Pride Patterns 🌈

This Place Is So Gay

We celebrate pride all year round here but since it’s Pride month we thought we’d take a minute to call out some of our favorites with a little round up.

Legalize Gay Weed

Legalize it!

What’s better than a wedding? A wedding sampler, of course! This pattern comes with a full alphabet so you can personalize it (in case you don’t know Jennifer and Karen).

The perfect holiday pattern.

A queer spin on an old favorite. Makes a great housewarming gift.

One of the patterns I designed for the DMC cuffs! This one uses sparkly silver thread for the letters.

Stay proud. We love and support you!

Stitching with Electroluminescent (EL) Wire


So, you may remember my EL project from a few years ago. I mentioned it on social media and it sounds like a lot of you are interested, so I’ll share what I remember–mostly I remember that it was hard to find things and put it together!

There are a few resources out there that explain what we’re working with here. Basically, you’ll need to find some kind of grid to stitch on (or some people use this on their clothing at raves and whatnot). Then, you’ll need a sound activated EL kit (I’ll list some resources below).

First up, a little basic info from ellumiglow:

What Is EL Wire?
EL Wire is a thin copper wire that is wrapped in a colorful plastic coating. Inside the plastic coating is a copper wire that is dipped in the powder form of the element Phosphor. This is what makes EL Wire glow. Wrapped over the top of the EL Wire are two of the smallest wires you have ever seen. We call them “Angel Hair” wires. They are about the size of a human hair, so the term is pretty fitting.

How do I make EL Wire glow?
EL Wire does not contain its own magical powers, but once you get it up-and-running, you will see that it does create its own magic. EL Wire needs a power source to glow, and for that you have a couple different choices: ready made kits, plugging it into a wall outlet, or hooking it up to a battery pack. EL Wire doesn’t run on a common household power, because it uses a special high frequency alternating current which enables the wire to glow.

You’ll need an EL kit (which includes a battery pack) on Amazon or numerous places. Here’s a good example of what you’re looking for–don’t forget to buy one that responds to sound – is sound activated.

But wait — what are you going to stitch on? I really can’t remember where I found my wooden grid, but you could also pick up some pegboard from a local hardware store. Most larger home centers carry it unfinished and in pre-finished white. Woodgrain and other decorative panels can be found, and you can also buy metal pegboard panels (how cool would that be?). Standard size holes are 1/4″-dia. and spaced in a 1″-on-center grid. That’ll work!

I was going to say you should make sure that the width of the wire will fit in the hole (I had an issue with this), but if you use standard pegboard with quarter-inch holes you should be fine.

So, once you have these materials together, you just need to decide on a simple pattern (at least to start, but someday you can make a big installation with several colors–send me photos!)

An important thing to be aware of as you “stitch” with EL wire: it doesn’t like sharp angles. So, when your brain tells you to tighten the stitches, don’t! In fact, if you make a crease in EL wire, it may cause that crease to lose color on the bent part. 

So proceed with caution. And be sure to tag us on social media (#subversivecrossstitch), I can’t wait to see what you do! Here’s what I did for my mom:

All of our free PDF Cross Stitch Patterns in one place!

If you’re familiar with Subversive Cross Stitch at all you know that we love to create and share free patterns whenever we can. We’re big believers in encouraging everyone to slow down and make something and if our free patterns can be a gateway drug to more stitching in your life you know we’re here for it. You can find every free cross stitch pattern we have ever created right here. That’s over 25 free patterns! Here’s some of what you’ll find there:

Sure the pandemic is starting to slow down and we’re all coming out of our houses more now. But do we really need to? Seems like staying home may still be the best strategy and this pattern feels timeless. Just relax and home and don’t answer the door!

Ruth Bader Ginsberg was an icon and a legend and we’re still not over the fact that she’s gone. This RBG cross stitch pattern pays tribute to this amazing woman who spent her lifetime fighting the good fight for all of us. A sweet reminder.

Another woman we tend to celebrate a lot around here is Amy Sedaris. If you haven’t watched her latest show At Home with Amy Sedaris what are you waiting for? She’s a comedy genius and Ronnie Vino is one of our favorite characters on the show. Here’s a clip so you can see for yourself why we had to make a Ronnie Vino cross stitch pattern. BONUS: Amy herself accepted our offer of the finished piece and it now resides in her home with her rabbits!

You’ll also find free font patterns, an optical illusion snake pattern, and as always some fun snarky reminders.

Go get ’em!

New Halston Patterns – Pick Your Palette!

Halston Cross Stitch Patterns

Surely you’re watching the new Netflix miniseries about Halston, right? I’ve been jotting down little bon mots from the show because they inspire new patterns (I wonder how Halston would feel about being immortalized in cross stitch?). And since Halston would definitely want you to have choices I made this pattern in both Spring or Fall 1970s palettes for you to choose from. Both available in our PDF shop now! ❤️

Spring palette–very carefree in Paree!

Fall palette–for shopping trips in NYC.

There’s sure to be more quotes soon… stay tuned!

Collaboration with THE Bloggess!

Oh man, I am such a fan of Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess. Her blog is just the most wonderful, and her books are even better! I got to read an advance copy of her new book, Broken (in the best possible way), and I absolutely relished it. I laughed so hard my face hurt. Which is saying a lot, not many books really captivate me, but this one is a pretty dang perfect match. If you like Subversive Cross Stitch humor, you’ll definitely like Jenny’s writing!

Not only did Jenny author a great book, she also stitched FIVE patterns we designed just for her–they’re quotes from the book, too! If you want to win a Deluxe Kit, a stitched piece from Jenny or some free PDF patterns, here’s how to enter the sweepstakes!

Together, We’re Feeding America

I’m SO PLEASED to announce that, together, we provided 12,000 meals to Feeding America! We donated 15% of our profits from Black Friday weekend (4 days) and added a little extra. Since we sent the money in today–on Giving Tuesday–our donation of 6,000 meals has been matched and doubled! THANK YOU!

The Feeding America network provides over 4.3 billion meals annually, helping 1 in 7 Americans facing hunger live more secure and stable lives. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Thanks to donations, the Feeding America network of food banks, pantries and meal programs serve virtually every community in the United States — 40 million people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

There’s more! You may have noticed the Round Up For Charity option at checkout, where you can donate a dollar or more. This will also benefit Feeding America, but on an ongoing basis–we’ll keep it up year-round! Last weekend, 217 of you donated for a total of 2136 MORE meals. That goes directly to Feeding America through the app. Pretty cool!

I hope you feel the joy of giving. Read more about Feeding America here and give a little more if you’re so inclined. Happy Holidays!


What do we want? CHANGE! How do we get it? VOTE! (that’s one way, anyway) Vote EVERY election because change starts locally and becomes global. Two versions of this pattern are available as FREE PDFs, kits and kit/frame combos.

UPDATE: Two new free versions of this pattern with ADDED F-BOMB for EMPHASIS!

This is a take on an old political slogan in case you don’t recognize the vague reference, which explains my word choice. In this global community, what we do in the US makes a difference in the world (just as what other countries do influences us). Just look how the decisions of the current US administration have affected people across the globe. We must do better. So…VOTE! And don’t miss local elections. All of them. Please. xo

Free PDF: Optical Illusion Snake!

This may not look like much, but check out what it does when placed on a turntable: 

This pattern is meant to be stitched, put on a piece of cardboard with a hole punched in the middle. Then, you just pop it on your turntable and GO! What you’ve got right there is one-a’ them thar optical illusion snakes. Follow me into the depths of madness, will you? ;p

I’ve had this project shelved many times because I actually stitched it so it went in the wrong direction (IMAGINE my disappointment!). Luckily, I’ve corrected the pattern for you and it’s a FREE PDF!

That’s just all kinds of quarantine fun. Be sure to share your turntable skillz on Instagram with the hashtag #subversivecrossstitch

And check out the Supplies section if you need, y’know, supplies. Have fun!