When was the last time you bought a magazine?? I don’t think I ever have once in my life. Well, once. When my boyfriend and I first moved to our new city, we did some exploring down town before Winter quarter started. We spent probably a full hour perusing this little (very disorganized) used bookstore. I was looking for a book on Native American history, but instead I found the craft section – specifically, the cross stitch section. I didn’t even know that book stores had a cross stitch section!
Most of it was dated and very not my style. There were a lot of alphabet books and kitschy 80’s-style country-home stitches. One book caught my eye though.
I’m a sucker for anything Fall colored or Fall themed, and for 50c I couldn’t just leave it there. I didn’t look through it until I got home, but I fell in love with almost every cross stitch in it.
Unfortunately some patterns were missing pages ): I guess I should have expected that. I went online to see if I could find the missing pages, and found that Just Cross Stitch is still going strong and publishing! And for about $30 you could get a year’s subscription AND two years of back-issues (online access only). So I can’t get my missing pages, but I could get three new (to me) Fall editions of Just Cross Stitch.
I ended up signing up for the free trial. (I think?? I don’t remember doing it, but the Winter 2016 issue showed up at my house – so I guess I must have) It was pretty fun to flip through. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a magazine outside of a waiting room.
I absolutely LOVE this Winter chalk board, there is a very good chance I’ll end up making this one:
This ones cute and kind of Scandinavian (like me) but I don’t think I’d ever actually make it:
This one isn’t my style, but it could be a cute gift:
Overall, I’m still on the fence about ordering them.
Pros: That’s a lot of patterns available for a relatively small amount of money. The back issues really make it worth the price. I like having something physical to flip through, it’s nice and relaxing – especially with a cup of coffee. Who doesn’t like getting something new and exciting in the mail every once in a while?
Cons: How many of these patterns will I end up actually making? A lot of them aren’t really my style. Will I get annoyed having magazines stacking up? There’s a $2.50 charge for shipping – is that on every issue or a one-time fee? If I buy the subscription, I would prefer to get a hard copy in the mail, but will I end up paying more for patterns I don’t end up using?
A tough decision on an unemployed college student budget! I tried looking ahead to the March/April issue to see if that would sway me one way or the other:
These are adorable! But again, would I actually make them?
The counter part to my Winter chalkboard! I imagine they’ll do a Summer and Fall too. That’s how they get you to buy the subscription! I’ve gotta have a matching set:
That didn’t help at all!!! I guess I have to decide if the price is worth the average of one pattern per issue I end up making. But that doesn’t include all the back issue patterns I might want!
What do you guys think, is it worth it? What magazines do you subscribe to?
Edit: I decided to go for it! I’ve already looked at all the back-issues while I wait for my new issue to come in the mail, and I’m glad I went for it. I have 4-5 patterns added to my stitchy queue and one new start in my Q Snap (: