More Extreme Cross Stitch

After my last post about Shannon Downey extreme cross stitching, I received this amazing photo and email from Kirsty G:

Good morning from the UK! 

I’ve just seen the photo of the extreme cross sticher on Facebook and I thought I’d share my most extreme photo with you too. Obviously, great subversive cross stitchers think alike! 

My husband is in the UK Military and is currently deployed. While he’s away I try and raise money for charity by doing silly things (it keeps me busy!). This year my friends have been setting me various challenges. I am currently in the middle of “50 photos of extreme cross stitching”. The photo attached is my most extreme so far. It was taken on the Falkland Islands (in the South Atlantic) last week and it’s next to a mine field.

Well…wow! I couldn’t wait to share with you, but I did because when I asked if she had more photos, she created this blog to share more of her adventures with us! Go check out her amazing photos and all the extreme situations she managed to cross stitch in. And she’s doing it all for charity — if you donate to her cause, you can suggest a new challenge for her! From the looks of the photos, I think she’s up for it! Way to go, Kirsty!

Meet Shannon Downey of Badass Cross Stitch

I discovered Badass Cross Stitch while browsing around on Instagram and I was immediately drawn to the photos. I got to know the creator, Shannon Downey, a bit more and that’s when I saw these AMAZING thread organizers she was creating and I was like, Subversive peeps need to know about this! I love them so much I’m selling them here on my site! Then I saw Shannon post photos of a train trip to cross stitch in the Montana wilderness (tagging it #ExtremeStitching and #ExtremeCrossStitching) and I was all, Okay, I seriously need to share this and NOW. So here we go:

Shannon, where did you come from and what are you all about (where have you been all my life)?

I’m a Boston native who gets uncomfortable being in one spot for too long so basically I move and travel all the time. I have called Chicago home base for the last 9 years. I started a marketing company nearly 8 years ago and spend my days creating marketing strategies for companies, organizations and nonprofits that are creating positive social change. I am a faculty member at DePaul University and an advisor for the soon-to-be-open Geek Bar in Chicago. I like to be involved in pretty much anything that is fun, geeky, crafty or focused on social good.

How did you get into cross stitch?

With all of the digital work that I do, I started to really crave some analog creative outlets so a few years ago I went hard at cross stitching (and some other fiber arts). It is feeding my soul and now I’m working on turning it into a much larger portion of my life.

I learned to cross stitch in 5th grade. I didn’t do much with it until I stumbled upon a killer Walking Dead pattern on Etsy by You Make Me Sew Happy. I started stitching one character a week while I watched the show. Then I couldn’t stop. I was stitching custom portraits of my friends, creating patterns, teaching classes and inventing products to stitch on. It’s now gone to full on obsession. I have a lot in the works. I’m in love with the stitching community that exists online. 

Tell us about your #ExtremeStitching posts.

Extreme stitching just happened. I was in Montana on vacation and had spent 30 hours on a train drinking bourbon and stitching. Several times some older ladies walked by me and commented that they didn’t know how I could possibly stitch on the train because of how bumpy it was. Someone said the word extreme and it was game on. So I brought my cross stitching everywhere I went that week. Hiking, kayaking, climbing, etc. It was really just for my own amusement but now I totally want to make it a thing. I want everyone to be #ExtremeStitching. Really, I just think it’s fun to fuck with the perception that needle arts are old fashioned (Much like you and your community does!).

I couldn’t agree more.

Find Shannon’s Badass Cross Stitch shop here. And don’t miss her on Instagram!

And if you’re in Chicago, you can go see Shannon’s work in a show October 10th.

Also, check out these interviews she does with Seriously Badass Women
(stay tuned to the blog to meet another Extreme Stitcher!)

Great blog post about our kits

Style Yourself Vintage did a really fantastic blog post about what’s in our kits and how to tackle your first time cross stitching. It’s so thorough with lots of photos — better than I could do! I’ve added it to our How-To page so you can always access or share it if you forget where it is. It’s just the best explanation I’ve ever seen. Thanks, Harrie!!

(photo from Style Yourself Vintage)

Boom! Weekend Sale!

Working on a lot of things including a NEW BOOK for Spring 2015! New kit designs starting next week on the site. And a few other gems that will burst onto the scene over the next few months, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy the sale!


Weekend Sale and FB Giveaway Winner

So, my Parisian sisters from another mother at Locher’s and I had a giveaway on Facebook recently. I have to share some of my favorite responses from all you smart-alecks here. But first, enjoy the weekend sale at both of our sites by using the codes in the above graphic! Goes through Monday night at midnight CST.

The winning answer to the question of why you should win the prize of a smattering of both our products (Locher’s makes gorgeous clothes and jewelry with similar sentiments to ours) came from Lisa, who said:
“I’m the most foul-mouthed, obscene person I know. And I’m a fucking lady.” 

Lisa GETS it! But it was hard choosing just one — here are my other three top favorite responses that made me LOL:

Kerry: “I live in Utah. I would be delighted to win so my conservative neighbors will be at once repulsed by the words, yet compelled by the craftsmanship.”

Tammy: “the pills are no longer enough.”

Emilie: “because fuck you that’s why!”

I love how so many of you said you should win because you’re the Queen of Fucking Everything–that’s the spirit! There were so many other good ones, too: from teachers, vets in Iraq, people with birthdays coming up, so many in need of subversive humor. For your enjoyment, here’s a selection:

Andrew: “because i’m not a gal and that would be subversive. BOOM!”

Sharon: “Because I’m fucking old!”

Erica: “Because I stitch & sparkle in Brooklyn but my heart is in Paris…”

Eve: ”I think I should win because…well…I can’t think anything clever but I need something to do in between my binge drinking!”

Shana: ”i love crafting and i hate people.”

Jules: “Pick me, cuz after losing half my body weight, I can finally fit into the awesome clothes sold by Locher’s, and cuz SCS helped keep me sane while losing the weight.”

Rebekah: “I should win because I am recovering from an injury in Iraq and I can finally cross stitch again!”

Katrina: “Pick me! Because I am pregnant with my first baby and I need something to alleviate this anxiety! Consider it medically necessary cross stitching.”

Emily: “Because I hated cross stitch until I found you!”

Rachel: “Because I did my first sampler, a cutesy baby sampler full of cutesy cute animals and hearts, while watching seasons 2 and 3 of ‘The Walking Dead’, and it felt right.”

Maria: “Because I got mad abuelita cross stitch skills!”

Desire: “Because I love you the most.”

Sarah: “Because profanity is the perfect accessory for a refined lady like myself!”

Mary: “I deserve to win because I love the shock factor they give and it would give the ladies in my stitching group something new to talk about.”

Leah: “I love crafting and cross stitching was the first craft I learned. I use it to connect with my mom and grandmother…and then make them roll their eyes when I pull out gems like these.”

Thomas: “I should win this because I’m a dude that likes to crossstitch badass things.”

Monica: “I would love to win! I get my happies from stitching horrible things in cute ways because I haven’t found a way to stitch cute things in horrible ways.”

Mari: “I should win so I can wear the ‘I am your worst nightmare’ in my classroom! (I teach high school kids).”

Kate: “I actually want to win this for my 17 year old. Being brave enough to talk to the police about the most hideous things imaginable happening, and getting the guy who did it locked up so he can’t hurt anyone else makes her Queen of Fuckin’ Everything, and his worst nightmare all in one hit.”

Michele: “As a teacher and a cross stitcher, I feel a responsibility to ensure the next generation knows good snark. I will be their education.”

Sara: “Because I love cross stitch and have a fucking dirty mouth. I mean, fuck, easy choice.”

Val: “Because somewhere inside we are all subversive…”

Natalya: “I would love to win because your ‘Fuck Cancer’ piece was a joy to put together for my late fiance and remained his mantra throughout treatments. Though he didn’t win the war, the piece went with him to the grave as a lasting tribute to his attitude about the whole thing. I’ve continued to spread the snarky love and inspiration to others in his memory, and winning would just add to the love. Besides, who WOULDN’T want to win things this fantastically awesome??”