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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.
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.
Reviews
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Reviewed by AcrylicPixie
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 3, 2017
It was exactly as I thought it would be. Thank you.
Same as it Ever Was cross stitch -- blue and red inspired cross stitch

Reviewed by Jessica Arriola

Reviewed by Kelsey Nelson
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 17, 2017
Super excited to start my project! Everything I need is in this kit.
Cross Stitch Kit -- Doomed Redshirts patterned to fit in a 5x7 frame

Shipping

Shipping from United States
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1 - 2 weeks
ON VACATION JULY 2-9! I will be out of the state and not sending out mail during that week, so if you've ordered something that normally would be in the mail during that week, please expect it to go out the following week. THANKS.

Please make a note in your purchase order or contact me if you have a deadline by which you'd like to receive your stitchery so I can prioritize accordingly, even if you believe it will definitely reach you in time. : )

I send items out via USPS, usually first class and with tracking. Please be sure your address is correct *before* you check out. If you need me to change your address for you, I can usually do that but I do not guarantee it. I will not replace or refund an item that is delivered to an address that you entered incorrectly (either by typing it in or automatically filled in by Paypal, etc.). PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ADDRESS.

NOTE to UK CUSTOMERS: If your total order is valued above approximately $20 USD, please know that based on my experience, you have about a 50/50 chance of having your package stuck in customs in your country and waiting for you to pay a fee that will probably be NO LESS THAN 11£. This will include a holding/processing fee of 8£ plus the actual customs tax. For some reason, you will probably NOT be informed that your item is being held in customs, but if you see your package listed as "delivered" according to Etsy's tracking number and the USPS, it's very likely that customs is holding your package. I recommend you check with your local post office or customs office to try to locate your package; I can't do anything helpful for you from here. If you choose not to pay the fee, your package will probably get sent back to me after a few weeks. When I receive it back, my current policy is to refund the cost of the item (unless it is in any way a custom item), but not the cost of shipping, since it was shipped and did incur that cost. Contact me for details if this happens.

Please consider these facts before purchasing anything from my shop. By purchasing anything over about $20 USD, you are agreeing to your country's customs laws and these shop policies.

International Buyers in general: Please note that import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying. I will not lie on customs forms, so please don't ask. Penalties for lying on a customs form are severe -- and sure, there's plenty of time to cross stitch in jail, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't let me bring a needle in there anyway.

If an item is listed as "delivered" to the location you have on file with Etsy (or a specified location you include either in a convo or purchase order note), and you haven't received it, it is considered delivered. If that occurs, consider contacting your local post office and inquiring; ask neighbors if they saw your package; and, as a UPS delivery man once told me, "check the bushes." ;) Unfortunately, in that instance I cannot offer you a replacement or a refund, as it is considered lost or stolen at its destination. (But feel free to contact me in any case, as I certainly don't want you to feel disappointed in your purchase.)

If the item never arrives according to the tracking number you will receive in a shipping confirmation email (directly from Etsy to the email address you have on file with the site), please contact me so we can discuss a replacement or refund.

If you would like insurance, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and I will invoice you for the additional shipping amount. I do not automatically include insurance in my shipping rates for most items because it adds cost. I will insure higher priced items, which will be reflected in slightly higher shipping charges.

When the item is 5x7 or larger, Priority mail or Priority flat rate are occasionally cheaper, and in that case, your items will be sent priority. In rare cases, I may ship larger pieces with heavier frames parcel post.

Framed cross stitches will be wrapped in clean paper and sent in either a yellow envelope or (if relevant) a box, unless you request otherwise. Glass will not be included in the frames, and refunds are not available for frames, which are secondhand and free to you.

For international shipments outside the U.S., 4x6 or larger cross stitch pieces will be sent without a frame. The cost of shipping a secondhand frame is prohibitive, and it's very likely you can purchase a better frame in your local area for less. Instead, the stitch will be sent to you ready to frame yourself, mounted on a self-stick mounting board. Please convo me with your preferred dimensions if your area uses standard framing measurements that do not rely on inches, and I will cut the board to your standard.

Payments

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Paypal or Direct Checkout with Etsy (use your credit card!) are my strongly preferred methods of payment. : )

If you find you need to cancel a made-to-order item, and I have not yet started working on it (which usually happens a few hours after I receive the order! So be quick), I will refund you the full price minus fees (listing and Etsy fee). This is also my policy for already made items that have not been shipped.

If you need to cancel a made-to-order item I have already started working on (to a significant degree), I will refund all but half the price or $10, whichever is lower, to make up for materials, labor and fees. (For instance, if an item is $20, I will refund $10 and shipping; if an item is $5 I will refund $2.50 and shipping; if an item is $40, I will refund $30 and shipping.)

If you've ordered a custom order that cannot be sold in my shop, and you'd like to cancel your order, contact me so we can discuss details.

Orders that have already shipped cannot be cancelled or refunded without clear communication between you, the buyer, and me, the seller; expect to return the item at your own expense and have the cost of shipping and relevant listing fees deducted from your refund, please.

I pay sales tax only on items sold to other Connecticut residents; if you are living outside CT, please consult your state's tax laws to determine whether you owe use tax to your state for items purchased from my shop.

For the convenience of other CT residents, sales tax will be added to your purchase price at the time you order. This means your sales taxes are taken care of, and you do not need to include your purchase when accounting for "use tax" at year's end.

Returns & exchanges

If your item does not arrive, or arrives damaged, please contact me.

I cannot replace broken frames, and because the price of my items is the same with or without framing (it's optional and free!), broken frames will not receive a refund.

Because needlework is best shown without being smushed up against glass, and because of the fragility of glass in transit, glass will not be included in the larger framed cross stitches. Please request that your stitch be sent either mounted or plain on cloth if this is unacceptable.

If the needlework itself arrives irreversibly damaged, please be willing to take a photo that shows the damage. If you asked for insurance on your shipment, I will replace the needlework (with an identical piece) as soon as possible. If the item was uninsured, we can come up with a case-by-case solution, but I cannot guarantee a free replacement in every case.

Replacements will be shipped without a frame except in cases of wood embroidery hoops, which will be replaced.

If I've listed your item as "shipped," but it has not arrived in due time and the tracking number shows no progress toward its destination, let me know. (You may also want to contact the US Postal Service in this instance or if you are not in the U.S., your local post office or customs office.)

Again, if an item is listed as "delivered" to the location you have on file with Etsy (or a specified location you include either in a convo or purchase order note), and you haven't received it, it is considered delivered. If that occurs, consider contacting your local post office and inquiring; ask neighbors if they saw your package; and, as a UPS delivery man once told me, "check the bushes." ; ) Unfortunately, in that instance I cannot offer you a replacement or a refund, as it is considered lost or stolen at its destination. (But always feel free to contact me in any case, as I certainly don't want you to feel disappointed in your purchase.)

Payment for shipped items will only be refunded in extreme circumstances.
If your item does not arrive, or arrives damaged, please contact me.

I cannot replace broken frames, and because the price of my items is the same with or without framing (it's optional and free!), broken frames will not receive a refund.

Because needlework is best shown without being smushed up against glass, and because of the fragility of glass in transit, glass will not be included in the larger framed cross stitches. Please request that your stitch be sent either mounted or plain on cloth if this is unacceptable.

If the needlework itself arrives irreversibly damaged, please be willing to take a photo that shows the damage. If you asked for insurance on your shipment, I will replace the needlework (with an identical piece) as soon as possible. If the item was uninsured, we can come up with a case-by-case solution, but I cannot guarantee a free replacement in every case.

Replacements will be shipped without a frame except in cases of wood embroidery hoops, which will be replaced.

If I've listed your item as "shipped," but it has not arrived in due time and the tracking number shows no progress toward its destination, let me know. (You may also want to contact the US Postal Service in this instance or if you are not in the U.S., your local post office or customs office.)

Again, if an item is listed as "delivered" to the location you have on file with Etsy (or a specified location you include either in a convo or purchase order note), and you haven't received it, it is considered delivered. If that occurs, consider contacting your local post office and inquiring; ask neighbors if they saw your package; and, as a UPS delivery man once told me, "check the bushes." ; ) Unfortunately, in that instance I cannot offer you a replacement or a refund, as it is considered lost or stolen at its destination. (But always feel free to contact me in any case, as I certainly don't want you to feel disappointed in your purchase.)

Payment for shipped items will only be refunded in extreme circumstances.

Additional policies

Unless specified otherwise in the listing, the frames I use, especially with 4x6 and 5x7 cross stitches, are secondhand and will vary from item to item. I believe in this policy because it's eco-friendly, supports the local thrift shops in my area, and it allows me to frame your items, if you'd like that, at very low cost.

I do not frame finished work that is 8x10 or larger except in special circumstances when I have been convo'ed in advance of an order.

I cannot 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.

Because they are unique and unapproved by you, I do not pass on the cost of the secondhand frames to you, except for the cost of shipping (usually about a $2 difference). This is why international orders do not receive a discount for frameless stitchery -- because the frames are free. (International shipping reflects the real cost of sending a mounted, unframed cross stitch. Smaller stitches ship as shown, but please see individual listings for details.)

When you order an item from me, rest assured that you are only paying for the stitchwork (plus other relevant materials), 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.

If you're pretty sure you'll dislike the frame I'd send, please request that your stitch be sent either mounted on board ready for you to frame, or on just the cross stitch cloth, and I'll save the frame for future customers. :)

Again, because needlework is best shown without being smushed up against glass, and because of the fragility of glass in transit, glass will not be included in 3x5 or larger framed cross stitches. Please request that your stitch be sent either mounted or plain on cloth if this is unacceptable.

AGAIN, NOTE to UK CUSTOMERS: If your total order is valued above approximately $25 USD, please know that based on my experience, you have about a 50/50 chance of having your package stuck in customs in your country and waiting for you to pay a fee that will probably be NO LESS THAN 11£. This will include a holding/processing fee of 8£ plus the actual customs tax. For some reason, you will probably NOT be informed that your item is being held in customs, but if you see your package listed as "delivered" according to Etsy's tracking number and the USPS, it's very likely that customs is holding your package. I recommend you check with your local post office or customs office to try to locate your package; I can't do anything helpful for you from here. If you choose not to pay the fee, your package will probably get sent back to me after a few weeks. When I receive it back, my current policy is to refund the cost of the item (unless it is in any way a custom item), but not the cost of shipping, since it was shipped and did incur that cost.

Please consider these facts before purchasing anything from my shop. By purchasing anything over about $25 USD, you are agreeing to your country's customs laws and these shop policies.
Unless specified otherwise in the listing, the frames I use, especially with 4x6 and 5x7 cross stitches, are secondhand and will vary from item to item. I believe in this policy because it's eco-friendly, supports the local thrift shops in my area, and it allows me to frame your items, if you'd like that, at very low cost.

I do not frame finished work that is 8x10 or larger except in special circumstances when I have been convo'ed in advance of an order.

I cannot 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.

Because they are unique and unapproved by you, I do not pass on the cost of the secondhand frames to you, except for the cost of shipping (usually about a $2 difference). This is why international orders do not receive a discount for frameless stitchery -- because the frames are free. (International shipping reflects the real cost of sending a mounted, unframed cross stitch. Smaller stitches ship as shown, but please see individual listings for details.)

When you order an item from me, rest assured that you are only paying for the stitchwork (plus other relevant materials), 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.

If you're pretty sure you'll dislike the frame I'd send, please request that your stitch be sent either mounted on board ready for you to frame, or on just the cross stitch cloth, and I'll save the frame for future customers. :)

Again, because needlework is best shown without being smushed up against glass, and because of the fragility of glass in transit, glass will not be included in 3x5 or larger framed cross stitches. Please request that your stitch be sent either mounted or plain on cloth if this is unacceptable.

AGAIN, NOTE to UK CUSTOMERS: If your total order is valued above approximately $25 USD, please know that based on my experience, you have about a 50/50 chance of having your package stuck in customs in your country and waiting for you to pay a fee that will probably be NO LESS THAN 11£. This will include a holding/processing fee of 8£ plus the actual customs tax. For some reason, you will probably NOT be informed that your item is being held in customs, but if you see your package listed as "delivered" according to Etsy's tracking number and the USPS, it's very likely that customs is holding your package. I recommend you check with your local post office or customs office to try to locate your package; I can't do anything helpful for you from here. If you choose not to pay the fee, your package will probably get sent back to me after a few weeks. When I receive it back, my current policy is to refund the cost of the item (unless it is in any way a custom item), but not the cost of shipping, since it was shipped and did incur that cost.

Please consider these facts before purchasing anything from my shop. By purchasing anything over about $25 USD, you are agreeing to your country's customs laws and these shop policies.

FAQs

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

$15.99

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: 2337 reviews
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