Struggle is real elephant cross stitch pattern

The Struggle is Real


Some days you wonder why you even got out of bed -- the struggle is real. Get yourself home, throw on your most comfortable slippers, and curl up with this fun elephant cross stitch pattern! You can relax and unwind from your day while chuckling at this sassy pattern. Inspired by a vintage circus illustration, The Struggle is Real is guaranteed to add a bit of spice and humour to your decor. It's also the perfect gift for the person who has everything! Accented with vibrant reds and sparkling gold, this funny pattern will add whimsy to your life. The struggle is real, but you can face it with humour and glamour today!

As seen in Cross Stitch Crazy



Product code: CS-SA02

Collection: Spirited Animals


Model stitched on 14 count Zweigart Aida fabric using DMC embroidery floss and Kreinik metallic thread


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All cross stitch patterns are copyright Dana Batho and are for personal use only. Reselling or redistributing patterns in any way is prohibited unless prior written consent has been granted by the designer. You are permitted to make a working copy of the pattern to stitch from. Commercial use of the pattern is prohibited. Please see the terms of use for more information, or contact the designer.



Pattern details:

  • 100 stitches wide by 100 stitches high
  • 7" wide by 7" high on 14 count
  • Full stitches and backstitch
  • 9 colours
  • Full colour chart includes DMC colour key, colour preview and thread sorter
  • Includes full black and white pattern
  • Includes one-page pattern for digital devices
  • Optional free "How To Stitch" guide available at checkout
  • Tutorial for using Kreinik metallic floss available here
  • Dozens of tutorial videos available at Peacock & Fig's YouTube channel
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For a different look to your project, how about changing the gold frame to a rich burnished black? Blending one strand of DMC 310 (black) and one strand of gold Kreinik blending filament can add a gorgeous wrought-iron effect to your project. See the tutorial here for how to blend threads!

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Want to customize this pattern with your own text? Now you can with the Spirited Animals cross stitch alphabets! The smaller font in Alphabet 3 is the font used in The Struggle is Real. This alphabet is available individually or as a set, check out the cross stitch alphabets here.

Cross Stitch Alphabets