You Want Something More...

Let’s face it:

Sometimes, those traditional cross stitch patterns are just boring.

You  need more than animals on baby bibs and “Home Sweet Home” framed in flowers –
You yearn for unapologetically liberal political sarcasm and all forms of geekery –
You crave passive-aggressive snark that offers a catharsis while stabbing something with a needle thousands of times –

Let's Break the Rules!

The Notorious Needle contains cross stitch projects created for people like you (and me) who want to stitch the delightfully unexpected. I want to empower you to stitch whatever you want! Here you’ll find patterns, inspiration and tutorials to help you with your next cross stitch project.

You don’t have to worry about getting a crappy pattern.

  • No “confetti”, or stand-alone stitches
  • Colors are chosen under bright white LED light
  • Every color symbol is VERY different.
  • Every chart grid is large enough to see each little square, even when printed.
  • All patterns come with links to short tutorials for every stitch

You’ll get a carefully put together chart that is easy to follow and fun to stitch. So you can get to the fun part as quickly as possible.

We still have a long way to go. But “because we’ve always done it that way” simply isn’t good enough anymore. Let’s lighten up! It’s fun to make exciting and rude and even stupid pieces of hand made art to hang up on the wall or to give to the people we love (or hate).

Ever Tried 3D Cross Stitch?

Wait - What is 3D Cross Stitch?

If you’ve seen aida cloth sewn together into cute, plushy animals, that’s NOT what I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong; they’re adorable and all, but Notorious Needle patterns don’t require any machines to put together. I prefer to use my own two hands with perforated plastic.

All of my 3D patterns are test-stitched by moi.  This means that you’re getting a chart that’s sure to come together just how it looks in the picture. They’re all tried and true! Even the free ones. And the 3D patterns come with step-by-step video instructions so you know EXACTLY how to put it together to look just like the picture.

Hey there, I’m Sarah.

My Mom taught me to cross stitch in the 80s. I have literally stitched hundreds of projects on fabric, t-shirts, sheets and blankets, towels, and dozens of Christmas tree ornaments ! You can make just about anything from the right cross stitch pattern. Even a few quiet moments of peace of mind. 

After escaping an abusive marriage, I wanted to crawl under a rock. I felt like a zombie and my creative soul began to atrophy. It took three years to get out from under that funk and a big part of what woke me was returning to the creativity of cross stitch. But the patterns available were waaaaaayyy too cute for how I was feeling. I couldn’t be the only one who needed something stabby, in-your-face and not “nice”. So I created the Notorious Needle to share, and maybe pay forward a little healing.

Come Say Hello! I am having a blast creating these. I hope you have even more fun stitching them. If you’ve stitched any of my patterns, I would be overjoyed to see it! Tag me on social media, or send me a quick note. You can always reach me at [email protected]

Besides cross stitching …

I like to watch Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime, and listen to the audiobooks. After my desk job, I chauffeur my two boys between light saber duels and VR playdates. I also teach, perform and choreograph for the longest running dance company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Body & Soul Dance Theatre.

New to Cross Stitch?

Everyone who embroiders has an opinion about how to cross stitch, but I say throw all the “rules” out the window and just get to it. Practice is the best teacher! And to help you find what works best for you, I put together blog posts and tutorial videos to show you the EASIEST and SIMPLEST ways to start. So you can relax and ENJOY creating your fiber art.

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