Little Mojo Cross Stitch Patterns

Before cross stitch really hit off in 2009 there was an undisputed king of cross stitch; Little Mojo. Sadly they’re no longer on the internet, however their patterns remain scattered across many sites, and so this is the only full list of her awesome patterns.
Please credit LittleMojo if you use any.

These patterns are all free to use, just click the image and you’ll be redirected to where the pattern is.

Video Games (370)

– Final Fantasy (16)
Final Fantasy I Sprites
Black Mage
Final Fantasy II Sprites
Final Fantasy Tactics Sprites
Freya
Golem
Greiver
Ifrit
Palidor
Pheonix
Final Fantasy V Sprites
Final Fantasy VII Sprites
Chocobo
Cloud
Clouds Wolf
Shinra

 

– Kirby (2)
Kirby Super Stars Icons
Kirby Super Stars Sprites

 

– Pokemon (352)
Free Pokemon Patterns A-Z
– TMNT (1)
TMNT NES opening screen

 

– Zero Wing (1)
All Your Base Belong To Us

 

TV/Film (31)

– Harry Potter (31)
Golden Snitch
Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy 2
Goblet Of Fire
Hegwig
Hogwarts Crest 1
Gryffindor Crest 1
Hufflepuff Crest 1
Ravenclaw Crest 1
Slytherin Crest 1
Leaky Cauldron Sign
Harry Potter Sprites
Draco Malfoy Sprites
Ron Weasley Sprites
Lee Jordan Sprites
Maruders Map
Pensive
Sorting Hat
Firebolt Quidditch Broom
The Dark Mark
Epic Hogwards Crest
Epic Gryffindor Crest
Epic Hufflepuff Crest
Epic Ravenclaw Crest
Epic Slytherin Crest
Gryffindor Crest 2
Hufflepuff Crest 2
Ravenclaw Crest 2
Slytherin Crest 2
Slytherin Crest 3
Slytherin Crest 4

 

Anime (74)

– Avatar TLA (5)
Aang
Avatar Air Symbol
Avatar Earth Symbol
Avatar Fire Symbol
Avatar Water Symbol
 
–  Berserk (2)
Guts 1
Guts 2

 

–  Cowboy Behop (4)
Cowboy Behop Logo
Edward Wong Hau Peplu Tirvsky
Edward Line Up
Spike Spiegel

 

–  Fruits Basket (2)
Kyo
Yuki

 

–  Full Metal Alchemist (13)
Edward eyes
Edward manga
Edward small
Edward
Edward 2
Edward 3
Hohenhe Im Of Light
Izumi Symbol
Lust
Maes
Manga Riza
Ouroboros Logo
Winry

 

– Gravitation (8)
Gravitation
Gravitation Eyes
Kumagoro
Shuichi
Shuichi 2
Shuichi 3
Tohma Seguchi
Yuki Eiri

 

– Gundam (3)
Heavyarms
Deathscythe
Epyon

 

–  Hack (3)
Bear
BT
Tsukasa Hack

 

– Hana Yori Dango (2)
Sojiro Nishikado
Tsukasa

 

– Inuyasha (6)
Inuyasha Logo
Inuyasha
Inuyasha 2
Inuyasha Crouch
Kagome
Miroku

 

– Ouran High School Host Club (2)
Hunney
Haruhi

 

– Parfait Tic! (2)
Fuuko
Fuuko 2

 

– Persona Trinity Soul (2)
Jun’s Persona
Shin’s Persona

 

– Ranma (2)
Genma
Genma

 

– Sailor Moon (5)
Sailor Moon
Sailor Mars
Sailor Mercury
Sailor Jupiter
Sailor Venus

 

– Spirited Away (1)
No Face

 

– Starzinger (3)
Aurora
Jesse Dart
Jesse

 

– Tenjho Tenge (3)
Ayanatsume
Bob Makihara
Masataka

 

– Yu-Gi-Oh (6)
Yu-Gi-Oh Big
Yu-Gi-Oh
Dark Magician Girl
Dark Magician Girl 2
Dark Magician Girl 3
Atem and Bakura

 

Subversive (9)

Damn I’m Good
Eat Sleep Screw Repeat
Ten Dolla Make You Holla
And The Horse You Rode In On
Mom Likes Me Best
Kiss My Fat Ass
i made u a lolcat but i ated it
Spoilt
The Internets is SRS BSNS

 

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Point de croix, Kreuzstich, クロスステッチ and the foreign cross stitch that don’t get as much focus as they should

Kreuzstich heart cross stitch

When you want to look cross stitch for inspiration, go to places like google and instagram offer a whole volume of awesome pieces to choose from. However other than the generic “cross stitch” search, there are a whole host of secretly hidden and stand out awesome cross stitch to see out there. But you have to think outside the box. Specifically, to different languages.

Whilst most of the world tends to use the English translation for cross stitch, there are some notable exceptions. Sadly these exceptions just don’t get as much press as other pieces, so often fall into obscurity. But they’re so darn good!
クロスステッチ zelda cross stitch
The above piece, and a lot of my instagram account, uses the term “クロスステッチ” (cross stitch in Japanese), which not only features a lot of video games, geeky, anime and Kawaii, but blends traditional Japanese embroidery techniques with modern counted cross stitch in an amazing way.

There are a few places around the world that hold a strong cross stitch presence in their traditional culture. Japan as above has newly developed this fascination, however German has been doing Kreuzstich for hundreds of years, and even popularised it in England back in 1840. The believe piece is a fantastic example of work currently being done.
Kreuzstich heart cross stitch
Not convinced yet?

Ukraine has had cross stitch as part of its traditional dress for hundreds of years, and so its no surprise that Ukraine and its surrounding countries are big on cross stitch, or вышивка крестиком as it known. We’ve featured her a few times, but stand out cross stitch artist Severija shows they sill take it super seriously.
cross-stitch-helmets-by-severija
Finally, and somewhat more traditionally there’s Point de croix. Whilst France tends to stitch online under the term cross stitch, there’s a traditional backbone stitching under its own term. These tend to be almost entirely traditional, occassionally you find a sweet modern twist.
kittys_Point de croix_cross_stitch_by_ancusa

Download our free 35 page Ultimate Guide to Selling Cross Stitch Online!

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Selling the cross stitch patterns you’ve created is one way of the best ways to get money for your hobby. With years of past experience and success, we’ve worked together to offer a FREE guide to help anyone that needs it called “The Ultimate Guide To Selling Cross Stitch Patterns Online”.
 
The guide has been created over the last 6 years by three cross stitch pattern sellers on Etsy, with the specific focus on selling cross stitch. Unlike other guides on the internet we’ve made sure that every word is valuable to you. This includes over 40 tips from other Etsy stores, setting up your own store, checklists, examples, best practices, copyright issues, creating patterns, marketing, advertising, and much more.
 
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The guide is beginner friendly and covers everything you need to know selling on Etsy, from the very basics to the most effective SEO techniques. Here are a few topics from the book:
 

What it includes

Introduction
Why Etsy?
How much time does it take?
How much does it cost?
How much can you earn?
Creating a brand
Setting up a store
Make a pattern
List an item
Future Designs
Ongoing actions
Future Development
Issues you might have
Etsy seller tools
Tips from Etsy store owners
Quick answers
Checklist for opening a store
Checklist for each new item
Item description example


 
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Were you looking for a quick guide on selling cross stitch online? Or maybe you want to know why your cross stitch isn’t selling online.

Why Your Cross Stitch Patterns Aren’t Selling

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Following our highly admired post on how to sell cross stitch online and our massive ebook guide on how to sell cross stitch we’ve been asked for some more targeted advice on what to do if your cross stitch isn’t selling.

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At first you might think you should give up, but don’t. It’s probably something simple you can fix without much issue.

You just opened your store

If you’ve just opened your store, you think sales will rush in, but sadly, they don’t. In fact, the rise to the top is a slow road. This doesn’t mean you should be disheartened though; you can quickly help yourself get the best footing by creating a killer store. You can find how to do this in our free guide on selling cross stitch on Etsy. Alternatively, check out the options below, to make sure you’re not also making other mistakes.

You only have a few items selling

If you have one item in your store, you have one chance to sell. If you have 2 you have double the chance to sell. Simply put, having more items in your store will help you sell more, and on a more consistent basis. The numbers vary here based on your price points, however if you have 50 items in your store, I would be very surprised if you didn’t get one sale a week. This means that if you only have one item, you’re likely to sell only one a year.
 
The fix: If the idea of making a load of patterns scares you, try making one new pattern a week. As you make more, you’ll sell more and get into a great habit of making patterns on a regular basis (see below).

You haven’t added new items in a while

Etsy is a strange beast, and one part that store owners have known for a long time (but Etsy refuses to comment on) is that you’ll rank higher in searches if your store has had new items added to it recently. This means that if you haven’t added anything to your store in the last month, you’re likely not getting as many views as you used to.
 
The fix: Set up a product calendar and stick to it. If there’s a new item every day, or every week, or every month, it doesn’t matter, so long as you keep adding new patterns over time.

You’re not testing

Having an Etsy store means work. It doesn’t just happen on it’s own, and you’ll find that the more time you spend on Etsy testing things out, the higher your sales will be. You’re logo might look great, however does it resonate with your customers? You don’t know unless you test an alternative. Testing everything on your site allows you to create the perfect store for your patterns and makes a real difference.
 
The fix: Test new titles, new images, new descriptions, new banners, our logo; everything.

Your SEO isn’t up to scratch

Connected to testing, is SEO. Playing with your tags, titles, descriptions and categories all has an impact on SEO (how likely you are to appear when someone searches a term). If you don’t have all 13 tags used, you’re suffering. If you haven’t added material tags, color tags, and tags for who the pattern is for, you’re likely to rank less well than someone that has. Make sure everything is filled out, and then start to play to get the best combinations.
 
The fix: Have fun, play with your tags, titles and descriptions until you find a perfect combination. Just make sure you wait long enough after a change to get a good idea of if it’s worked (things like this don’t work overnight).

Your products are a bit random

A more substantial issue is your product line. Most people actually buy on Etsy by finding a style of pattern they like, then searching the store for a specific pattern. This means you have a captive market, however if your patterns are all over the place, they’re likely to go to a different store. If you’re got flower cross stitch patterns mixed with heavy metal cross stitch patterns, it make a confusing list.
 
The fix: Make sure your patterns are all in keeping with your store, you can either put different type of patterns into categories, or open two different stores.

You’re trying to be professional

I’ll hold my hands up to this and say I made this mistake in a big way. I thought that if I had a shop, I should be super professional with everything I do. However the reason people shop on Etsy is they want a human face. They want the personality. Changing my writing style, banner and logo increased my sales by 6 times. Making that human connection is what Etsy sellers love!
 
The fix: Make sure your profile is up to date, and uses a photo of you. Add a story to your store, fill in the about section, and make sure you let your personality to come through.

You forgot to include dimensions + details

A simple mistake, but one that can make all the difference. The pattern details. Adding the dimensions, colors, etc is information every buyer needs to know. A simple mistake I see a lot is people copying and pasting descriptions without checking them first. You might talk about a different pattern, confusing a buyer, or have a wrong measurement. This is small, I know, but will make the difference between sale and no sale.
 
The fix: Check all of your descriptions to make sure they have all the information needed, and they aren’t talking about different patterns.

You aren’t thinking about your customer

You’ve probably heard this sales pitch before; it’s all about the customer. And it is. What this means is you need to think about what the customer wants. If you’re trying to sell a Game of Thrones cross stitch to a flower fan, it’s not going to happen. Think about what your customer is going to want, and supply that product.
 
The fix: Sit down and think about your customers and what they want, and if you’re supplying this. If not, you might need to rebrand to get different customers, or change your product line.
 
If you’re looking for a super detailed guide on selling cross stitch online, including trouble shooting, try out ultimate guide on selling cross stitch on Etsy.

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An Interview with Makoto Oozu the Japanese Cross Stitch Master

Makoto Oozu

It’s super rare that the cross stitch master Makoto Oozu does an interview outside of Japan, however, we were able to speak to him one on one to get a glimps into his world.
 
A lot of people outside of Japan already know who you are, but the story on how you became a cross stitch master is an interesting one. Can you tell us how you came across cross stitch and how it changed your life?
In my early twenties, when I was working at a liquor store, my friend give me a book of cross stitch. It was my first encounter to cross stitch too. Normally, cross stitch books are written for women, with designs like flowers or pretty things. But I thought cross stitch is close to 8bit, which I have loved from childhood. Then I started to design original ones. Then a publisher asked me for some books to be published. However, there were two things they wanted. One; it was made for men who like embroidery. Two; mothers who have little boys liked my design. If I had not come across cross stitch, I would be a liquor shop manager.
 
How and where did you learn you learn how to stitch or sew?
I’ve learned embroidery in a beginner’s book such as ‘Cross stitch A to Z.’ It was completely self-study, so I can have a kind of inferiority complex, but that also works to my advantage allowing me to do anything.
 
What does cross stitch mean to you?
Both a hobby and job. I work for clients on most of my work recently, but I always want to create something new in embroidery.
 
Where do you like to work?
I like to work in my empty studio after everyone has gone home with the radio on.
 
As a fellow manbroiderer (male embroiderer) how do you look at the market, and what changes are you trying to bring in?
The embroidery market has grown due to internet. The internet gave us the ability to show, buy, or sell products. I wonder if I just had interested in cross stitch a little bit earlier than other manbroiderers.
 
How do people respond to you as a male embroiderer?
I’m tall and big guy, so people assume I’m not into embroidery. Everyone usually surprised.
 
Over the years you’ve created a lot of cross stitch. What’s your favorite piece and why?
A bracelet shaped like a ROLEX, which is called “OLEX”. (“OLE” stands for “me” or “I” in Japanese, so it has meaning like my ROLEX). When KAWS came to Japan, he bought it! I could believe my products and the way I have walked is right at that time.
OLEX by Makoto Oozu
 
As one of the only well-known Japanese cross stitchers outside of Japan, how do you think traditional Japanese culture influences your work?
I had no idea that I was well-known outside of Japan lol.
 
I’m 37 years old now. Video games, that I have played when I was a child, influenced my work a lot. And my assistants are methodical, but that may kind of unique to Japan(?).
 
When you design patterns do you try to create patterns for Japan, everyone, or do you create things you like to stitch?
These days, I work with clients, so themes (patterns) are decided due in meetings with them. I used to create patterns that I liked such as insects, dinosaurs, and cars, kind of boyish patterns.
 
With that in mind, where does most of your inspiration for patterns come from?
I have no idea. But, when I am travelling, or shopping, sometimes I think “what if I made these things as cross stitch patterns?” those things become great.
 
What are or were some of the strongest trends and influences you had to absorb before you understood your own work?
Japanese casual fashion between from the middle of 90s to 2000s, when I was around 18 years old. I like Nike Air Jordans, Air Max, G-Shock, Ape, etc… even now.
Makoto Oozu
In 2016 you opened TOKYO PiXEL, and moved slightly away from cross stitch. May I ask why you decided to move away from cross stitch and focus on pixel art?
Cross stitch is one of “pixel art”. And I’ve been a fan of video games. The difference is only one thing; using needles or mice.
 
Do you intend to open up more stores, and make a Oozu empire? I know many people would be interested in a store in Europe or America…
Taking about TOKYO PiXEL, I really hope that our products are sold overseas from bottom of my heart. That’s why a shop is near Asakusa where many tourists come.
I hope some company will help us to sell our products overseas as a partner. There are two reasons. One; as a designer, there are many things you can create. Two; I’m not talented enough to sell or manage it lol.
 
Finally, let’s talk about your new book. After a series of successful books, most of which are super hard to get outside of Japan, you’ve decided to come out with a compendium of your patterns. Can you tell us what makes “Fun Cross Stitch Book” different, and tell us why you were so strongly devoted to making it full color?
Three books that I have published became out of print. I’ve got many requests for reissue. So I add some new designs to these three books as one new book.
I think full color is easy to view. There was a hard problem of costs printing in full color, but the publisher cooperated with me.
 
We reviewed Makoto’s new book Fun Cross Stitch!
fun cross stitch book cover by makoto oozu
Any future projects you’re especially looking forward to?
Some big projects are in progress. I think we would release them in 2017. Please look forward to it. I would love to hold an exhibition overseas sometime, please come there at that time and when you come to Japan, Please visit our shop.
 
Do you have any secrets in your work you will tell us?
I designed 3D embroidery where you wear red and blue 3D glasses, but actually it doesn’t work. lol.
 
You can find Makoto’s work on his website, or you can purchase his kits, porcelins and geekery on his TOKYOPiXEL store.
3-14-13 Kotobuki, Taito, Tokyo, Japan.
Open on every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Japanese national holidays.
12:00 – 19:00 TEL 03-6802-7870

Fun Cross Stitch Book by Makoto Oozu Reviewed

fun cross stitch book cover by makoto oozu

The Japanese cross stitch master, Makoto Oozu has produced a series of books in the past, such as “Makato’s Cross-Stitch Super Collection” which is found on the shelves of most cross stitchers worldwide. That’s why, when he released a new book in Japan, I had to get myself a copy!
fun cross stitch book cover by makoto oozu
This super compendium of miniature cross stitch patterns is 200 pages thick, with new content from 2017 such as an A4 world map, and country specific stitches, as well as the reprints of three of Makoto’s previous books; the Japanese only out of print “My Stitch Book”, “Makato’s Cross-Stitch Super Collection” and “Mega Mini Cross Stitch: 900 Super Awesome Cross Stitch Motifs“.
Makoto decided to put together this new book as he’d been requested by hundreds of people for copies of his out of print books. This means that the book contains over 2000 patterns! Many of which you would have seen before in his previous books, but he’s put together 100 new patterns and there are 300 from his Japanese only book too, meaning this is still a fantastic book to pick up.
fun cross stitch book by makoto oozu
For Makoto, one of the biggest issues with his previous books was the lack of color, and frankly I agree. For a beginner in particular, patterns need to be easy to read, and the dizzying array of icons on a black and white pattern are super confusing. In this new book, not only is every pattern printed in full color glory, but the patterns are too, meaning an easy to follow pattern for beginners.
However, the book is mostly in Japanese, meaning reading the instructions for beginners might be a bit complicated. However there are pictures, and in a book of 200 pages there are a total of 9 in Japanese, so it really isn’t a problem for most people, and is still a great collection of patterns.
fun cross stitch book full color preview by makoto oozu
If you fancy picking up the book, you can currently get a copy on the Japanese Amazon for about $20 (as of September 2017). I’m afraid to say we’ve got confirmation from Makoto that it won’t be published outside of Japan, so this is currently the only way you can pick one up.
In fact, we spoke to Makoto about a few things, such as the Japanese cross stitch trends, you should check out my interview with Makoto Oozu.
 
And finally, I leave you with a quote from the author himself about his new book:

If you compare it to rice, it’s like a book with raw egg, red ginger and miso soup in a special rice bowl.

Makoto Oozu

DMCs 35 New Threads

DMC new threads

For the first time in 14 years, DMC threads are launching new colors. We were able to get a preview set, and so we’re decided to help out and go into detail with the 35 new colors.
Firstly, the new colors range from code 01 to 35, and no colors are being replaced; these are all additional only. This brings the total range up to 500. They’re out in late October/early November (dependent on where you live).
Based of the new colors is clear that DMC have really listened to what customers wanted. Without further ado, lets look at each of the new colors.
 
New DMC Thread range 01 to 35
 
01 to 04 – Greys
DMC threads color 01DMC threads color 02DMC threads color 03DMC threads color 04
The first set is numbers 01 to 04, all grey. The current grey selection is a bit lack luster, with very popular colors such as 415, 318 and 414 being slightly purple hued. The new set effectively replaces these colors by removing the purple, making a fantastic run of 762, 01, 02, 03, 04, 317, 413, 3799, 310. We’ve made up this color swatch up below. Honestly, of all the new threads, we think these four will be the most popular by far, and will stop that weird purple hue on grey scale projects like our Canabalt piece.
dmc greys

 
05 to 09 – Browns
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The second set, 05 to 09, are all brown. At first glance they’ve very similar to the 453, 452, 451, 3861, 3860, 779 line, however that has historically been muddled and lacking in a progressive shading. Instead, the new line makes a pure brown, something that’s been missing for a while from the traditional line.
 
10 to 18 – Greens
DMC threads color 10DMC threads color 11DMC threads color 12DMC threads color 13DMC threads color 14DMC threads color 15DMC threads color 16DMC threads color 17DMC threads color 18
Initially it seems a little odd to have so many greens in the new threads, especially considering green has always been a strong point of DMC. However, if you think about the greens available, they either transition into blue, or brown. Hardly any move into yellow. This is where the new green threads come in, offering fairly pale greens that transition into yellow. In addition color 13 sits as a lighter 3849 to allow blue to green blending a little easier at pale ends of the spectrum.
 
19 – Orange
DMC threads color 19
We then have the solitary 19, a peachy orange. This is clearly made to fit within existing 3823, 3855, 19, 3854, 3853 line. I must admit, I’ve never really seen much use of these colours, however unlike most other color ranges featuring at least 5 colors, it shows DMC are devoted to making their existing line perfect. (The images don’t do it justice.)
dmc peachy oranges
In addition this orange could be included within the next set of colors; flesh tones.
 
20 to 22 – Flesh tones
DMC threads color 20DMC threads color 21DMC threads color 22
Skin tones have ALWAYS been an issue with threads, and whilst there are some good shades out there, the darker white skin colors have been missing for a while. Colors 20 to 22 solve that issue.
 
23 to 35 – Purples
DMC threads color 23DMC threads color 24DMC threads color 25DMC threads color 26DMC threads color 27DMC threads color 28DMC threads color 29DMC threads color 30DMC threads color 31DMC threads color 32DMC threads color 33DMC threads color 34DMC threads color 35
Finally, we look upon the final section of new threads, colors 23 to 35. These compromise a series of purples, mostly light hued, without any runs of progressively darker threads. For a long time purple has been a big issue, with only darker purples being an use, as lighter ones were just way too pink. The new threads offer both lighter purples, but also a series of purples that merge into other colors, such as 28 and 29 which blend into a grey line 415, 318 and 414, which now feels a little orphaned with the new greys. 30, 31 and 32 blend into blue. And 33, 34 and 35 blend into red well, something there currently isn’t any of.
 
A word on compatibility
It’s worth noting that with all new threads, pick up is a little slow going at first. Most pattern makers will updated yearly, meaning the next update using these threads could be some time in mid 2018. We reached out to WinStitch/MacStitch which will send an update in the coming week. No update on when PCStitch will update, we’ll update this when we hear back.
In addition the DMC shade card, something we’re big fans of here is not being updated for the moment. We’ve heard rumors is not as easy to get your hands on one at the moment, so we do expect an upgrade, but we’re estimating it to be announced in the new year.
 
Where and when can you get them?
Officially the new threads go on open sale in November, with a few select retailers getting their hands on them early. One of these is SewAndSo.com where you can buy each thread with 25% off, or get a collectors tin with all of them included, in the middle of October. In Canda you can pick them up from StitchItCentral. We expect this will be the only place you can pick them up this early, with the DMC website, Hobbycraft and Michaels to carry the line once they’re officially out in November. We’ve got confirmation that Walmart will NOT be carrying the line at all.
New DMC threads collectors tin

The Tasty World Of Cross Stitch Cakes

awesome cross stitch cake by ana salinas

When you think cross stitch, you don’t normally think cakes. However the relationship has been out there a while. We’ve done the hard, tasty work for you, by finding those cross stitch cakes and cake cross stitch.

Cake: Ana Salinas

Originally showcased at the Americas Cake Fair Ana Salinas took the cross stitch world by storm with her fantastically realistic cross stitch cake.

awesome cross stitch cake by ana salinas
The original cross stitch cake by Ana Salinas

The thing that really made the world go crazy was the sheer detail. There’s realistic aida, with cross stitch perfectly spaced, and its just so awesome!

Cross Stitch: Sirinth

Cake don’t always have to be fancy to be tasty. Check this sweet Minecraft cake out by Sirinth who even made the pattern avalible for free on her website.
minecraft cake cross stitch by sirinth

Cake: Zoe Clark

Cross stitch cakes look hard, however once Ana Salinas took the world by storm, people started to emulate her. Most are poor emulations, however Zoe Clark has perfected a very simple method, which she even teaches on her website!

Cross Stitch: TinyLizard

These simplistic cupcakes are super sweet. What makes them even better, is you can pick yourself up a kit from EtsyStudio
cake cross stitch kit by tinylizardgifts

The Samurai Who Unknowing Brought Cross Stitch To Japan

I was once told a story of how a Samurai brought cross stitch to Japan without knowing it. Like many tales about cross stitch I firmly ignored it, however, as time has gone on, I found out the story was true. So, without further ado, here is the story of the Samurai that brought cross stitch to Japan by accident.

Edo Period (pre-1868)

Our story starts in the Edo period of Japan, a time of economic growth and strict social order. With a wealthy Imperial Court, it was a common practice for Ladies of the Court to have costumes decorated in a traditional Japanese embroidery (nihon shishu). However during these stages shishu was only available to a select group of the highest ranks of society due to high costs for its creation.
The Edo period continued with until its fall, which brought about mass social change.

Keiō Era (1865 – 1868)

One of the largest changes following the fall of Edo was the restructuring of the military. Gone were the days of samurai classes ruling over their territories. Many joined up the new military, whilst others set up businesses. One of these samurai, from Fukui in Echizen decided to bring in sanada string as a clothes accessory.
Taking many artistic cues from nihon shishu, sanada string was a more affordable option for many Japanese.
traditional Sanada string

Meiji Period (1868 – 1912)

Unlike nihon shishu however sanada string lacked artistic flair and left many Japanese wanting a more artistic clothing option. In this wake, the samurai changed his business model and instead focused on sashiko embroidery, a regimented embroidery featuring crossed stitches as part of its design, originally used to reinforce garments and as a means of repair.

Modern Sashiko Japanese Embroidery
Modern Sashiko Japanese Embroidery

Taishō Period (1912 – 1926)

As the popularity of sashiko increased its art form became more free, with regional differences resulting in a varied series of patterns and structures. One of these, was extremely similar to modern day cross stitch, Hitomezashi. However, still out of reach by the average Japanese person, the thread brand DMC entered Japan and offered a high quality, affordable thread.

Hitomezashi sashiko
Hitomezashi sashiko

Modern Japan (1926 – present)

Post war interest in Japan started a revolution of sorts, resulting in ‘handicraft’ or craft as westerns know it, becoming a national pass time, with speciality stores becoming well known all over the country. As time passed, handicraft stores became the largest stores in Japan.

samurai jack cross stitch
Samurai Jack cross stitch by reddit user Mrs_Hudson

My thanks to the Japanese store echizen-ya who not only corroborated this story, but was also the original store the samurai opened in 1867.

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