Saturday, 25 February 2017

It's Red Wine Time, because Adrift is Complete!






This is page 33, 34 and 35.  I got to the end of 33 and I was in such a groove that I thought I should just blaze ahead and finish her.  So I did.  I think the end result is stunning.  Maybe this is me being partial, because she's mine, but I just think she is so pretty. 

I think I may also be the first one to complete this pattern.  At least I haven't seen any completed pieces in the Facebook communities.  So for anyone considering stitching her, I can attest that she stitches up beautifully. 

It was a little dicey, though.  I ran out of 3371 last night after the craft store closed, so I had to send out an emergency SOS to my friend, Rika, who lives nearby. Luckily she had one on that that I could have.  (whew, thanks, Riks).  And even then, I finished this with the tiniest amount of thread left.

So now I'm drinking a big glass of red wine in celebration. (Although maybe it should be white, so I can rest my fingers against the chill of the glass - my fingers are aching!)  But I do have to say, I felt a little sad putting in the last stitch.  Journey's ends are always a little bittersweet.

This is the biggest project I've ever done.  She came in at a whopping 229,600 stitches. 

I will get her all washed and ironed and then she is off to the framers.  I will, of course, post a photo when she is framed and hung.  


So I have moved her status bar to black and listed her as complete.  Back to Meeting on the Turret Stairs, and I will unveil my next project with my next update. I don't want to take any attention away from Adrift. 

Thanks for everyone's lovely words of encouragement with her. She was a long, long labour of love, started in January 2014 and finished tonight. 

Enjoy!


29 comments:

  1. Happy dance and plenty of wine!! :) Congratulations on finishing her, she is beautiful.

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    1. There was dancing AND wine. A little too much wine, my head is smarting this morning.
      But I regret nothing!!! πŸ˜‰

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  2. Oh my gosh! Hearty congratulations are in order! She is so amazing. I can only imagine how gorgeous she must be in person. Well done. I think I will miss her too, but I'm looking forward to your new project. :)

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    1. She's so, so pretty in real life, so much more than the photo.
      I can't wait to get her framed. I'm a little nervous to see how much she will cost to frame. But I don't care if I have to remortgage the house, I'm framing her.

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  3. Congratulations!! To complete any project deserves a Happy Dance but to complete a large HAED like this... well... I hope the dance lasts a long time! Now I can't wait to see her framed. She really is stunning. :)

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    1. She was the biggest project I've ever finished. It was a bit of a love/hate relationship at times too. I had to break my 1 project rule and start a second, just because I needed a break from her. But I also learned some really handy tricks too.
      But I am really proud of her.

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  4. I saw her on an FB group this morning and wondered if she was yours. Beautiful finish! Congratulations! (I've only completed a HAED freebie ornament. I thought I would be excited to finish it, but was also a bit sad. Your feeling is completely understood.)

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    1. Thanks! I'm so happy to have her done! She was a journey of epic proportions!

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  5. Congratulations on your finish! Looking forward to seeing the framing :)

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    1. Thanks! I'll be sure to post a photo as soon as I get her back.

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  6. Huge congratulations! She is absolutely stunning. It must feel strange to be the first person to finish her - but also what an achievement!

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    1. Thanks! I've heard that someone stitched the mini to completion, but I've not seen a photo of it. But I do think she is the first full size finish. In any case, I'm immensely proud!

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    1. Thanks! My husband just calls that tenacious and stubborn, but I'll take inspiring any day! 😊

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  8. Congratulations! Can't wait to see her framed!

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    1. I still have to wash her up, but I hope to get her to the framers by the end of the week.

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  9. She is beautiful! Congrats on the finish!

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  10. Wow. Breathtaking! What a finish. I finished a quick stitch HAED and I missed it too. It was bittersweet like you explained. My hands were literally shaking for the last stitches. This is amazing though. She is beautiful indeed!

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    1. I think by my last stitch, my fingers were aching so badly, I heaved a sigh of relief. But it was when I was snipping the thread that the moment dawned on me that she was truly done. But it's definitely strange to have her finished and start a new project. Now both of my projects are now. It's all so unfamiliar!

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  11. This looks amazing! How big is she?

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    1. She's big. She's 400 stitches wide and 574 high.

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  12. Oh wow. CONGRATULATIONS!!! In my estimation this is all caps worthy. She looks phenomenal! I'm so happy for you.

    Yay for Rika and emergency floss! Yay for celebratory wine and dancing!

    I very much understand the feeling of sadness at the end of a big project. It may sound a little silly because there are so many other things to worry about in the world, but it really can be hard to let it go.

    I think you've become my cross stitch hero. I don't know that that's a thing but I'm making it one. There's a dual pleasure in seeing your progress on your fabulous pieces and being encouraged to work on my own projects because I'm inspired by your progress.

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    1. Oh Thistleberry, you're good for my ego. I can't tell you how many times I've read your lovely, lovely comment. Every comment I have written in reply has paled to your words, and I've deleted them to stare blankly at my reply box. But I was really and truly touched by what you wrote. It seems somehow anticlimactic to just say thanks. But really, from the bottom of my heart, thanks, friend. Thanks.

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  13. Oh, she is stunning! It's bittersweet when you finish something you've spent so much time on, but soon you'll be able to admire her daily when she's framed.

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    1. Astrid, I really wasn't expecting to suffer the, what can only be described as separation anxiety when I finished her. It was harder than I thought it would be, and the new piece that I've started is a bit slow, because she's even bigger than Adrift, and now I know how attached I get to these.
      But you're right, once she is framed and hung, I think that will all change.

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  14. Wow congratulations! She is incredible, you've done so well on this stunning piece.
    xo Alicia

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! I think I stared at her for about a week in a state of surprise and a little bit of awe that my needle created that.
      I am so in love with HaED patterns, I don't think I'll ever do another designer.

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  15. Congratulations that is so great! She is stunning!

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