Stitching has an unfortunate reputation for being a little solitary, this is probably the reason for the global success of the “Stitch and Bitch” gatherings. If you are looking for online Forums to showcase and share your work while checking out others, and finding new inspiration, here are a few I have found and like.
Cross Stitch This site is MAD! incredibly busy, and has lots of helpful advice, don’t let the heading fool you. Members don’t, and there are postings and advice on other stitching habits arts as well as cross stitch. No advertising or sponsored links.
The Hand Embroidery Network is a relatively new forum, it has a comprehensive directory of stitches and a rapidly growing membership. Some limited advertising on the site.
Needlepoint.about.com This is not as busy a site as others, but it is very specific to needlepoint and tapestry and focuses on a very good techniques and terminology resource, free patterns and support. There are quite a number of sponsored links and advertising for needlecraft and other products.
Ravelry is a monster! This is a one stop shop resource for the knitter and crocheter which would explain the over two hundred thousand members. There is advertising but you have to go hunting for it! How novel!
Stitchin Fingers is a textile and fibres forum rather than a particular stitching discipline. The Take a Stitch Tuesday discussion opens up a world of possibilities for you to try out new stitches then you can check out the photos of other people’s take on it, very cool. There are a couple of Google ads but they are limited to the side bar.
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