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Bless This Mother Effing Home - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published February 13th 2017
Snarky stitches for your home
Bless this mother effing home, Katie Kutthroat, cross stitch designs, subversisve cross stitch, snarky cross stitch, modern embroidery

This collection of irreverent cross stitch designs was created by "Katie Kutthroat", who has run an Etsy store selling her cross stitch creations since 2008. Her designs have featured on the HBO show Girls. She stitches pithy sayings, often inspired by internet memes or TV shows, with a fair bit of coarse language. They would certainly not be to everyone's taste.

Personally I wouldn't put "shut your whore mouth" on my wall. Some of the sayings I did think were cute included "Humble with a hint of Kanye", "Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing" and "Ain't Nobody Got Time for that."

There are full colour pictures of the designs but there are no actual patterns or instructions given. This might be enough for an experienced cross stitcher, but there's really not a lot here you couldn't do with a text generator found online for free. In the introduction the author says she was inspired by Julie Jackson of Subversive Cross Stitch. I would recommend buying Julie Jackson's book instead, since it does have proper photocopy friendly patterns and instructions. Julie Jackson's store also sells kits if you just want to buy everything (the pattern, fabric, needle and floss) in one place. I will say for Katie Kutthroat's book that the pages are perforated, so if you can't actually cross stitch at all you could always tear the pages out and stick them in a frame.

Bless this Mother Effing Home is a gimmicky book that has been done before, and better, by other authors. It does contain some cute designs which you could tear out and use to decorate your walls but isn't especially good value for money.

Published: March 7, 2017 by Sourcebooks.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Sourcebooks via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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