Behold!!! A cross stitch that took me 7 years in the making!!! Yes 7 long painful years of stitch counting, floss separating, threading, being pricked by needles, becoming cross-eyed, losing time, sitting for long periods, hours of coffee and tons of audio books listened…LOL!!! Name it, I did it. Finally, it’s done! thank God in the heavens, earth and even in the purgatory, this ordeal is done. 🙂
Well, this cross stitch wasn’t so bad at all, in fact, this was a very enlightening process. Let me tell you how it all started. It all started in late 2008, I was young at that time, (now I’m old, but not that old 🙂 ) and I was waiting for my life to happen, but while waiting, I decided to make a project, and I thought “why not make a big project?”, you know, the kind that makes you wanna say, “it’s gonna be the project of my life.” In fact, I’ve already done a cross stitch project before, probably half the size of this one. So, off I went and bought the pattern of Claude Monet’s Bordighera Italy from xs-collectibles.com. It’s got to be an art-inspired cross stitch. When I received the pattern, I literally collapsed on my seat. There’s exactly 92 colors or floss and the pattern is so complicated that it required me to change floss/skeins every 3-4 squares at most.
I should have known. Claude Monet’s cross stitch pattern is as complicated and elaborate as his painting. Yet, there I was, I had no idea what I was about to go through or what kind of adventure was in store for me.
The devil is indeed in the details. This cross stitch required a very organized arrangement of flosses and its numbers. I had to put needles in each floss/skeins to save time. I hated rethreading. I didn’t use frames on this, as I wasn’t able to find a large one to accommodate this project, which is 25×20 in size. It’s all done in full stitch, thank goodness, but the biggest challenge was changing floss almost every 3-5 seconds, specially around the area that transitions into a figure like around the tree. They go from light blue, medium blue to dark blue, etc… It was a painstaking process. In fact, there were times when I wanted to throw it away or burn it down. I even stopped working on this for a year, as I was losing interest and also because of life and everything in between. 🙂
Actually, this should have been done in about 3-4 years, but it was only last May 2015 that I finally had the courage to keep going, specially after a long eye-opening soul searching, and realizing that I should not finish a project half-assed. 🙂 So I went down to business, tons of coffee consumed, lots of constant sickening self-reflection and gazillions of audiobooks listened later, I finally finished the project of the lifetime. Perhaps the one and only ever. As I don’t see myself making this size of project ever again, unless the pattern is going to be easy.
Thank God I didn’t give up. That’s the best lesson learned in doing this project. Yet hey, guess what, this wasn’t my last and final project at all. Few came after it, and in fact, I’m currently working on one right now. Cross stitch is a fulfilling hobby, one that requires patience, details, endurance yet will teach you to realize yourself and what you can do or endure. Think of it as a meditation. It is very relaxing and the moment you see your project framed on the wall the feeling is priceless!
If interested to get this pattern or browse some other “art” cross stitch patterns, checkout cross stitch collectible’s website, xs-collectibles.com