Cross Stitch Pattern Books on Kindle? Wait… huh?

So I frequently hop over to Amazon and pop “cross stitch” into the search and check out the newest releases for the month, or the last 90 days if I’m a little behind on checking things out, and I’ve been noticing more and more cross stitch pattern books are coming up as available for Kindle,and a few that were Kindle only, no print version to be found anywhere on Amazon.

I’m honestly a little confused by this new trend. Yes, I’ve been without a printer and tried to stitch a small pattern from my computer screen (and I have a 25″ monitor!) and that process is difficult. I can’t imagine trying to stitch something from a pattern on a Kindle screen, even if it is true to real print. I also saw some other needlework formats and even quilting pattern books in Kindle editions.

Maybe its just because I mark my place on my charts, highlighting finished areas and making notations in the margins of the page. I know not all stitchers do that, but I think a large percentage do some sort of place marker. I definitely need to have the paper in my hands and I usually make a working copy if I don’t want to write on the original.

Has anyone tried one of these pattern books on Kindle, and how did you like it?

Confused, but still stitching,

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  1. Gramma via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says:

    Not sure I could stitch from my kindle either; I’m a pattern marker-upper unless it’s a small pattern. Maybe there’s a way to download it from the kindle to a computer & print it out? If you figure it out, give an update 🙂

  2. Gramma via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says:

    Well, I was curious, so I did a search on my Kindle for cross stitch. Only a couple were actual pattern books. I downloaded a sample from Magical Cross Stitch & while there were a couple of patterns included, they were impossible to read. One would have to be able to download the book to a computer so the patterns could be printed.

  3. Haven’t tried it, but that small screen would do my eyes in. Some things were just meant to be printed on paper. Don’t get me wrong – technology is great and I’d love to get a Kindle. But not for stitching.

  4. Gail via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says:

    My husband was trying to palm his iPad off onto me so he could get a new one, by saying I could put by cross stitch patterns on an iPad! I told him that I can’t write on an iPad and I like to photocopy and mark my patterns!

  5. Chrissie via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says:

    Bump that!!! I photocopy mine, pin them to the fabric and mark the crud out of it!!! This is truly technology gone too far!!!!

  6. Rose via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says:

    I love my Kindle and have pretty much given up “real” paper book. That being said I could not do a cross stitch pattern from my kindle as I to work from a working copy and need to mark it up as I go. I know you can read your Kindle books on your computer so I would think you could pull it up there and print a copy. That would make sense to me.

  7. Chrissie via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says:

    I can appreciate Kindles being great for reading – it’s cross stitching that it goes overboard!!!

  8. I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks this sounds weird LOL

  9. Sharon 1220 says:

    i clicked on the “mischief” pattern that was shown at the bottom of this post. Then I checked for the preview on Kindle. It showed me the first page. It’s going take 9 pages to display the whole pattern. All I was able to see was the left side of the cat’s face. I can’t stitch without seeing the whole pattern at one time. I even have trouble when stitching a pattern from a magazine that is more than one page.

  10. It’s really matter of the stitching process and changing it. I used to stitch from paper, but then I discovered Pattern Maker program, where you can highlight specyfic color you’re stitching and all the others will be gray. It really helps with big patterns and I can’t imagine stitching from the paper again. Stitching from the Kindle (I tried that too) is really like stitching from the paper only you have small part of the pattern. Really good thing when you want to stitch outside and the paper has gone with the wind 😉

  11. This is a rather interesting and enlightening discussion. I’ve been debating the merits of publishing an ebook of some of my smaller, monochrome designs in Kindle format (as personally I’m one of those types who prefers everything to be paper-free). Ideally, each chart would be small enough to fit on a single page of the kindle, so all in view (and at a readable size from which to stitch).

    Would this be a better format than large designs spread across pages or is the idea simply not one which is workable?

    I’d appreciate any more insight into this, though am already grateful to have read how many cross-stitchers prefer to print off and mark their charts =)

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