So back in January I started a new cross stitch project. After finishing my sister’s Christmas present (a Hogwarts school crest) I knew I wanted to find a chart and buy the materials separately, rather than purchasing a kit like usually do. I stumbled across a series of Studio Ghibli charts that are absolutely amazing and purchased five of them. I got Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl’s Moving Castle. I started with Mononoke because it’s the only one of the films I’ve seen (though I plan on fixing that as I work on them!) and after 3 months of casual work on them I wanted to show my progress!

I took a picture after each “session”, usually involving watching a film or binging on a tv series. For references on size, that’s the width of one page of my chart (it’s four pages wide) and I’m less than half way on one page height wise (it’s four pages high too). It’s definitely coming along and I’m quite proud of it! I hope to do an update post like this every three months for all of them and get a pretty collection on display somewhere in my house.

Here’s the final image.


Rose · March 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Woah, that is so cool! You did an amazing job!

LitaKino · March 23, 2017 at 4:12 am

This is amazing !!!!! way to go dear I love it XD

    Andrealinia · March 23, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Thank you! I’m glad people like it 😀

Elisabeth O'Neill · March 24, 2017 at 8:14 am

Aww this is beautiful, and you’re doing a great job with it! Never thought you could get such gorgeous, complex patterns for cross-stitch. Makes me want to take it up too!

    Andrealinia · March 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

    You should! I find it a really good way to keep my fingers busy when I’m watching TV. I follow the Cross Stitch subreddit who have loads of tips and tricks and seeing the projects everyone else is doing is really inspiring too.

plainpastaandplainrice · March 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

How cool! I’ve done some counted cross stitch myself, although I’ve never tried an anime-based pattern. The ones you’ve linked to look really nice (although my mum is a terrible craft hoarder and she probably has enough free (for me) counted cross stitch kits to supply me for a lifetime).

It’s interesting, because I learnt to do a single colour throughout the entire pattern (where practical), whereas it seems like you’re working one section at a time. There’s definitely plenty of different ways to achieve the same result but I don’t think I’ve seen this method before!

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing further progress!

    Andrealinia · March 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you!

    I used to do all one colour until I got fed up with that colour and then I swapped out. I have another large non-anime piece that I’ve been working on for the past three years but I got very uninspired with it, partly because when I went back to it after doing my sister’s present I realised I have some pretty big mistakes in it.

    I heard of this new method called “parking” on the subreddit and thought I’d give it a go. You don’t have to count so much so there’s less risk going wrong and if you do go wrong you notice it a lot sooner and there’s only ten stitches or so to pick out.

      plainpastaandplainrice · March 25, 2017 at 3:38 am

      I may look into “parking” to see how it works. There’s nothing more annoying than realising you have to unpick several lines of stitching because you’ve made a major error. I’d never really looked into online communities for cross stitch but it seems like there may be some interesting things for me to learn!

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