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This year has been crazy, so why not make a cross stitch to remember it?

Has anyone else spent this extra time at home in 2020 learning new things? I've been dabbling in a few new craft hobbies with varying amounts of success. I've been really enjoying the geeky cross stitch patterns my internet friends make and sell online. (Shoutout to MeleeMissyStitchery, my absolute favorite creator for adorable Pokémon patterns!)

2020 Choose Your Difficulty Pandemic Video Game Cross Stitch
"2020 Choose Your Difficulty" cross stitch, designed by me during a global pandemic

I purchased MacStitch, a cross stitch pattern creation program, in early 2020 to try and learn how to design my own patterns. It's a lot more difficult than I expected. Being a person who likes to succeed, it was rough finding out I'm terrible at pattern making! There's also very little online in terms of tutorials and classes to learn how to make the stuff I wanted to design.

It took two weeks to figure out how to design this Pompompurin pattern in MacStitch

I started off making a design of Pompompurin that I really wanted to stitch for a friend. I spent countless hours creating the pattern. Eventually I was able to create my cross stitch and mail it to my friend, but the fatigue of designing this first piece hit me hard. Maybe I'm just not artistic enough to understand this!

So I went back to the drawing board and decided even though I wanted to go go go, I realized I needed to start somewhere more simple. That's where 8-bit video game ideas came into my head. Those types of things are already in a blocky format, perfect for cross stitching. Combine that with a way I wanted to remember this insane pandemic year and the "2020 Choose Your Difficulty" pattern was born! It fits in a 5x7 frame (honestly anything bigger than 8x10 and I risk not ever finishing the project).

2020 Choose Your Difficulty cross stitch pattern
Working on my cross stitch with the completed pattern PDF

This pattern is available for sale on my Etsy, but if you've read this far, I'd like to give you access to it for free!

2020 Choose Your Difficulty Cross Stitch
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Friendly tip for taking photos of your finished projects: Take the glass out of the picture frame for photos. You won't have to deal with the annoying glare!

Stay home, stay safe and take care of each other.

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