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Cross-stitch kits
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 2:37 PM
Posted by Molly
Hi there! I am just wondering where fellow cross-stitchers find their patterns. Do you purchase kits that contain patterns plus everything you need to stitch a design? Or do you prefer to find free patterns online? Or do you create your own designs?

Thanks for the help!

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    Reply from Pauline
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:34 AM
    I have subscribed to several magazines. Right now, I am subscribed to Stoney Creek. I also look in second hand stores for interesting magazines. On another cross stitch site, I recently purchased 15 editions of the U.K. cross stitch magazines ( in the U.S. these sell for over $10. each). And I do look for free charts on various sites. It also helps to join a cross stitch group or site. On the sit I belong to, we challenge each other with stitch a longs, exchanges of not only ATC's but also charts. Usually, I do not purchase full kits unless I am completely enamored with the design. And yes, I have designed my own charts too. I bought those duo tang folders and keep my charts in them, categorized. The file cabinet is full! If you wish the name of the sites I frequent, please email me and I will be happy to share. Go to top
    • Reply from kathe fabio
      Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:30 PM
      iso graphs of 9 banded armadillo's & busts of joan elliot angels please thank you Go to top
    • Reply from Pauline
      Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:18 PM
      I should have added that I paid $1.00 each for those British magazines! Now, that's a deal! Go to top
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    Reply from Sherry
    Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:37 AM
    I began rose stitching buying from a popular catalog, and always bought kits. Very expensive and always ended up short o thread, grrh! Git smart and started purchase g o KY patterns from Web sites, lots of free and clearance. I some times would customize colors to suit me rather than their irs. Lots of fun! I now subscribe to a quarterly magazine with tons of seasonally appropriate patterns. Branch out, surf the Web for freebies and down loadable patterns! Go to top
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      Reply from NANCYE G
      Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:59 AM
      I HATE KITS! I don't like following "rules". I want to pick my own fabric and change the floss, especially if I don't have the "suggested" supplies in my stash. Rarely follow a pattern exactly as the designer recommends. Makes my finished project unique from anyone else who has stitched the same thing. Go to top
      • Reply from Donna G
        Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:30 PM
        I agree with you Nancy G., even if you do follow most of the pattern you still need to add finishing touches to your design to make it your own. I sometimes make my own patterns on Stitch program that I have and I still add items to the finishing touch. I am currently making oriental designs and buying oriental items from a Trading company to add on to them. Go to top
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    Reply from lynn
    Monday, May 22, 2017 2:26 PM
    I do a little of everything...but primarily I design my own. I like primitives and that also complements my home decor...but then there are those specialty gifts for weddings or anniversaries or baby announcements that I want something special that is just for them.

    KeenStitches Go to top

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      Reply from dianna
      Sunday, August 6, 2017 10:39 PM
      Wow, i think that is so neat, how would you even begin to make your own patterns? I have been doing cross stitch for about 25 years and would love to know how to get started. Any suggestions? Thanks so much! Go to top
      • Reply from Lynn Keen
        Monday, August 7, 2017 6:41 AM
        Hi Dianna!
        I am happy to chat with you about how you can make your own! You are welcome to connect me. Go to top