I've been less than pleased with the content in stitching magazines lately...Just Cross Stitch has been especially disappointing. I had a subscription to Cross Stitch & Needlework, and I didn't hate it, but I simply can't justify adding more "maybes" to my stash!
So yesterday our library director sent out a staff email that we have a trial subscription to "Flipster," a digital magazine subscription service for libraries. On a whim, I searched for craft magazines....and found both Just Cross Stitch and Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly! I browsed a couple issues of both and got my stitchy fix. LOL Also, the service had the August 2015 Christmas ornament preview of JCS, AND you can print pdfs of the pages, so I printed the 2 or 3 ornaments I *might* do (and if the 10 preview designs are indicative of the forthcoming ornament issue, I'm not optimistic). At first I wondered if this was an ethical thing to do - but then I figured, libraries pay for subscriptions to magazines all the time, and the magazine publisher and the database provider negotiate fees based on an assumption that people will use their material. If they don't want readers to print all or any of their pages, there are ways for the database provider to restrict these options. And they didn't, so I can only assume that my printing 2 ornament patterns for my personal use is considered within the scope of their contract. Now I'm done thinking about it!