Mother’s Day is May 10th!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! We have three PDFs specifically for moms, but there are lots more that may be applicable depending on your mom’s sense of humor.

I love this version of the MOM Tattoo pattern stitched on black material. I always imagine saying, “Hey, mom, I got a tattoo!” then handing this to her to ease her worries.

Whatever you do, she’ll love it because you made it and you know you’re the most talented and beautiful person in the whole world. She’ll probably even hang it on the fridge.

Best Shower Gift EVER

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to welcome new mothers into the fold than to give them baby bloomers that will deliver laughs for months to come. I mean, they need to remember to have a sense of humor, right?

These cotton bloomers by Charles Craft fit sizes 6-12 months and have white eyelet lace around the legs. There are three kits available: Baby Got Back, Tiny Overlord and petit tyran (little tyrant). Each kit has everything you need to stitch up the perfect gift or you can give it to any expecting mom with time to stitch it herself. Just hope she doesn’t laugh too hard or, y’know, whammo!

Please share your photos — I would have found a suitable model but I’m allergic to babies.

Happy New Mother’s Day! Good luck with that!


Stitchalong with Bust magazine!

I’m so super-stoked about this. Bust magazine is one of my favorite things and my long-time favorite magazine. Debbie Stoller is going to host a stitchalong of a piece I created featuring the amazing gals from Broad City and one of their snappy catchphrases. It’s like a dream come true, all my favorite things!

So go sign up for the Bust enews to be the first to know — the stitchalong instructions and pattern will be posted at on Tuesday, March 17. Also, I put together a very simple supply pack in case you don’t want to run to the craft store (I did, and hated it, and got an instant headache from the piles of fresh plastic bins – ow). You can get just the basics (material, needle, thread) for five bucks or add a hoop for two dollars more.

Hope you’ll join us, it’ll be so much fun! Be sure to hashtag #buststitchalong to show us your progress.

Stitchery Tape How-To

FINALLY, a How-To about one of my favorite tools, Stitchery Tape!

This is what makes your finished work lie perfectly flat forever. This transparent double coated adhesive tape is specifically designed for mounting stretched needlework to art boards, foam core, etc. (we sell 5×7″ foam core boards if you need some.)

Clear adhesive will not bleed through or damage fabrics. Acid free, archival quality. Safe for delicate fabrics. Roll is 1½” wide. Available in two lengths: 60 feet and 180 feet.

Now, some HOT TIPS*:

* Store your Stitchery Tape in a plastic bag when not in use. I dug an old one out of a drawer the other day and found that the dirt on the edges, while not visible to my eyes, showed up through a white mounted piece as dark lines. EW! Bag it up, yo?

* Be sure to trim all loose threads from the back of your stitched piece BEFORE mounting or they may show through.

* If your placement is off, you can peel the material from the mounting board and try again. Just don’t do it too many times or it gets messy and you’ll have to start over.

* I usually iron the finished stitched piece before mounting but, if you’re feeling lazy and getting out an ironing board is just TOO MUCH, you can get away without it if it’s not too wrinkly. Just be sure to smooth from the center point of the piece outward.

INBOX: From the Theatre!

I get so many great emails, I’m going to start sharing some of them here, tagged INBOX.

“I discovered you through an article on Yahoo makers.  I had a blast going through your website.  Then, I had an inspiration for a new project.

I’m currently in rehearsals for a community theatre production of ‘Les Miserables’  and the ‘Shut Your Whore Mouth‘ sampler was just the perfect thing for backstage. Especially since almost all the women in the troupe play whores sometime during the show.

I changed the spacing and border and added the show title and year.  I stitched it on perforated plastic so it could be nailed to the wall and the pearl-clutchers can’t take it down.

I was going to share it with your FB page, but since I feel like I stole it, I didn’t want to promote that. Several cast members (all women) went nuts and now I find myself making 10 more (on Aida, not plastic) as gifts.

Attached is a photo of the completed piece done for a castmate.

My apologies and gratitude,
Lance Lankford”

An epic custom piece

The wonderful Claire Brown of The Bellwether (formerly Miso Funky) took on this custom request for me during the busy holiday season and did an amazing job for customer Ben Blench in the UK. Here is the backstory:

“This is quote from my grandfather, Major R.A. Heape, who ran a pub called the Bay Horse in Rainton, North Yorkshire back in the 1950s. The family legend goes that one day the village children were playing a noisy game outside the pub. Tired of all the shrieking and shouting, my grandfather took his regimental sword in hand, opened up the front door of the pub, and stood, the sword held aloft, and roared the immortal words: ‘You can all FUCK OFF now.  And what’s more, you can STAY fucked’. The children melted away and never bothered him again…”

The gift was given to his mother and now hangs underneath Major Heape’s famous regimental sword. What a story!