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Like a Boss cross stitch, completed on oatmeal aida cloth and framed in woodgrain 2.5" round flexi hoop or natural wood embroidery hoop

---The Story---

If you are a frequent traveler or you know one, you know how comforting it is to come back to a warm meal, a clean bed, and familiar surroundings.

During the Great Depression, traveling workers rode the rails looking for work. Because they weren't familiar with the areas they stopped in, they developed a symbolic language among themselves that would help them communicate quickly whether the communities they were approaching would be hospitable or hostile toward them and what they could expect from the homes and people there. The system of symbols included commentary on whether there were barking dogs, police nearby, a likely mark, or a kind woman who would offer dinner if she heard a pitiful story.

The 1930s were a long time ago, and we -- hobos or not -- have lost the ability to read these signs without translation.

That's why I've begun adding to them, with updated signs that are likely more familiar to us as digital world-travelers...including this sign symbolizing the boss-like quality with which one might do things. Display it in your home or office without shame or fear of judgement, for the admiration of others thanks to your obvious taste and skill. (LIKE A BOSS, in other words.)


---The Deets---

Like the classic hobo signs in my shop, these modern-day symbols will be stitched on oatmeal aida cloth and framed in a 2.5" round "woodgrain" flexi frame to mimic the fenceposts the sign would have been carved or drawn on in an earlier time (default), a natural wood embroidery hoop or a secondhand frame selected by me from my Goodwill cache.

*FRAME: Hobo signs will be framed in a 2.5" round "woodgrain" flexi frame, a 3" natural wood embroidery hoop (default) or a secondhand frame from my collection. Specify your preference via the drop-down list at checkout or (if you're on a mobile device and can't see the drop-down lists) make a note in the purchase order notes.

Default for now is the natural wood embroidery hoop.

*SHIP: These receive ALMOST-free shipping with another item within the U.S. and will be sent USPS first class with delivery confirmation or international first class within a week, unless I convo you otherwise.

*GIFT WRAP: If you'd like to have this gift-wrapped, please convo me or include it in the purchase order note, and I will wrap the stitch in plain paper with a notecard for you to put your "to" and "from" on -- or tell me who it's going to, and I can write it in on your behalf.


---The Links---

Back to my shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins


---The Legal Stuff---

Obviously, classic hobo signs are not unique to me, but my design patterns are, and these modern hobo signs are entirely my creation. They patterns are copyright me, all rights reserved. Please don't copy them, and please don't pin them without permission!

But if you're interested in a particular pattern (or this set of patterns), let me know, as I'm in the process of digitizing and can prioritize your preference.

Frequently asked questions about aliciawatkins

I love to do custom work during the non-holiday months! I try to work on one custom project at a time so that I can give each project my full customizing attention; as a result, a significant lead time on deadlines for receiving your custom order is very much appreciated.

If possible, try to contact me at least a month in advance of a deadline for receiving a 5x7 custom cross stitch. (That said, if you're in a pinch and you know I'm the stitcher for the job, convo me anyway! If I happen to be in between custom orders, I can often get things out in a much shorter time, and like I said, I love working with customers on personalized stitchery.)
Most of my small finished cross stitches have an option for gift wrapping.

If you don't see a drop-down list as you purchase a small hooped or framed cross stitch (smaller than 4x6), but you would like your item to be wrapped in plain paper (with a small notecard for your message included), request gift wrap as you check out in the "notes to seller"!

If you're having your gift sent directly to the recipient, please double-check the address it's going to before you finish checking out, and let me know what you'd like me to write in the notecard to your recipient! :)
Mini kits are available for wholesale ordering at any time; contact me for details on which kits I have available with shelf-ready labeling, and for pricing details!

I also offer a selection of finished cross stitch available for wholesale or certain consignment situations, for stores that feel my work would be a good fit. Contact me if you're interested in carrying my work in your store, and we'll talk about what I've done in the past and what you're looking for! :)
I believe in using secondhand frames because it's eco-friendly, supports my local thrift shops, and allows me to frame your items, if you'd like that, at very low cost.

Because they are unique and unapproved by you, I don't pass on the cost of the secondhand frames to you, except for the cost of shipping (usually about a $2 difference).

When you order an item from me, rest assured that you are only paying for the stitchwork, and you may treat the frame as a "suggestion" -- if you don't like it, give the frame away! Your 4x6 or larger cross stitch will come with a mounting board that will allow you to easily pop it out of the "suggested" frame I've sent it in and into any same-sized frame of your choice.
I can't send you a photo of your options for 4x6 or larger frames; I have too many frames and a too quickly rotating stock for that. However, you're welcome to let me know your preferences in color and material (i.e. wood, metal, plastic) and I'll do what I can to accommodate your wishes.

If you receive your stitchwork and you HATE the frame I chose from my cache of secondhand frames, never fear! The stitching for a 4x6 or larger frame will be mounted on a board that you can simply pop out of the secondhand frame you received, and pop INto a frame you choose from a local store, another Etsy seller, or anywhere you find perfect frames.

Because the secondhand frames I send are free, I cannot offer replacements or frame-related refunds.
Google and Youtube are your BFFs in learning to cross stitch, but if you've purchased a kit or pattern from my shop, I can also offer you a Basic Cross Stitch instruction booklet via email. Just let me know you'd like one, and I'll send it along! :)

Like a Boss Hobo Sign -- Modern cross stitch hobo signs for a contemporary (digital) world -- for the office, for the boss, for awesomeness

US$15.99
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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cross stitch cloth, aida cloth, DMC, thread, frame, brown frame, small frame, ornate frame, embroidery thread, flexi hoop
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 2039 reviews
  • Favorited by: 390 people