Guide to buying the Best Cross Stitch Scissors for you

Premax Carnival Embroidery Scissors (source: kreinik.com)

A few weeks ago, I did a guest post on the Kreinik blog about finding the best cross stitch scissors and since then a lot of people have been in contact to get my low down on the best pairs of scissors. So I’m going to go through the process of picking the best scissors for you.

What are you going to use them for?

This might seem a little strange at first, considering you’ve been using scissors already for ages, however, that trusty pair you have might not be the best for all situations.

The All-Purpose Thread Snipper

This is probably the pair you’re thinking about right now, and you really need a trusty pair. If you’re looking for one of these, after you’ve made your selection, check out the other pairs I suggest you buy, as using these scissors for anything other than standard threads, you’re going to blunt them FAST.

Premax Carnival Embroidery Scissors – $22

Premax Carnival Embroidery Scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Premax Carnival Embroidery Scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Everyone has heard of Gold Stork scissors, however thanks to a market full of fakes, its rare to find a good, sharp pair. Instead think about investing in a funky pair such as these Premax ones.

Double Curved Sewing Machine Scissors – $22

Premax Double Curved Machine Sewing Scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Premax Double Curved Machine Sewing Scissors (source: kreinik.com)
I know this will initially sound crazy, after all these are called sewing machine scissors, however the double curve design allows you to get right into the threads without casting shadows, brushing the threads, or obscuring your view. Also they totally make you feel like a surgeon.

The Speciality Thread Snipper

We said above that a thread snipper is a pair of scissors no stitcher should be without, however for many, that’s as far as it goes. But in reality, threads such as glow in the darks, or a metallic (a scissors worst enemy) blunt or gouge sections out of your thread snippers, meaning you’ll get bad cuts. In addition, due to the extra force needed to cut them, these special threads pull the scissors apart, meaning they’ll sit poorly in the hand.
Therefore, in addition to your trusty standard pair, get one of these:

Sodial Metal Grip Shears – $3

Japanese style cross stitch scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Japanese style cross stitch scissors (source: kreinik.com)
These traditional Japanese shears don’t peel apart like other thread scissors, and their low price means you can change them often (which you’ll have to) without much pain.
Pro tip: you can find black tipped pairs; don’t get these, they are for bonsai, and have a coating on them that can stain threads.

Premax 4″ Weavers Scissors – $6

Premax 4 inch weavers scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Premax 4 inch weavers scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Alternatively you can get a pair of plastic handled Premax scissors which are much more expensive, but you can purchase replacement heads at $2 each time. They’re nicer in the hand, and easier to snip for people with stiff fingers.

Canary Mini Snips – $10

Canary Micro Scissors in a palm (Source: beyondmeasure.com)
Canary Micro Scissors in a palm (Source: beyondmeasure.com)
One of our all time favorite scissors, these micro snips are fully safe to fly with, can fit on a keychain, are round tipped, and super easy to use!

The Fabric Cutter

Thirdly, you need a good pair of scissors to cut all that aida fabric. Most people use their desk scissors, or (I really hope this isn’t you) their kitchen scissors. I don’t have to tell you that those scissors are coated in all kinds of nasty stuff, and if you use desk scissors are usually blunt as well. Therefore, invest in a good pair of fabric scissors and keep them for fabric only.

Fiskars Fabric Scissors – $15

Fiskars 4 inch fabric scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Fiskars 4 inch fabric scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Fiskars fabric scissors (unlike many other brands) are made from titanium. This means that firstly they’ll last forever without the need for sharpening, however, they’re also capable of cutting through thick aida fabric. Their formed handle is also a great fit (they come in right or left-handed).

The Plastic Canvas/Waste Canvas Cutter

Finally, spare a thought for waste and plastic canvas. These plastic-coated fabrics will blunt any scissors, so you need to be prepared with a serious solution.

Fiskars RazorEdge Soft Grip Scissors – $15

Fiskars RazorEdge Soft Grip Scissors (source: kreinik.com)
Fiskars RazorEdge Soft Grip Scissors (source: kreinik.com)
You ideally want something razor sharp, so these Fiskars RazorEdge pair really work wonders, however any stainless-steel pair will work, just remember to sharpen them often!

X-acto Z Series Number 1 Knife – $8

X-acto Z Number 1 Craft Knife (source: amazon.com)
X-acto Z Number 1 Craft Knife (source: amazon.com)
Alternately, pick up a quality craft knife instead. With easy swap out blades, and a trusted brand like X-acto, this Z number 1 blade will last you a long time!

21 Of The Best Apps for Cross Stitchers – Updated

crossity app icon (source: Itunes)

With every wake moment thinking about cross stitch, it’s no wonder you want an app or two to help you out. We round up the best apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Ranked using iTunes store (for iPhone & iPad) and GooglePlay (for Android) reviews.
Updated January 2020

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Best iPhone cross stitch apps:

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Cross Stitch World (FREE) – 10/10

Based on 656 reviews
Unlike others on the list, this app isn’t a tool, but is actually a game. Effectively it’s a paint by numbers affair, made to look like cross stitch, with the ability to make new patterns with your own images. Due to the recent trend of adult coloring books, the app has really hit it off, but for most cross stitchers it might just be a distraction.
However, if you suffer from any arthritis or similar conditions stopping you stitching, this is a great alternative!

cross stitch calculator app icon

Cross Stitch Fabric Calculator (FREE) – 3/10

Based on 24 reviews
A fabric size calculator in your pocket. Sadly the app has many bugs and issues, leaving most to prefer alternative cross stitch calculators, such as our own.

cross stitch world app icon

XStitch Plus ($10) – 9/10

Based on 26 reviews
A tracking app that frankly tracks everything, XStitch Plus has a massive following. Its best feature however is the ability to publish on social media from directly in the app. This works super well with its journal feature, allowing you not only to track everything about a project, but allows you to upload up to 5 images for each project.

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StitchSketch ($8) – 9/10

Based on 251 reviews
StitchSketch is created by the maker of KG Chart. It’s a fantastic pattern creation program, which works almost as well as any desktop program. The app only allows you to import back into KG chart, however unlike apps like Cross Stitch Saga, the app has all of the advanced features the desktop version does.

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X-Stitch ($3) – 9/10

Based on 27 reviews
Similar to Thread Tracker 117 this app not only tracks threads, but aida, needles, charts and other tools. It’s “need to buy” feature not only works well, but it reads your charts and patterns to give you lists of threads needed for each project too!

magicneedle cross stitch app icon

MagicNeedle (FREE) – 8/10

Based on 9 reviews
A new entry to the world of cross stitch generators, Magic Needle is effectively a ‘poiint and click’ pattern generator, however also boasts more more advanced features that make it a little special. As the only true free cross stitch generator for iPad and iPhone is definately worth a shot, even if it isn’t as advanced as the likes of Cross Stitch Saga.

cross stitch camera app icon

Cross Stitch Camera ($4) – 7/10

Based on 10 reviews
Cross Stitch Camera works, you guessed it, with your camera. It takes a photo (which can be from your phone’s memory) and makes a pattern based on the largest dimension you set.

thread tracker 117 app icon

Thread Tracker 117 ($1) – 7/10

Based on 14 reviews
For a dollar, it’s hard to say anything bad about this app, however in reality, it’s just a spreadsheet to track which DMC threads you have. The advantage, and the thing that makes this app so successful is you can import list of colors needed for your next project, and the app works out which ones you need. Next time you’re in a store, pull the app out and the list is there straight away. Of all the apps on the list, this is the one I personally use the most.
They also have an app called ThreadTracker 4635 for tracking Anchor Threads.

cross stitch guild app icon

Cross Stitch Guild ($8) – 5/10

Based on 2 reviews
A great app in premise, the cross stitch guild have put together a series of tools into one app, allowing you to convert thread, work out fabric size, and track which threads you own. However, it doesn’t do any of these particularly well. With bugs and a super high price point, you’re better off getting Thread Tracker 117, Cross Stitch Calculator and Cross Stitch Saga for less money and a better user experience.

thread replacer 117 app icon

Thread Replacer 117 ($1) – 4/10

Based on 1 reviews
From the maker of Thread Tracker 117, this app has a slightly different aim. If you’re on a project and you’re missing a color, the app will give you the 5 nearest colors to the one you want. Sometimes this allows you to make a swap, however often, it results in needing to buy new thread. I would personally buy a shade card instead.

cross stitch world app icon

Cross Stitch Creator ($10) – 9/10

Based on 6 reviews
Cross Stitch Creator is a pattern making app, and whilst it works OK, the real greatness comes from its variety. It can convert an image, change it into a pattern, and then you can use the app for markup! Sadly, its not got many people trying it out just yet (its new) so its score isn’t too high.

Best Androids cross stitch apps:

pattern keeper android cross stitch app icon

Pattern Keeper ($10.50) – 8/10

Based on 10,000 reviews
This app is still in beta, but don’t let that fool you. Even in this state, it’s a fantastic app that deserves to be in the hands of every cross stitcher. Its a markup app that works with any pdf. Its real abilities shine once you’ve added the pdf though. It tracks stitched and unstitched threads, you can track the use of the parking method (the only app to do so), count how many threads are left, and it combines pages of patterns into one large pattern for you. I cannot recommend this app enough.
It initially looks like a free app, but be aware, the trial ends after 2 weeks, and it costs just over $10.

cross stitch world android app icon

Cross Stitch World (FREE) – 8/10

Based on 31,188 reviews
Unlike others on the list, this app isn’t a tool, but is actually a game. Effectively it’s a paint by numbers affair, made to look like cross stitch, with the ability to make new patterns with your own images. Due to the recent trend of adult coloring books, the app has really hit it off, but for most cross stitchers it might just be a distraction.
However, if you suffer from any arthritis or similar conditions stopping you stitching, this is a great alternative!

cross stitch fabric calculator app icon

StachCache (FREE) – 8/10

Based on 43 reviews
Put simply, this app is a tracker. It tracks threads, fabric, embellishments, it tracks when you started projects, finished them, what fabric they were on, what thread changes you made, what threads you still need, etc. It tracks everything. The best bit however is how easy to use it is. They’ve even added in an export feature meaning you can take the data with you whenever you want, in a nice easy to read text file.

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Cross Stitch Fabric Calculator (FREE) – 8/10

Based on 124 reviews
A fabric size calculator in your pocket. Sadly the app has many bugs and issues, leaving most to prefer alternative cross stitch calculators, such as our own.

eCanvas for cross-stitch app icon

eCanvas for cross-stitch (FREE & $2.99) – 6/10

Based on 57 reviews
A set of features for those who design their own patterns, eCanvas calculates the best size fabric for your project, it displays great color palettes, and the paid version can even allow you to make small edits to pdf patterns.

crossity android app icon

Crossty ($5) – 9/10

Based on 360 reviews
A very clever app, Crossty comes in after you’ve made a pattern. You import your pattern and Crossty takes over. You highlight the colour you’re using, you can select areas you’ve already stitched, it works out how long it will take you to stitch the rest of the project or color, counts stitches and even works out the best route to minimise confetti and jumping across the back. There is also a free version, however ads are incredibly intrusive and the limited features means its work spending the 5 dollars.

Cross Stitch Thread Organizer app icon

Cross Stitch Saga ($13) – 7/10

Based on 30 reviews
Cross Stitch Saga used to be on this list a long time ago, but it was pulled down from all download sites. It turns out they were improving the app (and raising the price). However, that said, its still a great app. It allows you to import files from Cross Stitch Professional Platinum, Pattern Maker & PC Stitch (up to version 10) and allows you to mark them up. However, it doesn’t allow you to mark up pdf files, and frankly there are many, much better mark up apps out there.

Cross Stitch Thread Organizer app icon

Cross Stitch Thread Organizer ($1) – 8/10

Based on 30 reviews
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Cross Stitch Thread Organizer orders your threads with to-buy lists, current stock, and warns you if you’re running low on a thread and a future project needs it. There are a lot of other apps doing exactly this, however what makes this app fantastic is the constant upgrades, and a really devoted developer who can be found on reddit daily.

eCanvas for cross-stitch pro app icon

eCanvas for cross-stitch PRO ($3) – 8/10

Based on 92 reviews
A simplistic pattern creation software, eCanvas makes patterns up for you to export and stitch. Its lacking in advanced stitches and sometimes assumes you’re using a stylus instead of a finger, however it’s a well-balanced app. There is also a free version, however adverts obstruct the working area and it makes pattern creation VERY hard.

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XStitch Designer ($1) – 7/10

Based on 222 reviews
A great pattern creation app, well designed so it works on a phone. The only downside is you can’t print directly from the app, and getting a pdf to print from a computer isn’t user friendly.

The Tasty World Of Cross Stitch Cakes

awesome cross stitch cake by ana salinas (source: pinterest)

When you think cross stitch, you don’t normally think cakes. However, the relationship has been out there a while. We’ve done the hard, tasty work for you, by finding those cross stitch cakes and cake cross stitch.

Cake: Ana Salinas

Originally showcased at the Americas Cake Fair Ana Salinas took the cross stitch world by storm with her fantastically realistic cross stitch cake.

awesome cross stitch cake by ana salinas (source: pinterest)
awesome cross stitch cake by ana salinas (source: pinterest)

The thing that really made the world go crazy was the sheer detail. There’s realistic aida, with cross stitch perfectly spaced, and its just so awesome!

Cross Stitch: Sirinth

Cake don’t always have to be fancy to be tasty. Check this sweet Minecraft cake out by Sirinth who even made the pattern avalible for free on her website.

minecraft cake cross stitch by sirinth (source: spritestitch.com)
minecraft cake cross stitch by sirinth (source: spritestitch.com)

Cake: Zoe Clark

Cross stitch cakes look hard, however once Ana Salinas took the world by storm, people started to emulate her. Most are poor emulations, however Zoe Clark has perfected a very simple method, which she even teaches on her website!

Zoe Clark Cross Stitch Cake (source: zoeclarkcakes.com)
Zoe Clark Cross Stitch Cake (source: zoeclarkcakes.com)

Cross Stitch: TinyLizard

These simplistic cupcakes are super sweet. What makes them even better, is you can pick yourself up a kit from EtsyStudio

cake cross stitch kit by tinylizardgifts (source: etsy)
cake cross stitch kit by tinylizardgifts (source: etsy)

The Best Simpsons Cross Stitch

Lisa Simpson Cross Stitch by Fox On An Island (source: foxonanisland.com)

With 21 seasons under its belt and still going strong, The Simpsons have a massive following (even if some of them hate the newer episodes), however, there isn’t a great deal of cross stitch out there devoted to it.
As I pointed out in my trends of 2017 post-pop culture like The Simpsons is on the rise. Here are the best so far…

Springfield: Home Sweet Home

Before we begin, please be advised this post is sponsored by Hank Scorpio (evil genius) and the Globex Corporation.

the simpsons cross stitch home sweet home (source: pinterest)
the simpsons cross stitch home sweet home (source: pinterest)

The Almighty Donut

Talking of Homer, where’s my donut love?

the simpsons cross stitch do or donut there is no try by jimjamcrafts (source: etsy)
the simpsons cross stitch do or donut there is no try by jimjamcrafts (source: etsy)

You can pick the pattern up of this awesome pattern on Etsy.

Old Man Yells At Cloud

But when it comes to the press, Grandpa Simpson has the record…

the simpsons cross stitch old man yells at cloud (source: knowyourmeme.com)
the simpsons cross stitch old man yells at cloud (source: knowyourmeme.com)

That’s a Paddlin’

Talking out of turn? That’s a paddlin’. Lookin’ out the window? That’s a paddlin’. Staring at my sandals? That’s a paddlin’. Paddlin’ the school canoe? Oh, you better believe that’s a paddlin’.
― Jasper Beardly

the simpsons cross stitch thats a paddlin (source: pinterest)
the simpsons cross stitch thats a paddlin (source: pinterest)

Lisa Simpson

the simpsons cross stitch you are lisa simpson (source: twitter)
the simpsons cross stitch you are lisa simpson (source: twitter)

Pretty sure I’m not…
Lisa Simpson Cross Stitch by Fox On An Island (source: foxonanisland.com)
Lisa Simpson Cross Stitch by Fox On An Island (source: foxonanisland.com)

Oh…

The Couch Gag

And finally, what kind of roundup would it be without a couch gag? Attempted a few times, PDX-stitch has got the furthest so far, with a 3 year stitch time…

the simpsons cross stitch couch gag by pxdstitch (source: pxdstitch.com)
the simpsons cross stitch couch gag by pxdstitch (source: pxdstitch.com)

The Best Cross Stitch Forums

cross-stitching.com cross stitch forum (source: cross-stitching.com)

Following our super popular post on how to show cross stitch offline we’ve received a few comments about the best forums to display your work on. On the last count, there were about 30 forums, and so we’ve reviewed and ordered the list from the most active community to least active community, based on a test every day for 28 days.

Reddit

Reddit /r/crossstitch
In a stark contrast to cross-stitching.com’s forum, Reddit’s /r/CrossStitch is far more contemporary (although there is a fair share of traditional in there), and MUCH more international. There are roughly 50 people logged into the forum at any time, and whilst that’s much smaller in size, the participation is much greater, and often this is where the cross stitch masters hang their hat.
There’s a bit of a learning curve needed though, as each time you post, you have to add a code to the start of your message, but once you’ve picked it up, it’s actually super easy to navigate.
 

CrossStitchForum

cross stitch forum
Starting to get on the less busy side now, we have the CrossStitchForum, who’s the whole purpose in life is a forum for cross stitchers. Whilst it was extremely popular back in 2007, it suffered from low figures for a while, and I think we may see the end of it soon. However, in those archives are some of the best cross stitch question and answers you’ve ever seen. Whenever I have a question I look up the answer here first.
 

Craftster

craftster cross stitch
A much larger forum, is Craftster, which in itself is a massive beast, however, the cross stitch and needlepoint section seems to have dwindled in the last 5 years. Whilst it’s a great place to show off your completed projects and WIPs, the community isn’t really there, and there isn’t much participation past the occasional “well done”.
 

The Cross Stitch Guild

cross stitch gold
The Cross Stitch Guild, unlike all our other entries, has never been a busy forum. However, the one saving grace, is anyone posting is likely been stitching for decades. This means that any questions you have will not only be answered but be answered by someone who has gone through the exact same things thousands of times before. Not too busy, but worth its weight in gold; pun intended.
 
If you know of any good forums, even if they’re specific to certain parts of cross stitch, then drop me a line and I’ll review them!

Cross Stitch Cufflinks

monogramed cross stitch cufflinks by skrynka (source: etsy)

As the Lord of cross stitch, its no wonder I wear cufflinks, but I feel all the manbroiderers and partners of cross stitchers should hold up the flag more often! Cufflinks are a great way to do this, but also pose quite a challenge to make in themselves.

The first pair featuring characters from the Cave Story video game, are fantastic examples of super tiny cross stitching; these are 42 count! By Benjibot

cave story cross stitch cufflinks by benjibot (source: pinterest)
cave story cross stitch cufflinks by benjibot (source: pinterest)

Alternatively you could lower the count and make something like these awesome Just Dance cross stitch cufflinks to show off that you can break into spontanious dance moves as soon as the suit is off.
just dance video game cross stitch cufflinks (source: pinterest)
just dance video game cross stitch cufflinks (source: pinterest)

If video games aren’t your thing, you can always use them to monogram your shirts on the cheap. These linen based cross stitch cufflinks ooze class.
monogramed cross stitch cufflinks by skrynka (source: etsy)
monogramed cross stitch cufflinks by skrynka (source: etsy)

Or, if you want hard wearing, how about resin filling a pair, like these from craftster?
pacman cross stitch cufflinks by cloverlilly (source: craftster.org)
pacman cross stitch cufflinks by cloverlilly (source: craftster.org)

8 Cross Stitch Must Haves

DMC coloris theads (source: DMC.com)

Following on from our post a few weeks ago about the best cross stitch frame I’ve had a load of discussions on the best tools for cross stitch. So here are my suggestions for the 8 cross stitch must-haves every stitcher should have!

1 – Thread Shade Chart

We have a copy of the DMC shade card on our site to see at any time, however, there is nothing quite like a real chart, with thread samples. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve checked color and found it was too red, or too green and so changed it for a better one. Whilst a lot of cross stitch pattern software does a great job, there’s nothing quite like the human eye.
They cost about $20 for one with thread samples, and are definitely the one thing I would suggest EVERY stitcher gets.

DMC Thread shade card with new colors with logo by Lord Libidan
DMC Thread shade card with new colors with logo by Lord Libidan

2 – All The Threads!

Full set of DMC threads
My full set of DMC threads ordered by number

The only thing better than owning a thread shade card is owning the threads themselves. I always kept using the threads I had on hand, and until I got the whole set, I didn’t realise just how much I was making compromise; my colors have definitely got better. You can see how much a full set of DMC threads has helped us with our blog post about our journey to a complete set of cross stitch threads.
Not the cheapest thing in the world, wait until you can buy a whole set in one go on an offer. The price can drop from $450 to $200. Just don’t be tempted by those cheap Chinese deals to see on ebay.

3 – Thread Cutterz

Thread Cutterz (source: threadcutterz.com)
Thread Cutterz (source: threadcutterz.com)

We recently posted about taking cross stitch on planes and public transport, and loved the thread cutterz for their ability to take them on international flights, however they’re just damn handy anyway. Far easier than scissors, they can be the quick cut you need.
They retail for $12-$15 but can only be brought from ThreadCutterz themselves.

4 – Great Cross Stitch Software

PCStitch Cross Stitch Software (source: PCStitch.com)
PCStitch Cross Stitch Software (source: PCStitch.com)

Sure, cross stitch pattern software isn’t a glamorous item, and doesn’t seem like a must have item, however if you use a free online one, or work patterns out on paper, you REALLY need to update it. And if you’re struggling through, its probably time to update to a better one. We have a super post on which is the best cross stitch pattern software, and they can vary in price from free to $200.

5 – Funny Needle Keeps

Charizard Needle Keeper by MyWifesAVelociraptor (source: Etsy)
Charizard Needle Keeper by MyWifesAVelociraptor (source: Etsy)

No one NEEDS a needle minder, but if you have all the right tools, sometimes you need a little fun. Needle keepers just hold you needle whilst you’re not stitching, so you want a light weight one. Most are magnetic, and you can get some really great ones. The image for example is a 3D printed charizard for $6, which is about the going rate.

6 – Magazine Subscriptions

CrossStitcher Magazine Cover Issue 317 (source: crossstitchermag.co.uk)
CrossStitcher Magazine Cover Issue 317 (source: crossstitchermag.co.uk)

Magazines are fantastic for both giving you patterns, giving you inspiration, finding out about all the new products, and reading up on all the happenings of the cross stitch community. There are frankly a shocking amount out there, so its best to pick one or two you like the most, and getting a subscription to those. Prices vary, $20-$60 a year.

7 – The Perfect Frame

Easy Clip Cross Stitch Frame (source: amazon)
Easy Clip Cross Stitch Frame (source: amazon)

There’s nothing worse in cross stitch than Repetitive Strain Injury. It normally happens as a result of having to hold frames, so its no wonder that one of the best things you can get is a good frame. They vary in price from $2 to $30 depending on a lot of factors. We’ve made a post about the perfect cross stitch frame to help you pick.

8 – A Good Pair Of Scissors

Cross Stitch Japanese Style Scissors (source: ebay)
Cross Stitch Japanese Style Scissors (source: ebay)

I personally use a pair of Fiskars scissors, but I know many people prefer snip style scissors like the image, however there is one thing everyone agrees on, and that’s that some scissors just fit your hand better than others. As a cross stitcher you’re going to spend a lot of time with your hands in a pair, so make sure they’re the best ones for you. I would suggest specific thread or fishing line scissors, as they are sharper and have a small “snip” area. Also make sure to only use them for thread; scissors get blunt really easily.

Cross Sti and the hilarious misspelled cross stitch

Misspelled Cross Stitch from CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong by Heather Mann (source: Amazon)

Sometimes things go wrong. Maybe it was auto correct, maybe it was miscounting, but regardless, its crazy funny when it doesn’t happen to you. This are some of the best cross stitch mistakes out there.

We start with someone who even made it to a book, specifically Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong By Heather Mann, where an entreped cross stitcher spent hours stitching the beginning of her hobby only to realise once she’d finished that it wasn’t all she cracked it up to be.

Misspelled Cross Stitch from CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong by Heather Mann (source: Amazon)
Misspelled Cross Stitch from CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong by Heather Mann (source: Amazon)


Sometimes people realise a lot earlier though, like this cross stitcher who only drew the letters on, and then realised the missing H. Most shocking of all though, he’s trying to sell it on ebay for $15…
Cures Arthritis Misspelled Cross Stitch by Peterson (source: ebay)
Cures Arthritis Misspelled Cross Stitch by Peterson (source: ebay)


Sometimes though, spellings are on purpose. This sarky stitch sadly fools more people than it should, but is a great way to make a mistake a feature.
village idiot misspelled cross stitch (source: google images)
village idiot misspelled cross stitch (source: google images)


Finally though, by far the most common cross stitch mistake I could find; gob. Sadly, some of these are massive pieces.
gob bless this house misspelled cross stitch by aliciawatkins (source: Etsy)
gob bless this house misspelled cross stitch by aliciawatkins (source: Etsy)

The Best Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch

Hodor Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch by PinsandWeevils (source: Etsy)

Who holds the iron cross stitch throne? We’ll it will take less than 8 seasons to find out, beleive me. However when you see how awesome these Game of Thrones cross stitches are you’ll be itching for the new season in July!

Game Of Thrones cross stitch by RandomlyGenerated (source: Etsy.com)
Game Of Thrones cross stitch by RandomlyGenerated (source: Etsy.com)

What round up would be complete without a map of Westeros? This is a map that’s been recreated a lot on the internet, but I tracked down the first version.
Game of Thrones Mario Style World Map Cross Stitch by MonkeeCatcher, pattern by titan413 (source: spritestitch.com)
Game of Thrones Mario Style World Map Cross Stitch by MonkeeCatcher, pattern by titan413 (source: spritestitch.com)

However, that isn’t to say other versions are bad. This Mario Game of Thrones mash up is just brilliant!
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

Another mash up in the form of this Pokemon stitch, back when we thought Jon and Khaleesi would fight it out… *fingers crossed for them getting married*
Game of Thrones House Banners Cross Stitch on Linen by Minnie (source: minnie-allxxs.blogspot.com)
Game of Thrones House Banners Cross Stitch on Linen by Minnie (source: minnie-allxxs.blogspot.com)

Speaking of alliances, hows this banner based cross stitch, done on linen to make it look older and more in fitting with the lore of Game of Thrones.
Hodor Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch by PinsandWeevils (source: Etsy)
Hodor Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch by PinsandWeevils (source: Etsy)

Hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor.
let it snow game of thrones christmas cross stitch by Sanna (source: Pinterest)
Let it snow game of thrones christmas cross stitch by Sanna (source: Pinterest)

And finally, some way off from Christmas, I know… but its so darn clever.

What is the best cross stitch magazine?

Cross Stitch Favorites Magazine Cover Issue 14 (source: cross-stitching.com)

There are loads of cross stitch magazines out there, and with magazines like Cross Stitch and Needlework and Cross Stitch Collection coming to an end, I felt it was a good time to go through some of the most popular cross stitch magazines out there and give a bit more detail so you can pick the best one for you.
Updated August 2020.

CrossStitcher

crossstitcher magazine cover
$2 – $6 per month; digital and print

Currently the second most popular cross stitch magazine out there, but on the rise, CrossStitcher focuses on modern cross stitch. The contemporary, bright, bold designs are better suited to a 16-50 age bracket, with great finishing ideas, and loads of freebies every issue. Its also the only magazine to offer a digital only option, which at $2 is a steal in itself, although with a physical copy for only $6 it might be worth getting that, as you get the digital copy for free.
Many prominent artists have been featured, including myself back in 2012, 2013 and 2015
Score 9.4/10
Full CrossStitcher review

The World Of Cross Stitching

the world of cross stitching magazine cover$6 – $12 per month; digital and print

The World of Cross Stitching (or TWOCS as its sometimes known) is the longest-running cross stitching magazine in worldwide production, and you can see why quite quickly; its very mainstream. If this is what you’re looking for then its a great magazine, full of patterns, and the largest in size on the list. It plays upon being British for the American market, and so as a Brit, you might find it a little unrealistic, but it has lots of other animals, teddy, flower, heart, etc based patterns. The theme on seasons heavily, to the point where every issue is a holiday of some kind. They include free items, but these tend to be knickknacks and not pattern stitching items, however, they do include waste canvas often, which can be hard to get your hands on. In recent years its started to struggle as people have moved to other magazines on the list, however, it still commands a massive following.
Score 9.2/10
Full The World Of Cross Stitching review

XStitch

Xstitch Issue 6 Mistape featuring Lord Libidan
$6 per quarter; digital-only

Made by MrXStitch this Kickstarter based magazine was created as a direct opposite to the girly magazines the scene is full of. Its simple message, is bringing cross stitch up to date, with very modern patterns, and features that a lot of magazines don’t have; such as everyone gets to print and online versions, with larger patterns to see better, a podcast of songs to go with all the patterns, an online community for further support and showing off, etc. Unlike the rest of the entries on the list, XStitch is not full of patterns by one main designer, but instead, each issue has 12 different designers from around the world (including people like Jane Greenoff and myself), specifically chosen for the themes, which are must more radical than the usual.
Score 9/10

Just Cross Stitch

just cross stitch magazine cover
$7 per month; print; USA only
$7 per month; digital

The only US print magazine on the list, Just Cross Stitch has been going just over 30 years and has had a bit of a rocky start since it was sold last year. The patterns are sometimes inspired, but can occasionally look tired. It has a modern design, and most patterns follow this ideal, and it features lesser-known internet cross stitch celebrities. Its big pull is the Christmas ornament issue (not to be confused with the Christmas issue coming out the month after), which includes a large supply of free things, and features nothing but unique ways to make cross stitch ornaments. It’s worth looking into if you’re US based, but they currently don’t have any plans to supply the rest of the world.
Score 7.6/10

Stoney Creek Cross Stitch

Stoney Creek Cross Stitch magazine cover
$8.50 per issue (per quarter); no subscriptions

I personally don’t rate Stoney Creek that much, however many are avid fans. They are a US traditional style magazine. They used to offer subscriptions, but their new sales model is to purchase issue by issue, one a quarter. This has the advantage that you can see all the patterns you’re getting before you buy, however the magazine only contains patterns, no articles.
Score 4.6/10