Katie Kutthroat doesn’t think you should take life – or cross stitch – too seriously. The American craftswoman has been rocking her satirical and sizzling merchandise on her Etsy store since 2008 and, this month, is releasing a book of her best work, titled “Bless This Mother-Effing Home.”
Kutthroat, 35, picked up the needle from her aunt in Alabama when she was just 14 and was later inspired in her 20s by Julie Jackson, owner of Subversive Cross-Stitch store. âI thought to myself that (this) should not be like BLESS THIS HOUSE or JESUS ââSAVES,â she said. “So I started taking quotes that I thought were funny or that were super satirical, or that sounded like Grandma did but Grandma was steamy and funny.”
Kutthroat cross stitch as a side scuffle. âUnfortunately, I have to have a job and work at Starbucks. It’s totally an exciting project,â she said. “But someone once told me that if you can’t make a living doing what you love, make a living and keep doing what you love … I like doing things with my hands . I take great pride in making something from scratch. “
Coming from a conservative Southern Baptist Republican family, Kutthroat admits that she is the “black sheep” of the family. âA lot of my family won’t really take care of (my business),â she said. “I don’t think they fully appreciate it.”
At first, Kutthroat said that for every 10 to 15 positive affirmations she received about her subversive craft, she received a comment telling her that she would burn in hell. âI don’t take anything like that seriously,â she told The Star. “Life is too short.” She said she was only trying to be different from the “uppity bible quotes” for which most cross stitch patterns are recognized.
Ahead of the Season 1 launch, Kutthroat’s work was noticed by set designers on the HBO series “Girls”and they asked him to sew pieces to put on the board. “Best F —— Friends Forever”, “YOU’RE A HOOKER” and “JUST SAYING” have all made it to protagonist Hanna Horvath’s apartment.
On her Etsy store, Kutthroat sells her cross stitch, takes custom orders, and also makes custom requests. âWhat’s really cool is that a few people have told me that they started cross stitching after meeting my models,â she said. âCreativity bleeds creativity. I try to surround myself with people who inspire me and I hope to continue to inspire other people.
“One of the best things in life is to create something that will survive you.”
In a world of instant gratification, Kutthroat thinks people are drawn to crafts because it’s “punk rock and cool to say you did that, or did that, and give it your own twist instead. to go out and buy it â. She has also noticed a spike in the DIY community over the past 10 years.
Kutthroat says his upbringing has made him “really enjoy laughing when the going is tough.” She said she thinks people take life too seriously. “So what can you do? Get upset and let things control you and change your mood, or laugh as much as you can.”
His two books – one of postcards and the other a picture book of his designs – will be released on March 1 and 7, respectively. Her publisher, Sourcebooks, approached Kutthroat after finding her Etsy store online. âI had crazy luck with it,â she said.
In the future, Kutthroat hopes to come up with more creative items, more designs, and possibly get into tailoring. “We will have to see,” she said. “I’m like that kid with too much stuff on his plate and I can only finish half of it. My eyes are bigger than my stomach.”
Find her online at kutthroat.etsy.com.