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Subversive Cross Stitch [Bargain Price] [Hardcover]

Julie Jackson
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Book Description

April 1, 2006
In this wicked little book, Julie Jackson reinvents the age-old craft of cross-stitch, finally putting an end to all that saccharine sentimentalism and giving modern stitchers the chance to say what's really on their minds. Stitch up Bitch in Kitchen for a heartfelt housewarming gift. Spread cheer with the ever-festive Bite Me. Or whip up This Place Sucks for a cherished co-worker. This fully illustrated book includes 33 of Jackson's best patterns and easy-to-follow directions. Jackson outlines the simple tools and techniques needed and even offers encouragement and tips on how to create one-of-a-kind revolutionary designs from craft-store patterns with subversive sentiments all your own.

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About the Author

Julie Jackson's best-selling designs have been featured in the Washington Post, ReadyMade, and BUST. She is a native of Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her charming husband and menagerie of pets.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811853470
  • ASIN: B00196PDEW
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,867,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A New World!! February 8, 2007
By B. Teti
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I have been cross stitching for 25 years and samplers have been my main interest for most of them. I mostly wanted this book for my library as it is certainly not your typical sampler. When I got the book I browsed through it and found the cross stitching ordinary. Of course the 'interest' is that the sayings are shocking on these sweet little designs. I wasn't so impressed. However, all 4 of my kids who were home for Christmas thought this book was HILARIOUS and my daughter needed to know -immediately- how to cross stitch! A month later my book is well used and real hit at my house!!
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed May 13, 2007
I like the idea of Subversive Cross Stitch. However, there's nothing in here that you couldn't do with a generic alphabet and motif pattern book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is awesome. I recently learned to cross stitch because - basically - my wife commented upon a design that my brother-in-law had stitched for a birthday card that "David could never do this kind of thing." To use Ms. Jackson's own words: "Bitch, please." I got a quirky pattern from another designer ("Crafty Chicks Are Hot" - she is, on both counts) and, with a tutorial from my sister, I set about doing it as a challenge for my wife's birthday. I thought it would take me a month and I'd hate it, but I found it an incredibly relaxing pastime and I finished it in a little over a week, stitching only when my wife had gone to bed. Then I found this book and it was basically game over - I'm a stitching freak. I'm on my fifth pattern from it, and am getting pretty proficient. I even bought spindles and an organizer for my floss. Whodathunkit?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG- I HEART JULIE JACKSON April 25, 2006
As a cross-stitch nerd, I freaked out when I came across a review of this book in my latest issue of BUST magazine. Sick of stitching a bajillion bunnies and teddy bears on bibs for my friends' babies, I was pleasantly surprised to find one of Julie's cute designs entitled "Babies Suck". If you are ready to stitch some fun, snarky sayings for yourself and your friends, this book is for you.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, Way Too Simplistic April 9, 2009
Maybe I'm just too advanced of a stitcher, but I was really disappointed when I took a peak inside this book. As a few others have said, the designs are far too simplistic, and are nothing I couldn't whip up on my own (and whip out in 15 minutes). I love the concept and the sayings (especially the foul-mouthed ones juxtaposed against the traditional, flowery motifs - ha!), but the designs are so simple I can get them by just looking at the photographs. Why spend the money? Give me more detail, and I'm there!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! August 18, 2008
All the women in my family are very creative and artsy, every single one of them, except me, I tried every craft that looked remotely interesting and not a one panned out for me. And then I found this book, and I fell in love. My grandmother had done cross stitching for as long as I can remember, but died before she had a chance to teach me. So now I finally have my craft, its perfect for a tattooed domestic goddess such as myself!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Subversive Cross Stitch #@%&: Designs for Your Surly Side has about 30 patterns. About a third of the designs are from the kits--if you like those, you'll love this book! Some of the kits have been presented here as just charts, but wait, there's more! There are also 20 new designs. There's a whole section of "workplace expressions" from the teddy bear that asks "Please kill me" to "Is that all there is?" the postmodern worker will be able to decorate her cubicle with pride. Other sections include "Everyday Sentiments," "Gifts that Keep Giving," and "Special Occasions." From "Boo F**king Hoo" to "B*tch in Kitchen" to "Baby's s*ck," it's is a book for stitchers of a certain temperament.

The introduction features a good stitching tutorial making the book suitable for rank beginners. I've been stitching for 17 years, and I still enjoy the book because the patterns are fresh. Sure, I could probably chart them myself, but who has the time? It's the stitching I want to do, and Julie Jackson has channeled my inner b*tch so I can spend time stitching the sentiments that have, until now, been left unexpressed in this medium. The cross-stitch industry is always complaining about "aging consumers," this book should bring in some new blood.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned and EDGY! April 1, 2006
I love to Cross Stitch, but the cutesy patterns you find in most stitch shops and craft stores just aren't my thing. Wasn't I lucky to stumble upon ths awesome book where my homey side can meet my inner b*tch. My workmates are fighting over this one. All I can say is if you stitch- - get it!!! Instructions are included and they are terrific.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed :(
It's a good book but unfortunately it's been out so long that most of the patterns available in the book are on the web for free.
Published 3 months ago by Lizzy Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I also bought the updated one too!!
Published 5 months ago by Tracey M.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... to this book for inspiration when I am becoming bored with my...
Years later I still return to this book for inspiration when I am becoming bored with my usual cross stitch projects.
Published 5 months ago by Jessica L. Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for cross stitchers looking to offend others or do some crafts with a bit of an edge!
Published 8 months ago by The Rural Juror
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super cute, super easy patterns
Published 11 months ago by Cory and Kay Bierd
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
I really like this book. Like the author, I started my crafting journey as a form of stress relief. And like the author I too have a twisted and devious inner side to myself. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Evelina M. Kean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 12 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This book made me laugh as well as gave me good ideas for cross stitch projects. Christmas projects are forthcoming.
Published 14 months ago by Phillip B. Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected more
I was disappointed, very few designs, very basic. After all the comments I found on the internet, I was expecting a lot lot more!
Published 22 months ago by sassa
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is hilarious!
I'm a crafty kind of person, but a lot of the craft books out there are just so sweet, and...*shudders* nice that it makes me want to gag.
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More About the Author

In 2003, Julie Jackson created Subversive Cross Stitch, a bedrock of the modern craft movement that pairs old-fashioned samplers with snarky sentiments. She has authored two cross stitch books: "Subversive Cross Stitch: 50 F*cking Clever Designs For Your Sassy Side" (powerHouse Books, 2015) and "Subversive Cross Stitch: 33 Designs for Your Surly Side" (Chronicle Books, 2006), which was reprinted in a Dutch version in 2009. Her kits, cards, and other gift items bearing Subversive designs can be found online and in retail stores around the world. Kits, supplies, advice, and hundreds of PDF patterns can be found on her site,

Julie also created Kitty Wigs, an early contender in the online world of cat memes. Kitty Wigs has been featured in fashion layouts for Harper's Bazaar Japan and CosmoGirl; and on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC's Graham Norton. Her book "Glamourpuss: The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs", has been seen in People magazine, on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and even in the National Enquirer. The book is available in several languages and as a digital version.

Julie is a former columnist for Craft magazine, and a long-time copywriter/brainstormer for the kooky folks at Blue Q.

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