Newsflash – Cross Stitch Collection

Cross Stitch CollectionBritain’s oldest cross stitch magazine publishes its last edition

Dennis Publishing have today announced that women’s specialist title Cross Stitch Collection will cease publication. The March edition (issue 272) will be the last on the newsstand. Launched in 1991, Cross Stitch Collection led the growth of the cross stitch sector with record sales and subscription figures.

Launch Editors, Susan and Martin Penny, returned to the title in 2015 when it was acquired by Dennis Publishing. Susan Penny says: “It’s been an incredible honour to be at the helm of Britain’s longest-running cross stitch publication. We were the first to add a stitch kit to every magazine and are proud to have led an incredibly competitive market. 

“Closing a magazine is never an easy decision, particularly with one as highly regarded as Collection. It has been a delight to have the opportunity to work on Collection twice, and it will be sorely missed by the many amazing staff, talented designers, model stitchers and loyal readers who have enjoyed every last page of Collection over the years.”

Dennis Publishing’s sister title Cross Stitcher remains unaffected.

Mr X

Mr X

Director at Mr X Stitch
The Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery.
Mr X


The kingpin of contemporary cross-stitch and embroidery -
RT @womensart1: US illustrator and textile artist Angela Pilgrim, Afro Puff ll, 2015, print. #womensart - 11 months ago
Mr X

14 thoughts on “Newsflash – Cross Stitch Collection

  • Yet another cross stitch magazine ceasing publication, how many more will go??

    • It’s a bit crazy, but the big industrial magazine complex is a hard beast to please. My question to you is “what do you want from a cross stitch magazine?”.
      Imagine you knew a cross stitching guy who was thinking of launching his own magazine, what would you want to see in it?

      • If I knew a guy that was planning on launching a cross-stitch magazine I would like to see more contemporary designs and less twee old fashioned ones (I find CrossStitcher is slightly better than some of the other magazines on this front, but they are still in the majority very feminine designs.) I would also like a good balance between quick projects and bigger ones, big intricate patterns seem to be used in a lot of of magazines as the showstoppers to draw you in but who really has time to do more than one of those a year (if they even finish that) most of my stitching is cards etc for special occasions.

  • Christine Wilkins

    30 January 2017 at 5:09 pm

    “Women’s” specialist magazine? Really? It’s the 21st century people!

  • Something to entice children, projects that parents etc can do with kids.
    Ways of incorporating cross stitch into other crafts.

  • A lot of relatively quick-to-stich projects, and please, quirky designs (i.e., subversive, pop-art), but also classic with a twist: like patterns of traditional tattoos, bold colours, but instead of ‘Mum’ other phrases. In-depth articles about needle art-artists. Lessons in how to make your own charts. Lessons in how to make lifelike landscapes and animals with needle and thread. Architectural charts.

  • One of my complaints is that I see old cross stitch patterns revamped. Same color scheme almost the same picture. Terrible. There are so many good artist and designers that there really is no need for that. I am a big project person. I like good designs with quality of color. Not to many blended and some embroidery projects would be fun too!

    • Thanks JoAnn. I find it curious that the mags seem to do either small or big designs, but rarely a mix of that two. Why is that?

  • Publish electronically! I can’t believe that in this day and age I have to get my cross stitch magazines on paper! I want en e-mag with (eventually) a database of projects that I can search for ideas. I don’t purchase any other media (books, movies, magazines) that I have to store. Go digital!

Comments are closed.