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« on: July 21, 2012 03:11:43 PM »

That's right., this brat has taken me over 7 years to finish. Got the pattern and Hobby Lobby gift card for my 21st birthday and from there is was a rather long story that I won't bore you with. Suffice it to say: I am NOW done, today, 7 years and 22 days later.

She's about 13" x 9" and made with too many colors and stitches for me to want to count.

There are beads in her wings. Those were fun as I've never used them in stitching before.

The floss was mostly DMC but the shiny stuff is something else and the hair on the imp is hand-spun thread from Dragonfly Lotus. Super awesome stuff, Merino and silk... My husband asked when I will learn to spin that thin and I just had to laugh. It is amazing, though.

And the eternal question: what to do with it?
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2012 05:49:51 PM »

What a wonderful project!  You could sew it to a removable book cover.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2012 06:58:15 PM »

Why - send it to me of course!  I love Amy Brown fairies!  Great job!  The beads are a fantastic touch!
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2012 07:01:11 PM »

Isn't it the best feeling in the world to finally finish a project like this? Great work!
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2012 10:00:07 PM »

Nicely done!  I LOVE patterns with beads in them like that! 

I like what someone said about making it a book cover.  Otherwise, it would look cool as a decorative pillow (obviously a rectangular type), or you could always have it framed for a wall hanging. 
Actually, if you somehow figured out some way of attaching rods to the top and bottom, I bet it would look cool like some sort of decorative scroll on the wall rather than the traditional frame!

It's really inspiring for me to restart a really long running project I have hiding around here too.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2012 05:56:40 AM »

Wow! So much work! Great job.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012 07:13:54 AM »

I love that "finally finished" feeling!!  Nicely done!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2012 08:53:09 AM »

so so pretty, love the design!
 i've never completed a cross stitch project that large before, way to stick to it! 
i like the idea of making a pillow cover out of it, although it may need to be a mommy's room pillow so rugrats don't booger it up. Cheesy  or maybe frame it and hang it on the wall?
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2012 10:32:57 PM »

"What to do with it?"

Put it in a frame and show it off! If something took me over 7 years to finish Id stick it in everyones face the minute they came in my door. Or if that isnt a good idea for you, send it to me since I think it is exquisite!
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2012 06:43:46 PM »

You guys and your positive words always make me feel good. I think I am liking the rods on top and bottom idea, maybe I'll make space for it on my hoopla wall? Get some non-round items up there? Now to figure out how to make the 7 year old creases go away! But not the rust spot from where I left the needle. I love that spot!
 Thanks you guys!
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2012 05:18:31 AM »

7... years... She is amazingly beautiful looking... but 7 years o.0 My mind is blown lol. But I think she was worth it Wink She's a true work of art.
I would frame her butt and hang her on the wall with a plaque that read "This thing took 7 years... DON'T TOUCH IT!" Cheesy LOL.
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2012 09:28:09 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous! And suddenly I don't feel as bad about the cross-stitch that's been languishing in a corner for three years.  Grin Although, to be fair, I actually have multiple projects that have been in the works for at least that long. But thanks for inspiring me to get started again!
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2012 05:58:56 AM »

Jexx, that is gorgeous!!!  Nicely done!!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2012 03:28:44 AM »

She's beautiful! Very nice stitching! Now that you have that WIP piece done, feel free to start on a duplicate for me.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2012 07:29:15 AM »

She was worth the wait! Turned out lovely.
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« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2012 09:42:30 PM »

All I can say is congratulations! You should be SOOO proud of yourself. It's beautiful.
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2012 05:59:12 AM »

She was worth the wait! Thank you all for your encouragement. Yes I am proud of myself. And no, you shouldn't feel bad for things you've had as WIPs for only 3 years. As long as you honestly want to get them done, you will eventually. Just try to do it before you die, that's my goal. No WIPs left behind!

Averia, harharhar, no thanks. You're an awesome stitcher, you can do it!

Now it's on to my other unifinisheds. I just found one I have been looking for since we moved into this house 6 years ago, started 7+ years ago. It was on top of a stack of stuff in the shed, that we've only had for 2 years! Can't wait to show you the finished product, but it will be in a different board and I might need a dress form for it.
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It's much more fun, this growing down. -RIP Uncle Shelby-
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