VOTE VOTE VOTE

What do we want? CHANGE! How do we get it? VOTE! (that’s one way, anyway) Vote EVERY election because change starts locally and becomes global. Two versions of this pattern are available as FREE PDFs, kits and kit/frame combos.

UPDATE: Two new free versions of this pattern with ADDED F-BOMB for EMPHASIS!

This is a take on an old political slogan in case you don’t recognize the vague reference, which explains my word choice. In this global community, what we do in the US makes a difference in the world (just as what other countries do influences us). Just look how the decisions of the current US administration have affected people across the globe. We must do better. So…VOTE! And don’t miss local elections. All of them. Please. xo

Free PDF: Optical Illusion Snake!


This may not look like much, but check out what it does when placed on a turntable: 

This pattern is meant to be stitched, put on a piece of cardboard with a hole punched in the middle. Then, you just pop it on your turntable and GO! What you’ve got right there is one-a’ them thar optical illusion snakes. Follow me into the depths of madness, will you? ;p

I’ve had this project shelved many times because I actually stitched it so it went in the wrong direction (IMAGINE my disappointment!). Luckily, I’ve corrected the pattern for you and it’s a FREE PDF!

That’s just all kinds of quarantine fun. Be sure to share your turntable skillz on Instagram with the hashtag #subversivecrossstitch

And check out the Supplies section if you need, y’know, supplies. Have fun!

Isolation Update: Free PDF!


Are you ready for some serious fun? Here’s how to put together our Isolation Update: No Pants kit, available as a free PDF, a Basic or Deluxe Kit and a Combo Kit with frame!

The above kits come with everything you need so you don’t have to leave the house (don’t you DARE!). But if you’re going to use the free PDF pattern, you will need the following supplies: Fabric, embroidery floss, needles, hoop at the very least. If you’re trying to do this all free, you could probably use tape and not even frame it, but keep the extra numbers handy.

These instructions will help you with the PDF or the kits of this therapeutic design!

PLEASE NOTE: I initially made a larger pattern—your stitched area will look smaller than these images!

1. Since you’ll be stitching all of this on one piece of fabric, make SURE you start in the center of the fabric and work your way out. Please note that your image will be a little smaller in dimensions (I changed the pattern after stitching). Also, I know my letters are uneven—that’s okay, you’ll be cutting them!

 

2. Once you’re done stitching (see previous instructions on back of pattern), figure out where you will cut the numbers. Water-erase pens are a great way to do this if you’ve got one (if not, we sell ‘em).

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We’re Shipping As Usual

Even though things are far from normal right now, our job is to keep your spirits afloat as much as we can through the therapeutic pastime of cross stitch! We’ll be offering more free PDF patterns, and we’re shipping pretty quickly. We started self-isolating on March 9th because we’re being extremely careful in hopes that we’ll get to see my 95-year-old mom at some point. So don’t worry about us spreading anything through packages (if that’s even possible, I don’t think it is). And please remember that we have a ton of stuff in our Supplies section–don’t go to a craft store, just STAY HOME and we’ll ship it to you.  And don’t forget to sign up for our enews and join us on social media. Links are over there >> on the right.

We love you and are here for you. Reach out if you have any suggestions or requests or just want to connect. We’re all in this together. xoxoxo

Julie & Chris

Free PDF

Social distancing is a nice idea, but with so many asymptomatic carriers the only thing that REALLY works for sure is STAYING THE FUCK HOME. If not for yourself, do it for my 95-year-old mom!

So Namastay the fuck home and stitch along with us! This pattern is a free PDF download because it’s something I can contribute–I know there are a lot of you going crazy out there, worrying about money and what’s next. You are not alone. ALSO, there are other free patterns here, so load up! This is also available as a kit, with all the supplies you need to stitch it up without leaving your home (don’t you step out that door!).

The Italians have their balconies to sing along with their neighbors. We’ve got needles and thread and the internet! Join us on Instagram and post your progress with the hashtags #scswip and #subversivecrossstitch or @subversivecrossstitch and I’ll see it for sure.

Oh, and one more thing — the Coronavirus Sanity Guide has been helping me. Maybe you can find something there that helps you, too.

Breathe. Try to relax as you stitch so your hands won’t hurt later. Clear your mind. Oh, and, y’know, STAY THE FUCK HOME! xoxoxo

Don’t Panic


When the going gets tough, the tough turn to cross stitch!
Here’s a great little set of reminders for these trying times. Also, cross stitching is a pretty great way to stop touching your face, as I discovered while stitching this! Problems solved!
While you’re stocking up on the essentials (and also a few little luxuries just in case) don’t forget to stockpile some cross stitch, too! It’s a pretty great way to pass the time and relieve any stress you might have (stress? who, me?) We’ve been self-isolating for over a week now, so our “facility” (aka house) is germ-free as can be.
Take care of yourself out there! xoxo

Stitch Your Troubles Away

Life is hard. Lately the world seems especially off its rocker. This is a little reminder that the act of stitching is especially therapeutic and can really bring your levels of stress down. The benefits of stabbing a needle through fabric is notoriously therapeutic, akin to meditation.

I can attest firsthand to how much it helps relieve my stress, depression and ANXIETY. It’s all about FLOW-there’s just something magical about engaging your hands in stitching that lets your brain roam free. That’s one reason I constantly remind you that it’s not about perfection-who really cares how the back of your stitching looks or if you’re “doing it right”?

Stitching is all about the journey and the journey is a relaxing one. It’s good for stress, health, aging, everything. On top of that, I believe happiness comes through gratitude and giving, and nothing is quite as fun as gifting someone with your finished work–especially if it really cracks them up. Think about the last time someone gave you something handmade that made your day not only because it was funny–they thought of you and spent their free time creating something especially with you in mind. That kind of kindness means so much more than a store-bought card. It’s a true gift (especially if it’s a valentine).

This is the whole reason I started Subversive Cross Stitch. It’s art therapy, it’s surprisingly soothing, and the end result puts a smile on other peoples’ faces. What’s better than that?

There are so many articles out there and more coming out every day. Here’s a quote for starters:

“Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.”

Read the whole article here. (CNN)
And here’s another. (New York Times)
And another. (Martha Stewart)
One more. (Washington Post)
And a TED talk.

Spoil yourself with a little self care and something to stitch. And, remember, the world is still more good than bad.
xo
j.

2020 Tiny Pricks Project Calendars!

It’s here!! 

I’m sure you remember me going on and on about Diana Weymar’s Tiny Pricks Project and encouraging you to submit your own piece. From her site:

Tiny Pricks is a public art project created and curated by Diana Weymar. Contributors from around the world are stitching Donald Trump’s words into textiles, creating the material record of his presidency and of the movement against it.

Tiny Pricks Project holds a creative space in a tumultuous political climate. The collection counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter and other social media, and Trump’s statements as president through the use of textiles that embody warmth, craft, permanence, civility, and a shared history. The daintiness and integrity of each piece stand in stark contrast to his presidency.

It’s really something else, quite therapeutic to stitch his words on vintage handkerchiefs or fabric. Diana has had a few gallery shows and has taken all of the pieces to several places to exhibit. Plus she provides materials for people to join in and stitch on site! She’s also gotten some amazing press–you  may have read about the project in the New Yorker!

 

And the calendar! It’s just gorgeous and I think it will help you get through 2020. There are more photos on the calendar page and on Diana’s site. I’ll also be adding extra images on social media, so stay tuned to Instagram.

 

And get your calendar today before they’re gone! A full year of therapy. 😉

Slide Carousel Floss Organizer

Treat yourself! You’ve worked so hard on holiday gifts, this one’s for you! An unparalleled & functional objet d’art! I finally corralled enough of these vintage slide carousels and slides (no easy task) to offer as a set, ready to hold your floss for future use!

Each set includes 1 slide carousel in its original box (either black or a silvery grey) and 80 slides plus instructions. All you have to do is wind your floss on the slides, make a little nick in each one to hold the floss end, and you’ve got a clever and delightful visual of available colors

I’m so in love with this idea, I hope you are too!

To be clear: EMBROIDERY FLOSS IS NOT INCLUDED. This is meant to store and organize your extras. Carousels are shipped in their original vintage boxes – styles will vary. And the slides are also vintage–lots of goodies from the 1950s onward!

PDF Sale Ends Soon!

It’s time to gift yourself! Only a couple of days left to stock up on Subversive PDF patterns–our sale ends at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve! Get 10 patterns for the price of 5 with promo code PDFME. You’ll need to add all 10 PDFs to your cart to take advantage of this deal, use the promo code and then you’ll have 14 days to download and save your patterns. I’m not putting a limit on how many times you can use the code, so buy one for yourself and another for a lucky friend! Code will be active until midnight 12/31/19 PST.
You can also use it on patterns that are over $5, but it will translate to a dollar amount – so basically, it’s $50 worth of PDF patterns for $25! And we have over 400 to choose from!