Stitchery Tape How-To

FINALLY, a How-To about one of my favorite tools, Stitchery Tape!

This is what makes your finished work lie perfectly flat forever. This transparent double coated adhesive tape is specifically designed for mounting stretched needlework to art boards, foam core, etc. (we sell 5×7″ foam core boards if you need some.)

Clear adhesive will not bleed through or damage fabrics. Acid free, archival quality. Safe for delicate fabrics. Roll is 1½” wide. Available in two lengths: 60 feet and 180 feet.

Now, some HOT TIPS*:

* Store your Stitchery Tape in a plastic bag when not in use. I dug an old one out of a drawer the other day and found that the dirt on the edges, while not visible to my eyes, showed up through a white mounted piece as dark lines. EW! Bag it up, yo?

* Be sure to trim all loose threads from the back of your stitched piece BEFORE mounting or they may show through.

* If your placement is off, you can peel the material from the mounting board and try again. Just don’t do it too many times or it gets messy and you’ll have to start over.

* I usually iron the finished stitched piece before mounting but, if you’re feeling lazy and getting out an ironing board is just TOO MUCH, you can get away without it if it’s not too wrinkly. Just be sure to smooth from the center point of the piece outward.

INBOX: From the Theatre!

I get so many great emails, I’m going to start sharing some of them here, tagged INBOX.

“I discovered you through an article on Yahoo makers.  I had a blast going through your website.  Then, I had an inspiration for a new project.

I’m currently in rehearsals for a community theatre production of ‘Les Miserables’  and the ‘Shut Your Whore Mouth‘ sampler was just the perfect thing for backstage. Especially since almost all the women in the troupe play whores sometime during the show.

I changed the spacing and border and added the show title and year.  I stitched it on perforated plastic so it could be nailed to the wall and the pearl-clutchers can’t take it down.

I was going to share it with your FB page, but since I feel like I stole it, I didn’t want to promote that. Several cast members (all women) went nuts and now I find myself making 10 more (on Aida, not plastic) as gifts.

Attached is a photo of the completed piece done for a castmate.

My apologies and gratitude,
Lance Lankford”

An epic custom piece

The wonderful Claire Brown of The Bellwether (formerly Miso Funky) took on this custom request for me during the busy holiday season and did an amazing job for customer Ben Blench in the UK. Here is the backstory:

“This is quote from my grandfather, Major R.A. Heape, who ran a pub called the Bay Horse in Rainton, North Yorkshire back in the 1950s. The family legend goes that one day the village children were playing a noisy game outside the pub. Tired of all the shrieking and shouting, my grandfather took his regimental sword in hand, opened up the front door of the pub, and stood, the sword held aloft, and roared the immortal words: ‘You can all FUCK OFF now.  And what’s more, you can STAY fucked’. The children melted away and never bothered him again…”

The gift was given to his mother and now hangs underneath Major Heape’s famous regimental sword. What a story!

All About The Book

I thought I’d tell you a bit more about how this book came to be, after years of patience and waiting for just the right opportunity.

When my 2006 book went out of print, I got so many emails from people asking where they could find one. Sometimes there would be used copies on Amazon or eBay but the prices were usually ridiculous. Since many of the book patterns are not available on my site, I wanted to keep all of the original patterns and build on those. And since so many people tell me that they refer to my book over and over, I felt like I needed to deliver something bigger and better on top of all that.

The new book has redesigned charts and stitch counts added (thanks to your feedback via Facebook). My contractual deal was to add 10 completely new patterns, but I felt like I could do better so I threw in 7 more patterns that are new to the book. That way, the total number of patterns is FIFTY! Plus, I added a few new alphabets and rewrote/updated the rest. And a great photo of my mom, who is my biggest inspiration in life at a very sassy age 90. Finally, I stitched a new cover at the very last minute.

My original book packager, Quirk, was bought by powerHouse books in Brooklyn, and one of my favorite people to work with (Sharyn Rosart) moved with Quirk to powerHouse. We waited for the right time to publish this book through powerHouse — they haven’t published a craft book before, they do art and photography books, so I knew they’d make it beautiful. It was important to me not to limit myself to a craft publisher because I feel like the idea of Subversive Cross Stitch goes beyond the world of craft. powerHouse has been GREAT to work with, they really let me do my own thing according to what I thought you all would like (special thanks to those of you who voiced your opinions on Facebook, that really helped!)

Our patience paid off and together, we’ve produced a book with more heft — a TOME with a heckuva lot of value — and I think it’s just gorgeous. I hope you do, too!

Beginning February 17, 2015, the book will be available at Amazon and all bookstores in the US and abroad, but if you want a signed copy you should order it right here from me (because I’m far too shy to do public book signings). I’ll probably stop selling the book on my site in March. Thanks so much to those of you who pre-ordered the book, you’ll see yours soon! And thanks so much for your feedback, interest, and enthusiasm all these years. You keep me going!

Needlepoint and Cross Stitch

Great article from Yahoo DIY today about Needlepoint here.

You know, any of my patterns can be turned into needlepoint. For example, the two pillows above that Urban Outfitters produced a year or so ago — these came from cross stitch designs of mine. You can always add more in the foreground if you don’t want to stitch a lot of the same color background. Experiment, jazz it up! See what happens! And send me photos if you do. Happy New Year!

Subversive Truthiness Sampler on Colbert

We here at Subversive are BIG fans of the Colbert, we’ve been loyal viewers since Day One. About 8 years ago, I sent Stephen a sampler of his phrase “Truthiness” which I read in several interviews that he kept in his office. He also sent me a wonderful handwritten noting saying the same (see it here).

So it was really fun to see the sampler show up on last night’s broadcast during a segment where Stephen had a yard sale of all the stuff accumulated in nine years! I don’t know if this was for real or if they’ll actually be selling things online or who knows what, but I’ve been waiting all these years hoping for a glimpse of this on screen and here it is! Yeay! Looking forward to Colbert’s next chapter, he’s our favorite!

Holiday Shipping [UPDATED]


Andy and Truman wouldn’t leave the party early and neither will we. We are still here and shipping like mad! The last chance to have anything arrive pre-Christmas is FRIDAY 12/19 and choose Priority Mail (according to the USPS).

ALSO, if you’re last-minute shopping we have SO many options for you:

You may have heard I have a book coming out in February… you could pre-order that (there’s a free gift card we can mail to you or the giftee).

Our fabulous PDF Gift Pack means you get 10 PDF patterns for the price of 5. The recipient can choose the patterns and they’re delivered via email. You can choose a gift card here to send to them directly with a promo code up to the last minute! Available until December 31st (gift codes may arrive when we resume business in the new year, so be patient please).

And of course we also have gift cards (my favorite thing to receive). Those are automatically sent, so this may be your best bet for last-minute gifts!

WE WILL TAKE A BREAK after Friday and cease shipping until the new year. You can still shop, but please be aware. Thank you for this incredible year of sales, we are thoroughly exhausted!!