Handmade Christmas: Johnny Cash cross stitch

My younger brother likes to play cowboy and has always loved Johnny Cash. For Christmas this year, I decided to make a cross stitch Johnny Cash for him. 

I located an image on Google that I liked, and made some changes to the background and edges in Photoshop. I then uploaded the image into Stitch Fiddle, a website that allows you to create your own patterns for free. I adjusted it for the size and level of detail that I wanted. The site currently doesn’t allow you to set symbols for different colors, so I couldn’t make a print out. I used the computer and would highlight the color I was working on and change the squares to green as I stitched them. 

It was just over 11,000 stitches in total and about 30 colors. I love how it turned out and that it looks like a photograph from a distance. Enjoy!