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completely cauchy cross stitch self portrait 01 Beautiful, Insanely Detailed Cross Stitch Self Portrait

In this, the age of the selfie, sharing one’s own likeness is pretty standard. That said, this gorgeous cross-stitch self-portrait—all 40,400 stitches of it—from quilter and needlework artist Completely Cauchy takes the practice to a glorious new level!

Some data? I did this like everyone else does: one stitch at a time. At 20 st/in, amounting to 10" square…that’s 40,400 stitches. Each one was meaningful, even during Operation Blackify to achieve the chiaroscuro. During this winter break from RealJob, I made this my full-time pursuit—at least 8 hours a day most days. It took 25 days.

completely cauchy cross stitch self portrait 02 Beautiful, Insanely Detailed Cross Stitch Self Portrait

I love the rich use of color and texture in this portrait, and the details are absolutely stunning. Just looking at the close-up shots makes my hands ache in sympathy! (And, for those of you who’re wondering, there is a photo of the back, and it’s beautiful too.)

Want to see more? Check out the rest of the photos over on Completely Cauchy.

Haley Pierson-Cox

Brooklyn-based DIY from a Gal in Granny Glasses
http://www.thezenofmaking.com


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