Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

As promised - the cross stitch that I've been working on for far too long. All those weeks that I had nothing to post - this is why. Those of you needlewomen out there will understand the time involved in this. There have to be 100 hours of hand stitching in this pillow.

It's one of 4 that I've completed from A Beatrix Potter Christmas cross stitch book. Two more to go. I started it a few years ago and would just get overwhelmed and put it away for months and months. I pulled it out again in October when I was feeling too sick to work on my machine. (Nothing feels as nice as sitting under a quilt on the sofa with the tv on in the background, hot tea or coffee on the end table and some needlework in my lap when I'm getting over being ill.) I guess I'd gotten just far enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And it was a long tunnel - there are approximately 10,000 cross stitches in this. Knowing I was at least past the halfway point kept me going and I was determined to finish it up before the holiday this year.
Details - Done on ivory 16 count aida. It measures about 10" X 10". The fringe is chenille, but I don't remember where I bought it. Found it in the stash and I'm all about using what I have right now. Before sewing it into a pillow I backed the aida cloth with muslin.
Hope you all are having a lovely holiday!
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4 comments:

Amber said...

Wow - that's amazing. I have done cross-stitch so I understand the amount of time that went into that project - it's beautiful!

ree said...

It's beautiful. I had, at one point, a slew of Beatrix Potter patterns stashed away. I wonder if they're still in the garage or if I sold them in one of my frenzies.

Rebekah said...

This is amazing! It's absolutely gorgeous!

M@y said...

Love it!