Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happiest girl in the whole USA!

     And They Sinned is finished!!  Yippee!  Hip Hip Hooray!!  Celebration!  This was finished on Sunday night but I have been basking in glory and not wanting to do any work or blogging.  Just some stats before the pictures.  You gotta take the bad with the good.  Hee hee.  Total time to stitch it was nine months, three days or 390 hours.  Not bad as I had read somewhere it took someone 500 hours to stitch.  I kept track of my time by tally marks in one of those little mole skin books.  You sure can tell when I got my Ott Lite as my time went from 10-15 hours a week to 15-22 hours a week.  What a difference a nice light can make.  The bottom green section took me more than two months to stitch.  It is 9 1/2 inches wide by just under 48 inches long, stitched on 35 ct linen with one strand of Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.  Okay, enough of the blah blah blah and on to the good stuff.
     I love the big cloud at the top with the sun shining down on Adam and Eve. 

     The verse is my favorite part of the sampler.  I redesigned it by adding colors to it, centering it, and adding the butterflies.  The lion and the lamb are so cute!  I also changed the girls hair color to resemble my own. 

     Thank you to Claudia for asking me if I was going to stitch all 10 rows of grass under the lion.  Heck NO!!  Moving on to bigger pastures.  Literally.

     If I were to stitch this again I would have left out the darker green color of the pasture.  The lighter green would have made it easier to see the motifs. 

      Thank you so much for everyone's support during the making of this project.  From the very beginning I had everyone cheering for me.  Patricia Franklin helped me find the perfect linen via The Internet.  Claudia talked some sense into me several times and Lori Fournier was my rock.  Poor Lori heard me wailing and whining for the last two months about my grass.  If I forgot to mention anyone I'll just say that I've been up for 20 hours and am having a Rick Perry moment!  Till next time ladies, happy stitching and happy blogging.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Penultimate Post

     This will be the last post with progress pictures of And They Sinned.  The next post will show a completed piece.  Did I just write that?  A finished piece?  Yes, I am patting myself on the back.  I have never stitched anything this large and certainly have never started a piece and finished it without starting another project, and then another, and then another!  Ha ha.  Actually I did start two other pieces but only worked on each one for a day, just to stroke some silk. 

     There is a fruit tree that needs to be stitched in the corner and a few flower motifs.  I'm going to be optimistic and even stitch the date 11-11 before I fill in everything with grass.  The excitement is overwhelming me.  As I'm stitching grass though my mind is always wandering to other projects.  It feels like not thinking of your partner while being intimate.  It feels like cheating...but it's so fun!  Till next time, happy stitching ladies.