Pride Month Patch Patterns: (Not Aro) Queer Text

Six digitally-created versions of cross stitch pride patches, arranged in two rows of three, against a background of a textured partially-translucent aromantic pride flag. Text between the two rows reads Aro Pride Patches in black type. Patches include a rectangular patch in aroflux zigzag stripes, an idemromantic heart, an aro flag text patch reading "aro", a square in quoiromantic stripes, an arrow design in allo-aro colours and a second arrow in nebularomantic colours.

I thought I’d continue the Pride Month theme by expanding my library of patterns to encompass non-aromantic identities. Alas, this isn’t a fully-inclusive collection! Many identities require letters not yet designed, as I’ve completed only one of my patch pattern alphabets. While today’s patterns do use some new or modified letters, time constraints meant that I chose identities with simpler-for-me names.

Four cross stitch patches sitting on top of a collection of various flag, arrow and heart pride patches. All feature the word "pride" sewn in the colours of the transgender (navy background with blue/white/pink border), rainbow (white background with white border), allo-aro (purple background with mottled pink/grey/mauve border) and nebularomantic (mint background with darker mint border) pride flags. Each letter is outlined in backstitch and every patch is finished with a buttonhole stitch edging.

Additional queer, polysexual, asexual and bisexual text patch patterns–along with a lower-case alphabet that can be adapted to any horizontal, five-striped pride flag–are available at my patch pattern gallery. Folks wishing “genderfluid” or “omnisexual” patches can use this alphabet to create their own patterns by following my tutorial. I also have several aromantic-spectrum text patterns, many of which can be adapted for asexual spectrum identities.

Folks who need help with materials, stitching, finishing or attaching patches should check out last week’s pride text tutorial and my tutorial master page.

Notes on Pattern Structure

Full coloured blocks indicate a full cross stitch.

Letter outlines indicate backstitch.

Blocks divided on the diagonal by a line of backstitch, each half a different colour, indicate quarter stitches. Please see my first text tutorial and my pride text tutorial for more information on backstitching outlines and placing quarter/fractional stitches.

Space for edging your patch is not shown in the patterns below. You’ll need to allow additional blocks for this when cutting your swatch, depending on how narrow or thick you like your edges.

Bisexual Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Upper Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text bisexual in upper-case pixel-art-style lettering, striped in the colours of the pink/purple/blue bisexual pride flag, with a dark violet background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in light pink.

The upper case bisexual pattern fits a rectangle 77 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 80 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Gay Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Lower Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text gay in lower-case pixel-art-style lettering, striped in the colours of the blue/teal/green/yellow-green/yellow gay male/masc pride flag, with a dark blue-green background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in green.

The lower case gay pattern fits a rectangle 32 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 35 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Gay Patch Patterns – Twelve Block, Upper Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text gay in upper-case block lettering, striped in the colours of the purple/pink/yellow/green sappho lesbian pride flag, with a very light purple background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in very dark green.
Cross stitch patch pattern with the text gay in upper-case block lettering, striped in the colours of the red/orange/yellow/green/blue/purple rainbow/LGBTQIA+/gay flag, with a black background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in white.

The upper case gay patterns fit a rectangle 35 stitches wide and 16 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 38 x 19 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Lesbian Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Lower Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text lesbian in lower-case pixel-art-style lettering, striped in the colours of the navy/purple/pink/white/maroon lesbian flag, with a pale violet background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in dark maroon.

The lower case lesbian pattern fits a rectangle 66 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 69 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Lesbian Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Upper Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text lesbian in upper-case pixel-art-style lettering, striped in the colours of the dark orange/orange/white/pink/dark pink lesbian flag, with a lavender background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in dark purple.

The upper case lesbian pattern fits a rectangle 66 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 69 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Pan Patch Pattern – Twelve Block, Upper Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text pan in upper-case block lettering, striped in the colours of the pink/yellow/cyan pansexual pride flag, with a black background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in very pale blue.

The upper case pan pattern fits a rectangle 35 stitches wide and 16 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 38 x 19 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Queer Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Lower Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text queer in lower-case pixel-art-style lettering, striped in the colours of dark orange/orange/white/pink/dark pink lesbian flag, with a purple background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in lavender.

The lower case queer pattern fits a rectangle 52 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 55 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

A stitched example of this patch can be found on my aro alphabet tutorial.

Queer Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Upper Case (Pixel Text)

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text queer in upper-case pixel-art-style lettering, striped in the colours of the teal/mint/white/light blue/blue gay man/male/masc flag, with a dark teal background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in grey-green.

The upper case queer pattern fits a rectangle 52 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 55 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Queer Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Upper Case (Block Text)

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text queer in upper-case block lettering, striped in the colours of the blue/pink/white/pink/blue transgender pride flag, with a dark blue background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in light pink.

The upper case queer pattern fits a rectangle 42 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 45 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Queer Patch Patterns – Twelve Block, Upper Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text queer in upper-case block lettering, striped in the colours of the purple/white/green genderqueer pride flag, with a dark violet background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in light green.
Cross stitch patch pattern with the text queer in upper-case block lettering, striped in the colours of the yellow/white/purple/black non-binary pride flag, with a dark violet background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in light grey.

The upper case queer pattern fits a rectangle 57 stitches wide and 16 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 60 x 19 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

A six-stripe variant of this pattern (and an in-progress stitched example) can be found on my aro text, part five tutorial.

Trans Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Lower Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text trans in lower-case pixel-art-style lettering, striped in the colours of the blue/pink/white/pink/blue transgender flag, with a dark indigo background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in light pink.

The lower case trans pattern fits a rectangle 50 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 53 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Trans Patch Pattern – Ten Block, Upper Case

Cross stitch patch pattern with the text trans in upper-case pixel-art-style lettering, striped in the colours of the blue/pink/white/pink/blue transgender flag, with a maroon background. Pattern is set on a light grey grid. Letters are outlined, indicating backstitch, in dark blue.

The lower case trans pattern fits a rectangle 52 stitches wide and 14 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 55 x 17 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).

Folks seeking to express more queerness can make a longer patch encompassing two or more identities. Trans lesbians might like to combine the ten block “trans” and “lesbian” patterns, while bisexual aros can combine the “bisexual” pattern with my ten block “aro” pattern. Best results will be had if you combine patterns of the same size (ten or twelve block) and type (pixel/block text), but it’s entirely up to you: if combining “pan” (twelve block) and “trans” (ten), for example, just fill in an additional line of background stitches above and below the smaller text.

(These combined patterns will be rather long, best suited for satchels, tote bags and across the back of coats/jackets. My “no police at pride” pattern may help to guide folks in arranging multi-word patches.)

I’m now working on several new text patterns, including my long-promised fourteen-block “aroace” pattern for seven-stripe flags and a few missing letters from my ten/twelve block upper case sets. By next Pride, I hope, I’ll have expanded my pattern range to encompass more of my fellow queers!

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