March 27, 2015 by

Cross Stitch Humor


Categories: cross stitch, music

As I was stitching this afternoon, I started thinking about why all of us stitch. I’m firmly convinced it is because we were fed subliminal messages through the radio and because of that, we were kind of brainwashed into stitching.

vintage radio

Did you ever think of that? Many songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s were all about cross stitching and needlework.  I was amazed when I actually realized that this afternoon.

Don’t believe me? Well, stroll down memory lane with me…

Sing along as you read the lyrics…

I Can’t Fight this Stashing

I can’t fight this stashing any longer

And yet I’m still afraid to let anyone know

What started as a hobby

Has grown stronger

I only wish I had the strength to let it go…


(remember that one?)

How about this one?

If there’s something strange

On your linen goods,

Who ya gonna call?


If there’s something weird

And it don’t look good

Who ya gonna call?


I ain’t afraid of no slubs!

That was a great song from 1984…I’m still not afraid of the slubs!


Here’s another one…

American Dye

Buy, buy, your floss overdyed

Drive your Chevy to your LNS and get your supply

Fill up your stash, never let it run dry

Saying, I don’t care if I use it before I die

vintage radio

Elvis apparently liked needlework, too, although not all forms. He was quite clear about which form of needlework he didn’t like in this song…

Don’t do crewel

Or you’ll feel like a fool

No one does it anymore

You can’t even buy it at the store!


One of my favorites was a 1970s disco song called Stitching Queen…see if this takes you back in time.

Stitching Queen,

Collecting stash since I was 17

Stitching Queen

Feel the floss, oh, admire the sheen (oh yeah)

You can count, you can SAL

Having the time of your life

Ooh, see that girl, she’s a needlework machine

Sing it, the Stitching Queen


One of my husband’s favorites is this song from 1983…

Every stitch you take

Every count you make

You can’t take a break

Now you’ve made a mistake

You’ll be frogging soon…


Some groups really understood the frustrations we stitchers have.  I don’t feel so alone when I sing along with Survivor on this one…

Eye of the needle

It’s a terrible fight

Risin’ up to the challenge of bifocals…


And another one which helped us survive our frustrations…

Blinded by Ott Lite

Wrapped up in my threads

In the middle of the night…


Even the Beatles got into the act with such hits as I Wanna Stitch In-Hand and We Can Frog It Out.

Some other stitching songs I can remember…

You’ve Lost That Stitchin’ Feeling

Take My Stash Away

Are You Frogging Tonight?

(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Floss Box

Maybe you can think of some more?  I know there are more songs out there…


(with great apologies to REO Speedwagon, Ray Parker, Jr., Don McLean, Elvis, ABBA, The Police, Survivor and Manfred Man’s Earth Band)

2 Responses to Cross Stitch Humor

  1. Robin in Virginia

    Oh Holly, thank you for the cross stitch humor and giggles this morning. My husband wanted to know what I was laughing at. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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