I have just finished a cross stitch picture.
It was pretty neat, if I may say so myself. On it was a single rutabaga, which was not strange at all, since it was a birthday present to a rutabaga farmer and a know rescue hero
(but thankfully the rescue part has nothing to with the rutabagas, what so ever).
I came up with the idea a bit late (as usual) and I spent quite a bit of time making a pattern. First searching in vain for a suitable photo and then (crudely) photoshopping the greenery and the bows out of this one.
I made the cross stitch pattern here.
I could have saved that time, because I did not use the pattern at all. I should have known, I like to embroider freely and I never use patterns. But it’s been so long since I did anything in cross stitch that I felt I needed one.
I finished the picture just in time. Or not in time actually. The party had started when I took the last stitches, and I framed the picture in less than ten minutes.
But the picture made it to the gift table, even though the finish was perhaps not quite perfect.
Unfortunately I forgot my camera so I have no photo of it. I had plans to ask someone to take a picture, but the gifts were cleared away pretty quickly to make room for the dance floor so that did not happen.
So you just get to see some of the colours, I finished most of the yellow ones…
From this we can learn the following:
a) Begin sooner (one can always hope)
b) Don’t spend time making embroidery patterns (unless making a face or something very complicated. Perhaps then.)
c) Photograph the projects on progress.
d) Don’t forget the camera!
And here is a completely unrelated photo, just to brighten your day: