Do you read magazines in different ways? I had never thought about this until the other day when I had a stack of magazines sitting together and I noticed I treat my magazines differently.

Most new magazine arriving at our house get a quick once over, I peruse each issue to see if there is something I must read immediately and then I usually set it aside for evening enjoyment. If there has been an article that I can’t wait to read, I flag it (and this is different depending on the magazine…more about this later) to read in the evening.

15-01-29 mag aBut all my magazines are not created equally. Some magazines are family magazines and they will eventually end up in the family room for everyone to see. Midwest Living, Missouri Life, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, etc…are all in this category. If there is a recipe or creative idea that I wish to keep in these magazines, I have dog-eared a corner of the page. So when a new issue arrives, I quickly look the old issue over to see if I have dog-eared a page to keep, I tear it out and out goes the old issue.

15-01-29 mag bOther magazines like Flee Market Finds, Vintage Collectibles, Ornaments, FiberArts Now do not get dog-eared and may stay around longer that some of the other monthly/ quarterly issues and they live in the family room too. But when these magazines begin to pile up the older ones get one last look for inspirational ideas that I tear out and then out they go too.

15-01-29 mag cAnd then there are what I call the inspirational issues: Needlepoint Now, Cloth Paper Scissors, NeedlePointers, Inspirations… They are treated with tender loving care and I even read these differently that the previous magazines. I don’t give them a quick once over but rather keep them for my evening reading.  The first pass through this magazine is to look at every page (wouldn’t want to miss that special canvas, new product, or technique); then I start at the front cover again and while I may not read every word I spend time on every page. I love the ads; they are colorful and give lots of color combination ideas, not to mention the stash enhancement opportunities. I always read the editors notes; she has labored over this magazine to bring the best of articles to each issue and she usually highlights why some articles have been included. Sometimes, when the editor mentions a specific article I will take a sneak peak at the article, but mostly I try to read the magazine from front to back just like a good book. I look at the stitch diagrams very closely, and if there is a numbering of a stitch or stitch sequence different from the norm then I will read to find out if this is an author preference or if there is a specific reason for the new numbering I try not to mark up these magazines (although I think older issues I was not so careful about this), if I want to mark an article I use a post-it note. Sometimes I will write on the post-it note what I have flagged (i.e.: goldwork, new product, stitch…)

And here-in lies a big problem…I have inspirational magazines from years ago. I have Cross-stitch magazines from my days of working for a cross stitch company and I subscribed to these for business references. I have needlepoint magazines stacked by year; I have a complete set of the Mary Engelbreit magazine, Home Companion (this magazine was so great…it was full of creative ideas and the color combinations were wonderful.) And I have needlepoint magazines that are no longer published. The magazines are taking over… and I have finally decided that I have to do something about this. One of my goals for the year is to look at these magazines and decide the best thing to do with them. Any ideas? I am open to any and all suggestions, it just seems a shame to send them to recycling but I need to do something.

But until I make a decision…I will keep on reading and stitching.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

A new magazine in town

SUDU NOTE: I have no investment in Spool magazine. I may at some point submit a design or article for publication BUT as of today these are my unsolicited thoughts about a new needlework publication. I did write and ask permission to use a picture of the cover on my blog and the magazine graciously sent me a jpeg …must have seen some of my blog pictures! 😉

What a great thing, another needlework magazine! It is not better than any other needlework magazine; it’s different from other needlework magazines. Another perspective on our media of art, can that be a bad thing; I think not. Several people have blogged about this magazine and so for $18 a year I decided what did I have to lose…4 magazines, 4 times a year, about $4.50 an issue (I spend more $ than this just thinking about needlepoint); I invested. Asked that I be sent the premier issue and last Monday in the mail came my new magazine. The magazine is an 11”x17” format and I like the way at the top of the page it tells you what type of needleart is featured; i.e. Embroidery, needlepoint, knit, crochet, etc. I thought all the needlearts were well represented with clear, concise instructions. I read the magazine from cover to cover even the knit article that I do not do nor understand and yes, even the ads. I visited a few of the recommended websites, but tried to limit this as I can get lost and never return from web-dome. I thought the cross stitch patterns were large and clear and there were ideas that sparked my imagination to adapt to needlepoint.  For my money the magazine is worth the investment and I wish De Selby all the best of luck in the future. (Is there a superstitious saying you say to new magazine editors similar to the one you say to actors going onstage in a new production?)

So, if you want to try a new magazine you can either invest $8 for a single issue or for a little more than the price of two single issues you can get all four. I would give this magazine a try…

That’s it for today… Hope everyone has time to stitch today!  ttfn…sue