Cross Stitch Art Profitable Niche Blog Ideas

The other day, I got this question from a friend working in the "cross-stitch" niche...

"Someone had previously suggested that I look for some Public Domain cross stitch paterns and embroidery patterns and find a way to use those on my website. It sounded like a good idea at the time, but I never could wrap my head around how to find cross stitch online and then if I did find cross stitch art patterns and information what to do with them, how to distribute them, etc..."

This niche - or any hobby / craft niche - can never be overdone.

And… if you think about this as a tutorial for your own niche, (replace craft, pattern or cross stitch - with your own “hobby” term) you might find a few new windows of opportunity.

You can create an entire website using these books as content.

I’m just saying…. )

Here are some sources of Public Domain cross stitch and needlework pattern information I found in just 10 min. of searching:

Rug making and designing in cross-stitch (1936)

Embroidery stitches ([1912])

Embroidery on net

Needle painting; or landscape embroidery (1885)

The Ladies' Work-Book: Containing Instructions In Knitting, Crochet, Point-Lace, etc.

Spool knitting (1909)

While trying out terms in, I noticed that when results came up there’s a section underneath that shows keywords.

Looking at this gave me more search term ideas than only using the word “knitting” in the search box. Since I don’t know much about this subject, I wasn’t even thinking about these terms:

  • crocheting
  • lacemaking
  • embroidery
  • needlework
  • quilting

Image via Wikipedia

Beeton’s Book of Needlework

Decorative needlework - Morris, May, 1862-1938

Debra’s Note: May Morris’ father is William Morris (popular wallpaper and fabric designer).

This website has monetized by selling reproductions of William Morris and using public domain information to fill in the gaps.

Needlework as art - Alford, Marianna Margaret (Compton) Cust, viscountess, 1817-1888
Keywords: Needlework — History; Embroidery — History; Art, Decorative

Designs for needlework - Liberty & Co
Keywords: Decoration and ornament

Of course Logan had to chime in… (he never likes to be out done).

"Have you ever heard of “tatting”? Apparently, it’s a very popular form of needlework (like I know what I’m talking about here). Anyway, turns out it’s another great keyword for finding Public Domain material…"

Check these out…

Okay… Focus for a minute or two. That is a Ton of links to research, but what would be a really profitable idea to use all this great content?

I know that cross stitch never goes out of style. I have never (ever) walked into a craft store and not found a huge section devoted to this hobby. It’s a hobby that has been around for centuries and will continue to be taught to generations to come.

But… unique cross stitch patterns are hard to come by… and they are expensive.

What if you could provide unique cross stitch kits?

Sell them on eBay or your own website.

Advertise in cross stitch magazines.

Well… you get the picture.

I thought this idea would only be useful for kit manufacturers, but I was wrong.

Art For Cross Stitch Patterns

Victorian and Edwardian images lend themselves quite well to crafts and most particularly to cross stitch.

There are of course an abundance of websites devoted to collecting clip art and public domain images.

While doing a little research I happened upon this beautiful website,, and was immediately struck by how simple and beautiful the images are.

Cross Stitch Art Software

Now making a cross stitch pattern isn’t as complicated as you might think. I There are actually several open source and low cost cross stitch pattern maker software products available. For example:

Hobbyware Pattern Maker Cross Stitch Software
Cross Stitch Design Studio

Cross Stitch Designer

Using the images available at you can create beautiful cross stitch patterns. Add the thread, needles and other related cross stitch tools and you can make beautiful and all encompassing cross stitch kits.

Let me know if this interests you - and if I have helped in any way. I am full of ideas... as you can tell.

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About The Author:

Debra Conrad is an online entrepreneur, information publisher, and author that has been using Public Domain material to create profitable products and businesses since 2007. She is also co-author of "The Public Domain Treasure Hunter's Survival Kit" available here. For more info Debra, click here.

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  1. Marilyn says

    Debra and Logan,

    I am so interested. I used to crochet and knit. I also know about the tatting. I would love to get some ideas.

    I haven’t used any public domain stuff as yet to sell since I purchased the kit so maybe this might be it.

    Thank you for the information and the web addresses.


  2. Ruth says

    You did it again! I think our brains are working on the same wavelength. When you published your Alice story I had just finished an Alice eBook…….This week I just launched a new blog and I am populating it with vintage baby knitting patterns from the public domain. This newsletter provides me with some great ideas and resources.

    I haven’t made any money yet but as my new motto is to take action I am confident that it will soon come rolling in.

    I look forward to your next newsletter.
    best regards,


  3. says

    Hi Ruth. You know what they say, “Great minds think alike.” Thanks again and congratulations on actually doing what so few other people ever will ~ taking action! We’re proud of you.

  4. GrandmaMarilyn says

    Thank you for this wonderful article. I am looking at public domain cross stitch patterns and other type patterns to make beading patterns from. You have been a wonderful help.

    I was really interested to see that spool knitting went all the way back to 1909. I thought it was a more modern technique.
    .-= GrandmaMarilyn´s last blog ..EARTH to Etsy =-.

  5. Paula says

    I’m interested specifically in older craft magazines that would be in the PD. Where can I find copies? Used book stores don’t have them and I haven’t found any in thrift stores. Other sources?

  6. says

    Hi Paula,

    Both eBay and are excellent sources for these types of things. Once you’ve identified the titles of a few craft related magazines with issues in the Public Domain, it becomes much easier to source because you can laser focus on those particular titles. Buy and scan.

  7. says

    I know this is a year-old article, but OMG you just made my heart thump for joy! What wonderful wonderful resources you’ve given, and what a fantastic article this is, like the secrets of the world has unfolded before me!!! (can you tell how excited I am?)

    One of my niche sites focuses on this (check link), but your ideas are much more amazing; I’ve only ever gone into public domain images and trying to convert them into downloadable patterns, but I’ve honestly never seen public domain books on cross stitches. I’m definitely doing ALL the suggestions you’ve mentioned within the next few weeks.

    Wow… your site is amazing. You’ve made me a subscriber.

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