Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A massive cross stitch accomplishment

This week I was so proud of myself - I actually finished my cross stitch sampler! This has been an extremely long term project. I estimate that I've been working on it for about seven years, although of course not continuously! It's always been there in the drawer in the coffee table for me to work on a little bit at a time. I've blogged about it quite a bit too - beginning with the tale of the never ending cross stitch sampler, then an update in May 2013 and a nearly finished update in December 2013.

I left my name and the date until last, and finally I stitched those last little crosses.

Three Things cross stitch sampler by Moira Blackburn

This is a bit of a teaser photograph, because it is still folded up in the bag at the moment, I'll post a proper photograph of it when it is properly framed. It's the Three Things Sampler by Moira Blackburn, a design influenced by historical samplers and part of a lovely range of samplers. I remember the kit seemed quite expensive when it was purchased, but if you think about the amount of time it has kept me occupied for it represents excellent value!

Update - you can see a photograph of the finished framed sampler here.

Now I can't decide whether to start another long term project, or whether to concentrate on a few different crafts for now. I have a few tiny cross stitch kits which I bought in the sale after Christmas, so I'll still have some cross stitch to work on if I want to. I really like some of the cross stitch designs which are based upon ancient maps, and I'm also toying with the idea of creating my own design. My Mum gave me a book of cross stitch designs which can be used to stitch a family tree, and I like the idea of coming up with something like that, perhaps including a cross stitch depiction of our house. I'm busy collecting ideas over on my Cross Stitch Pinterest board!

16 comments:

  1. Wow what an accomplishment! It's gorgeous! Well done.

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  2. Ohh wow!! That is very impressive! Well done x

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  3. What an incredible achievement! It is absolutely beautiful and something to treasure. I have been working on a blanket for my little one for 18 months now and I thought that was long term. Seven years is amazing! I can't wait to see what you decide to work on next. Good luck for the MADS x

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  4. I saw this on G+ earlier. 7 years! You have real staying power!

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  5. That's an awesome achievement, you must feel so proud.

    I'd never have the patience for a project this big. Can't wait to see it framed. x

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  6. I saw your picture of it on facebook, what an incredible and beautiful piece of work!

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  7. Wow! That is AMAZING!!! Well done you.

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  8. Wonderful, what an achievement!

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  9. I saw this on FB earlier and I LOVE IT, so much work has gone into it, you should be really proud... I wish I had the patience to do something like this!

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  10. It is beautiful, you should be very proud x

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  11. wow! you should be really chuffed, that's so beautiful!!

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  12. I adore this. What an amazing achievement.

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  13. Well done! I've completed 4 samplers over the last 11 years so I know the work that goes into them! Mine have all been for baptisms or anniversaies so have been done against the clock, with some very late nights spent stitching! Without a tight deadline, I can see how it would take 7 years!

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  14. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!

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  15. It's beautiful! Can't wait to see it in the frame!

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