Wednesday, June 24, 2015

finish of the century!

Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but this is a BIG one and I'm going to admire my own awesomeness for as long as I can get away with it. :p

Pics or it didn't happen, you say? FINE. :D


 

 


 For some reason, the sparkle in the wings wouldn't show up unless I turned the piece upside down and held the camera at an angle, so these are a bit weird...


Ahhhhh. I think I need a nap after all that!

Oh, and Esmeralda asked why this was a UFO for so long. Fair question!

It was mainly a lack of skill, and partly a lack of interest. I started this back when I was in high school, when a project like this was WAY out of my league in terms of skill level. That, and I was a teenager - I had lots of other things on my mind. As I got older, I was busy with college, living on my own for the first time, moving halfway across the country, finding my first "real" job, getting work experience, buying a house, getting married, etc etc!

I got back into stitching about five years ago, but this was still beyond my skill level at the time. I let it sit because I was afraid it would be impossible. Fast forward five years, and I've stitched tons of pieces, including a few Chatelaines. Angel Procession was suddenly a cakewalk!

If I worked on this steadily, at my current skill level, I'd estimate that it would take about 4-5 months from start to finish. But that's assuming I didn't work on anything else, which is unlikely.

Then again, I enjoyed working on just one project for a long time, so maybe I'll keep it up!

19 comments:

  1. I admire your awesomeness too because I know how difficult TW designs are! I have one I started about 15 years ago and I just can't bring myself to work on it, I think because the chart is hand drawn and difficult to read as well.
    But it looks awesome and congratulations!!!!

    Michelle

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    1. Oooh, I should have mentioned the hand drawn chart as part of the problem so long ago! In the ~20 years since I started this project, an updated chart was released with computer generated symbols, which made it SO much easier to read!

      Which TW are you stitching? :)

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  2. Great epic finish, congrats!

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  3. Congrats on a spectacular finish! No matter how long it took!

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  4. Awww yeah it looks amazing and so glad it didn't explode upon hitting the water ahaha. I'm sure you held your breath as it got dipped. Just think of this piece growing along with you. :D

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  5. Fantastic achievement to have finally finished this. Just think how far you have come as a stitcher in that time, not to mention how much your life has changed! Your stitching will forever hold all those memories.

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  6. Wow! This finish is really awesome. All TW finishes are. I admire stitchers who tackle these rather complex projects that she designs. Congratulations!

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  7. Yay!! It has journeyed long with you and it is time to celebrate :) it looks fantastic!!:)
    Good that you completed now with all the skills than years before.

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  8. It looks amazing , a masterpiece !!!
    Greetings Sandra

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  9. It truly is an epic masterpiece, all the more so because of all the changes in your life and things you've been through while this piece has been in progress. (or in timeout;) It's wonderful to share your excitement with you!

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  10. I love this, it's stunning. Congratulations on finishing it!

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  11. Wooho, congratulations on a fantastic finish, looks great!

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  12. Congratulations on the Happy Dance with musical accompaniment! This is a stunning piece and I'm so impressed with your perserverance over the years! That and the fact that you didn't lose it, the chart or the threads!
    Love all the close ups too, you can really see the detail in the faces over one. And the beautiful border itself. Love it.

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  13. What a beautiful finish !
    I admire you finishing it after you started it so long ago :)
    I think hat you will tresure this for a long long
    time
    I finihed recently a piece what has been lying around for 5 years and i felt really happy and proud after that, so i can imagen how you must have been feeling when you put down your last bead !
    Look forward to see your next finish
    Have a lovely sunday

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  14. Congrats on the gorgeous finish, Rahenna!!

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  15. OMGosh! Beautiful piece, beautifully stitched. Huge congrats!

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