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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.