50 Times People Who Do Not Believe Cross-Stitching To Be A Boring Hobby Made These Incredible Things

If you enjoyed Bored Panda’s article on the subreddit r/Sewing, you will probably like this one too!

It’s called r/CrossStitch and the people who belong to this sub are just as creative and skilled.

Just one quick scroll and you can find a stitch of the meme that perfectly represents our quarantine mood, the legendary Bernie Sanders’ pose at the inauguration, and plenty of other cool projects.

However, going through a subreddit that was created all the way back in 2010 can take you quite a while. So we hand-picked a set of photos of the most impressive works the members of r/CrossStitch have shared. Enjoy!

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1 Year Ago This Saturday I Came Home With An Empty Cat Carrier After Helping To Release My Best Friend From A 2 Year Battle With Terminal Cancer. I Worked On This Piece Through Tears That Week, And Just Got The Frame Back In Time To Hang It In His Memory For The One Year Anniversary

1 Year Ago This Saturday I Came Home With An Empty Cat Carrier After Helping To Release My Best Friend From A 2 Year Battle With Terminal Cancer. I Worked On This Piece Through Tears That Week, And Just Got The Frame Back In Time To Hang It In His Memory For The One Year Anniversary

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Lori Meed1 day ago

So beautiful!30ReplyView more comments#2 

My 6 Year Old Has Been Getting In On The Cross Stitch Hype In My House Too. He’s So Proud, He Wants To Show His Progress Off To Everyone!

My 6 Year Old Has Been Getting In On The Cross Stitch Hype In My House Too. He's So Proud, He Wants To Show His Progress Off To Everyone!

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Aroace tiger (any pronouns)1 day ago

Omg that is amazing!!43ReplyView more comments

One of the biggest rockstars on the subreddit is u/ramintake. Her work “Quarantine Mood” won the Best Project award in the official 2020 r/CrossStitch awards, and I feel that her personal story of discovering this activity is very much alike to what so many members of the sub go through. “When I was little, I would always see my mom crafting something with her hands but for a long time these activities seemed too intimidating for me; I thought I didn’t have enough patience,” u/ramintake told Bored Panda about the origins of her hobby.

“One day, however, when I was about 21, I just got a sudden urge to cross-stitch something. I think that feeling flooded me out of a need to rest my thoughts. At the time, I was a working student and really needed to reboot myself. Cross stitching turned out to be an excellent solution because it’s a very mechanical, repetitive, and calming process.”#3 

Schrödinger’s Cat Glow In The Dark Is Finished!

Schrödinger’s Cat Glow In The Dark Is Finished!

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Eileen Barnett1 day ago

I absolutely Love That!!34ReplyView more comments#4 

Today I Ironed My Mega-Cat Project & It’s In The Mail To My Aunt!

Today I Ironed My Mega-Cat Project & It’s In The Mail To My Aunt!

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Rachknits1 day ago

Love this and it took a whole lot of work, amazing x27ReplyView more commentshttps://7b2d040202edc160e39288828f213ab8.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

After getting some supplies, the woman began working on her first piece. It was a cat. u/ramintake shared a pic of the little tabby as soon as she completed it on her social media. Her friend, Justina, loved the image and since she knew u/ramintake decorated clothes, she suggested cross-stitching them too.

“I love that cross stitching is an old traditional craft that has connections to both women from manor houses and village farmhouses but people have also discovered new angles for it, making it become a form of rock and roll!” u/ramintake said. “I personally enjoy a combination of flower patterns and surprising texts.”

Though she has made one exception, the cross stitcher highlighted that even though her friends and random people on the internet send commission offers, she rejects them in an attempt to maintain the creative freedom she picked up the needle for in the first place. “The thought that I was doing a project for the result and not the process would simply pressure me and eliminate all the joy.”#5 

Day 5 Of Quarantine, I’ve Run Out Of Fabric And Have Had To Resort To Cross Stitching This Old Strainer. Turned Out Pretty Good I Think!

Day 5 Of Quarantine, I’ve Run Out Of Fabric And Have Had To Resort To Cross Stitching This Old Strainer. Turned Out Pretty Good I Think!

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K Witmer1 day ago

You could hang this on the wall as a decoration39ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

Came Across This On Facebook…it Took Him 20 Years To Finish This Periodic Table Of Elements

Came Across This On Facebook...it Took Him 20 Years To Finish This Periodic Table Of Elements

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Marcellus the Third1 day ago

The detail photo is crucial! “Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 are now formally named nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og); Date: December 2, 2016; Source: International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)”, so he did think ahead when he started!24ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

The famous “Quarantine Mood” was born out of the close relationship u/ramintake has with memes and the internet in general. “I find it really interesting when things that have existed purely online receive a physical body and become real offline, too. I made the ‘this is fine’ project during the first lockdown in my country, a time when this picture encapsulated the uncertainty of the situation and the sliver of positivity and hope we all tried to hold onto, telling ourselves precisely that it’s fine.”

The subreddit r/CrossStitch is more than just a virtual gallery of its members’ works. It also includes plenty of patterns, discussions, giveaways, and competitions related to the passion they all share. But according to u/ramintake, it’s awesome not only for the substance of its content but also the way it’s presented.

“Before becoming a member of the subreddit, I was in a local cross stitch Facebook group that continued the ‘classic’ line of the craft. When I uploaded a picture of a sweatshirt I did, I received a lot of strange comments, like, ‘Your work belongs on a doormat’ or ‘A black top with an equal number of roses is only good for a funeral,'” u/ramintake explained.#7 

Literally Took Blood And Tears, But I Am Very Proud Of My First Project

Literally Took Blood And Tears, But I Am Very Proud Of My First Project

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Laura Mende (Human)1 day ago

Nice! Very good! Your FIRST Project???!!! Amazing!!!48ReplyView more comments#8 

I Lost It At The Glasses

I Lost It At The Glasses

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Airis Malfoy1 day ago(edited)

Avengers. Assemble!25ReplyView more commentshttps://7b2d040202edc160e39288828f213ab8.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Needless to say, her first impression of online stitching communities was bad. It wasn’t until u/ramintake discovered r/CrossStitch when she changed her opinion. “The subreddit instantly felt like a remedy for my soul because I discovered the stitching rock and roll I was so fascinated with myself. It’s a place where I not only show people my projects but drool at their creativity as well.”

This community, u/ramintake said, is very supportive and motivating. Whether an experienced pro uploads a pic of his year-long masterpiece or a newbie submits their first experiment, everyone gets their fair share of love and praise.#9 

Finally Got Around To Finishing This One!

Finally Got Around To Finishing This One!

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Sally Kaye1 day ago

Lovely!8ReplyView more comments#10 

Cross Stich On A Wall In Estavayer, Switzerland

Cross Stich On A Wall In Estavayer, Switzerland

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Flowers1 day ago

What happens when it rains?20ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

I Completed My Ocean Triptych Today!

I Completed My Ocean Triptych Today!

SuperquooL Report247pointsPOST

Merty Robinson1 day ago

beautiful.12ReplyView more comments#12 

A 2020 Update: Lost The Boyfriend But Kept The Cat. Priorities

A 2020 Update: Lost The Boyfriend But Kept The Cat. Priorities

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Sally Kaye1 day ago

How cute!16ReplyView more comments#13 

Done And Dusted Just In Time For My Best Friend’s Birthday! Pattern By Olga Lankevich

Done And Dusted Just In Time For My Best Friend's Birthday! Pattern By Olga Lankevich

Laas-Yah-Nir Report237pointsPOST

ume reid1 day ago(edited)

here is the pattern! https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/756146329/eden-serpent-cross-stitch-pattern-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_5&crt=111ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

Over 5,000 Hours And 3+ Years In The Works. My Mother Finally Completed Her Counted Cross-Stitch With 606,875 Stitches

Over 5,000 Hours And 3+ Years In The Works. My Mother Finally Completed Her Counted Cross-Stitch With 606,875 Stitches

LaneRandi Report237pointsPOST

Sally Kaye1 day ago

just WOW!26ReplyView more comments#15 

I’m Sure This One Belongs Here

I'm Sure This One Belongs Here

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Mihai Mara1 day ago

Great message! :))))28ReplyView more comments#16 

I Did This For My Boyfriend Who Is A Gynecologist

I Did This For My Boyfriend Who Is A Gynecologist

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Auntriarch1 day ago

Snort-laugh!38ReplyView more comments#17 

Half Way Down, “Spanish Lace” By Riolis. Stitched 1 Over 1 On Monaco

Half Way Down, "Spanish Lace" By Riolis. Stitched 1 Over 1 On Monaco

milu6ka Report215pointsPOST

Sally Kaye1 day ago

That is so beautiful!21ReplyView more comments#18 

My Grandmother’s Senior Portrait!

My Grandmother’s Senior Portrait!

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Queen Metapha1 day ago

A photo portrait?! That should be first on this list!!24ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

I Just Started A New Job Where I (Annie) Sit Between An Ann And An Anna. So I Self-Drafted A Direction Sign

I Just Started A New Job Where I (Annie) Sit Between An Ann And An Anna. So I Self-Drafted A Direction Sign

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Sally Kaye1 day ago

Funny!33ReplyView more comments#20 

A Few Months Ago I Posted That I Was Cross Stitching My Old Cats For Mums Christmas Present – Cat 2/3 Is Complete! Sadly We Lost This Guy To Old Age While I Was Making This, But The Process Of Stitching Him Was Very Therapeutic. Pattern By Me Using Pixel Stitch

A Few Months Ago I Posted That I Was Cross Stitching My Old Cats For Mums Christmas Present - Cat 2/3 Is Complete! Sadly We Lost This Guy To Old Age While I Was Making This, But The Process Of Stitching Him Was Very Therapeutic. Pattern By Me Using Pixel Stitch

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Lori Meed1 day ago

Perfect!11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

So I Finished My Summer Stitching Project A Little Early

So I Finished My Summer Stitching Project A Little Early

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Sally Kaye1 day ago

How cool!9ReplyView more comments#22 

I’m Terrible At Starting Huge Projects But Never Finishing Them. This One Was The First “Big” Piece I Ever Completed And It Took Four Years! I’m Particularly Proud Of The Shawl

I’m Terrible At Starting Huge Projects But Never Finishing Them. This One Was The First “Big” Piece I Ever Completed And It Took Four Years! I’m Particularly Proud Of The Shawl

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Laura Mende (Human)1 day ago

WOW! Just… wow! 

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It Took Me Two And A Half Years! Gamer Nouveau By Gecko Rouge

It Took Me Two And A Half Years! Gamer Nouveau By Gecko Rouge

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Georgia Hebert23 hours ago

Lovely!14ReplyView more comments#24 

Everyone Loves A Good Before & After Backstitching, Right?

Everyone Loves A Good Before & After Backstitching, Right?

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Luther von Wolfen1 day ago

I do art using watercolor pencils and ink. The effect is the same when I add the black outline at the end of the process. It just pops.23ReplyView more comments#25 

1.5 Years Later And I Am Finished!

1.5 Years Later And I Am Finished!

Nowork_morestitching Report172pointsPOST

Sally Kaye1 day ago

I am in awe,,,,20ReplyView more comments#26 

Hi To All! I’m A 27 Yo Cross-Stitcher And I’m Proud To Show You My First Big Completed Project With Backstitch. I Think It’s Still Not Perfect, But I Really Adore My Result. Pattern “Purring On The Roofs” By Cutepatternsbymaria

Hi To All! I'm A 27 Yo Cross-Stitcher And I'm Proud To Show You My First Big Completed Project With Backstitch. I Think It's Still Not Perfect, But I Really Adore My Result. Pattern "Purring On The Roofs" By Cutepatternsbymaria

Mortis_Aeterna Report172pointsPOST

Lori Meed1 day ago

Well done!13ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

My Beautiful Raven Is Finished! Sooo Happy With How This Piece Turned Out. I Hope You Enjoy Looking At It As Much As I Do!

My Beautiful Raven Is Finished! Sooo Happy With How This Piece Turned Out. I Hope You Enjoy Looking At It As Much As I Do!

bisingular Report168pointsPOST

Sally Kaye1 day ago

WOW11ReplyView more comments#28 

The Day He Proposed

The Day He Proposed

ManinBlack19 Report166pointsPOST

Goth mouse (they/them)1 day ago

Wow! How can you do a photo?? 16ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

Got Back Into Stitching After A Long Break, Finished This Beauty Last Night

Got Back Into Stitching After A Long Break, Finished This Beauty Last Night

cheeserella Report166pointsPOST

Airis Malfoy1 day ago

Hogwarts Is My Home!18ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

I Made Blackwork Kyoshi For My Best Friend! (Self-Drafted)

I Made Blackwork Kyoshi For My Best Friend! (Self-Drafted)

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Gwen1 day ago

This is absolutely amazing!12ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#31 

Disney Stained Glass Project, Complete! Still Can’t Believe That I Did This!

Disney Stained Glass Project, Complete! Still Can't Believe That I Did This!

megface91 Report163pointsPOST

Sally Kaye1 day ago

Triple WOW!14ReplyView more comments#32 

My Very First Finished & Framed Project, Even Though I’ve Been Stitching For About 25 Years

My Very First Finished & Framed Project, Even Though I've Been Stitching For About 25 Years

DHM1012 Report161pointsPOST

Auntriarch22 hours ago

I could laugh every time I see this17ReplyView more comments#33 

My First Cross Stich Ever. Bought This Pattern Close To My Place. Don’t Judge!

My First Cross Stich Ever. Bought This Pattern Close To My Place. Don’t Judge!

Bezbecka Report159pointsPOST

Georgia Hebert23 hours ago

I am judging. I think it’s wonderful.53ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#34 

My Trio Of Us National Parks

My Trio Of Us National Parks

reddit.com Report158pointsPOST

Mihai Mara1 day ago

These look amazing. I simply love the colours and the vibe.12ReplyView more comments#35 

I Made A Thing! Self-Drafted

I Made A Thing! Self-Drafted

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Lori Meed1 day ago

Love this so much!16ReplyView more comments#36 

This Is A Wedding Gift For My Future Daughter In Law. It Says What Her Name Will Be When She Marries My Son & Their Wedding Date. (Her Middle Name Means Cherry Blossom) The Cross Belonged To My Late Husband. She Asked My Son If His Dad Would’ve Liked Her. He Would’ve Loved Her

This Is A Wedding Gift For My Future Daughter In Law. It Says What Her Name Will Be When She Marries My Son & Their Wedding Date. (Her Middle Name Means Cherry Blossom) The Cross Belonged To My Late Husband. She Asked My Son If His Dad Would’ve Liked Her. He Would’ve Loved Her

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Flowers1 day ago

How sweet and thoughtful!24ReplyView more comments#37 

I Stitched The Representation Of The Quarantine Mood

I Stitched The Representation Of The Quarantine Mood

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Justina Palinavičiūtė1 day ago

Raminta is on Fire, baby 🙂5ReplyView more comments#38 

Social Distancing Romance

Social Distancing Romance

ramintake Report147pointsPOST

Flowers1 day ago

That’s so cute!18ReplyView more comments#39 

My First Everest. This Took 4+ Months And 100 Headaches, But I Have Finally Finished The First Big Project I’ve Started. I Cant Wait To Give It To My Mum!

My First Everest. This Took 4+ Months And 100 Headaches, But I Have Finally Finished The First Big Project I've Started. I Cant Wait To Give It To My Mum!

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lunar eclipse1 day ago

I wanna learn cross stitching16ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#40 

My Second Ever Project! So Proud Of It 

My Second Ever Project! So Proud Of It

jessb2611 Report140pointsPOST

Juds Conne23 hours ago

Darling and dreamy.7ReplyView more comments#41 

Ring Box I Made For Proposing To My Now Fiancee!

Ring Box I Made For Proposing To My Now Fiancee!

Heliade Report138pointsPOST

Axolotl King1 day ago

Oh wow that looks good.16ReplyView more comments#42 

I’m So Happy With How It Looks, I Wanted To Show Someone

I'm So Happy With How It Looks, I Wanted To Show Someone

Yevrah95 Report137pointsPOST

Sally Kaye1 day ago

Fantastic!11ReplyView more comments#43 

Current Circumstances Have Significantly Changed The Meaning Of This One Since I Started It In February

Current Circumstances Have Significantly Changed The Meaning Of This One Since I Started It In February

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Sally Kaye1 day ago

Great!8ReplyView more comments#44 

A Minecraft Bee I Just Finished! I Love How It Turned Out

A Minecraft Bee I Just Finished! I Love How It Turned Out

Hylian_Princess816 Report135pointsPOST

Nope1 day ago

That’s too cute16ReplyView more comments#45 

Ready To Graduate!

Ready To Graduate!

thru6 Report134pointsPOST

Sally Kaye1 day ago

Amazing!11ReplyView more comments#46 

Probably My Most Satisfying “Before And After Backstitching” Example Yet!

Probably My Most Satisfying “Before And After Backstitching” Example Yet!

Andromeda321 Report133pointsPOST

thatmagicgaychick22 hours ago

The “before” is cool-looking, but the finished product is amazing.18ReplyView more comments#47 

My 8 Year Old Finished Her First Cross Stitch Project And She’s So Proud!

My 8 Year Old Finished Her First Cross Stitch Project And She's So Proud!

Yellow_coffee_mug Report131pointsPOST

Lori Meed1 day ago

Adorable! Well.done.11ReplyView more comments#48 

My Mom Made Me A Pokemon-Themed Tissue Box!

My Mom Made Me A Pokemon-Themed Tissue Box!

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Miss Cris23 hours ago(edited)

That’s a lot of work!11ReplyView more comments#49 

Added A Few More Paintings To My Art Collection! (Self Drafted)

Added A Few More Paintings To My Art Collection! (Self Drafted)

dumpling_schumpling Report123pointsPOST

Auntriarch21 hours ago

Your very own gallery!9ReplyView more comments#50 

I Fixed It. Got The Kit At Joanns

I Fixed It. Got The Kit At Joanns

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Sally Kaye1 day ago

Clever!9ReplyView more comments

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