Pokemon first generation – completed

I know it’s been a while, but my husband advised me not to pollute my blog with constant pokemon cross stitch updates 🙂 As usual I have made a video. With each new video I am trying to make it more smooth. It’s not quite there yet but it’s certainly smoother than Evening Fairies was. Anyway, here is the video:

The pattern was designed by Servotron and took me approximately 8 months from start to finish. Here I am with my creation:

Me and Pokemon

And a close up so you all can enjoy 🙂

Pokemon close-up

PS. I also collected all of my excess thread ends, I will probably use them elsewhere, but for now they make a nice art picture.

Glass with thread ends

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120 Responses

  1. Dakota Harell says:

    I was speechless watching this. You seem to have gotten every pixel and design perfect. Incredible!

    • Party Pooper says:

      Actually, the colours on Drowzee and Hypno are wrong. Still an awesome job, though. Really impressed.

      • Ryan says:

        Dude, the colors are correct, the yellow is right, and the brown is reflection.

        • Levi says:

          Nah, she used dmc722 when it was meant to be dmc165. I can’t really blame her though – the legend for this cross stitch has very similar characters for these two colors and I think she just got mixed up (two dots over one, opposed to one dot over two)

          • eponases says:

            I unfortunately downloaded the pattern before Servotron adjusted the mistake, so … I have since changed the colours and they are okay now 😀

  2. Emma P says:

    Hey! this is amazing I am hoping to do this project once i get a stand. What size count are you using? and where would I get a piece of fabric to fit as i am having trouble! xx

    PS amazing work!

  3. Holy shit, that’s beautiful. I am so impressed. How did you get get into stitching?

    • eponases says:

      I taught myself when I was around 10. My great grandmother was a stitcher, but she passed away before I was born. I had some vague idea what to do looking at her works.

  4. Sarah Karmazin says:

    this is amazing and quite an accomplishment. This will definitely be on my list of cross stitch projects.

  5. eightcats says:

    Amazing work – I can’t imagine the patience one must need to complete a project like that. I am happy when I can sit down for 2-3 hours to re-cable/solder some headphones…. let alone work on something over 8 months.

    That is all.

  6. glasnt says:

    Well done! I’m in the middle of my epic pokemon stitch, but haven’t been taking as many photos as you :<

    Also, I like the threadends shotglass, very abstract 🙂

  7. Greg says:

    Just saying you could probably make more of these and sell them for a nice profit. I mean you *KNOW* there’s gonna be people who would be willing to buy one.

    But 8 months of work? Not sure if it was something you continuously did if it was an on and off thing. Still…there’s definitely money to be made from your talent 🙂
    (That’s a compliment btw. lol)

    • Steve says:

      If this was for sale (even if it was something produced in China) I’d buy 2 right now. I think you should seriously consider having duplicates manufactured 🙂 Or do a kickstarter! Even if you don’t, this looks fantastic, great work.

      • Victoria says:

        Just to let you know if you do try to sell them, I would look into any copyright laws regarding that just to be on the safe side.
        It looks awesome though! 🙂

  8. mark says:

    would you sell it? : )

    • eponases says:

      I don’t think so.

      I’ve had a few people ask that, but the sheer amount of hours involved in making something like this would quickly put the commission price for something like this sky high even if I set my hourly rate ridiculously low (something which of course I don’t want to do :P)

      Also I’m quite fond of it myself of course 🙂

      • Eladio says:

        Expanding on what Steve said in another post, there will be a market for this sort of product. Whether you
        a) Create a handful of these beautiful 8 month prints and sell them on an: (Hours Worked * Hourly Rate) + Materials cost.
        b) Diversify and do smaller versions perhaps creating 1 or 2 a month…
        c) Turn them into prints and sell them yourself from a website.
        d) Don’t exploit the market at all 🙂

        Great work and best of luck.

        • eponases says:

          Sure – plenty of people find certain cross-stitches desirable, and I could do cross-stitch on commission, but the hours required seem to blow it out of the water. Fill in the numbers, something like… 1250 hours * a fairly low hourly wage and you’ll see why it’s not viable. As much as people like the work, no one is going to want to lay out that sort of money on one.

          Smaller versions are nice but lack the wow factor of the large one and still have the fairly high time/cost implications.

          And as for prints… well – that’d be inviting trouble. Apart from the pattern not being made by me, selling prints of pokemon would probably be frowned upon by Nintendo and they’d come and hit me (whereas the other work would just be “commissioning Epo to do a cross-stitch of something” which would be ok I think if it were actually viable in terms of price).

  9. Sarah Clarke says:

    So awesome! I’ve always liked Servotron’s stitches. I’m very impressed that you were able to do this in 8 months. Congratulations. What’s next? Zelda stained glasses?

    I’m doing a large Wizard of Oz one that I bought from Heaven and Earth designs on 25 count aida a couple years ago, and even if I was able to finish one 8.5×11 page of the chart in a month it would still take me about 2 years.

    • eponases says:

      Zelda sounds like a good idea – something a little bit smaller this time!

      I’ve got another small project I’m going to look into before I do another cross-stitch. I also need to sort frames for a few recent projects too, so that’s to do as well 🙂

  10. Aimee says:

    Wow! That is amazing, great work 🙂 I admire your patience.

  11. SnowWolf says:

    I just saw the final image of you stitching, because someone retweeted it, and I must say I am thoroughly impressed. It further impresses me that it only took you 8 months to complete it. I did something half that size a while back it took almost a year. I bow to your skill.

  12. Lau says:

    WOW! Where can I find a pattern like that? Or was it a custom request?

  13. Duke D. says:

    Can “Take My Money!” apply here, or in the near future?

  14. Sewunicorn says:

    Directed here from Thinkgeek on Facebook. I’m a stitcher too, and I am in absolute AWE. 8 months and on Aida?!?! I bow to your skillz!! (and I adore Sprite Stitches 😀 )

  15. Amrit says:

    That’s awesome !!!
    That’s Amazing !!!
    That’s Creative…
    I really appreciate your patience…
    Nice job.. 🙂

  16. Miki says:

    Whoa…awesome job! I’m officially retiring my threads. hahaha

  17. Corey says:

    I’m neither an avid pokemon fan, nor am I into cross stitching myself, but this is amazing. Good work!

  18. Lizzy says:

    I would pay to have something like that!!!!

  19. Nikki says:

    That is absolutely amazing. My Mum is a cross-stitcher and I remember watching her do it when I was a child and this just reminds me of how amazing it is (though now totally cool as well as amazing!)

  20. Jessalyn says:

    Holy crap! Is there a pattern available anywhere???

  21. I must say that I find your art incredible! Your cross-stitched creations remind me of a pop/folkart version of a Jackson Pollock painting.

    I never thought that cross-stitching could have an Abstract Expressionist feeling to it. But you work shows me that it can.

    Thanks for sharing.

  22. Claudia says:

    This is amazing!!!! Bad thing is now my brother wants me to make one for him!
    Great job!

  23. lea says:

    incredible – well done
    I was wondering where did you get the wood frame you use as support while working?

  24. Lisa says:

    I am in awe of your work. Never could imagine Pokemon and cross-stitching, very cool.
    Thanks for sharing.

  25. Romy says:

    Wow, this is absolutely amazing. You have a lot of talent.

  26. Mike says:

    It’s… a PokeWrap!

    I’m so, so sorry…

  27. Josh says:


  28. Tarek says:

    amazing <3
    incredibly awesome fanart — a gazillion interwebs for you!

  29. Craig says:

    Mind….blown…… Amazing!

  30. ClownBaby says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I’ve always felt there’s a little magik in the old 8/16/32 bit sprites, but wow do they really pop when done like this.

    I have been looking for a new hobby/craft for my daughter and I to add to our list of quality Father/Daughter time., and I think I’ve found one that is going to blow her mind. She loves Pokemon, and loves anything artistic/crafty, especially when its tiny and cute. Any general tips or suggestions?

    • ClownBaby says:

      We will be starting out alot smaller and simpler then this piece to be sure, its Cross Stitching sprites that we will try but not this masterpiece, yet. Gotta have something to build up to.

      • eponases says:

        I’m hoping to start my next cross stitch at some point in the not too distant future (I am waiting for threads to arrive, and have some work that I need to get done first).

        When I do start it, I’m hoping to make a video about how I start a cross-stitch (if we can find a suitable camera), so hopefully that’ll be of some interest / use.

        But yes – I think start small and build up is the key! 🙂

  31. Andi says:

    This is amazing. I’m guessing the 3rd picture is of the back, how do you make it so that the front and back look the same? I thread my needle through the back, so that may explain mine not looking like that.

    • eponases says:

      Thank you. No the 3rd image is a close up. If you watch the video you can see the back of the cross-stitch on the top roller as it scrolls.

  32. Liz says:

    Awesome!! My husband is a big gamer, and I’m a stitcher, so we both loved this!! I just have a quick question — I see that you’ve added 10×10 (?) grids to your projects, and I’m just wondering how you’ve done that. I usually buy kits, and hate that I need to start from the middle because I don’t know how much border they’ve left me — but if I added a grid to the aida, then I could start wherever I wanted! Thanks! (also, thanks for the links to the various stitch sites you use — didn’t know about Golden Kite or this one!)

    • eponases says:

      I usually count out 10 cross places and then draw on very lightly with a normal pencil, just so that I can see it, but it doesn’t show through white cross stitch – If I have a piece of pure white to stitch – I erase the lines for that part.

  33. Luis Manuel Saavedra Sandoval says:

    Muy buen resultado. En esa foto el traonito, pero no tiene punto de comparación con la belleza de la tejedora. ;.-

  34. Luis Manuel Saavedra Sandoval says:

    Ļoti labs rezultāts. Šajā attēlā ir ļoti labs darbs, bet nav punkts salīdzinot ar skaistumu audēja.

  35. Kim in Aus says:

    Wow, just wow! That’s an awful lot of stitches, as a fellow stitcher I’m impressed that it only took 8 months. Awesome effort!


    HOLA, es precioso , me gustaria hacerlo si me pudieras mandar los graficos te lo agradeceria.

  37. Emilie says:

    Sorry for my English, I’m French… It’s an amazing work, I’d like to do the same, where did you get the model?

  38. Meari says:

    While I’m not a Pokemon fan, my 14yr old niece has been one FOREVER. She would love something like this. Thanks for sharing your charts. I am a stitcher and I think I will start one for her… Or, since she’s started doing needlepoint, I may get her started on one. 🙂 Thanks, again.

  39. Suzy says:

    Your work is amazing. I have never mastered changing colors so neatly. Do you teach? Just amazing work.

    • eponases says:

      Hi Suzy,

      Thanks! I am actually hoping to make some cross-stitch tutorials soon and when/if I do I’ll post them on my youtube channel (and probably here too 🙂

  40. Matt says:

    I’m interested in doing this for myself, could you tell me what size scroll frame you were using? A link to where you got it would be really helpful as well. Good job!

    • eponases says:

      My scroll frame is 55cm x 30cm. This frame was given to me as a gift, but if you google for “cross-stitch frame” you should be able to find many similar frames. Just make sure that you don’t get a frame where the canvas clips onto the rollers – the ones where you have to stitch the canvas onto the rollers is much better.

  41. ICHI says:

    Congratulations on the completion of your work!
    I’m also looking forward to next post 🙂

  42. Yale says:

    Absolutely awesome. Marry me?

  43. stephbo42 says:

    Waouhhhhhhhhhhhhh ! bravo !

  44. I am amazed at this project of yours, bravo this is wonderful. Keep up being awesome!

  45. Elissa says:

    Hi, I saw this while browsing ‘pokemon cross stitch’ on Google and was absolutely blown away.
    I’d love to accomplish this myself, and I’d just like to know the dimensions of it so I could buy some aida big enough.

    Thanks, and thank you for the amazing work!

  46. Anastasia says:

    Watching your cross-stitch is so breath-taking! I’m so impressed and as a big fan for Pokemon I’d really like to make one on my own…Could you please tell me where to buy the thread of all the colors needed for this work? Thank you for sharing such an amazing master piece!

  47. Debie says:

    i just love it !! amazing work (:

  48. Jennifer says:

    This is beautiful . May I ask what size scroll frame you used. The dimensions please if you don’t mind and the brand ? I am looking to buy one. Thank you 🙂

  49. Luis Perez says:

    Hi Eponase, i qant know what brand of thread did you use in that picture?
    a gretting!

  50. David Woodward says:

    Your work is beautiful! Well done.

    I wanted to comment on something off-topic though. You mentioned you don’t want to fill your blog too much after your husband mentioned it.
    That’s exactly the opposite you should be doing. Creating a decent amount of meaningful, natural blog posts is the best way to climb social media, Google and all sorts of rankings in a completely useful way.
    Post away!
    Create comments and attention. You deserve it.

  51. Georgina Wise says:

    Hi, I’ve just started this and know it’s gonna take ages but I enjoyed looking at your video so I decided to challenge myself xxx

  52. Mignon says:

    Hi I’m planning on starting this very soon and was wondering if you by any chance can remember how many of each colour you used. I have managed to bargain with a local supplier to ask me half price for the tread but he will only do it once off so want to buy what I can at once

  53. Sarah says:

    You did a wonderful job! My son (who is 7) happened to see your video and is now begging me to do this. I have printed the pattern. I have a couple questions. How would you start this project if you cant find the center? This pattern is so huge and I am self taught I would like to know how to start in a corner for this project. Also it looks like their might be an outline stitches is that the case? Is it stitched 2 over 2? Thank you for your help!

    • eponases says:

      Hi Sarah! Thank you! 😀

      To answer your questions:

      1. I usually count the stitches, I know it is a bit unorthodox, but it makes me feel safer. So I measure about 5cm (2inch) off of the edge and then count the stitches in tens. You should be able to see the light pencil marks that I have drawn on the canvas in the video. The patterns are usually divided into 10 by 10 stitch grids, so this makes it a bit easier. When you have counted all the required stitches and another 5cm (2inch) edge then you are done. I have just measured mine again. The cloth size on 18ct aida is 46cm x 76cm the actual stitching without the edges is 35.5cm x 63.5cm.

      2. If you mean the outlines around some of the pokemon – all of stitches are all full crosses (there’s no half-stitches or backstitches)

      3. The stitches are two threads over one strand.

      It is so good to see other stitchers that are self-taught. I hope your son will like the result – it’s very colourful. Good luck! 🙂

      • PK says:

        Hi just wondering did you use one strand of floss for each stitch. I don’t know what two over one means as am self taught too . Thanks “,

        • eponases says:

          Hi.No I used two strands of thread for each stitch. As far as I know two over one means – two strands of threat over one strand of cloth. 🙂

  54. Leslie says:

    I really want to do this but I’ve never done a project this large. Usually I just count but that might be hard for a project this size haha. How did you go about gridding this? Did you do it all before you started? Thank you for any help and hopefully I can do something this amazing!

  55. Meagan says:

    How many strands of floss did you use?

  56. Brianna says:

    I’m getting my materials for this cross stitch and I had a 30 x 36 inch 18 count Aida come in will that be big enough or is it to small. If it is too small is there anyway I can fix the problem without buying another big piece of Aida.

    • eponases says:

      Hi Brianna,
      After fast conversion of inches to cm, it seems to me that your piece of aida will be big enough 😀 My finished size was 46cm x 76cm (including 5cm margin for framing). If you feel insecure, you can leave a bigger gap. Your cloth size is huge!:D

  57. Rey says:

    Wow! This is incredible. My wife will be taking a rest from work due to her pregnancy and I’m thinking of buying her a cross stitch tools to work on her pastime. Then I stumble on your awesome masterpiece when searching for the design. As a pokemon fan, I’m excited for this. Hope you can start on the Generation II.

  58. Lindsay says:

    Hello! Just want to say you did an awesome job on this! I also have a quick question for you if you wouldn’t mind, how large of a frame did you use for this project? I am slowly acquiring all the materials myself to attempt this and I wasn’t sure what size frame would work the best. Any advice is much appreciated! 🙂 Thanks!

  59. caroline cross says:

    wow, looks amazing, did you make the pattern yourself? or purchase it? and where can i get it from, looks fantastic 🙂

  60. Melanie says:

    What scroll frame did you use for this project? Where .can I purchase one? Thank you!!

    • eponases says:

      Hi, this is a scroll frame from my mother-in-law, she loaned it to me and thus far it is still in my possession 😀

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