aliciawatkins

Watty's Wall Stuff and Cross Stitchery

United States
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Announcement    PLEASE NOTE: DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ADDRESS when you check out. Check the email you get from Etsy confirming your order as well, to be sure your order is being sent to the right place. I don't offer refunds to items delivered to an old address.

Read the shop policies and the listing you're purchasing before ordering. (You probably don't need to have it repeated if you're reading this announcement blurb, you avid reader you, but here it is again: please, please read the listing you're purchasing before ordering, so that you're not sad when you get your cool cross stitched item. I don't want you to be sad. Cross stitch is a fun-time craft.)

Welcome to the cross stitchery! There are other Wall and off-the-wall Stuffs coming, but for now, revel in the multicolored threads and the simultaneously ironic and earnest needlework of what I've got here. REVEL IN THEM.

Especially during the holiday season, if you've convo'd me and I don't get back to you right away, please read the entire listing you had questions about or look over my shop in general -- you may find an answer to your questions there! Please forgive my lateness in responding to you, and please do feel free to write again if I haven't replied in my usual time frame to pop your convo back to the top of my inbox. I promise that I want to respond to everyone, and I apologize for any delays. I'll be prioritizing answering questions that aren't already answered in my listings, shop policies, or shop in general.

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.)

If you've read this far into my shop announcements, here's a joke to reward you:

What do you call an alligator in a vest? *An investigator.*

You're welcome.

Alrighty. Back to the stitching.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 2, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ADDRESS when you check out. Check the email you get from Etsy confirming your order as well, to be sure your order is being sent to the right place. I don't offer refunds to items delivered to an old address.

Read the shop policies and the listing you're purchasing before ordering. (You probably don't need to have it repeated if you're reading this announcement blurb, you avid reader you, but here it is again: please, please read the listing you're purchasing before ordering, so that you're not sad when you get your cool cross stitched item. I don't want you to be sad. Cross stitch is a fun-time craft.)

Welcome to the cross stitchery! There are other Wall and off-the-wall Stuffs coming, but for now, revel in the multicolored threads and the simultaneously ironic and earnest needlework of what I've got here. REVEL IN THEM.

Especially during the holiday season, if you've convo'd me and I don't get back to you right away, please read the entire listing you had questions about or look over my shop in general -- you may find an answer to your questions there! Please forgive my lateness in responding to you, and please do feel free to write again if I haven't replied in my usual time frame to pop your convo back to the top of my inbox. I promise that I want to respond to everyone, and I apologize for any delays. I'll be prioritizing answering questions that aren't already answered in my listings, shop policies, or shop in general.

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.)

If you've read this far into my shop announcements, here's a joke to reward you:

What do you call an alligator in a vest? *An investigator.*

You're welcome.

Alrighty. Back to the stitching.

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Alicia Watkins

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About aliciawatkins

Sales 18,809
On Etsy since 2011

I like weird. Also cross stitch. Also weird cross stitch.

When it comes to cross stitch, I ask two standard questions: is the design funny or unique in the context of historical craft? And does it also earnestly incorporate the things we love now into that history?

I stitch things that answer those questions in ways that I find interesting. In my shop you'll find rude/sarcastic stereotypically-un-feminine sayings, science-focused projects like the microbe collection I've been adding to since 2012, or meme-based images that make the ephemeral internet culture we live in slightly more...phemeral?

I occasionally teach local classes in basic cross stitch, have enjoyed meeting people and selling my wares at craft fairs, and in general spend most of my days walking around with stray thread stuck to some portion of my sleeve.

Away from the shop, I give my stitching fingers a rest and stay busy creating other types of art; in the past, I've been involved in podcasting, theater projects, writing, making little clay animals, constructing bizarre purses out of found objects, and extremely rudimentary video editing.

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  • Alicia Watkins

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Stitcher

    I'm weird, and I like weird stuff. Probably just like you do. I have a M.A. in watching TV (for real). In my free time, I listen to one jillion podcasts and watch two jillion YouTube channels.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
PLEASE NOTE: Before convo'ing me, please read these shop policies and also read the ENTIRE listing description of the item you'd like to purchase -- click "Read All" or similar if you're on a mobile device. I will be prioritizing answering questions that are not already answered in listings or here in policies, first, to try to provide the best customer service I can to everybody. I've ended up *extremely* far behind in convos in the past due to the volume of correspondence and the fact that it's only me answering them -- and because I tend to respond at length! (So if you're looking for a short answer instead of reading the long, detailed listings I tend to write, well, convo'ing me might not be the best option. ;) )

Please forgive my lateness in responding to you if I don't get back to you within that time frame, and please do feel free to write again if I haven't replied within a few days, to bump your convo up to the top of my inbox. I promise that I want to respond to everyone, and I apologize for the delays.

Unless specified otherwise in the item description (which it usually is), I strive to get my items out into the mail within 2 weeks of your order. If you need something sooner, let me know -- preferably before you make a purchase, if there's a deadline coming up quickly -- and we'll see what we can do.

The "Ready to Ship" section of my shop is perfect for last minute gifts!

In cases of a general backlog, I'll make a note in my banner and shop announcements (below the banner), and here in the shop policies, or I'll put a note in the purchase confirmation sent by Etsy, or contact you to let you know the expected time of shipping for the item you've purchased via Etsy convos. During the holidays, I will make every effort to update my shop policies and announcements to reflect longer shipping times when they're necessary so you know exactly when items should arrive before you purchase. In general, it's a good idea to order any item you want to have for Christmas gift-giving as early as possible, preferably by December 1.

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Cancellations

Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

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.)

Gift wrapping and packaging

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! :)

Etsy has a "this is a gift!" option that helps you tell me not to include a receipt -- I don't anyway! -- but I do not gift-wrap large items or kits.

Wholesale availability

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 don't like my secondhand frame! It's ugly/broken/scratched/the wrong color/not my style. What can you do to help me out?

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.

Can I see a photo of the secondhand frame you would send before I order/before you send an item framed in a secondhand frame?

I can't send you a photo of your options for secondhand 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.

How do I learn to do counted cross stitch?

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! :)

Do your kits include fabric with the pattern already stamped on it?

Nope! What I sell are patterns and kits for original counted cross stitch designs, which means you'll be using a printed pattern (or your computer screen if you prefer -- being able to zoom in on a detail can be very helpful!), almost the way you would use a map to navigate in a city.
The details of what is included in each of my kits can be found in the listing for that kit. Click "read more" under the pics for details.
If you've never tried counted cross stitch before, many of my patterns are beginner-friendly, and I'm happy to say that many first-time stitchers have reported fun and success with my kits. I'm also happy to send you a Basic Cross Stitch instruction book via email. Just let me know you'd like one, and I'll send it along!