Cross stitch is not the hippest hobby these days, and if you’re an Irish cross stitcher, you can sometimes feel like you’re the only one! While there are several great UK cross stitch magazines, fewer and fewer shops in Dublin stock any of them. On my own beat, the only stockists I know of are the Eason branches in O’Connell Street and Dundrum (often quite an impressive selection considering the size of the store there), Reads of Nassau Street (just inside the door, quite hit and miss) and a newsagent in the Blackrock Shopping Centre.
But all is not lost! Gaynor has set up a Yahoo! Group for cross stitchers in Ireland called Emerald Isle Cross Stitchers. It is just getting going at the moment, but already I have found out about a cheap online Australian cross stitch magazine, The Gift of Stitching, and great lightweight frames from the US called Q-snaps. So if you are in Ireland, and into cross stitch in any way, pop along and join the group – the more the merrier!