You guys are the greatest!

I am completely overwhelmed by the number of responses to my last post.  Especially the amount of responses within 24 hours of posting on a blog that has been inactive for three months... I am utterly gobsmacked. tears-of-joy I honestly thought that there were other avenues out there that filled the void that Cross Stitch Review left, but apparently not. You've told me that honest and independent reviews of a wide range of designers and topics are what you want.  This is what Cross Stitch Review *is* to both you and me. So rather than wait until my surgery (around three more months on another waiting list) I am going to start the blog up again sooner.  There wont be any schedule; reviews will be posted on a completely ad hoc basis as my health and your help allows. I'll contact dyers and designers and see who is still interested in providing suggestions and overlays given that there's no fixed schedule in place. What can you do? 1. Tell me what you want to read about ... any particular chart or designer you have your eye on .... or a topic you are confused by or simply want to know more about. 2. Offer to write a guest reviews or even a regular spot.  Especially if you stitch different designers or are heavily involved in different areas of the stitching world, such as flosstube, yuku forums, embroidery guilds etc.  Please do not be put off by thinking that your stitching or social area would not be of interest. Please comment below or email. Together we can get this ball rolling again ...

14 thoughts on “You guys are the greatest!”

  1. So happy to hear you’ll be back soon! 🙂 Please don’t push yourself to a point where it has a negative impact on your health. I think having guest posts is a great idea.

    As for topics, I would love to see some pointers for hardanger. I know it’s technically not cross stitch but it’s an area I would love to explore. I’d also like to see more about smaller designers on Etsy or other venues that are not as established as some of the more popular ones.

  2. Welcome back! We will be happy to read your blog whenever you post. Since I am in the US I enjoy hearing about designers/artisans from overseas. Of course that just expands my stash….but it is worth it.

  3. Hi Mel! I’ll put on my thinking cap to consider what charts or designers might be nice for a review.

    I’d be happy to pitch in and write a review or two if you need. I’m about to finish the widely popular 99 which might be a useful review for the cs community. Email me or send me a message through YouTube if you’re interested.

    Please take care! Health always comes first! 🙂


    1. I agree with Viki, 99 would be a great chart to review, I think there is a lot of interest in this one. And there looks like a number of elements to consider. I look forward to seeing it reviewed by Viki 🙂

  4. I am currently obsessed with the monochrome Bothy Threads Fairytale Series. I have the first four in the collection (Hansel and Gretal, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, and Little Red Riding Hood) and a fifth was just announced in their newsletter (the Madhatter Tea Party). This style of design fascinates me. How are designers able to provide so much detail with a single color? It’s amazing.

  5. Yes! I’m so happy you would like to continue as much as your health allows. I would be happy to write some reviews, and everyone should give it a try, it’s not difficult and a great way to tell others what you liked and didn’t like about stitching a different project.

  6. I’d like to suggest a review of Liz Almond’s black work piece “Save The Stitches”. It appears incredibly popular among FB groups and flosstube. I haven’t completed the piece (about 1/3 of the way) but I would be happy to contribute with a review of you are interested. Liz Almond is also very easily contactable and approachable.

  7. So glad to hear you will continue the blog, but take it easy please =)
    In regards to “What we can do”, it’s time to put the thinking cap on, lols

  8. God bless you for providing this invaluable service to the entire stitching community. It is a labor of love, I know. Just take it slow and easy. People can wait and will fully understand if there are no posts for several weeks or months (although we will probably worry if we hear nothing from you… in terms of health updates). Take care of yourself first.

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