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What Hobbyists Can Find On Cross Stitch Patterns Forums

Jan 15, 2008
Web 2.0, including social networking sites, online forums and message boards, allow more open communication online than ever available. Friendships are formed and information is shared. Stitchers have the opportunity to learn from more advanced crafters in cross stitch patterns forums, and it gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge with others.

Online cross stitch forums vary in their content as much as the number of techniques you can use in a single project. You might be able to find forums sponsored by cross stitch magazines that allow you ask questions about techniques; you might find links to free pattern websites, as well.

One drawback to frequenting online forums is that you can easily lose track of time. They are easy to use, but you may find yourself jumping from thread to thread (excuse the pun) and not having time to actually get any stitching done!

Common categories on cross stitch patterns forums include: a trading section, an area to show-off your work, an area to ask questions, and an area to post links to patterns. Often people visiting cross stitching forums are seeking help to locate a hard-to-find pattern, and the experienced cross stitchers can point them in the right direction.

These forums also offer a place for cross stitchers to discuss one of their favorite topics with like-minded people. Let's face it; cross stitching isn't exactly the best conversation piece for the company picnic or a dinner party. However, on any cross stitch forum, you can feel right at home discussing your favorite hobby!

Scheduling a certain time of day, or day of the week, to visit a forum is one way to have time for stitching while enjoying the camaraderie of the forum. Another way to limit your forum time is to limit the responses you make or the questions you ask. If you're not careful, you may find you're trying to find a pattern for someone else when you should be stitching on your own project.

Choosing cross stitch patterns forums shouldn't be difficult. There are so many available to choose from. Jump right into the conversation, even though your first post might be intimidating. No one will think you're strange, and chances are you'll start a new friendship based on the common interests cross stitchers share.
About the Author
Julia Wigham is an experienced author and co-owner of Patterns Patch cross stitch forums. An online cross stitch community whose members get free: patterns, articles and tutorials. Come to our colorful => cross stitch blogs right now.
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