My completed project (I just can't get this photo to show up any larger!)
So, I started this project in 2005 (yes, folks, 2005
), and FINALLY FINISHED! "What took so long?" one might ask. "Sure, it's a GIGANTIC cross-stitch project, but still---9 years?!"
Well, what took so long was my strange obsession with not following the pattern
. *ha ha*
This kit, based on Charles Wysocki's painting Frederick the Literate
, had, I noticed, lost something in translation from painting to cross-stitch pattern.
The original Wysocki painting
The original pattern (close-ups are of areas of the pattern that I ultimately altered to be less blocky, or I changed the titles of)
So, to make it more like the original, I free-drew the parts I didn't like, using thread as the medium---which meant I wasn't using the 1/2 stitches the pattern called for, but more like 1/18ths; and all the text in the original pattern?---I ignored the pattern completely, and free-embroidered to match the titles on the original painting as much as possible.
It was the text that got me. Such a challenge to hand-write in embroidery thread that it took me *forever* to finish the book titles---I'd do a title or two then put it down until I had the patience to do the next.
So, there you have it. All done!
Oh, and silly me, I realized in making this post that I'm NOT DONE YET! I missed THE WHISKERS! Ha ha! What a dork! So, still a little more to go---
But you get the idea! lol