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17 Cross-Stitches That Say What You're Actually Thinking

Meet the OG subversive stitcher. (NSFWish).

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1. If you spend any time on Etsy or Pinterest or really the internet in general, you've probably encountered subversive cross-stitches.

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2. Maybe they're needlepointed rap lyrics; maybe they're incredibly sexual images rendered in thread.

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3. But they're not a new trend: Julie Jackson, of the Subversive Cross-Stitch blog, has been making these pieces since 2003.

"I was at a really awful job and my boss was a huge bully," she told BuzzFeed Life, "so I picked up a really ornate sampler at a craft store and stitched 'fuck' in the middle of it. I couldn't believe it was so freakin' therapeutic."
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"I was at a really awful job and my boss was a huge bully," she told BuzzFeed Life, "so I picked up a really ornate sampler at a craft store and stitched 'fuck' in the middle of it. I couldn't believe it was so freakin' therapeutic."

4. "I put up a site to share with friends and hoped they'd join me," she said.

"Then it went viral, so I quickly put up an email sign-up and decided to sell kits. It really just kind of happened like that."
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"Then it went viral, so I quickly put up an email sign-up and decided to sell kits. It really just kind of happened like that."

5. "Now I've been doing it for over a decade and the craft world has grown like mad; I was just in the right place at the right time."

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6. Since then, she's crafted all sorts of pieces (and dropped all sorts of F-bombs).

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"This one gets LOTS of stories from people who tell me how much it helped them," Jackson said. "One woman even buried the stitched piece with her husband who died from cancer. It's VERY therapeutic to stitch."
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"This one gets LOTS of stories from people who tell me how much it helped them," Jackson said. "One woman even buried the stitched piece with her husband who died from cancer. It's VERY therapeutic to stitch."

12. But her topics aren't limited.

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17. Her personal favorite is this Werner Herzog quote about chickens.

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If you, too, want to subversively stitch, check out Jackson's new book.

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