Do you need to perfect piece of artwork to really bring a room together? Look no further. 

The Convicted Governors of Illinois cross-stitch pattern is the brainchild of Meridith Halsey and can be found on her Etsy website. Halsey, who has been designing patterns for 3 years says it's the most popular pattern she's made by far.

The Illinois Governors pattern is the most-viewed pattern in my shop. It logged 332 patterns in 7 days, my other patterns had 67 views combined.

This is undoubtedly a must have for any Illinois resident but you may be saying to yourself "I don't know how to cross-stitch." Well let me tell you something. You can. How do I know? A little known secret of mine is that I have sewed over 10 counted cross-stitch projects in the last 5 years and I can barely write let alone do anything artistic.

It started as a gag gift for some people I worked with at a radio station in Chicago. I was taking the train every day and had ample time to kill. Saw some funny DIY stuff online and decided to give it a whirl. Turns out it was VERY easy. It's basically color by numbers but with needle and thread. So trust me ANYONE can do it.

The best part is the pattern is only 5 bucks. You can get in and out of the craft store with everything you need for under $10. So for less than 20 bucks you can give a unique present that will be remembered for quite awhile.

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