I Want to Believe Poster Cross Stitch

It is done! I finished the X-Files cross stitch late Saturday night, and washed/dried/ironed it on Sunday. Then I backed it and added hanging loops on Monday and waited for a sunny(ish) day to photograph it. Bask in its glory:

photograph of completed I want to believe X-files poster cross stitch

photograph of the author holding the completed x-files cross stitch in front of a brick wall

Posing proudly with the completed piece

This is the first piece I’ve bothered to sign and date, but as the biggest piece I’ve ever done, I want posterity to remember who stitched this and how long it took!close-up photograph of back-stitched dates reading July 18 2014 to May 9 2015

And some more detailed shots:

detail photograph of x-files cross stitch showing shades of green framed by black plant silhouettes

This is possibly my favorite part of the piece. I love the shading from one color to the next and the way it is framed by the black.

detail photograph of X-Files cross stitch showing the UFO

The UFO is pretty great, too.

It now has a proud place next to the front door.

Photograph of the X-Files cross stitch hanging on a wall next to a door

It really ties the room together

To compare, here is a still from the show that shows the poster in Mulder’s office:


Image source: Know Your Meme

And here are the stats on this piece’s construction:

  • Fabric: 18 count white aida
  • Pattern source: Self-made (now available on Dropbox)
  • Number of colors: 13 (DMC floss)
  • Finished size: 270 stitches tall and 234 stitches wide (15 by 13 inches)
    • 63,180 total stitches
  • Start & end dates: July 18, 2014 — May 9, 2015
    • Time to complete: 296 days (estimated 215 hours, but probably more than that)
  • Finishing: Piece is backed with a piece of grey Kona cotton stiffened with iron-in interfacing. I added tabs for hanging by sewing folded-over ribbon into the top seam.
  • Television watched while working: Approximately all of it
    • But seriously, just off the top of my head, I watched a season of Borgen; all of Weeds and Stargate Universe; a good chunk of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis; several seasons of Buffy; all of Firefly and Dollhouse; both seasons of The Fall; several episodes of Farscape; The Thick of It; True Detective (though I worked on March’s flower of the month for most of that); Better Call Saul; some VEEP; some Last Week Tonight and Colbert Report; Black Mirror; the first season of Hatufim; The Inbetweeners; Black Books; several episodes of Friday Night Dinner… and that’s not even considering the many hours of working set to music, radio, and the eerie silence of my own thoughts
  • Birthday parties attended with this project in tow: at least 5 (but interestingly, not my own, even though I did have my birthday while working on this)

Now the question is: what to do next? I’ve already started some other projects, but they all seem to take no time at all compared to this one.

Updated to add: If you would like to stitch this yourself, click here for the link to download the pattern (free).



Filed under 2015, Cross Stitch, Finished Projects

26 responses to “I Want to Believe Poster Cross Stitch

  1. eadouglas

    Oh my goodness, congratulations!! This post gives me hope for the future.


  2. I’ve been watching you work on this for a while, and it looks great!


  3. It looks really fantastic


  4. THIS! Wow… I’ve been cross stitching forever and this is by far the best project I’ve ever seen. Nice work!!


  5. jenny

    can i find this pattern anywhere??? i want to make it for my brother.. this show was our entire childhood and i can’t seem to make a decent pattern :c


  6. jenny

    oh my! thank you so much!!!! <33333

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  7. Sasha

    Your finished design looks amazing! I love the tv series can’t wait to see what the new 6 episodes will be like next year. I was wondering did you 1 or 2 strands on the 18ct Aida?


  8. Cynthia

    I am totally geeking out over this! I love it!! Is it okay if I download the PDF as well?


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  10. Ian Palmer

    Omg please tell me I can buy one


  11. Rita Cimino

    Just one question….the finished dimensions shown on the color chart page of the pdf is 66.04 cm. wide by 76.2 cm. At 13 in. by 15 in. on 18 count, centimeters would be half that at 33.02 cm by 38.1 cm. Please let me know which is correct?


  12. Amanda Nelsen

    Okay this is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for to make for my husband!! How can I get the pattern?? Dropbox says the file no longer exists.


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