Are you ready for some Beats inspired cross stitch? Issue 2 of XStitch is available to buy now!
With brand new designs from some of your favourite cross stitch heroes, all of whom are responding to the theme of BEATS, there’s guaranteed to be something you’ll love to stitch! Buy it now and you’ll be downloading it in minutes and stitching in not that many more minutes (if your stash can handle it!)
The theme of Beats isn’t just about music y’know. Beats surround us and define our world. If a butterfly (like these ones designed by The Hawthorn Tree) flaps its wings on one side of the world, it rains instead of shines on the other, or so they say!
We welcome Mathysphere to the XStitch family and her sweet Beats on the Bus design is a great example of why we love her aesthetic!
With 20 designs from 20 designers, it’s another great mix of inspired cross stitch with a truly eclectic range of aesthetics. Check out the tiled Instagram influenced design from Floss & Mischief!
Don’t confine your thinking about cross stitch to just the two-dimensional format – Tina Francis‘ Beatboxes bust out the bargello into a third dimension that truly is the next level!
Beats can also mean neighbourhoods, and Keith Clark delivers a dope double whammy with his Rap Map design – stitch your own version of New York, or if you’ve got hip hop heroes like Flavor Flav (designed in this instance by Ellen Schinderman) then you can stitch the boroughs they came from!
Despite being a cross stitch magazine, we are woke to the joys of needlepoint and most of our designs can translate between the two formats with ease. In this issue we’ve got three needlepoint designers sharing their ideas with us – Jenny Henry‘s Boombox is as rad as it is retro!
We continue our mission to provide a fresh and creative outlet for some of the established names in the business, and this issue contains Beats inspired cross stitch designs from Maria Diaz and Lucie Heaton!
We continue to give you good things to read as well as good things to stitch and among the articles in this issue, we’ve got an interview with Chicago based artist Emma McKee whose cross stitches adorn the clothes of the coolest hip hop artists around!
Spike Dennis has another Thoughtspike and Jacquelyn Royal considers the work of Allan Ginsberg. We’ve got our advice column from Mary at FY Needlework, product reviews from Grace at Beyond Measure and even a book review from Lord Libidan!
£8 will get you all this stitchy goodness in digital format within mere moments. The interactive PDF contains clickable links to all our designers, all the advertisers and all kinds of other stuff. It’s rad! Oh, and did we mention the collaborative YouTube playlist for Issue 2? Tunes to stitch to, chosen by this issue’s contributors!
We’ve also got a limited supply of the Beats issue in print format – highly collectible, yo! Check out those and our other print editions if you want some pieces of cross stitch history. Our flexible shipping options are based on the weight of your order, so you can combine issues and print products with confidence, knowing you’re getting a great price! Shipping costs are calculated at the checkout.
Whether it’s graphic design inspired cross stitch, or something a bit more mellow, our Beats issue is the perfect choice for the discerning stitcher!
And remember that we have combo packs that will save you a few bucks if you decide to collect all of the print editions!
Whatever tools you use for stitching, we think this issue has it covered. Don’t forget that you can zoom in and out of the PDF on your favourite device and you can print out charts if you want to kick it old school. We just want you to get down with us because we love stitching and hey, we love you.
If you decide to go steady with us, there are many more issues to enjoy including our legendary Mixtape issues which have no theme, just kickass cross stitch designs!
If you want to be the one of the first to get new issues, be sure to subscribe to our digital edition so that you can get another XStitch experience every quarter! And don’t forget that we’ve got an email newsletter that you can sign up to – there might even be a discount code attached to that if you’re lucky!