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:
And some more detailed shots:
It now has a proud place next to the front door.
To compare, here is a still from the show that shows the poster in Mulder’s office:
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).