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Steotchalong 5: Back On My Bullshit

OFFICIAL RULES AND SUCH:  Please read carefully!


It’s the return of the internet’s premier cross stitch mystery stitchalong.  We create a mystery pattern and dole it out to you in weekly installments.  You don’t know what you’re stitching at first, but it slowly becomes apparent as you go along, and by the time you figure it out, you and thousands of your new friends around the world are having too much fun to stop.  Also, there are jokes.


It’s for fun.  It’s for making friends.  It’s for sharing your talents.  It’s for sending Steotch a little do re me.


Anyone can join in- you, your moms, your gramps, your kid.  It’s open to anyone around the world who wants to take part.  This year’s design is built to be very accessible- quick and easy. Learn to stitch with us!  There’ll never be a better time.

Each week’s pattern will be fast to stitch up- you’ll hardly have to put down that margarita all summer long.  There will be different text and image options to choose from in the final pattern installment, some of which may be more complex than others, but overall, the basic design is very simple.


Weekly and for 7 weeks, starting in July, we will post a pattern to our website (  Go there and download it.  Each week’s pattern will build on the previous one, but completed stitches will be grayed out to make it easy to follow.  Trust us, it’ll work beautifully.  We’ve hardly ever fucked it up.  Follow us on our website or any of our other outlets (FB, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, Yo, Angry Birds Cross Stitch, etc.), and you’ll never miss a single pattern release.


Patterns will release at Midnight (or thereabouts) each Monday for seven weeks, starting on July 3.

  •             July 3- Pattern 1
  •             July 10- Pattern 2
  •             July 17- Pattern 3
  •             July 24- Pattern 4
  •             July 31- Pattern 5
  •             August 7- Pattern 6
  •             August 14- Final Patterns


You’ll need your basic cross stitch supplies- fabric, thread, needle, scissors, a hoop if you dig it, bourbon shots, you know- the usual.  This year’s design will be a return to our standard size- about 65×97 stitches.  We stitch on 16-count Aida fabric- using that or an equivalent gauge of evenweave will give you a final design that fits perfectly in a standard 5×7 frame.

Aim for a light colored fabric- white or antique white would work well… or if you’re feeling adventurous, you do you.


THERE WILL BE TWO THREAD LISTS.  The first thread list is here below.  The final pattern release will have many design options to pick from, some of which will have additional threads not on this list.  We can’t give you the whole list now because we want to let the choose-your-own-adventure aspect be as fun and varied as it can be.  Don’t fret- we’ll also try to keep that pattern simple, and you’ll be under no deadline keep up with a schedule.

Here are the threads you’ll need for the first six weeks–

One skein of each will more than suffice:
  • DMC 347 – salmon – very dark
  • DMC 351 – coral
  • DMC 353 – peach
  • DMC 827 – blue – very light
  • DMC 926 – gray green – medium
  • DMC 931 – antique blue – medium
  • DMC 3750 – antique blue – very dark



The Steotchalong will once again be a pay-what-you-want model.  There will be buttons up on our website if you would be so kind as to contribute to the game.  Your financial contribution helps ensure that we keep this thing going year after year.


Oh indeed.  We’ll be running a few contests during the summer, and this year one of them will put a premium on stitching with friends.  Start thinking about pulling together Steotchalong meetups.

We’ll host one in the Triangle of North Carolina – but we’ll also meet your gathering via Skype, as well as regularly checking in with you all via Facebook Live.  This should be our most interactive event yet.

Also, this year, we will forgo the bulletin boards we used in previous years in favor of a secret Facebook group for Steotchalongers only.  While we recognize some of you don’t partake in Facebook, you can still share your work as always, using other social media platforms.  We think the FB group could prove to be a great way to share our progress and generally kibbitz in ways that haven’t happened previously.  Plus it seems like a good community-builder, so we’re going to give it a shot.  Watch our Facebook page for the link.


There are no sign-ups, no loyalty oaths, no gods, no masters.  Just stitching and bullshit.

Steotchalong 4: Wrap-Up


Relive the quaint days of a simpler time – a couple months ago:

As promised, we’ve selected a handful of the selfies as More Good than all the rest.  We’ll be reaching out to each of these folks individually to help them get their choice of kit from our Etsy.



Sorry, cat people – from Jessica, via Facebook



The comment makes it. –  from leighdelo on Instagram.

Dankest Place


Yosemite always wins – from mgokayla on Instagram.



That’s the inside of a submarine.  I ain’t going in no submarine.  – from MK on Facebook.

Thanks to all who played along – the video above includes some really fun and amazing pictures, and we continue to be astounded that you all apparently enjoy doing this with us!

Stay tuned for more Steotchalong updates as events warrant.


Steotchalong 4: The final patterns


Steotchalong 2016 comes to its towering conclusion – with hundreds of pictures, tweets, posts and emails from stitchers around the globe, still humming with the heart-pounding action of CROSS STITCH.  We’re pleased to post the final choose-your-own-ending pattern, below. We hope you like it and brag incessantly to your friends.

As always, a HUGE thank-you to everyone who played along and took the leap of faith, and especially to those who helped make this possible with their financial support..

Here is the final pattern discussion forum.  Please use this forum to give us your feedback and tell us what you decided to do with your finished piece.

Steotchalong patterns will disappear after Labor Day, 9/5/16.

SEND US YOUR SELFIES – when you’ve got your piece finalized, post it on Twitter, our FB, or Instagram with hashtag #steotchalong – or send it to We have plans once again for showcasing the work of the whole community here – so don’t dawdle!

You can help ensure future Steotchalongs by visiting us on Etsy.


Okay, here it is:

>>>>~~~~~  Steotchalong 4 – the final patterns  ~~~~~<<<<



Watchalong: Happy Hour Edition

Who’s thirsty for some cross stitch?

It’s all good unless you spill some.


Options! #steotchalong #drinkalong

A photo posted by Margaret Spare (@sparemargaret) on


Cheers to a fuck up free week. 🙌 @steotch #steotchalong #crossstitch #embroidery

A photo posted by @katconqueso on


Tearing through episodes, classy beer, and stacks of gold. #steotchalong #godoftitsandwine #stitchandbinge

A photo posted by Suzanne Wittwer (@heygooserocks) on





Watchalong: Teevee Edition

Can you watch TV and count at the same time?

Without miscounting?

An All-Boob Tube edition of the Watchalong starts NOW.


Stitching and finishing oitnb #steotchalong #mystery #whatisthat #crossstitch #crossstitcher #stitchbitch #pattern4

A photo posted by Nicole stj (@notthedroids_nicole) on



Working on #steotchalong #weektwo while watching #oitnb and still #clueless to what this year is

A photo posted by ê®ïçå (@epcaden) on

Never procrastinating again. Tune in next week to observe me saying the exact same thing! #steotchalong

A photo posted by Kayla MacLennan (@mgokayla) on


Watchalong: CAT EDITION

So far, we’ve had about 225 works-in-progress posted on Instagram, with dozens more on Twitter. Far too many to host here – but let’s hit some highlights.

This week – The Cats of Steotchalong


She’s helping. #steotchalong

A photo posted by Katy Joksch (@littlebirdloves) on


This is BS. I have stitching to do! #steotchalong #steotch #crossstitch #crossstitching #lazycat #catnap

A photo posted by Phyllis H (@irving67) on

My little helper. #catsofinstagram #tuxedocat #steotchalong #crossstitch

A photo posted by Miranda C. (@mirandom03) on


Kitty thinks she’s helping with my #steotchalong #grannycore #helpingnothelping #catbutt

A photo posted by Michelle DB (@dumdeedoo) on


I’m READY. #steotchalong #steotchalong2016 #mysterysteotchalong4 @steotch

A photo posted by judgejody (@judgejody) on

Good thing I have a guard-cat to protect my floss stash. #xstitch #steotchalong

A photo posted by Ali Chisholm (@dazzie_130) on