love-cat-valentines-cross-stitched-sceneStitchMeGifts is an all inclusive Cross Stitch pattern service. They design 100% original cross stitch patterns in holiday, seasonal, and event themes (like baby and birthday), as well as a few others including some for beginners.

They offer a wide range of patterns, with new ones added in regularly, and offer three subscription options: Monthly, Yearly and Lifetime. All subscriptions provide online access to all the current designs, with discounts for the longer options. Prices: $4.99/mo, $49.99/yearly, or $124.99/lifetime.

Easter-bunny-headerI was given a chance to try out the Monthly subscription (for free in exchange for this review), which gave me access to all the patterns for one month — and just in time for their new Valentine’s releases!

I don’t want to give away any of their ‘members only’ patterns for free by showing any of those pictures here but they do have quite a list (18 Valentine-specific designs as of today) and they’re all like charming little V-day cards — a pair of snails in love, a moon holding a baby, and a birdhouse surrounded by little ‘heart’ flowers as a few examples. I actually think it would be a fun idea to use these to cross stitch cards for loved ones! Then they could frame it up after the holiday and have a lasting keepsake.

mushroom-cottage-website-headerA few notes:

  • All patterns are available via PDF download only (no hard copies, unless you choose to print them out)
  • All patterns are designed for 16 count thread (but 14, 18, 20+ are available upon request)
  • They treat finding mistakes like a fun little lottery — spot a mistake in one of their patterns and “win” a 3-month subscription to the service! It’s their way of thanking customers for helping to make the designs perfect
  • They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee with a full refund available within 30 days of signing up
  • New patterns are added every week

police-box-stitched-green-1024x583Summary: I think this is a good value for frequent cross stitchers who are constantly on the hunt for new and seasonal patterns –just 1 or 2 patterns a month and it pays for itself. It’s easy to browse the offerings and the download process is seamless as well — links are delivered via email after you “purchase” (for $0) any particular pattern, plus they’re also available via a “My Downloads” menu on the site. There is no limit to the number of patterns you can download (or the number of times you can download any one pattern), so the real attraction for an ongoing subscription is the steady influx of new options. It’s worth noting that all of the patterns are the simple greeting card type style you see here — there are no epic landscapes or other large-scale projects available. StitchMeGifts is all about darling little images meant as gifts and cheerful decorative accents.

Cross stitching is incredibly nostalgic for me — I did quite a bit of it for awhile when I was a kid (that and crochet). I used to make those little circle and oval ornaments that said things like “Love” and “Back door friends are best.” It was a very relaxing activity, and I enjoyed the artistic side of it and the satisfaction of watching an image appear one little stitch-square at a time. Trying out this service has been a lot of fun. I’m inspired to get back into it!

Interested in trying it out for yourself? Visit StitchMeGifts for more info.

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