Snarkilily’s cross-stitch craft finds an audience with Albertans


What started out as a relaxing hobby turned into a thriving “accidental” side activity for an Edmonton woman with a skillful hand in cross stitch.

Also available: “McJesus is my Savior” and “No Regretzkies”. (Lily Tsui)

Lily Tsui, aka Snarkilily, first learned cross stitch when she was a child. But she only created sporadically, usually nature scenes and “cute bunnies,” she said on Friday.

As she grew older, Tsui, who suffers from depression and anxiety, found that cross stitching was an effective way for her to practice mindfulness.

“It allows me to work on something that I can do at my own pace, there is really no pressure to produce,” she said. “It allows me to take the time to be with my own thoughts while working with my hands.”

As she started to get a little more serious about her crafting, Tsui says she kept some of the “cute” stuff from her previous endeavors, but started associating them with different messages.

Think emoji poop with bubbles saying “Holy Crap”, Snoopy next to the words “Miley, what’s good?” and, of course, an adorable little tractor screaming “Kudatah !!!”

“For each of these sold, I will donate $ 10 to our premier’s re-election campaign. #Kudatah,” Tsui wrote on this article on his Facebook page. (Lily Tsui)

Many models include messages of hope and resilience. (Lily Tsui)

“I think that’s part of what appeals to people: the combination of the unexpected.”

Not for sensitive eyes

Last fall, Tsui started posting photos of his finished products on his Facebook page. Very quickly, she began to receive requests for her designs, as well as custom orders.

By mid-November, she had enough orders to take care of until the end of the year.

The price of its pieces ranges from around $ 30 to $ 150, depending on size and complexity. As for what she sews for custom orders, Tsui says she’s open to suggestions – and isn’t shy about tackling difficult topics or certain four-letter words that aren’t on the stitch patterns. your grandmother’s cross.

“I sort of have a reputation for being sarcastic and sarcastic,” Tsui said with a laugh.

This penguin has “hungry” eyes, Tsui wrote on Facebook. (Lily Tsui)

When it comes to her crafts, Tsui says she asks herself a key question: “Is this something I would like to hang in my own home?” “

In the future, she hopes to expand her cottage industry and plans a website and a range of greeting cards. She also plans to publish a calendar in 2017.


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