2015 in Books…er, Magazines

I wanted to do a crafty book round-up for this year, but then I looked back on the books I finished this year and realized I didn’t read a single art or craft related book. How is that even possible?

I feel like I read a lot of crafty things this year because I subscribe to a lot of magazines which I don’t count as part of my reading for the year. Digital subscriptions have enabled me to indulge my magazine habit like never before. I can subscribe to as many titles as I’d like and never have to worry about stacks and stacks of magazines accumulating in the house. Zinio has been both a blessing and a curse.

So, here are some of the stitching and artsy titles I subscribe to right now:

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CrossStitcher

CrossStitcher I like for its focus on trendy, modern designs. Issues tend to be filled with bright colors and bold graphics.

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Cross Stitch Collection

Cross Stitch Collection has more complex designs than CrossStitcher and the designs tend be more traditional and conservative.

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Just CrossStitch

This bi-monthly U.S. magazine is most well known for its annual ornament issue, but every issue features exclusive patterns by well-known designers. And, despite the title of the publication, this magazine includes much more than “just cross-stitch,” with patterns that employ a wide variety of needlework and embroidery techniques.

And, last but not least, I have to mention:

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The World of Interiors

I fell in love with The World of Interiors when I started working at a design school library that subscribed to it. The photography, the stories, the history, the architecture, the art & antiques–I cannot overstate how inspiring and beautiful this publication is. This is a British magazine, and the print subscription cost for a U.S. subscriber is very expensive. I got hooked on digital magazines when I realized I could afford the much lower digital subscription price. It’s still a splurge, but this is the one magazine I would not give up.

So, I read dozens of art and needlework magazines this year, even though I didn’t read any crafty books. But, I have a ton of creative books on my to-read pile, so here’s to next year.

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One Response to 2015 in Books…er, Magazines

  1. I think reading crafty magazines counts ;) Looking forward to my issue of JCS. The other magainzes are wonderful, too, but my local Joann stores don’t seem to be carrying them as much or I get there way too late. I know I have missed a lot of good ones.

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