Issue 3 of XStitch Magazine goes interstellar with a galaxy of goodies in our Space Cross Stitch edition!
We’ve got fifteen patterns from our international cohort of designers, some of whom you’ll be familiar with, such as Bobo Stitch, whose Reach for the Stars pattern uses not one, but two hoops!
We are on a mission to boldly go where no cross stitch mag has ever gone before, and we pride ourselves on the diverse collection of designers that we work with. In this issue, it’s our first time working with SmartCrossStitch, all the way from Russia (with love!), with BaaMeow Designs and with the totally marvellous Tiny Modernist, whose Ball Chair pattern is a design classic on so many levels!
Now Space Cross Stitch doesn’t just mean outer space, but can refer to urban spaces, or architecture, or meditation – we like a theme that’s nice and broad. There’s a graffiti inspired design by Mr X Stitch and an interview with ZEDZ, the Dutch artist whose work inspired the pattern!
We like to inform our readers as well as give you something nice to stitch and Keith Clark‘s design pays homage to one of the true pioneers of space exploration – Laika the Space Dog!
This issue features the first Libidan Lecture in which our favourite needlework nobleman, Lord Libidan, shares his thoughts on topics relating to the magazine theme. Find out about art in space and then stitch up his Patch of Space whydontcha? If you’re new to stitching, we hope this issue will help your passion take off…
… a bit like Mathysphere’s Silver Needle design! See what we did there?
While we primarily focus on cross stitch, we love to have designs that will broaden your skill set, or test your talents, and Lucie Heaton‘s Blackwork Moon Phases is a perfect example. Why not stitch this one in glow in the dark thread for extra effect!
If you struggle to understand the difference between astronomy and astrology, Peacock & Fig has got you covered with this sassy stitchery! Because y’know, we like to take things seriously, but not too seriously!
It’s such a pleasure to work with needlework artists as well as designers (you can argue the difference between those phrases at another time) and when we get submissions from people like Jacquelyn Royal it’s always interesting. Her Behold Klaatu design is based on urban graffiti found in Detroit and, as with all of Jacquelyn’s pieces, by taking the time to stitch it, you reconnect with the process and intention of the original artist. Gotta love that stuff!
We love curating content that will appeal to a wide range of stitchers and we hope that you find something that takes your fancy! If you do finish any of the pieces be sure to let us know using #xstitchmag on social media so we can share them in future issues!
Of course there’s nothing wrong with WIPs (Works in Progress) and this design from Tom Katsumi is designed to take you 164 years to complete – so we’ll cut you some slack on that one!
And don’t forget our collaborative YouTube playlist, chosen by the magazine contributors – an eclectic aural accompaniment to your space stitching!
Get your print copy of the best Space Cross Stitch magazine in the world (and therefore the Universe!) for the bargain price of £10! Or, if you’re feeling really savvy, check out our combo packs to save some bucks while scoring more print goodness.
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.
You can also get Issue 3 in digital format, for immediate download as an interactive PDF. And if you decide to go fully digital with us, there are many more issues to enjoy including our legendary Mixtape issues which have no theme, just kickass cross stitch designs!
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And don’t forget you can find us on Facebook and Instagram, and we love to hear what you’ve been stitching so stay in touch! Thanks for getting this far and for buying this stellar collection of Space Cross Stitch designs – come on, you know you want to!
To embroidery and beyond!