Monty Python Cross Stitch Pattern – Moose Bites

This Monty Python cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!monty python cross stitch pattern - Mind you, moose bites can be pretty nasty

The quote for this pattern comes from the opening credits of their 1975 movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This is one of the silliest movies in history, starting from the very first moments of the opening credits. Lots of people involved in the credit sequence were “sacked” for, among a great laundry list of funny things, putting these fake Swedish subtitles on screen. “Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti…” is one of my favorites, and that’s only 2:00 minutes into the opening…

I must admit, as much as I like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it’s not my favorite Python movie. That honor would go to their 1979 effort, Life of Brian. However, Holy Grail has some classic moments that always make me laugh. Even if you haven’t seen the movie yet, upon your first viewing you would recognize some of the references. Many quotes from the movie are thoroughly incorporated into the lexicons on both sides of the Atlantic.

The continuing popularity of the film also inspired the musical stage production Spamalot, which opened on Broadway in 2005, a full 30 years after the movie debut.

I stitched this project on black 14 count aida cloth with DMC’s glow in the dark floss (DMC E940) which makes it fun to see at night. However, it would look equally as good in DMC’s white, B5200 (bright white), or even one of their fluorescent flosses.

This cross stitch pattern is quick to stitch, and is perfect for any Monty Python fan. Especially the ones who are being repressed or need to go and face the peril!

[Update: I now carry DMC’s glow in the dark floss in my Etsy shop!]

[Update to the update: I have a second Monty Python themed project available now – remember how to defend yourself against a piece of fresh fruit?]

Spring-y and Hopeful Pussy Willow Crafts

Until I was about 12, I lived in Anchorage, Alaska. After every long gray winter we would always be on the lookout for pussy willows as that was THE sign that Spring had finally sprung. So to celebrate the fact that it’s Spring (in spite of the snow in the Rockies yesterday) let’s take a look at some fun pussy willow crafts.

A moose nibbling on pussy willows is often a Spring-y sight in Anchorage:Hitting The Photographic Lottery

Flower Arranging

Let’s start with some flower arranging (did you know that pussy willows are a favorite flower for Chinese New Year?). This article from concretecanopy shows how to treat pussy willows so they’ll keep fuzzy for a long time, and this tutorial by The Yellow Cape Cod shows us how to make this elegant tulip and pussy willow centerpiece:

 

 

 

a jar holding three balls covered in pussy willowsThis article is a tutorial on how to make decorative Pussy Willow balls. RunnerDuck says these “really work nice as a therapy ball. They feel so nice and fuzzy that they make you feel good all over.” I believe it!

 

 

 

 

Colored pussy willows add a pop of color to glass vases.Betz White has this tutorial on making some colorful pussy willow branches. She thinks of pussy willows “as a hopeful sign that spring is on its way.” I really LOVE this idea from Bonnie Thomas via Yankee Magazine. Coloring the pussy willows with chalk dust could be a very fun family activity.

 

 

 

Paint, Ink, and Markers

If you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive pussy willow project, this example by MeaningfulMama using ink fingerprints and this example by meethedubiens using finger paint are lovely and simple. Both blogs credit the April 2012 issue of Disney’s Family Fun magazine for the original idea.

 

 

 

Quilting

Pussy WillowsI spied this 10″ square pussy willow block pattern by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time on Craftsy. This pattern is very pretty as a quilt block and it could be made into a number of different crafts. I’m thinking this would be stunning in stained glass!

 

 

Jewelry

Mary of Paisley Peacock Designs put this photographic tutorial on her Facebook page. It shows the process she uses to make her beautiful pussy willow enameled pendant available through her website. I’m unable to put a photo on this post, but you can see the pendant on her home page on the right.

Knitting 

I found this pussy willow knit sock project designed by Cat Bordhi on KnittingDaily. Cat states that her “…inspiration usually comes from nature.” I can imagine how pretty and comfy these must be. The pattern is available through the sock knitting master class mentioned in the link.

 

 

Do you know of other pussy willow crafts out there? Share them with us!