I am beyond picky when it comes to finding a good cross-stitch pattern. The ones you find in chain stores are generally benign, cutesy, harmless, and so boring I envision myself stabbing myself in the eye with my needle if I would even attempt to make one. Instead of resorting to violence, I’ve started making my own patterns and grids. Normally my projects are one-offs and aren’t intended to be reproduced, so the patterns are more of a general drawing than a nicely laid out grid. I’m trying out a new way of doing these and wanted to start sharing them with you, my lovely loyal readers. Yes, it’s girly and flowery and still kind of benign, but my original idea of a grill with a bloody steak on it needs more work (check back next week – it may well be ready by then). Check it out and let me know what you think!