almost there

 I'm so close to being finished with this pretty little thing. Like I said before, I don't really know what I was thinking when I chose this project. I won't lie - this is a hard piece.

Side note: You know those cross stitch landscape or portait type pieces that are like 2 feet tall? How in the? I don't even know how I would ever finish something like that. I'd be weeping in agony after a few evenings with a project that tedious.

 To complicate things, this is the first time I have stitched on Evenweave rather than Aida. I have to say, I think I am a convert. The Evenweave fabric lays nicer, it looks prettier, and is actually easy to stitch on once you get an eye for it. Will I still use Aida? Yes, because I have like 3 brand new rolls of it. Also because I think Aida looks better with certain patterns, but mostly because I have a ton of it to use up. 

Once I finish this one, I'll get out my big girl camera and take some proper pictures. Any ideas on framing? Leave it in the hoop or put it in an actual frame? In the magazine I got the pattern from they made it into a pillow, but I would never subject a cross stitch piece that has taken hours upon hours to the hands of my son. All of our throw pillows have either snot, chewed up Goldfish mush, milk, or other unidentifiable stains on them. It's gross. Nope, no way this baby is going to be made into a fluffy napkin for the kid.
Now that I've left you with the image of snot covered throw pillows (oh come on. it's not that bad. most of them have a "good" side that faces out), I'll ask again how you would frame this? Hoop? Frame? Fireproof lock box?



  1. It's beautiful! I know what you mean about evenweave -- I love it, too! I think I'd frame it with a mat. I did this for a small pink rose I made for our bathroom years ago (similar to your peony in color gradation) and it sets it off really nicely.

    I started a huge cross stitch piece a million years ago on BLACK aida cloth and it was slow going. Impossible to see what I was doing/counting on the back background. It was supposed to match my livingroom all those years ago, but we've moved and gotten all new furniture since then so.... it doesn't match anything anymore, which is one of the many reasons it's still under my bed. :-/

  2. It looks really pretty, makes me wanna try! :-)

  3. Oh my goodness, I love the look of the evenweave! I've always used Aida, but now I want to go buy some evenweave to start stitching on too (I should probably finish my two other projects first though... including a sampler for my son who just turned 4!).

    As for the frame... I like the look of the hoop, but I agree with Kelly, I would probably mat and frame it.

  4. Beautiful work!!!
    I love the way you took pictures documenting the progress!
    Very sweet!

  5. Great work - I've been eyeing up this pattern myself for a while. I love how you've documented your progress with the photographs too!

  6. Love it! I've been working on an easy, but time consuming stitch project, with plans to make it into a pillow... Ha. I decided last night that my toddler would definitely destroy it... Hoop art it is! ;)

  7. It's so beautiful!
    My mom used to cross-stitch these huge, lovely things . . . she hasn't in a long time, though. But wow . . . you might just have convinced me to try it myself! =D

  8. It is turning out gorgeous! The parts about the pillow really made me laugh - I have a 2 year old so I can completely empathize with you about the grossness that is a toddler! Oh, and I love it in the hoop. It looks perfect the way it is!

  9. I love cross stitching. It amazes me that by just using threads and cross stitches you'd be able to make a beautiful image or pattern. Thanks for the step by step photos.
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  10. Its so pretty!
    The last time I cross stitched was when I was in middle school. It was a pretty big project too so I feel your pain as you agonize through this! but once you are done it feel amazing :)
    As for framing you should frame it instead of leaving it in the hoop. I have also seen clocks too!
    I wish you luck! Can't wait to see the finished project! <3

  11. It's so beautiful! I became an evenweave convert too, it's great stuff, so soft! I haven idea how you should finish it, it's going to look amazing any way you do it.

  12. It's looking great, I'm sure it will be brilliant when it's finished! I'm a definite convert to even weave too, even though it is a little more difficult to get hold of. You can't beat aida for stitching on the go though, the structure of it just makes stitching so much easier.
    Personally I think I'd wrap a hoop in some narrow ribbon that picks out one of the shades in the rose and then hang it up in that :)

  13. Where did you get the pattern for this? I absolutely love roses. This pattern is beautiful.

  14. This is gorgeous! Are you selling the pattern?

    1. Unfortunately, this is not my pattern. I wish! It is from Cross Stitcher magazine, Issue 242. You can buy back issues for your iPad. I'm not sure about Kindle or Nook, but I know you can for the iPad because I have a couple of them. Hope this helps you out!


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