Lorum ipsum cross stitch sampler

Unpacking Subversive Cross Stitch

  • November 5, 2016
  • Life

Subversive Cross Stitch is the art of cross stitching the unexpected. The tension between a traditional, feminine art form, and the witty and surprising sayings is really funny, and undermines our expectations of the artform.

That’s “unpacking” subversive cross stitch in the fine arts sense. I also unpacked subversive cross stitch in the very literal sense this week, as the last of our things arrived from New Zealand!

I cross stitched around the same time I learned to crochet, and while I haven’t kept it up, boy oh boy did I have a lot of fun with it. The original Subversive Cross Stitch book was my guide, and stitched up all sorts of things. Some of which has now come to live with me again!

Lorum ipsum cross stitch sampler

My favourite of the pieces is Lorum Ipsum. I designed this piece (you can probably tell from the way the boarders are a little wonky!) and was thinking of samplers as I did so. What’s a sampler? “A (needlework) sampler is a piece of embroidery produced as a demonstration or test of skill in needlework. It often includes the alphabet, figures, motifs, decorative borders and sometimes the name of the person who embroidered it and the date. The word sampler is derived from the Latin ‘exemplum’ – an example.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

For centuries, young ladies of a certain social class were forced to create samplers to show off their skills as needlewomen/marriageability. Of course, many of them rankled at this, which makes Lorum Ipsum even more appropriate: the phrase it derives from translates as “pain itself.”

I updated the sampler by dropping in Lorum Ipsum instead of the alphabet. Plus “motifs and decorative boarders” for good measure.

subversive cross stitch

Also in the box was the Triple Rainbow piece I designed – the video was trending when I worked this – and my F U C K piece from the original Subversive Cross Stitch book. On top of those are two pieces I didn’t work. Fuck the dumb shit is also from the original Subversive Cross Stitch book, and was worked by Jesse’s friend Kim. The crewel work deer I picked up at an op shop.

I used to have a lot more cross stitch pieces, but I’m not sure where they’ve got to: they weren’t in the box. Perhaps they’re still in someone’s wardrobe in New Zealand, or maybe they wound up in an op shop, making them as happy as the deer makes me.

It hardly matters that they’re gone. Nothing in this world lasts forever, and I can always make more. I see there’s a new book – I am very tempted to take up my needle again!

Leave a Comment

Instagram

Recent Posts: amiguru.me

Persian Tiles Crochet Blanket – The Yarn

Persian Tiles Crochet Blanket – The Yarn

Ami Blog Why crochet amigurumi? Knitted Amigurumi How to get started with Amigurumi Guru How To Crochet Everything Techniques What is the best yarn for amigurumi? Me – Select -AmiBlogWhy crochet amigurumi?Knitted AmigurumiHow to get started with AmigurumiGuru – How To Crochet EverythingTechniquesWhat is the best yarn for amigurumi?Me Pinterest Instagram RSS Persian Tiles Crochet […]

HiyaHiya Sharps Needles Sock Set Review

HiyaHiya Sharps Needles Sock Set Review

Ami Blog Why crochet amigurumi? Knitted Amigurumi How to get started with Amigurumi Guru How To Crochet Everything Techniques What is the best yarn for amigurumi? Me – Select -AmiBlogWhy crochet amigurumi?Knitted AmigurumiHow to get started with AmigurumiGuru – How To Crochet EverythingTechniquesWhat is the best yarn for amigurumi?Me Pinterest Instagram RSS HiyaHiya Sharps Needles […]

50 of the Best Crochet and Knitted Christmas Ornaments

50 of the Best Crochet and Knitted Christmas Ornaments

I’ve rounded up 50 my favourite crochet + knitted Christmas ornaments to make your holiday a little more decorated! I just love Christmas, don’t you? The lights, the food, the presents! And there’s something so special about the decorations as well – especially handmade ones. 50 of the Best Crochet + Knitted Christmas Ornaments Most […]

When Travel Knitting is Everyday Knitting

When Travel Knitting is Everyday Knitting

As crafters, we think a lot about Travel Knitting in capital letters – what to pack for a long plane ride and so on. This is travel knitting. But what about when travel knitting is every day knitting? No soft Mediterranean breezes, no pool, no sangria (well… maybe just a little). Instead, just you on the […]

How to Crochet Amigurumi Raindrops

How to Crochet Amigurumi Raindrops

Ami Blog Why crochet amigurumi? Knitted Amigurumi How to get started with Amigurumi Guru How To Crochet Everything Techniques What is the best yarn for amigurumi? Me – Select -AmiBlogWhy crochet amigurumi?Knitted AmigurumiHow to get started with AmigurumiGuru – How To Crochet EverythingTechniquesWhat is the best yarn for amigurumi?Me Pinterest Instagram RSS How to Crochet […]