I started this last year, put it aside because stitching dark blue thread on black cloth was frustrating me to no end, and now I'm back on it because there's no better time for unfinished projects. (Sure, Michaels is open for curbside pickup if I did get distracted enough to want to start a new one, but getting all of the floss colours for any cross stitch at once from one location is a miracle in the best of times.) There's about 4800 stitches left to do, let's see how far staying in gets me.


"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.

3/4 done and taking a picture because I love the sharp edges and negative space waiting for the final section. (And the center looks like psychedelic Pac-Man)

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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.

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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.

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@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.

@stelepami Thanks!

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.

@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.

@swirlz Thanks! I'm so excited to see it complete!

@swirlz Thanks! This designer makes so much good stuff, and I'm glad it turned out so well.

that's marvelous

...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 😆)

@fauning @erinbee I wonder if it's even cooler: that central feature to me suggests Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system! It's Mars's claim to fame 🌋 (well, that and Valles Marineris)

Definitely also a pokeball vibe though 😄

@cincodenada @fauning Yeah, it's gotta be Olympus Mons!

(Now I've got the Pokemon theme stuck in my head but about volcanoes)

@erinbee heck yeah! It's gorgeous and wow a ton of work. Well done! 🧵

@redoak Thanks! I'm very impressed with the pattern designer.

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