Just in time for the holidays, I received an e-mail from one of my favourite crafters, Julie Jackson
showing off her new holiday cross stitch patterns. If it weren’t for Jackson’s sassy book, Subversive Cross Stich
, I probably wouldn’t be the proud needlepoint geek that I am today. I have always had a love for textiles, and am a sucker for old school DIY art meets modern grrrl potty mouth…
Citing anger management as a starting place for her hobby, Jackson has reintroduced cross stitching as something that’s actually cool, and i would even dare to say punk rock, to do! And the best part is, Jackson doesn’t hate on the traditional craft – she just places the traditional flowery, dainty imagery around
the expletives. This isn’t exactly the needlepoint you would bring to your grandmother’s craft circle, but that’s okay! Jackson offers kits and detailed instruction on how you, too, can make naughty cross stitches for every occasion on her website.
That isn’t all Julie is busy with these days, either. She also spends a lot of her time making, uhm, cat wigs. No, actually! She even has a new book out, aptly entitled, GlamourPuss: The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs.
To keep up with Jackson’s cross stitch work, you can sign up for her mailing list on her website, www.subversivecrossstitch.com. Or, if your kitty is looking for a new look, check out www.kittywigs.com, sign up for the mailing, and you can even get an official iPhone application.