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Craft With an Attitude: Download Subversive Cross Stitch Pattern

You’ve got much better things to do than clean, so stop making excuses. Download this free pattern, spend some therapeutic time stitching it together, hang it on the wall and then let everyone know your viewpoint on housekeeping.

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Find the Center

Cut a piece of fabric a bit larger than the pattern, at least 8” x 10”. Find the approximate center of the pattern by following the small black arrows on the edge of the pattern grid. You can fold the paper both vertically and horizontally or mark the center with a pen. Then find the approximate center of the fabric by folding the same way and leaving a deep crease in the center. This method is called counted cross-stitch, as you literally count the squares in the material and replicate the pattern. Plan to begin stitching something that's near the center of the pattern. Working this way (from the center out) will ensure that you don't stitch right off the material.

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