Saturday, 2 March 2019

Let the people choose-March-Freebies

This month's Let the people choose by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching has to do with Freebies.
Freebies (the little free gift kits that accompany magazines) were at first what got me hooked with cross stitch when I was pregnant with my son. I bought the magazines (mainly Cross Stitcher and Needlecraft) to get the free kits to stitch. I loved them. I collected so many with every magazine I bought that I couldn't stitch all of them at some point. Every January I make a New Year's Resolution to finish my huge pile of free kits from magazines ( I have many gifted to me too by friends) and every year I stitch some but I still have many. At times I give away some as gifts to make other people want to learn how to do cross stitch. I also stitch and give them as gifts.
Here you can see how many I still have.That's a shoe box.(again I say many of them are gifts not bought by me)
Want to see them all?
Now that I see them I think most of my older ones were stitched or gifted. The most of what you see in this photo are gifts.
Anyway freebies are not only free kits from magazines.
Freebies can also be free patterns one can find on various sites to stitch for free.
Be careful here. If you simply look for free cross stitch patterns on various sites they might lead you to illegally shown patterns and not real free patterns from designers. You can read a bit about copyright in cross stitch patterns in this blog post of Minizdiary.
Here I will give you a couple of pages that have some free patterns along with some to buy. I have stitched some of the free ones from these sites and really enjoyed them
First it is The Little Stitcher. She also has a beautiful etsy shop here.
And then it the Snowflower Diaries. She too has an etsy shop here.
You can find lots of free patterns in gazette94 too.
Finally there are some freebies on AjisaiPress and they also have some amazing things on the eshop too.
I hope I have made you want to stitch a bit more now! Till next month!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Thanks so much for the links! I can't wait to get back to stitching. I need to finish some cards I'm making and then choose a design to stitch! Happy March my friend. And thanks again for your encouraging words this past week! You are a true friend! Hugs, Diane

Mia said...

Τι όμορφη συλλογή, Αριάδνη μου. Να τη χαρείς και εύκολα να τα κεντήσεις όλα. Ευχαριστούμε και για τα links, φίλη μου. Πολλά φιλιά.

Pamela said...

Wow! Thanks for the links. Have fun stitching all your freebies!

Rachel said...

That's quite a few cover kits to be getting on with! Thanks for the other links too; I'll have to go and check them out. :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in The People's Choice this month. I also have a large box of cover kits! Maybe one day I will stitch them, when I have no money to buy new supplies.
Thanks for the links too. I love both The Little Stitcher and Snowflower Diaries.

Mini said...

I love cover kits for so many reasons, the ease of all supplies at one place, no worry on how to finish.
I also keep the patterns for the ones I have stitched to give to new stitchers.

Thanks for the mention.

Katie said...

Fantastic pile of cute little kits. Those magazines are really expensive over here in the Indiana, USA. I admire them when I do go shopping and sometimes fall for the free kit. Thanks for sharing the links.

rosey175 said...

I think the little cover kits are great, though it seems a lot of people don't like the materials that come in them. I'm like Mini, I love them for not thinking how to finish them haha.

jocondine said...

That's a lot, perfect for Gifted Gorgeousness post (without using Jo's shoehorn). I can see lovely charts for next Christmas! xxx Amitiés

Clare-Aimetu said...

That is a collection of lovely freebies, thank you for the links

Astrids dragon said...

Oh yes, those magazines with the free kits are dangerous! But you've got a nice haul!
Thanks for sharing the others.

Sheryl said...

Great collection of freebies, thanks for the links.

beadgirl said...

Aaaaah, Needlecraft kits! I still have a few unfinished ones somewhere in the basement. That was a great magazine, I miss it.