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Get Your Geek On: Doctor Who-Inspired Cross-Stitch Valentines

Get Your Geek On: Doctor Who-Inspired Cross-Stitch Valentines

Having an “Oh @#$%, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!” moment? If you happen to love a geek—specifically, of the wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey variety—you can breathe easy. I’ve got you covered with these Doctor Who-inspired cross-stitch valentines. (And, yes, if you’re quick, you can easily have one stitched in plenty of time for tomorrow’s festivities!)

Ready to get started? Here are three companion-approved projects to get your (multiple) hearts pumping:

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Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

As a professional crafter and cross-stitch pattern designer, I was pretty much required to design a “Nevertheless, she persisted.” cross-stitch sampler, right? Right.

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

This pattern is for all of my fellow creative, crafty, pussyhat-wearing feminists out there who could maybe use a quiet of evening of tea (read: a bottle of wine) and stitching. It’s my humble offering to the Resistance, since the world probably doesn’t need one more variation of the pussyhat pattern right now. (Though, rest assured, I *do* have a pattern of my own.) So, if you need a little break from knitting hats, calling your congresspeople, and otherwise lending a hand in your community, I invite you to spend the night recharging with this beginner-friendly cross-stitch project.

Bonus: If you’re really feeling stressed, there’s nothing quite like stabbing a piece of fabric with a needle a couple hundred times to work out some of that frustration! (I’m kidding. Mostly.)

** If you’d like to use this pattern, design, or imagery for something other than personal use, please contact me to discuss permissions. **

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

Wait! Don’t print the photo above! Click the image to download a copy of the full-sized PDF pattern. (You can also find a link to the pattern in the supply list below.)

Ready to start stitching? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Pattern: Doctor Who-Inspired Time Lord Cross-Stitch Valentine

Pattern: Doctor Who-Inspired Time Lord Cross-Stitch Valentine

Looking for the perfect DIY card for that special Time Lord or Time Lady? Stitch up your own Doctor Who-inspired Time Lord cross-stitch valentine with my free downloadable pattern!

Or, if cards aren’t your thing, you can always frame it as a piece of wall art, or even stitch the whole thing on some fabric. Beyond Valentine’s Day, it’d also make a great geeky gift for a birthday, an anniversary, or just because!

Please note that the links provided below are affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you choose to make a purchase after clicking through.

Supplies:
* Time Lord Cross-Stitch Valentine Template PDF pattern (download and print)
* Embroidery Floss, red, dark blue, light blue, black, and silver
* Cardstock, white
* Blank Folded Notecard, dark gray
* White glue or dry adhesive
* Scotch tape

Tools:
* Embroidery scissors
* Paper scissors
* Embroidery needle

There’s also a TARDIS version here, and a Dalek version here!

Pattern: Doctor Who-Inspired Time Lord Cross-Stitch Valentine

Ready to get stitching?
Grab your scissors and embroidery floss, then download and print my free Doctor Who-inspired Time Lord Cross-Stitch Valentine Template PDF pattern here! (Don’t print the image above—it’s just a sample, not the full pattern.)

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Ode to Thread Heaven: Savior of My Hands and My Sanity

Ode to Thread Heaven: Savior of My Hands and My Sanity

Today, I’m going to tell you a little story. A story about my mad infatuation with a magical substance called Thread Heaven (affiliate link), a thread and embroidery floss conditioner that is solely responsible for saving both my hands and my sanity.

This story begins with a book. More specifically, the cross-stitch book that I’m currently writing, and the resulting mountain of sewing that such a book necessitates. It’s fun work, but it’s still a bit tough on the hands, especially after a long day of solid stitching. Luckily, I’ve recently discovered a marvelous little blue box—no, not the TARDIS—and it has been nothing short life-changing.

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