In our digital age, it's easy to think of pixels as the building blocks of art, but classic-minded crafters will be quick to remind you that cross-stitching was all about 8-bit before it was cool (not really, they're mostly just nice people with needles). Etsy seller XStitchMyHeart, a.k.a. Gracie, a medical student from England, proves the continued value of cross-stitched goodness with a catalog of fun Marvel and DC Comics superhero designs for sale. The patterns alone won't make you more nimble with thread, but they may just inspire you to take the cross-stitch plunge. In addition to Gracie's Marvel and DC patterns, she's also created a number of fantasy and sci-fi friendly designs based on Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and more. You can browse an assortment of XStitchMyHeart's superhero cross-stitch patterns after the jump to see which ones stick with you.

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