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!!

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!

College Series: Snarky Latin

college, latin, cross stitch

Check out our new College Series — three snappy Latin PDF pattern designs! I realize I’m mixing Greek-ish borders with Latin phrases, but that was just a pop quiz to see if you’re paying attention.

I got these phrases from the always-awesome McSweeney’s. The article by Dani Bostick is called Honest Latin Mottoes For Your Overrated University. But what do these mean?

Noli hic rem facere ridiculum =”Don’t Be An Idiot Here”.

Dormire quam superare = “To Sleep Rather Than to Excel”.

Convivium, Fornicatio, Prae Amnibus Aes =”Partying, fornication, and above all debt” .

Stitch ’em up and send ’em off to your favorite college student. It’s sure to brighten their day and confuse their peers. Your work here is done!

PDF Gift Pack is back!

Here’s a great idea either as a gift for yourself or your friends: Give ’em our PDF Gift Pack: for a flat rate of $25, you’ll get a promo code good for 10 PDFs (a $50 value). That’s enough half-price PDFs to keep you or your friend busy for months!

This year I’ve made a bunch of gift cards you can print out to give the recipient (not just for the Gift Pack, but you’ll find them all on that page.

Follow the directions here to get your PDF Gift Pack and enjoy the graphics! (there will be more).

How PDF patterns work

Our PDF patterns are delivered directly via email once you pay and check out. Usually, they’re pretty instant or arrive within minutes. If that DOESN’T happen, check your spam folder because the files come from a PDF server called getsy. If you don’t see any PDFs anywhere, email me and I’ll send your order again.

Downloads are limited, so PLEASE download and save each PDF to your computer, otherwise I end up spending all my time re-sending orders. Ack! And if you don’t want to have to re-purchase PDFs, please save them to an external source or dropbox just like anything else you’d buy online. I have such limited resources, I try to be nice but it’s impossible for me as a one-person independent shop to spend my time tracking down and honoring requests for previous orders that were lost due to computer crashes.

Each PDF is just like a pattern in any of our kits: one side features a full-color pattern; the other side includes instructions. You can read the PDF from your portable device or print it out to use again and again. There are a few PDFs of fonts that are available both as PDF and PCStitch files, so be careful when choosing the format — these are all free with purchase fonts. Confusing, I know, but so handy if you use PCStitch because you can easily copy and paste and work the fonts into your own design using the software program.

Of course, PDFs aren’t to be shared because they are copyrighted designs sold for on a single-use basis. By not re-distributing these patterns, you’re keeping my small home business going. I appreciate your honesty and restraint! Who needs bad karma, right?

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!