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Well, no. The only sewing magazines I have a subscription to are Threads and Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. They are more eye candy than actual project inspirations. But I certainly have a lot of cross stitch magazines for all that. I got started collecting Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments in 2002. I spent a lot of time on Ebay getting all the back issues, some back to the '80s, though then they were just Christmas issues and not specifically ornaments. I also picked up a lot of other Just Cross Stitch copies and The Cross Stitcher, but I can't say I have stitched anything but an ornament from them. Everyone should have the June, 1999, copy of The Cross Stitcher with the Angel of Cross Stitching by Joan Elliott, incorporating all 391 DMC colors in it. It's beautiful to see, even if probably a nightmare to stitch. I am also fond of some of the English cross stitch magazines, but only buy them from newstands. My latest was CrossStitcher, April, 2008, which I bought because it had some Margaret Sherry kittens, a colorful girl on a swing, and a measuring device for gauging fabric. I've been running into mislabeled count on fabric from time to time and wanted a gauge to double check before I start stitching. I have also bought a number of French cross stitch magazines when I was in Paris. I try to limit my purchases though. If I have so many patterns that I will never have enough time to stitch, buying a dozen more seems like insanity.
Do you currently subscribe to any stitching publications or have you in the past? (Either in print or online) If so, which ones?
The programming and designing the program book ran into a huge problem. On Wednesday I had a bout of e. coli (or salmonella?). I was desparately trying to solider through, but was spending more time in the bathroom and in bed than in front of the computer. Have you ever worked on problem even though you know you are too sick to accomplish much? I kept trying to tell myself it wasn't too bad, but after three days of eating virtually nothing, I really had to give up and just sleep. I felt well enough today to have some Chinese for lunch, so I guess I am recovered. Now I need to finish all this off before Monday morning, so I can get this into the printers. It was due last Wednesday, but they had some slack and we had some slack, so everything should be fine even though I am late. Strangely enough I did get some stitching done last night on Mandala. I'll take another picture and post my progress on Monday, AFTER I turn the Program Book into the printers. I hope everyone else is having a good weekend.