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“That day at the bookstore, I have no idea why I was in the DIY & Crafts section. It appeared to be glowing on the shelf, calling me as if by divine choirs of angels. I reached for it as I would it were sacred scriptures. The title was all I needed to know. I had my passion, my raison d’etre, my new hobby there in my hand.

Subversive Cross Stitch: 33 Designs for your surly side” by Julie Jackson. It was full of traditional sampler borders and patterns coupled with swear words and vulgar statements. I was in love. I could do this! I could make cross-stitch fun again, without Jesus, angels, platitudes or cartoony bears doing laundry.”

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