Have you taken a look at Stitch, a fairly new (Nov 2008) magazine published by Interweave? I can say it is fairly new since it is only published twice a year, so their spring 2011 issue is their sixth publication. They are switching to a quarterly publication schedule tho – which is a win for us readers IMHO!
I seriously heart this magazine. There is a LOT of eye candy project inspiration for designer types, and I was able to get a mini-sewing fix reading this magazine when I was too tired to actually sew. I think my favorite project was the Chipmunk Hot Pad designed by Ayumi Takahashi – too much cuteness! I also loved the recycled asymmetrical sweater by Kirsten Coplans – very simple and achievable – but also nicely designed.
The project article format is nice – usually a single page with a short description of the item and the name of the designer. Great photography, and I like the way the designers are always highlighted. There is a good variety of projects – from home dec to sewn jewelry to inspired clothing. Most projects are quite appealing, and I could either envision making it for myself or using the technique in another application. I really like seeing what other designers are doing with fabric and thread – some serious fun going on here!
The technique articles are a little ho-hum if you are a Threads reader and a more advanced sewist, but I think for a beginning sewist they may be just right. Overall, this magazine is definitely worth the money in my book. Check it out, and tell me what you think!