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Artist Uses Real Planetary Images to Intricately Cross-Stitch the Entire Universe

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Artist Navid Baraty expresses his love of the solar system with unconventional artworks. Last year, he recreated the cosmos using edible materials including food coloring, coconut milk, and cinnamon, producing photographs that beautifully resembled outer space. Now, the multifaceted artist tells us in an email: “I'm cross-stitching planets based on actual planetary images.”

Baraty's begun cross-stitching the planets in vibrant colors and intricate details. The well-researched and skillfully crafted embroidery project currently features five planets–Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, and Pluto (the dwarf planet). Each piece uses a pattern handcrafted by the artist and requires 25 to 35 different thread colors. He intends to finish all eight (or nine) planets and then complete his threaded universe by stitching their moons. (UPDATE: Baraty has completed the nine planets! Scroll down to see them all.)

For those that also want to cross-stitch the universe, Baraty sells PDF versions of his patterns on Etsy.





Baraty has since expanded the solar system series to include all 9 planets.

Planetary Cross-Stitch of Mercury by Navid Baraty


Planetary Cross-Stitch of Venus by Navid Baraty


Planetary Cross-Stitch of Saturn by Navid Baraty


Planetary Cross-Stitch of Uranus by Navid Baraty


Planetary Cross-Stitch of Solar System by Navid Baraty

Navid Baraty: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Etsy

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Navid Baraty.

This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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