Sunday, 17 March 2013

Mike's Mushrooms - Update 2

I finished the first section of the embroidery and spent quite a bit of time cursing the 1 and 2 stitch's I had to do for some colours as I did so. While I could have left them till I needed the colours later on in the project I really want to just do one section completely before moving on to the next. What can be seen in the completed section is how real it looks - even in such a small section. What you can also see is how odd the next section looks right now - almost as if I've completely ruined things. I certainly hope this isn't the case and have put my trust in the pattern.

You may notice that the colour of my lines are different - this is because someone reminded me that pencil isn't all that easy to remove, especially from between lines of stitching so I've changed to the water soluble pen I had forgotten I had.

About this project:
This is a "large" and complicated cross stitch project based on a photograph by a really talented Alaskan photographer who was incredibly kind and said I could make a cross stitch of it. The photographer is Mike Gates, go check out his site - his work is amazing!

The pattern was made for me as a prize for winning a competition on dA. It's 10 inches wide  x 14 1/2 inches high = 180 x 261 stitches on 18 ct coffee dyed Aida and it uses 147 colours. I am truly intimidated but I did ask for the pattern to be as close to the photo as possible and didn't limit size or colours and I certainly got what I asked for


  1. Have you updated Mike on your progress? You really should so he can share it with his people. And yes, trust the pattern because Pinky knows what she's doing and I haven't yet seen one of her patterns miss the mark :D

    Doing it in sections is what I'm going to do with Project 2 because it is so terribly complicated (like this one you are working on now).

    Now quit reading this and get back to stitching! **cracking whip at you**

  2. Umm... no *looks guilty* I've been making sure to link to his site as much as I can as he deserves the exposure but not actually let him know what I've been doing lately - I will remedy that *before* I go back to stitching ;)

    I was nervous about the first section of the pattern but that came out so well that I know I can trust it now :) Pinky did a grand job with this pattern and I'm so excited to see the finish!

    I can't wait to see your updates! It kind of feels fun that we are both working on a complicated project at the same time :)

    Yes boss but may I also cook dinner?