“Satan” the Cat by Tom Katsumi


  • 19-page, color-separated grid stitch pattern delivered as a digital PDF
  • Zweigart 18-count black aida, pre-cut to 13 in./33cm square
  • 9 skeins of DMC cotton floss: B5200, 01, 02, 03, 04, 317, 414, 415, 3799
  • Size 26 tapestry needle, high-polish or nickel-free/hypoallergenic
  • Optional: FSC-certified beechwood embroidery hoop, 8 or 9 inches (9 in. pictured)


Satan the Cat – from The Duke is Tops (1938)

Always seemingly in the wrong place at the wrong time, “Satan” the cat is not actually devilish, but manages to cause enough grief to his caretaker, Doc, to earn this unfortunate nickname. One of a 4-part series inspired by classic cinema and the motif of light and shadow in the darkness – whether it be from moonlight, a spotlight or the glow of the projector in a dark theater.

This piece is done in “grid-stitch,” a new method and alternative to cross stitch that uses backstitch and negative space to give a smoother, more detailed image across a smaller area. The color-separated pattern comes in two versions—one with a white background for printing, and one with a black background for screen viewing—and adds one color per page to clearly show which stitches to work against the ones that are already done.

Size: 120 x 80 stitches, approx. 7 x 4 inches on 18ct aida