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Lady and the Unicorn progress (was: Questions from a Dutchie


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Alanna
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9:47 am Mar 09, 2009

Fantastic progress!!! Remember that this pattern takes 4.5 years to complete at a rate of 1 page per month... Shocked Very Happy
divinenanny
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10:00 am Mar 09, 2009

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Originally posted by Alanna
Fantastic progress!!! Remember that this pattern takes 4.5 years to complete at a rate of 1 page per month... Shocked Very Happy


Ssssssshhhh! At the rate I am going it will take me 12,5 years! Shocked I decided not to think of it like that lest I feel guilty for working on other things. I decided to treat each page as a finish to be happy I finished something, and someday, when I am nearly 40, I will finish this. Smile.

Did you start yet, Alanna? You had the same patern did you not?
rifestitch
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10:40 am Mar 09, 2009

Ahem, cough, cough - my 3rd year anniversary on the SMALL one is coming up in June - and I am trying my very best to have the top row of pages completed by then, so your progress is wonderful!!!!!! You are clearly quicker than I am on these Smile

Speaking of, I got around 1000 stitches in over last week (give or take a couple hundred Laughing ) and have posted my updated pics to Multiply & Webshots both:
http://tinyurl.com/blo95c - Multiply
http://tinyurl.com/cugv7z - Webshots
Now there's some slow progress Smile I do actually think the next row of pages will go faster than the top row has - partly because the rotation is working for me, and I didn't have that the first year I worked on L&U, and two, the 2nd row is more visually interesting and has bigger things in it Smile
Alanna
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8:09 pm Mar 09, 2009

Wow, looking fantastic, Rife!! You haven't got far to go before you finish the top row!! How many rows are there in your pattern? And don't worry, I think 1000 stitches in a week is a valient effort. I'm still plugging away at my Aussie piece and have only done about 1300 stitches total so far, but I definitely have not been working on it every day and sometimes don't touch it for a week or more. It's been very hard to find stitching time so far this year: lots on, and the whole learning to park thing is bumming me out a little. There are times when I could stitch but I just can't gather the energy to face it, and that never used to happen before parking!! I'm going to stick with it for a bit longer though, as you said, make sure I have a really good crack at it and get myself to the point where it feels natural. And then I'll make the decision about how I want to proceed with L&U. It's a bit like learning to touch type when you can already type pretty efficiently with just two fingers- you know it WILL be better once you can do it, but in the meantime it's really frustrating to be going so slowly when you KNOW you could do it faster if you just did it your way! Wink It just feels a little bit like work. Oh well, I'm sure I'll get through that phase.

I'm not sure exactly when I'm going to start my L&U (yes, same as you, Nanny), I guess when I feel comfortable. Very Happy

In the meantime, happy stitching everyone! Stitching
divinenanny
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1:49 am Mar 10, 2009

Oh Rife, that is looking great. At least you have an idea about how big it will get and the whole picture. Sometimes I think I should have taken the smaller one, though I like as much detail as possible...

I didn't try parking, I just can't wrap my head around it. I might try it in the future, but for now I am figuring out ways that work for me. Same with gridding. I haven't made any huge mistakes yet without gridding, so I won't try that either for a while.

Well Alanna, I hope you start soon so we can have a small stitch-a-long, or at least keep each other motivated with our results. Very Happy But, at the rate I am going you won't be that far behind me whenever you do feel comfortable to start Wink.

Right now I have also another project in my pile (a Permin sampler, Vierlande 1826), and even though I am dying to start it, I feel guilty any time I am not working on my L&U... I always think: "Oh, the time I could have spent on L&U, I'd be finished with the next page by now"... bla bla bla Wink. Luckily it is not feasible to travel with L&U, so I work on other stuff when I am away from home Very Happy
Alanna
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6:24 am Mar 10, 2009

Yes, I agree, I need to get a travelling project too. But it's so hard to work on something small when there are so many yummy things here at SQ that I want to do! Laughing
divinenanny
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7:00 am Mar 10, 2009

oooh I agree, I found that I really don't like small design, or at least, I like bigger designs a lot better!
That's why I consider the Vierlande design I want to do small, even though it is 21.26" x 24.80" (54 x 63 cm) on 32 count linnen. Ah well Very Happy Someday I'll finish something. I think.
And I am looking into buying one of those wooden boxes that can have a cross stitch piece in the lid, that will force me to think small Very Happy
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7:30 am Mar 10, 2009

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Originally posted by divinenanny


Right now I have also another project in my pile (a Permin sampler, Vierlande 1826), and even though I am dying to start it, I feel guilty any time I am not working on my L&U... I always think: "Oh, the time I could have spent on L&U, I'd be finished with the next page by now"... bla bla bla Wink. Luckily it is not feasible to travel with L&U, so I work on other stuff when I am away from home Very Happy


I love Vierlande samplers; I just got this one into the stash last fall: http://tinyurl.com/dmoy5h
I plan to use Vikki Clayton silks on it, but I have to finish some other samplers first. I find that I have to keep a sampler in my rotation - it just seems to be a great balance for all of these ridiculously big pieces I have going.

I finished a Quaker-style from Long Dog before I worked on L&U, and started a companion piece for it:
http://tinyurl.com/d63vdw - finished #1 of Foursome Reel
http://tinyurl.com/aa7syq - started #2 of Foursome Reel

I expect this #2 to go pretty quick - it's a small piece, and over-1 on 36ct, it ought to go pretty quick, so long as I pay attention and don't have to frog - I HATE frogging over-1. Once I get this one done, then I have Ink Circles' Anatolia to go in my sampler spot. Or Long Dog St. Sylvestre, or .... Of course, that's not counting the two other samplers I already have started, but only work on here & there - one needs to be started over on less-crappy fabric, when I can get some...
divinenanny
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8:02 am Mar 10, 2009

Oh I know, I love samplers, or at least the designs (I haven't actually started on one yet). I have no money for stashing (unless it is really for sale). Also, I think my boyfriend will disapprove Wink.
On my wishlist are also Long Dog samplers (I love Paradigm Lost), Ink Circles (Cirque des Circles and I also love the Dutch Beast) and Permin (anything really)Very Happy. Oh, and Quaker Virtues... I also want to do an big alphabet one day, but I need to find a nice one for that.
And of course my Scarlet Quince wishlist. And I love the Wee Beasties by Dimples. And.. And... Very Happy
fenny
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9:17 am Mar 19, 2009

Love those update pictures, you all have been stitching a lot!!
They look fantastic!
Stitching Fennny.
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