Everyone has their favorite place to get new cross stitch patterns. I know I have mine! There are many resources out there to choose from. New patterns can be acquired from the following places: cross stitch magazines, cross stitch calendars, mail order catalogs, Internet websites, physical storefronts, bookstores and your local library. Some of these are easily accessible while others are not so easy to come by.
Cross Stitch Magazines
In my opinion, the best cross stitch
magazine of all time (which unfortunately is no longer in
business and was loved by many) was Cross-Stitch &
Needlework Magazine (C-S & N). From the time I
first subscribed to this magazine, it kept me entertained with
groundbreaking stitching techniques, humor we all could relate
to, as well as a variety of both large and small projects that
kept my creative juices flowing with the desire to stitch so
many future projects. Through this magazine, I was introduced to
famous needlework artists such as Jill Gordon,
and many more. It breaks my heart that they're gone, and other
magazines pale in comparison. I can truly say in every issue, I
found at least three to four projects I bookmarked to start
sometime in the future, and I have saved every issue from Day
One at the beginning of my subscription as I refuse to throw
away any issues! They had something for everyone. This was, by
far, the best representation of cross stitch I've ever
encountered. Back issues of this glorious magazine can be
purchased from Esty and Amazon at A close competitor in
the running is Just
Cross Stitch Magazine at (
https://www.just-crossstitch.com). If you like small to
medium size projects that are not too large or complicated, this
is the magazine for you.
Cross Stitch Calendars
A favorite calendar I hold near to my heart is the annual Keepsake Calendar formerly produced by C-S & N and made available by Embroidery.com. Every year I receive one of these beautiful wall calendars including a booklet with the actual pattern and instructions which tell you how to make each project, and they even include a bonus purse size calendar as a free gift. Just think how uplifting you're going to feel when you turn the page and are greeted each month with a lovely pattern full of color and interesting enough that you'll want to keep each calendar at the year end and never throw it away. The patterns are medium size and intermediate as far as level of difficulty. For only $24 a year, a subscription to this calendar is well worth the money. A favorite of mine that unfortunately is no longer in existence was the desktop calendar published by Accord Publishing called Easy Cross Stitch Day-to-Day Calendar which featured small yet powerful designs that could be put to use for almost anything. These small yet effective patterns were capable of bringing out the creativity in everyone who purchased them and will be truly missed. I have an entire file system of their patterns of which I plan to use in the future, but as you know, there is never enough time to stitch all we want to stitch!
Mail Order Catalogs
When someone mentions cross stitch catalogs, the ones that come to mind are Herrschners and The Stitchery. These two companies provide free catalogs by mail which is helpful if you do not have access to a computer. Here you will find a wide variety of quality cross stitch at every level of difficulty from beginners to expert. Both companies have a good reputation with customers and have even expanded their product line to include many other crafts.
Online Cross Stitch Stores
This market online is huge and there are
many companies to choose from. Some of them even provide FREE
patterns with no strings attached. The following that come to
mind are Sunrays Creations Needlearts at http://stores.sunrayscreations.com/.
Sunrays is a fantastic online store that features very
detailed colorful patterns from beginners to expert and in
every price range. They take pride in providing
realistic looking patterns that capture the spirit of the
artist. 123Stitch at https://www.123stitch.com/ has a
wide variety of new patterns which is continually updated.
Customer service at both of these companies is top-notch and
there is something for everyone. Some Internet stores have a
main theme or specialty like Heaven and Earth Designs who
specialize in mostly fantasy cross stitch, and they have a
wide variety of patterns that contain confetti stitching.
Physical StoresStores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby sell their share of cross stitch. Although their selection is limited at physical locales, they still have a nice collection of patterns for those of you who like to actually see, touch and feel the pattern in your fingertips, and have more to offer at their online stores if you can't find what you're looking for in the physical store.
Bookstores often carry
books on the subject, and places like Amazon and Barnes
& Noble are no strangers to the art of cross stitch.
If you find a book you are interested in and it has at
least 3 to 4 patterns in the book you would like to make,
then it makes it all worthwhile to buy the book and it's
yours for the keeping.
You may have not thought of this, but just look up the words "cross stitch" at your local library and you should be able to find books that have patterns you could use, or just make yourself a copy of the actual pattern you are interested in. All of this is free for anyone to use.