A recurring fear of mine is that I will one day wake up and nothing in the house to cross stitch with. This is fairly unlikely seeing as I have a crate full of kits and threads stashed underneath my bed, but just to prepare myself, I subscribe to 2 magazines a month, just in case supplies get a little low. I have been subscribing to The World of Cross Stitching (or WOXS) for about 5 years now, and it pains me to say it, but I won't be continuing my subscription any more.
That's not to say the magazine isn't good. It has plenty of different projects, clear instructions and excellent photos of the finished articles so that people can see what they are aiming for. There are competitions, articles and general musings about cross stitch, with the occasional foray into other stitching techniques, for the more adventurous. There are often free cover kits, useful for small cards or projects, and the Christmas editions always give a good range of presents and cards, well before they are needed.
My problem with the magazine is that I feel it has become a bit stale. The projects seem to be of the same type every month - some floral, some cutesy, maybe a cottage scene or two. Whilst I think these projects have their place, and have indeed stitched some myself, there is such a wide range of pictures out there that I think the magazine is limiting itself.
The free gifts are also a disappointment sometimes. That feels wrong to say, as any free gift should be appreciated (though for the price of the magazine ... is it really free?), however compared with the gifts available with other magazines, they can sometimes seem somewhat lacking. The cover kits are, as mentioned, good for small projects, but again are pretty much all of the same type. Often the gift will be a large chart or chart book, which I just put straight into the recycle bin. As a stitcher, I would find thread, accessories or more modern kits a more attractive prospect. At least some variety!
I would love to see modern pictures, bright colours, and different types of projects such as cushions. Cross stitching has not caught up with knitting yet as a cool, hip pasttime (even though we know it is), and I think a revamp of the magazine is perhaps needed in order to attract a wider audience.
I will still keep my eye out for the magazine in the shops, and will certainly buy it is there is a project advertised that catches my eye. Who knows, if the projects improve, I will subscribe again, but for now, I need a bit more variety to keep me interested.
This magazine is just about to reach its 250th issue - which isn't bad going for a magazine that is only published 13 times a year!
The magazine has a good mix of cross stitch charts at various skill levels. It doesn't tend to have a lot of choice for the real beginner except the christmas issues when lots of people pick up magazines like this one in the hope that they will be able to create those wonderful handmade christmas cards!!
For those people who also like the written word in the magazine there is a letters page, usually an article on a cross stick designer, a reader article on how cross stictching has changed their lives, a crossword and a message board.
There is a free gift with each copy. This can vary from a mini kit - which I tend to save up and then take on holiday with me - to card blanks or chart books.
The pictures and charts in the magazine are really clear and most of the designs I really would love to sew if time and money allowed.
If you are looking for a magazine with clear, simple, modern designs then give this magazine a look at, and if you really like it take up the subsription offer as it makes the magazine much cheaper and they give you a free gift for subscribing
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.
World of cross stitch magazine has been around for quite a few yesra now, They publish 13 issues a year, one every month and a seasonal christmas special which is packed full of christmasey cross stitch patterns.
When i first began doing cross stitch i used to buy the kits but they are very expensive, now i buy the magazines like this one and use the charts in them and can buy the cottons as and when i need them, it doesnt seem to cost so much this way.
This magazine is a bit too advanced for a complete begginer but you wont need too much experience as there are instructions on hoew to perform the stitches you will need for every picture and an experience level on the pattern.
This magazine has a range of different cross stitch patterns each month in the magazine aswell as readers letters, pen pals, competitions and information on craft events coming up soon.
The patterns in the magazine range from small patterns to large patterns and have sampler patterns too, there is usually a little free gift with the magazine but is usually beginner level.
This is a great magazine for all cross stitch fans and at only £3.45 per issue it wont break the bank either but i do not buy every issue, you can look on there web site to see what is in each issue so i only buy issues with charts in that i want to do, i have brought this months as there is a beautiful chart of a faolcon in there for me to begin stitching.
I've been subscribing to this magazine for over a year now and i'm always impressed by it. It has just about everything any stitcher would want.
Charts- the charts they offer range from cute to traditional and there is at least one chart in it that appeals to me every month. As well as the larger projects they also have small designs you could stitch in a few hours, these are great for card making and children. All charts and simple and easy to stitch.
Tips- Every month there is a guide to help you stitch if your a complete beginner and tips on improving your stitching if your not.
Compatitions- There is also compitions every month for you to get your hands on stitching goodies and kits.
This magazine also has pages of reader stories, pen pal listings and sale/wanted notice boards not to mention reveiws on products and kits.
There is also ample listings of websites, craft stores and cataloges all useful if you need to find something in particular.
Every month you will receive a free gift, usualy a small kit and mount.
If you subscribe you will usually receive a large kit mine was a large and colourful care bears kit. You also receive inside a couple of extra pages with subscribers only charts.
This magazine really is value for money especialy if you pay every three months by subscription.
I am a founder of a cross stitch club on yahoo, and buy alot of the magazines related to cross stitching, in order ot get the latest news and info to pass on to my members. I find world of cross stitching is very informative, not only does it have great charts and designs but also reviews of the newest designs brought out, pen pals all over the world you can contact plus letter written by readers. It also helps readers find those hard to get designs, by publishing their letter and finding the items for them, which is great as it makes the magazine more interactive. Some of the magazines tend to be full of just charts, which is fine if you happen across one you really want ot do, but if you want to find out whats happening in the world of cross stitch this is the best. They also have some great competitions and giveaways as well as the free things on the cover. As well as all that, they have a good section with web sites in it for us internet junkie stitchers!
When this monthly magazine first hit the presses about 6 or so years ago, there weren't many cross-stitch magazine on the market at that time. This one is edited by Mary Hickmott - a well-respected designer who up to the time of the magazine, had produced a large number of cross-stitch kits. The initial publications were excellent - full of highly detailed designs which could be created using one's own threads and fabrics, without the need for buying the kits (which usually cost in the region of £20 plus). Slowly, other types of embroidery were included: * Blackwork (which is using lots of back-stitches to create over-all and intricate patterns, usually in one or two colours) * Hardanger embroidery (making blocks of stitches on the fabric, then cutting away certain areas to leave a 'hole' which can be filled with another stitch) * Bargello (using long stitches to create patterns in the same direction). The purist in me (who only wanted cross-stitch designs) said 'give it time and it'll get better', but nothing much has changed in the past two years. That's fine if you want to try new techniques all the time, but I don't. I have to say that although the cross-stitch designs are very pretty and detailed, I don't really want to keep buying a magazine for the sake of one or two designs that I 'might' stitch in the future, so I have stopped buying it now. I have turned my attention to alternative magazines which are better value for money in terms of what I want out of a good cross-stitch magazine. I would rate this a good publication if you are after a wide variety of techniques, but if you want pure cross-stitch, give it a miss!
There are now quite a lot of cross stitch magazines on the market compared to a few years ago. World of Cross Stitching remains an old favourite of mine. It is full of lots of gorgeous designs and there is a good mix of subjects and styles. I find many cross stitch magazines can be full of too many 'cutesy' designs, but WCC doesn't fall into this trap. The charts and instructions are easy to understand, both beginners and experienced cross stitchers would enjoy this magazine. Most issues come with a free kit which is a great way for beginners to start cross stitching. My only criticism of WCC is that the designs are all quite large and I would prefer to see a few more smaller designs suitable for card making etc.
Great Magazine, Good value for money, Lots of good ideas. I bought it to compare with other cross stitch magazines and found this is surely the best currently available. Would strongly recommend it to anyone thinking of taking up cross-stitiching, or to anyone who already stitches but hasn't yet tried this mag. It is extremely colourful, has a good variety of articles and also very useful adverts - where to buy certain products etc and also has some freebies and competitions in