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  • #1915 Reply

    This is the forum for Pattern 5. Post your questions, comments, or just bitch and moan about the color white.

    Leave a comment about the most *difficult* thing you ever stitched…

  • #1923 Reply

    I still think it could be Snoopy…maybe?

    Not sure what my most difficult stitching project was. I’ve been working on a couple of fractal bookmarks, stitched over one on black, charts just wall-to-wall symbols…those are slow going. I’ve done a few small Teresa Wentlzer pieces, and those are pretty involved, what with the blended colors, beading, backstitching, confetti, and fractional stitches out the wazoo.

    I’d like to tackle a Chatelaine mandala someday. Those look nicely challenging. However, just kitting up for one of those can set you back a couple hundred bucks — which would certainly make it the most financially difficult stitching project I ever did.

    • #1937 Reply

      I can’t imagine how long it would take to do fractal cross stitches, especially over black! I bet they’re amazing, though. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing some kind of Steotch-y fractal piece, but I think it would be hard to pull off… and take so long to stitch up!

  • #1927 Reply


    Probably some Janlyn Santa ornaments – they’re on 18 ct Aida and have a lot of partial stitches, backstitching, french knots, and other embellishments, but the two I’ve finished stitching look great!

    Half-finished Santa ornaments

    • #1936 Reply

      Ana, those are lovely! Such beautiful work.

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  • #1934 Reply


    Last years mystery stitch along. It was HARD.

  • #1935 Reply

    This one is tough for me to answer, but I’m going to go with Kiss the Cook. It was really difficult to create the pattern (by hand, I don’t use those computer programs that scan photos and give you a pixelated chart in return), and like all of the faces we’ve done, I improvised the colors as I went along. It kept getting more and more technical as I tried to get the image just right. I will never forget the many months I worked on that piece- every night, I would stitch on the sofa, my baby sleeping in the sling in my lap. It was a crazy time, and that sampler was no small piece of the madness.

    • #1942 Reply


      I couldn’t imagine how hard it was to create that! Kiss the cook has been by far the most difficult thing I have stitched but it turn out wonderfully! 🙂

    • #1949 Reply


      Seconded for being the most difficult thing I have ever stitched. I looked at it for ages trying to imagine how someone would be able to make a pattern like that.

  • #1943 Reply

    Dear Steotch,

    I can’t make it on a coupla high-altitude fucks once or twice a year! You are too much for me Emily & Matt, you son-of-a-whore, son-bitches! I wish I knew how to quit you…but I don’t want to, even with all that dammed white!!

    Be proud of yourselves Fitzpatrick family, this is by far the most challenging piece I’ve ever worked on, I even had to change the batteries on my stupid headlamp just so I could try to get a better look at the white floss on oatmeal cloth. If this were something that I was doing for myself, I would have changed up the colors long ago or thrown an adult hissy fit and tossed it out on the front lawn while I sobbed.

    But I’ve got my pride and I ain’t no quitter! I love/hate you so much that I even paid for this torture, not because I felt like I needed to, but because I wanted to!

    So put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    All my love,

    • #1987 Reply
      Steotch Fine Needleart
      Steotch Fine Needleart

      Kara, I’m humbled. Thank you! <3

      You’re doing awesome!

  • #1950 Reply


    I think the most difficult thing I’ve stitched was a nyan cat book mark. Not really technically challenging, but I stitched it on plastic canvas and got bored long before I was done. It just felt tedious.

  • #1957 Reply


    The hardest thing I’ve done (in my limited repertoire) was Sam Jackson’s motherfucking hair, last year. On another note, my husband has requested a dickbutt, so Imma figure out how to freeball that…

  • #1960 Reply


    The hardest thing I never stitched was the Serenity Prayer with either Borg Captain Picard or Jabba the Hut/Princess Leia. I am having the hardest time not stitching them, but alas, there is no pattern.

    I have done:
    Oh Hai
    Family Love
    In the Garden of Eden
    All the Way
    Kiss the Cook
    Mystery Steotch-along 2013
    Mystery Steotch-along 2014 (in progress)

    Maybe if I post a pic of them all together there will be a change of heart regarding never publishing either of these patterns? Do I need to first also complete Noam Sweet Noam, The Imposter, and Deal With It, which I have bought patterns/materials for but not yet started?

    Because I will. My dedication to steotch is unwavering. (Though in all honesty, I was probably going to eventually get to them anyway).

    • #1986 Reply
      Steotch Fine Needleart
      Steotch Fine Needleart

      Wow, you are a Steotch superfan! You must be hiding your real name, because I’m sure I know you. 🙂 Thanks for all the support!

      We would love to sell those patterns if we could. Character licenses aside, I made the Leia/Jabba piece before we ever considered publishing our patterns, and like I make many of our intricate patterns, I stitched by improvisation… and I didn’t write it down. So I have no record of the pattern. Bummer, huh? Same thing with House. How I wish I had a record of what I did on that sampler. Maybe I’ll just have to reinvent it someday, for all my hardcore beotches.

  • #1970 Reply

    For sure it was the last Steotchalong. The number of browns, the blended colors, the quarter stitches…but I survived!

  • #1975 Reply

    Yep. Last year’s Steotchalong was the hardest.

  • #1981 Reply


    The hardest pattern I’ve done is one that I haven’t even finished yet — this dragon, which I’ve been working at off and on for, like, two years. I recently finished the dragon but still have the border to do, plus tons of backstitching (ugh). It’s had lots of small details, lots of shades of each color, and it’s stitched with this shimmery thread that LOVES to get tangled up. I bought the kit thinking it would be a fun, nerdy thing to do for my fiance, but it has been a real challenge. A fun one though! And it’s seriously honed my cross stitching skillz.

    • #1983 Reply

      That’s amazing!!

    • #1985 Reply
      Steotch Fine Needleart
      Steotch Fine Needleart

      I bow! That looks like such a HUGE project, and on black fabric, no less! You are hardcore!
      And yeah, that polyester thread is a real beotch. Anyone try Thread Heaven on their polyester thread before? I’ve heard some people have had success with it. The company is secretive with their ingredients, though, and I like to know what I’m touching, so I haven’t tried it.

      Again, awesome dragon!

  • #1984 Reply

    Hi all – Sorry I haven’t been posting very much; my day job keeps me pretty busy. Just wanted to say how gratifying it is to hear stories from people who’ve really wrestled with making our patterns – for whom last year’s Steotchalong (or this year’s) was a real challenge – but who are still here, following each step, waiting for the new links, looking for our little jokes, and playing along, just believing that the end product is going to be something worthy of all the time and energy.

    We ran through SO many ideas for Steotchalong 2014 and none of them were quite right until one morning we hit upon the final concept and it clicked and we knew we had a winner. Stick with it, I promise you’re gonna be glad you did when we get to the end.

    Also thank god you’re using these forums. Would have felt like such a loser if no one came to our party.



  • #1997 Reply


    This Is the hardest thing that I have worked on (still working on) it’s 4 years in and I’m still not finished. Lots of blended and metallics but the hardest part is the tree backround there’s so many different symbols not grouped up so I have to change thread every other minute.

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  • #2004 Reply


    I am loving the stitching and the forums as well! I don’t know a lot of stitches so it’s lovely to know you all are out there and are so fun.

    My hardest project lately might be In Da Manger – at least technically. Those French Knots and metallic thread tested my patience (which is not difficult to do). My main form of project are huge painting reproductions. I guess that’s the best way to describe them. They’re all full stitches and every square is filled in so it’s easy to tell if something’s missing. One of the first ones I did was Gustav Klimt’s Garden with Sunflowers (?). Basically it was two stitches each of a bazillion different colors. It wasn’t technically difficult, but it almost broke my soul.

  • #2053 Reply

    Summer Plum

    I don’t know what I would say has been the hardest… I have this vague memory of being 7 or 8 and my mom talking me through half stitches and French knots… she used to do these AMAZING complicated pieces – she made each of us very complicated Christmas stockings – so I can imagine my self thinking I could do something fancy. Ahh childhood dreams.

    I’m currently working on a massive sized Zelda themed sampler and it’s probably the hardest thing I remember working on. So. Many. Tiny. Black. Stitches. The white on white with Snoopy hasn’t even bothered me because it means not stitching tiny black lines. Why I don’t start with simple things, I never will know.

  • #2062 Reply


    This owl/tree/moon piece was the hardest thing I’ve ever stitched – mainly because I had to also chart it and create the pattern as I went along. I found a pic of it online and the original stitcher of the pattern had lost the pattern years ago, so re-making it myself was my only option!

    owl tree

    I am not finding this years mystery stitch a long too hard (yet?), I used a nice tan colored background (i read the instructions UNLIKE so many other whiners!!), so no white-on-white here. I did stitch the suspiciously snoopy-shaped white blob exactly 10 stitches over from where it was supposed to be though… I almost left it, but decided a few days ago to take it out and move it to the right place.

    • #2154 Reply
      Steotch Fine Needleart
      Steotch Fine Needleart

      Heather, I love your owl stitching! The background hatch is a really neat effect with the other pieces. Nice recreation! 🙂

      You’ll be glad you took the time to move it- you’ll want that space for the text.

  • #2066 Reply

    I can’t think of my hardest stitching project, but I have to say…while working on this piece, with the blue back stitching around the side…I keep thinking, “Dick. Butt. Dick. Butt,” as I stitch. The ‘upper’ part (that kinda’ looks like a heart) is the butt. The lower part (toward the inside of the pattern) looks like…well a nut sack, but hey. Ya’ work with what ya’ got, right?!

  • #2400 Reply
    Steotch Fine Needleart
    Steotch Fine Needleart

    Amazing! I would never have the patience to stick with a project for that long. It’s stunning. You must have so many memories and reflections wrapped up in that piece, from all the time you spent working on it. Bravo! (What did you end up doing it with it, once you were done? Please tell me you framed it and hung it somewhere for everyone to see how freaking awesome you are.)

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  • #2001 Reply

    Amendment to my answer:

    Technically the hardest pattern for me is The Accolade which I intended to make as a wedding present for a friend and hadn’t gotten past the “gather supplies” stage. I’d wanted to convert the x-stitches to petit point and ran into a wall with fractional stitches. Decided now to do it properly so maybe I can have it ready for their 10th anniversary this fall. ~DOH~

  • #2155 Reply
    Steotch Fine Needleart
    Steotch Fine Needleart

    Liisa- what a beautiful piece. Very ambition! I am sure it will be a real treasure when you finish it.

  • #2006 Reply


    Zen Cross StitchMy most difficult project to date had been this Zen pattern. I originally thought it would be a fairly easy stitch. It took me months of stitching during whole rainy day weekends while my boyfriend played through several video games and many, many 6 hour table top RPG gaming days. For a while I thought I would never finish it. In the end though it turned out beautifully. It’s a present for my boyfriend’s stepfather as a thank you for a gorgeous set of wood cabinets that he built for us. And it will grace the walls of the Zen themed cabin he has been building. I can’t wait to see his face when I give it to him.

  • #2157 Reply
    Steotch Fine Needleart
    Steotch Fine Needleart

    Kate, that’s simply stunning! What a lovely gift. Was it a kit or a pattern? Did you have a favorite section to stitch? I like the shading of the wood frame and the bamboo.

  • #2384 Reply


    This is the hardest cross-stitch I have finished. It took four years.
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    Steotch Fine Needleart
    Steotch Fine Needleart

    Amazing! I would never have the patience to stick with a project for that long. It’s stunning. You must have so many memories and reflections wrapped up in that piece, from all the time you spent working on it. Bravo! (What did you end up doing it with it, once you were done? Please tell me you framed it and hung it somewhere for everyone to see how freaking awesome you are.)

  • #2409 Reply

    Thank you! I’ve had to discourage my friend from buying prints of that image without telling her why. It will be my stitching priority once this steotchalong is done. They’ve certainly waited long enough for it!

  • #2512 Reply


    It was a pattern that I bought from France of all places. All the directions were in French but it was all regular cross stitches and backstitches and the color list was DMC so it was easy to find. My favorite part part turned out to be the stacked stones in the lower right corner. It was super fun to see the shading come together because it was a lot of one stitch followed by two stitches of a slightly different shade of grey followed by a single stitch of a third grey then two more stitches of the first grey. I was also super pleased with the central bonsai. Someday after I finish some of my pending projects I may stitch up just the bonsai to keep for myself, but I won’t be doing the whole thing again.

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