So you may have noticed that I haven’t updated the blog for a while. And I have a very good reason for this. I must confess I have been sucked back into the cross stitch cesspool.
For a while I had fallen out of my cross stitch hobby. For some reason my stitchy bug was AWOL. But that all changed when I started my latest HAED piece – the World Travel Bookshelf by Aimee Stewart.
I first saw this design sometime in 2014 and knew immediately that it would be mine someday. It is a series of travel themed images superimposed on bookshelves. Could it be any more perfect for me?
It is by far THE biggest project I have ever undertaken. And if I am being honest with myself I will probably not live long enough to complete it. Morbid much? As per my calculations, if I stitch regularly at my current pace it will only take me 15 years to complete this piece!!! Am I nuts or am I nuts?
But I have come to terms with the fact that most of my projects will languish uncompleted for years to come. Hard to avoid this fact when I keep flitting on to newer projects at every opportunity. But like most serial stitchers will tell you, we get our joy from the stitching itself. Finishing the project is just an added bonus. Or so we try to convince ourselves. Shhh… let’s not burst that happy bubble yet shall we?
Even before I acquired this pattern, I planned to make this my travel piece. I dreamed of taking this WIP along with me on my travels and of weaving in stitches from countries across the globe. I am happy to report that my dream has started to materialize.
I put my first stitch in this piece while we were on holiday in Paris. Not a bad place to begin, huh? I am especially delighted about this since Paris is one of the destinations featured in the artwork. How wonderful would it be to visit all the places portrayed in this piece! All of these destinations have now defaulted to my travel wishlist (sneaky plug for my spanking new Pinterest account).
I am also thrilled that the first destination to stitch is India because that is where I am from originally. Although the green Krishna is driving me a bit batty. Will have to see if I can dig up a blue color conversion for that.
Since Paris, I have put in a few stitches in Belgium, Netherlands and of course the UAE. Now don’t be alarmed. I do not spend my hard-earned international holidays cooped up in a hotel stitching. Some of these destinations will only get one or two symbolic stitches. But even one stitch worked in during my travels will hold umpteen memories for me of the time spent at that destination. I can’t wait to see how many countries I can cross off (pun unintended) from my travel bucket list by the time I (ahem!) finish this project.
Company : Heaven and Earth Designs
Artist : Aimee Stewart
Fabric : 28 count Rose Monaco
Stitch style : 2 over 1 tent stitch
Started : 03 July 2016
Have you ever taken on any seemingly impossible projects? How did you feel about them and how did you cope?