Dark Craft: Cross-Stitch Edition

I found out that Heaven and Earth Designs is having a Father’s Day pattern sale. (For Father’s Day? Really? Whatever, I like bargains.) These folks publish some of the most intricate cross-stitch patterns I’ve ever seen, and once Marilyn Monroe is finished I’m itching to try one of these.

They’re beautiful patterns but for the most part they tend to be a little…pastel.

Lucky for those of us with darker tastes, I had some free time (and some obsessive tendencies). I waded in to the depths and found these:

“Sifter”

“Grove”

“Wrath”

I am completely in love with “Grove”, but C informs me that while I am free to stitch anything I want, I am not allowed to hang it anywhere that she can look at him.

(As always, click the pics if you want to purchase one. And check out HAED’s gallery of finished pieces to see why I’m so excited to try one of these.)

Missing Half Her Face

Sundays are for crafting. In between rounds of laundry and cleaning and naps (another reason I don’t have children: these are MY naps), I like to make things. Something about the connection to all those women before me who sewed and knit and baked makes me feel peaceful.

Then this happened:

That’s my unfinished cross-stitch of Marilyn Monroe, in the drawer where I hide it from the cats. Somehow when I was working on it last, I failed to notice how disturbing she looks. At some point she’ll have eyes and lips, but in the meantime she looks like Leatherface got ahold of her.

Day of the Dead Cross-Stitch

Growing up, Sundays were always a quiet day. There was nothing good on tv, so I had to come up with other means to entertain myself. (Adult-me is grateful for that. Kid-me, not so much.) Reading, writing, and drawing filled my afternoons. Even now, Sunday just seems…slower. Calmer. Sundays make me want to hang around the house in comfortable clothes doing something relaxing.

Like crafting.

Which lead me to this:


Modern Cross Stitch Kit ‘Absolution’ By Carissa Rose.

Ugh, she’s stunning. She will be mine.
There are others, just as beautiful, in the same Etsy shop.