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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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.
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. **
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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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!
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* 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
* Embroidery scissors
* Paper scissors
* Embroidery needle
There’s also a TARDIS version here, and a Dalek version here!
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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When it comes to cross-stitch and embroidery, I’ve always been drawn to geometric and repeating patterns, especially those found in styles like laid work and blackwork. I love how, when joined together, even the simplest lines and shapes can create rich, vibrant textures on an otherwise unremarkable surface. (It’s kind of like quilting in that way: you piece one quilt block at a time, then those blocks seem to magically transform into something completely different when sewn together in a finished quilt.) I really like the idea that surprisingly intricate designs can be constructed by combining individual elements in predictable yet creative ways, and that’s exactly what I had in mind as I designed this geometric color block cross-stitch iPhone case pattern.
When stitching my case, I used my favorite primary color scheme: blue and red. Not a fan? Don’t let that scare you away! You can always customize the colors in the pattern to fit your own personal style.
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