Subersive Sues – Slightly NSFW

Why is it so much fun to combine something innocent and childlike, like a Sunbonnet Sue or a lovely little bit of cross stitch sampler, with something rude or obscene?  It’s not like I’m the first.  Subversive Cross Stitch has been around since forever, offering pretty samplers with  delicious sayings such as “Don’t Make Me Cut You” or “Chill The Fuck Out“.  MrXstitch has a weekly column called NSFW Saturdays where the only thing between the reader and stitched rudeness is an adorable picture of a kitten or a bunny.

Maybe the urge is nasty: the desire to pervert a genre and a style so grounded in preciseness and propriety, that we just want to wreck it because we can.  But I don’t think that’s it.

Embroidery has for the longest time been a feminine endeavor.  It’s what pretty ladies learned to do to occupy their time and it’s how housewives made their homes more homey.  The patterns I used for my three little girls were supposed to be for dish cloths, one for pans, one for china and one for dishes.  We live in such a different world; not only do I not see the point of having three (and more!) dish cloths for different types of dishes, I would never dream of using something that I spent time and effort on to wipe up wet dishes!  Embroidery is no longer as utilitarian as it has once been; it’s definitely more of an art form.

As art, we need it to say something.  If that something is Fuck, than so be it.  Honestly, it was the sight of this poor girl losing her balloon that made me think of it; what would I say if my balloon slipped out of my grasp: Fuck!

The three girls come from mmaammbr‘s flickr account, which holds thousand of beautiful vintage patterns.  They don’t really identify the origin of most of these patterns, so I would never use them for something I would sell, but for private use, they are fabulous.  They feature tons of kitchen themed pieces, as well as multiple sets of seven illustrations outlining which chores are to be done on which day of the week.  Did you know Tuesday is laundry day if you believe this chubby kitty?  I’m pretty sure laundry day is whenever the basket gets full for most of us.

 

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