Cross Stitch for Smart Alecks

My mom taught me how to cross stitch when I was a little girl, and back then my efforts were mostly limited to making plastic canvas refrigerator magnets in the shape of various animals.

As an adult, I stumbled upon Julie Jackson’s book, Subversive Cross Stitch: 33 designs for your surly side, and suddenly, I was cross stitching again.

I remember working on this piece for my sister as I was sitting in my Grammy’s hospital room as she was dying in 2011. Every time someone came in and asked what I was working on, there were laughs, or at least amused grins as cousins, sisters, and aunts saw the pattern and thumbed through the book. I felt like it brought a bit of levity to a sad time for our family.


Since then, I’ve stitched up several of the patterns in the book, and it’s still one of my favorite go-to’s for stitching gifts for friends. I follow Subversive Cross Stitch on Facebook as well, and the new bookmark kits they posted yesterday really had me laughing:


It’s nearly impossible to read the top one without mimicking the cadence and tone of the original song intro in your mind. 😉

If your sense of humor runs along the same lines, be sure to check out Subversive Cross Stitch at their website or on Facebook. Their patterns are great for newbies or those getting back into cross stitch after a long hiatus–very beginner friendly and fun.

Also, check out more of my stitchy favorites at my link page, and come back to Existitchialism every Wednesday as I highlight work I admire.