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Resonant by pinkythepink Resonant by pinkythepink
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Started waaaaaay back in 2007, fondly nicknamed The Space Project (TSP), cosmicbound (previously j4m3sb0nd) was nice enough to let me use his image Resonant for my cross stitching needs. :heart:
Resonant by cosmicbound

:star:There's an updated description for stitchingpirates's new Pirate Pride contest below the original description!:star: fav.me/d6qxeol

One of the few images I've actually put a signature on. I know as a stitcher I always should, but it seems only the most important ones actually get it. Ashley Mae, 2009, in pink sits in the corner. That particular shade of pink is actually used in the planet, so it doesn't raise the color count.

The scanned image is slightly skewed, not just because of scanning but because the cloth isn't yet properly ironed and stretched. You'll also notice my long-past mistake of measuring an inch for each side and leaving two inches on one side... :blushes: It works out in the end, thankfully, and I'll be adding an extra layer of cloth so it can be framed easier.

Color Total: 68
Size: 11 x 16 inches (poster sized!)
Time: 246 hours
14 Count white Aida
Resonant Framed by pinkythepink
Progress shots:
UNFINISHED - Space Project by pinkythepinkUNFINISHED - TSP by pinkythepinkUNFINISHED - The Space Project by pinkythepink

:blushes: Going to be featured in Peter-The-Knotter's book!... peter-the-knotter.deviantart.c…

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:star: Updated Contest Description :star:

Started this project as a gift for my boyfriend at the time, who is thankfully still my friend today. I know, the original description didn't even mention it! But it's true, I started it for him since he is an amazing artist, both traditional and digital, and I wanted to impress him in return with my own craft. We only dated about six months back in 2007, but since the project was already underway I didn't just toss it to the side (as any good stitcher knows, even if it gathers dust eventually it will be finished!). I hardly worked on it at all during the school year - most work was done over the winter and summer breaks. So while it was stitched technically over two years it was in practice only a month or three. As this was a "relationship piece", there are a lot of emotions tied into the fabric. I know that sounds cheesy as anything - but it's true. When I look at the top fourth of this piece I can remember all the joy and infatuation I was feeling. The middle is a lot of sadness, anger, and eventual coming to grips. The bottom fourth is "I really need to finish this" and seas upon seas of black thread for endless hours, reflecting impatience, boredom, and then finally relief as the last squares were put in.

Since we were long broken up (was it even dating at that age?) I didn't send it to him or anything of that sort, I just quietly posted it here and had a miniature celebration with my family over the completion. Since then I have tried to promote it around the internet, used it in college presentations, and was even offered for it to appear in a book. It's one of the very largest pieces I have ever stitched to date, and while I am still incredibly proud of it, honestly I can tell you I'm a much better seamstress today. Technically I can see all the mistakes I made throughout it, but everyone who sees this piece in my home (as it is now framed) is impressed by it and often doesn't realize it's stitching until its pointed out to them. It feels really great to continue being complimented on it. Technical errors of the day included doing my pattern in blocks, you can see my start-and-stop lines throughout the sea of black. Towards the bottom these start/stop lines aren't nearly as visible. The back of this piece, while I never took a photo of it, is a spaghetti mess of knots, layers of color, and rifled with unfamiliar fuzz. The framing lady said to me, "They say you can tell how skilled a stitcher is by how neat the back is!" and, upon turning it around, blushed, "I'm sure it's just an old wives' tale."

The pattern itself was made in the same way I make patterns as contest prizes today. I fed the image through my program (with permission from the artist) and played around with the symbols until I could read it. The materials I used were gathered from various sources. Since I started this project in 2007, back when I was just a sophomore in high school, I had very little idea of what I was doing. Indeed, I had a very limited idea as to what color coding thread even meant. Strange, I know, but it made more sense to me then to refer to colors I was buying as "the darker shade of red" or "this blue is pretty" than by any specific code. My mother had given me patterns she purchased online, the "Dark Fae" series that has sat in my To-Do List on my journals since 2006, and all the correct thread colors to go with them. I took a LOT of colors from the Dark Fae series for this and probably didn't return all the colors to the box. I also grabbed colors from the thread boxes my Aunt Gina had given me for a birthday (I forget which one), full of lots of shades I needed for this piece. Last, of course, I went and purchased the proper thread color codes that I needed for the missing areas. As with my recent lattice piece fav.me/d6nlowy I ran out of thread several times during the process of stitching the black seas around the planets. I ran out of black thread skeins two or three times (eight meters of thread per skein, and you split it into three parts). I also had an issue with the darkest shade of navy blue (939, I think...) running out at the worst moments and had to dig into my Dark Fae thread stash for more. It's regular cotton thread -- nothing fancy like satin, metallic, or other goodies. I wish I had started this project later for the reason that I have glow in the dark thread today.... what an amazing addition that would have been!

It's stitched on 14 Count White Aida because I was entirely unaware of what fabric count entailed. What I did know is that 14 Count was what most of my pieces were done with in the past and it was easy to get at the 'local' craft store. It's also white because, well, the black Aida at the store didn't come on big enough fabric. Then I made the extremely rookie mistake of measuring for an extra inch on each side... and starting two inches in. :facepalm: That's where that extremely warped edge comes in on the lower right. I was too far into the top section to stop when I realized my mistake, and could only continue to the end of the fabric hoping I was tight enough. I was a mere five squares away from the fraying edge and in some places only four. The framing lady was not happy with me in the least for this mistake, but as you can see from the inset photo above she did a PERFECT job all the same! My original solution to my measuring mistake was going to be to add extra fabric, but my framing friend insisted it was better to do it without additions.

:heart: It's a labor of love, I poured everything I had into it when I worked on it.
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:iconmorgaincroix:
MorgainCroix Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
OMG This is a marvel...patience, talent and color in one. Congratulations!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconohstopityouplz: Thank you so much! :hug:
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LubnaQanber Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Waaaaaah!!! This is almost impossible !!! I'm so blown away by this incredible piece of real ART!!!!
246 hours of work!!! Wow!! You are really really awesome!!!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awwwww :iconrubcheeksplz: You're too kind, thank you so much!! :glomp:
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:iconlubnaqanber:
LubnaQanber Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not being kind it's the ultimate truth :hug:
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Incredibly beautiful work :wow: It's so nice to see more than flowers and butterflies in cross-stitch. 
This is a whole different level. Very, very nice :clap:
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Thank you so much!! I have to agree with you, as much as I adore to stitch butterflies and flowers, it's nice to stretch out of the box once in a while.
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
lol! I love to paint butterflies and flowers, but, yeah,
change is good for the soul :aww:
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done for sticking it out :clap: it would have sent me & my eyes crazy! :D
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Thanks Helen!!
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
absolutely right it's gonna be in!  no question! Peter. :) :hug:
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug: I'm so honored you're going to include it! Thank you Peter. :)
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:iconmelzika:
melzika Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Wow, this is incredible! :wow:
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:dance: Thank you lots!
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:iconmelzika:
melzika Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
You're welcome! 
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:iconelero:
elero Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous work! That's definitely something to be proud of! 246 hours... pheeeww... How do you keep count of hours? I've never done that. :D
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks! I'm finally getting it framed!

I keep track of hours by looking at the clock :P :giggle: But really, usually I'm just watching TV or something while I work, and most shows have a pretty standard 30 mins or 1 hour section. For this piece, however, my pattern was on my computer (before my lappy and mobility), so I had to sit and work without the luxury of TV timing. With that it was usually like, "okay, I started at 1, and now it's 4:30" and I'd write down the tally marks. :D
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elero Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes sense! :D I've never done that, because I actually get dizzy and get some sort of motion sickness if I try to stitch and watch TV at the same time (head goes up and down... up and down... up and down.. :P). Weird, huh... So I usually do this sort of work before I go to sleep, while sitting in bed. :giggle:
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ohh, I understand! Most of the time I'm not actually watching it, just listening, but it works because I'm listening to mostly science or other sorts of documentaries... XD I know, boring! When House was on or I'm watching Star Trek, those are the times when I get the dizzies. :giggle: Better to just not look!
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StitchingDreams Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lovely, very unusual :)
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks lots! :)
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missingtherain Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
nice,very nice
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:aww: Thanks!
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salford1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
In a galaxy far, far, away.

This is beautiful piece of cross stitch. What stitch count is it may I ask?
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :aww:

I believe it's 14 count on white Aida. :) I've had it tucked away for a long time since it's not framed yet, but 14cnt sounds correct.
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BlackDelphin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
speechless.. :|
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:blushes: Thank you!
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:iconhidendra:
hidendra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Haven't been visiting here much, but it looks really nice finally completed! good job :3
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exoneuk Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
OH.

MY.

GOD.

Just, quite simply, amazing. How you persevered with this I'll never know cos that looks utterly EPIC. Wow.
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
XD Oh goodness, thank you! It means so much to me that people take notice of it, really brightens my day!
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Santian69 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
o_O Wow... That's impressive, really an incredible work. Maybe what would have even improved it is if you had used more threads, like 3 instead of 2 (I don't know how many you used :D), to hide more the fabric :)
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used two. And I did think about it, it probably would have made the whole thing a lot... I dunno, sitffer?, if I had used three. Would have been better, yes. :nod:

Thank you. ^_^
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Santian69 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Still a very impressive piece :D
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Sorelliena Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010   Digital Artist
HOLY CRAP THIS IS AMAZING.

Honestly! It's DD worthy! I thought it was a painting from afar!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:bow: Thank you so much. ^_^ It means a lot that I've managed to impress so many people. :)
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Nethrion Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Holy friggin' shit!
That is a monument. You are epic/ have incredible amounts of patience.
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
XD Thank you so very much! :giggle:
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MichiruKaminari Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy Christ that is amazing! :worship:

I'd go insane from all of that dark background.
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Why thank you! I think I probably did.
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MichiruKaminari Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I did slightly for one of my cross stitches. I had a fairly large stash of black thread until that project.
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Swaroop Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
oh my God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle:
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AdidaTiki Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
This was so awesome I featured it. :love: [link]
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:heart: Thank you Cakes <3
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gear9242 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is cross stitching sex.
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:heart:
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:iconadidatiki:
AdidaTiki Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
That is. So awesome. o_o on so many different levels.
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:heart: I am so glad you think so. ^_^
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saber4734 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice work here. I have done some large pieces in my days so I know how you feel. But I have never done one that covers the entired piece of fabric. Granted this piece had to have it. I tend to skip on doing backgrounds when the pattern is huge to begin with.
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