Mary Maxim Needlework and Crafts: www.marymaxim.com
Aug 27, 2002 (Updated Jan 22, 2004)
I have several hobbies I enjoy outside of epinions. Though I seem to have more trouble finding the time for them lately, I still enjoy them from time to time. The major one is watching baseball. When I do that, however, I am inclined to pick up a book to read in between pitches, pull out a puzzle to put together, or do my counted cross-stitch.
I get the majority of my cross-stitch kits and patterns from www.marymaxim.com and have for years. Before the internet, I received the catalogs regularly and chose work from there. The website is jut as easy to order from, and I can see what is actually available. If a kit is sold out, I know it right away. If there's something new that hasn't made it into the catalog yet, I can see that as well.
The site is very easy to navigate. There is a frame on the left side of the screen which has a variety of categories to choose from. It is broken down nicely so that it is fairly easy to find specific patterns. If you are looking for knitting patterns or kits, you won't accidentally get crocheting patterns lumped in.
However, I have not found the search engine to work as well as I would have liked. If I key in "Disney" (Disney At Home has recently begun listing many of the crafts that were pulled from Disney Stores and their catalogs at www.marymaxim.com.) I don't get any results. To find specific patterns such as this I have to browse through the categories.
There's a lot more than just counted cross-stitch at www.marymaxim.com. They have patterns and kits for needlepoint on plastic canvas, ceramics painting, felt kits, sewing kits, needlepoint kits, crochet patterns and kits, knitting patterns and kits, latch hook kits, and a variety of small crafts that are better quality than the kits at Oriental Trading.
I have ordered kits from here to use for my daughters' classes at the various holiday seasons. We seem to have much better luck with the kits ordered her than anywhere else. There are lots of different, ornament-type kits to choose from - both religious and non-religious.
All of the kits I have ordered here have been complete; that is, I have never been shorted on yarn, floss or other materials. I have made gifts such as baby quilts and my next project will be tablecloths for each holiday season. www.marymaxim.com carries a very large selection of crafts dedicated to various holiday seasons that can spruce up your home.
The lovely selection of knitting patterns and kits with soft yarns makes me wish I had learned to knit a long time ago. The sweaters look as beautiful - if not more beautiful - than what I've seen in stores at a fraction of the cost. The baby outfits look beautiful enough to complete and give as gifts that people will enjoy receiving.
There are also a variety of accessories to help with your craft needs. Items such as floss organizers, stitchery frames, scissors, needle and hook sets, and yarn organizers are available for purchase. There is also a Stitch-a-Photo selection where you can purchase a mailer in which to send a photo. You will receive back a graph, color chart listing, corresponding color codes and the number of floss skeins required to make a counted cross-stitch from the photo.
I haven't done that since I am planning to buy the Pattern Maker CD which is $54.95 to make the patterns on my own computer.
Shipping charges are reasonable:
up to $5 is $2.95
$5.01 to $10 is $4.25
$10.01 to $20 is $5.95
$20.01 to $30 is $7.15
$30.01 to $40 is $8.15
$40.01 to $50 is $8.40
$50.01 to $60 is $9.10
$60.01 to $70 is $9.30
Orders over $70.01 are $9.55
I have always received my kits in a timely fashion when ordered for school and I can't say that I've noticed any delays in receiving my cross-stitch kits either. With the dearth of craft stores in my area, www.marymaxim.com has been a reliable place to get craft items.
The site is available for Canadian residents as well with special prices and shipping for them.
© 2002 Patti Aliventi
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