Recently I tackled a new project, one that is going to take me years to complete.
Those of you who know me, know that I like to write fiction, to sew, to crochet, and to quilt. But did you also know that I like to cross-stitch?
So, awhile back, while looking online at cross-stitch patterns (You mostly have to find them online because cross-stitch has fallen out of fashion in recent years and stores just don't carry the supplies and patterns like they used to.) I came across a site called Heaven and Earth Designs.
It was as if I had fallen down a rabbit hole! I might've been gone for days!
While there, I found the work of Aimee Stewart, and I loved her patterns! I picked one out, and this last week, I started it.
This one is called Heroes and Heroines, and I think it is stunning! But it is HUGE. And the stitches are tiny. (This photo doesn't even show the entire thing. The part I am working on right now is the stitched frame of the piece and doesn't appear in the picture.)
This is the first page of the pattern...and there are 185 pages! The pattern calls for 240 different colors of floss! I'm working it on 25 count cross-stitch fabric...that's 25 stitches per inch, and when it's done, it will be 40x29 inches.
This is how far I've gotten. :) And you can bet I work using a magnifying glass and strong light! You might also notice that I am using a fabric that has grids. This is the first time I've used something like this, and it is WONDERFUL! There are 100 stitches in each of those little squares, 10x10, and it is extremely helpful and makes counting and stitching in the right spot so much easier! I found the fabric on Etsy from a place called Tinge of Color Fabrics. I would not want to tackle this project without the gridded fabric, and the gray lines will rinse out with cold water and not show later
I have years of stitching ahead of me. I worked it out that if I put 1000 stitches a day on the project every day for two years I would still not be finished.
But you know what? I don't mind. I enjoy the stitching, and I love the subject matter, and I always know what I'll be working on.
I've had fun figuring out who the heroes and heroines are in the pattern. There are twelve couples. Can you name them? (Click on the picture above to make it larger.)
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