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11 January 2012 @ 03:30 pm
The Dream Is Real. And Made of Cross Stitch.  
It's finally time for me to unveil my completed Inception cross stitch! I am terribly excited about showing this off, and I hope other people like it as much as I do!

I began thinking about this project around this time last year, but didn't start stitching until towards the end of June. It took me a long time before I was happy with any of the umpty jillion patterns I tried and discarded. I noodled around with several screengrabs and whatnot of the hotel corridor fight for quite sometime before settling on doing the Arthur poster image, mainly because it had a wider range of colours than using a scene directly from the movie. I was finished the actual stitching part by the middle of November so it would seem that I keep taking around five months to do one of these cross stitches o' doom, regardless of the size of the project. (For reference, Arthur is over twice the size and contains over three times the number of stitches as my stitched Serenity, and almost double the stitches of the Enterprise one.)

At no point did I get frustrated with this project, which is a novelty to me. Not even a minor pout or kerfuffle. I can't decide if that's the reason this has been my favourite project so far, or if it is genuinely the best thing I've made. I've certainly never stitched better. The stitches and the tension are much more uniform across the piece than I've ever achieved in the past.

Here come the stats! The stitched design measures 22cm by 29cm. It contains 31,108 stitches from 25 different colours of thread. I used nearly 150 metres of those threads, and almost 50 meters of that is the very dark navy that dominates the piece.

So. Yeah. This happened.


Before washing, pressing and framing:

arthur finished unpressed

And after:



Extreme close up! (almost actual size)



And I'm going to leave a slideshow here of all the pics I took as I was stitching to help motivate me the next time a large project is getting me down, or seems to be taking forever!


Many more pics, and larger ones too, can be found here. And if you're interested in the backstory of this I tagged all my work in progress posts with this tag.

(BTW, does this count as fanart? I mean, I know it does, but could I post it to inception comms as fanart? And if so, which ones should I post it to? I am excited to show it off, but confused as to where it would be welcome. I am a bear of very little brain sometimes.)

Right, now I'm off to check my totem so I know I didn't make this beauty in a dream...

ETA: Pattern now available here.

x-posted to[livejournal.com profile] geekcrafts here,[livejournal.com profile] craftgrrl here,[livejournal.com profile] inceptionfilm here,[livejournal.com profile] inception_art here, DW Inception here and Tumblr

This entry was originally posted at http://anonymityblaize.dreamwidth.org/59655.html.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
dahliablue: inception merry chasedahliablue on January 11th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
HOLY CRAP! THAT IS AWESOME!!! I'm so in awe.

I'd post it in geekcrafts, definitely. I've seen people post fandom crafts in fanart comms before. I love those posts. But I'm not sure which are active right now. I'm so out of the loop lately.
Anonymity Blaize: keep calmanonymityblaize on January 11th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you!

Have posted it on geekcrafts just now, and I guess I'll have a look around the comms tomorrow and see where I should pimp it. I'm the same - I've spent so much time lurking or just not being caught up that I've no idea where everyone's at!
Raven Kavanagh: [axel] laugh play liveravewalker on January 11th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Holy wow, it looks incredible! Seriously, so gorgeous. :D
Anonymity Blaize: keep calmanonymityblaize on January 11th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Queen of the Damned Foolsmyrrhdusa on January 11th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
I am flabbergasted, it's just amazing.
Anonymity Blaize: inceptionanonymityblaize on January 12th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
ldhensonldhenson on January 12th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
That's phenomenal! The sequence of in-progress pics is really eye-opening as to how much work was involved, too. Now that's dedication.

I just lurk in this fandom, but when I posted my Inception crafts back in 2010, I did it at inceptionfilm and inception_art.
Anonymity Blaize: inceptionanonymityblaize on January 12th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Bizarrely, the slideshow makes it seem to me like it was really easy and is making me want to get started on another large project!

*sets off a-cross-posting*
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Anonymity Blaize: JGLanonymityblaize on January 12th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Jules: [Inception] Arthur epic shithaltlos on January 12th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Holy shit this is insanely awesome!
Anonymity Blaize: JGLanonymityblaize on January 12th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (And BTW - fantastic icon!)
bona fide sludgecicle man_fishda_ on January 12th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Wow this is intense! I admire the patience and dedication of people who cross stitch haha
Anonymity Blaize: airlineanonymityblaize on January 12th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm just one of those people who find it really soothing, almost meditative, so it doesn't feel like it's requiring any patience or anything. Which is lucky, given the stuff I want to make!
ereshaiereshai on January 12th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
This is the coolest thing ever!
It combines two things I love - Inception and cross-stitch. Awesome job.
Anonymity Blaize: catanonymityblaize on January 12th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
ilovetakahana: inceptionilovetakahana on January 12th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Jeez Louise, that is a ton of fandom love in each stitch right there. Massive props to you for charting it and then putting it all together. I am in awe at the thread usage stats.
Anonymity Blaize: inceptionanonymityblaize on January 12th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! Thank you! And I'm glad someone else appreciates the stats - I find that stuff endlessly fascinating!
jenna_mariannejenna_marianne on January 12th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, very cool.
Anonymity Blaizeanonymityblaize on January 13th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Laurylaury_kos on January 12th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)

it's so perfect!! :D ,wow, congrats on your skils
Anonymity Blaize: x-menanonymityblaize on January 13th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (Also, gif comments are the best comments, and that gif is awesometoast. Ta!)
Muppetmme_la_pyrate on January 12th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Wow holy shit! As a fellow cross-stitcher, I am blown away. What count fabric did you use? And also where did you get the gridded fabric? Seriously this is the craziest most awesome thing I have seen in a long time!!
Anonymity Blaizeanonymityblaize on January 13th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's 18 count DMC magic guide aida and it is my most favouritest thing lately - makes larger projects like this soooooooooooooo much easier!
Justice 4 Greedo: get excited and make thingsfera_festiva on January 12th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)

This is incredible. I am lost for words, truly I am - what an incredible piece of work.
Anonymity Blaize: airlineanonymityblaize on January 13th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Glasses-Fetishist: Tiger&Bunnystratergy_love on January 12th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Amazing! Wonderful work! Jealous of your skills, ahaha.
Anonymity Blaizeanonymityblaize on January 13th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Just_Jane_Doe: dimplesjust_jane_doe on January 13th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
This is seriously the coolest thing I've ever seen.... I love it so much and you did a GORGEOUS job! Arthur is perfection!!!
Anonymity Blaize: JGLanonymityblaize on January 13th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)