I just love going to Barnes and Noble Book Store and looking at the wall of magazines. The BIG wall of magazines! They have about every magazine you could be looking for! And, they have Cross Stitching Magazines! You don’t see those around much anymore … unless you live in the UK! “Cross Stitch Gold”, “Cross Stitch Card Shop”, ”The World of Cross Stitching” and “Cross Stitch Crazy” are all from the UK. “Just Cross Stitch” magazine’s editorial offices are in here in the US in Alabama.
I thought it was fun to see the “Cross Stitch Card Shop” magazine right after I posted my card making blog post. The patterns in the magazine fill up the entire face of the card which are beautiful, but I don’t have that much time … I would probably finish only one! I always think on a smaller scale of just “Happy Birthday”, “Thinking of You” with a cute flower or heart, sew that onto a cute scrap of fabric, onto the card … add some buttons ?? The ideas are endless and fun and fast!
Just looking at all of the patterns in my haul of magazines is almost frustrating! I need more time to stitch!! I’ve recently taken on more “real” work and my stitch time is way down.
But … if you think about it, we get the benefits of a magazine from this site! “Stitching The Night Away” has patterns, information, supplies, blog hop, etc.. It’s our online magazine! Thanks Loretta for providing such a great place for all of us cross stitchers to come together!
I used to get two of the UK magazines, but because the cost got too high with the shipping and other reasons, I chose to start subscribing to more of the ones made in the US, always had Just Cross Stitch, but for the price I paid for the two UK I was able to subscribe to 3 US magazines: Cross Stitch & Needlework, Cross Country Stitching, and Stoney Creek. One of the advantages of reading ones published in the US is that when they talk about supplies or stores they are in the US. I will miss the UK magazines, but hopefully by buying ones publish in the US, it will keep them in business and perhaps we will get more, sort of like supporting your LNS, which I would if I had one. :o}
Thanks for the reply txlassy! I wish more American Made Magazines were at Barnes and Noble! I would definately buy those first!
I like the idea of STNA being an online magazine! Years ago I actually wanted to publish a print magazine under the name Stitching the Night Away as well, but getting it going was so expensive that I put the idea on the back burner.
I almost never see stitching mags locally, even at B&N. On a good day I’ll find JCS and Stoney Creek.
Sandra via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says
Me too! Now that Border’s is gone, I go to Barnes and Noble as often as my piggy bank will let me… I especially like all the cross stitch, quilting and craft magazines they have.
Actually, Just Cross Stitch was sold recently and it resides in Indiana now…
Magazines. I AGREE! The UK ones are beautiful but they are about $11/magazine where I live. There is one American magazine I can get where I live but they only order about 10 of them so if you aren’t there to get them early on there is no to be had. The country stitching magazines don’t have the same appeal and timeliness that traditional stitching or contemporary designs have. I find the color palette with the country stitching to be repetitive, but hey that is just my two cents. Which in Canada, as of today, will be outmoded. We have officially given up the penny!
For holidays and special events my mother always wonders what to gift me with and my reply is always “magazines.”
I agree that the UK magazines are amazing and I find that lately I have been gravitating more to the UK over the US mags, I think this is because they usually have only 1 or 2 big projects and then the rest of them are smaller and quicker, so I can trick myself into believing I’ll have more time to stitch. The other plus is that many of the magazines come with free swag and who doesn’t like swag. If you are willing to forego the swag you can get a digital edition of a couple of the magazines for about $5 a copy (and about $3 if you have an iPad) from:
I used to subscribe to so many cross stitch magazines and when I didn’t, I always purchased them at my local stores. I have boxes of them and I am always saying that I can’t wait until I can retire and I will never be bored! But there just isn’t the wide selection that there used to be and even in Syracuse NY where I live there isn’t small shops like there used to be for at least 10 + years now. What happened??!!
I have subscribed to CrossStitcher Magazine for a little over a year now. I consider it my one splurge and I love the monthly gifts.
I buy my UK mags at JoAnn’s. They’re almost always 10% off and then you get times (like this coming weekend) when you have a coupon for an additional 20% off your entire purchase. That makes getting the mags much more affordable.
OH, and CrossStitcher Magazine is my absolute fave!!!!
I would like to purchase World of Cross Stitch on a regular basis, but it’s quite expensive. The copy I bought was $15 CDN. Yikes!
Thanks for the idea/reminder Kelly! I forgot about using my JoAnn’s coupons!
I too find the World of Cross Sttiching magazine along with the other UK magazines expensive.
I much prefer the Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine from US. Nice patterns and the Frantics article always give me a chuckle or two
Just my opinion
Bye for now and happy stitching to all