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Cross stitcher magazine-something for everyone
Author Name: shoz09
Advantages: many different projects in each issue.
Disadvantages: I dont have time to do all the stitching I want to do
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.
Summary: Recommend to anyone with an interest in cross stitching.
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