Star Wars Cross Stitch
For Christmas 2020, I made a Star Wars Cross-Stitch double picture of a stormtrooper and Darth Vader. I started it in the Summer and it took many months and hours despite being a relatively simple design (black/white).
I chose this pattern for its simplicity. I thought that the opposing black/white patterns were a nice contrast.
The concept was easy. Black thread on white fabric and white thread on black fabric. At least in theory.
The pattern itself was well done and easy to follow. I chose to mark the fabric to aid in counting. On the white fabric, it was easy. I used heat erase pens and then ironed them out afterwards. With the black fabric, the pens would not show. I used a grease pencil which took a bit of washing afterwards to come out.
I'd made small projects on black aida cloth before, but something of this scale was difficult. Black fabric makes it hard to see the holes and while I do cross-stitch partially by feel, it still helps to see the holes. When I say "by feel" I mean that I no longer have to flip the piece over to the back to see where it should come through. I can orient the needle roughly where it needs to be and with the pre-existing holes, it's easier. However, the fabric between the holes is also porous and it's easy to slip the needle through the wrong spot.