"Let's see how far staying in gets me!" was an optimistic view, it turns out just existing and trying to keep my shit together during a global pandemic is exhausting and stressful and wasn't exactly conducive to the part of a project I was already burnt out on. Who knew? Anyway, I picked up steam recently and the tons and tons of dark blue stitches in that quadrant are finally done so it's on to the sweet multicoloured center. #crossstitch
Into the final stretch! The edge between the two top halves kind of stands out, but that comes down to two things: my stitching gauge has changed a bit and the stitches on the left have had over a year to relax and settle in. Once it's been washed and steamed they should rest into each other more evenly and far less noticeably. #crossstitch
FINISHED! (Aside from washing and ironing, and choosing a frame so I can decide how to sign it.) The pattern is Mars by StitchingLand, it's about 20 cm across, and 10437 stitches. The photo doesn't capture how pleasing the texture really is, so many stitches so close together is deeply satisfying.
@erinbee hey this looks beautiful
@aphyr Thanks! The pattern designer did such great work choosing colours, it's a joy to work on
@erinbee it’s coming along nicely! Sometimes all I need is cross-stitch. The simplicity of following a pattern and making those little x’s are enough to relax and re-center
@Calluna Yeah! Just being able to make a bunch of stitches all the same size easily is really calming! Are you working on anything right now?
@erinbee slowly working on this behemoth. This part is 1/4 of the picture
@Calluna This is so nice, I bet it'll be so satisfying in a warm vintage-y way to look at when it's done.
@erinbee it will! My 2nd born has already laid claim to the finished project 😊
@erinbee oh, that looks wonderful.
I really want to do another cross stitch project but I know I can't afford to start another distraction until I've gotten a job.
What was the last cross stitch you worked on?
@erinbee I had to think, it's been awhile! I did a little ornament pattern of a fireweed plant I got while visiting my sister in Anchorage. I still haven't finished the project because I always hate finishing so I just lose interest after completing the stitching (in this case, right after Xmas).
I've never used black cloth. I imagine it would be tougher?
@stelepami The black cloth isn't so bad with bright thread, but any dark sections are pretty eye-straining.
That looks super cool, though!
@erinbee oh wow! how deeply pleasing
@erinbee I love that design! This is making me want to take up my cross-stitch again. The black fabric has such a different visual effect, too!
@PastaThief Thanks! I love the way the stitches look on black, it's a bit like tapestry fabric.
@erinbee this is so so so cool
@swirlz Thanks! I'm so excited to see it complete!
@erinbee this is superb
@erinbee oh that's lovely
@bootjack Thank you!
@erinbee Nice! Looks great
@pagrus Thanks! I'm really happy with it.
@erinbee it's gorgeous!
@Pixley Thank you! I'm so so happy with it.
@erinbee so freaking cool
@swirlz Thanks! This designer makes so much good stuff, and I'm glad it turned out so well.
@erinbee that is amazing!
@feorlen Thank you!
...I kinda thought that was a pokeball, but I can see now that's a crater not the button
really very beautiful
@fauning Thanks! (And now I see the Pokeball too 😆)
@erinbee woah, respec
@erinbee You finally finished it!!!!
@erinbee heck yeah! It's gorgeous and wow a ton of work. Well done! 🧵
@bouncinglime Thank you!
@erinbee this is beautiful!! Great job!!!
@lapis Thank you!
@erinbee so pretty want to touch it with clean fingers!
@photopuck Can't lie, it does feel real good
@erinbee Looks amazing!
@erinbee oh my god this rules, congrats on finishing it!
@redoak Thanks! I'm very impressed with the pattern designer.
@erinbee beautiful work :3 it's making me miss cross stitch... so pretty!
@erinbee great work and exceptional choice of pattern. It does look like running a hand across it would feel satisfying and I'm a bit sad I can't see it in person
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