Blazing Saddles Cross Stitch Read It Pattern

This new and fun Blazing Saddles cross stitch Read it… cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!blazing saddles cross stitch read it pattern

The quote for this pattern comes from the “Harumph” scene. When his secretary has an urgent telegram from Rock Ridge, the Governor replies: “Read it, read it… you wild bitch.”

I have always thought that this quote would be a great present to a friend who is a voracious reader with a good sense of humor. I can also see this going to women who appreciate writers such as Dorothy Parker, Anais Nin, Alice Munro… there’s just too many excellent woman writers to list here.

Here’s a clip of the scene. The “Read it…” quote comes at about 1:35 into this video:

I think it’s funny that while this quote is directed to a bubble-headed scantily-clad secretary, I have always thought of this project as for intelligent, independent-thinking literary women.

If you’re a new visitor to my blog and a Blazing Saddles fan, you might also want to see two of my previous projects (below). The first is a cross stitch of the list that Harvey Korman dictates; a list of the worst scum and scoundrels he wants Slim Pickens to round up to attack the town of Rock Ridge.Blazing Saddles

The second project comes from Lili Von Shtupp as played by Madeline Kahn. When someone knocks on her “dwessing woom” door, she replies “Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome, c’mon in!”blazing saddles cross stitch pattern willkommen bienvenue welcome c'mon in

I’m especially fond of the border of books on this project. I used two variegated flosses, DMC 4135 and DMC 4030 (both available in my Etsy shop), for the books in the border.

This Blazing Saddles cross stitch Read it… project stitches up quickly and is suitable for cross stitch beginners and experts alike. It was fun to put together!

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?]

Stripes Cross Stitch Pattern – Death Before Disco

This Stripes cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!stripes cross stitch pattern death before disco

The source for this pattern comes from the sweatshirt that Elmo, played by Judge Reinhold, was wearing for the mud wrestling sequence. stripes cross stitch pattern death before disco - still from the movie showing the original shirt

 [“Well sir, we were going to this bingo parlor at the YMCA, well one thing led to another, and the instructions got all fouled up…”] 

Seeing “Death Before Disco” on the shirt has always made me laugh. It’s just a tiny detail from Stripes, a genuinely funny movie from the classic combination of Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, and Bill Murray.

This is reminiscent of the rampant anti-disco sentiment of the late ’70’s and early ’80’s, also perfectly expressed by this hilarious shot from the 1980 movie Airplane!

If you haven’t seen Stripes before, it is essentially “Bill Murray joins the Army,” and it is FUNNY! Totally unrealistic, but a lot of fun to watch.

So if you’re a fan of Stripes, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman, or just really hate disco music, this pattern is for you!

If you enjoy Bill Murray’s movies, I have a couple of other projects you might find interesting. From Caddyshack, I have the very fun “Au revoir, gopher,” and “Gunga Lagunga” patterns available!

Blazing Saddles Cross Stitch Pattern – C’mon In

This new and very fun Blazing Saddles cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!

blazing saddles cross stitch pattern willkommen bienvenue welcome c'mon in

The quote for this pattern comes from Lili Von Shtupp as played by Madeline Kahn. When someone knocks on her “dwessing woom” door, she replies “Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome, c’mon in!”

Cornflower blue 2I designed the floral border pattern in honor of the “Teutonic Titwillow” as the cornflower is the national flower of Germany. I spent quite a bit of time trying to get the floss colors as close as possible to the vibrancy of the real flower. At the center of the flower, I used DMC 4245, a variegated floss, to try to convey the mix of dark purples and blues.

You may see that variegation a bit better in the photo below which is of the work-in-progress.blazing saddles cross stitch pattern c'mon in work in progress

blazing saddles cross stitch pattern c'mon in lili von shtupp pink sequinsI used another variegated floss, DMC 4190, in the smaller central border. This is a nod to the pink sequined number that Lili put on when she was seducing the “shewwiff.”

“Ah! I feel refweshed!”

 

 

 

Blazing Saddles is a riot, of course. There’s no way they could get away with making the movie now. That fact makes the movie that much more precious to me.

I plan on hanging this project in our guest bedroom, but I can see this also working really well in entryways, powder rooms… anywhere you might have guests and/or movie buffs who really appreciate Blazing Saddles. I guarantee this is one of the more unique “Welcome” signs you’ll ever see!

If you’re a new visitor to my blog and a Blazing Saddles fan, you might also want to see one of my previous projects (below). It’s a cross stitch of the list that Harvey Korman dictates; a list of the worst scum and scoundrels he wants Slim Pickens to round up to attack the town of Rock Ridge. The words in the pattern are available in my Etsy shop as well.Blazing Saddles

I had an absolute blast designing and stitching this Blazing Saddles cross stitch project, and I hope you enjoy it too!

Caddyshack Cross Stitch Pattern No. 2 – Gunga Lagunga

This Caddyshack cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!

caddyshack cross stitch pattern gunga lagunga

This is my second Caddyshack cross stitch pattern – you can read the blog post about the first pattern, “Au revoir, gopher.”

Once again, the quote for this pattern comes from Assistant Greenskeeper Carl Spackler as played by Bill Murray.

The text of the scene is below (thanks, IMDB!), but it helps to watch the scene to appreciate the quote. I love how nonchalantly he has the pitchfork at the caddy’s throat. I don’t think the actor had too much difficulty expressing his concern over that pitchfork.

Carl Spackler: So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas.

Young caddy: A looper?

Carl Spackler: A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

So if you’re looking for a reminder of what to say to remain graceful under pressure, this Gunga Lagunga pattern is for you! With it’s border pattern of Tibetan prayer flags, this stitching project will grace a desk, a mantle, a golf course locker, a meditation corner, or even the plywood wall of an assistant groundskeeper’s shack.

I had to be a little creative with the white prayer flag. Tibetan prayer flags are in a specific order – blue, white, red, green, and yellow. On a white background, the white flags disappear. I mixed one black strand with two white strands (hopefully to suggest the printing on the flags), and I think that was a good solution.

This Caddyshack cross stitch pattern was lots of fun to design and to stitch!

Young Frankenstein Cross Stitch Pattern

This Young Frankenstein cross stitch pattern is the latest addition to my Etsy shop!

young frankenstein cross stitch pattern what hump

We all know the scene – Dr. Frankenstein (played by Gene Wilder) offers to help his obviously hunchbacked lab assistant Igor (played by Marty Feldman):

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You know, I’m a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.

Igor: What hump?

Young Frankenstein, like Caddyshack, is entirely silly. But Young Frankenstein is better enjoyed if you pay attention to the details. For example, the lab equipment was some of the same equipment used in the original Frankenstein movies 40 years before. Igor shifted his hump from one side to the other, a sneaky trick by Marty Feldman that the cast and crew didn’t notice for a while. When they finally did notice, they wrote it into the script.

Although Gene Wilder is the lead actor in the movie, the real star is the entire cast. Gene, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, and small parts by Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman round out this terrific ensemble.

Caddyshack Cross Stitch Pattern

This Caddyshack cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!caddyshack cross stitch pattern au revoir gopher

The quote for this Caddyshack cross stitch comes from Assistant Greenskeeper Carl Spackler in a very funny performance by Bill Murray. His attempt to kill the gopher involves dropping explosives down all the gopher holes. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

Youtube has a clip of Carl at work, including the “Au revoir, gopher” line.

Along with James Bond movies, Caddyshack is a great source of mindless entertainment. It has a very funny cast, including Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray, Michael O’Keefe, and Brian Doyle-Murray. It was written and directed by Harold Ramis who also directed Vacation and Groundhog Day, wrote Meatballs, Stripes, and Ghostbusters I & II. He is perhaps best known for playing Dr. Igon Spengler in Ghostbusters.

All in all, it was a very talented group of writers, cast, and crew that came together to make Caddyshack. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to do so as it is entirely silly.

James Bond Cross Stitch Pattern

This James Bond cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!james bond cross stitch pattern quote darling I give you very best duck

The quote for this pattern comes from the movie You Only Live Twice. Bond is in Hong Kong and in bed with a Chinese woman. Her last line in this conversation is just so perfect that I had to stitch it:

Bond: Why do Chinese girls taste different from all other girls?

Ling: You think we better, huh?

Bond: No, just different. Like Peking Duck is different from Russian Caviar. But I love them both.

Ling: Darling, I give you very best duck.

That line is a lovely little double entendre. It’s just one of many outstanding lines from the Bond series.

I like watching James Bond movies during the holidays. The older movies are a little trite and extremely sexist, not to mention politically incorrect. But some of those qualities are what make them fun to watch, as long as they’re not taken too seriously.

One of my favorites Bond movies is the source of this quote, You Only Live Twice. It has it all: beautiful, mysterious, promiscuous women, exotic locations, and great gadgets from Q. It has my favorite regular feature of Bond movies – the enormous secret evil complex. This one is set in a volcano with a retractable lake roof. It has the requisite monorail as well as the hundreds of easily killed workers in color coded jumpsuits.

Best of all, this movie has Bond “turn Japanese.” Apparently, morphing a strapping 6 foot 2 inch tall Scot into a humble Japanese fisherman can be done by a team of bikini-clad shower girls in a just few hours. It really is ludicrous.

With all that in mind, I do recommend this movie to anyone in need of some good, mindless entertainment. You can even work this James Bond cross stitch while you’re watching it!

1939 Movie Crafts

For me, movies and crafts go hand in hand. Not only do I get inspirations for craft projects from movies, I can craft while watching movies. I also learn and try to improve myself from movies – see how to act in some situations and how NOT to act in some situations.

1939 was arguably the best year ever for movies. Dark Victory, Gone With the Wind, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Gunga Din, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, and Wuthering Heights (among others) all were released in 1939.

I’m a big fan of Cary Grant, and now that I have a DVR, I’ve been catching up on his movies that I haven’t seen yet. A couple of weeks ago, I saw Only Angels Have Wings for the first time and I just loved it (here’s a good review). Looking it up online, I discovered it was released in 1939 as well. So I’ve been wondering “are there any 1939 movie crafts out there?” The answer is a resounding YES! Take a look:

 

 

 

 

I found this charming movie quilt by Joan Bjork that features three 1939 movie characters – Bette Davis in Dark Victory, Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, and Vivian Leigh in Gone With the Wind. The quilt also features six other amazing actresses, Debbie Reynolds, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ingrid Bergman, in some of their most famous roles.

Then I found, via craftgossip.com, this adorable felt Scarlett and Rhett pair by DeriDolls. She really did a wonderful job on the details for this epic couple from Gone With the Wind.

 

 

 

Ehow.com has a tutorial on how parents and kids can make a stagecoach from cardboard boxes and craft paper, while hobbylinc.com offers this 1848 stagecoach scale model kit.

 

 

 

 

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights Cross Stitch Pattern Sunday Avery created this Heathcliff pattern, complete with torrential Wuthering Heights rain, available at her Etsy shop, BookPilgrim.

 

 

 

 

 

Geeky Cross Stitch KIT There's No Place Like HomeOf all these movies, the most popular and most crafted has to be The Wizard of Oz. There’s a TON of crafty goodness inspired by the movie. This cross stitch kit by Leslie at DisorderlyStitches puts a cool contemporary twist on the popular quote, as does this Wizard of Oz lineup pattern by PixelPowerDesign.

 

 

These DIY cupcake toppers from SweetPaul gave me a good chuckle, and Craftsy offers this Technicolor knitting pattern called Dorothy’s Dream.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I really like this inexpensive, simple, and colorful rainbow project for young kids at MomsCraftySpace. So cheery, and streamers are always fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are any of the 1939 movies on your list of favorites? Have you ever made a crafty project inspired by one of these movies?