I got into cross stitch a few years ago when I was going through a particularly troubling bout of depression. I found it incredibly calming and, importantly, time-consuming. I spent many hours stitching away and it really helped to get me through by providing something to concentrate on and something that was productive, without being stressful or placing massive expectations on me.

Anywho, I don’t do as much stitching these days, but I found a great pattern so on Saturday I took some rest time and got out my embroidery threads.

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A few hours later and I had my cross stitch self-portrait.

cross stitch self-portrait











Complete with Kirkstall Harriers purple vest and go-faster neon shoes. I’m really pleased with it, and I think I will stretch it over a canvas and hang it on my wall.

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