The best modern and contemporary cross stitch books

fun cross stitch book by makoto oozu (source: oozu.jp)

Frankly, there are hundreds of cross stitch books out there. However which are the best books? That’s a little hard to answer on its own, but I’ve broken up the cross stitch world so you can find out which cross stitch books are best for you. Here we have the top 10 modern and contemporary cross stitch books.

1 – Subversive Cross Stitch

By Julie Jackson

Rude. Lude. But oh so funny. The cross stitch community wouldn’t be what it is today without subversive stitch, and this book only goes to prove that. A quick look at their website will probably give you more stitches to try, but it makes you understand the sub-culture so much better.

2 – Cross-stitch Super Collection

By Makoto

A fantastic book particularly for beginners, with hundreds of mini stitches to try, it won’t take long to see a pattern, start a stitch and finish. I have more than a slight feeling that this book got people into cross stitch.

3 – Game & Stitch

By Makoto

This is a little hard to find now, and its all in Japanese… However, the design of the book just oozes awesome. Makoto has also come about the stitches in a way unlike others I’ve seen, with outline only space ships from space invaders (worth it just for those). Its major drawback, however, is its lack of content. There are maybe only 30 stitches, and each is less than an inch.
And the language barrier doesn’t help to be honest…

4 – Star Wars

By Rhys Turton & John Lohman
Star Wars Cross Stitch Cover by rhys turton lord libidanStar Wars Cross Stitch inside by rhys turton lord libidan
Written by my very own hand the Star Wars cross stitch kit features loads of patterns for beginners and more advanced stitchers alike, but also offers parts so you can construct your own patterns! And it massively helps that its Star Wars…

5 – Stitch People

By Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean

I’ve never been one to stitch people, however one quick glance at this book and you can see just how easy it is. There are outfits, hairstyles, faces, and accessories in abundance so you can mix and match your subject with ease. To make it even better the style makes it easy for you to customise with your own work in a flash. The book is clear, and every page is a beauty to read.

6 – Supersize Stitches

By Jacqui Pearce

BIG STITCHES! The great thing about Jacqui’s book isn’t that the stitches are big, but are instead well thought through. Some use large aida, some use the negative space well, and others are plan and simple well designed.

7 – Storyland Cross Stitch

By What Delilah Did

What Delilah Did is a powerhouse in cross stitch. And no wonder her books are too. I like this one best for two reasons; firstly its cute, every stitch makes you want to say “awwwwww”. And secondly; its also a kit. Unlike other kits that come in a big box, each pattern has a page where the supplies are attached so you can pull off and do one at a time.

8 – Manga Cross-Stitch

By Helen McCarthy & Steve Kyte

2007 wasn’t a big year for cross stitch, it was before the rise of the contemporary scene as seen in our cross stitch history post, however I think a major part to its rise may have been this book. It comes with a questionable cross stitch pattern maker, and a set of instructions for panel ideas. What it doesn’t do is tell you what to stitch, but instead tells you styles you can emulate, and takes you on a journey to make your own patterns. A great book for beginners, and frankly, a great resource for comic book style stitches.

9 – Mega Mini Cross Stitch


By Makoto
The newest book from the author of “Cross-stitch Super Collection”, he attempts to pack more detail into ever smaller stitches. I picked up a copy the first day it was out, and the space stitches are frankly amazing.

10 – Twisted Stitches

By Phil Davison

My major concern with this book is the lack of finesse. Each stitch has unclean lines, and dead stitches. However that’s its charm. The stitches are horrific, and weird at the best of times, and it pulls no punches in being an adult book, however its one of the best selling cross stitch books out there.

Bonus – Push Stitchery

By Jamie Chalmers

OK, this isn’t specifically a cross stitch book, and its content of cross stitch is fairly low, however our mate at MrXStitch.com has been able to compile some of the best stitchers in the world. This is my go to place when I want a bit of out of the box stitching.

5 Best Fallout Cross Stitches

Glow in the dark Fallout 3 Pipboy Cross Stitch by Crafter Dark (source: crafterdark.com.au)

I recently finished the last piece of Fallout 4 DLC, and with a pending 3-5 year wait until the next one, I thought I would round up the last of Fallout until then with 5 Fallout cross stitches to tide you over until Fallout 5.

Can you see that? I mean…wow. Just… wow. This amazing (and epic) piece was inspired by the Nuka Quantum of Fallout 3, using a fan made poster to create a great cross stitch.

Fallout Nuka Cola Quantum Cross Stitch (source: google images)
Fallout Nuka Cola Quantum Cross Stitch (source: google images)

All those years squired away in a soul-less, possibly dangerous vault. What else would there be to do than cross stitch classic samplers? This fantastic example combines a few simple stitches as well, making not only a fantastic cross stitch, but a fantastic bit of Fallout fan art.

Fallout 3 Home Sweet Home Sampler Cross Stitch (source: reddit)
Fallout 3 Home Sweet Home Sampler Cross Stitch (source: reddit)

Made for the annual spritestitch charity quilt, user SonnySplendor created this amazing cross stitch inspired by Fallout New Vegas.

Fallout New Vegas Cross Stitch by SonnySplendor (source: spritestitch.com)
Fallout New Vegas Cross Stitch by SonnySplendor (source: spritestitch.com)

This fantastic cross stitch is so good I’ve even used it before in my post Clever tricks to make cross stitch patterns pop. Its clever neon glow in the dark thread really brings the HUD of the pipboy, to showcase a VERY cleverly put together project.

Glow in the dark Fallout 3 Pipboy Cross Stitch by Crafter Dark (source: crafterdark.com.au)
Glow in the dark Fallout 3 Pipboy Cross Stitch by Crafter Dark (source: crafterdark.com.au)

And of course, where would I be without a killer Fallout piece by myself?

Fallout Vault Boy Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Fallout Vault Boy Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

6 Epic Glow-In-The-Dark Geeky Cross Stitches

Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)

Last month we featured a post about glow-in-the-dark cross stitch’s staying power, and we concluded that whilst its got history, and a big backing, not many people are picking it up outside of Halloween. So today I have 6 of the most epic geeky glow-in-the-dark cross stitches to bring you some inspiration!

First up we have a massive secret passion of mine; Journey. Not only has the stitcher, Kay, made the scarf glow in the dark (as it does in the game), but the background has some of Journey’s iconic runes.

Glow in the dark Journey Cross Stitch by Kay (source: google images)
Glow in the dark Journey Cross Stitch by Kay (source: google images)

And then we have the master of the night himself, Batman with a clever hidden nighttime message.

Batman Glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch by Alicia Dennett (source: spritestitch.com)
Batman Glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch by Alicia Dennett (source: spritestitch.com)

Whilst doing this post I reached out to many of my cross stitching friends to see what they thought were some of the best pieces, and I was shocked to hear that one of my own pieces, an Assassins Creed glow in the dark cross stitch was one they picked.

Assassins Creed Abstergo Cross Stitch Poster by Lord Libidan - Glow In The Dark
Assassins Creed Abstergo Cross Stitch Poster by Lord Libidan – Glow In The Dark

Boo! This clever Pacman inspired piece completely hides the ghost until the lights go out. Not only is this hidden message super cute, but it uses many of the design principles for cross stitch patterns we mentioned last week.

Boo Pacman glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch (source: twitter)
Boo Pacman glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch (source: twitter)

Nothing excites me more than a clever use of geeky pop culture references, and so a light spell from Harry Potter immortalized in glow in the dark cross stitch? A clear winner, that we even featured as part of our Harry Potter cross stitch roundup.

Harry Potter Lumos glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch by craftythingsbylaura (source: twitter)
Harry Potter Lumos glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch by craftythingsbylaura (source: twitter)

Finally, we have some works by StitchFight, who I’ve not only exhibited with but been inspired to make a space invader cross stitch too.
A keen glow in the dark cross stitcher, he’s probably best known for his Kick-Ass cross stitch, however I just love his superhero series.

Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)
Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)

Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)
Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)

5 Sherlock Holmes Cross Stitches to Get You Into Sherlock Fever

Sherlock Holmes Baker Street Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)

We’ve been waiting a while, but on new years day we have the first of the new series of Sherlock. So to get everyone in the Sherlock-y spirit here are my personal top 5 Holmes cross stitches!

Sherlock Holmes Baker Street Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)
Sherlock Holmes Baker Street Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)

sherlock inconvenient gif (source: giphy)
sherlock inconvenient gif (source: giphy)

I remember in the books laughing silly at this moment, and its oh so similar font to the show…

Sherlock Little Brains Cross Stitch (source: google images)
Sherlock Little Brains Cross Stitch (source: google images)

I think the size of the piece only goes to show just how far Sherlock is from the regular human. He has a long way to come…

Sherlock Silhouette Cross Stitch by sewingforgirls (source: sewingforgirls.blogspot.com)
Sherlock Silhouette Cross Stitch by sewingforgirls (source: sewingforgirls.blogspot.com)

sherlock fascinating narrative gif (source: giphy)
sherlock fascinating narrative gif (source: giphy)

He makes everyone feel so small. And this classic stitch works wonders by showing just how majestic he is.

Sherlock Cross Stitch by Melefim (source: google images)
Sherlock Cross Stitch by Melefim (source: google images)

The classic phrase (even though its constantly misquoted) makes the perfect sampler with Cumberbatch himself.

Sherlock Not a Psychopath Cross Stitch Pattern by GeekyStitches (source: Etsy)
Sherlock Not a Psychopath Cross Stitch Pattern by GeekyStitches (source: Etsy)

sherlock psychopath gif (source: giphy)
sherlock psychopath gif (source: giphy)

You can get this awesome one as a pattern from GeekyStitches Etsy store.

Stitck it to the man: Heavy Metal Cross Stitch

Skulls Cross Stitch by Kate Blandford (source: kateblandford.com)

Not quite your metallic threads, there are sections of the cross stitch world that like nothing other than heavy metal. I know I’m a massive fan, often politely listening to Maiden whilst sat at my desk in my suit; sticking it to the man. Well, these heavy metal cross stitches do exactly that too!

First up is Kate Blandford’s awesome metal skulls, some of which glow in the dark. You can even pick one up from her Etsy store.

Skulls Cross Stitch by Kate Blandford (source: kateblandford.com)
Skulls Cross Stitch by Kate Blandford (source: kateblandford.com)

Kate is actually a massive heavy metal cross stitch fan, as proven by her slayer series:

Slayer Cross Stitch by Kate Blandford (source: kateblandford.com)
Slayer Cross Stitch by Kate Blandford (source: kateblandford.com)

Moving away from Kate for a moment, I’m not sure this one even needs an explanation…

Heavy Fing Metal Cross Stitch by naughty-little-stitch (source: Etsy.com)
Heavy Fing Metal Cross Stitch by naughty-little-stitch (source: Etsy.com)

Finally, another from Kate with this kick ass Beastie Boys free cross stitch pattern.

Fight for Your Right to Party Cross Stitch by Kate Blandford (source: kateblandford.com)
Fight for Your Right to Party Cross Stitch by Kate Blandford (source: kateblandford.com)

Harry Potter And The Curse Of The Brilliant Cross Stitch

Harry Potter Coat of Arms Cross Stitch by grumble-king2 (source: deviantart.com)

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is out, and what better way to bring in the Potter goodness, than with a roundup of some of the best Harry Potter cross stitches!

At the top of the class we have this killer take on a traditional sampler, where all the sample stitches are Potter icons, with the golden snitch standing proud.

Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch by Christine, pattern by FeltLikeStitching (source: bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com)
Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch by Christine, pattern by FeltLikeStitching (source: bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com)

On the matter on snitches, this 99 problems satirical stitch is a fantastic way to use typography with imagery.

99 problems but a snitch aint one Harry Potter cross stitch (source: pinterest)
99 problems but a snitch aint one Harry Potter cross stitch (source: pinterest)

He-who-must-not-be-named is back again, with the dark mark. This fantastic example includes a sweet how to guide.

Voldemort's Dark Mark Harry Potter Cross Stitch by CraftyGamerUK (source: Etsy)
Voldemort’s Dark Mark Harry Potter Cross Stitch by CraftyGamerUK (source: Etsy)

One of my personal favorite parts of the series, and wish I had my own at the time, and this cross stitch really brings it to life without over working it.

Mischief Managed Harry Potter Cross Stitch by DarlingVioletStitch (source: etsy)
Mischief Managed Harry Potter Cross Stitch by DarlingVioletStitch (source: etsy)

Always…

Harry Potter Always Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)
Harry Potter Always Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)

With a heavy heart I bring back bad memories of Dobby. However when Dobby was still with us, he had some fantastic moments; just like…

Dobby the House Elf Harry Potter Cross Stitch (source: google images)
Dobby the House Elf Harry Potter Cross Stitch (source: google images)

This epic Harry Potter coat of arms cross stitch has been attempted by a lot of people, so many no one really knows where the pattern came from, however this example, with some truly fantastic framing really makes it stand out as one of the greatest epics out there.

Harry Potter Coat of Arms Cross Stitch by grumble-king2 (source: deviantart.com)
Harry Potter Coat of Arms Cross Stitch by grumble-king2 (source: deviantart.com)

Finally, we have the super clever glow in the dark Lumos spell.

5 Cross Stitch Tattoos You’ll Die For

Pokemon Squirtle Squad Cross Stitch Tattoo (source: instagram.com)

Cross Stitch tattoos have exploded in the last few years, and no self-respecting cross stitch geek would be without one. So pull up your chair, and get some inspiration from these epic stitches.

Squad Goal Squirtle Pokemon Tattoo

Not only does this have a Pokemon edge, but but mix of both cross stitch and non-cross stitch just make this an epic tattoo. Although I will say that it doesn’t follow a proper grid, so for shame on the cross stitcher who designed it!

Pokemon Squirtle Squad Cross Stitch Tattoo (source: instagram.com)
Pokemon Squirtle Squad Cross Stitch Tattoo (source: instagram.com)

Storm Trooper Helmet

This came out around the time of the newest Star Wars film, and not only is it a geeky indulgence, but the cross stitching is so NEAT.

Storm Trooper Star Wars Cross Stitch Tattoo by Eva Krbdk (source: pinterest.com)
Storm Trooper Star Wars Cross Stitch Tattoo by Eva Krbdk (source: pinterest.com)

Two Color Sailor Tattoo

So much is right about these tattoos. Firstly they’re based on traditional sailor tattoos, but with a quirky twist. Then they have non-cross stitched elements. Then they have only 2 colours. THEN they have a funky boarder that makes them look ever so slightly 3D when wearing proper glasses. Just wow.

Traditional Cross Stitch Tattoos by Mariette (source: pinterest.com)
Traditional Cross Stitch Tattoos by Mariette (source: pinterest.com)

Cross Stitch Sampler Tattoo Sleeve

There is devotion to a cross stitch sampler, and then there is the devotion of Anich Andrew’s tattoos. Known for his bold and geometric designs, this sleeve is epic.

Cross Stitch Sampler Tattoo Sleave by Anich Andrew (source: instagram)
Cross Stitch Sampler Tattoo Sleave by Anich Andrew (source: instagram)

Rose Shoulder Tattoo

The one thing that REALLY makes this work? The needle. Just that little bit extra sets the whole piece off.

Cross Stitch Shoulder Rose Tattoo by Tattoodo (source: pinterest.com)
Cross Stitch Shoulder Rose Tattoo by Tattoodo (source: pinterest.com)

Think there’s one we missed? Give us a comment!

The Best Pokemon Cross Stitch

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon!

My favorite thing to cross stitch is Pokemon and for good reason. Not only is it one of the best-loved franchises out there, but there’s so much to choose to stitch, and so many in-jokes!
And all the sprites are the perfect size to stitch (unless you do all of them at once)…

To Be The Very Best Pokemon Tattoo

Pokemon Tattoo Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Tattoo Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

The best like no one ever was! One day I will get this tattooed on me. You know… somewhere I can hide it so no one over the age of 30 can see it… 😛

Epic Pokemon

Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch by Eponases (source: eponases.com)
Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch by Eponases (source: eponases.com)

Well that was obvious wasn’t it? One of the best Pokemon stitches of all time, has to be the largest one known. Whilst the above picture is great at showing its size, you don’t really get a grasp of it until you see this awesome video below:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUQnogfeNC8&w=560&h=315]

Pika Pile

Pikachu Pile Cross Stitch by riotpatch (source: riotpatch.blogspot.com)
Pikachu Pile Cross Stitch by riotpatch (source: riotpatch.blogspot.com)

How cute is this!?! All credit to HardcodeEskimoKisses who created the pattern, although the above is stitched by StitchPlease. I especially love balloon Pika’s expression.

Pokemon Home Sweet Home

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

I just made this pattern available to download for free, however its been recreated by many others in slightly different styles. All Pokemon games start in your home sweet home, and this pattern only goes to glorify that!

Pokemon Badges

Pokemon Kanto Badges Cross Stitch by stitchplease (source: spritestitch.com)
Pokemon Kanto Badges Cross Stitch by stitchplease (source: spritestitch.com)

There’s only one way to be a pokemon master and that’s to collect all the badges. The above set are scaled correctly to the first season, using red/blue sprites.

Pokemon Circle

Pokemon Cross Stitch by 42kayla (source: twitter.com)
Pokemon Cross Stitch (source: twitter.com)

Another Pokemon stitch worth the epic tag, this circle uses recolored sprites, arranged in a circle, forming all 151 original pokemon, made from an official Pokemon image. You can download this epic Pokemon cross stitch pattern for free!

Ketchup Pikachu

Pikachu Ketchup Cross Stitch by PiDesign (source: Etsy.com)
Pikachu Ketchup Cross Stitch by PiDesign (source: Etsy.com)

I LOVE THIS IMAGE! One of the best scenes from the original pokemon series when they have no food, but Pikachu is hungry. Its also a great weekend project, so you might want to give it a try.

Hardest Decision

3D Pokemon Choice Quote Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
3D Pokemon Choice Quote Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

There are many pokemon quotes; such as “are you a boy or girl?”, but this one is basically a meme in a cross stitch.

Pokemon Baubles

Christmas Pokemon Bauble Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan
Christmas Pokemon Bauble Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

These were made as a request over on the SpriteStitch forums, and are pride of place on my xmas tree every year!

3D Handheld Pokedex

3D Pokedex Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
3D Pokedex Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

I know… another one of mine, but in fairness, everywhere I go on shows, everyone always asks if I’ve got it with me…

Top 10 Video Game Cross Stitch

Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

Video game cross stitch is my thing (along with geeky cross stitch), however there are a lot of examples of fantastic art out there, so here are my top 10:

1 – Mario Power Ups

Mario Power Ups Cross Stitch by Psi169 (source: spritestitch.com)
Mario Power Ups Cross Stitch by Psi169 (source: spritestitch.com)

One of the first ever ‘epic’ video game cross stitch patterns made by psi169 but stitched by many of the years. Its a massive 1.5m by 1m and full of awesome mario goodness.

2 – Legend of Zelda Map

Legend Of Zelda Map Cross Stitch by tibtibs (source: spritestitch.com)
Legend Of Zelda Map Cross Stitch by tibtibs (source: spritestitch.com)

The epic stitches don’t end there, and as time has gone on Zelda caught up fast with Mario on the trend front. This amazing piece was the first full Legend of Zelda cross stitch map to be completed.

3 – Mario Level

Mario Level Cross Stitch by sgoheen06 (source: deviantart.com)
Mario Level Cross Stitch by sgoheen06 (source: deviantart.com)

Just look how long this is! Unrestrained from common frame sizes a whole level is stitched in this mario piece. Click to see just how detailed it is. And nice use of a sky blue aida…

4 – Home Sweet Home

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

There are literally hundreds of home sweet home patterns, including the free pokemon home sweet home pattern we gave away, however they have become so synonymous with the cross stitch community, that its inclusion within the video game sub-culture was inevitable.

5 – Pokemon Battle Screenshot

Pokemon Fight Cross Stitch by zomb13unicorns (source: spritestitch.com)
Pokemon Fight Cross Stitch by zomb13unicorns (source: spritestitch.com)

Simple in its outset of a pokemon battle screen, however infinitely more complicated once you realise the small factors such as the high level pikachu is meant to represent Ash’s from the anime. Not only has it been well received by the whole stitching community, but its even sparked spin offs like the Game of Thrones one below.
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

6 – Retro Trio Sampler

Retro Video Game Trio Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Retro Video Game Trio Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

This piece was made my myself, so I do have a bias, however its the most requested pattern on reddit cross stitch page, so is deserving of a place in the top ten. And even better I’ve made the retro gaming cross stitch pattern a free download!

7 – Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger Cross Stitch by xstitchpixel (source: reddit.com)
Chrono Trigger Cross Stitch by xstitchpixel (source: reddit.com)

This is simply stunning. The tone of the colors shows real skill, but its completely engrossing, using one of the most iconic images from the chrono trigger game.

8 – Day Of The Tentacle

Day Of the Tenticle Cross Stitch by Stephanie Min (source: crossstitchtycoon.blogspot.com)
Day Of the Tenticle Cross Stitch by Stephanie Min (source: crossstitchtycoon.blogspot.com)

The greatest thing about this competition is the fantastic stance of the tenticle. I know its direct from the game, but they’ve taken a vector image and transfered it to a small pixel image without loosing any of the key details.

9 – Lara Croft

Lara Croft Cross Stitch by Becky Schaefer (source: mrxstitch.com)
Lara Croft Cross Stitch by Becky Schaefer (source: mrxstitch.com)

A regular, quite boring cross stitch completely changed by adding in Lara Croft (a very cross stitch unfriendly character) into the mix. It’s not Becky Schaefer’s only piece, but this was his first in this style, and it really works…

10 – Hakuen Street Fighter

Street Fighter Cross Stitch by Celes_Lionheart (source: spritestitch.com)
Street Fighter Cross Stitch by Celes_Lionheart (source: spritestitch.com)

HADUKEN! Synonomus within the video game community, and has been attempted many times with its well known code, however the thing that really brings this piece to life is the awesome positioning of the characters and lack of text, but its still obvious what it is. Very well done.

The Best Geeky Cross Stitch

Lord Of The Rings Mines of Moria Cross Stitch by Jamie Sesslin (source: pinterest.com)

Cross stitch is inherently geeky, however with more and more people releasing their inner geek; we’ve had some epic cross stitches.

Star Trek Sampler

Star Trek Sampler Cross Stitch by samapictures (source: samapictures.com)
Star Trek Sampler Cross Stitch by samapictures (source: samapictures.com)

Star Trek has long been in the realm of geeks, but with recent movies its become more and more popular, however its still firmly geeky. This sampler shows everything geeky about the series, with all its cross stitch glory!
This pattern actully came from the Star Trek Cross Stitch book myself and John Lohman put together:
Star Trek Cross Stitch Book Cover by John Lohman and Lord Libidan
Star Trek Cross Stitch Book Cover by John Lohman and Lord Libidan

Game Of Thrones Pokemon Mashup

Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

Game of Thrones brought geek to the every day with the awesome books and TV series, however back when it was just into its first series this amazing piece was made. Sure, it doesn’t subscribe to the R+L=J theory, but its great use of a pre-existing Pokemon set makes it geeky in the extreme.

Harry Potter Crests

Harry Potter Crest Pillows Cross Stitch by Carlydx-x (source: Instructables.com)
Harry Potter Crest Pillows Cross Stitch by Carlydx-x (source: Instructables.com)

The Potter books and movies are great, but their attention to detail is what makes them really stand out. The production team even managed to create perfect house crests, which were quickly picked up, pixelized, and cross stitched. However, their HUGE size stopped people in their tracks, but making 4 of the things and then making pillows; there must have been magic involved.

Epic Pokemon

Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch by Eponases (source: eponases.com)
Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch by Eponases (source: eponases.com)

I’ve mentioned Pokemon above, and I use it a lot in my work, but the sheer size of this piece is mind blowing. The pattern was made over on the SpriteStitch forums, it’s been started (and even finished) a dozen times, but the image above was the first, and gives a great idea of its huge 4.5 foot size.

Star Wars Tapestry

Star Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled LewisStar Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled Lewis (source: boingboing.net)
Star Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled Lewis (source: boingboing.net)

Talking huge; hows a 9 foot long cross stitch of the entire original Star Wars trilogy? OK, its not actually a tapestry as its purely cross stitch, but damn its cool.

Glow In The Dark Spiderman

Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)
Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)

This Spiderman stitch deserves a place on this list anyway, however with its clever use of glow in the dark thread it really pops.

Portal 2 Lemon Rant

Portal 2 Lemon Rant Cross Stitch by benwermers (source: spritestitch.com)
Portal 2 Lemon Rant Cross Stitch by benwermers (source: spritestitch.com)

DEMAND TO SEE LIFE’S MANAGER!
This just makes me itch to play Portal 2 again, one of my all-time favorite games EVER.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who Tardis Cross Stitch by elfstitch (source: Buzzfeed)
Doctor Who Tardis Cross Stitch by elfstitch (source: Buzzfeed)

Ooh-wee-ooh…
Just looking at this makes me hum the theme tune. Doctor Who, the geekiest of 70s TV, is still loving strong today with awesome stitches like this.

Ohm Sweet Ohm

Ohm Sweet Ohm Cross Stitch by Adafruit (source: adafruit.com)
Ohm Sweet Ohm Cross Stitch by Adafruit (source: adafruit.com)

Home sweet home sampler + pun + electronics + cross stitch = the best geek inspired cross stitch ever!
I mean; this is just so geeky its hilarious. And damn that’s a good pun.

Lord Of The Rings Gateway

Lord Of The Rings Mines of Moria Cross Stitch by Jamie Sesslin (source: pinterest.com)
Lord Of The Rings Mines of Moria Cross Stitch by Jamie Sesslin (source: pinterest.com)

You don’t need to say anything about this. Its just pure amazing. Not only that, but this stitch came out before the movies. Very very impressive.

Adventure Time’s Everything Burrito

Adventure Time Everything Burrito Cross Stitch by LadyBeta (source: reddit)
Adventure Time Everything Burrito Cross Stitch by LadyBeta (source: reddit)

I admit, I’ve watched all of Adventure Time, and I’m still not sure if its a kids program or not… But its my guilty pleasure, the thing I hide from friends… It’s so reminiscent of old school geek is great. And so is the everything burrito…

Space Invader School

Space Invader School Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Space Invader School Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

No geeky cross stitch list is complete without a smashing of retro gaming, and my Space Invader School cross stitch is a perfect example of that geekiness.

WARNING – RUDE WORDS

Alien Cross Stitch

Alien Cross Stitch by ScarlettStitches (source: Etsy.com)
Alien Cross Stitch by ScarlettStitches (source: Etsy.com)

I don’t like to post rude stitches on this site, but the cult classic Alien has to be on the list. It’s summed up the tone of the film perfectly.