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I don't get cross (stitch) with this mag!
Member Name: nykied
Advantages: Lots of different ideas
Disadvantages: Sometimes too many to stitch!
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!
Summary: My favourite magazine. Maybe that makes me a geek. Who cares? ;o)