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There’s certainly no shortage of science fiction and fantasy-inspired crafts on the internet, and it can sometimes be hard to make heads or tails of the offerings. Would it be better to create a felt Triffid, or embroider a map of Middle Earth? Would heading to a pottery studio to make a replica pensieve be a good use of your time? Or how about a papier maché Nautilus?

The choices is intimidating, so to streamline the process and get your crafting as soon as possible, here is a selection of sci fi and fantasy-inspired cross stitch patterns that are great for beginners.   

No home is complete without a tiny adorable Voldemort (see above), and if you’re looking for even more Harry Potter-themed needlework projects, fan site The Leaky Cauldron has a great selection of patterns to work with.

Do your guests a favor and let them know they’re entering your home at their own risk. You don’t, however, need to sacrifice style, and even the direst of warnings can be spruced up a little with a fancy frame.

Bookmarks featuring author quotes are always a good, simple way to jump into a craft, and Madeleine L’Engle definitely understands the power of positive thinking.

And Shakespeare knows that it’s not boasting if it’s true.


When I see “Free wee dragon cross stitch model,” I have to include it.

Rainbow unicorn is a pretty specific request, but even there we’ve got you covered.

Hobbit hole, sweet Hobbit hole.

He’s called Lovecraft for a reason. He cares.

There are no limits, so go ahead and try anything and everything!

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Alyssa Favreau

Alyssa Favreau lives in Montreal in real life and @alyssafavreau on Twitter. She’s the assistant publisher for Maisonneuve magazine, a book nerd for Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, and a freelance writer and fact checker for fine folks like Reader’s Digest, Discover, Bitch magazine, and Quirk. Sometimes she eats and sleeps and updates her blog too.