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Queen - graffiti cross stitch pattern
8 years, 8 months ago 1

This week’s pattern is now available on Etsy. Queen – ostensibly to go along with King, but in reality totally has control of the realm.

It’s an easy pattern with a straight forward colour palette and using only full stitches so it’s quick to stitch up.

King and Queen as matching cushions, perchance? Maybe I should do a Knave next….

8 years, 11 months ago 1
Posted in: Blog

Ever wondered what it would look like if embroidered graffiti was actually graffitied? Fashion and music photographer Matti Hillig and I did, so we’ve started a photo series using my cross stitch graffiti and playmobil figures rescued from an attic. I’d certainly want to head off tagging stuff if I’d been locked up there for thirty years as well.

First in the series: my Cute design. The full series can be seen here.

Stitch - graffiti cross stitch pattern
9 years, 1 month ago 0

Stitch - cross stitched on a tapestry canvas

Sometimes it’s just as simple as Stitch, right?

This pattern, a 100% original Stitchalicious design, was first published in the book Anticraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister and is now available as an individual pattern in my Etsy shop. It uses only full cross stitches and back stitch.

The stitched example model in the photo is the cross stitched onto a painted tapestry canvas. The tapestry itself was not stitched. It used three strands of Anchor floss for the cross stitch and two strands for back stitch. As can be seen, for improved contrast, the outside of the pattern was stitched in blue rather than pink. Painted tapestry canvases can be purchased from almost any shop selling embroidery supplies.

Stitch - cross stitch design

Cre8 - graffiti cross stitch pattern
9 years, 2 months ago 0

cre8 @ east side gallery

Want an inspirational quote for your wall, but not one of those posters with a photo of a sunset and the word tranquility under it? Don’t you think your cubicle needs something a little more, well, interesting?

The pattern for this bit of sprayer fun is, of course, available at my etsy shop. The design is only full cross stitches, so a great beginners piece, and working it on larger fabric (eg 14 ct Aida or higher) with more threads would make the perfect wall hanging for that cubicle partition.

The pattern is available from my etsy shop, StitchaliciousDesign, in three colourways, or in a discount three-pack containing all. Also included are instructions for beginners and athread key for both DMC and Anchor.

The model in the photo above was stitched on 16 ct black Aida and,, for the curious, has been photographed in front of Berlin’s East Side Gallery (part of the original wall in case you aren’t familiar with it) by Matti Hillig.

Cre8 - green colourway

Cre8 - blue colourway

Cre8 - brown colourway

Atrocity - graffiti cross stitch design
9 years, 2 months ago 0

The first graffiti cross stitch design – Atrocity! (because, well, I always wanted to be one, but was more of a book-lovin’ geek).

The downloadable design comes in three seperate colourways – pink, orange and blue – all of which are in the shop. Pick which one best appeals to you or buy the three-pack containing all colourways for just a fraction more. The design contains only full cross stitches and back stitch, so is perfect for beginners or more advanced stitchers that just want to chill out with some relaxing x’s. The pattern comes with a floss key for both DMC and Anchor threads and includes basic cross stitching instructions.

The stitched model in the photo above is the pink colourway, done on 28 count salmon coloured linen over two, using two threads of DMC floss for both the cross stitches and the back stitch. It was then used to make the bag shown.

Close up of the Atrocity graffiti cross stitch bag

Atrocity - pink colourway

Graffiti cross stitch design

Atrocity - orange colourway

graffiti cross stitch design

Atrocity - blue colourway

11 years, 3 months ago Comments Off
Posted in: Blog, Miscellaneous

Swapping is one of those internet craft phenomena that I previously never really had time for.  Plus I know exactly how bad a pen-pal I am (Hello 6th grade Japanese penpal who received exactly one letter from me). So, until recently, I had never signed up for one.

But with the Phat Quarter group on Flickr I decided to give it a shot. And I had so much fun with that one that when it came ’round again I signed up once more. This time with the theme NSFW… ie. don’t be shocked by anything that you receive.


Now I’m waay behind on my piece (which should have been sent off, oh, a couple of weeks ago) but I got mine today. Sailor Mouth, a bloke in Texas stitched me a well-hung sailor centaur and if that doesn’t just cover every genre then I don’t know what will. He commissioned the design from an artist friend and stitched it up on linen. Mostly backstitch with 2 strands and some satin stitch around the hat, the tattoo and the, ahem, manly bits.


I decided not to frame it but put it on a cushion. And as it was an idea I’d had for a while – a display cushion where I could swap out the embroidery on it – I spent tonight whipping it up from some old left over fabric and a second-hand zipper. I hemmed the embroidery with bias tape  and used press studs to attach it. Taadaa! Display cushion with well hung mythological seaman. What more could a girl ask for?

in situ

11 years, 4 months ago 0

Ahh goldwork. So pretty, so shiny. I mentioned Tracy Franklin’s book yesterday, or just go and check out her website. Tanja Berlin does more flower-type designs and has a lot of kits which are definately pretty, shiny and a great way to get into the technique without having to try and source all the specialty threads (and instructions!) yourself.

I’ve been collecting goldwork threads and books in a very magpie-like fashion for a couple of years and have been slowly incorporating them into my pieces (the threads and techniques I mean, not the books). But there’s one technique I hadn’t yet tried and really, really wanted to – Or Nué. In this, thick gold-covered thread such as Jap gold is couched down in tight rows, and coloured silk is stitched over row by row to create the image. The gold shimmers through, the silks are colourful and lustrous… it’s an all-over rich affair. It was used a lot in ecclesiastical stuff – well, goldwork in general was mainly done for the church or royalty anyway because it uses, y’know, actual gold. Not something for the plebs.

But I’d always wanted to give it a shot, and also had a very general idea of what the subject matter should be, so now I’ve finally started. Only I’m leaving the gold out.

I’d fully planned to use Jap gold, but when I started pulling everything out and looking at my plans, I decided that I wanted something a bit rougher, a little less pretty. So I grabbed a ball of string from the kitchen drawer and started.


This is how it stands at the moment. Excuse my slightly secretive corner view, but with the design transferred onto the backing fabric, it’d give too much away if I showed the whole piece. I want to see if I can faithfully reproduce the design in this method and I’d like your unbiased-by-the-original-picture opinion of the finished piece.. I’m pretty much freehanding the flow of the string around the piece –Or Nué generally uses straight lines but I saw this done somewhere else and found it beautiful (can’t find the link at the moment, will update when I do)- and I guess we’ll see how it turns out.


11 years, 6 months ago 0
Posted in: Blog, Featured, Stumpwork

Last one from the tattoo themed exhibition. This one used a lot more goldwork techniques (oh, the couching!), something which I’m still learning but loving.

those bullion knots

couching, couching, couching

anchors away!