People Show That Cross-Stitching Can Be Cooler Than You Think

It’s never too late to start a new hobby. In fact, now’s the best time to do so since most of us are spending more time at home. So, why not try your hands at cross-stitching? After all, it’s easy and repetitive, so it’s the perfect pastime to help you take your mind off things. And before you even start thinking it’s a boring hobby, check out these awesome projects that will convince you otherwise!

Apparently, there’s a subreddit called r/CrossStitch where talented stitchers come together and share their amazing projects. From stunning sceneries, pop culture icons, to internet memes, their works prove that embroidery can be fun too. Keep scrolling down to see their stitched masterpieces for some inspiration!


“Came across this on Facebook… it took him 20 years to finish this periodic table of elements”

cross-stitch art periodic table of elements


“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.”

cross-stitch art black cat in garden


“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!”

cross-stitch art pokemon by six-year-old boy


“Schrödinger’s cat glow in the dark is finished!”

cross-stitch art glow in the dark schrodinger's cat


“Today I ironed my mega-cat project & it’s in the mail to my aunt!”

cross-stitch art mother cat and kitten


“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!”

cross-stitch art pink roses on old strainer


“Literally took blood and tears, but I am very proud of my first project”

cross-stitch art japanese garden


“Finally got around to finishing this one!”

cross-stitch art bee


These awesome projects by the members of the subreddit r/CrossStitch will prove that cross-stitching is not a boring hobby

Founded in 2010, the community currently has 225K members. Aside from serving as an online collection of its talented members’  impressive works, the forum also hosts discussions, giveaways, and competitions. Last year, Reddit user u/ramintake bagged the Best Project Award with her entry “Quarantine Mood.”


“I stitched the representation of the quarantine mood”

counted-thread embroidery art quarantine mood


“300 stitches every day should do it”

cross-stitch art avengers
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“I completed my ocean triptych today!”

cross-stitch art ocean triptych


“Over 5,000 hours and 3+ years in the works. My mother finally completed her Counted Cross-stitch with 606,875 stitches.”

cross-stitch art bride standing on stairs


“Done and dusted just in time for my best friend’s birthday! Pattern by Olga Lankevich”

cross-stitch art eden serpent


“Cross stitching on a plane…”

woman cross-stitching on plane


“A 2020 update: lost the boyfriend but kept the cat. Priorities.”

cross-stitch art woman with boyfriend and cat


“I did this for my boyfriend who is a gynecologist.”

cross-stitch art gynecologist pun


“My grandmother’s senior portrait!”

cross-stitch art grandmother senior portrait


“Halfway down, ‘Spanish lace’ by Riolis. Stitched 1 over 1 on Monaco.”

cross-stitch art spanish lace


“A few months ago I posted that I was cross-stitching my old cats for mum’s 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.”

cross-stitch art curled up cat


“I just started a new job where I (Annie) sit between an Ann and an Anna. So I self-drafted a direction sign”

cross-stitch art ann anna annie office direction sign


“So I finished my summer stitching project a little early”

cross-stitch art northern lights


“It took me two and a half years! Gamer Nouveau by Gecko Rouge.”

cross-stitch art gamer nouveau


” 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.”

cross-stitch art lady in garden


Social Distancing Romance

counted-thread embroidery art social distancing romance

Basically, it’s a stitched version of the “This Is Fine” meme which features a dog sitting calmly at a kitchen table as massive flames engulf the room. It originally appeared in one of the six panels of On Fire from KC Green’s “Gunshow” comic. Although u/ramintake is fond of memes in general, she had a deeper reason for choosing to recreate Green’s illustration.


“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.”


“Everyone loves a good before & after backstitching, right?”

cross-stitch art wolf before and after backstitching


“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!”

cross-stitch art blue raven


“Update: The day he proposed”

counted-thread embroidery art couple proposal


“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”

counted-thread embroidery art cats on roof


“1.5 years later and I am finished!”

counted-thread embroidery art pokemon characters


“I made blackwork Kyoshi for my best friend! (self-drafted)”

counted-thread embroidery art blackwork kyoshi


“My very first finished & framed project, even though I’ve been stitching for about 25 years”

counted-thread embroidery art funny giraffe


“Disney Stained Glass project, complete! Still can’t believe that I did this!”

counted-thread embroidery art disney characters stained glass


“My first cross stitch ever. Bought this pattern close to my place. Don’t judge!”

counted-thread embroidery art lowicz roosters


“Got back into stitching after a long break, finished this beauty last night”

counted-thread embroidery art hogwarts the first meeting


From stunning sceneries, pop culture icons, to internet memes, their works prove that embroidery can be fun too!


“My trio of US national parks”

counted-thread embroidery art us national parks


“I made a thing! Self-drafted”

counted-thread embroidery art plague apparel


“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.”

counted-thread embroidery art cherry blossoms with cross



“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!”

counted-thread embroidery art day and night yin-yang


“My second ever project! So proud of it”

counted-thread embroidery art my neighbor totoro


“I’m so happy with how it looks, I wanted to show someone”

counted-thread embroidery art blackwork horse


“Ready to graduate!”

counted-thread embroidery art floral wreath on graduation hat


“Current circumstances have significantly changed the meaning of this one since I started it in February.”

counted-thread embroidery art x-files i want to leave


“My 8-year-old finished her first cross stitch project and she’s so proud!”

counted-thread embroidery art i choose you eevee


“Ring box I made for proposing to my now fiancee!”

counted-thread embroidery art ring box for fiancee

It’s no secret that cross-stitching is a traditional craft. So, conventionalists are highly likely going to frown upon any attempt to give it a modern rendition. In fact, even u/ramintake wasn’t spared from harsh criticisms from some members of a local cross stitch Facebook group too.


“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.'”


Cross Stitch on a Wall in Estavayer, Switzerland

cross-stitch art flowers on house wall


“A Minecraft Bee I just finished! I love how it turned out.”

counted-thread embroidery art minecraft bee


“Probably my most satisfying “before and after backstitching” example yet!”

counted-thread embroidery art plants and bees before and after backstitching


“My mom made me a Pokemon-themed tissue box!”

counted-thread embroidery art pokemon-themed tissue box


“I fixed it. Got the kit at Joanns.”

counted-thread embroidery art llama pun


“Added a few more paintings to my art collection! (self drafted)”

counted-thread embroidery art miniature paintings

So, it’s a good thing that she found another community where members uplift each other and respect each other’s artistic styles.

“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.”