Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Page Finish (or 3) and a Promise

My last page finish on here was page 14, back in August last year (hides head in shame)

I will be honest, those middle pages were tough! I'd come too far to consider quitting, but still had such a long way to go, each page seemed to take forever and I just wasn't able to find the motivation to keep going.

It was a dark stitchy funk, I wanted to start something new, but I knew I would just feel guilty, so little by little I stitched away.......

This week, I am very pleased to announce that I finished page 17! That's right, three whole pages more!! I will shut up for a moment and share her photo

Isn't she pretty!! For those who have been keen to know my thread usage on this beast, I have so far purchased 543 skeins of DMC threads, yikes!  She is getting really heavy, I am still using a large 21 inch quilting hoop, which is pretty sturdy, but the frame tends to tip with the weight now, so I have to kind of wedge it, which is a bit awkward, but works!

I now have just three pages left to stitch, which, suddenly feels achievable, it's the homestretch!

Yesterday I put her back on the hoop and made a start on page 18
For the rest of this project, I would like to be as economical with the threads as possible, so that I can avoid buying too many, but also to make sure I don't have too many left over when she is finished.

So, from now on I will be using the parking method, it should make it a little quicker too, which can only be a good thing.

Now, as for time frames, I am nervous to put this out there, as I am generally setting myself up to fail, but my aim it to finish her before the end of the year.
This would mean I could begin charting for myself in January, giving me the freedom to play with fabric and thread without the thought of this piece hiding out at the back of the cupboard.

If you would like to join me from the sidelines and watch this project finally run towards to finish line, I would like to have you here with me!

I will be sharing updates on here as often as possible, three times a week seems a good number, or more if I really get on a roll.

As I head towards Christmas I am pretty booked up with commissions and crafting, but I will be making as much time for her as possible,

If you got this far, THANK YOU! You are awesome! If you would like to share this blog with your stitching friends, that would be great, the more people cheering me to the finish, the more likely that I won't go hide in my duvet fort with a glass of wine......


  1. I've been following this project for quite a while and am so glad to see you have stuck with her and, more to the point, are much further towards the finish line. She is stunning, especially considering how you have stitched her. I will definitely be cheering you on.
    So here's cheer #1 - come on Caroline!! :)

  2. Thank you so much Rachel, I really appreciate having you here, I can't wait for that final page!

  3. I've been following your progress on this for a long time, too. She's beyond amazing, and you're doing fantastic work!
    I'll be here cheering you on the rest of the way:)

  4. She is looking fantastic! I can't believe how much dmc you've needed that's nuts!