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Review: Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson

Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson
96 pages, 33 projects
$14.99 list price, <$0.50 per project
5 out of 5 stars (Grab your thread and get to stitching!)

To kick off the Reviews section of the blog, I could think of no better book than Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson. As Julie says on the cover, these designs are definitely for “your surly side”, which suits me just fine! David happened to be with me when I picked this up from Borders last month, and every time I showed him a new page of the book, he asked when I had written it, and why I wasn’t sharing my residuals with him.

The book begins with a short section of cross-stitch how-tos – these are not only clear and direct, but also set the tone for the project section of the book perfectly. (I’m always a bit partial to instructions that tell me “Don’t freak out” πŸ™‚ )

The 33 projects that make up the majority of the book are what you would expect if you’ve ever toured the Subversive Cross Stitch website – fabulously snarky phrases surrounded by traditional, sampler motifs. My favorite thing about Julie’s design style is it’s flexibility. While each project is charted for Aida cloth and DMC cotton floss, converting it to your own fabric and thread is a snap! I’ve already started a project of my own from the book, converted to 30 count linen and my handspun thread:

Julie even helps with conversions by providing an alphabet chart in the back of the book (including the all-important @ # $ % & +=!! ? symbols if you need to make the more sailor-worthy statements office-friendly). I think “Cross Bitch” is going to end up with a “Fiber Whore” companion piece at some point in the future.

Overall, I think this is a fabulous addition to any craft book shelf – the projects are well charted, easy to follow, and fun to stitch. Each project takes between 2 and 8 colors, and can easily be converted to the (handspun) thread of your choice.

Have you stitched any projects from Subversive Cross Stitch? What do you think of the book? Let us know in the comment section!

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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Reviews

 

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Treasury Friday: Home Sweet Home Crafts Edition

As you might know, I am moving to a new city in just a few weeks. I thought it would be great fun to decorate the new house with a new “Home Sweet Home” project – which one is your favorite?

Also, have you heard about the Moving Sale? 15% off in my Etsy and Zibbet shops with coupon code “MovingSale” until August 26th! I’d much rather pack up thread into envelopes and mail it to you than pack it up in a moving box, so shop away! πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Treasuries & Collections

 

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WIP Wednesday: It will be a scarf someday edition

Happy Wednesday! My life has become significantly more interesting lately, as I’m going to be moving at the end of the month, but I’m still chugging away on projects while I pack (or, really, while I “supervise” David packing – I’m such an awful mover!).

Inchies at The Daily Inchie

My favorite inchie over the past week is definitely my Deathly Hallows inchie:

David and I finally went to see Part 2 on Saturday – what an awesome movie! I loved the way Poppy Seed stitched up on this one.

Other Projects – Ongoing

Sheep Mandala:

I think I’m stalling out on this one because it’s fairly repetative, and I am a total new-junkie. I know it’s going to look adorable when it’s done, though, so I will persevere!

David’s Scarf:

Finished the set-up row and started on the first real row of the ubiquitous Entrelac Scarf, except I’m using lace weight merino, size 0 needles, and 9 repeats instead of 3. But, seriously, it will be a scarf someday! πŸ™‚

Blackbird Designs Stocking Series: Didn’t work on this recently.

Other Projects – New

Subversive Cross Stitch: Cross Bitch

Grabbed a copy of the Subversive Cross Stitch book while I was in Vancouver a few weeks ago for Sock Summit, and decided I didn’t want to wait for one of my current projects to be finished before I started this one (rekeyed for some of my handspun threads, Rustic, Calypso, and Fertility). I’ll have a review of the book in the next week or so, but in the meantime here’s my short summary: I love this book! πŸ™‚

What have you been working on this week? Leave a comment below and point us to your blog, flickr, tumblr post, or anywhere else you are showing off your latest creations. Can’t wait to see them!!

Happy Stitching!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2011 in WIP Wednesday

 

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WIP Wednesday – 07.20.2011 Edition

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to talk about WIPs! I’m really glad I added this feature to the blog, if for no other reason than I occasionally think “Oh, crap, it’s almost Wednesday, I better pull that project out and get to stitching!” πŸ™‚

Inchies at The Daily Inchie

I think my favorite inchie from the last week is actually the one I made just yesterday: my Google+ inchie:

As more of my friends (and favorite people) have started migrating to Google+, I’ve spent more and more time there, and less and less on Facebook, so I figured my new obsession deserved an inchie all it’s own.

Other Projects – Ongoing

Very little progress on my Sheep Mandala this week – finished the flower in the lower left and started work on the 3rd sheep:

I really need to put more work into this one soon, so I can move on to another project for October’s open house!

Other Projects – New

Two new projects this week – First, I’m starting on the Blackbird Designs Stocking series – first up is “In The Days of Auld Sang Lyne” (stitched on 40 count Lakeside Linen in Light Exampler 1 over 2 with the called for overdyed threads):

Second, I started knitting again (I know, crazy, right?) – I’m still swatching, so for now I’ll leave you with a pretty yarn photo:

I’m kind of funny when it comes to knitting – while I generally don’t knit with my thread, I don’t like to knit with anything bigger than lace weight yarn. I’m thinking this skein will be a nice, long scarf for me! The yarn is Filigran Lace No 1 in colorway Taiga. If you are in the Seattle area, this yarn is currently 20% off at Weaving Works – if you like working with soft merino singles, go grab a skein or 12 πŸ™‚

What have you been working on this week? Leave a comment below and point us to your blog, flickr, tumblr post, or anywhere else you are showing off your latest creations. Can’t wait to see them!!

Happy Stitching!

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in WIP Wednesday

 

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Treasury Friday: Christmas in July Edition

Yes, I know – “Treasury Friday” is not nearly as fun to say as “WIP Wednesday”, but what better way to start your weekend than with an Etsy treasury of fabulous needlearts? This week I focused on Christmas/winter projects, since every year I fully intend to plan my holiday crafts in July. If you know me, you know how likely that is to actually happen, but I like to think each year will be different. πŸ™‚

With no further ado, I give you Christmas Needlearts in July!


Primitive Cross Stitch Patte…

$9.00

French Mister Snowman counte…

$12.50

Embroidery Pattern Set Winte…

$3.00

Christmas Penguin. Cross Sti…

$3.00

Twelve Days of Christmas Pun…

$15.00

Needlepoint Canvas by Robert…

$40.99

PAIR (2) PREWORKED Needlepoi…

$39.99

Fa La La La Cross Stitch – G…

$25.00

Merry Christmas Embroidery P…

$3.00

Merry Winter Wishes Primitiv…

$1.75

PDF Embroidery Pattern – Hol…

$4.00

mini Pine Forest Stocking ne…

$16.00

Holly Sampler silk gauze des…

$15.00

Medieval Christmas sampler

$4.00

Been Naughty… Cross Stitch…

$35.00

2010 Christmas Cross Stitch …

$17.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Treasuries & Collections

 

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It’s WIP Wednesday!

Here’s what I’ve been working on this week:

Inchies at The Daily Inchie

From my 29th to my 30th birthday, I’m creating a new needlework inchie every day. This week, I think my hands-down favorite is my Fireworks Embroidery Inchie from the 4th:

I was so happy to find Sublime Stitching’s free fireworks pattern just in time for me to stitch!

Other Projects

This week I’m also working on aΒ  Sheep Mandala from one of The Floss Box’s biscornu charts, which I have converted to Wool For Your Needle and Natural Threads thread. I think the conversion is turning out quite nicely:

Extreme Sheep Close-Up:

If you would like to stitch up your own Sheep Mandala using my conversion, leave a comment below or email me at liz@dragonflylotusdesigns.com and I’ll send it right over to you!

What have you been working on this week? Leave a comment below and point us to your blog, flickr, tumblr post, or anywhere else you are showing off your latest creations. Can’t wait to see them!!

Happy Stitching!

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Stitched Projects, WIP Wednesday

 

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