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‘Tis I
December 6th, 2008

Letter II forced myself to finish the letter I before starting another letter just to see how long it took to do this relatively small letter. It took 13 days, but that’s elapsed time, not stitching time. There was a jigsaw puzzle in there, and not much else happens when I’m working a jigsaw puzzle. (This was a Christmas tradition in my family, which I have allowed to bleed over into New Year’s. I think this is the first year I’ve had one at Thanksgiving. It’s a slippery slope. Next it will be Columbus Day, then Labor Day, Flag Day, Arbor Day…)

Anyway, I like “I” much more than I thought I would looking at the chart. (I should look at the cover picture more often.) The decorations sort of remind me of something, although I can’t think what.

2 Responses to “‘Tis I”
  1. From Alanna
    11 years, 9 months ago

    I like your “I” Meredith, very good job. It sort of looks like it’s growing on a trellis. I’ve never had the patience for jigsaw puzzles myself, every now and then I have another bash at one, but I always give up long before my partner does. The last one we did (and finished) was an image by Kinuko Y Craft (love her stuff!) of Queen Eleanor and a falcon finished in a metallic sheen. It’s a wonderful image and I later saw that Heaven and Earth Designs had created a cross stitch pattern of it. I think the puzzle was enough for me though!

    I am disgustingly good (to judge by others’ reactions) at ordinary jigsaw puzzles. But one year someone gave us one of those 3-D puzzles — this one was the Statue of Liberty. Not only was it all the same color, the pieces didn’t fit well enough to be sure when they were in the right places. We didn’t finish that one. Not everything in life is supposed to be fun, but my motto is, if it’s SUPPOSED to be fun and isn’t, don’t do it!

  2. From jdickson60
    11 years, 9 months ago

    Thanks to your inspiration, I decided to buy the alphabet and get going on yet another huge project. Thanks for clueing me into such a gorgeous chart – I never would have found it without you.

    It’s actually not bad — you keep finishing letters which gives a feeling of progress. Just remember that the sizes on the chart are wrong — it may be that their squares came out to 18 cm x 18 cm but not on 11-count fabric. My squares, on 22-count, are 4.5″ on a side which would be 9″ on 11-count which would be 22.86 cm. So throw away their numbers and go back to basics — the squares are 100 stitches on a side — and calculate your fabric size from there.

    I found this at the online Needlework Show — there is always an amazing range of needlework there, and the European designers really are on a different wavelength from American ones. The next show is April 15-20, 2009.

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