Thursday, December 20, 2012

Super Big Finish and Itty Bitty Finish

This super big finish is a project that I have been working on for several years.  I have taken breaks to do other things and make gifts for people, but on average have probably worked in about 30 to 45 minutes everyday.

I am so proud to have actually finished it!

 I could not believe my good fortune in finding what I felt was the PERFECT fabric to line the front and also to make the back.
 This is the back.  I totally love, love, love it!
 And here is the front.  This is THE biggest most complicated cross stitch project that I have ever made.  To say it was a challenge would be a huge understatement!
 There is lots and lots of backstitching in all different colors and thread amounts.  There are half and quarter stitches.  There are places where there is one stitch in one color surrounded by other single stitches in other colors - sometimes with two threads of the same color, sometimes with two threads of different colors and sometimes with only one thread.
 French knots with this lovely, shiny, but very slippery gold thread.
 So many details :o)
 Love this dog and how the package in the background looks 3D.
 A starry, snowy night.
 A tree of many, many shades of green.
 My very first go at couching and with that super slippery gold thread.
 Hanging in it's proper place, finally finished for my oldest daughter who will be going away to college next fall.  This is her last year to be living under the family roof.  So proud of her!
 My itty bitty finishes are these earrings.  This set is for my oldest daughter.
 Christmas ornament + ear wire + 45 seconds = cool holiday earrings.
 This set is for me!
Feeling good today!!  I simply cannot believe the Christmas stocking is complete, it has been on the top of my craft stack for so long!

Sharing with Tami, Fiber Arts Friday, Creative Friday and I've Made Friday.


Chrisknits said...

It is gorgeous! I can't imagine putting it out and using it. Love the earring idea.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

That cross-stitching is amazing. I'd go blind! Must feel absolutely great to have it done and lucky daughter, she's got an heirloom there!

bookworm-Mary said...

Oh my!! All that cross-stitching is fabulous!! Such a lovely gift for your oldest!
And those earrings are totally adorable!

Hawthorn said...

Love love the earrings - really pretty. What a lot of work has gone into the stocking. Beautiful.

nauget bluff said...

I am in awe...I had to give up xstitch as my finish got bad..even magnifiers didn't help..but I recognize the tremendous amount of work..the different color changes would have had me pulling my hair out..! Fantastic job!

I like to mke my own xmas bling..very inexpensive but very posh!

Lana said...

Oh wow!! That stocking is GORGEOUS!! I love it! Great job on a beautiful, big complicated piece!!!

WonderWhyGal said...

LOVE the stocking! Beautiful work. The ornaments are cool too.

Kathryn Ray said...

That stocking is gorgeous!

You should be very proud.

Merry Christmas

Sara - My Merry Messy Life said...

Wow oh wow! The embroidery on that stocking is a work of art - like a huge tapestry that's hung in museums. Great job! Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

Anonymous said...

The work on that stocking is fantabulous! I'm in awe!

Lynn One, Purl Two said...

Oh wow! Absolutely unbelievable! That is one GORGEOUS stocking. Congratulations!