Thanks for letting me share. Now, let's hope it's not going to take as long to get it framed as it was to finish it! The pattern for those who are interested is Snapperville from Bent Creek. Have a great day today...taking it one stitch at a time!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
an epic...finally completed
I finished my epic cross stitch. It's not really called that, but it's taken me so long to finish it that it has felt like an epic undertaking. I started it two years ago after summer vacation. Of course I haven't worked on it exclusively for two years, but whenever the urge would strike I'd stitch on it and then it would go back in the basket while something more exciting would pull me away. I'm really happy with how it turned out. My honey is going to make me a simple wooden frame to go around it. I'm thinking of painting the frame a distressed brown....we'll see. I have no idea how many hours are invested in this piece of cross stitch. I just know that I've learned some simple things as I reflect back on my time while stitching on it.
1. Life is like stitching...you can only get it done one stitch at a time. You'll end up with knots if you try it otherwise!
2. From the beginning of the project til the end, my feelings about it changed....somewhere in the middle I was tempted to quit. I'm so glad I didn't, I wouldn't have this creative piece to hang in my home.
3. I really like stitching with certain floss colors (I despise that cream color...it seems to twist on me) but the piece needed the darks and the lights for it to turn out well. I guess that's life too....we need the darks and the lights to make us into who we are.
4. When I started this project, I started it with a friend....I'm ending it without that close friendship. But, as sad as that is, I realized, I'm OK. I've grown and changed just like my cross stitch and I'm learning to move on and treasure the memories of the past and make new ones in the present.
5. I can't have too many big projects going on at once (in life or in the crafting basket)...the pressure of finishing too many big projects overwhelms me. 6. And finally, I've learned that all the hard work really is worth it!