour key, the amount of hours that the project takes and any other materials you may need. The projects are always varied and may inspire you to start a new stitching venture. For example, I've made a Christmas sampler which looked fantastic and I've also stitched four t-shirts for my baby niece, which my sister was very pleased with.

        There are always tips on stitching technique in the magazine, which can be very handy if you're just starting out and you're a bit daunted by the complicated patterns that you've looked at. They usually print tips on things such as framing you work or mounting your work in a greetings card.

        There are usually some stories about readers, which look into their reasons for stitching or a special story around the projects that they've done. This gives the reader a bit of a break from looking at stitching patterns and they can sometimes inspire someone to start a new stitching task.

        There are pages where people advertise things or ask for penpals or that sort of thing. This is usually towards the end of the magazine and inside the back cover, there is usually an interview with a designer or someone who's started their own stitching company.

        There are, of course, advertisements and a fair chunk of the magazine is taken up with those. They are however interesting, as lots of them advertise kits so you can get a good idea of what's out there for you to stitch.

        This magazine is about £4 per month, less if you subscribe, but the cheapest way to get this magazine is to take out a subscription through Tesco Clubcard points. For £13 of Clubcard points, the magazine will get delivered to your door every month for a year. Now that's value!

        I always enjoy CrossStitcher Magazine and buy it most months (from next month, I'll be subscribing through Tesco, so I'll get it every month!) and it's always interesting and I always read it cover to cover. I'm a convert and so should you be!

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          14.01.2010 12:15
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          magazine packed with charts for all abilities, tips and lots more

            This is a monthly magazine which I find as an avid crossstitcher invaluable. 

          Most months the cover chart is of a popular character. My favourites have included Eeyore and Tatty teddy. These kits are chosen to appeal to many stitchers and are designed so beginners can do them but the more experienced won't find them too boring to do.  The magazine also features other crossstitch charts which when created can be turned into tablecloths, jewellery boards, bags and christmas stockings among other things. This i find very useful because it has opened up different possible uses for my crossstitch instead of just getting them framed as a picture.  

          New kits and threads are also featured as well as where to get them. Even new websites get a mention. Letters and competitions also feature in the magazine meaning you can get involved if you wish. I must admit I'm a bit shy so have never done that but have got a penpal from the magazine through another one of their features.  

          The featured designs show a nice range from different alphabets to samplers, flowers, animals and people. I can safely say in all the years I have subscribed to the magazine I can always find at least one chart that I would love to make up. In fact I think my favourite feature is the stitch a star which creates charts of famous people like Princess Diana, Jason Donovan and Johnny Depp. Talking about subscribing as well as ensuring you get every issue, the magazine gives discounts if you want to buy one of the kits featured in that issue. The discount is only a couple of pounds but every little helps. 

          All in all I think its an invaluable tool for any crossstitcher and one you can keep refering to year after year.

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            12.11.2009 15:27
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            A good buy on subscription, most cross stitchers will find something of interest.

            I've been a subscriber to Cross Stitcher (via Direct Debit) for about 2 years now, since I started cross stitching when I had some spare time. It is also a hobby enjoyed by my mum and she introduced me to this magazine.
            One of my fears of starting a hobby such as cross stitching was some of the old fashioned designs I'd seen so I was pleasantly surprised by some of the modern designs featured here. At first I was a fan of detailed pictures of individual flowers and Cross Stitcher has featured a few of these as patterns as well as giving ideas for similar kits.
            Now I have a baby I enjoy looking for suitable patterns to stitch for her and this is another strong area for this magazine.
            On the negative side I don't really like many of the kits that are given away (but the other gifts ie thread cutters etc are great) and some of the designs featured are a bit twee for me, but this shows the diversity of audience and designs included.
            My mum subscribes to every cross stitch magazine going and I frequently raid her back issues, but none are as good or as consistent as Cross Stitcher.

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            17.07.2009 23:06
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            Recommend to anyone with an interest in cross stitching.

            As the name suggests, Cross Stitcher magazine is magazine for cross stitchers. It is available in many newsagents and in many supermarket magazine isles. Per issue, it costs £3.99 and for a subscription paid for by direct debit is £9.98 every three months.

            The majority of the pages within the magazine are taken up by a number of projects, the design of which include many subjects. The designs include things from Disney, floral designs, seasonal designs (i.e. christmas, valentines day etc), and projects that are ideal for a childs bedroom. All the different designs can be made into a range of different things like cards, bags, cushions and pictures for the wall. The magazine also shows how to complete these various projects without having to take it to a professional.

            The charts that you follow to stitch the design, I find, are easy to read. Each square on the chart represents one stitch. Each square has a symbol within it and this represents a certain colour. Each symbol is also colour coded, making it easier to read. There is a key listing all the symbols and their colours. To make sure you have everything you need to complete the project, there is a handy check off list which tells you where you can get those items from.

            Each project has a given level of ability-beginner, intermediate and advanced. This is clearly illustrated, but there is nothing stopping you doing any particular project.

            Within the thirteen issues a year of the magazine, there are several competitions. You can win lamps and magnifiers (to help see your stitching), cross stitch kits and books amongst many things. You can only enter most of these through the website (www.crossstitcher.co.uk) and by clicking the links and entering the key words.

            There are also pages for new stitching goodies that are available that particular month, pages for members to show off their latest projects and also a page of puzzles and crosswords.

            In my opinion the magazine is really good value. As an avid stitcher, I enjoy deciding what project I am going to do next. I find the charts really easy to read and that there are often handy tips dotted throughout the magazine. The prizes for the magazines are always good, though I have not won any yet.

            The only thing that I dont like is the fact that there are many projects in each issue I like, but I never have time to do them all!

            I would recommend this magazine to anyone who enjoys cross stitching as there is such variety that there is something for everyone.

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              24.05.2009 23:43
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              A great magazine - A must for every cross stitcher!!!

              I was taught to cross stitch when I was about 6 years old and as much as I enjoyed it, it is not something which became a regular hobby until now.

              I was in the newsagents looking for a magazine to read whilst I was doing some babysitting and I saw the craft magazines, the cross stitching ones particularly caught my eye though because they all had wonderful free gifts on them. That night whilst babysitting I began stitchin one of the cover kits and since then I have been an avid cross stitcher.

              In the bundle of magazines I bought that day, was Cross Stitcher magazine, since that day I have purchased every issue.

              An issue of Cross Stitcher currently costs £3.99 which might sound expensive, but each issues comes with a free gift, which can vary from a complete cross stitch kit, embellishment packs, card making kits and other stitching bits and bobs - not to mention the wonderful charts included in the magazine!

              I realised that each month I was rushing out to buy the mgazine and paying £3.99 for each issue, when it would be much more sensible to take out a subscription, which is what I have done. I now pay £9.98 every 3 months which saves me 23% on the cover price. I also recieve a wonderful free gift of a huge assortment of special brand name threads worth £50! As a subscriber I get my magazine delivered free to my door and there is an extra suppliment in the magazine.

              There are many advantages to buying Cross Stitcher besides the great free gifts, each issue caters for everyone. There are always some charts which will take a few hours and are quite easy which is really good for newbie stitchers, then there are some which are a bit toughter and may take about 20 hours and perhaps use different stitches or threads and then for the advanced stitchers there are harder more detailed and complicated charts.

              I really love that each chart will tell you roughly how long it will take, it also lists everything ou will need, not only to make up the picture but very often how to make it into something special like a cushion or cards.

              The charts come with easy to follow keys which tell you the numbers for Anchor, DMC and Madeira brands of thread. It also tells you what size and type of fabric you will need.

              The magazine includes lots of great competitions as well as pages on whats hot in the cross stitch world and how you can get hold of it. There are also pages of readers letters, penpals and a page of reader ads, in addition to features from designers.

              In every issue there are several main designs and you are able to purchase the complete kits for these designs at reduced prices from Cross Stitcher.

              As with all magazines, there are quite a few adverts, however I find ome of these to be really quite helpful because I have been able to order threads online for 50% less than I pay in my local store, I found the online store through an advert in Cross Stitcher.

              Cross Stitcher is a really high quality magazine and I reccomend it to any cross stitch enthusiast whether they are just starting out or have been cross stitching for years, there is something in this magazine for everyone!

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                21.04.2009 08:15
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                The best cross stitching mag around.

                Cross Stitcher is a monthly magazine published by Future Publishing. At the time of writing the current price is £3.75 and contains on average around 100 pages and 55 cross stitch designs.

                It focuses on the hobby of - yep you guessed it - cross stitching! The magazine contains colourful and modern designs from various cross stitch designers. All charts in the magazine are "Cross Stitcher Quality Assured" which means that they have been checked for errors and make the most use out of accents such as fractional stitches, backstitch and french knots (compared to other magazines where the designs look "blocky" because of the use of whole stitches only or backstitch that exactly follows the grid lines).

                I have read all the cross stitch magazines at some point or another, and must say I find that Cross Stitcher consistently comes up trumps. I think it is because of the quality of the charts in there - they are in full colour and easy to read and equal the quality of charts that come with full kits in the shops.

                As well as the designs featured, there are also other regular sections such as:

                Reader Letters
                Questions and Answers on reader's stitching queries
                Techniques
                Competitions and Giveaways
                Guide to basic cross stitching to get you started
                Stockist list of where to buy everything featured in the designs
                Subscription offers for those of you that would like more!

                Cross Stitcher designs featured are not just traditional pictures, they feature towel borders, cards, cushions, stitching on clothes... the inspiration is endless!

                The magazine comes with a free gift each month, this is usually in the form of a mini cross stitch kit. I remember the days in the 90's where the free designs were about two inches square at most, but the free kits have really come on a lot since then let me tell you! Recent free gifts I have seen are Margaret Sherry Kits (a lot bigger than two inches square!), Oriental kits and a thread organiser. All free gifts are of a very high quality and the kits come with everything needed - threads, fabric, needle, chart and mount! Sometimes you dont get the mount in the kit but can print them off the website, I feel this is a disadvantage to the people that dont have the internet (perhaps the older stitchers) or people that don't have a high quality or colour printer.

                But overall I'd say this magazine is brilliant for any cross stitcher - old or young as the designs cover such a varied range of styles you are bound to find something you like!

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                31.03.2009 09:44
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                A great overall magazine for all levels of stitching experience.

                I have been an on-and-off reader of cross stitcher and many other cross stitch mags for 5 years and a subscriber to cross stitcher for one year. I love the variety of projects that it offers. The 'Over to You' section containing readers contributions is always really interesting. You can see what other people have been stitching and you can request charts that are hard to find, and sell stitching items that you no longer need.

                As someone who doesn't get the time to stitch as much as I'd like (Isn't that most of us?) I really like dreaming about completing 'the big stitch'. There is one in every issue and it's always something different, it's the largest project in the magazine and is almost always inspiring. I have a pile of them marked and waiting for when I break a leg or something and have loads of time to stitch!

                There is a very good section in the back of the magazine for new and inexperienced stitchers. It shows the basics of cross stitching and any speciality stitches used in that issue. It takes you step by step through a very basic project to help you learn. And when you've done that you'll be ready to start on other projects in the magazine. All projects are marked beginner, intermediate, advanced, with a rough estimate of how many hours the project should take to complete. I've found these to be very helpful when choosing projects as I know how long it's likely to take and the complexity of the project.

                The only real disadvantage I have found with cross stitcher is that some of the charts do not have a thread key for DMC stranded cottons, only for Anchor. I know this is beause DMC/Anchor pay them for producing work from specific designers with specific thread keys but it is very annoying for the stitcher (me). Because I have nearly finished getting all the DMC colours and do not want to get the Anchor ones as well, but I find it almost impossible to convert them myself.

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                Variety of projects
                Interesting articles
                'Over to You' section
                Option to buy a materials pack for some of the projects, to turn it into a kit rather than just a chart.

                Disadvantages
                Never enough time to stitch everything I like.
                Some issues don't have any designs that really catch my attention (but I always have loads waiting from previous issues so I'm never without something to stitch.)
                Lots of adverts, but I think all magazines are the same.
                Not all of the charts are given with a DMC thread key.

                The cover price is £3.99, subscription prices vary with different offers. I saved 35% on the cover price but didn't get any free gifts. Sometimes you can save less and get a gift such as a book or kit when you subscribe.

                Overall I think Cross stitcher is a very good cross stitch magazine for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. Almost all of the disadvantages I've highlighted are beyond the control of the magazine staff and I think they do exceptionally well within the constraints they have to work with.

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                  17.02.2009 23:57
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                  The best on the market for this pasttime, highly recommended

                  As an avid cross stitcher, I love the various magazines that are available, and only wish I had the funds available to buy them all, however in order to keep on the right side of the bank manager, I have to limit myself. I have subscribed to Cross Stitcher for the last 7 years or so, and can safely say that it is the best cross stitching magazine by miles. If you, like me, cannot afford to buy them all, then I would seriously recommend making this one the one you buy or subscribe to.

                  What makes it so good? Well, there are the usual things to start with. Each issue has a wealth of projects, some small, some big, and all with clear instructions and pictures. There are letter pages, articles about designers, puzzles, general news from the cross stitching world (you never knew it was so much fun did you?!), and a good section for the beginner at the back. There are plenty of free gifts, and not just the little free kits (which are good for cards), but accessories and threads as well, stuff you would actually use.

                  Recently the magazine has had something of a revamp, and has improved greatly. Now the projects are not simply concentrated on cute pictures and flowers (there is only so much Winnie the Pooh someone can stand), but there are more modern and abstract designs. Beautiful projects with bright jewel colours, things you really want to get your teeth into. The magazine has realised that its audience has a huge variety of interests, likes and dislikes, and aims to cater for all.

                  Occasionally there will be articles explaining how designers produce their finished pieces, which are always informative and useful, and make me dream of a day when I can make millions by whipping up a few gorgeous kits (hmm, not sure it's this easy but they make it seem so! I would have to improve my art skills first as well ...)

                  My only criticism would be the same as I have for many of these magazines - too much advertising! I guess this is how many of the smaller business get to their target audience, but it does make for a quick last few pages.

                  A great read, and the best magazine on cross stitching I have found.

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                    Good craft magazine for all ages

                    This is a great magazine for cross stitch lovers. I used to subscribe to this magazine, which was great, i loved recevieing my monthly copy on the door mat usually a few days before i came out in the shops. Most of the time it contains great cross stitch charts to keep and add to your to do pile. This magazine has many different charts to suit all stitchers of all levels and ages. They always contain a shopping list of the things you will need to complete the charts, aida sizes etc... the magainze contains piece of work that other stichers have done by sending a photo in which always inspired me to get my stitching out. I loved to see what others have stitched and who they have have stitched them for, wheather it be a friend or relative or for charity. The magazine is a little pricey but if you do subscribe it does work out a little cheaper. You usually get a free gift with the magazine, little cross stitch kit which are great to make into a card or to stitch for a charity.

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                    21.08.2008 16:08
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                    The best cross stitching magazine on the shelves. Great freebies. A must for stitching fans.

                    I have been subscribing to Cross Stitcher for a few years, its my favourite cross stitching magazine with in my opinion the best balance of news, letters, tips, quick charts and big charts for counted cross stitch fans.

                    Every month the magazine includes a fantastic free kit or other useful freebie such as a chart holder to organise my stitching. The free kits feature often favourite characters like winnie the pooh, popcorn the bear or they are themed for occasions such as Mothers Day and Christmas. In addition to this they frequently include free giant charts of popular themes like All Our Yesterdays. At the end of the year I get a great free stitchers diary full of tips and stitching events to see me through the year.

                    Tha magazine is brimming with excellent content. Not just a reference, its a good read too.

                    Cross Stitcher has all the latest news on needlecraft shows, new products hitting the shops and latest threads to enhance my work. The letters page showcases readers' cross stitching and offers motivation and encouragement to keep on going with that difficult piece of work.

                    The charts inside the magazine are very high quality and easy to follow with extra timesaver tips. Popular characters are abundant such as Flower Fairies, Tatty Teddy and Popcorn Bear. Charts featuring themes such as Native American, floral and seasonal make sure the needles is never idle. Each chart comes with a shopping list, a quick guide to whether it uses beads, speciality threads, whole stitches only or half stitches. There are handy reader offers to such as discounted books and framing offers.

                    The reader to reader section is a very handy small ads page for locating that hard to find chart or back issue missed. Tales from Norman is a delightful column written by stitcher and ex TUC General Secreatry Normal Willis which keeps me in stitches every month.

                    Cross Stitcher regularly features stitching alphabets and excellent 'Buy The Best' product reviews with a top 5 kits column. Expert advice is on offer in the Ask The Experts section and Find That Chart tracks down the rare and the unusual.

                    At the back of the magazine are three real gems. A beginners guide because not everyone is a seasoned stitcher, Wise Words providing inspiration for samplers or simply a chuckle and a small chart that is part of a yearly collectable series.

                    A few cross words here. The subscription service has left me a little disappointed, although the magazine has always arrived on time three times now the cover kit has been missing when the magazine has plopped through my door. Future publishing to their credit however have sent out a replacement without quibble which has arrived within a fortnight.

                    On a more positive note they do offer a high quality free gift with subscriptions, I received a Catitudes kit that is absolutely adorable. The saving on the cover price makes subscribing worthwhile and subscribers get extra competitions, puzzles and charts every month via the subscriber only pages.

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