The surprise has finally been sprung so now I can share these pics on the ol' blog : ) Did anyone wonder why I hadn't posted cross stitching progress photos for the past year? There was a reason. I spent 11 months working on a birthday present for my mom, so here's the entire progression in one post. Except the framing part, Mom has to get it framed and decide where to hang it up.
Part 1: October 1, 2013. At first I thought I'd be able to work on this concurrently with my other projects, but nope. 6,720 stitches in to 81,084 total (8.29%). Actually I didn't remember that I started this that early.
Part 2: November 5, 2013. 12,234 stitches done (15.09%).
Part 3: 1 December 2013. 14,778 stitches done (18.23%), and the start of the dreaded confetti. Uh, at least half of this design was confetti. It was eye-crossing, to say the least.
Part 4: December 31, 2013. 19,092 stitches done (23.55%). The first column of pages done.
Part 5: November 8, 2014. 28,155 stitches done (34.72%). What was I doing between December 2013 and November 2014? I don't know.
Part 6: December 1, 2014. 35,085 stitches done (43.27%). By now I was taking this to the stitching group get-togethers in Alabama.
Part 7: January 1, 2015. 39,458 stitches done (48.66%). I start to panic that I won't get this done in time for Mom's birthday. I decided to do all the bottom part of the design (so, where most of the confetti is) first because it was the hardest part and would take the longest, so then when it was crunch time I could go really fast on the sky.
Part 8: February 1, 2015. 47,584 stitches done (58.68%).
Part 9: March 1, 2015. 55,604 stitches done (68.58%). Now we're cookin' with gas.
Part 10: March 31, 2015. 67,323 stitches done (83.03%). I start thinking that I'll get this done in time after all.
Part 11: April 26, 2015. 81,084 stitches done (100%). YAY. The last day I worked on this was a total marathon, like no kidding I stitched for over 8 hours in a single day. I actually finished it earlier than I thought I would! And I'm so glad that I'm not staring at this anymore : ) This was never one of my favorite pieces of artwork, but Mom loves it and that's why I made it. And now I'm back to working on other projects.
Happy birfday, Mom!