A Minor Obsession with Subversive Cross Stitch

WARNING: language — but you probably knew that already, you smart cookie.

Last year I found myself pinning cross stitch and embroidery images.  Wildflowers and birds are a favorite, but it didn’t take long for me to discover subversive cross stitch.  I love them.  Their snark speaks to me!  But I’m not really a cross stitcher so I pinned without a plan (as if that’s something strange to do, hah!).

Then it was summer, my husband was gone on a business trip, and I had an impulse to just do it.  I had floss.  I had Aida.  I had needles.  (This is what happens when fiber arts are your jam!)  I printed out a free pattern and was off to the races.

Domestic Cross Stitch in progress

The beauty of it was hearing friends and family reminisce about stitching they’d done and how they’d like to do it again.  And cheers from my cross stitchers.

I Put the Mess in Domestic Cross Stitch

My tasteful, funny declaration worked out just fine!  Cross stitching went faster than I expected — and I anticipate that one could go even faster with experience.

Behold! The Cross Stitch Pattern to Rule Them All!

But this wasn’t really what I wanted to make.  I wanted to justify buying a pattern that I had been eyeing for months.  It wasn’t expensive, but as a knitter I know how slippery the pattern buying slope is and I wanted to make sure cross stitching wasn’t a hateful way to spend my craft time before I committed cash to a project.

Behold the Field cross stitch detail

This one took longer.  I made more mistakes.  But I stuck with it and eventually finished.

Behold the Field cross stitch

This piece speaks the secrets of my soul.  Now you know.

“Where Are You Going to Hang It?”

Many people who saw me working on it thought it was funny.  Several silently nodded and moved on.  People were really curious about what I was planning to do with it.  Were they worried I would give it to them?  Kudos to my sister-in-law Abby, who offered to own it if I didn’t want to keep it.  But no, this beauty is all for me!

Things I Learned Whilst Subversively Stitching

I learned that I don’t want to do larger pieces.

I learned that I love doing letters!

I learned that filling in shapes was boring.

I learned that I am not going to wake up one day and exchange all my yarn for floss.  But I might indulge in a little X-X once or twice a year.

Have you done any subversive stitching?  Got your eye on any patterns?

A Minor Obsession with Subversive Cross Stitch

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