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!

Subversive Sponges by FRED!

Working with Fred is a such a dream I never would’ve even dared to dream–check out these AMAZING set of Subversive sponges they created! My mind is completely blown. They’re one of my very favorite brands, they make the coolest stuff!

The quality of these are SO nice, of course, because Fred is the best! There’s a plastic GOLD frame (!) and the designs are actually STITCHED on each sponge! You get the frame and four sponges in a box, plus some suction cups if you want to put it on the edge of your sink, or on tile. Also, the frame has a little thing in the back that pulls out if you’d rather just set it on your counter. It’s the perfect way to display your cleverness between chores. And it kinda makes doing dishes fun again!

Get yours here, and stay tuned because we’ve got more Fred projects in the pipeline! Whoo-hoo!

A Flock of Cocks

I saw these on Instagram and thought it was SO CLEVER! So I worked with the creator to bring it to you as a PDF that includes all 16 of these rockin’ cocks!  Here’s Lauren’s story of how these came to be the hit of a hen party (bachelorette party), direct from Cornwall!:

The original series was made as a surprise for my sister Helen’s hen party which I was organising with my other sister, Hope. The details of the hen party were a surprise, but Helen had requested no dick head boppers, inflatable men or cock drinking straws. So I stitched the original ‘cocks of joy’ series of badges using rooster patterns I had found on Pinterest, a range of cross stitch books or adapted those original patterns and then added the word cock underneath them because I thought it would make Helen laugh. I’d stitched a box full of cocks and each hen chose their little gift at random by lucky dip. When Julie reposted about the badges and showed interest in charting the designs I then extended the flock by developing my own cocks patterns.

In Cornish dialect calling someone a cock is actually a term of endearment, in case you were wondering. ‘Tuss’ is the word for an actual dick.

Other than that I Love: watching British comedies and Bob Ross reruns; I’m currently doing a children’s story book writing course; everything about Stevie Wonder; being a Mumma to my little boy; cooking Algerian foods (my husband is Algerian); spending hours in haberdasheries and thrift shops; and visiting Cornish beaches with family and friends whenever possible!


So, go stitch up some cocks and use the hashtag #SUBVERSIVECROSSSTITCHCOCKFLOCK to share your work! Follow Lauren on Instagram at @rock_of_floosters to see more of her work (and her insanely cute bebeh!) Thanks, Lauren!!

We’ve Got Class(es)!

I REALLY hope you’re near Dallas, because we’re getting our CLASS act together! Derp!

Seriously, though, our gal Nikki will be teaching a couple of classes at the very cool Pipe & Palette in the downtown Plano Arts District. Plus, we’ll have wine and some cake balls from Amazeballz (which is right down the street in case you need more after class).

The first class will be on Saturday, March 16th from 2:00-4:00, so sign up and get ready for some fun! You’ll get a Deluxe Kit, some tiny scissor snips, some cool swag we’re having made just for class attendees, and an official membership card to Subversive Stitch Club! We’re calling it that and then we’re expanding on that idea — there will be more phases, including an online community for members only. SO stay tuned!

p.s. Pipe & Palette also offers private classes in case you want to arrange your own event with Nikki to have a class with just your besties.

Margaret Atwood on Twitter

Subversive stitcher Pauline Winick presented this modified version of our Fuck Aunt Lydia design to THE Margaret Atwood at an event! Pauline was disappointed she didn’t get a photo of Ms. Atwood with the piece, but she left without opening it. I was looking around Twitter the other day (I’m terrible at keeping up with it) and saw that Ms. Atwood herself had posted this! WOW!! If you haven’t seen Ann Dowd’s portrayal of Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s brilliant adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, she’s deliciously despicable.

Inbox: From Melissa

I’m sharing this touching email from you, with Melissa’s permission, because it stopped me in my tracks. xoxo

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My name is Melissa and I live in Utah. I am 41 years old with an overabundance of serious chronic health problems.

I am going into hospice in about a month. My friends wanted some pictures of me before I entered hospice. I asked for “prop” ideas of what they will remember of me. Several friends said cross stitching…. So the attached is what I chose to use.

I thought you’d like to know that your cross stitch patterns etc are my favorite ones.

Thank you for bringing a smile to my face as I make my cross stitch gifts.