“Garden of Your Mind” Cross Stitch

“Garden of Your Mind” Cross Stitch

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I love Mr. Rogers! A few weeks ago, PBS released a video of him, remixed by Symphony of Science’s John D. Boswell entitled “Garden of Your Mind”. It’s apparently the first in a larger series of commissioned remixes of PBS icons. I can’t tell you how much I love this idea and love this video, in particular. If you haven’t seen it, you should!

The first time I watched it, I thought it was seriously weird and kind of hilarious. But on each re-watch, I like it more and more. It’s different, but also faithful to Mr. Rogers. The message of the video is fantastic, too.

It inspired me to make a cross stitch. I don’t know why I felt compelled to do this, but for some reason I had to, and I think it turned out well.

This is a combination of a bunch of different things.

  1. The text of the cross stitch is the title of the video. It’s the most iconic phrase, and one that really stuck with me. The idea of a garden was my inspiration. I went through a library of cross stitch fonts, and found one that was simple and to me the most fitting. I made a small modification to the letter ‘y’ to make it more consistent with the other letters.
  2. The plants! These I slightly adapted from one of my favorite books of cross stitch patterns: Cross Stitch Patterns in Color by Gerda Bengtsson. I discovered this book by chance at the Berkeley public library. It’s primarily a book of rose patterns, but in the back there is a group of little pixelated scenes of everyday life – so charming! I cross stitched a group of them, but those never made it on this blog (something I will have to remedy). There is also a series of adorable pixelated plants at the end – I’ve always wanted to cross stitch them but never had a reason to. When I first thought of making a something for this video, those plants instantly sprang to mind.
  3. The trolley! That I had to design myself. Google searches for Mr. Rogers patterns produced little to no results, so I took out my graph paper and worked though a few designs before settling on this one.

I ended up piecing all these parts together without much planning. Cross stitch is time consuming, but that’s also a boon because it gives you tons of time to think through the design and work out all the details as you are stitching the other parts.

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