Discover Cross Stitch Delight With Patterns Patch
A WARM WELCOME TO ALL OUR READERS
Whether you’re brand new to Cross Stitch, or want to improve your stitching skills, you’ve come to the right place for the best cross stitching information and entertainment. Here, you’ll discover up-to-date news, reviews, and tutorials on the latest cross stitch tools, supplies and accessories. We’re here to help you have fun while you improve your cross stitching ability and skills.
To help you navigate Patterns Patch, our blog section is divided into three categories:
In this, our news category, we share with you what’s going on in the needlework world. We also include a series of topical themes, returning to them often.
Much of our content begins with Scarlet. From her lively and inquiring mind many interesting and thought-proving cross stitch thoughts and ideas emerge.
Tools & Supplies
Although cross stitchers need relatively few dedicated tools, we keep you informed of any new and updated tools, and supplies that can enhance your stitching experience.
Below is a selection of some of the most important articles we’ve published, to entertain, motivate and educate you. Why not spend a little time checking out our variety of topics.
Our Latest Articles
Our five latest published in-house articles appear both here and in their relevant category. The newest is always on the left and, with the subsequent publishing of newer articles, will gradually work its way to the right until it ‘falls off’.
You can see the title of each article by hovering your mouse over the picture. Clicking on the title opens the article in a new window:
Cross Stitching News
We live in the “15 minutes of fame” age (although now it often seems more like five minutes). We regularly scan the various media sources and bring you articles when we see something that you might find interesting.
All active stitchers dwell a lot on their stitching and here we’ll share some of our own thoughts. This is often in response to our own experiences or questions we’ve received or seen in cross-stitch forums.
Tools & Supplies
Here’s where we introduce you to any new tools, enhancements, accessories, floss and fabrics we come across that we think could be really useful when it comes to making your stitching life a little easier or more fun.
Our RSS Feed...
We know many of you enjoy reading our own articles. And there are many great cross stitch articles on other sites too. So, we’ve introduced an RSS Feed here that will give you the best stories from some of these sites.
Cross Stitch Patterns
All stitchers know that ‘patterns’ are the life blood of our noble craft. We don’t know of any cross stitcher that doesn’t relish the challenge of finding that next exciting pattern they’re absolutely dying to get started on. In our articles about patterns, we include ideas and challenges to get you thinking.
Here, you can view a small sample of our own most popular patterns:
"Oh NO! Cross Stitch is DYING!"
How often have you read or heard that cross stitch is dying or in decline, or some such similar sentiment? Unfortunately, this doom and gloom story is persistent; it just won’t go away. And worse, people, seeing – or hearing – it often, start to think, “Perhaps it’s true!”.
Let me tell you, Cross Stitch is NOT dying, far from it … but, thanks to the influence of the world wide web, it is evolving – changing for the better! I’m about to tell you how and why… but before doing so, let me digress for a moment and introduce myself…
Hi, I’m John Wigham, the founder and chief editor of this website. I’ve been a professional writer and editor for more than 20 years and together with my colleagues, Janis Applegate and Scarlet Smith, we create all our own Cross Stitch content. Janis and Scarlet are both highly skilled and experienced cross stitchers and from their vast pool of knowledge comes most of the content you will find on Patterns Patch.
Ah! Yes … back to my headline. How and why is cross stitch evolving?
The Popularity of Cross Stitch in 2004
Way back in 2004 when I was first introduced to Cross Stitch, by the internet pioneer John Reese, I used Google to find out just how popular Cross Stitch was at that time. The global monthly search figure online for the term Cross Stitch was about 135,000, which works out at approximately 4,500 searches daily. “Well! There’s certainly lots of interest.”, thinks I.
Doing the same check today, shows the monthly volume has grown to 165,000, see Figure 1 below. This has increased by an additional 1,000 searches daily.
Another interesting fact from Figure 1 is shown by the arrow (About 79,100,000 results). What that means is there are approximately 79.1 MILLION web pages dedicated to Cross Stitch. I’m sure you’ll agree that that’s a lot of pages!
Now moving on to Figure 2, you’ll see that the top three cross stitch keywords listed (cross stitch patterns, cross stitch kits, and cross stitch patterns free) have a combined monthly volume of 115,000 searches.
This total of 115,000 searches is in addition to the 165,000 shown in Figure 1. So we have some 280,000 searches for four cross stitch terms, and there are thousands of other cross stitch terms. Just think for a moment, and wonder, how many millions of searches are carried out each month?
So! do you really believe “Cross Stitch is dying!”?
Cross Stitch Forums are in Decline.
It’s sadly true that Cross Stitch Forum audiences do seem to be in decline. Although when you give it some thought, this can perhaps best be explained by the growth and development of knowledge centers online. The likes of Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia, to name just three, have all become world class authorities on a vast range of subjects, including the popular crafts.
Savvy internet users are today showing a greater tendency to carry out their own research rather than post a query on a forum and then wait for a reply. In today’s increasingly busy world, they have little time to waste, so seek near-instant answers.
A major gripe by those still using the forums is the disappearance of cross stitch supplies from many main line stores. Where in the past, whole aisles have been dedicated to cross-stitch. The amount of stock many of them carry has shrunk significantly to such an extent many no longer carry any cross stitch supplies at all. As a result, some stitchers are citing this as evidence Cross Stitch is dying.
The reality is that the rapid growth of crossstitch blogs offering a huge range of both free and paid patterns has lead to the decline of the high street cross stitch stores. Is this an indication that cross-stitch is dying? Yes, it probably seems so for those left behind by the world-wide-web.
However, those of us online know better. You see, while the number of online searches may be down in some parts of the world, there has never been more options and choices for the active cross stitcher.
So! IS Cross Stitch Dying?
Well, there’s little doubt that in some parts of the world it has become less popular in recent times. Now, cross stitch has been with us for thousands of years and over that time the interest in crafts and hobbies has been cyclical: popular today, less so tomorrow and then even more popular the day after; and so it goes on.
But then you also need to consider there has never been such an abundance of cross stitch supplies (patterns, kits, floss, fabric, accessories, and so on) as there are today.
Do you really think the manufacturers would continue to produce supplies for cross stitch if they believed cross stitch is dying. You could argue that most supplies could be used for other crafts such as Needlework and Embroidery. This of course is true, but not for patterns and kits, of which there are more available than ever.
I hope to have answered some of your concerns about the popularity of crossstitch. We at Patterns Patch firmly believe our beloved craft will continue to grow and give its practitioners ever more exciting stitching choices in the future.
Here is where you can go for further information to either carry out your own research or to check our facts:
Is cross-stitch dead?
Do you think cross-stitch is a dying art?
Is cross-stitch still popular?