I'm working on the Fruit & Flowers I which is very large too. I kept track of how long it took me to do one chart page which is 8 1/2 x 11 - lots of blended needles. I calculated that it took about 60 hours to finish one chart page. I've completed almost four pages and had to put it aside for the summer. I can't do any needlework when it's too hot. I'm hoping to pick it up again this fall.
quote:Originally posted by hez ... I saw that someone else just recently got the same pattern. I'm looking forward to hearing progress reports from you!
That'd be me, but I haven't even started starting to start it, ...
Well, I got the aida cloth (18 ct) and the floss I needed for the first page anyway, last Saturday, but not the scroll bars yet. I finished my Welcome sign Tuesday and by Wednesday, I was itching to stitch some more, so I started the corner with the cloth just loose. Then I remembered I had an empty stretcher frame, so thought I'd pin the corner to that and fold up the excess. Unfortunately, the frame is 16" square, and my forearm is only about 12" from inner elbow to thumb tip so I worked on it upside down... I got about 1"x2" filled in before I had to put it down. And yesterday was such I beautiful day, I spent it guerilla gardening (attacking weeds and overgrowth with a vengeance). I'll be going back to it after I finish reading this board.
Here's my progress report: I finished my first page of this pattern and I'm about 1/3 done the second page. Looks pretty darn good! I'm one of those people who works from the inside out so I actually started with page 8 and have now moved left onto page 7. I also tried folding up the fabric but found that the tension was too loose for my liking. Now that I have it on those massive scroll bars, it's nice and taut. My yard could use some guerilla gardening too but it's supposed to rain all weekend here so I guess I "have" to stitch for two days!
quote:Originally posted by hez ... but it's supposed to rain all weekend here so I guess I "have" to stitch for two days!
Poor thing! How will you ever cope?
I went to my local hardware store this afternoon and got some dowels to use with my scroll frame. She even cut them down to 30" lengths for me (they were 48"). So now I have 30" & 18" to go with my original 15" scroll bars, and only cost me $6.09! Ooooh! I spent the rest of the afternoon stitching, and the length's not as awkward as I thought it would be. I'm still on the first page -- about 1/4 of it done now.
Just saw your post and wanted to tell you that it can take an eternity to finish something. I can work on a small project for a year or more because I don't have the opportunity to stitch every day. Sometimes I stitch for only half hour or an hour at a time and there are days I don't stitch at all. So just be patient and enjoy what you're doing. If you stop enjoying it or get frustrated, put it aside and pick up another project, then go back to it with a fresh perspective. (I guess that's true about a lot of things in life.)