I'm Alanna and I have absolutely nothing to say about Rife's written communication skills, as I feel they speak quite loudly enough for themselves
Welcome to SQ and I have to say, good choice of pattern! I just bought this one myself and plan to start in the new year. The pattern is amazing -58 pages of goodness (and that's standard size!), over 120 DMC colours and up to 7 skeins needed of some of those colours! I'm in the process of organising myself for this project: getting bobbined up etc. although I haven't yet started to look into floss. DMC is $1.50 a skein here (that's about US$1) and there's no such thing as bulk buy discounts, so I really need to find another solution too (might be calling on some of my chatty US pals ) I regularly deal with Sew and So and can't sing their praises highly enough, they're always wonderful, cheap, fast and got everything you need. Simply the best.
I myself intend to use a scroll frame for this project, and am currently in the process of building a stand for myself - hope to get that finished over Christmas. I'm also intending on starting in the top right corner (I like to do things backwards) and on giving parking a serious go - will be my first time too.
I'll be starting a blog for this project so we'll be able to see where we're up to- we could even have a stitch-along!
I just have to rest my hand at the moment, so no stiitching for a little while, but lots of bobbin winding...
Great to hear that you are going to do A Mon Seul Desir too, I'd love to follow your blog to see if I am keeping up... Unfortunately I don't have much time during the week to stitch, it really annoys me when I want to get something done... ah well.
I hope to get my pattern this week. I got the fabric last week (I went for 18-count aida in a light grey color) and trimmed the edges this weekend. I am still winding those bobbins (about 50 skeins to go...) so I think I'll be ready when the pattern comes. I have a few days off around Christmas and New Years, so I hope to get a head start then .
Where are you from? Like I said, DMC is about € 1,50, the cheapest I found in The Netherlands was € 1,10. In the end I bought it from Barbara, the UK eBay seller Liza_R recommended. She was fast, good and cheap.
Funny thing... I showed my mom this site, she's been doing cross stitch for a long time, finished many many pieces. She hasn't stitched in a while because there was no place in her home to hang them... She saw the Mucha patterns on this site (Flower, Fruit, Primrose and Feather) and promptly ordered all four. Now she can't wait to get started again
Anyway, Alana, I'd love to get your blog address when you start. My progress will be shown (in English) on http://www.divinenanny.nl. I'll start in about two weeks, when my current project is (finally) done....
Sounds really exciting, Sara! And I don't think you'll have to worry about "keeping up with me" - you'll get a headstart on me anyway because I'm currently having a no stitching break due to a hand injury, and then I have another project to finish first so I won't be starting until the new year. I think it will be fun to keep each other motivated on it though- it's an enormous project, even if you did a page a month, it would still take 54 months!! That's 4.5 years!!! So I think there'll be times when we're going to need a little nudge along from the other! Sounds like you had a successful interaction with your Ebay seller - can I ask you what the total cost of the floss was with her? And was her postage expensive?
I find your calculation slightly daunting ... 54=4.5 years... oy, and here I was counting on 3 years. I guess I'll take some time off from work just to stitch . I think it will be good that we can encourage each other, I know I'll probably need it.
I got the pattern yesterday and I am even more excited I made some enlarged copies for me to start stitching, so after I finish my current WIP (it will take another week I'm estimating) I will start .
Let's see, I paid a total of GBP 75 for 200 skeins, 2 DMC bobbin boxes (the big ones), 2 packs of DMC paper bobbins and the DMC number stickers. I think postage comes to something between 10/15 pounds in that calculation. She was very nice in communicating, and she had all the DMC threads in stock. Of course shipping to Australia might be high, but I guess the same would go for shipping from the US.
Thanks, Sara. I guess that sounds like a pretty good deal, if it includes postage. I would be looking at around $300 here (around 150 euros) so that would be saving me some money. It must be exciting that you will be starting so soon! Have you pregridded your fabric?
No, I didn't pregrid my fabric. To be honest, I'd never heard of pregridding before coming here, and I think I'll manage without it. Of course I might change my mind when I get started
I think I am all ready to go now: