Saturday, December 31, 2005

Earthdancer blues

When I was in college, I was the counted crosstitch queen. I would spend hours on end (between studies) doing nothing but crosstitch projects. Most of these projects were images from Precious Moments. I absolutely loved them and if you were someone in my life at the time, then somewhere among your things, you have one of my projects.

About 10 years ago, my sister gave me a beautiful project titled "Earthdancer". This is a gorgeous crosstitch piece and it took me about a year to get all the thread and beads together to make it. It had been a while since I stitched and I didn't know where the Houston shops were. I actually ended up getting all my stuff at a shop in Old Town Spring.

Well, over the years, I keep picking up this project and working on it. I am so discouraged now. I cannot do the beadwork. For some reason, I can't keep the count correct for the beads and they aren't coming out right, specifically the area on the chest and shoulders. I've ripped them out twice and it looks like 3rd time is coming. I even bought a magnifier glass to help me see the stitching better and it's still way off. I am using the exact count fabric that the project calls for; still the beads don't line up.

I'm hoping that I don't give it up alltogether but i certainly don't want to find myself 80 years old upon completion.

7 comments:

Freebird said...

Wow, that's a beautiful pattern. I hope you get to finish it soon. I enjoy school, but I envy all the fun things other people get to do in their free time. Krystyn has her scrapbooks, Cathy her paintings, and you have your needlework.

The Tuckered One said...

That is gorgeous, but it also looks really difficult. You will be so proud of it when you finish though.

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Cathy said...

Absolutely beautiful! It looks like very intense work though. I've not done cross stitch in years and never tackled anything like that. It reminds me of a dream catcher and I do hope you are able to get the count down and get it finished.

eaf said...

Ugh... beads often tend to work weird... especially if the fabric is a high count. The beads are sometimes just too big...

I hope it works this time. I'd hate to see you give up after so much work!

Forest Lady said...

I used to love cross-stitch, but would usually start one, get halfway through, and then my mom would take it over and finish it. Now I can see the fabric but the patterns are a blur, even with my glasses! ha. One Christmas I made my mom a cross-stitched afghan and stayed up all night Christmas eve finishing it. It's rewarding when it's finally done.