Road Sign Cross Stitch Patterns

The latest in my series of road sign cross stitch patterns and kits are now available in my Etsy shop! This pattern and kit is based on a “No Truck Passing” sign found all over Europe.

No Truck Passing Cross Stitch

A nice feature of the photo above is that my husband actually stitched this example – his first real project! Well done, darlin’…

This is just the latest of a long series of these European road signs. I’ve been concentrating more on the US Highway signs lately, but there are some very fun patterns from Europe:

No Horns!No Horns (pattern and kit) can be seen outside some small towns in Italy. I think it would make a great gift for new moms who are looking for something a little different than the typical “Quiet! Baby sleeping” sign.



Km 0The KM 0 sign (pattern and kit), based on the sign outside a Galician bar) would make an ideal present for people starting a new phase – new grads, newlyweds, first time homeowners…



Ruta del VinoThe Ruta del Vino sign (pattern and kit) comes from the Rioja region of Spain and is perfect for your favorite oenophiles (wine lovers)!




Speed CameraPhotographers and your leadfoot friends would enjoy this U.K. Speed Camera sign (pattern and kit),




Cycle lanesand the Cycle Lanes pattern (pattern and kit) is for all your favorite bicyclists!





Cambio de SentidoOne of my personal faves is this “Cambio de Sentido” sign (pattern and kit). While it signifies “at the next exit, you can turn around to go in the opposite direction,” it looks a lot like someone flipping the bird.



Railroad CrossingTrain enthusiasts would like this railroad crossing sign from the U.K. (pattern and kit),





High Windand this High Wind Warning sign (pattern and kit) is another personal favorite. I think it’s perfect as a gift for Chicagoans, lawyers, or possibly a mother-in-law. Also, can you see this hanging in a bathroom? You bet!



All of the road sign cross stitch patterns and kits (US Highways included) are sized to fit inside standard frames, and are detailed enough to look good while not taking forever to stitch. They would be a bright and fun way to decorate an office, media room, or kid’s bedroom. The patterns can also be used to make needlepoint projects or even quilts… Check ’em out!

Friends for Phinney Cross-Country Ride

For the past five days, I’ve been involved in a great cause – Friends for Phinney. It’s a group of bicyclists riding cross-country to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. They started on July 20th in Oceanside, California, and they will finish on August 30th in New York City. One of the members of the group is my uncle, Tom Casey, and with three of his friends, they’re undertaking this massive ride to benefit Parkinson’s patients.
Friends for Phinney team in front of Boulder High School

[from left: Davis Phinney, Tom Casey, Rick Baker, Kathleen Donohue, and Kevin Cartin in front of Boulder High School]

My involvement started last Friday, greeting the riders as they made their final descent of the day from Salida, Colorado into Copper Mountain, Colorado. After that, the next four days have been a whirlwind of family, friends, coordination, pizza, meeting amazing people, more coordination, helping to run errands, overwhelming emotion, restaurants, gratitude, even more coordination, and meeting more amazing people.

My effort, however, was absolutely nothing compared to the work of these four riders in the planning, coordination, and riding of an average 86 miles a day! They are truly awesome.

[Kathleen, Kevin, Rick, and Tom at the entrance to Copper Mountain]

My involvement is not quite done yet as I will have to go pick up my husband, Ken, in Grand Island, Nebraska this Saturday the 10th. He rode the 80 mile Copper Triangle with the group last Saturday, and rejoined them in Boulder Tuesday morning for the ride to Fort Morgan. He’ll end up riding 500 miles with the Friends for Phinney team, and I couldn’t be prouder.
friends for phinney copper triangle finish

 [Phil Casey, Tom Casey, and Ken Daniels at the finish of the Copper Triangle]

I highly encourage you to go visit and catch up with their progress on the ride. There you can donate to the cause, learn more about the team, learn more about Davis Phinney and his foundation, help the team win $10,000, and read some of the amazing stories of the people they’ve met and their travels thus far. You can also see the calendar of the towns they’ll be passing through, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to meet these outstanding people along the way!