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Topic: Twelve Days of Christmas Cross-Stitch  (Read 11168 times)
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« 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.
« 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.
« 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. 

« 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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