Thursday, December 13, 2007

My pride and joy


On a very rare occasion I make something that takes even my breath away. This is one of those things. While I can't take credit for the pattern (which is really the source of all this beauty), I did spend countless hours working on this project and it always brings a smile to my face.
I'm so happy to have people to share it with this year. Please click on the pictures to see more details. Cross stitch is notoriously difficult to take photos of, especially when it's behind glass.
Someone asked: it's 12"x14"



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32 comments:

Queen Bee said...

That is gorgeous! It must have taken you soooooo long to do!

ginger said...

Wow, look at all those toys... switching threads so often must have taken forever. Well worth it though, the cross-stitch is beautiful!

Thimbleanna said...

You know, we need some word to type for "takes my breath away", because, like you, that's what I thought when I saw this. What a lot of work -- it's SO beautiful! You should be very proud.

madhatter said...

worth to be proud of! i bow to you. this is a real beauty!

Mama Urchin said...

Oh my...

Cristina said...

It is simply GORGEOUS!

wyndesnow said...

Beautiful

Lil D said...

Lovely. That must have taken weeks.

How many strands of embroidery thread do you use when doing cross stitch? I always seem to have some of the white showing through on the few I've tried.

Anina said...

lil d: For this project I used two strands but the stitches are tiny because the fabric count is really large, I think it was 18 count. If you have a smaller count fabric (i.e. bigger squares) you may want to experiment, but I've never used more than 3 strands.

Erilyn said...

Anina, that is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

amandajean said...

wow.
wow.
wow.

it is fabulous!

Yummers! said...

It is absolutely beautiful!!! Amazing!!
Hugs to you Miss Talent,
Joni

Kathy - Pink Chalk Studio said...

I've done just enough counted cross stitch to know what it took to complete this. It's absolutely spectacular, a beautiful heirloom. I hope you have it hanging all year long!

Junie Moon said...

What an absolute stunning piece of work--it really does take your breath away. I do cross-stitch, too, so I truly appreciate all the work and hours you put into this gorgeous creation. WOW!

shannon said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful, so much work. You really should be proud, that is something that will always be special to pull out at Christmastime.

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

He's wonderful! I can certainly appreciate the work that went into it. I collect Santas and have several Santa cross stitch patterns. I made one so far on my son's Christmas stocking. I have so many more of them I could do, but haven't been doing much cross stitch lately. You may start a new trend!

Carmenn said...

What a beautiful picture!! It will take me years to complete - please send me details about the pattern.

Well done - it almost look painted!!

French Knots said...

there must be hundreds of hours work there, it is so intricate. Lovely work and you can get it out each year to enjoy anew

Katie said...

Exquisite! Worth every minute you spent on it. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

It's beautiful! I do cross stitch also and I KNOW how much work went into this. It really is lovely.

Chara Michele said...

Oh wow, Anina this is amazing!

Katie Jean said...

That is quite gorgeous! I used to love doing cross stitch, but it does take a lot of time. I'm so impatient. I can see why it's your pride and joy!

Katherine said...

Beautiful. I have not attempted something this complex in x-stitch but know from what I have done that it takes awhile and I can really appreciate all the time you put into making this gorgeous piece. Well done!

daisy cottage said...

Hi Anina! That is just absolutely beautiful! Wow! Really, really gorgeous!

xo,
Kim

Kieny said...

Oh, this is lovely! I can't do this kind of work anymore, I wish my eyes were still as good as in the past.

Pieces said...

Wow--that is so beautiful! I can see why you treasure it so much.

Penny said...

Yes, that is a stunning piece! My mother was working on this design before her stroke in 2004. I guess one day I will try to finish it. You did a beautiful job!
Fondly,
Penny
www.pennysanford.typepad.com

Natalie said...

You should be proud... the attention to detail and skill are apparent and the result is beautiful. WOW!

Penny said...

WOW! That is incredible! Very beautiful work!

Beth said...

Hey, I have that picture, nice job! My mom made it for me, I still need to get it framed. I also have the blue one, that one is framed, and I have him out all year round, since I'm a huge Santa collector. I guess there was a green one in the trio, but that company never made it into a kit. Too bad.

anne bebbington said...

Gorgeous - as an avid cross-stitcher before P&Q took over I know just how much work this piece took - well done for persevering to the end and what a treat to bring it out and enjoy it fresh each Christmas

Moog said...

Almost 30 years ago, I worked over a two-year period to complete a Christmas counted xstitch. After it was finished, I put it away for another 20 years because I didn't trust anyone to block it. I finally bit the bullet, had it blocked and framed. It hangs in my bedroom year around. Your work is beautiful, and shouldn't be hidden 11 months out of the year.