Spool is a quarterly, tabloid-sized (11×17) magazine printed on heavy (i.e. quality) newsprint. I actually love the larger size of Spool. I enjoyed spreading it out on my dining room table (with my mug of hot tea) and leisurely leafing through it as I would the morning paper. And what I love best is the variety of needle arts it covers (cross stitch, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, crewel, embroidery and more!). I’ve dabbled in almost all of those (and the others I’ve wanted to try). This magazine is perfect for inspiring me to learn something new!
Each project has full-color pictures and charts along with a wonderful introduction to the designer behind it. Linda is featured on pages 18-19 with a great write up and a feature of her book. And of course she shares instructions for a super-cute set of crochet covered hangers (which I have to make for myself!).
In addition to the different projects and patterns there are book reviews, a featured shop and great articles. I especially enjoyed “I Like This So You Might Too” where readers share their favorite things (from books to superheroes).
If you are lucky enough to live near a shop that carries Spool I would encourage you to pick up a copy ($4.95). And if you’re like me and not so lucky, please consider subscribing or purchase a single issue online (and encourage your local shops to carry it!). At only $18 for a one year subscription (in the US), you definitely get your money’s worth. Canadian and International subscriptions are also available.
Visit spoolmag.com to subscribe or purchase single issues.