Airplane Movie Cross Stitch Pattern

This Airplane (the movie) cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!airplane movie cross stitch project

The quote is from Leslie Nielsen’s character, Dr. Rumack. He repeats the phrase “I just want to tell you both good luck. We’re all counting on you” before, during and after the plane lands. You can see them in the video below:

I tried my hardest to make faithful recreation of the TransAmerican airplane (at a reasonable size) and I have to say I’m pleased with the result! If you count carefully, there are a few more windows than the original, but the pattern of dark vs. light windows is pretty accurate. I was happy that I was able to recreate the “TA” logo on the tail fairly well.airplane movie cross stitch project transamerican plane photo

The pattern can be modified for any of your favorite funny lines from Airplane! Other quotes I considered include “I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley,” “It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now,” “Why, I could make a hat or a brooch or a Pterodactyl,” and “You ever seen a grown man naked?” There are so many possibilities that would work well!

Airplane! is one of the funniest movies of all time. It’s so crammed full of gags that nearly every time you see it, you’ll discover something new to make you giggle. One great example is that it took me at least a decade to realize that during the exterior shots of the plane, instead of jet engine sounds, you hear propeller sounds. The A.V. Club posted a brilliant article – an oral history of Airplane! – on it’s 35th anniversary in 2015 that includes great information about the movie. For example, did you know that Barry Manilow and David Letterman were considered for the role of Ted Striker?

According to Wikipedia “In the years since its release, Airplane!’s reputation has grown substantially. The film was ranked sixth on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies. In a 2007 survey by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, it was judged the second greatest comedy film of all time, after Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “In 2010 it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.”

This Airplane movie cross stitch pattern would perfect for all fans of the film, so go check it out… and stop calling me Shirley.

Airplane Cross Stitch Projects

One series of patterns and kits I’m currently offering on Etsy are these WWI era Airplane cross stitch projects. There’s a great story behind the patterns:

My Grandfather had an old baseball style jacket These airplane cross stitch patterns include the Nieuport 17, Spad, Curtis Jenny, Wright Brothers' Flyer, two Fokkers, Sopwith Camel, Albatross and the Spirit of St. Louisthat featured the nine airplanes in this series. After years of continual use, he eventually wore holes in the elbows, and the elastic trims around the sleeves and bottom of the jacket just wore out. Despite the pleas of his wife, he refused to throw it away. My Mom took the jacket and photocopied the airplanes, then gave the copies to me and I converted them to the charted designs you see now. The photo above shows how my Mom and I needlepointed the airplanes onto 32 to the inch linen, which was insanely small, but they turned out lovely. We gave this project to him on his 80th birthday in 1998 (along with a new jacket).

These days, I’m selling these as Airplane cross stitch patterns and kits on Etsy (link). The kits feature a 32 count Jobelan cloth that has been hand-dyed to resemble a partly cloudy day and is very very pretty. The stitching will be done “crossing two” – so the projects will be a very reasonable 16 to the inch.

I never considered selling the patterns until well after I had started working on Ancora Crafts as a business. One of the reasons is that I thought there would be very little interest in these airplanes. Turns out they are some of my best sellers! Thanks, Grandpa!

To see more about the history of these airplanes click any of the following links:

Spad   Curtis JN-4   Fokker D-VII

Nieuport 17   Wright Brothers’ Aircraft   Fokker DR-1

Albatross   Spirit of St. Louis   Sopwith Camel