I have been working on the project for, well, it seems forever! I did a rough estimate of what it would take to do a square inch and it was more than 30 minutes. And with more than 300 square inches. Figuring in the time it took to make the canvas, bind the four canvases together and the time in between to thread needles and choosing colors, I estimate that it took me around 200 hours!
So, to refresh your memory… in June of 2012 I set out to start this cross stitch project. (You can see it here.)
It was all based on this painting I saw in a magazine.
Over the years, I would pick it up from time to time and work on it. But too much time spent with it and I would get a little antsy, feeling like I would never finish it. But I kept at it and now these long five years later, it is done.
Here is the completed canvas:
And some additional close ups:
In all of this project, the single biggest issue – other than the sheer volume of canvas, was the difficulty of connecting the four canvases. In many areas, although it is difficult to see in this photos, there are rough areas where the cross stitch doesn’t quite look right or nice. But from a little distance, it looks okay and once I get it mounted and framed and behind glass, you’ll hardly be able to see it at all.
I am slowly but surely whittling down the project list. I actually have a little red notebook that I wrote down all of the projects that I have started (with the exception of quilts… it would take many notebooks to write them all down!), and am slowly making my way through it. But as I should soon be returning to a full time 9-to-5, I really want to finish some of these projects (like this one) that have been sitting unfinished for way too long!