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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Santa`s Journey - Cross Stitch Collection 241-243

Finally, the day has dawned (well, 2 days ago) when my favourite - and so far, largest - piece has been published, or to be more precise, its picture first appeared but the chart, due to its size, will be featured in 3 consecutive magazines, issues 241, 242 and 243 of Collection. But the first issue is in the shops now, so FINALLY I can show you the progress piccies (made into a "film") that I took every 5 hours while I was working on this BAP back in June. (I`d like to grab the opportunity and congratulate those among you who were observant enough to notice: yes, I did spend my whole Spring and Summer stitching Christmas pieces, lol!).
It doesn`t happen too often that you fall in love with a project so much that even though you`re looking forward to seeing it finished, at the same time you don`t want it to end. This lovely design by Maria Diaz is like the illustration from a picture book; it tells a story and, from a stitcher`s point of view, it means that you can work on mini-pictures within the picture, so it never gets boring for a minute... and then one day you realise that there`s no more detail to add, it`s complete (a bittersweet moment!). When I wanted to see the windows on a house properly, I did the backstitch. When I realised I couldn`t continue the BS because I`ve run out of finished XS, I did a bit more snow that connected the next mini-picture to this one. When I got bored of stitching with just white, I added another wee scene, and so on, and so on. I hope a lot of people will stitch it because not only is it a totally enjoyable piece to work on, but also something you can bring out every year - especially if there are young children in the house: I wonder how many will try to read the names on that list that Santa`s checking - as we all know, twice! ;)

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10 comments:

  1. Great finish! Beautiful scene :)

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    1. Thank you, Violka, I`m glad you like it! :)

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  2. What an amazing finish! Congratulations! I will look for the magazine in our stores.
    I also really love your "progress movie" in the end...what a great idea!
    Happy stitching...

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    1. Thanks, Katya - it`d look even better if the lighting was better but tbh sometimes I`m on such a roll that it`s a pain to stop to take a pic, let alone worry about studio quality lighting. And the idea of stringing these photos together into a "film" was borne out of necessity: e.g. for this 142-hour project I ended up with 28 pictures - way too many to put them up here as individual photos. Plus I like to see how much I`ve done in the past 5 hours - sometimes the result is shocking, lol! ;)

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  3. Piękny wzór -na przyszły rok chciałabym go zrobić.

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    1. Mam nadzieję, że będziesz miał zabawy szycia go! (Just in case Google tricked me into saying something silly in Polish, I meant to write that I hope you`ll have fun stitching it!) :)

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  4. Wow! Your stitching is awesome! What a great idea to make a video of your progress. I love this! I can't wait to see what you stitch up next...well, after a small break of course. :)

    ((hugs))

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    1. Thank you so much! :) Funny you should say that: I`ve been stalking Postie all day, my new project is on its way and I can`t wait to see it: another 3-parter by Maria Diaz... I`m literally jumping with joy! :) I hope you guys will too... well, sometime next Spring, maybe, when the magazine is published...? ;)

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