Holiday Meme Ornaments from Steotch!

It’s HERE! The collaboration I’ve kept mum about. The kooky folks at Steotch & I came up with something different: TEN internet meme holiday ornaments!

Each kit comes with everything you need to make a nifty 3.5-inch round ornament: pattern, instructions, material, a needle, floss and the ornament itself. Each one is only $12!

Looking for a finished piece? You’ll find those over at Steotch! Along with PDFs, which will be in their shop soon.

Bring the fun and excitement of reading internet forums to your holiday decorating!  Confuse your family and friends! Make a gift for your favorite reddit addict! Instagram that shit!

Cross Stitch Wall Art from Umbra

I was absolutely delighted to accidentally find this new product from Umbra and immediately hatched a plan to spell out my favorite word on our living room wall.

Here’s the deal: these modular stitches come with a template and affix to the wall with mounting tape squares and they all come in a handy little kit, available in black or white (which can be painted any color); 40 pieces for about $20.

A few more photos of the process (it was super easy) and the fabulous outcome. Get some and show me what you do with them!

 

Interview with Miss Cross Stitch

I finally got around to interviewing Miss Cross Stitch and you can read the results on the Make/Craft blog! I am in awe of that girl, she inspires me.

Did You Know?* I used to be a regular columnist for Craft and even contributed to their print edition back in the day. All my previous columns are here in case you have some time to kill! πŸ˜‰

*I’m thinking of starting a new thing on this blog called DID YOU KNOW?, where I take you back in time over the past 10 years to random points of possible interest. Dorky, huh? I’ll have to come up with a dorky logo for this feature. Honk!

Share on Flickr & Instagram

In case you didn’t know, we’ve had a Subversive Cross Stitch group on Flickr for years now where we hope you’ll continue to share your work. Whether it’s pieces you’ve stitched from our kits or patterns or your own original work, as long as it’s subversive it’s welcome! Here are a few of my recent favorites.

You might have noticed that the most recent photos from our Flickr group show across the bottom of our home page.

If you’re on Instagram, just tag your photos with #subversivecrossstitch so we can be wowed by your work!

New Stuff in the Supplies Shop

I finally added a few things to the Supplies shop, including this crazy vintage needle case! I’ve had a dozen of them stashed away for years, meaning to share. Then I took a look at that image the other day and thought, My God, woman! “YOU WILL LEARN TO STITCH AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!” Okay, okay! We get the message, lady! Loosen your headband!

Anyway, there are two kinds of needle holders and magnets in limited quantity, but I also added things I get asked about a lot: black material, plastic hoops, my favorite metallic gold thread and thread nippers to name a few. Plus, our custom die-cut material stock has finally been replenished, so you can buy that separately for your own projects if you’d like.

Enjoy! Also, never hesitate to let me know if there’s something you’d like to see in the Supplies shop that I haven’t thought about!

My latest project: cross stitch fireplace

A while back, I saw an image on Pinterest of a pixel version of this fire and knew I had to cross stitch it–so I FINALLY got to it! It fits in our fireplace next to my fake log pillows that I love so much. After a lot of thinking and experimenting, I ended up using a large piece of black foam core and raffia in three colors. Here are some photos of the process:

I recreated the pattern in PC Stitch, then used a silver Sharpie and ruler to make a grid of dots on the back. I mapped out the colors on the back so I’d know where to drill because I wanted to make sure I didn’t make holes where there are plain black spaces. But of course I couldn’t find a drill or an icepick, so I used a nail and hammer and a cutting board (which I kind of ruined). Once I got the grid holes made, I started stitching. All I had was a big plastic needle, which sucked! A metal needle would have been better.

Then I kind of had to hold the foam core between my hands to stitch. It was like playing a harp…and it hurt my hands a LOT. Plus the raffia was kind of loud. But it’s DONE! One project down, a million more to go…

I’m looking forward to many fake-warm nights this winter.

p.s. This isn’t a pattern I’ll be selling since it’s not my original creation. I think it might even be from a video game, I’m not sure. I just wanted to share it with you in case it inspires you to do your own crazy thing! πŸ˜‰

Embroider The Truth!

Thought of this last night when I couldn’t sleep. I swear, that’s when the magic happens. The insomnia magic. In the PDF shop now–probably more to come–summertime means design time!

O HAI

Sorry I’m slow on the blogging thing… I promise to check in here more often and share what’s going on. Mostly it’s just freakin’ HOT in Texas right now so that kind of limits your enthusiasm once the heat hits you in the face. I am filling orders, planning for the Christmas holidays already with an awesome collaboration, wondering if I should do Halloween patterns again this year and what you might like…getting some more die-cut material in because I’ve been out and there’s a weird delay…trying to keep up with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…writing down new pattern ideas for when I have more time. Y’know, the usual madness. Anyway, I love hearing your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, so feel free to email me or interact in social media and speak your mind. I will blog more, I swear, and maybe even bring over some of the most popular posts from the old blog. Those were good times! Hope your summer is going swimmingly well.