Sunday, January 9, 2011

Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson

Cross stitch is no longer just for grandmas. Now, thanks to Julie Jackson, there are patterns for the younger, more rebellious generation. It's no longer just bible verses, butterflies, and angels... It's four letter words, tattoo style designs, and sayings that can totally vent ones frustration.. And it's all in Subversive Cross Stitch.

There are 33 designs in this book and most of them are funny or offensive. In order to keep my blog appropriate for all who may come across it, I'm only showing two of the designs, both of which I made. (I also made a four letter word design.. but not posting it on here!)

First, I made something for my mother. Now, I love tatoos and thus, this design appealed to me. I played with it a bit though. I got rid of the heart and added a breast cancer ribbon that I found on because my mom is a survivor.

 I also added the little blue birds from page 27, the Whatever design.

Upon completing this, I was having so much fun, I made myself one. Again, I made some modifications, I kept one bee but decided two was too cute and I have a reputation as a hard ass to maintain here... So, I replaced one bee with a skull and crossbones, pattern courtesy of whomever owned this book before me. I simply added a bow.

Gee, I wonder who Book Beeyatch is?

Note, I did not use plain white cross stitch fabric, but went with a pink stripe. I just wanted to be even more different.

In conclusion, I had fun with this book all weekend and I'm not even done making all I want to make from it. The designs are easy, simple to follow, none of those awful backstitches that take hours to do, and they are simple to change around. Check out this author's website for more offensive and fun stuff to stitch:

And that's what I did this weekend. :) I bought this book used on Amazon.


  1. No "Home Sweet Home" samplers for you, LOL. And it's great the way you can modify the designs the way you like. Fun!

  2. Cool. That pink ribbon reminds me that doc is telling me to schedule *that* test again. Argh.

  3. How fun! I'm glad you are enjoying it.

    btw, I like your new header.

  4. I like the changes you made to the Mom one. Great projects!

  5. I have to say Tara you did a fabulous job on my sampler you made me. Thank you so much. You are always thinking of others no matter what it is you are making or reading. I couldn't have asked for a more talented daughter. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.