Yes, yes the much (very much) anticipated TW update is finally here! This update is actually a week old, I just haven't had a chance to get the photos on here.
So here is my long-suffering dragon with all the crosses and half-crosses finished (including those dratted metallics- which you can't see very well in the photo but which shine like a thousand lights in the flesh- trust me, I need sunglasses to look at this piece now! Bling bling!)
And for the nosy parkers, here's the back:
And up close (for the very nosy parkers!):
So now I'm on to the backstitching (hooray!) and there is just miles and miles of it too, so that should keep me busy for another two years. And then there'll be the lovely decorative border with lots of speciality stitches and beading that I'm really looking forward to. Just when this whole piece will be finished is anybody's guess, but I wanted to post a picture before I got started on the backstitching so that I could compare the two images when that's finished. I'm sure it'll look better with the backstitching done, even though I loath doing it (why is that??), although that's what I said about the metallics and quite frankly, I think they're a little bit too disco for my liking. Oh well, too late now. Again, I think it's a case of stepping back and taking in the whole image rather than looking at the details.
I'm sort of stopped in my tracks progress-wise at the moment (again!!) because I've slipped a disc or something in my back and it's almost physically impossible for me to sit down for more than 10 min. at a time. So that's a barrel of laughs. I'm trying to rest it, but it's pretty hard when you work at a computer for a living! Anyway, we'll see what life puts in the path of this cross stitch next!
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Wow, that looks absolutely fantastic. The back I have to say, is as good as the front (although did you submit a teeny tiny picture on purpose ). The colours are glorious and it will be an achievement to grace your wall.
Yeah!! That looks awesome!!! And now you know why I don't take pics of my backs - just not going to go there
I don't mind back stitching all that much, since it's just one thread I have to deal with - so long as I can figure out what it is I have to bs, that is!! You know those damn trees on Fantasy Triptych just about put me over the edge, because some trees were in the foreground, others in the background - and sitting there with it right in front of me, I couldn't "see" them, so I actually had to count "up 1, over 2, down 1, etc.", staring very hard at the chart. That's part of why I started to do the bs in sections as soon as I completed the stitching, because I am still familiar with the area and what goes where without quite as much study.
You'll get there - if I can finish Triptych and Castle in the same year, you will get there with this one!!! I do hope your back gets better quickly - it's so debilitating to have even a minor back problem, as it throws off everything you do!! Feel better!!
The Pictures would probably look really good if i could see them. Stupid Computer. I have a question though about backstitching. How do you all start and end your backstitching. Do you run it under some stitches already done or do you do a waste knot type start. I have always just tied it off close to where i need to start and then run it under some other stitches when finished. I am not sure if there is a better way to do it or not. Any suggestions would be good. Talk to you all later.
I always just run it under nearby stitches - once a couple of stitches are in, it's not going anywhere. And that's another reason you'll never see the back of my pieces Even though I do go trim up the loose ends periodically....
Alanna! Wow, you are doing great. And a "progress" report is just that - PROGRESS! Yippee! (But I am with Rife, no one gets to see the back of anything I do, if I can keep the framer from turning it over I am even happier.) We are all just zooming along, cheers for us! (Rest is the very best thing for a pulled/slipped something in the back, and if you can relax with heat on the area, that helps even more.)