A couple of years ago, I posted a tutorial for making pride-themed arrow cross-stitch patches. Unfortunately, the template I used back then made it difficult (read: time-consuming) for me to post patterns covering flag style and stripe variants. This isn’t the case with my current template, so for Aro Week I thought I’d update my arrow patterns to cover a greater selection of aromantic flags … starting with simple horizontal stripes.
Folks who need help with materials, stitching, finishing or attaching patches should check out my tutorial master page.
Previous patterns are available at my pattern gallery.
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.
Dimensions and Edging Modifications
All arrow patterns fit a rectangle 63 stitches wide and 17 stitches high. Assuming a three stitch border, as for my other patches, this means you’ll want a 66 x 20 block swatch plus any excess (if used unmodified).
If you’d like to omit the background and stitch your edging directly around the arrow to make a shaped patch, you’ll need a rectangle 63 stitches wide and 16 stitches high plus excess (presuming the same border width). My pride hearts patch tutorial contains a photographic breakdown on buttonhole stitching around a curved or irregular shape!
Please see my original arrow patch tutorial for a guide to background modifications and the stitching process.
Patterns: Even Horizontal Stripes
I have two arrows available: one with a plain shaft, the other with a binding that matches the fletching. Patterns are available for pride flags with three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten horizontal stripes of an even width. Other horizontally-striped flags with uneven widths may still suit this pattern if they fit (or can be made to fit) a three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine or ten horizontally-striped flag base.
For the flags with bigger sections of fletching like the ten, nine and six-stripe patterns, you may wish to extend the shaft by a few blocks. The increase in fletching size (to accommodate the increase in stripe count) does, unfortunately, result in a stubbier-looking arrow!
I don’t believe many of these flags exist, but I’ll mention that the seven-stripe pattern can be used for a fourteen-stripe flag, the three and five-stripe patterns for a fifteen-stripe flag, the four and eight-stripe patterns for a sixteen-stripe flag, the six and nine-stripe patterns for an eighteen-stripe flag and the ten-stripe pattern for a twenty-stripe flag. Knowing this may help in adapting these patterns to fit flags with thinner, wider or irregularly-sized stripes.
These patterns can easily encompass more than one flag! Dual-flag fletching is easy to make if both flags contain the same number of horizontal stripes (for example: a greyromantic and greysexual arrow), but you can also swap out half the fletching between patterns of the same fletching size to make two-flag patches:
The fletching can be swapped between patterns as follows:
- Three stripe pattern base: three or five stripes
- Four stripe pattern base: four or eight stripes
- Five stripe pattern base: three or five stripes
- Six stripe pattern base: three, six or nine stripes
- Eight stripe pattern base: four or eight stripes
- Nine stripe pattern base: three, six or nine stripes
- Ten stripe pattern base: four, five or ten stripes
You can also add or swap the bindings to make a patch featuring two flags with differing stripe counts:
To make a three-flag patch, simply add the binding of your choice to the dual-flag fletching patterns!
Part two of this post contains arrows for flags with uneven stripes or additional elements (like triangles, spikes and columns) to help even more aromantics sew and display their pride.