NSFW Saturday – Subversive Cross Stitch Interview with Julie Jackson Part Two!

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Hi everybody! It’s Saturday, and you know what that means – so if you’re ready, enjoy a little bit of french toast and let’s go!

French Toast Hand Embroidery by Hari Hara




In our last NSFW Saturday we began an interview with the magnificent Julie Jackson of Subversive Cross Stitch fame in honour of the tenth anniversary re-release of the book that launched a thousand cross stitched f-bombs!

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I had a few more questions for Julie, and here’s what happened!

Julie Jackson's Subversive Cross Stitch - fuck you very much

It’s been ten years since Subversive Cross Stitch came out – do you think the world of cross stitch has changed much since you published it?
Absolutely. There are so many people doing cross stitch now and it’s great to see. I’ve always encouraged people to take the idea and make it their own. There are so many topics and words I just won’t touch and no one ever creates the same thing, so the possibilities are really endless. That and the evolution of places like etsy have really opened the door for anyone to set up shop. I think it’s great, I love to look around on Instagram and see what everyone else is doing. Like Shannon Downey of Badass Cross Stitch – she’s the one I’m totally wowed by at the moment, I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Julie Jackson's Subversive Cross Stitch - cheer up loser

What’s been the inspiration for this new version?
I’m glad you asked because it’s been quite a journey. The first book went out of print and people were writing to ask where they could find one. Sometimes you’d find used copies on Amazon or eBay but the prices were usually ridiculous. It kind of developed a cult following, so I wanted to keep the original patterns that were no longer available to buy and build on those.

The new book has all-new charts and stitch counts added (I asked my readers what they wanted to see in the new one). The publisher wanted to add 10 completely new patterns and that’s what we agreed on in the contract, but I felt like I could do better so I threw in 7 more patterns that are new to the book. That way, the total number of patterns is 50. So many people tell me that they refer to my book over and over, so I felt like that made it more hefty and valuable – plus I added some new alphabets and rewrote/updated the rest. And I added a great photo of my mom, who is my biggest inspiration in life at age 90.

So I feel really good about this book, I stitched a new cover at the very last minute, too. I’ve been waiting for four years to work with powerHouse books — they haven’t published a craft book before, they do art and photography books. It was important to me not to limit myself to a craft publisher because I feel like the idea goes beyond the world of craft. powerHouse has been GREAT to work with, they really let me do my own thing according to what I thought my readers wanted.

Julie Jackson's Subversive Cross Stitch - i hope you choke

What next?
As Scarlett O’Hara said in Gone With The Wind, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

There ya have it folks, Julie Jackson. I think we all owe her a lot of love and affection for changing the world of cross stitch. Why not show your love by getting a copy of the new book!


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