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Orange Swan
« on: November 12, 2012 08:19:44 PM »



I received this cross-stitch kit on Christmas Day, 2011, and began it at once. I was determined to get it done and framed in time to hang it up for Christmas 2012. I finished the "grid" (all those red and gold lines) by the end of January, worked the border in February, the angels and banner in March and April, and then worked two of the remaining twelve panels each month from May to October. Then I took it to the framers in early November and had it professionally stretched and framed, and I brought it home from the framer's today.

I know it's only a kit and there wasn't any creativity involved in it as there is in most of the projects posted here, but it was just so much work I figured it was worth posting. Wink

Can't wait to hang it up for Christmas! I'm collecting ornaments on a "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme, and this goes with them.

This is the third large-scale cross-stitch project that I've finished in the past four years (and I've posted them here on Craftster previously if you want to see them). I'm thinking it's going to be my last cross-stitch project for some time as they are simply too much of a time hog and I should be focusing on more important things. I do intend to enjoy looking at the three I have, though.
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2012 09:27:05 PM »

Very nice.  I bet it was quite a time hog.  But it turned out beautifully.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2012 03:38:50 AM »

I respect those who undertake such huge cross-stitch projects- and the result is truly beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2012 04:50:50 AM »

Beautiful and excellent on completing it in the time you wanted. Kit or not this is a lot of work and time.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2012 04:55:10 AM »

This is so beautiful! Way to keep up working on it all year long. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2012 05:27:20 AM »

Please don't apologize for it being from a kit - your diligence in finishing it in less than a year is worth sharing.  Plus, your stitches look perfect - I have completed a few medium size cross stitch kits and I know that sinking feeling when you have misplaced a stitch or two and have to remove a large section.

Thanks for sharing your accomplishment!

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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2012 06:31:41 AM »

Wow, that's very impressive.  I can't imagine doing that in under a year.
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2012 07:49:01 AM »

Oh, my dear; anything you worked on for a year is definitely worth posting!  Your piece is beautiful and I for one love it!
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2012 09:20:42 PM »

I don't see what is so bad about stitching from kits.  When you really love the picture, it takes a ton of effort and a surprising amount of talent to stitch a large project up!
Many people have complemented me when I tell them I cross stitch and show them pictures of my finished pieces - they admit they tried at one point or another and it didn't work out.   


Great job!  It's a lovely piece, and I know how hard it is to keep going on something epic like that.  I bet everyone will admire it when you have it displayed for the season.  That's a really cool theme too.  I love the 12 days of Christmas.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012 07:22:04 AM »

Very pretty, the colors caught my eye from the front page. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2012 05:57:34 PM »

Beautiful work, and great job sticking with it and finishing by when you wanted to.  I probably would have given up by boxing day (I remember getting a cross stitch kit for Christmas once and if I didn't give up by boxing day than by New Year's for sure). 
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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2012 05:26:48 AM »

This is lovely! I am amazed you committed to finishing it in a year, I know I wouldn't be able to!
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2012 03:12:47 PM »

I love it! Who cares if it's from a kit? You did a great job on it! I never finish projects and think it's great that you stuck it out to the end! Heck, I just found a half-finished hydrangea cross-stitch that I started in 1996 that's probably going to stay that way for another 16 years...
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2012 07:00:23 AM »

This is so beautiful! I agree, who cares where it comes from or if it's a kit as long as you are creating something. This is just amazing work. Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2012 08:34:32 AM »

oh man I can't imagine having the patience to finish that haha
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« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2012 07:40:44 AM »

That is beautiful!  And good job finishing it within the year...wish I had that kind of determination...
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« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2012 12:28:52 PM »

Amazing. The stitching and the timeframe  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2012 03:56:08 PM »

Orange swan, we are not all called to do the same thing.  You too played your part.  Your skill and determination were needed to make this come alive as the thing of beauty that it is.  Without them, it's an interesting design on a piece of fabric which could come to grief in less capable hands.  Be proud of what you have achieved and enjoy it .  Merry Christmas!
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« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2012 06:52:03 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous! Being a cross stitcher myself, I can only imagine the amount of time and effort you put in to this. Good job!
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« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2012 11:09:50 AM »

Wow. You were right to start that right away. It must have taken forever. It's gorgeous!
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« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2012 09:54:11 AM »

It's absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on such a large undertaking! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2012 08:06:54 PM »

That is simply beautiful!!! I love cross stitching too but yes, it's time consuming.  and especially a BAP (big-ass project).  I tent to underestimate how long they will take, but I do love the big projects.  Congrats on finishing it on time!
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2013 04:15:48 PM »

It's gorgeous. You should be proud of it.  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2013 07:44:29 AM »

Beautiful. I love all the detail to it. I hope you don't take too long a break from cross-stitch.  Wink
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