This Just In: Cross Stitch Is Cool!

Posted in: Show and Tell — By on January 27, 2011 7:04 AM

I have to admit, when I hear the words “cross stitch”, the first thing that comes to mind are boring patterns of flower baskets and teddy bears.  That said, I’ve come to see that cross stitch can be really awesome, and I hope that by the end of this post you’ll feel the same way.

For starters, there are tons of amazing vintage cross stitched wall hangings out there — thrift shops and yard sales can be gold mines for this stuff.  Jordynn (a pro at finding second-hand treasures) has loads of great cross stitch up in her house.


The pixelated look of cross stitch lends itself well to cartoon and video game imagery.  Jordynn has been cross stitching up a storm lately, with a couple of Super Mario themed projects…

Gone are the days of “Home Sweet Home.” Cross stitch can also be used in unexpected ways to make  a statement, such as this delightful cross stitch pattern by Subversive Cross Stitch:

Last but not least, I wanted to share a cross stitched wall hanging sent in by Lee, a Sewing School reader.  Ben from The Girl in Yellow made this for Lee, based on a pattern we showed in our post on vintage sewing books from  Amazing!

I hope that I have proven that cross stitch can, in fact, be cool.  I leave you with a reading list of some fun cross stitch links I’ve found… Happy stitching!
  • Feeling Stitchy – The go-to blog for *cool* cross stitch and embroidery
  • Fuldesign – Lots of sweet (and free!) cross stitch patterns for download
  • Subversive Cross Stitch – Patterns for the cross stitcher with a potty mouth, as well as lots of great links and how-to’s
  • knitPro – An online application to convert images into patterns you can use for cross stitch or knitting
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  1. Lee says:

    Jordynn has a large collection! I’m guessing her apartment is a wee bit larger than mine.

  2. I had a great time making these fightin’ cats for Lee! A little but of me making its way back to the UK for her!
    Thanks so much for featuring it on your blog!

    And if you fancy seeing other heights that cross stitch is taking (how about cross stitch porn?!) – check out the stuff on Etsy! Definitely NOT your grandma’s cross stitch!

    I heard there’s a website or a program of some sort that can pixelate your images and create a cross stitch pattern for you – of nearly any image at all! Worth a google, I reckon!

  3. Jessica says:

    Ha ha, those crazy kids with their cross stitch…!

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