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Better Living Through Mad Science cross stitch pattern - instant PDF download

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Starting in 1935, DuPont chemical corp was using the slogan "Better Things for Better Living  ...Through Chemistry" To try to put the public at ease about how big of a company DuPont was. Turns out our fears were justified but that's a tale for another time. Somehow, they thought this ad was a good idea. 

(Note the slogan down there in the bottom right corner, too)

In the 1960's and 70's, psychonauts and other various wags started co-opting the slogan as a euphemism for recreational psychedelic use 

Eventually DuPont dropped the "...through Chemistry" part when they realized how their slogan had been corrupted. It's still used today in this way, but also frequently in reference to mental health prescriptions like antidepressants and ADHD treatments, etc. 

But DuPont's blatant evilness and disregard for public welfare made me think that a mad scientist probably also thinks they're working to improve people's quality of life. ("The World's a mess and I just need to...rule it", as Doctor Horrible says).

This pattern was the result.

It's sized for a 5x7 picture frame on 16ct aida. 


Formats: ZIP file containing 2 PDFs:

  • 1pg color+symbols
  • 1pg symbols-only 

Size: 99x65 stitches (see images for sizing on different fabric counts)
Stitches used: Full X only
Colors: 12 DMC colors, no specialty threads
Difficulty: ⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪ Beginner (great first project!)

If you need help handling any of the stitches used in this pattern, check out my youtube tutorials.


See graphic for finish sizing at different aida counts

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