Cross-stitch stag beetle

CrossStitcher stag beetle hooplaAugust 2012

Not for the faint hearted, our biggest bug so far tried creeping out the press.
CrossStitcher issue 256 cover


CrossStitcher magazine is read by over 38,000 avid stitchers worldwide, and champions contemporary cross-stitch design.

So when they commissioned Floss & Mischief to design a pattern for their September 2012 issue, we were elated to join their hall of fame.




September evokes the end of summer, going back to school and new beginnings. We were tasked with creating a bug to complement these and a botanical theme. Something a little rustic, with a fluid purple, blue or green palette, and a hint of shine.

The stag beetle is the world’s largest known beetle (and would probably fascinate schoolboys the world over). Inspired by the oil-like colours of rainbow beetles, we settled on a vibrant green bug with a turquoise sheen, metallic gold highlights and menacing jaws.

Whether made into a hoopla or stitched into a cushion, at around 6″ x 8.5″ (15.5 x 21.5cm) when stitched onto 14-count aida or 28-count evenweave, this fella makes his presence known.
CrossStitcher 256, pages 34-37
Designer Stitches bookazine

Stitch it yourself

We will release this stunning design as a stitch-it-yourself kit soon. In the meantime you can buy the pattern in CrossStitcher issue 256 (September 2012) or in their Designer Stitches bookazine.

Let us know if you’ve stitched this monster – email us, tweet us at @FlossMischief, or tag your Instagram pics @flossandmischief.


With thanks to CrossStitcher magazine for our use of their imagery.

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