I first discovered Spool Magazine last week on Linda Permann’s blog and I knew I had to have it! I subscribed immediately and got my first issue on Saturday (talk about getting it to me quickly!).

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.


5 Comments on Spool Magazine

  1. Linda permann
    October 19, 2010 at 12:48 am (14 years ago)

    Wow, that WAS fast! I’m so glad you like it and thanks for blogging about it, too!

  2. De Selby
    October 19, 2010 at 6:23 am (14 years ago)

    I’m so glad you like it! From idea to production, I had a great (though challenging) 4 months getting it together, and met so many wonderful designers and writers. Always looking for more! –De

  3. Rachel Erin
    October 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm (14 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing, that looks interesting.

  4. Heidi Pitre
    October 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm (14 years ago)

    This looks like my kind of magazine!!

  5. Heather Batey
    October 9, 2019 at 7:07 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Allison,
    I’m hoping by some chance that you might still have a copy of this magazine that you reviewed for your blog. I’m looking for the tea cozy pattern that is in it, which is no longer digitally available on Ravelry. I think the magazine is now defunct and their website has gone off-line. Would you perchance still have a physical copy of this magazine around that you could share the pattern from? There’s a lovely alternate version of it that looks like a Scottish thistle that I would dearly love to have! Thanks so much!


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