Cross Sti and the hilarious misspelled cross stitch

Misspelled Cross Stitch from CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong by Heather Mann (source: Amazon)

Sometimes things go wrong. Maybe it was auto correct, maybe it was miscounting, but regardless, its crazy funny when it doesn’t happen to you. This are some of the best cross stitch mistakes out there.

We start with someone who even made it to a book, specifically Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong By Heather Mann, where an entreped cross stitcher spent hours stitching the beginning of her hobby only to realise once she’d finished that it wasn’t all she cracked it up to be.

Misspelled Cross Stitch from CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong by Heather Mann (source: Amazon)
Misspelled Cross Stitch from CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Terribly Wrong by Heather Mann (source: Amazon)


Sometimes people realise a lot earlier though, like this cross stitcher who only drew the letters on, and then realised the missing H. Most shocking of all though, he’s trying to sell it on ebay for $15…
Cures Arthritis Misspelled Cross Stitch by Peterson (source: ebay)
Cures Arthritis Misspelled Cross Stitch by Peterson (source: ebay)


Sometimes though, spellings are on purpose. This sarky stitch sadly fools more people than it should, but is a great way to make a mistake a feature.
village idiot misspelled cross stitch (source: google images)
village idiot misspelled cross stitch (source: google images)


Finally though, by far the most common cross stitch mistake I could find; gob. Sadly, some of these are massive pieces.
gob bless this house misspelled cross stitch by aliciawatkins (source: Etsy)
gob bless this house misspelled cross stitch by aliciawatkins (source: Etsy)

 

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Nintendo 64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Nintendo64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Nintendo64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Title: Micro Nintendo64 Console
Date Completed: June 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colors: 13
Game: Nintendo, Pokemon Stadium & Legend of Zelda
 
I recently saw some awesome retro adverts for the SNES in a Japanese magazine and just fell in love with how they were sold. This idea floated around my head for some time, and I had a play with the idea when I made my 3D arcade cabinet cross stitch and it gave me the enthusiasm to create another 3D project, a super small console. The Nintendo64 jumped into my head, and I started planning based on a pixelated controller I had created some years ago. As it developed I also decided to include 2 controllers, and 2 games; Pokemon Stadium and the golden Legend of Zelda cartridges (using metallic threads, following the success of my gold Zelda cartridge cross stitch).
 
Once created I wanted to create a design close to the original advert that inspired me:
Nintendo64 Micro Console Cross Stitch Japanese advert by Lord Libidan

 

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Find The Perfect Skin Tone – DMC Threads

Skin Tone Cross Stitch Thread Table by Lord Libidan

Finding the right skin tone threads can be VERY hard, normally resulting in a super pink face, or a washed out face. However, with the sheer volume of threads out there, its not actually that hard to create really realistic skin tones.

Skin Tone Cross Stitch Thread Table by Lord Libidan
Skin Tone Cross Stitch Thread Table by Lord Libidan

Skin Tone Cross Stitch Thread Table by Lord Libidan
Skin Tone Cross Stitch Thread Table by Lord Libidan

We’ve created the above table so you can look up the skin tone you want to stitch and see both highlight and shadow thread colors for DMC to go with it. Equally, you can go down the table to see darker skin tones progressively.
With this, you can edit existing patterns to match skin tones you want, or you can make your own patterns with quality skin colors.

 

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Pokemon Map Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon National Map cross stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon National Map cross stitch by Lord Libidan
Title: Pokemon National Map
Date Completed: June 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Pale Blue
Colors: 13
Game: Pokemon
 
I like maps. In fact, in the past, I’ve created a few map pieces, including the cross stitch map by SuckUK, and I’ve been intending to create a cross stitch map from the ground up for some time, however, I never settled on which game. I tried a fallout vault, a hitman map, even looking into final fantasy for a while, however, I realized that there was one game I always went back to, that shared a map between all its games; Pokemon.
 
This is the national map, meaning it doesn’t contain Unova, Kalos, or any of the ranger games. However, even then, there is a large number of made-up parts. The Pokemon games have never revealed how the world looks. I used hints and comments from the games to create a unified design that looked good to me.

 

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The Best Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch

Hodor Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch by PinsandWeevils (source: Etsy)

Who holds the iron cross stitch throne? We’ll it will take less than 8 seasons to find out, beleive me. However when you see how awesome these Game of Thrones cross stitches are you’ll be itching for the new season in July!

Game Of Thrones cross stitch by RandomlyGenerated (source: Etsy.com)
Game Of Thrones cross stitch by RandomlyGenerated (source: Etsy.com)

What round up would be complete without a map of Westeros? This is a map that’s been recreated a lot on the internet, but I tracked down the first version.
Game of Thrones Mario Style World Map Cross Stitch by MonkeeCatcher, pattern by titan413 (source: spritestitch.com)
Game of Thrones Mario Style World Map Cross Stitch by MonkeeCatcher, pattern by titan413 (source: spritestitch.com)

However, that isn’t to say other versions are bad. This Mario Game of Thrones mash up is just brilliant!
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

Another mash up in the form of this Pokemon stitch, back when we thought Jon and Khaleesi would fight it out… *fingers crossed for them getting married*
Game of Thrones House Banners Cross Stitch on Linen by Minnie (source: minnie-allxxs.blogspot.com)
Game of Thrones House Banners Cross Stitch on Linen by Minnie (source: minnie-allxxs.blogspot.com)

Speaking of alliances, hows this banner based cross stitch, done on linen to make it look older and more in fitting with the lore of Game of Thrones.
Hodor Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch by PinsandWeevils (source: Etsy)
Hodor Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch by PinsandWeevils (source: Etsy)

Hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor.
let it snow game of thrones christmas cross stitch by Sanna (source: Pinterest)
Let it snow game of thrones christmas cross stitch by Sanna (source: Pinterest)

And finally, some way off from Christmas, I know… but its so darn clever.

 

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What is the best cross stitch magazine?

Cross Stitch Favorites Magazine Cover Issue 14 (source: cross-stitching.com)

There are loads of cross stitch magazines out there, and with magazines like Cross Stitch and Needlework and Cross Stitch Collection coming to an end, I felt it was a good time to go through some of the most popular cross stitch magazines out there and give a bit more detail so you can pick the best one for you.
Updated February 2020.

CrossStitcher

crossstitcher magazine cover
$2 – $6 per month; digital and print

Currently the second most popular cross stitch magazine out there, but on the rise, CrossStitcher focuses on modern cross stitch. The contemporary, bright, bold designs are better suited to a 16-50 age bracket, with great finishing ideas, and loads of freebies every issue. Its also the only magazine to offer a digital only option, which at $2 is a steal in itself, although with a physical copy for only $6 it might be worth getting that, as you get the digital copy for free.
Many prominent artists have been featured, including myself back in 2012, 2013 and 2015
Score 9.4/10
Full CrossStitcher review

The World Of Cross Stitching

the world of cross stitching magazine cover$6 – $12 per month; digital and print

The World of Cross Stitching (or TWOCS as its sometimes known) is the longest-running cross stitching magazine in worldwide production, and you can see why quite quickly; its very mainstream. If this is what you’re looking for then its a great magazine, full of patterns, and the largest in size on the list. It plays upon being British for the American market, and so as a Brit, you might find it a little unrealistic, but it has lots of other animals, teddy, flower, heart, etc based patterns. The theme on seasons heavily, to the point where every issue is a holiday of some kind. They include free items, but these tend to be knickknacks and not pattern stitching items, however, they do include waste canvas often, which can be hard to get your hands on. In recent years its started to struggle as people have moved to other magazines on the list, however, it still commands a massive following.
Score 9.2/10
Full The World Of Cross Stitching review

XStitch

Xstitch Issue 6 Mistape featuring Lord Libidan
$6 per quarter; digital-only

Made by MrXStitch this Kickstarter based magazine was created as a direct opposite to the girly magazines the scene is full of. Its simple message, is bringing cross stitch up to date, with very modern patterns, and features that a lot of magazines don’t have; such as everyone gets to print and online versions, with larger patterns to see better, a podcast of songs to go with all the patterns, an online community for further support and showing off, etc. Unlike the rest of the entries on the list, XStitch is not full of patterns by one main designer, but instead, each issue has 12 different designers from around the world (including people like Jane Greenoff and myself), specifically chosen for the themes, which are must more radical than the usual.
Score 9/10

Cross Stitch Crazy

cross stitch crazy magazine cover
$12 – $14 per month; print only

Cross Stitch Crazy is a very similar magazine to The World Of Cross Stitching, however, it tends to appeal to the English market better, with less American holidays, less playing up to being British and more kit giveaways. However, its main drawback, which people are very vocal about is its Christmas period. For the three months leading, all the magazines are devoted to Christmas. This tends to get on people’s nerves a bit. Other than that, it’s a good magazine, but it might be worth a flick through before buying each month as its a bit hit and miss.
Score 8.3/10

Cross Stitch Gold

cross stitch gold magazine cover
$7 – $9 per month; print only

Cross Stitch Gold appeals to the established stitcher, with sometimes VERY complex and large patterns, focuses towards traditional. All the patterns are from established designers, such as Joan Elliott, and most of the projects will take you more than a month to finish. There are no freebies, and most patterns are focused on landscapes, portraits, houses, fairies, samurai, etc much like traditional cross stitch patterns.
Score 8.0/10

Just Cross Stitch

just cross stitch magazine cover
$7 per month; print; USA only
$7 per month; digital

The only US print magazine on the list, Just Cross Stitch has been going just over 30 years and has had a bit of a rocky start since it was sold last year. The patterns are sometimes inspired, but can occasionally look tired. It has a modern design, and most patterns follow this ideal, and it features lesser-known internet cross stitch celebrities. Its big pull is the Christmas ornament issue (not to be confused with the Christmas issue coming out the month after), which includes a large supply of free things, and features nothing but unique ways to make cross stitch ornaments. It’s worth looking into if you’re US based, but they currently don’t have any plans to supply the rest of the world.
Score 7.6/10

Stoney Creek Cross Stitch

Stoney Creek Cross Stitch magazine cover
$8.50 per issue (per quarter); no subscriptions

I personally don’t rate Stoney Creek that much, however many are avid fans. They are a US traditional style magazine. They used to offer subscriptions, but their new sales model is to purchase issue by issue, one a quarter. This has the advantage that you can see all the patterns you’re getting before you buy, however the magazine only contains patterns, no articles.
Score 4.6/10

 

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The World Of Cross Stitching Magazine Review

The World of Cross Stitching Magazine Cover Issue 214 (source: cross-stitching.com)

On our series covering the best cross stitch magazines we review the biggest world wide cross stitch magazine, The World Of Cross Stitching.
To do this review we’ve compiled a series of reviews from industry leaders, as well as feefo reviews and at least a year of continuous subscription to the mag.
the world of cross stitching magazine cover
When people think of cross stitch magazines, the first one they think of is The World Of Cross Stitching. Its one of the longest-running magazines and has over 44,000 monthly readers, making it the largest international cross stitching magazine. As a result, when flicking through, you see mainstream patterns; tailored to make sure they are as accessible as possible. Whilst this can appeal to an average cross stitcher, the younger or male cross stitchers tend to feel very underwhelmed by the teddy, flower and heart patterns that adorn most issues.

The teddy was just so cute, it even got my daughter into cross stitching!

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In regards to the content itself, almost all of the patterns are by the four editors/designers who aren’t known for being big players in the field. At least 20% of the magazine is devoted to full-page adverts for various companies. The patterns themselves are mostly small (under 5 hours stitching time), with one 24+ hour piece in each issue.

Its market share shows that cross stitch clearly isn’t on the way out, however with its slightly overplayed British vibe and traditional patterns, its lost market share recently to alternatives like the CrossStitcher which appeals to a younger crowd.

$6 – $12 per month; digital and print

Loads of patterns
Lots of mainstream patterns
Large readership
Not many modern patterns
Expensive outside of the UK
Not many freebies

Score: 9.2/10
17213 reviews on feefo

If you liked this review, or are looking for something similar you might like our review of the CrossStitcher, or a quick review of the biggest cross stitch magazines.

 

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Cross Stitcher Magazine Review

The Cross Stitcher 300th Edition Cover featuring Lord Libidan

On our series covering the best cross stitch magazines we review the more modern cross stitch magazine, CrossStitcher.
To do this review we’ve compiled a series of reviews from industry leaders, as well as feefo reviews and at least a year of continuous subscription to the mag.
cross stitcher magazine cover
As the main competitor to The World Of Cross Stitching magazine, the CrossStitcher takes a different angle to the world of cross stitch, with a much more modern take. The patterns are modern and feature unique ways of finishing stitches, framing, and witty new takes, which allows it to be the main cross stitch magazine for the younger and more modern crowd. They tend to vary patterns inside from 60-90 equally spaced between small, medium, and large patterns. Unlike many other magazines, they tend to advertise using actual content, suggesting a site to get a frame, etc instead of full-page adverts.

If you like very modern and contemporary designs then that’s probably your best bet. They use lots of bright, bold colours, fun finishing ideas etc

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They are also well known for the free stuff you get, allowing you to at least complete 2 patterns each issue with the freebies provided, although it should be noted the freebies aren’t the highest quality. Its by far the cheapest magazine on offer at the moment, and there are no high fees to pay for postage, especially so with the digital versions.

The ability to be modern and constantly on the cutting edge is how the patterns are sourced; they ask big players in the cross stitch field such as MrXStitch, Maria Diaz, flossandmischief, Jacqui P, Emily Peacock, and Jane Greenoff (founder of the Cross Stitch Guild) to supply patterns.

$2 – $6 per month; digital and print

Loads of patterns
Lots of mainstream patterns
Large readership
Not many modern patterns
Expensive outside of the UK
Not many freebies

Score: 9.4/10
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3 Ways Cross Stitch Helps Me Destress and Keep My Sanity

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Today we have an awesome post by KathleenCG who’s giving us an insight on keeping stress free with cross stitch 😀

In times where I am stressed, I’m glad that I took up cross stitching as a hobby. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with stress – exercise, writing, spa day, etc. For me, it’s cross stitch. I’ve been doing cross stitch for just over a year now. It has become a bit of a escape for me, as I’m able to submerge myself in it and forget my troubles. Read on for the ways cross stitch helps me keep my stress levels low.

Cross stitch keeps me focused

With cross stitch, there are many variables that come into play. From figuring out the pattern to counting how many squares you need to stitch, you need to make sure you’re paying attention at every step. It can be very easy to make a mistake. I like to take my time when I stitch. By keeping focused, my attention to detail has grown pretty greatly. I’d rather get it right the first time than have to restart everything all over again.

It keeps me distracted

Similar to keeping focused, cross stitch helps distract me from whatever I have going on in my life. I look forward to being able to sit and cross stitch at the end of my day. Cross stitch is a top ‘downtime’ activity for me. Usually I like to catch up on some TV shows while I stitch. Between those two activities, I don’t have much space to think about anything else because I’m focused on finishing the project at hand. I also find that watching TV while I stitch helps me work faster.

It makes me feel accomplished

There’s nothing cooler than sitting back and looking at what you’ve made. You spend hours, days, sometimes weeks on projects that seem never-ending. But when you’re done, you can’t help but get a sense of accomplishment. The stress seems to disappear when you look at what you’ve finished and think, “Wow, I made this all by myself.” I love this feeling because it makes me feel proud of myself. It’s a great self-esteem booster and I find it pulls me out of a rut whenever I’m feeling down or stressed.

pokemon home sweet home

Above all, cross stitch helps me out the most because I love doing it. There’s no better way to de-stress than to do something that you thoroughly enjoy doing.