How many craft magazines are on the market, do you think? How many needlework magazines? I suppose there are lots, but I’m not a big subscriber to magazines (except Inspirations – I can’t get enough of that publication!) But even if you aren’t a subscriber to craft or needlework magazines, they can still come in handy. I’ll show you what I mean…
Take, for example, Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine. They have a website, and if you visit it, you’ll notice something:
Freebies! Now, doesn’t that just make your heart flutter?? It’s needlework stuff, and it’s free!
On this particular website, you’ll find good information – various tips and tricks for the hand embroiderer. For example, they have an very nice selection of PDF articles in their archives. Three that I find most interesting are: Introduction to Hardanger, an excellent article on hemstitching, and a great idea for organization – notebook pages for keeping track of your stitches, your embroidery threads, and your embroidery projects.
Besides the PDF articles with pictures and so forth, you’ll also find a good section of tips, with information on things like how to strip your floss, how to calculate design fabric counts, and why it’s sometimes good to use a larger needle.
So even if you don’t generally subscribe to magazines, it’s always a good idea to check out websites of craft and needlework magazines – you never know what little treasures you’ll find… for free!