“Femlock” Cross Stitch Necklace


One of the wonderful things about the Sherlock Holmes stories is the variation of adaptations they’ve inspired over the years. We’ve had Holmes and Watson as mice, as psychiatrist and patient, as detectives combatting fascism in WWII, as detectives fighting Moriarty once again in the 22nd century (one genetically revived, one cybernetic).

One adaptation I’ve particularly enjoyed seeing spring up just in the past few years is Rule 63 — Holmes and Watson as women or variations thereupon. One of the many theories over the years had one of the pair being a woman (Rex Stout started this train with his “Watson Was a Woman” essay in 1941*) but rarely both and the published pastiches that have sprung up featuring a secretly female Holmes in Victorian England rarely impress me.

The fan works, on the other hand, (where this concept is usually categorized as “Femlock”) are a better mix of narratives and characters in a variety of settings. Having just re-read one of my favorite novel-length stories (How The Mouth Changes Its Shape by breathedout, featuring a lesbian Holmes and Watson set in 1950s London), a female Sherlock sounded like a nice addition to my super heroines line.


Bottle cap
Pringles lid
Plastic push pin
Birch coffee stirrer
7mm aluminum jump ring
16-count cross stitch cloth
Purple embroidery floss
Ecru embroidery floss
Black embroidery floss
Light grey embroidery floss
Denim blue embroidery floss
Sewing needles
Jewelry pliers
Craft glue



For the design, I elected to go with a variation of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, with a color palate reminiscent of his more memorable articles of clothing (Belstaff coat, aubergine shirt). At this scale, the most visual cues to denote male from female include long hair vs short and skirt vs pants. I opted to swap Sherlock’s usual dress pants for a skirt, leaving the hair a non-gender specific length and style (Holmes and a ponytail just don’t mix somehow).


Recreating the infamous Belstaff tweed coat marked a new milestone for these designs — it’s the first time I’ve used half-stitches to create an effect (namely, Sherlock’s upturned collar).



All set! This might have been the easiest design from conception to completion since Starfire.

What do you guys think?

*Adrian Doyle inadvertently added to this theory decades later by referring to Watson as a “lesbian” in a television interview.

~ by blackmoodcraft on June 22, 2014.

2 Responses to ““Femlock” Cross Stitch Necklace”

  1. we like it šŸ™‚

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