It has been going on under my nose and away from my late boomer friendship circle. My nephew posted to Facebook an image that tickled my funny bone last weekend while grocery shopping with my husband.  I could not stop laughing. This is the image.


Tacky frame, boring font, 1980’s colors and hysterical words.

After putting away the groceries, I went onto my laptop and Googled images for “humorous embroidery”. Unbeknownst to me, the Gen Xers have picked up the embroidery hoop and needle and have put their own spin on it. I used to embroider in my teen years until about age 30. That was over 20 years ago. Most embroidery patterns where so bland, traditional and serious. So, I started this Irish Blessing in my mid 20’s, put it down for a year, all of the embroidery threads were tangled when I went back to it, had to order more from the manufacturer, began working on it again at age 30 and then out it back down. Many times I thought to just trash it, but I had logged over 1000 hours on this seemingly small counted cross stitch. (It is 20″ x 16″). I just pulled it out again and am going to finish it. But, it is so tame compared with what I am seeing on Google images.

donna embroidery

My decades old in process counted cross stitch.

Or, do I just ditch The Irish Blessing and get on with one more 2018 like these below?

dead to me embroidery

You’re dead to me cross stitch.


What’s wrong with your face cross stitch.


I scream. You scream. Police come. It’s awkward. cross stitch.

Any thoughts? What irreverent words would you like to cross stitch?