All About The Book

I thought I’d tell you a bit more about how this book came to be, after years of patience and waiting for just the right opportunity.

When my 2006 book went out of print, I got so many emails from people asking where they could find one. Sometimes there would be used copies on Amazon or eBay but the prices were usually ridiculous. Since many of the book patterns are not available on my site, I wanted to keep all of the original patterns and build on those. And since so many people tell me that they refer to my book over and over, I felt like I needed to deliver something bigger and better on top of all that.

The new book has redesigned charts and stitch counts added (thanks to your feedback via Facebook). My contractual deal was to add 10 completely new patterns, but I felt like I could do better so I threw in 7 more patterns that are new to the book. That way, the total number of patterns is FIFTY! Plus, I added a few new alphabets and rewrote/updated the rest. And a great photo of my mom, who is my biggest inspiration in life at a very sassy age 90. Finally, I stitched a new cover at the very last minute.

My original book packager, Quirk, was bought by powerHouse books in Brooklyn, and one of my favorite people to work with (Sharyn Rosart) moved with Quirk to powerHouse. We waited for the right time to publish this book through powerHouse — they haven’t published a craft book before, they do art and photography books, so I knew they’d make it beautiful. It was important to me not to limit myself to a craft publisher because I feel like the idea of Subversive Cross Stitch goes beyond the world of craft. powerHouse pretty much let me do my own thing according to what I thought you all would like (special thanks to those of you who voiced your opinions on Facebook, that really helped!)

Our patience paid off and together, we’ve produced a book with more heft — a TOME with a heckuva lot of value — and I think it’s gorgeous. I hope you do, too!

Beginning February 17, 2015, the book will be available at Amazon and all bookstores in the US and abroad, but if you want a signed copy you should order it right here from me (because I’m far too shy to do public book signings). I’ll probably stop selling the book on my site in March. Thanks so much to those of you who pre-ordered the book, you’ll see yours soon! And thanks so much for your feedback, interest, and enthusiasm all these years. You keep me going!

Here are the 50 patterns that are in this book:

All Hat and No Cattle
Babies Suck
Be My Bitch
Because Fuck You, That’s Why
Bitch In Kitchen
Bite Me
Boo Fucking Hoo
Cheer Up, Loser
Chill The Fuck Out
Cross Bitch
Don’t Be Such A Baby
F-U-C-K Hearts
Fuck The Dumb Shit
Fuck You Very Much
Get A Life
Get Lost
Go Fuck Yourself
Happy Fucking Birthday
Happy Fucking Holidays (snowflakes)
Happy Fucking Holidays (ornament version)
Have A Nice Life
Homo Sweet Homo
I Fucking Love You
I Heart My Job
I Hope You Choke
It’s Not Mean If It’s Hilarious
Irony Is Not Dead
Is That All There Is?
Kiss Me, You Fool
Kiss My Grits
Life Sucks, Then You Die
Love Stinks
MOM Tattoo
No You Didn’t!
Please Kill Me
Rat Bastard
Suck It Up
Sucks To Be You
Tell Me I’m Pretty
This Place Sucks
Too Bad, So Sad
Welcome To Bleak House
You Can’t Make Me
You Lie Like A Cheap Rug
You Suck