A Dose of Hopefulness

[this was originally a newsletter post–the response was so positive I’m sharing it here!]
Sad? Overwhelmed? Totally flummoxed?
I think there must be stages to dealing with this crazy world, like dealing with grief. I don’t know what they are, but hopefully you will get to the hopeful phase where you find what you can do to make the world a better place. Whether it’s marching, protesting or stitching for therapy, please remember to vote in the midterms this November. It’s more important now than ever. All is not lost.
Most importantly, don’t despair! Or, if you find yourself in despair, take a step back, reset with some stitching, then get back up again. This image brightened my day. Feel free to save, print, and put it up where you’ll see it every day.
And lastly, this:
Did you know you can get support via text if you’re feeling overwhelmed?
This organization seems like they do pretty good work: Crisis Text Line.
Just text HELLO to 741741.
You are never alone.
xoxoxoxo
Julie

Mr. Stevers!

Introducing Mr. Stevers! I first noticed him stitching a bunch of my pieces and posting them on Instagram, so I hired him to stitch several of the new designs for my last book (and you can bet I’ll hire him again!) He’s been stitching for more years than he cares to admit and recently took to designing—which is when I just knew we had to get his designs out there to you!

Mr. Stevers has a remarkable mustache, is an avid flea marketer and collector who loves to tinker in the kitchen. His Instagram feed (@mrstevers) is proof of his impeccable tastes, I’m always so jealous of his collections! He’ll be contributing some PDF patterns to our site from time to time, starting with these three. You can always find his latest work on the PDF page, but also by searching for “Stevers“!

 

 

Represent! at the Women’s March

Need a quick sign for the Women’s March? How about this?

What a YEAR of persistence! I put together a free downloadable high-resolution file you can use for a sign at the Women’s March this year!:

One page print of this image for a regular-size print: Right-click to download file.

Here’s a six-page poster that prints mostly across four pages with a little extra on the last two pages.

Please post your results on social media – I’ll repost yours on Instagram if you use the hashtag #subversivecrossstitch of a photo of your sign in action! Go get ’em!!

Our Annual PDF Sale

My thanks to you for a great year – TREAT YO SELF!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Shop the PDF page and choose any 10 patterns, add them to your cart.
  2. The link above should automatically add the discount. If not, enter PDFPACK as the promo code.
  3. In your cart, you should see 10 PDFs for the price of 5 – voila!

Limit one per customer. Offer expires 12/31/17 at midnight CST.

Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide

Click on descriptions to go to each product page. Who’s the best gift giver? YOU ARE!

GIFTS FOR THE NEW STITCHER
Someone you know NEEDS to learn how to cross stitch. They have a great sense of humor and maybe they need to relax. Our cross stitch starter kit with my best-selling book is the perfect gift and you can always add on extras depending on how generous you’re feeling:

Things to add to sweeten the deal: Gingher Embroidery Scissors, fancy Subversive needle minder, Stitchery tape and mounting boards. And one of our signature gold frames to display their work!

 

GIFTS FOR THE SEASONED STITCHER
Got a crafty friend who’s already hip to cross stitch? Give them something that will wow them, something they’ll enjoy year-round. Here are a few suggestions:


Full cone of DMC black floss! Might last a lifetime! $35
Needle minders are all the rage and our kitty cat needle minder is the cutest stitchin’ pal. $8
World’s first 3-D cross stitch kit (with glasses!): $22

 

GIFTS FOR MOM AND DAD

Remind them to take their meds – Did You Take Your Meds Today? pouches: M $12 / L $18
Remind them that they don’t have to be doormats for guests with this subtle kit: $14/$20
Remind them you would never, ever use a bad word with our Curses kit$12/$20

 

GIFTS FOR YOUR BFF

Snazzy Happy Fucking Holidays Guest Towel kit: $20
Combo Deluxe Kit and snazzy gold frame: $40
Super snazzy Happy Fucking Holiday T-shirt: $22 

 

GIFTS FOR THE COOLEST BABY ON THE BLOCK

Ev’ry Day I’m Hustlin’ Baby Booties kit: $20
Welcome Tiny Overlord Cross Stitch kit: $14 / $20 
Bootylicious Baby Booties kit: $20

 

GIFTS FOR THE ACTIVIST

Gear up for the midterms with our 2018: Change Is Coming tiny frame kit: $15
Inspiration from Stephane Hessel – To Create Is To Resist kit: $14 / $20
Treason’s Greetings kit: $14 / $20
All I Want For Christmas Is Impeachment kit$14 / $20 
Resist and Persist Cuff kits: $14

 

GIFTS FOR YOUR OFFICE PAL

Handy reminders – Subversive Cross Stitch sticker sheet!: $5
Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves kit$14 / $20 
Cross Stitch Name Tag kit for holiday parties (also fitting for Little Britain fans): $14

 

GIFTS FOR THE SNOB YOU LOVE

For the important blogger – Prestigious Blog PDF pattern*: $5
Smug Karl Lagerfeld explains his attitude in this PDF pattern*: $5
Werner Herzog explains chickens with this PDF pattern*: $5
Let’s face it, Hell Is Other People kit$14 / $20 

* you can purchase material, floss and needles in the Supplies section to stitch up your PDF pattern.

 

GIFTS FOR THE CANCER SURVIVOR

Long-Sleeve Fuck Cancer T-shirt: $28
Fuck Cancer cross stitch kit: $14 / $20
Fuck Cancer tote bag: $25

Pro tip: bundle all three for anyone undergoing chemo – they’ll stay warm and entertained. Stabbing material repeatedly is amazingly therapeutic. 

 

GIFTS FOR YOUR BELOVED SIBLING

Shut Your Piehole (or I’m telling mom!) kit: $14 / $20 
(Please stop saying) Awesomesauce hoodie: $30
Bite Me cross stitch kit (Stop hitting yourself in the face!): $14 / $20

 

GIFTS FOR THE ASPIRING RAPPER

Oh yeah, Grandmaster Flash OG lyrics in cross stitch, part 1, PDF pattern: $5
Who wouldn’t want this super stylin’ and hilarious Dollar Bling necklace kit: $22
It’s a set! Grandmaster Flash cross stitch, part 2, PDF pattern: $5

* you can purchase material, floss and needles in the Supplies section to stitch up your PDF pattern.

 

GIFTS FOR THE BOOK LOVER

Imagine how often they’ll think of you fondly.

Oh My God, Becky. Look. At. Her. Book. bookmark kit: $12
Fuck Off, I’m Reading bookmark kit: $12
Merry Christmas To All And To All A Good Book bookmark kit: $12
Read A Fucking Book bookmark kit: $12

 

GIFTS FOR THE COLLEGE KID

Convivium Fornicatio…(Partying, fornication, and above all debt) PDF pattern: $5
A reminder to think outside the box, kid: Screw The Rules ruler kit: $20
The awesome Subversive Cross Stitch Coloring & Activity Book!: $14.95

 

GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAY PARTY HOST

Happy Fucking Holidays coasters, pack of four: $5  while supplies last
Small Happy Fucking Holidays kit with frame: $15
Cross Stitch Snowflake Ornaments: $8

 

SUBVERSIVE GIFT CERTIFICATES! 

 

If all else fails, let THEM choose! Our Gift Certificates come in all sizes, up to $10,000 in case you win the lottery or something.

DON’T FORGET TO TREAT YOURSELF, TOO! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

 

 

For your Pinterest pinning pleasure…

 

 

Chris Hemsworth – Sexy, sexy cross stitcher

Pardon my bad Photoshopping, but MY OH MY I couldn’t believe that the best of the Chrisses (besides my Chris) talked to W Magazine about his love for cross stitch:

“I remember doing cross stitch and for whatever reason, anything for me as a kid, I had a lot of trouble kind of focusing on one task and sitting still. I was pretty active. But anything really detailed where I had to sort of physically and mentally be involved and anything could hold my attention was a big plus for my parents, in particular. For some reason, cross stitch was one that I enjoyed.”

Yas! Cross stitch is good for all of that, you’re so right. What were you saying again? I feel faint.

As Michelle N. said on our Facebook page: “wonder how many times he got a Thor finger.” ZING!

World’s First 3-D Cross Stitch Kit

Can you believe it? This is so much fun to work on and check your progress through the enclosed 3-D glasses! I can’t even convey how cool it looks through the actual glasses in person – I put a gif on the kit page that kind of shows you, but you just have to see it for yourself.

I’ve been dying to share it with you and it’s finally here! The kit comes with everything including Charles Craft bright red fabric, DMC floss, hoop, two needles, instructions, pattern and 3-D GLASSES! So exciting!

Go grab one before they run out – and be sure to post your progress photos on social media so we can follow along. SO. MUCH. FUN!!

Oh, that clever Dooce

I was late-night reading while my husband slept and when I saw this and I almost screamed!

I’ve known Heather Armstrong of dooce (virtually) for years, she even wrote the Foreword to my Kitty Wigs book. When my Subversive Cross Stitch Activity and Coloring book came out earlier this year, I just couldn’t bring myself to send one to her because I know she gets SCADS of books and I hate asking friends to promote my stuff. But then she started this series about all the books she receives and donates to the library in SLC. So, I thought, Well, I’ll just touch base and let her know what I’m up to, and if my four-letter-word-laced-book sneaks its way into a library in Utah, bonus!

I also thought it would be funny to say I sent it so her kids could start practicing their curse words, I think I included a note claiming that as my purpose.

Funny how life works out – read her post to hear about the morality shenanigans my book caused, it’s pretty dang funny.

Thanks so much, Heather, I’ll be smiling about this for weeks.